::said in british accent like Simon:: What. Was. That? Abysmal with a capital A.
Why did they feel the need to put us through that? First of all, I had all but forgotten every single one of them. Three of the girls I didn't even recognize, let alone remember their names. And Paul. Oh PAUL. Wha? The only words he even knew were "I wanna start a fight!" at the end. The rest he just mumbled. Off key. Terrible.
K, let's hop to it. It's late.
Swingin' by LeAnn Rimes
Good: the low part. His deep voice is a force to be reckoned with. So glad they mocked the way he holds his mic, btw.
Bad Stuff: The eyebrow waggling. Why must he? Stop it. He's a 50 year old trapped in a 17 year old's body.
Whatever Stuff: Yes, it was "safe" but if that's not the very word that describes country music then I don't know what is. Country music panders to the lowest common denominator in this country. Not to generalize here but I'm talking rednecks, back woods honkey tonks and white trash. Ha! I kid. (not really tho) What I'm saying is there are no unsafe country songs. Try and name one.... see? All safe. It's what they do.
Uprising by Muse
Good: I may be a bit biased because I LOVE that song but song choice was huge here. It fit him like the proverbial glove. Very very cool performance. I found myself smiling through the whole thing.
Bad Stuff: That get up he was wearing seemed so out of place with his normal colored mouse-brown hair.
Whatever Stuff: Were the marching band people really necessary? ::shrugging shoulders::
Rolling In The Deep by Adele
Good: I think this is the first night that I've thought to myself "She belongs here." I really like how distinct and different her voice is while still being really good. She is growing on me in a big way. Loved her dress & hair too.
Bad Stuff: I got nothin'.
Whatever Stuff: Are she & Casey really dating? Someone send me a link. I'm too lazy to google.
Dance With My Father by Luther Vandross
Good: I got nothin'.
Bad Stuff: I have lots of "this explains things" jokes but I can't use them because I'd look like a jerk. I have a sneaking suspicion that at least 50% of his "emotions" up there were fake. He is the divaiest divafied diva to have ever graced the AI stage. His tears were out of frustration because his ear piece wasn't playing the right thing...nothing to do with his Dad.
Whatever stuff: Did he call everyone a "sweetie pie?" He's lame. And un-creative.
Harder to Breathe by Maroon 5
Good: I rewound and watched and laughed my head off at the part where he slaps James and chases Scotty about 10 times. That kid killlllls me. He's so Jack Black-y, which I love. Maybe he can find a less attractive partner and they can be the Tenacious E? Loved what he did with the song. Very cool.
Bad: Kissing JLo. C'mon Casey. That was....weird.
Whatever stuff: Casey is the guy who I look at and wonder what he's going to look like 5 years from now after being in "the biz" for a while. Will he be all clean cut, chiseled and Hollywood-ized? Or will he go all Nick Nolte/Marlon Brando? Cuz there is no in between. He will be changed. We just don't know in what way.
Closer by Ne-Yo
Bad Stuff: Oh my gosh. No no no. Bad bad bad. Gross gross gross. Was I the only one disgusted by how schmoozy and greasy he is with the ladies?? And then his facial expressions on stage? And his "moves?" Yuck. And the judges didn't call him on any of it. Tonight I missed Simon. He would have had NONE of that.
Whatever Stuff: I needed to take a shower after watching that.
Born to Fly by Sara Evans
Good: Her hair looked good and that outfit was cute.
Bad Stuff: Eh....she's so booooring. Forgettable even. The song was so-so. I think she has zero personality too. It could be an age thing but really, I just think she's boring. She's lucky she has Stefano this week to take the fall for her.
Whatever Stuff: Someone needed to have a little sit-down with that fiddler player and explain to him that this performance had nothing to do with him. He practically elbowed poor Lauren out of the way.
Bottom Three: Lauren, Stefano, Jacob (hoping people aren't all mushy over the dad dying thing)
Going home: STEFANO (easiest pick I've ever made)