American Idol Last Night: Lee Dewyze Hallelujah a Heavenly Gift?

On American Idol last night, Lee Dewyze‘s “Hallelujah” performance definitely stole the show, but does that mean he really deserves to be in the final two despite a season of rough ups and downs? And what about Crystal Bowersox, the huge fan favorite who appeared to have the win nailed down weeks ago, but recently seems to have lost some of her shine?

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

We openly admit that Crystal Bowersox has been our favorite on American Idol this season since the beginning. She has given some amazing performances this season and we definitely see a long career stretching ahead of her. Yet, the last three weeks or so, we have not been as impressed with Bowersox as we were earlier in the season. Maybe it’s just stress – she did consider quitting after all – or maybe she’s just picking the wrong songs. Our conspiracy theory is that she actually doesn’t want to win and be tied down with that American Idol winner title. But that’s just the crazy in us talking… maybe.

Bowersox’s choice of the classic Melissa Etheridge song “Come to My Window” on American Idol last night seemed like a decent pick at first. Unfortunately, we didn’t like it much and neither did the judges. She sang it well, as usual, but it just lacked the passion and fire of the original. Her attempts here and there to make it her own just didn’t quite work and we just couldn’t love it as much as we wanted to.


Thankfully, Bowersox was saved by Ellen DeGeneres‘ choice of “Maybe I’m Amazed”. The song fit Bowersox wonderfully and she sang the hell out of it. On this song, for the first time in weeks, Bowersox finally seemed to blast out that spark that made us fall for her in the first place. For that performance, we are still calling her as our favorite to win.

Lee Dewyze is a guy we just haven’t connected with this season. He certainly has a great voice when he is ‘on’ and makes the right song choice. At other times, he just bores us into a stupor. On American Idol this year, he’s had nights when he blew it out and nights when he just blew it. We can’t argue, however, that in recent weeks he has really seemed to come into his own. Although we weren’t totally in love with his “Simple Man” performance, it was one of his better showings this season.

Lee Dewyze did well with both performances, but it was his rendition of “Hallelujah” was the most impressive. We really, really didn’t want to hear anyone do that song on Idol ever again. We cringed when he took to the stage to sing it. Yet, in the end, we had to agree with the judges that it was a great performance. Probably Dewyze’s best of the season, though we disagree with some fans out there that it was one of the best songs ever done on Idol. We can’t quite give him that much credit. Still, Simon Cowell apparently did know what he was doing when he have Dewyze a heavenly gift of “Hallelujah” for his song choice, much as it hurts us to admit it.

As for Casey James, what can we say really? We’ve felt he needed to go ages ago. Last night on Idol he was mediocre through both songs in our opinion. His song choice for himself, “Ok It’s Alright By Me” was dull, weak and certainly wasn’t worthy of a top two spot in the finale.

Unfortunately James wasn’t helped at all by the song the judges picked out for him either. His rendition of “Daughters” won’t be winning him any prizes – or moving him to the final two – if the voters have any taste at all.

At this point, we’re pretty solid in our belief that it will be Crystal Bowersox and Lee Dewyze going head to head in the finale. We are still hoping for a Bowersox win – if she wants it – but we have to grudgingly admit Dewyze might not make that bad of a second choice after all.

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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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Did Crystal Bowersox Almost Quit American Idol?

Rumor has it American Idol frontrunner Crystal Bowersox nearly quit the competition just a few weeks ago. Bowersox reportedly missed her family terribly and felt like she just couldn’t handle the competition anymore. American Idol host Ryan Seacrest is the one who allegedly got her to stick it out for the long haul.

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

According to, Crystal Bowersox was ready to walk off American Idol a couple of weeks ago. Bowersox and Ryan Seacrest allegedly talked about her desire to leave in a parking lot after the show was done taping.

Bowersox reportedly said she was sick of all the attention being directed her way and wanted to go back home to her family in Ohio. Seacrest allegedly gave Bowersox a hefty pep talk and told her the benefits of winning a million-dollar contract outweighed the torture of being on Idol.

Seacrest supposedly touched the right nerve with the young songstress when he told her the “greatest thing I ever did was make enough money so I could buy my mom a house. You can buy your mom a house.” With the prospect of helping out her family on her mind, Bowersox allegedly decided to stay.

Whether or not sticking around will prove to be the best decision for her career at this point, we’ll just have to wait and see. We’re not sure winning American Idol 2012 would be the right thing for her. Sometimes it seems like being a fan favorite but not actually winning is better than taking home the top prize. (Can anyone remember the name of the guy who won over Adam Lambert? We keep forgetting…)

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American Idol’s Crystal Bowersox Returns After Mysterious Hospitalization

American Idol contestant Crystal Bowersox was hospitalized on Tuesday with a mysterious ailment, prompting a last minute switch to feature the male performers on last night’s show. Although little information has been revealed about why Bowersox was rushed to the hospital, the Los Angeles Times reports she will most likely be returning to the stage Wednesday night.

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

Tuesday on American Idol was supposed to be the night for the top 10 women to compete, but it was the men who ended up showboating for votes instead. 24-year-old contestant Crystal Bowersox was suddenly rushed to the hospital on Tuesday after falling ill. No official information about her condition was released, but it is suspected she may have been suffering from a complication of diabetes.

Some American Idol fans have called the decision to move the boys to perform a day early unfair to both the male and female contestants. The men lost a day of rehearsal and the women may be feeling producers displayed favoritism toward Crystal Bowersox by delaying their performances.

Although Bowersox will reportedly be appearing to compete tonight on the show, not everyone involved with American Idol seems comfortable with the decision to allow her to continue. American Idol producer Ken Warwick spoke to host Ryan Seacrest on Wednesday morning, hinting that the decision to let Bowersox return is not an easy one. “If you’re in the Olympics and you’re going for the semi-final, for the final, if you don’t turn up, you don’t get straight through to the final,” Warwick said.

The official decision on Bowersox’s return to the stage Wednesday night will reportedly be handed down by the doctors. If for some reason they do not pass her to perform, she could find herself out of luck and booted from the competition for good.

Personally, we hope she gets another chance. The contestant field is none too strong this year and she’s frankly one of our favorites for the top 10. If the other contestants feel pissed off because she wasn’t booted out for getting sick, well, that’s just because they know she’s a threat.

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