Last night’s Season 9 American Idol / Idol Gives Back Show was a star-studded event full of inspiration, laughter and tears. Overshadowed a bit by the Idol Gives Back stories and performances, there was still a job to be done – sending another contestant home. The top 7 had a long wait with this 2+ hour results show.
The first surprise of the night was when fan favorite Casey James was sent to the dreaded stools as one of the bottom three contestants. While Casey turns in consistent performances each week, he hasn’t really grown or shown that he can step outside his comfort zone, although this week he actually took two steps away from the mic stand.
Rounding out the bottom three were Aaron Kelly and Tim Urban. No surprises there. Both are good singers, but they just don’t have the stage presence to deliver authentic performances like Crystal Bowersox or Lee DeWyze. Aaron is young and he will improve over time. He has a huge voice, and I expect we’ll be hearing from him after the Idol spotlight fades this season.
Tim Urban was sent home this week, but he never lost his trademark smile. Don’t be sad for Tim – he’ll be back for the summer tour, which will provide the experience he needs to improve his delivery. The show, which ran late due to the Idol Gives Back activities, ended with Tim’s highlight film.
Loyal fans may have noticed that Tim did not sing ‘one last time on the Idol stage’ to end the show. I have a feeling it had something to do with Wanda Sykes’ comedy bit earlier in the show. She received big laughs when she asked why the contestant who is going home is asked to perform one more time. “C’mon out here and remind America why they didn’t vote for you. Let ’em know they’re right.”
So, we say goodbye to Tim Urban, leaving us with just six contestants left. Next week’s American Idol theme is Shania Twain songs, and the guest judge herself will mentor the kids. Simon, who makes not excuses for his dislike of country music, is probably getting a headache already.
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