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American Idol Season 9 Top 4

Published May 12, 2010 in Television
By J Rodgers | Image property of Fox
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Reel Winner - Each of the contestants would perform one solo and a duet. The theme, songs of the movies, proved to be less than Oscar-worthy. Tonight’s mentor, Jamie Foxx, deemed so successful last year he was invited back. Jamie is both an Oscar winner, for the film “Ray” and a multi-platinum R&B recording artist. Foxx chose to evaluate the contestants by either rewarding them with an “artist” t-shirt or a “contestant” t-shirt. (There are rumors swirling Foxx will be Simon’s replacement.)

Crystal Bowersox separated herself as the lone front-runner tonight. Her solo performance far exceeded what the guys produced. I have chosen to rank the efforts inclusive of the duets.

Let’s break it down.

American Idol: Season 9 Top 4

Crystal Bowersox – “I’m Alright”, yes the Kenny Loggins gopher dance theme from “Caddyshack” – tweaked it to make it her own, good performance quality, if she doesn’t take the title there is a problem with America – Randy said you are an artist, tried to switch it up to fit you – Ellen said got ‘Crystalized’, made that song better – Kara said agree with Ellen and Randy, an artist – Simon said after that performance you are back in the game (Simon, she was never out of the game).

Crystal and Lee duet – “Falling Slowly” by Hansard and Irglova from “Once” – not sure why they chose this after Kris Allen provided one of his most moving and memorable performances with this song last season (which went totally unmentioned by the judges – not nice!), both on guitar, voices worked well together, increased the tempo – Randy said great song it could be a hit right now, amazing – Ellen said great – Kara said one of my favorite moments of the entire season, brought out the best in both of you – Simon said fantastic song.

Casey and Mike duet – “Have you Ever Really Loved a Woman” the Bryan Adams ballad from “Don Juan DeMarco” – Casey’s guitar work is amazing, some off vocal moments, but good overall – Randy said loved guitar, started rough then Mike picked it up – Ellen said yes, I have loved a woman (Funny line I admit, but why is Idol paying her?)- Kara said duets incredible, better than solo performances – Simon said really good, well done.

Michael Lynche – “Will You Be There” by the late, great Michael Jackson from “Free Willy” – a little worried with the first couple notes, but good thereafter, backed up with a gospel choir, song suited him – Randy said didn’t love it for you, ‘ahright’ for me – Ellen said consistently good, predictable – Kara said didn’t get goose bumps, played it safe – Simon said at least you gave it 100%, felt you meant it.

Casey James – “Mrs. Robinson” the Simon and Garfunkel hit from “The Graduate” – sat on stage and played ukulele, much improved vocal over last week, so good to look at, doesn’t a great band want him? – Randy said sounded cool, laid back – Ellen said like that you did something different after getting beaten up a little bit last week – Kara said that is you fighting to stay in the competition, good choice – Simon said didn’t think it had enough substance, a little bit lazy, lot of strange song choices tonight and that was one of them Lee DeWyze – “Kiss from a Rose” Seal’s love song from “Batman Forever” - pains me to give him the last spot, first of all what was he wearing it is not Saturday at the mall, didn’t change it up at all, couple pitch issues, serviceable – Randy said did nothing with the song, pitchy, ok but didn’t work for me – Ellen said could have done more with it because you are so good – Kara said good last week, difficult song, out of tune issues, you are still great – Simon said agree with Randy, there were so many songs to choose from, that was verging on karaoke.

On this less than stellar, songs of the cinema night, will the front runners be able to hold on? Will there be a surprise ouster? Are you truly looking forward to the confetti shower at Nokia or are you just ready for this season to be over? Performances tonight from Idol Alum Chris Daughtry – mentor Jamie Foxx – AI Season 3 winner Fantasia – and rock legend Jon Bon Jovi. American Idol performances Tuesday and results Wednesday on Fox.

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