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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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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American Idol Top 9 Prepare for Elvis Night

American Idol is bringing back Elvis Presley theme week for the first time since season five on Tuesday night. We just find it vastly amusing that Adam Lambert is serving as guest mentor this week. After all, Elvis Presley was pretty controversial and often quite racy himself back in the day. And Adam Lambert can certainly shake those hips just as much as Elvis did!

American Idol Top 9 (FOX)
American Idol Top 9 (FOX)

So what’s the scoop on what the contestants will be performing on American Idol 2012 for Elvis week? Well, we can’t tell you what songs they’ll be singing, but rumor has it Tuesday night is going to be very interesting indeed.

Casey James is reportedly planning an upbeat number accompanied by acoustic guitar while Andrew Garcia may be going instrument free and is practicing some new dance moves for his performance. Siobhan Magnus apparently gave some very strong vocals during rehearsals, but her song choice may not please the judges.

Katie Stevens has reportedly decided to belt her way through the week, while Michael Lynche is rumored to be going kind of “folksy” for performance night. Lee Dewyze is taking on a bit of grunge while Tim Urban is going for a sweet, ballad-like jaunt on stage.

Crystal Bowersox and Aaron Kelly will reportedly be rocking it out for the night. Bowersox will be bringing an electric guitar to the stage and showing off that powerful vocal range. Kelly is also supposedly ready to rock and as well, but we’ll see whether or not he can pull it off.

We’re looking forward to seeing what the American Idol Top 9 have in store for us tonight. We can only hope that Elvis week and Adam Lambert’s mentoring will bring out the best in the contestants!

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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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Idol Highlights: Crystal Bowersox Midnight Train to Georgia

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, Crystal Bowersox is our girl on American Idol and her performance of “Midnight Train to Georgia” last night just drove that point home yet again. This girl can sing it!

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

We will admit, Crystal Bowersox’s “Midnight Train to Georgia” performance wasn’t the best she’s had in our opinion. On the other hand, even less than her best is still way above what most of the contestants are putting out. We actually quite loved this song from Bowersox, we just prefer her singing that more indie chick-music kind of stuff.

As for the rest of the contestants last night, it seems like guest mentor Usher was a good influence for the most part. Across the board, the performances were generally a step up from last week.

We were dissapointed with Siobhan Magnus this week as her performance of “Through The Fire” was weak and the song really didn’t suit her well. On the other side of the stage, Michael Lynche made us sweet on him all over again with “Ready For Love” – one of our very favorites of the evening.

Lee Dewyze surprised us with quite a fabulous little rockin’ performance of “Treat Her Like a Lady” – we really didn’t know he had it in him. Casey James was actually decent, but we’re so over him. Aaron Kelly didn’t make us want to strangle him, which we guess is somewhat of an improvement.

Sadly, Didi Benami picked a terrible song and sounded awful and horridly outdated with “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted.” Andrew Garcia bored us, again. As did Katie Stevens.

And, oh yeah, Tim Urban sucked.

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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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Michael Lynche Tops the American Idol Top 8 Men

Michael Lynche, affectionately known as ‘Big Mike’, put the other top eight men of American Idol to shame Wednesday night. Lynche’s rendition of “This Woman’s Work” by Maxwell was by far the standout performance of the evening. But how did the rest of the American Idol guys do? Here’s our ranking of the American Idol men’s performances for the evening.

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

8. Andrew Garcia: “Genie In a Bottle” by Christina Aguilera – First off, what the hell was up with this song choice? So not suitable for Garcia or his voice. We’re rather disappointed because Garcia was kind of growing on us until this performance. It was bland, boring and lacked any personal touch to make it stand out.

7. Todrick Hall: “Somebody to Love” by Queen – First off, we just have to say, if you are going to dare to do a Queen song, you better damn well rock it hard. Although it wasn’t too terrible by the end, the beginning was so rough it made us cringe. Regardless, it was a mediocre performance at best and messy all the way through. Plenty of folks will probably disagree, but we’re tired of Hall and ready for him to go.

6. Aaron Kelly: “I’m Already There” by Lonestar – Sure, he’s cute, but would he really be star material without his looks? We don’t think so and this performance just reinforces that belief. Not a great song choice at all for Kelly and we agree with Kara DioGuardi that it didn’t fit his age.

5. Lee Dewyze: “Fireflies” by Owl City – Dewyze has a decent voice but it’s the same old same old every damn week. Dewyze needs to break out of his shell and really “wow” folks with something new, unique and powerful – or he’s a goner.

4. Casey James: “You’ll Think of Me” by Keith Urban – If James’ intention was to put the audience to sleep, he nearly succeeded with us. James needs to really connect with the audience, dig for better song choices and put some real power into his performances.

3. Alex Lambert: “Trouble” by Ray LaMontagne – Where’s the passion boys? That’s what we’re asking of most of the male contestants this year and Alex Lambert in particular. The song wasn’t terrible, but it lacked any real emotional oomph. Lambert also still just gives off this vibe of being entirely uncomfortable on the stage. Boy needs to chill out and get in love with the music. Then he might actually be a real contender.

2. Tim Urban: “Hallelujah” by Jeff Buckley – This is one of our all time favorite songs, so we have very high standards when it comes to anyone doing a cover of it. Urban certainly couldn’t touch the original version of the song, but it wasn’t all that bad. Certainly we think it was Urban’s best performance of the season so far.

1. Michael Lynche: “This Woman’s Work” by Maxwell – There is no doubt Michael Lynche blew it out of the water with this Maxwell cover of Kate Bush‘s song. It was absolutely a fabulous song choice for Big Mike’s big voice and we agree with Ellen DeGeneres that Lynche’s performance was entirely “beautiful”. Although we didn’t quite turn on the waterworks like Kara, we did feel a bit misty-eyed watching Lynche work it. We are so glad Michael Lynche wasn’t eliminated from the show as all those rumors claimed he was. He’s our definite favorite of the guys so far this season.

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