Aaron Kelly Finally Kicked Off American Idol Last Night

We never thought he would make it to the final two, but we were a little surprised when Aaron Kelly was kicked off American Idol last night. After Casey James‘ lousy performance this week, we rather thought he would be the one to finally get bagged.

Aaron Kelly leaves 'American Idol' (FOX)
Aaron Kelly leaves 'American Idol' (FOX)

Apparently, however, America thinks James is at least more pleasing to look at than Kelly. At least, that’s our guess, because he certainly isn’t any more pleasant to listen to.

Regardless, Aaron Kelly deserved the boot and we aren’t sorry to see him go. We wish him well on finding a nice boy band somewhere. At least until his voice changes. We do hope he just hasn’t fully gone through puberty yet and won’t be stuck with that voice his whole life…

We were a bit ticked that Casey James didn’t even end up in the bottom two after his horrid mangling of that poor Frank Sinatra song this week. Especially since Michael Lynche actually got some of his spark back on Tuesday night’s show. Lynche certainly deserved to be ‘safe’ far more than James this time around.

On a side note, although we were less than pleased with our favorite Crystal Bowersox on stage this week – that friggin’ andro boy suit she was wearing last night was way, way too cute. Girl looks good in drag!

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American Idol Last Night: Winners and Losers

American Idol last night left us with a feeling of unrest and depression. Even our favorite girl, Crystal Bowersox, failed to give us the happy pill that would have at least raised the show to the level of only mildly boring. Michael Lynche almost managed to drag us out of the gutter, but in the end we were just left limp and wasted on the floor by the night’s performances.

Lee DeWyze on 'American Idol' (FOX)
Lee DeWyze on 'American Idol' (FOX)

Guest mentor Harry Connick Jr. tried to make us smile by cracking a few jokes, but overall he just didn’t even seem to like most of the contestants and it showed. We can’t blame him. Playing cheerleader and coach for one of the most lackluster final five American Idol contestants ever can’t be all that much fun. Let’s hope these folks learn some new tricks before the American Idols Live Tour this summer.

It almost seems a bit pointless to try to rank the contestants for American Idol‘s Frank Sinatra week. Apparently AI voters feel kind of the same way. DialIdol.com, which has a remarkable accuracy rating for predicting who is going to get voted off, can’t even call last night’s loser. This week the website ranks every contestant as “may be voted off or safe – it’s just too close to call.” Still, we’ll give it a try.

Lee DeWyze: “That’s Life” – If Harry Connick Jr. did like one of the contestants of the evening, it was obviously DeWyze – calling him a “new and improved version of me.” Well, we won’t go that far, but this genre obviously fit DeWyze well. Any other season, this performance would be mediocre at best. Among this year’s abysmal field of competitors, it was actually pretty decent. If we have to pick a winner for the evening, we guess it would be DeWyze.

 

Michael Lynche: “The Way You Look Tonight” – Big Mike got some of his pizzazz back last night and boy did he look kind of adorable in that fedora. The vocals were strong and we liked that he look confident on stage again. The performance was kind of hammy, but that’s just his style. Still, in the end it was nothing special.

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Crystal Bowersox: “Summer Wind” – We hate to rank our favorite in the middle of the pack for the evening, but that’s where she landed. For the second week in a row, we really didn’t care much that Bowersox was singing – and that hurts us. Seriously, we’re beginning to wonder with these last two song choices if she is deliberately trying to get eliminated. Plus, she looked like that dress was cutting off her circulation. Bring back the hippie clothes, the drama and the belting Mama Sox!

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Aaron Kelly: “Fly Me to the Moon” – We may be biased here because this is one of our least favorite Sinatra songs. Regardless, we felt the performance was weak, tired and altogether yawn-worthy. Being cute can only get you so far and we’re thinking maybe it’s time to boot this boy band wannabe.

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Casey James: “Blue Skies” – It was difficult to call a ‘winner’ for the evening, but not so hard to pick the loser. Casey James was a mess on American Idol last night. His song choice didn’t suit him, his vocals were all over the place and we just wanted to smack that weird, smirky look right off his face.

