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!