Despite some of the uplifting and engaging performances, I did lose hope in some of my early favorites. John Park never delivered the performance I knew he could and fell flat with "Gravity." Andrew Garcia is in the same boat. He has never been able to top his performance from Hollywood week. He's only in the competition because fans remember what he's capable of.
Others are in the competition merely because of personality, such as Casey James and Todrick Hall. I've never liked either, and although Casey's performance wasn't bad, he didn't strike me as an artist out to win this competition. He's just a pretty boy getting by with his looks. Todrick butchered Turner's song, as he's butchered every song since the show began with the top 24 singers. Why is America still voting for him?
Despite some shaky moments, all the guys improved over last week, most noticeably Tim Urban who, surprisingly enough, is still in the competition despite his shaky beginning. The audience got to learn more about everyone's stories through the video clips (who doesn't love Jermaine's onesies?). Even though it's a singing competition, the connections to the contestants' personalities is what compels America to vote despite bad performances. Props to all the male singers, and may next week be as inspiring.
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