Lee DeWyze Killed It Last Night — But Heaven Help Us If He’s The Next ‘American Idol’!

Wed, May 19, 2010 12:45pm EDT by 22 Comments
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During an evening of lackluster performances, Lee was definitely the best — but he better not take the Idol crown away from Crystal Bowersox!

Typically during American Idol performance night, I pay attention to little else. But when the top three attempted to sing their hearts out May 18, I found myself folding laundry, dusting my picture frames and downloading music — I was bored.

I’m disappointed to say that the night wasn’t good for me, dawgs, especially because Lee DeWyze was the best of a bad lot and I am sick to death of the judges telling him how great he is! His rendition of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Simple Man” was OK, but you would have thought he was the next Chris Daughtry by the way everyone raved over his junk.

And although his rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” (Simon Cowell’s pick) may have been utterly amazing live, it didn’t translate well for me on TV. Leave Leonard to Jeff Buckley or even season seven’s Jason Castro, please, Lee. I’m sure you’ll all disagree with me about the quality of his performance, but I bet you WILL agree that the 24-year-old’s performance may have just clinched him the Idol title, and at the very least a sure placement in the top two.

As for Crystal Bowersox, I am SO disappointed! She didn’t bring the heat this week. Yes, I love that she chose to do Melissa Etheridge, especially as that’s her musical doppelganger, but her version of “Come To My Window” was pitchy, as was Ellen DeGeneres’ choice, Paul McCartney’s “Maybe I’m Amazed.”

Don’t worry, I didn’t forget Casey James (who could?). As predicted, his version of John Mayer’s sappy crappy hit, “Daughters”, did my head in — but blame Kara DioGuardi and Randy Jackson for that stupid song selection. For his own choice, he should have taken his southern rocker roots and jammed out to something like “Sweet Home Alabama” instead of picking a virtually unknown song, Eric Hutchinson’s “OK It’s All Right With Me” on such a huge night. Lazy!

Overall, I’m not just disgruntled by the top three’s performances, but I’m depressed with this season in general! Where are the TRUE artists, America?


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