After last nights performance where it seemed like some of the girls decided to show up and some of them used cardboard stand ins, as the boys are performing tonight. I'm cursing myself that I ran out of liquor before this night started because as always it helps with the pain and bored when the guys perform. Sadly I have to face tonight's performance sober but luckily it's only an hour show. At least it's supposed to feel like an hour.
Lee Dewyze – "Fireflies" by Owl City – Lee stands there hunched up shoulders, bug eyed and straining any note he has to hold for more then 3 seconds. It's the wrong song for him as it's quirky and is nothing like him but for this part of the competition I already know it's going to be up in the best performances of the night tier. I think my issue with him is that I like him more then I like him as a performer. Which is more then I can say for most of the other guys.
Alex Lambert – "Trouble" by Ray Lamontagne – His tone is gorgeous and if we don't have to look at him he'll do very well. I liked how he sounded on this song and thought it was the perfect choice. Again he still has that look someone gets right before a car crash. I think he do all right on themes that he can stand there and sing but the night he has to do something with rhythm will be his final night.
Tim Urban – "Hallelujah" by Tim Buckley – I can't stop staring at his hair during the entire performance. It doesn't look like it's going to move. It's also large enough to bounce all the light off of it to create an angelic scene. I realized when I woke up a few minutes after this was over with that he was smart enough to focus on his physical appearance to the point that I forgot he sounded average. He might actually be saved because of his hair. I just hope that on the tour they focus the lighting off that helmet on his head because all will be forgiven.
Andrew Garcia – "Genie In A Bottle" by Christina Aguilera – My partner pointed out that sung by a man it sounds like he's asking a girl for a hand job? I'm getting images of Mr. Clean for some reason but none of these are things you want to think about while someone's singing. I think what the judges are telling Andrew is that he's capable on one surprise performance and after that he became ordinary. His voice is okay but nothing to write home about and I find him cold during his performances and even cocky. After his first week it seems like he's lost all the tricks up his sleeves and might be going home.
Casey James – "You’ll Think of Me" by Keith Urban – At this point I don't think anyone can criticize Crystal for always playing the guitar because he is the fifth contestant in a row tonight playing a guitar. I swear I'm seeing as much advertisements for guitars as I have for Coke. Seriously guitars around there must be like red plastic cups at parties. You put one down and then you can't figure out who's is who's.
All kidding aside I think Casey does his thing really well. He doesn't try to sing out of his box, and I don't get the impression he's going to be really risky with song choices but I don't think there's anything wrong with that. He sounded great, looked great, played like he was actually playing unlike a few others that move one chord. I had never heard the song but thought that he could very nicely with it if he had released it as a single.
Aaron Kelly – "I’m Already There" by Lonestar - At the start it sounded like he had marbles in his mouth and missing ending up either flat or missing a lot of notes. He also really loves to sing though his note so when he's trying to go for power I start getting scared. It least when its about causing me pain he's always consistent. I also thought that he's even starting to look cocky now which is taking away his aw shucks persona. He would have been so much better if he had tried out 2 or three years later but at this point not a chance.
Todrick Hall – "Somebody to Love" by Queen – I don't think it's a great idea to start off the song the way they did it on Glee. It makes get in the mood to see an over the top theatrical performance with gospel choirs, riffs, and held notes. I will say this I liked the arrangement, thought it could have been a bit bigger. His riffs were all over the place but I thought he sang this well and he kept me awake which is more then I can say for anyone tonight. I think he'll still be eliminated but at least he can go out on a high knowing that he won't ever have to performer with the worst group of boys we've ever had ever again.
Mike Lynche – "Women’s Work" – by Maxwell (Kate Bush) – Wow! Where did this come from? I didn't know that he had all this in him. I seriously think he's been coasting up until now. Maybe he thought with his size and stature that he would advance no matter what and on a night do this. I though that big note was excellent and his falsettos were sometimes decent and sometime powerful. The issue I have is when he stops singing he comes across incredibly cocky and is a huge turn off. I think he's not stopped it up to be the best of the males but I still see 5 girls I'd rather see stay then him.
After all it hasn't been the purgatory that it has been when the boys perform. I do think that the girls were better but the boys were better with playing to their strengths and to the voters. Their looks and their personalities or lack there but their like ability and lots and lots of pity votes will by them more time on this show then some of the really talented girls. .
I think Todrick Hall will not be able to survive the damage done by the previous episodes and I have an odd feeling that Andrew Garcia will be leaving us tomorrow. However I really wish we could get ride of a few extra this week. I have feeling that the judges were being extra kind to the guys because some of them have been phoning it in since they know there are so any others that are worse. I think next week they are going to be ripped to shreds.
It's funny I feel like there are girls who are very similar in style, voice, and performance and yet I enjoy them I actually get excited when they perform and I think of them as all unique. I feel like the guys also are the same way for all the wrong reasons. I just think these are the weakest guys this year. I could see a few of the girls signed after this year I can't really see any of the guys signed with the exception of Casey James and Tim Urban and sadly it would have nothing to do with their singing.