Tuesday night on American Idol Season 9, the Top 4 contestants performed “Songs from the Movies” with the help of mentor, Jamie Foxx. But while the “Songs from the Movies” theme may sound broad, the actual list of song choices was surprisingly limited. So how did the American Idol Top 4 performances go this week?
American Idol May 11th Top 4 performances:
Lee Dewyze, 24, Mount Prospect, Ill.- “Kiss From a Rose”
In a performance that did nothing to showcase his talents, Lee DeWyze struggled through this Seal song. Knowing that Lee is a huge Simon and Garfunkle fan, I was surprised he didn’t pick a song from the movie The Graduate (perhaps someone else beat him to it?). Anyway, the reviews weren’t great, with judge Randy Jackson expressing disappointment with the song choice and Simon Cowell saying, “That was verging on karaoke.”
Michael Lynche, 26, Astoria, N.Y. – “Will You Be There”
Lynche sang this song from the movie Free Willy and the judges seemed perplexed by this song pick. Big Mike did okay with it, But Randy would have liked to have seen him go more R&B instead of gospel. Kara DioGuardi told him he played it safe and Simon was confused, saying, “I have no idea what Free Willy is.”
Casey James, 27, Fort Worth, Texas- “Mrs. Robinson”
So Casey took The Graduate song! It was a decent performance but nothing spectacular, with mentor Jamie Foxx urging a bearded Casey to seduce him with the song. It didn’t work. The cougar references started as soon as Casey sang the last note, with Randy dying to know why Casey picked that song (the song is about an affair between an older woman and a young man). Randy’s questioning was obviously in reference to Kara’s season-long “crush” on Casey. Simon called the performance “a little bit lazy” and chalked it up to another very strange song choice.
Crystal Bowersox, 24, Toledo, Ohio- “I’m Alright”
Who would have thought that the theme song to then movie Caddyshack would end up being the best individual performance of the night? MamaSox took a dull song and added something to it-“crystallizing” it, as Ellen said. In my opinion Crystal was the only one who really gave a solo performance this week. The judges all liked it, with Simon telling Crystal she’s back in the game, although I don’t recall when she was ever really out of it.
In addition to their solo performances, the Idols performed duets this week.
Crystal Bowersox and Lee DeWyze – “Falling Slowly”
This duet showcased why these two will likely be the Final 2.For Lee, it was so much better than his solo performance- on the duet he actually sang! And Crystal’s gorgeous voice melded perfectly with his. While Ellen joked they were “the new Captain and Tennille”, Kara said this duet was one of her favorite moments of the entire season. Wow!
Casey James with Michael Lynche- “Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman”
Another knock-out duet, scoring both guys high marks. Casey perhaps should have kept this song for his solo performance, but either way, he and Big Mike did great as a team. At the song’s end, Ellen joked, “As a matter of fact, yes I have loved a woman”. And all of the judges loved this performance.
Wednesday night, former Idols Daughtry and Fantasia are back on the Idol stage, and Bon Jovi is also slated to perform on the American Idol results show. And one unlucky contestant will be sent home for good, just one week before the Top 3 will get to visit- and perform- in their own home towns! Who do you think should go home?
Find out on the American Idol Season 9 Top 4 results show on Wednesday, May 12th at 9:00 PM ET/PT on FOX.
American Idol, FOX TV, May 11, 2010