Idol/Spec: Top 10 Men Performance Show – 3/2/2010

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In case you were tuning into American Idol Tuesday night for the Top 10 Ladies Performance Show and thought they were all looking a little more butch, don’t be alarmed – due to Crystal Bowersox being ill, the men switched nights with the women.  So here were your 10 fellas:

Michael Lynche – James Brown “It’s a Man’s, Man’s, Man’s World”

 

In the past, this guy has been hit-or-miss for me.  I never disliked him, but I was never greatly impressed.  That all changed last night.  His vocal performance was absolutely incredible.  All of the judges agreed, feeling like he set the bar high for tonight.  As amazing as it was (and because of it, I hope he’s in the Top 12), I only had one critique:  His choreography/movements seemed empty; like he was doing things for the effect without giving them purpose.  For example, he did this thing where he flipped the bottom of his jacket back and put his hands on his hips, only to just drop them back down like “Ok, that move is over.”

John Park – John Mayer “Gravity”

I like this guy, I really do.  However, he’s not doing himself any favors with his song choice/style last night.  Years ago, that performance would have gotten him rave reviews from the judges; however, those days are long gone.  Instead, the judges thought it was boring and emotionless.  They were right about it being dull.  Yet, I still really like his voice, so I hope he’s back next week.

Casey James – Gavin DeGraw “I Don’t Want to Be”

This dude can play guitar.  And I mean PLAY guitar.  He was shredding like a madman, and it sounded amazing.  Then he would sing…  And it was horrible.  His tight vibrato on this song was troubling (before the song, he said he was trying to make it his own – which was weird since I thought he was trying hard to vocally sound JUST like Gavin), and it was all over the place in pitch.  His guitar must have been cranked up, because Randy and Ellen loved it.  Kara actually said something right, when she said it was horrid (which surprised me, since she has been undressing him with her eyes for weeks).  Simon agreed with Kara.  But don’t worry – his looks alone will push him through to next week, and possibly to the Top 12.

Alex Lambert – John Legend “Everybody Knows”

By far, the best performance of the night.  Granted, I’m a sucker for Legend (who’s one of the best in the music industry); however, that just means Lambert needed to work harder for me to like it.  Alex’s understated, brilliant execution (not to mention wonderful, mellow acoustic guitar talent) threw me off a bit.  For one, the guy seemed scared of his own shadow last week. 

Also, he has a mullet.  Seriously, that needs to go.  I REALLY REALLY hope the stylists chop it off when/if he makes it to the Top 12.  Alex, if you somehow are reading this, do what Wesley Willis recommends and “Cut the Mullet”. 

Anyways, the judges all loved it.  Of course they did; it was amazing.

Todrick Hall – Tina Turner “What’s Love Got to Do With It”

After being slammed last week for dancing and switching up the song too much, Hall decided to go more low key.  He really didn’t change the song much at all, and barely moved.  I hated it.  It wasn’t vocally good and it was boring.  The judges all weren’t feeling it. 

However, this performance got Randy to say the biggest “WTF” moment of the season: “You guys don’t need to change the song or the arrangement.  Just sing, man.  Just sing.”  Uh, Randy?  You really don’t want them to make it “their own”?  Then why have you been telling the contestants to do that for years now?  Where have you been this whole time?  Have you been taking the pills still left under the desk from when Paula sat there?  Didn’t you tell half of the women to switch it up last week, let alone complain to John friggin Park that his performance wasn’t good because he “didn’t bring anything new and spicy to it”?!?!

Moving on from Randy’s stupid comment, the others just didn’t like it.  Going against last week, Ellen told him he needed to dance more; and Kara and Simon just didn’t like it.

Ok, Todrick, let’s have a sidebar conversation here.  First off, if you choose to do a song straight and not change it up, don’t do a song made famous by a woman.  I have no problem with dudes doing lady songs, but not if you play them straight.  It literally makes no sense, and it sound incredibly feminine.  Also, as you can tell by some of the comments this week contradicting last week’s notes, if you do just what the judges ask you to do, they might STILL slam you the next week.  Here’s what you need to do:  Like Adam Lambert last year, don’t worry about the judges comments.  Be true to what YOU would do.  Some weeks they’ll “get it”, and some they won’t.  You being scared to get negative comments will not only make you seem weak, but it won’t do you any favors with the people voting for you.  Just do what you do.

Jermaine Sellers – Marvin Gaye “What’s Goin’ On”

Absolute crap.  I don’t think he listened to the lyrics of the song, since his performance was lame.  Dude, why are you acting all flirty with American viewers while singing a song that pleads for an end to hate?  His vocals were also very weak.  The judges rightfully hated it.  However, Sellers wasn’t worried about being eliminated, since he “knows God.”  Pretty sure God doesn’t help people survive AmerIdol results shows – plus, everybody knows he’s a Dancing with the Stars fan.  But seriously, I don’t like this guy.  His attitude wore out its welcome since Hollywood week.

Oh by the way, Fonzworth Bentley called, and he wants his clothing back.  Not only did you steal his style, but you make it look bad by combining things that don’t make sense.

Bentley

 Andrew Garcia – James Morrison “You Give Me Something”

Another contestant scared from doing his own take since being ripped for it last week.  Horrible song choice for him.  It was very bland, and the vocals weren’t good – which is weird, because normally this guy is amazing.  He’s actually been the “one to beat” since he was rumored to be in the Top 24.  I really like this guy, and hope he gets his stuff together.  The judges all didn’t like it.  Ellen thought the bar had been set really high for him since his amazing Paula Abdul cover in Hollywood Week.  I wouldn’t go that far; instead I would just say that he hasn’t been living up to what he is capable of.

On a side note, did he use the same hair product last night that President Omar Hassan uses on 24?

Aaron Kelly – The Temptations “My Girl”

I’m sure this song would have sent teen girls screaming when he performed this for his high school’s show choir, but for Idol?  No.  His voice is pretty good for his age (although his falsetto needs serious work), but that was a stupidly old fashioned song for American Idol.  Also, last week Simon told him to be more confident, and he tried – well, he more like bobbled his head around like a Weeble Wobble as he did a strut (I guess that’s what you would call it?) walk around the stage.  It was weird to watch.  I think he needs to go back to how he was, since that really wasn’t working for him.  After all David Archuleta made it to runner-up two years ago, even maintaining an “Oh gee golly, you really thought I did good?  That’s swell!!” type of attitude when the judges praised him weekly.  The judges thought the song was dated, but that he did better than last week.  Simon didn’t care for it.

Tim Urban – Matt Nathanson “Come On Get Higher”

There were a bunch of pitch problems, but it was alright.  He played guitar well, and seemed more comfortable.  However, he always seemed to be on the verge of doing great without ever actually hitting that point.  That said, the judges were all underwhelmed – except for Simon, who was VERY impressed with Tim’s development and display of using past criticism to improve.

Lee Dewyze – Hinder “Lips of an Angel”

Simon absolutely loves this guy, and last night said he was the best of the guys.  I don’t get it.  Normally, Simon and I see eye-to-eye, but not with this guy.  Don’t get me wrong, the performance wasn’t bad, per se.  However, it was very karaoke, safe, and I felt he was trying really hard to sound like Hinder.  It also had pitch problems.  That said, it was just ok for me.

 

Well, there’s your Top 10 Men Performance Show review.  This was definitely the night for the underdogs, as they came out strong while the early favorites were crashing and burning.

What did you think?  Anything I said you disagreed with?

Tonight is the Top 10 Ladies Performance Show.  Come back tomorrow for that recap.

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