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With this kind of ‘final five’ on American Idol this season, we’re starting to think maybe it might be a good idea to let the show go gently into the good night when Simon Cowell makes his exit at the end of the season.

Note to American Idol 2012 producers for the next season – which we know they’ll do anyway – you are doing it wrong. Next time around, pick contestants that can actually sing and don’t sound like bad Miley Cyrus or Justin Timberlake knock-offs. And ditch the ‘oldies’ music and get the hell with the times.

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American Idol Last Night Didn’t Impress Us Much

Even Crystal Bowersox failed to liven up the dismal fail of American Idol last night. Shania Twain proved to be a relatively intelligent and entertaining guest mentor, but the contestants were disappointing across the board. For the first time this season, we couldn’t even choose a best performance for the week, because they all pretty much sucked.

'American Idol' Top 6 (FOX)
'American Idol' Top 6 (FOX)

While we failed to really care much about any performance on American Idol 2012 last night, we do have to give a slight nod to Casey James for actually finally seeming to connect with a song for once. While we still think his performance of “Don’t!” was barely decent, we give him props for improving quite a bit over last week’s trip to the stage.

Siobhan Magnus managed to pull herself out of the gutter a bit with her rendition of “Any Man of Mine,” but much of the song was kind of torturous to listen to. She did, however, get it together by the last bit and actually land a few nice phrases.

We’re shocked to have to say this week we were not thrilled with Crystal Bowersox. Maybe it’s just because we’ve come to expect so much from her at this point. After last week’s jaw-dropping performance, this week Bowersox came across as terribly weak in her performance of “No One Needs to Know.” It wasn’t a great song choice and she sounded tired and not very invested in the song. Still, we love her anyway and she’ll keep getting our vote based on her amazing run this season regardless.

Michael Lynche, who we originally adored, has definitely grown tiresome. His take on “It Only Hurts When I’m Breathing” was solid, his voice tight – but we just didn’t get any emotional connection out of the performance. Plus, we know exactly how Big Mike is going to sound every week, there are just no surprises from him anymore.

A lot of folks apparently really enjoyed Aaron Kelly‘s “You’ve Got a Way” on American Idol last night, but we weren’t among them. Again, we just don’t find anything special or unique about this kid. He has a decent voice, he’s kind of cute, but that “it” factor is just missing in action with this one.

Lee DeWyze may be headed to the final two with the improvement he’s shown in recent weeks, but he just never ‘thrills’ us when he sings. At least a few of the other remaining contestants – especially Bowersox – have given us a few ‘wow’ moments on stage. DeWyze, on the other hand, never has.

Whoever ends up in the final five next week needs to go balls to the wall and pull out something amazingly hot. That includes our perennial favorite Crystal Bowersox. We’d like to see the last episodes of American Idol this season go out with a bang – not the pathetic whimper we heard last night.

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American Idol Winners and Losers for Idol Gives Back Week

This week on American Idol is all about giving back. Unfortunately, we’d like to give back quite a few of the performances we had to endure on Monday night’s show. Crystal Bowersox may have moved the audience – and herself – to tears, but overall the contestants failed to capture the ‘inspirational’ theme of the evening.

Crystal Bowerox on 'American Idol' (FOX)
Crystal Bowerox on 'American Idol' (FOX)

Lee DeWyze, who we normally don’t really care for, actually did a decent job last night with Simon and Garfunkel‘s “The Boxer.” While we still don’t think he’s all that special, we have to put him on the winner side of the American Idol performances this week.

Siobhan Magnus used to occasionally make us feel happy and whimsical when she sang, but now we’re just tired of her never quite reaching the potential she seemed to have at first. Her song choice, “When You Believe,” was too big for her and fell a bit flat. “It’s a shame,” as Simon Cowell said of her performance. She was definitely not one of our favorites of the evening.

