Sorry, Frank fans, but I’ve just never been a fan of Frank Sinatra and his music. I don’t hate it or anything. It just doesn’t give me goose bumps like most other music does. It sort of just lulls me to sleep. So you could have knocked me over with a feather when I found out that the five remaining Idol contestants were going to have to warble Frank Sinatra tunes. I was ready for the worst. Surprisingly though, I actually ENJOYED two of the performances, thought two others were JUST OKAY, and was TOTALLY MORTIFIED by one of them.
Mike Lynche – Enjoyed
I’ll tell you one thing about Big Mike. Each and every week he manages to come up with a song choice that has great lyrics. It’s like he just knows which song is going to strike a chord with listeners, especially us ladies. But I wasn’t sure what he was going to do with the choice of Frank Sinatra tunes. He chose “The Way You Look Tonight”. Mike came out on stage, all decked out with a slick suit and wearing a cool hat. He was totally comfortable up on that stage. He started to sing to women everywhere that they’re “lovely” and our “smile so warm” and our “breathless charm”. (sigh) Way to win our hearts, Big Mike. He did a great job.
Lee Dewyze – Enjoyed
When Lee first came on, I was cowering in my chair, thinking he was going to embarrass himself. It wouldn’t have been his fault though. He’s a cool rocker dude and Frank Sinatra is just not his forte. Well imagine my shock when he opened his mouth and started to sing “That’s Life”. It sounded like he just decided to throw fate to the winds and belt it out. He even did a little sexy stroll around the stage and actually smiled a couple of times, which is what I’ve been telling him for weeks now. He’s got those dimples going for him and he doesn’t even realize it. I really was shocked at what a decent job Lee did singing this Frank Sinatra song. Lee, what other hidden powers do you have that we do not know about yet? Hmmm.
Crystal Bowersox – Just Okay
Crystal, honey, you are a fabulous talent and you just might win this whole competition this season. However, please hold back on the talking back to the judges after each and every one of their criticisms. I know you want to defend yourself, but we’re starting to worry that you’re getting a little bit of a big head about where you’re at. As I said, you are one talented girl, but try to act a little humble and then we can be happy for you. As for tonight, it was a pleasant song – “Summer Wind”. You sang it great, as you always do. You really had Harry Connick Jr. going crazy when you said it was a song that reminded you of something special but wouldn’t say what it was. It was funny watching him go nuts over not knowing that little piece of info about you. But back to the song. It was nice. And pleasant. Butterflies. Rainbows. In other words, it was just okay.
Aaron Kelly – Just Okay
He sang “Fly Me To The Moon”. It was all right. His sweet little voice was adorable singing a song sung by a much older guy, but he did pretty good. It didn’t make me want to rewind it and watch him sing it again though. I simply ran out to the kitchen and refilled my wine glass and was back in my chair before he finished. I could hear him in the other room though, so that was fine with me. What a difference from last week to this one. Last week Aaron sang that Shania Twain song called “It’s In The Way You Love Me” and somebody said he was singing it for his mother, and I started to bawl like a baby with emotion thinking of my own son. This week? Not so much.
Casey James – Totally Mortified
Oh my. Casey. I felt your pain tonight, as did all your fans. Honey, I hope you’re okay. You SO didn’t want to be up on that stage singing that song. You sang “Blue Skies”. And you tried. You really did. Let me just say this. It was totally not your fault. American Idol picked a terrible genre tonight that is not contemporary or modern in any way, and made you, a beautiful golden rocker guy sing a sappy finger-snappin’ ditty that should never have come out of your beautiful lips. I commend you for trying your best. I gave you a couple of extra votes, just because I felt bad for you. I had to put my hand over my eyes a couple of times, because I couldn’t watch you up there. You really looked like you wished the stage would have opened up and made you disappear. I don’t blame you one bit. Don’t worry though. No one will hold this one evening against you, especially not me.
I don’t understand why American Idol would pick a genre of music that is not relevant to current music lovers. I know there are plenty of Frank Sinatra fans out there that were probably in seventh heaven tonight, but I do think a majority of us out here were less than thrilled with that choice. With all the great music out there to be sung, couldn’t they have come up with a better artist for the Idol contestants to sing? Part of the appeal of watching American Idol every week is being entertained. I’m not entertained by kids having to emulate a crooning lounge singer. Sorry. Oh I’m going to get some hate comments for sure. But remember, we all have our opinions. That’s what makes the world go round, right? Apparently someone making decisions behind the scenes of American Idol just turned ninety years old and wanted to hear some songs from their youth. Hence, Frank Sinatra week. Oh, come on. Have a sense of humor, will ya?