American Idol Top 16 (Men)

Still trying to catch up on my American Idol watching, so here are my thoughts on last night’s performances by the guys.

Lee Dewyze
Fireflies by Adam Young/Owl City

I suppose Lee’s version was better than the synthpop original, but I didn’t love it. Perhaps I just don’t like the song.

Lee’s confidence is clearly building, however.

Alex Lambert
Trouble by Ray LaMontagne

I still don’t love the tone of his voice (don’t understand the praising of it by the judges), but this was easily his best live performance.

I almost liked it.

Tim Urban
Hallelujah by Jeff Buckley

I love this song, but it’s becoming over-played on American Idol. And I hate to admit it, but I liked Tim’s performance.

“It’s such a good song,” said The Wife. “I liked Tim’s performance, but Jason Castro’s was much better.”

This was a big step up for Tim. His best performance by far. His deer-in-the-headlights look is getting annoying, however.

Andrew Garcia
Genie in a Bottle by Christina Aguilera

Ok, that’s certainly taking a risk. Not nearly as good at Straight Up, but I kinda liked it.

The Wife thought it was strange hearing this song coming from a guy.

The judges hated it. I think they’re still looking for another Straight Up type performance, but performances like that don’t happen too often.

I’d like to see what he could do with Careless Whisper.

Casey James
You’ll Think of Me by Keith Urban

Great vocal from the first note. This is the sort of music he should be doing. He connected with the song completely.

Aaron Kelly
I’m Already There by Lonestar

Very shaky start. He was all over the notes. It seemed like the song overwhelmed him at first. When he opened it up on the chorus, things got better, but it was still fairly pitchy.

His weakest so far, by far.

Todrick Hall
Somebody to Love by Queen

“Even his backup singers sound bad,” said The Wife. At least they match what Todrick is doing, I replied.

It just didn’t come together. It was a mediocre vocal and a bit strange.

And, it was more Broadway, than pop music. A full-on Gospel version could have been very interesting, at least.

Michael Lynche
This Woman’s Work by Maxwell

I really disliked the first couple of notes. It was just an unpleasant noise.

When he started singing, I liked it, but didn’t have the love for it that the judges did. The Wife thought it was very “Luther Vandross”. I’m not sure if she meant that as a good thing or a bad thing.

The ending was absolutely brilliant.

So, the guys didn’t have as many good performances as the girls, but neither did they have as many bad pones. Casey James and Michael Lynche were the best two of the night, with Casey getting the nod this week, in my opinion.

The worst of the night was easily Aaron Kelly. He and Todrick Hall are probably history. is still backing Adam Lambert, so given Adam’s decent performance, he’s probably safe.

If the tweens come out for Aaron and the lovers of Broadway come out for Todrick, Andrew Garcia might be in trouble. The judges have been rather critical of him every week.

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