American Idol Final Three Song Choices: What We Think

This week on American Idol, Crystal Bowersox, Lee DeWyze and Casey James will duke it out to see who can make it into the finale. Each of the contestants will choose one song to perform and sing once choice from the judges. On Friday, the judges announced their picks for the American Idol hopefuls.

American Idol Final Three (FOX)
American Idol Final Three (FOX)

While we are fond of Ellen DeGeneres‘ choice of Paul McCartney‘s “Maybe I’m Amazed” for Crystal Bowersox, we were hoping for something that was just a bit more powerfully evocative. Nevertheless, we fully expect Bowersox to blast this one out of the house. The song has a strong middle section that should allow Bowersox to show off those amazing pipes nicely.

Kara DioGuardi and Randy Jackson chose John Mayer‘s “Daughters” for Casey James. While James will probably do reasonably well with the song, it’s hardly much of a challenging choice. It certainly doesn’t scream ‘winner’ to us anyway. And if he does manage to screw it up, James will look like a total idiot.

The song choice we disliked most was Simon Cowell‘s pick for Lee DeWyze. “Hallelujah” may not be the most overdone song on American Idol, but it certainly is close. We’ve heard it so often that any rendition of it on Idol would probably bore us to death. Plus it’s already been performed by a finalist on Idol this season! For us to even care, DeWyze will have to do vocal gymnastics to make this song shine in a way no one else has before. Frankly, we don’t think he’ll succeed.

We hope the contestants themselves will do much better with their song choices for American Idol this week than the judges did!

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American Idol Last Night: Lee Dewyze and Crystal Bowersox Duet Rocks!

Once again, most of American Idol last night was one step above torture to watch. Which is sad. We really hoped ‘movie night’ on Idol would be a blast. Thankfully, the Crystal Bowersox and Lee Dewyze duet brought us at least one moment of  American Idol glory to enjoy.

Crystal Bowersox and Lee Dewyze on 'American Idol' (FOX)
Crystal Bowersox and Lee Dewyze on 'American Idol' (FOX)

The final four of American Idol took to the stage last night under the mentorship of Oscar winner Jamie Foxx. We don’t really get – or care about – the whole artist/contestant t-shirt thing. Especially since Michael Lynche was the only one Foxx gave a ‘contestant’ shirt rather than an ‘artist’ shirt. Not only was it rude, but if anyone deserved the diss, it was definitely Casey James.

With his passionless and flat rendition of “Mrs. Robinson”, Casey James was the worst of the night by far. Unfortunately, he didn’t redeem himself at all during his duet with Michael Lynche. Although, as Simon Cowell said, both duets of the night were a “million times better” than the solo performances.

That’s certainly true for Michael Lynche as well. We still have a fond place in our hearts for the big guy, but his take on Michael Jackson‘s “Will You Be There” just made us want to be somewhere else.

In the duet with James on “Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman”, Lynche was certainly better, though still not stellar. On a side note, Ellen DeGeneres‘ comment on their duet was definitely the best from the judges last night: “As a matter of fact, yes, I have loved a woman.” Even funnier was the slightly stunned moment of reaction from the other judges, contestants and the audience. Too amusing.

Crystal Bowersox picked it up this week with her performance of “I’m Alright” from Caddyshack and it was certainly one of the more enjoyable moments of the night. We still feel it lacked the spark we’ve grown to love from her though. Something was just missing and it left us wanting.

Dewyze failed to impress with his lame rendition of Seal‘s “Kiss From a Rose”, but luckily most people aren’t going to judge his performances from last night by his solo song.

Thankfully, Crystal Bowersox’s duet with Lee Dewyze didn’t leave us wanting like her solo song. This is the kind of music Dewyze’s voice was made for and he and Bowersox smoked the song “Falling Slowly” from Once. While it wasn’t a perfect performance, it was far and away the best song of the night. It’s downloading on our iTunes as we speak.

Although, we do have to wonder if Crystal Bowersox might have more than just a bit of a “musical” crush on Dewyze. She certainly did spend a lot of time fondling his instrument while the judges were speaking. Then again, maybe she just wants to steal his guitar…

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American Idol Contestants Come Together

The performances on American Idol last night were rather surprisingly good overall, a nice change from the abysmal mess most of the contestants seem to be from week to week. Once again, Crystal Bowersox was our favorite of the night, giving a sexy, quirky groove to her version of “Come Together.” The biggest shock of the night, however, is that we didn’t actually want to wash our ears out with bleach after Tim Urban took his turn on the stage.

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

Yes, we love to pick on Tim Urban. He may be one of the least talented contestants to ever appear on American Idol. Still, last night we didn’t hate him as much as usual. His performance of “All My Loving” was certainly not something we care to hear again, but it was at least passable for a change.

Crystal Bowersox once again rocked it out. We absolutely adored her performance of “Come Together” and thought it was a great song choice for her. We especially loved the addition of the didgeridoo to the song arrangement. That’s what makes Bowersox special, she always throws something unique and different into the mix.


Our pick for the worst performance of the evening on American Idol this week was actually Aaron Kelly, not Tim Urban. His take on “The Long and Winding Road” was off pitch and uncomfortable. We weren’t too fond of Andrew Garcia‘s “Can’t Buy Me Love” rendition either; it just didn’t click and sounded weird.

Normally we love Michael Lynche and his big voice, but we couldn’t quite get into his performance of “Eleanor Rigby,” especially with the memory of David Cook‘s hot-as-hell version ringing in our ears. We think once a song has been slammed out of the park by a previous contestant, it really should be retired from the song list. Otherwise it just sounds like a pale copy in comparison.

As for the rest of the performances, they were relatively decent in general, although we do have to ask – what the hell was Siobhan Magnus wearing? Seriously, that outfit was atrocious. Even worse, it was paired with plastic hair and one of Magnus’ most boring performances of the season. All around just not the best night for Siobhan.

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Crystal Bowersox Bobby McGee Rocks Out American Idol

Every week when we tune in to American Idol, we always look forward to the performance of one of the contestants more than all of the others. Although we are fond of several other American Idol hopefuls, such as Michael Lynche and Siobhan Magnus, it is hippie-chick Crystal Bowersox who has truly won our hearts this year.

Crystal Bowersox performs 'Bobby McGee' (FOX)
Crystal Bowersox performs 'Bobby McGee' (FOX)

Last night, Crystal Bowersox rocked it out yet again in the American Idol top 11 with a passionate performance of Janis Joplin’s “Me and Bobby McGee”. The song was an absolutely perfect choice for her vocals and we frankly haven’t heard a better version of this song since Joplin sang it herself.

Michel Lynche’s “When a Man Loves a Woman” once again showed off his big, powerful voice, but we found the song rather boring and stale. Still, we love Big Mike and hope like hell he ends up in the top three. As for the rest of the competitors, we were decently impressed with Siobhan Magnus – she’s quite growing on us. Casey James actually pulled off a rather okay version of “Power of Love”. We’re not a fan of Casey James, so it takes a lot to say we didn’t hate it too much.

The rest of the guys and girls this week were so pathetic we can’t even make a good guess at who will end up going home. It might Paige Miles, who was painfully terrible singing “Against All Odds”, but we’re still kind of hoping Tim Urban will get the boot despite the crowd.

Just on a completely random note, we’re a little insulted that Bowersox let Miley Cyrus sign her guitar. We’re sure Melissa Etheridge and the other notables gracing Bowersox’s instrument are shuddering at having that poser wannabe’s name scrawled so close to their own…

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