Idol Top 9: Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame

 

Am I crazy, or was this the BEST episode of American Idol maybe ever???  Everyone did such a fantastic job last night, that I had to include videos of everyone’s performances (below).  From song choice to performance, I didn’t think that there was a clunker in the group.  It helped that the theme was “Rock n Roll Hall of Fame” because the contestants had quite literally the best material from which to choose. -Alli

 Jacob Lusk : Jacob chose not to sing “Let’s Get It On” (Jimmy Iovine’s choice) because he didn’t feel like it was a representation of who is was and what he’s about.    Good choice.  His rendition of “Man in the Mirror” was soulful and real.  Must watch.

Haley Reinhart: The judges practically begged Haley to do a Janis Joplin song.  This week, Haley delivered.  

Casey Abrams: I’m starting to belive the judges were right to save Casey from elimination.  He’s performed consistently for the past two weeks and reminded us how good he truly is.  I love that he brought back the stand-up base for his performance of “Have You Ever Seen the Rain.” 

Lauren Alaina: Not my favorite song choice for her, but when she belts out “Natural Woman” she proves that she has what it takes to be a superstar.

James Durbin: James has given us huge, wild performances for the past few weeks.  So, this week he decided to reel it all in and slow it down.  Great decision.  It may not be my favorite performance from him, but it did remind me that the reason I like him is not his over-the-top enthusiasm for performing, it’s the fact that he can really sing.

Scotty McCreery: He’s not a rocker, but he rock-a-billied his way to a solid performance last night.  I also liked that he didn’t choose a song that kept him in that low register the whole time.  But watch, because he gives us that awesome barratone every once in a while throughout the song.

Pia Toscano: Just opposite of James Durbin…Pia gave us a 180 and sped it up!  She did what she needed to do last night by throwing out the ballad and bringing us an up tempo performance.

Stefano Langone: Stefano chose to sing “When a Man Loves a Woman.”  He sang it well, but if I have to choose a low-point of the best episode of Idol I have seen in forever, Stefano’s performance would be it. 

Paul McDonald: He may have upset some of the Johnny Cash die-hards by adding his own bluesy spin to Folsom Prison Blues, but I thought his performance was AWESOME!  Great energy, good interaction with the band and the audience, cool vibe.  Loved it.

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