The American Idols looked sharp Wednesday night all decked out in black suits, tux, and hats as they opened the show with a medley of Sinatra’s hits. Crystal had a tux and sang with the boys, the only female representing this elimination night, sporting a hat like Big Mike in honor of the “Chairman of the Board.”
As I watched the opening number, I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. Casey’s voice was crisp, clear, and beautiful. Maybe Harry was right–its hard to hear yourself sometimes on the stage. It happens to entertainers from time to time. Casey never sounded better. Would they dare send him home? Dilemma.
Ryan Seacrest is about to deliver some news, so what does he say? “Dim the lights.”
Lee is summoned. Remember, he did a fabulous job on the Sinatra standard, “That’s Life.” Lee says he felt really good about the results, and he wants to keep pushing harder. Simon said last night was the first time he felt Lee really believed in himself. Lee is then pronounced “safe.” The first finalist for the night that can relax.
Lady Gaga performed her song, “Alejandro.” Starting at the piano, she ended up on the floor gyrating with her male dancers, all of whom were half-dressed. Sorry, but she was out-of-place showing up on Sinatra week.
Harry chose a Lennon, McCartney classic, “And, I love Her.” Accompanying him was Jerry Weldon on baritone sax. Together, they added a smooth, jazz flavor to the popular tune.
Connick has actually met Frank Sinatra and related a story about singing for his 75th birthday party. That was his first time meeting Sinatra. Harry, always the comedian, recounts how he forgot the words after the countdown. He just froze and went blank. He started over again, with Mr. Sinatra’s approval, of course. And, no hard feelings on Ol’ Blue Eyes part.
Let’s Get Down to the Nitty Gritty
There was something different about tonight’s elimination. I suppose I realized that since only one person can win, they will have to start getting rid of some very nice, talented people. People we have spent months with. Watching their lives unfold and watching them grow. It’s going to be tough after this week. That’s what I realized.
“Bring the lights down.” (Ryan)
“Crystal, please stand up.” Ryan asks. She is sent to the far side of the stage next to the piano.
Big Mike stood close to Ryan, stage left. Aaron joined Big Mike. Casey stood next to Crystal. Lee is relaxing! Actually, he’s sitting safe on one of the dreaded stools! (ha-ha!)
Ryan made an attempt to enlist Lee’s help, asking him if he could choose which group was “safe?” Are you kidding? What a thing to ask! Of course, Lee said, “no.” What was that about?
Finally, Ryan turned to Crystal and Casey and told them they are safe. Big Mike, (again), and Aaron are in the bottom group. Well, Big Mike gave a pretty decent performance Tuesday. Above average. How could they send him home over Aaron? But, you never know.
The bad news is: Aaron, time to go home.
Arrivederci, Teen Angel
Our 17 year-old teen angel, Aaron Kelly, has finally come to the end of his journey. And, he took it very well, I must say. He commented that he had a great time, a blast. Aaron encouraged people to follow their dreams, as he has.
Entering the Final Chapter
Everyone, you know what this means? We are now down to Lee DeWyze, Crystal Bowersox, Big Mike Lynche, and Casey James. Shoot out at OK Corral! One slip could mean disaster for any of them. One wrong move. Serious business.
Harry Connick, Jr. on Broadway
Harry will have his own show on Broadway, just Harry and his band, in concert, for an 11 day run. Starts July 15. Go check him out if you’re in the New York City area. He’ll be at the Neil Simon Theatre, which is located at 250 W. 52nd St. The show starts at 8pm. You won’t be disappointed. For more information, click here.
The Final Four
It won’t be long, now until we crown our American Idol.. We are down to the final four. How do you like the line-up? I think we have the best of the best. (I still think Siobhan Magnus should be in the mix). Don’t forget your Idol favorites, Siobhan included, will be on tour this summer. The action is on American Idol next week. Be there!