Every now and then Casey James rises slightly above mediocrity, but last night wasn’t one of those occasions. His take on Fleetwood Mac‘s “Don’t Stop” was boring and pitchy. Ellen DeGeneres said it “wasn’t great” but we go a bit further and say it was “suckage.”

The guy we love to hate, Tim Urban, was back to his old tricks this week. In other words, he was crap. His version of “Better Days” by the Goo Goo Dolls made us long for it to be any other day but Monday so we wouldn’t have to him butcher a good song.

We detest Aaron Kelly because of his generic cuteness and inability to even marginally appear like he belongs on a stage. Still, his performance of “I Believe I Can Fly” wasn’t the worst thing ever. It wasn’t that great either. We’re predicting either Kelly or Siobhan Magnus getting the boot this week.

Michael Lynche, who admittedly is kind of getting to be a bit of a ‘one-note’ guy, still managed to entertain us nicely with his take on “Hero.” Big Mike has a great voice, but somewhere along the line he seems to have lost some of his spark. We do hope he can find it again long enough to make the final three.

Lastly, Crystal Bowersox – aka Mama Sox – schooled the rest of the competitors into the ground with her instrument-free rendition of “People Get Ready.” She may have ended up crying through the last bit because her dad was in the audience, but we forgive her for the minor breakdown. Even with the weepy ending, Bowersox gave one of the best performances of the season – if not the entire American Idol series.

 

Our American Idol predications for the week? Aaron Kelly, Siobhan Magnus and Tim Urban for the bottom three. While we hope it will finally be Tim Urban’s time to go, we’re thinking it may be Kelly or Magnus who gets voted off this time around. It doesn’t really matter who gets cut at this point anyway. If Bowersox doesn’t already have it in the bag, we just don’t know what the hell is wrong with the American Idol voters out there.

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Crystal Bowersox: People Get Ready for an American Idol Winner

After last night’s American Idol performances to kick off Idol Gives Back week, we’re no longer rooting for Crystal Bowersox to win, we’re demanding it. Mama Sox may have lost it and broke down in tears at the end of her rendition of “People Get Ready,” but she also gave one of the best vocal performances we’ve ever seen on the show.

Crystal Bowerox on 'American Idol' (FOX)
Crystal Bowerox on 'American Idol' (FOX)

Crystal Bowersox started off last night sweet and simple on American Idol, belting out an a capella first verse of “People Get Ready” to a room of near absolute silence. Bowersox had no instrument last night except her voice, but she didn’t need one. She soared through the inspirational song like some kind of earthbound angel reaching for the heavens. Then, right as she was going for that big, final blowout, Bowersox wavered and broke down in tears.

Far from ruining the performance, Bowersox’s emotional release on stage was cathartic and moving. Bowersox blamed her tears on having her father in the audience, but it’s obvious she has struggled through American Idol this season emotionally. Yet, she keeps taking to the stage, week after week, giving amazing performances far above the level of most of the other contestants.

For those out there who are – believe it or not – saying Bowersox’s tears were faked to garner sympathy from American Idol voters, we say shame on you. It should be obvious at this point that Crystal Bowersox has no need to win American Idol. Even if she was voted off this instant or really did decide to quit the show, she’d most certainly have more record deals and piles of cash thrown at her feet than she could handle.

If Crystal Bowersox doesn’t end up winning American Idol this season, we firmly believe that either the show is totally rigged – or the American public is tone deaf and wouldn’t know real, honest-to-god talent if it slapped them in the face.

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Katie Stevens and Andrew Garcia Exit American Idol at Last

American Idol lost two of the show’s least impressive contestants last night when Katie Stevens and Andrew Garcia were finally voted off. While we kind of had a fondness for too-generic Stevens, we weren’t surprised to see her get the boot. As far as Garcia goes, he should have been cut weeks ago and we think he should be grateful as hell he stayed long enough to go on the American Idol Live tour. 

