American Idol Top 9 – 4/7/11

I’m back. 😀 I’m going to start back slow with an American Idol review tonight. Next week, I’ll start back on the Remote posts, and then eventually, the news. Baby Pherson and I are doing well. He’s gaining weight and starting to sleep a little bit more. I’m slowly healing, but I’m doing a thousand times better than I was last week. Enough rambling about me… Let’s get to the review.

Tonight brings us the Top 9, with a Rock and Roll theme, and I have to admit they were all good tonight. There were a few bumps along the way, but overall, it was one of the better performance nights of the season. Jump ahead to see what happened.

Jacob Lusk
Man in the Mirror
My Thoughts: He changed his song from Let’s Get it On, because he didn’t feel comfortable singing that song on stage. I didn’t really feel like this song was a rock and roll song, but I suppose if it was in the list of the songs they could choose from, then it could just be me. There’s no denying the boy can sing, I’m just getting a little bored with his song choices.
Judges: Steven thought it was beautiful. Jennifer thinks it was perfect on all the levels. Randy loved that Jacob was willing to follow his moral compass and change the song, despite what others were saying.

Haley Reinhart
Piece of My Heart
My Thoughts: I love this song, and for the first time in a while, I enjoyed Haley’s performance. She definitely suits this type of rock/blues song. She’s still not my favorite, but I didn’t hate her this week, so that’s a start. 🙂
Judges: Jennifer loved it, and Randy is happy she’s back to being the Haley that they love. Steven thinks she nailed it.

Casey Abrams
Have You Ever Seen the Rain
My Thoughts: I loved seeing him play the upright bass. That was incredibly classy and smooth. Shrogen really did this song justice, and this is the type of music he should stick to. I didn’t get to comment on his hair cut last week, so I’m going to take a moment to say that while he still looks like Shrek and Seth Rogen’s love child, he’s a much cleaner version. He is actually bordering on adorable now.
Judges: Randy thought he made the original artists proud, and that he made the upright bass cool. Steven thinks he’s a true musician. Jennifer said she’d pay top dollar to be in the front row of one of his shows.

Lauren Alaina
Natural Woman
My Thoughts: There are a lot of very talented shoes to fill of women who have sung this song before her. I wasn’t blown away, but there were some really good moments. The end of the song was much stronger than the beginning, but all that aside, she’s still a very talented girl.
Judges: Steven thinks she’s a “natural born woman.” He’s slightly creepy sometimes with his compliments for Lauren. Jennifer agrees with the crowd that she’s amazing. Randy thinks that she picked one of the most difficult songs and did a “good job.”

James Durbin
While My Guitar Gently Weeps
My Thoughts: It was a little strange seeing him doing a softer rock song, but such a nice change. Who knew the boy could sing so sweetly, and actually woo with more than his rocker screams? I didn’t that’s for sure. Truly impressive. This is going to be a hard week, because everyone has been pretty solid.
Judges: Jennifer thinks it was really nice to see the other side of James. Randy loved seeing the emotional side of James and thinks he’s an artist. Steven thinks it was a proud moment for him.

Scotty McCreery
That’s Alright, Mama
My Thoughts: If there is any other type of music that Scotty should be singing besides country, it’s Elvis. You can’t help but love him, especially with his awkward Curious George appearance and movements on stage. I loved how his vocals suited this song, and I really liked the growls and low tones. All those girls rushing the stage at the end of the song was a little scary looking for Scotty, but I’m sure he enjoyed it. 🙂
Judges: Randy thinks he’s in it to win it. Steven was impressed, and Jennifer thinks he may have a little flavor in there somewhere.

Pia Toscano
River Deep, Mountain High
My Thoughts: It’s about time she sang an up-tempo song, and she nailed it. Those were some unbelievable vocals, and this performance really put her in a class of her own from the other idols.
Judges: Steven called her a murderer, because she killed the song. Jennifer suggests she keeps pushing and studies the greats to become even better. Randy is happy she delivered on an up-tempo song, but she needs to work on her movements.

Stefano Langone
When a Man Loves a Woman
My Thoughts: That was a very weak performance; not at all as good as the rest of them tonight. His voice sounded like he started off too high, then he fumbled on the key change, and overall, it just wasn’t good. I think he’s out of his league with the other contestants, and it’s time for him to go home.
Judges: Randy was honest and told him that it was just OK. Steven liked it, but then again, Steven likes everything. Jennifer was the one who loved it, and she really loves Stefano. She loves him a little too much, with those cougar stares she was giving him, and I was surprised she didn’t jump him on the stage right there.

Paul McDonald
Folsom Prison Blues
My Thoughts: We all know that I’m not a huge fan of Paul, but tonight’s performance was actually enjoyable. It may be the fact that I’m not pregnant and hormonal anymore, but I could actually see why people love him. His vocals weren’t perfect but they were decent. It was the dancing, the guitar playing, and the general presentation that made it enjoyable. Nicely done.
Judges: The judges all loved it. They raved about how he’s such a unique performer and how his performance is fun to watch.

Overall, it was a really great night for the contestants. It’s going to be a tight race for votes, and we may be surprised by the bottom three. My bottom three tonight were Jacob, Stefano, and Haley. Tune into FOX Thursday night at 8/7c to find out who goes home.

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