About to become the top four …
Three weeks out from the finale, and each of the contestants sang twice. I decided to give them points tonight, just to mix things up a little bit. One to ten — ten best, one worst. Combine both of their songs and let’s see how close I am to whatever America decides to do.
James was up first and, as they typically do, the Judges went apeshit over him and talked about how he’s “in it to win it” — like the others are just there to kill some time? I’d give him a 6 on the 10 scale. I really want him gone, I’m sick of him and his squinting and sniffing and I’m really, really long past tired of the “bad boy rocker” shtick.
Jacob went second and he chose to sing No Air, which is a freaking duet for crissakes. To add insult to injury, he tried to sing both parts. Someone forgot to tell him that being a black male does not mean he can even think about dancing like Chris Brown. He didn’t even impress the Judges — in fact, Randy didn’t like it at all. He earned himself a spot in the bottom three for sure with this 1 on the 10 scale performance.
The third performer of the night was Lauren, and I’d give her a solid 7 for her cover of Carrie Underwood’s Flat on the Floor. Seriously, she did a nice job with it and I think she’ll stay out of the bottom three. If she’s in the bottom, she should be the first one sent back to safety.
Scotty was next, doing Montgomery Gentry’s Gone. I don’t think I’ve ever seen him have as much fun with a performance as he did with this one. The Judges loved it too. He should be safe with no issues, and I’d give his performance 8 out of 10 — maybe even a 9.
Haley ended the first round of songs with an unreleased Gaga song that Lady Gaga gave her permission to sing. I wasn’t overly impressed. Haley should not be singing Gaga, period, and the Judges agreed with me although Steven did tell her she was one perfect song pick away from being the next American Idol. I’ll give her a 5 for having the balls to try it and a 3 for the performance itself, so let’s call it a 4. She should have sealed herself a spot in the bottom three right along with The Diva, Jacob.
The second half of the show followed the same order as the first.
James decided to show us his sensitive side again. Guess he needed to work up some tears to prove he can do something besides scream (although he couldn’t resist working one in at the end). The Judges basically told him he stank but because he got emotional they forgave him for it. Not me. He’s got no business trying to cover Nilsson. I’ll give him 3 for this one, and a grand total of 9 for the night.
Jacob decided to listen to Jimmy Iovine and did Love Hurts. It was probably a good choice for him, and it brought his average for the night up considerably. Add the 6 for this one to his earlier 1 and I’ll give him 7 for the night. He’ll still be in the bottom three, but he might stand a very small chance of not being the one going home.
Lauren came back with one of my favorite songs of all time, Unchained Melody and I don’t have to forgive her for it, because she did a damned fine job. (And for what it’s worth, her dress was gorgeous.) I’ll give her a 7 on top of her earlier 7 and a total of 14 for the night. She should be safe but because America has this bizarre love affair with James she might be in the bottom three. Even if she is, she won’t be the one going home.
Scotty did You Were Always On My Mind and made us fall in love with his voice all over again. The cool thing was, I believed him. His song came across as very sincere and heartfelt. He’s grown up a lot over the course of the show and I can’t wait to start buying his records. I’d give him another 8 for this one for a grand total of either 16 or 17.
Haley finished up the show with The House of the Rising Sun. I was skeptical, but damned if the girl didn’t pull it off. I’ll give her a solid 7 for this one, coupled with her earlier 4 that gives her 12 for the night.
So, to summarize …
- Haley – 12
- Scotty – 16.5
- Lauren – 14
- Jacob – 7
- James – 9
The bottom three *should* be Jacob, James and Haley. Jacob should be the one leaving. We’ll see what happens when America’s done screwing things up!