Welcome back to this week’s American Idol‘s “Hits & Misses”. This season is officially flying by. Last week, Tim Urban was wished well in his future endeavors. That was so long overdue and I am thrilled that we won’t have to hear him again. Much credit to all the fans who came to their senses and sent him packing. It’s because of all of you that, last week, Idol truly Gave Back!
This week, we get to hear the contestants give a try to the massive, vast, classic songbook of….ummm…errr…SHANIA TWAIN?!?! Don’t get me wrong, I love Shania. But, how in the world do we have a Shania week before, say, a Prince week? It just seems rather random. I would have preferred to just have a Country week. This is clearly taking the place of that theme. Shania has a good mix of upbeat songs with slow ballads. There’s actually a good mix and I’m excited to see what each person sings.
With that said, let’s get this show on the road!
Michael Lynche sings “It Only Hurts When I Breathe” by Shania Twain – This is a good song choice for Mike, but I worry that he may start to bore people with these slow song choices. Mike has a ton of soul and comes across as genuinely feeling every song that he performs. I think that whether Mike wins or not that he will have a decent R&B career. Shania definitely seemed moved as she practically threw herself at Mike’s feet after the performance. His soulful voice poured through and the touch of falsetto at the end was terrific. I’m worried about Mike because I believe that Mike, Casey, and Aaron will be the next 3 to go in some order. I hope that this performance doesn’t get lost in the show tonight. Score – 6 out of 10.
Casey James sings “Don’t” by Shania Twain – This is an interesting song choice for Casey. There are so many songs for him to choose from and I just don’t get this one. He still seemed to work it out even though the crowd seemed bored and uninterested. What I will say, however, is that this is the first performance in which I think that Casey could potentially have a career in country music. It came off as natural and I actually think his voice fits very well for the genre. Country music also seems to be a good genre for people to break through with. Casey showed another side of himself this week that really worked out. And a random thought – this season was one of the weakest in memory, but now that they’ve weeded out all of the weak links, this could be one of the better Top 6’s that there have ever been. Score – 7.5 out of 10.
Crystal Bowersox sings “No One Needs To Know Right Now” by Shania Twain – This is a perfect song choice for Crystal! This performance has a little Folk feeling to it. The stripped down performance was unique and sounded great. This was a good performance, but it wasn’t in her Top 6 or 7 performances so far this season. My one hope is that America doesn’t take this performance as a step back or a bad performance for Crystal. When you are great every week and when you’re the above-and-far-away leader of this competition, even a semi-good performance can be misinterpreted as weak. I think Crystal will be safe and you can cement her name in the final two no matter what happens the next few weeks. Score – 6.5 out of 10.
Siobhan Magnus sings “Any Man of Mine” by Shania Twain – Where, oh, where will Siobhan insert her trademark scream into this song? Now, I had read beforehand that in the dress rehearsal, that Siobhan was the best performance of the night. I thought that the performance was just average. The scream came in at the end and was so horribly off-pitch that I had to turn my TV down in fear of scaring my dog. (BTW, Hi Trevor! I always promised him that I’d get him into one of these pieces.) The judges thought the performance was great, but Simon spoke up and compared her scream at the end to “giving birth.” Yeah, that’s about what it sounded like. I definitely didn’t think it was the best performance of the night. In fact, I wouldn’t put it in the Top 3. Score – 5.5 out of 10.
Now, for the “Hits”and “Misses”for this week.
Hits (People that are 100% safe based on their performances) – Lee Dewyze and Casey James
On The Fence (50/50 chance of going home) – Aaron Kelly and Crystal Bowersox
Misses (The people that have the best chance of going home) – Siobhan Magnus and Michael Lynche
That concludes the Top 6 for this week. I’ll be back next week with the Top 5!
Brett is 26 years old and from Millville, NJ. He has is a life-log fan of the Philadelphia sports teams as well as the Boston red Sox and Cincinnati Bengals. Brett is also a big fan of professional wrestling and mixed martial arts. If you would like to comment on one of his stories, please e-mail him at [email protected]
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