Posted Wed, April 6, 2011 10:20pm EDT

Kirstin On 'Idol:' The Three Girls Were Flawless, So Which Guy Will Go Home?

Posted Wed, April 6, 2011 10:20pm EDT

At this point, there’s no question in my mind we’re sending a guy packing tomorrow, but which one do you think will get the boot?

The top nine American Idol finalists brought their A-games during the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame night April 7, but with no saves left, someone has to go. Only problem is, I can’t decide WHO. It’s a constant battle in my head: on one hand, I don’t think Stefano Langone is on the same level as the others, but another part of me thinks it’s time for Paul McDonald to get back to his band. Meanwhile, those same voices have doubts about Jacob Lusk and even Casey Abrams…HELP!

Without further adieu, here are my thoughts on tonight’s performances:

Lauren Alaina: Although I could have done without Lauren’s ’80s metal hair, I LOVED her version of Aretha Franklin‘s “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.” Much like Steven Tyler, the 16-year-old Georgia peach has always been one of my favorites. Her voice is seamless and effortless, but completely controlled. Lauren Alaina FOR THE WIN.

Scotty McCreery: Scotty McCreery, you may only be 17 years old, but you have my heart. I love this kid. Although his performance of “That’s All Right” isn’t my favorite of the season (I like him better slow and low), he looked adorable pretending to be Elvis. I had a hearty chortle when J. Lo asked him if he watched rap or hip hop because he has swagger. Can you imagine Scotty rapping? Haha.

Pia Toscano: As promised, Pia sang an up-tempo song and rocked Tina Turner‘s “River Deep — Mountain High.” Steven freaked out when he heard it, yelling, “Murder! Murder! You killed it!” There’s not a doubt in my mind Pia is the strongest vocalist in the competition, but she’s still not my favorite.

Haley Reinhart: Channeling her inner Janis Joplin, Haley belted out “Piece of My Heart” and it was growly and delicious. Jennifer Lopez loved it, raving, “This is starting to feel like a real fight here. You’re coming on strong. You keep going on like that, you’re going to be around for a minute.” Even though she had another fantastic week, I prefer when Haley puts more levels into her songs and doesn’t belt the whole thing.

Jacob Lusk: Jacob’s rendition of “Man In The Mirror” was spot on. I loved it, but could deal without the diva attitude. In his package he said something to the extent of, “If I get voted off, it’s America’s fault because they aren’t ready to look in the mirror.” He was just trying to be funny, but it didn’t sit well with me.

James Durbin: I know many Idol fans completely disagree with me, but I’m not drinking the James Durbin Kool-Aid. His performance of The Beatles’ “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” was good, don’t get me wrong — but he still reminds me of the poor man’s Adam Lambert. Sorry.

Paul McDonald: I’m conflicted about Paul. Part of me loves his individuality and Rod Stewart-esque voice, while the other part of me wants to run away in the other direction yelling, “Help! Skeezy praying mantis with overly white teeth!” Nevertheless, I found myself tapping my toe to his Johnny Cash-inspired performance tonight. Should he stay around a little longer? I think so…

Casey Abrams: If I was with Casey at a karaoke bar, his rendition of “Have You Ever Seen The Rain” would have brought the house down. However, I found it disappointing as a Top 9 performance on American Idol. Honestly, if he hadn’t had the upright bass on stage with him, I would have been underwhelmed. Sorry, Casey.

Stefano Langone: Stefano is just adorable. He reminds of a little lap dog who I want to pet. That said, I think it might be time for this puppy’s ship to sail. (Side note: my co-worker, Andy Swift, made the argument puppies can’t be put on boats, as much as they are supposed to be sent to the pound. However, we both agreed there’s no need to put Stefano down. After all, doesn’t he look like he would make an adorable sailor? And…if you followed that train of thought, give yourself a proverbial gold star.)

Alright, enough of my opinions. Who do YOU think performed the best on tonight’s show? And more importantly, who’s going home tomorrow? Sound off below!

