Let’s watch as the American Idol producers try to cram 10 performances in an hour, when every other Tuesday, they’ve always ran short on time. I’m guessing Paula’s been given a time limit to her gushing and we’ll hopefully see very limited filler videos.
Elliott Yamin: Heâ€™s born in 1978, so he opens the show with â€œBroadwayâ€. I love Elliott. Honestly? If he records something, Iâ€™ll buy it. Heâ€™s having fun with this one, and thatâ€™s good. This was a great song selection for his singing style.
His second song is a song that I obsess about every time it comes on the radio â€“ Michael Bubleâ€™s â€œHomeâ€. I donâ€™t like Elliottâ€™s version better, but he almost looks like heâ€™s going to cry a few times during it. Sympathy vote: gained. Elliott, when you read this, you should know that I tried voting for you all night, but I kept getting busy signals. If you get voted off, it’s not my fault. I really tried.
Paris: She is singing Princeâ€™s Kiss. Holy shit. Wow. Sheâ€™s singing Prince because heâ€™s from Minnesota and she used to live here. And Prince is a GOD in Minnesota. And sheâ€™s born in 1988. I have a lot say about her. Iâ€™m pretty bored with her early in the song, and when she thinks she wants to dance, I had to close my eyes. I was scared of the same booty drop she did a few weeks ago when she sang Beyonceâ€™. Yeah, not so much a fan, because it was too novel and odd.
And then she sings Mary J. I know Paris is trying to keep it real and sing the music that she likes, but I donâ€™t think she should. I think itâ€™s going to hurt in the long run, which may have just ended tonight for her. Sheâ€™s got a great voice, but for the past few weeks, she hasnâ€™t been using it the way she was when the competition first started up. Like Pickler last week, the bar keeps going up, but Paris doesnâ€™t.
Chris Daughtry: He sings â€œRenegadeâ€. Heâ€™s good, I know, but I really like it on the weeks when heâ€™s not screaming. This weekâ€™s performance, to me, is sounding the same as every other week. Itâ€™s really great, yeah, but itâ€™s the same type of song he does just about every week.
And then he sings another song where he yells some more. I really like him.Â Iâ€™d never vote against him. The yelling just scares me. I wish heâ€™d sing Clay Aiken. I’m sure it would show even more of his tender side.
Kat McPhee: Even though I donâ€™t really ever think sheâ€™s anything special, I really like this girl. I think. â€œAgainst All Oddsâ€ is one of my favorite songs ever, but I canâ€™t explain why. Her performance is good, but itâ€™s poor for her. Like Paris, Kat has a tremendous voice and it brings things down to song choice. When she picks songs like this one that donâ€™t show off her voice, fans forget how awesome she may have been the week before. There were no accidental vagina shots this week, so I paid attention to her entire performance. And, like God once did, I â€œsaw that it was goodâ€.
Her second song? Scary. Box drums. No shoes. Crawling around on the floor. I thought she may have suddenly broken both of her ankles in a horrific backstage accident involving Taylor Hicks laying on the floor and Paris doing ass drops to Beyonce songs while listening to her iPod. Iâ€™m glad to know it was planned. It was a unique performance, and it gave Kat a chance to actually have fun. I think this week, though, she could really be on the fence.
Taylor: MY MAN. I honestly forgot every other performance before his when he started playing that funky music. Do I wish he would have sang Vanilla Ice’s version? ABSOLUTELY.Â But that probably wasn’t the year he was born. Watching him do his thing on this song was like watching a true performer at a concert you’d pay to watch. Was it over the top? Of course, but when is Taylor not over the top? He looks great, he has fun, and he’s happy with himself.
His second song is a Beatles song that I’m not so familiar with, but enjoy the performance anyway. I like how he switched it up probably more than any other contestant this week. We see his fun, typical Taylor self, and then we see him take it down about a dozen notches to a completely different side of him. I thought he nailed them both. And, like with Elliott, I tried voting for him, but kept getting busy signals. I tried, Soul Patrol, I tried!
Bottom two: Katharine and Paris – that’s my guess. And I think Paris is hitting the road this week.