When I first heard that this week’s theme for American Idol was Shania Twain (from http://www.mjsbigblog.com), I screamed. Honestly, I did. It’s not that I don’t like Shania Twain or her music-I just couldn’t see any of the remaining six contestants singing most (or any) of her songs.
I couldn’t wait to find out what each of them chose for their songs, so I made sure to check www.mjsbigblog.com every hour today for the leaked song lists (yeah, I’m a bit obsessive!) I was both relieved and surprised when I read the list. I really felt most of their song choices were great (though there were a few songs I didn’t recognize), and I could finally begin to see the contestants perform them. It was a grueling 3 hour wait, but 9 p.m. finally rolled around, and I was able to watch (yeah, I know it starts at 8…I had to watch Young and the Restless first-don’t judge!)
Lee DeWyze (my favorite contestant) was first. He chose “You’re Still the One,” one of my personal favorite Shania songs. He reworked the song so it wasn’t so country. And I think it worked. His voice is amazing. I love everything he’s ever done on American Idol, and Tuesday was no exception. Randy thought he did “a pretty good job.” Ellen said he “couldn’t look cuter,” and even Simon said it was the perfect song choice for him!
Michael Lynche was next, and he chose “It Only Hurts When I’m Breathing.” I didn’t recognize this song at first, but as Mike sang, I remembered it. I wasn’t overly impressed. I usually like his stuff, but not Tuesday. Randy said he did a great job, Ellen said she was nervous, but it was beautiful. Kara says she loves how connected he is when he performs, and Simon felt it was a little girly.
Casey James chose “Don’t”-another song I didn’t/don’t recognize. He played acoustic guitar this week, and sat behind the judges, which I hate. I can’t stand to see him perform…but I felt his vocals were amazing. Randy thought it was one of his best performances ever. Ellen said it was beautiful and his best performance yet. Kara said he showed it all, didn’t cover anything up and he should keep it up. Simon agreed with the other judges.
Crystal Bowersox sang “No One Needs to Know Right Now.” I didn’t recognize this one, but remembered as soon as Crystal started singing. I was surprised she kept it so country. She had a band all around her and another carpet for her performance. I wasn’t impressed with her performance. Randy said it wasn’t his favorite performance of hers, but liked that she kept it country. Kara said she always comes from an honest place, and Simon said her performance was limp, and kind of forgettable.
Aaron Kelly sang “You Got A Way,” another favorite of mine. The performance wasn’t spectacular, but his vocals were great, and I actually liked it. Randy said Aaron did a really good job, Ellen said she still can’t believe he’s 16 (corrected by Aaron-he’s 17), and Kara said it seemed he really felt the words and appreciated that he changed one of the lyrics. Simon said that Tuesday, he was like a different artist, and the performance finally felt sincere.
Siobhan Magnus closed the show and sang “Any Man of Mine.” I thought this was a perfect choice for her, though I would have loved to see her sing “I Feel Like A Woman.” She worked the stage, and looked like she was having fun. Again, I wasn’t impressed-she was off-key at parts, and I thought she totally wrecked the song. But she got her scream in at the end, which I guess is all that matters. Randy loved it. No surprise. Ellen thought it was fantastic. Kara said Siobhan is back. Simon liked the song, but the screaming at the end might have gone a little too far, but it was fun.
So Shania week wasn’t as awful as I thought. Overall, it went well. I’m hoping that tomorrow night either Casey or Siobhan leaves. I really can’t stand either of them. But I don’t know who will go home-what I do know is that I’m spending my night voting for Lee.