The theme this week is Inspirational Songs and the Songbook of Leiber and Stoller. Yes, no one has ever heard of them, but apparently they wrote pretty much every great song that was written. In the 50's and 60's. So basically, this week the theme is the same as it's been for the past 10 or 12 weeks. Or however long we've been living in this nightmare we call Idol.
James Durbin: Don't Stop Believing, Journey - This song, thanks to Rock of Ages and Glee, has been completely done to death. It was a theme on the Idol tour last year, too, if I recall correctly. Not to say that it's not a great song. It is. But if you aren't going to be better than all the other remakes, you'd be better to not sing it. James was not better. He was much, much worse. Pitchy and screamy and I don't care what anyone else has to say. At this point, the judges (if we can even still call them that) are basically just reading the scripts and for some unknown reason, the script tells them that James must be in the finale.
Haley Reinhart: Earth Song, Michael Jackson - I have never heard this song before in my life. My husband insists that she said it was by Michael Jackson, but I'm not convinced. We were so busy talking about Steven Tyler's book (which I just started reading) that we weren't paying attention. I don't want to go back and find out, cause I honestly don't care. I'm starting to like Haley even more just cause the judges (there's that word again) hate on her so much. The song itself was a little boring, maybe, but vocally she was at least a thousand times better than James. A thousand and one times. I'm not sure how JLo and Randy can sleep at night.
I'm actually so angry right now, I wish I could call them and tell them. Maybe I should tweet them...I don't know.
Scotty McCreery: Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning), Alan Jackson - I'm not surprised that he chose this song. He sang it just like he sings everything and he's basically sown up his place in the Top 2. I didn't notice, was there a flag flying behind him?
Lauren Alaina: Anyway, Martina McBride - She's wearing the curtains from Gone With the Wind, isn't she? Ho hum. Same old boring, nothing singing delivered Lauren-style.
So JLo just admitted, that they want Lauren in the finale. But apparently not Haley. I'm thinking now that they want Lauren and James and not Lauren and Scotty. But it doesn't matter.
Randy said he was worried about Lauren last week, but I call that re-writing history. As I recall, he was quite generous with his praise, as they always are for little Lauren. I dislike her more each week. And I feel bad about it, cause she's probably just a little girl who is being manipulated as much as the rest of us.
OK, so they loved every one but Haley and she's in the forgettable number two spot. I'll miss you Haley, you were treated badly and forced out for three people who are not better than you. But we all dislike them even more now. Or at least I do.
And yet, we still we have to live through another round of songs. But first we have to be assaulted by the annoying, disgusting Lady Gaga. (I just mistyped that as Lady Gag and I think that may be a better name for her.) I don't understand people who have such low self-esteem that they feel they have to make themselves look like a freak just to get attention.
Haley Reinhart: I (Who Have Nothing) - Somehow I thought this song would go to little Lauren. She's the big drama queen right? Oh wait, maybe I meant James. *giggle* OK, now I'm just taking cheap shots at little kids. Fine, I'm not nice. Deal with it. Honestly, I thought her vocals were stronger on the first song, but that was still pretty darn awesome, if you ask me. And kindly remember, that I don't really like her. I just think she should get props when she deserves props and not get beaten up cause Haley getting to Top 3 isn't part of the script.
You know what would be awesome, if James got voted off this week.
Also, I've been thinking about this "in it to win it" thing of Randy's. Do you think he could be trying to subtly tell the contestants that he thinks they may just have wandered over from that NBC show that airs tonight opposite Idol?
Scotty McCreery: Young Blood - OK, his eyes are starting to creep me out. So Jimmy is worried about Scotty's emotional connection to this song. What emotion would that be exactly? Anyway, this was not one of Scotty's best efforts, but he's basically just phoning it in at this point and that's probably OK. I don't think anyone can envision a Top 3 that does not include Scotty McCreery.
The fact that the judges (we need another term for these people behind the desk) didn't call him on anything for that lame, boring performance makes me want to throw things. Big, heavy things, aimed right for those people behind the desk.
Lauren Alaina: Trouble - I actually called this song for Haley, who would have been amazing on it. She would have had no problem calling herself "evil." If Lauren has a problem with it, she should have picked another song. Anyway, she started out reminding me briefly of the Lauren we saw back in her first audition, but then she went to that fast part and got all winded and sorta lost the thread a bit. Disappointing. And the thing with Steven Tyler is just getting ickier and ickier.
Both Lauren and Scotty were so lacking compared to Haley's performance this round. I just wish everyone else agreed with me.
James Durbin: Love Potion No. 9 - This started out pretty good, it had some off moments, but he pulled it all together in the end. Overall, I thought it was much better than his first song. He definitely sounds better when he sticks to his upper register. But I want to know, who's really gonna buy a whole record of this kid screeching?
Who is going home? Probably Haley. Who deserves to go home? Any one of the other three.