Highs & lows of American Idol's 21st century trip: From Scotty McCreery creepyto James Durbin mad gumption
The remaining seven American Idol hopefuls tackled “songs from the 21st century” this week with mixed, but often bold, results. In honor of the current-ish slew of performances, let’s break them down Twitter style:
Ousted contestants Pia Toscano, Thia Megia, Ashthon Jones, Karen Rodriguez, Naima Adedapo & Paul McDonald - “So What”
The irony. Supposed to be a cheeky kiss-off song to the voters, but was an absolute mess of a performance — laughably ridiculous.
Scotty McCreery – “Swingin’”
James Durbin – “Uprising”
Respect that he has vision and gumption to pull off said vision. Vocals were a little messy, but urgency and drama (zOMG drums!) masked that.
Haley Reinhart – “Rolling in the Deep”
Wavered off pitch for the first time all season. Admirable attempt to be current, but song was simply too big for her. Hard to match Adele's passion.
Jacob Lusk – “Dance with my Father”
Enjoyed the raw emotion — but JLo’s right that he needs to learn to harness it. As is usually the case, the whole thing felt overbaked.
Casey Abrams – “Harder to Breathe”
Veered from great -- I dug the initial acoustic arrangement and the way his tone fit the song — to strange. Can I love and hate it at the same time?
Stefano Langone – “Closer”
Or rather, “closa.” Not a song that showcases vocals unless you have incredible control. Off-putting vibe after the “womanizer” intro package.
Lauren Alaina – “Born to Fly”
Could’ve slayed this song, but she held back. So frustrating. Girl has magical chops, but she’s got to reach her potential STAT. Loved the arrangement.
On last night’s results show, the voters sent Haley, Jacob and Stefano to the stools of doom, and ultimately sent Stefano home — the perfect choice. Next week: songs of Carole King …
Quote of the Week
“I think critique really helps everyone”
-Randy Jackson. I cannot.