Tim Urban came to the end of his musical road Wednesday on Idol Gives Back night. It was a star-studded evening with performers coming together for a common cause: to raise money for charities that help people in the U.S. and in our global communities. In the midst of all this celebration and good-will, was the pending departure of one of the Idol finalists.
Someone had to go home, yet all through the night, almost up to the end, I held out hope for a miracle save. Alas, it was not to be. Tim Urban finally got the boot. It was bittersweet. No surprises, but it couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy. And, although there were those who were expecting it, the dismissal for me was anticlimactic after a wonderful show.
Do you remember Tim’s beginnings? A miracle did happen for him when contestant Chris Golightly was eliminated for a contract dispute. Enter, Tim, who gets the call and a chance to compete and become the next American Idol. The road has been rocky, as he got off to a shaky start. He couldn’t quite build up momentum until the end when it was perhaps too late. However, he did show America his love for music, and his determination, thus the name, Teflon Tim.
I’m glad he didn’t have to sit on those dreaded stools for most of the show like Casey and Aaron. And, I’m glad they didn’t make him sing his swan song, although perhaps he may have wanted one more chance to belt one out for the audience and fans. When the decision came down to Casey James or Tim, I think Tim knew it was probably him who would have to call it quits.
So what’s in the future for Tim Urban? Whatever his pursuits are, I’m sure music will be in the mix. It was a fantastic roller coaster ride, with highs and lows. Tim learned a lot while grooving with the Idols and he will carry with him an experience of a lifetime.
If you pick up the May issue of Latina magazine, you will see last year’s American Idol finalist Allison Iraheta gracing the cover. With her beautiful fiery red hair, and cool outfits, the fierce rockera (rocker) is a great choice for cover girl. Allison is from LA, but her family comes from El Salvador, and yes, she speaks Spanish.
Allison is about the music, and she continues to work hard and stay true to herself, even though record sales could be better. She’s patient and persistent. Adam Lambert is one of her biggest fans and gives her plenty of encouragement. For a look at Allison on the cover and to view a clip of her, click here.
From Idol Judge to Mentor
The word is out that Canadian country pop singer Shania Twain is returning to American Idol, this time as a mentor. She served as guest judge earlier in the season and is back to share her musical talent and tips with the six finalists. Yes, according to TV Guide Magazine, the five-time Grammy Award winner is scheduled to make an appearance on Tuesday, performance night.
Shania has some pretty impressive credentials. Her third album, “Come On Over,” is the best-selling album of all time by a female musician. With record sales of over 65 million copies worldwide, she is the only female musician to have three of her albums go certified Diamond by the RIAA, (Recording Industry Association of America). Diamond, now, that is amazing!
Our six Idol finalists will be singing her tunes, like: “Black Eyes Blue Tears,” “All Fired up, No Place to Go,” “You’re Still the One,” and my all-time favorite, “Man! I Feel Like a Woman.” Time to pull out my Shania CDs to get me ready for Tuesday night’s performances.For a list of Shania’s songs that the finalists will be singing, click here.
Preparing For Performance Night
Alright. It’s down to six. Six finalists, so the competition is getting tougher. The judges will get tougher. What does that mean for the six? Follow the advice of the judges. Everything begins with the song. Pick the right song.
Crystal Bowersox: Hang tight, Crystal. Keep grooving and moving forward. Crystal has been right-on so far.
Lee DeWyze: Again, some are predicting a Crystal, Lee finale. Lee’s voice sounds great. His song choices produced excellent results. Pick another winner, Lee. Then, soulfully rock out your tune.
Casey James: Sweet guitar skills, mad hair, great sound. If you get the right song, Casey, you will be a contender.
Michael Lynche: Big Mike has the showmanship. The voice. Now, he has to get the fans and audience to believe in him.
Siobhan Magnus: She is the stylish songstress who looks the part of a rocker. Comes down to song choice with you, too, Siobhan. A song to showcase your unique voice and style.
Aaron Kelly: Aaron has heart and determination. This is your week, Aaron. The judges feel your country side is your best. Find that song you can personally connect with.
Shania’s back, mentoring country music week, and we should see some outstanding performances. Then, elimination night follows and, wow, down to five next week. The finalists will have to work hard if they want to be the next American Idol.
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