The 11th episode of the 9th season of American Idol.
Wowie Zowie, Batman. Yes, I know that's not Robin's catch phrase. Rather, it's my adaptation and the only words that came to mind after watching the top eight male singers perform. This episode left me dumbfounded. It was that good. If you haven't been watching American Idol, this is a "must see" episode! I thought all the men were impressive, even the ones that fell short of their singing potential. Practically everyone had improved, and I was flabbergasted. I had no idea who to vote for when the night was over.
I was very happy to see that tonight didn't have any weird and awkward situations, such as Kara going all "ga ga" over Simon again. It started off rather normally with Lee. His performance was just "ok;" I love the original version "Fireflies" by Owl City, so I wasn't impressed with his rendition. The real surprises came when both Alex Lambert and Tim Urban sang. I loved their performances. I was one of the fans hoping Tim would get off the show after his first song "Apologize," but since then, he has improved. Both singers have shown that they are really diamonds in the rough!
Alex's performance was more fun than Tim's, though, because he received funny comments from the judges. First, Ellen referenced the banana analogy again. I loved when she first made this comparison. It's so funny that she continued the joke by explaining she didn't want a "cocky banana," and that he shouldn't ripen too much. Second, Simon explained that Alex still needed to loosen up, and that he should imagine Randy in a bikini. He is quoted saying: "I'll get Randy in a bikini next week if you're still here." I really hope they keep this promise because I need more laughter in my life.
Even though the judges' critiques of Tim didn't have me laughing, there was an "aw" moment when Ellen came down from the judge's table to give him a hug. She explained that she had been very hard on him the past couple of weeks. Now that Tim had improved so much, she wanted to show him that she was proud. It made me smile, and I hope it boosted Tim's confidence for later performances.
During Aaron Kelly's performance, Simon finally told Kara to shut up about her ridiculous "feeling" comments. I was laughing so hard! Thank goodness for Simon. Kara's been driving me crazy this season, and I think she needed to be told to shut up. Simon explained that Aaron could sing whatever he wanted to despite his age. I don't know why the judges didn't find "I'm Already There" relevant to Aaron's life considering he is grew up not knowing his real birth parents. I pictured him as the child in the song missing his father. The song was a good choice, and he added his own emotional qualities to it.
The biggest disappointment of the night was Andrew Garcia. The only positive thing for him was that he got extra interview time with Ryan about his song choice like Siobhan from the ladies' night. I didn't have any reason to complain though because it was much shorter and less meaningful. Plus, he needed that extra time to stay in the show. I really wanted his "Genie in a Bottle" to be his "comeback moment." Unfortunately, I agreed with the judges. The performance fell flat. I want Andrew to be the type of artist who can take a bad or boring song and spice it up. I know he can do it, but I think he's lost focus because of the judge's confusing comments. I'm afraid he won't continue his journey on American Idol after this week despite the extra camera time with Ryan. I couldn't help myself. I voted for him anyway.
One of the most surprising performances of the night was Todrick Hall's rendition of Queen's "Somebody to Love." Where has this singer been hiding? I have hated him since the very first song he butchered. I really thought he was a poser. Then, he comes out of nowhere to blow me away. I wonder if it was enough for America to save him. He definitely deserved the votes this week, although I fear he will let America down in later episodes.
The episode ended with a bang when Michael Lynche sang "This Women's Work." I was so glad he chose this song, especially after last week's macho song choice. It started off very well, but midway through I felt his performance turned corny. He made the song too macho! The only soft moments were at the beginning and the end. He had too many loud and big notes throughout the song. And what was with the goofy dancing? That was the worst part about his performance. It was strange how much he was moving around the stage. Even more surprising than that was Kara's reaction to his song. She was crying. I don't know how you could find that performance more moving than Ade and Melissa's breast cancer dance on So You Think You Can Dance with Maxwell's song. That was moving. That made me cry. This one was good, but it wasn't as good enough to bring tears to my eyes. Kara, stop being a baby!
Overall, I had a great night! The men were more entertaining than the ladies, and they all sang better. Despite not being as impressed with some of the judge's favorites, I thought every man who performed tonight deserved a vote. America has a tough choice to make. Who will make it in the top twelve and go on tour? We'll all have to wait until Thursday's result show. I'm sure there will be surprises as far as who's going home.
Here is the full lineup of all the contestants and what they sang for this episode. I included as much information as I remembered:
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