It was a demanding season of competition, performances, rehearsals, deadlines, that all added up to stress. Somehow in the mix were unforgettable moments, even in this lackluster year of American Idol. Admittedly, I had to think long and hard to come up with a few “best” moments. Something about the show this time around left me kind of empty and wanting more. But I did come up with ten to share with you. (I’m sure you have your memories, too.)
1. Siobhan Magnus‘ fashions were bad. From her coiffured hair right down to her white combat boots, she definitely was the trendy style setter for the lady Idols this season. My favorite get-up? The lightening bolt dress in white, along with those white combat boots was a hit. Check out the dress, click here.
2. On the “American Idol” private jet that transported Lee DeWyze back home to Chicago for his “Homecoming Reunion,” Lee got a text. It was Simon Cowell letting him know he would be singing “Hallelujah.” Why that song? Simon explains that he wanted to showcase Lee’s potential to be a great artist. Lee DeWyze with DeDreamy eyes pulled off a sensational performance. This one goes down for posterity. Click here.
3. Although some would consider this as one of American Idol’s worst moments, Big Mike Lynche‘s save so early in the season sure raised a few eyebrows. Mine included. I’m a fan, so this goes down as a good moment. Thanks to the save, we got to see Big Mike hang around a few more weeks. It worked for Big Mike! Click here.
4. Usher was the mentor. It was R&B and soul week. My kind of music. A plethora of melodies to groove to, just take your pick. Crystal does a fab rendition of Gladys Knight and the Pips’ all-time favorite hit, “Midnight Train to Georgia.” Casey’s “soul man” sound delivered the Sam and Dave classic, “Hold On, I’m Coming.” Not to be out-done, Lee lends his vocals on the hit, “Treat Her Like a Lady.” Triple play. Three standing “O’s.” All in the same night. Did they bring down the house? You bet! Have a look at their performances. Click here for Crystal. Click here for Casey. Click here for Lee.
5. She’s been called the “Queen of the Quirky Girls.” She certainly can handle a song. That’s why I picked her performance, “Painted Black,” as one to remember for the season. She looks cool sitting on the red stairway. Siobhan really belts this number out. See her, click here.
6. Theme week welcomes a new mentor. My favorite for the season: Harry Connick, Jr.. Nobody did it like Harry. Rehearsals were a blast. The Idols got a whole lot of support from this jazzman extraordinaire. He did their arranging, brought his band with him, and cracked jokes along the way. Must have been fun. Watch here.
7. I get really excited when I hear someone take a hit song and make it their own with a fantastic arrangement. It never ceases to amaze me what musicians come up with. Crystal’s version of the Beatle’s smash, “Come Together” was dope, as Randy says. Crystal put a contemporary spin on this ageless tune. Ernie Fields, the didgeridoo player was the bomb. Check her out, click here.
8.Idol Gives Back features past Idols and judges making trips to Africa and places where children need a meal, families need mosquito netting to protect themselves from malaria, or people get food assistance during these hard economic times. Idol Gives Back blesses many.
9. The Simon and Garfunkel song, “The Boxer,” inspired Lee DeWyze to play the guitar. It was only right for Lee to have the opportunity to perform this song on stage for an audience, other than mom, dad, and his local tavern. When he did, he rocked it. I liked it. And his performance goes down in Idol history. Yeaahhhh! See his performance, click here.
10. American Idol fans have seen a lot of talent come and go over the years. There have even been a few musicians. Casey takes first prize from the best of them, rocking with his electric guitar with some mad skills. Just what the show needed. Click here to listen to Casey.
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