Katie Stevens on 'American Idol' (FOX)
Katie Stevens on 'American Idol' (FOX)

There are still a few duds left to get rid of in the American Idol top 7, but losing Katie Stevens and Andrew Garcia cuts down the crap factor considerably. We admit Katie Stevens actually has a nice voice, but it’s a voice that belongs on a backup singer, not a superstar. We did get a bit teary eyed watching her sob like hell after being cut though. That’s gotta hurt.

Andrew Garcia, we don’t feel so bad for. He’s consistently sucked on American Idol and deserved to get thrown off a long time back. He’s had maybe one performance that was decent and most of them were pathetic. Still, he did have class on his exit. “I’m still happy,” Garcia said. “Thank you guys.  I mean, I appreciate everything and I’m glad I’m here, I’m glad I’ve been through what I’ve been through.”

The best part of the evening was, of course, watching Adam Lambert kick it on stage. The laser effects were awesome, but the overwhelming smoke cloud on stage did make it a bit blurry to watch. We knew Lambert was a drama queen but wow! Still, we admire his style and that huge, fabulous voice. He still needs, however, to learn to not bounce around so much that he loses the fine edge of his vocal tone.

So who is going to get the boot next? We’re hoping Tim Urban will finally go despite some improvement the last few weeks. He just tortured us far too long this season. We’re thinking it might be Aaron Kelly next, since he’s splitting the ‘cute boy’ vote with Casey James and James is the better singer. Siobhan Magnus may finally get it though, since the girl vote is obviously going primarily to Crystal Bowersox.

Then again, Michael Lynche has been on the chopping block recently. If he doesn’t pull out another really great performance next time, he could find himself the next to take that long journey home.

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Why Was Michael Lynche Nearly Eliminated on American Idol Results Show?

American Idol contestant Michael Lynche lucked out big time last night when the judges decided to use their precious ‘save’ to keep him from being voted off the show. We’re glad Big Mike didn’t bite it, but we can’t help but wonder why the hell he was nearly cut in the first place?

Michael Lynche on 'American Idol' (FOX)
Michael Lynche on 'American Idol' (FOX)

The American Idol results show this week started off with all three remaining ladies receiving a pass through to next week. Naturally, we’re delighted that Crystal Bowersox retains her top status, but disappointed Katie Stevens didn’t at least land in the bottom three. It’s not that we dislike her; we just feel she doesn’t measure up against the better contestants. Not that Siobhan Magnus had a terrific week either; her performance for Lennon/McCartney night was mediocre at best.

Still, we didn’t really expect any of the three ladies to be sent home this week. What we were shocked about was the lineup of the guys in the bottom three. We knew things were getting dicey when perpetual bottom boy Tim Urban was placed in a group with Casey James – who is obviously a fan favorite. Michael Lynche, on the other hand, was put over in a group with Aaron Kelly and Andrew Garcia. Trouble brewing!

Okay, we can get that Michael Lynche might get a bottom three nod for his “Eleanor Rigby” performance this week. It was certainly not one of his best nights. But when we heard he had been voted off by the fans, we really were stunned. Of all the guys this season, Big Mike has proven he’s truly got the vocal chops and he can consistently perform on stage. Some of his performances have been the best of the season. It’s just scary that one night of wrongness could put Lynche below a near-talentless hack like Tim Urban or ultra-weak Andrew Garcia.

When the judges, after much passionate deliberation, announced they were going to grant Big Mike the save, we breathed a hefty sigh of relief. For a contestant like Michael Lynche to go home before Tim Urban, Andrew Garcia or Aaron Kelly would just be seriously painful.

We can’t help but feel America got it all wrong this week with the bottom three lineup. Not only should Michael Lynche never have been there, but Tim Urban and Aaron Kelly absolutely should have been in the bottom two. Urban because he’s sucked his way through the whole season and Kelly because his “Long and Winding Road” this week was torturous to listen to.

Just goes to show, however, that one bad week can make or break you on American Idol. Let’s just hope Crystal Bowersox doesn’t become the victim of one of those bad weeks now that the judges have lost their ability to save anyone else from elimination.

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