Tim Urban, affectionately known as Teflon Tim for his constant smile and positive attitude no matter what gets thrown at him, had to say goodbye after being voted off American Idol on April 21. After weeks of being at the bottom night after night, Tim surprised the judges and many viewers with his soulful rendition of “I Can’t Help Falling in Love With You” during Elvis Week. But this week the judges criticism was pretty much back where it’s always been.
Along with Tim, Aaron Kelly and Casey James also joined in the bottom three this week during the Idol Gives Back special. Did anyone else think it was strange and a little unfair that Tim never got to do a final song like everyone else does? Incidentally, Tim was the choice for controversial website VoteForTheWorst.com (just a warning – not a G-Rated site). VFTW says their site was created, “To support voting for the entertaining contestants who the producers would not want to win American Idol.” Now that Tim is gone, the site revealed Soibhan as their next pick.
Highlights from the previous night’s performances…
Alicia Keys mentored the final seven this week as the artists were to choose inspirational songs. Keys at least gave some constructive advice at times. But often it seems the mentors give only a basic, “Just make sure you connect and you’ll be great” speech, encourage the Idol contestants and then send them out there to be ripped apart by the judges. Often the mentors have been seen saying completely different things than the judges. It just seems like that would be confusing.
Aaron Kelly sang “I Believe I Can Fly” which, I get that it’s a great song. But it’s been done so many times. Kara was pretty pleased with it. Simon said he liked the ending but if he had heard the performance on the radio he probably would have turned it off in 10 seconds. Oh, and if R Kelly happened to be watching, he probably felt old when Aaron said, “I sang this song at my preschool graduation.” Personally, that made me feel a little old myself!
Casey failed to impress with his rendition of the well known Fleetwood Mac song “Don’t Stop.” Randy said it best when he explained, “It’s good, but every week we see the same thing from you.” Simon called it a “lazy song choice with no originality.”
Lee DeWyze on the other hand seems to keep getting better. He put up a strong performance of the classic hit “The Boxer” and earned rave reviews from each of the judges. Randy said he thinks Lee has “a huge career” ahead of him. Simon compared Lee’s performance to Casey’s, saying Lee’s was sincere, emotional and inspirational and that the difference between the two was “staggering.”
Soibhan, the eccentric and lovable gal with a unique voice always seems to get a frustrating mix of conflicting critiques and advice from the judges. And her performance of “When You Believe” this week was no different. But she continues to stand up for herself and her choices, which for some fans adds to her likeability.
Michael Lynche is still working hard to keep his place after being voted off but then saved by the judges a couple weeks ago. On one hand the judges gave some positive critiques on his rendition of “Hero” but simultaneously voiced concern that it wasn’t up there on the same level as his performance last time during Elvis week singing “The Getto.” Simon picked on his song choice simply for the fact that it was in Spiderman.
Ending the night with a home run, Crystal Bowersox, as expected, knocked it out of the park again. But somewhat unexpectedly, Crystal decided to sing sans instrument for the first time. The choice certainly worked for her as “Mamasox” continued to prove herself. Singing “People Get Ready”, the usually cool and collected Crystal broke down in tears at the end of the song. It was quite something to see such a vulnerable side of this fantastic and humble artist.
Clearly the frontrunners this season are Crystal Bowersox and Lee DeWyze. But we’ll have to wait and see if the votes reflect the current popular opinion.
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