Just a night before finding out American Idol Season 9’s Top 5, the contestants sang the music of this week’s mentor, country diva Shania Twain.
Lee DeWyze opened up the night with a not so fiery rendition of “You’re Still The One.” He looked a bit more awkward than usual, and it made me wonder whether he had really wanted to sing that song. He didn’t have an amazing start, and so is the performance night of the Top 6. Overall, however, the judges still showered Lee with lots of love. Lee has never in the Bottom 3, and he may actually avoid it again tomorrow.
The second to perform was Michael “Big Mike” Lynche with “It Only Hurts When I Breathe.” He did fine, his eyes and lips did the usual drama, and the three judges were pleased. Simon Cowell couldn’t connect to Big Mike as much as Kara DioGuardi did. He felt it was too musical-ish again. The only way for Big Mike to dodge the Bottom 3 was if had delivered a really amazing performance. He didn’t, so this may be his last week in the competition.
Fresh from his first Bottom 3 call last week, Casey James bounces back with a bang. Simon Cowell liked his performance so much and called it his best performance to date. I have written about how serious and stiff Casey has always been, but tonight he was letting go. He hasn’t really gotten all loose and open yet, but he was letting go, his emotions were showing, and that worked out well for him and his very lovely face. I highly doubt he would be called again for the Bottom 3.
Crystal Bowersox came in next with “No One Needs To Know Right Now.” She was better than just-fine, she was all right, but her performance was not big and grand, the old Crystal Bowersox way. For a change, she was in the same league as Casey James and Aaron Kelly. Despite this, she will still not land in the Bottom 3 tomorrow. Not gonna happen. American Idol voters are going to look at the big picture and see that at her worst, Crystal Bowersox is still really good.
Aaron Kelly delivers “It’s In the Way You Love Me” and shows again why his scrawny young frame is still on American Idol stage. Country music is his strength, after all. His doing well tonight depended only on a good song choice, and he managed to pick a song that works well with his voice. I’m wondering whether he’d get the votes that Tim Urban and Katie Stevens got the past weeks. Those votes will keep him from the Bottom 3 tomorrow.
Finally, Siobhan Magnus ends the show. With “Any Man Of Mine,” she came back with a screaming fit. Simon Cowell said she sounded like she was giving birth at the end. The judges generally loved it, but I didn’t get it. I have always liked Siobhan’s quirky personality, but I was never a fan of her performance stints. If I share my thoughts with a lot of American Idol voters, Siobhan could find herself in the Bottom 3 tomorrow.
So my Results Night forecast for tomorrow is that these people will be in the Bottom 3: Michael Lynche, Aaron Kelly, and Siobhan Magnus. Big Mike or Aaron Kelly is going home.