Our very own American Idol judge had a problem with Lee’s rendition of “Kiss From a Rose” — but says he’ll still be around come next week.
Oh, Lee DeWyze, WHY did you choose to pick a song as big as Seal’s power ballad, “Kiss From a Rose?” Our American Idol judge, Blake Lewis, can’t figure it out!
“I wasn’t a fan,” the 28-year-old season six runner-up tells HollywoodLife.com exclusively. “[Lee] started out really weak, and the song moves around too much vocally for his range. The song was too big for him.” But don’t worry, Lee fans — Blake still thinks he’ll be back next week. “No doubt he will still be here tonight because Americans have an affinity for that scratchy rock guy sound,” he says.
So who did Blake like during movie week? Take it away, Blake!
Highlight One: Jamie Foxx was the mentor last night on AI. He did a better job than I expected. He got right in the contestant’s faces and told them what they needed to work on. Along with Harry Connick Jr., I think he gave the best advice this season so far.
Highlight Two: This was the first time on American Idol that I have seen some great duets. Lee and Crystal Bowersox were the first up singing “Falling Slowly” from the movie Once. They sounded great. If you haven’t seen it, this is an amazing movie, and the music is fantastic. Lee and Crystal did a pretty good job. I would have loved it more if it were just acoustic.
Highlight Three: The duet between Michael Lynche and Casey James was also good. Together with their dueling guitars, they sang “Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman”, to which Ellen DeGeneres replied, “Yes, I really have loved a woman”, getting many laughs from the audience. They both sounded great except for Casey going flat on a note at the end, but he made up for it with his guitar playing.
Highlight Four: The best solo performance of the night goes to Crystal. She switched up the night by doing her own take on “I’m All Right” from the movie Caddy Shack. It was a great arrangement and she sounded good. As far as the other contestants, they aren’t really stepping it up. What is up with this year?
Lowlight: Lee singing “Kiss From A Rose” by Seal. I wasn’t a fan. He started out really weak, and the song moves around too much vocally for his range. The song was too big for him. No doubt he will still be here tonight because Americans have an affinity for that scratchy rock guy sound.
Who do you think is going home? Michael or Casey?