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Jaini

Posted at 11:49 AM on May 19, 2011  

Scotty is just plain CREEPY!!! I can not watch him sing. Is he trying to be sexy by singing out of only half his mouth? Why has no one mentioned that to him? So many of the contestants that have gone home before him are better singers and more versatile. If he makes it to the finale, I will not be watching it

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gbtw

Posted at 2:57 PM on April 7, 2011  

haven’t watched yet, but in general i am shocked that i sorta agree with your opinions on most of these guys. i’m usually more disagreeable. i have to say though, scotty is cute- but he really needs to go soon. i’d like to see him go before that adorable sailor dog stefano. scotty ain’t got much other than the low, and i liked whoever had the comment (andy?) that he needs to learn to sing out of the other half of his mouth. in any case, he’s good, and could have a great country career if he wants it, but i don’t think he’s the GREAT idol we’re looking for- he doesn’t have any sort of depth of frame of reference yet. and, as for james- he is NOT the poor man’s adam! unless by that you want to tweak it to the ‘more down to earth’ adam… adam was an accomplished stage performer before trying out for idol, a flamboyant elton-esque persona. james has a scream similar to adam’s, but people seem to be hung up on that making him just another adam… he’s completely different! he just happens to be able to scream, too! thankfully, to top it all off, he doesn’t do that weird floppy tongued cry face in the middle of a scream, like adam! james is rock, adam is broadway… james is a diamond in the rough, adam is a boy who probably spent 80% of his formative years in front of a mirror putting on makeup and practicing how he looked when he sang. don’t get me wrong- i loved adam on idol (not as nuts about his antics since then), and he’s a fantastic singer, but i get annoyed at the comparisons between james and adam JUST BECAUSE they both have the high pitch scream thing going on! it’s not fair to compare them!

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idolFAN

Posted at 11:36 AM on April 7, 2011  

I think Casey would be great as a Vegas act. He can really put on a show. Not sure how great of a recording artist he’d be…

For me, Paul was better last night than he’s ever been. That said, he’s still one of the weaker singers in the group. I get what you’re saying Kirstin; he makes me uncomfortable most of time.

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gbtw

Posted at 2:46 PM on April 7, 2011  

but don’t you have to be good looking, or at least CARE about your looks to be in vegas with the pasty gals? what happened to casey… i had such high hopes for him… that said, i haven’t watched this performance yet! tonight…

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simonsays

Posted at 3:19 PM on April 7, 2011  

yeah but you know that casey (and all of the others for that matter) will be worked over by stylists, etc. if they continue to have a career after idol. look at the transformations of the previous contestants. casey won’t be any different and will be made over.

 
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gbtw

Posted at 4:25 PM on April 7, 2011  

:) maybe… but not all prev contestants changed that much… kris allen looks the lazy-same… and they do have stylists on idol, already. they just try to keep these kids looking as ‘real’ as possible, i suppose. in any case, casey is a great musician but something odd has happened with him lately and he seems stifled and boring. frankly, if he were as carefree and jazzy (i.e., following no rules) as he were in the beginning, i wouldn’t even mind his nasty beard, hair, and droopy clothes. in any case, i hope eventually post-competition at least, he goes back to being a great free-spirited musician with a long career, regardless of whatever is happening hear on idol with him.

 
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simonsays

Posted at 7:56 PM on April 7, 2011  

Yep. You’re 100 percent right about Casey. I think he’s gotten away from who he was when he started this competition. He needs to get back to being that guy – STAT.

 
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gbtw

Posted at 1:31 PM on April 8, 2011  

i finally watched this week’s performance, last night before pia’s elimination… i actually didn’t mind casey’s. i think he’s not healthy or something and that’s keeping him a little quiet. but, i did think he was himself in that performance. when this show is all said and done, we’re going to hear something more about his health, i’m sure of it… like, he has a terminal and or horrible illness and he didn’t want anyone to know b/c he wanted to be judged fairly. the guy just does not seem healthy, right? in any case, i thought he did a good job this week, even if something is missing energy-wise from him.

 
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idolFAN

Posted at 11:33 AM on April 7, 2011  

I totally agree with KT. I think Haley has talent, but I’m so sick of her forced growls. It’s too much and not enjoyable for this idol fan.

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KT

Posted at 11:13 PM on April 6, 2011  

I don’t know what you were hearing but imo Haley was horrible. She NEEDS to get sent home tomorrow.

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Kirstin Benson

Posted at 2:37 AM on April 7, 2011  

I feel like people either LOVE Haley or can’t stand her…there’s no in between!

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gbtw

Posted at 1:35 PM on April 8, 2011  

lol… i do and don’t understand the hate for haley. i think she’s uber-confident in who she is, and uber-confident in her sexuality, even tho it’s not sort of the main stream, “look how pretty/hot she is.” and something about that confidence, in a sea of female voters, is a turn off to them. i don’t know, just a guess… in any case, i like her. she’s not my fave for the win, yet, but, i do like her a lot. james still has my heart, even when he acts a bit foolish. i think HE is what this competition is all about- kinda like fantasia. he wasn’t going to make it on his own, and his family was always going to struggle b/c of his uniqueness and inability to float down mainstream like a cog. so, even tho he sometimes makes me cringe, i’m still pulling for him over them all, i think.

 
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