American Idol – Season Finale

May 27, 2010 by  
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Last night, Lee was announced the winner of this year’s “American Idol.” I felt Crystal outperformed Lee on Tuesday night, but Lee does have a more-commercial sound that could heard on modern rock and hit radio stations. I’m a fan of both singers and I have a strong feeling they will have successful careers.

A majority of the show included tributes to Simon Cowell, since he is leaving “American Idol.” Some of the highlights from last night’s finale include a group performance with Alice Cooper, Bret Michaels singing after his recent health problems, Crystal singing with Alanis Morissette, Lee and Crystal singing together with Joe Cocker, and Janet Jackson performing. The strangest moments of the finale included Dane Cook’s tribute to Simon being interrupted by a former contestant, and General Larry Plats singing his “Pants On The Ground” song with William Hung. Thankfully, there wasn’t a fake award ceremony this year.

Top 12 with Alice Cooper

Casey with Bret Michaels

Crystal with Alanis Morissette

Lee and Crystal with Joe Cocker

General Larry Platt and William Hung

Simon with previous winners

Watch the announcement of the winner and Lee sing “Beautiful Day”:


American Idol Performances – Top 2

May 26, 2010 by  
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Last night was the “American Idol” showdown that I had been wanting to see for about six weeks, Lee versus Crystal. The beginning of the show started off strange; not only did the camera capture Crystal dropping her microphone as the final two contestants walked through the audience, but the viewers watched as she turned around and started over after someone gave her the signal to begin walking again. Round one started off slow for both, with Crystal barely winning in my opinion.

After the second and third rounds last night, I have to confirm my original prediction that Crystal will win Season 9.

I have been a fan of Lee since the Top 12 performance show, and felt he was becoming the dark horse in this year’s competition; Lee has been growing, gaining confidence, and performing like he wants to win. Unfortunately, Lee seemed nervous last night and it showed; even though he sounded good during rounds 2 and 3, I felt Lee didn’t come to win. On the opposite side, Crystal has been losing touch with herself the past few weeks and not living up to her expectations; last night, she was back and she was on fire during the last two rounds. Her final song to close the show was “the moment” every artist waits to have on the stage; she waited until the very last song of the competition to have her moment.

Watch Crystal sing “Black Velvet”:

Watch Crystal sing “Up To The Mountain”:

Watch Lee sing “Everybody Hurts”:

Watch Lee sing “Beautiful Day”:


American Idol Performances – Top 3

May 19, 2010 by  
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Last night were the performances by the final three contestants. Each contestant sang one song of their choice and one song selected by the judges. I felt Lee came prepared to win as he outperformed the competition. Lee’s first song was Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Simple Man,” which reminded me of Shinedown’s cover version. Lee did an amazing job performing “Halleluja,” a perfect song selected by Simon. I thought Crystal was the second best performer last night; she showed off her vocal range during her second song, which was an excellent performance of Paul McCartney’s “Maybe I’m Amazed.”

Watch Lee sing “Simple Man”:

Watch Lee sing “Hallelujah”:

Watch Crystal sing “Maybe I’m Amazed”:


American Idol Performances – Top 4

May 12, 2010 by  
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Last night were the performances for cinema week. The four remaining contestants each sang a song individually and also performed a duet. Even though the two duets were excellent, the four individual songs weren’t as good as they should have been. With so many great songs to select from, Crystal shocked everyone by selecting “I’m Alright” from the movie Caddyshack; I thought Crystal’s risky version of the Kenny Loggins song stood out as the best individual performance from last night.

Watch Crystal sing “I’m Alright”:

Watch Crystal and Lee sing “Falling Slowly” together:

Watch Casey and Michael sing “Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman” together:


American Idol Performances – Top 7

April 21, 2010 by  
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Last night were the performances for Idol Gives Back week, in which all of the contestants sang inspirational songs.

Crystal, singing “People Get Ready,” was the first time she performed on the stage without an instrument; it was an emotional performance in which she broke down in tears at the end. My second favorite performance was Lee singing an inspirational version of “The Boxer” while playing the acoustic guitar.

With the season half over, I currently feel Crystal and Lee could end up in the finals based on their performances so far this season.

Watch Crystal sing “People Get Ready”:

Watch Lee sing “The Boxer”:


American Idol Performances – Top 9

April 7, 2010 by  
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Last night were the performances for The Beatles week. Even though Crystal had a cold, it was not noticable when she put on another great performance; she sang the classic “Come Together,” which was accompanied by a didgeridoo. Even though the didgeridoo seemed like an odd choice, it worked. My other favorite performance from last night was when Casey sang “Jealous Guy.”

Watch Crystal sing “Come Together”:

Watch Casey sing “Jealous Guy”:


American Idol Performances – Top 10

March 31, 2010 by  
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Last night were the performances for R&B week. Lee DeWyze’s performance of “Treat Her Like A Lady” was my favorite from the night. My other favorite performance was when Crystal Bowersox traded in her guitar for a piano to sing “Midnight Train To Georgia.” Even though I previously said I will keep my posts short by only writing about my two favorite performances each week, I have to give honorable mentions to Andrew Garcia and Michael Lynche.

Watch Lee sing “Treat Her Like A Lady”:

Watch Crystal sing “Midnight Train To Georgia”:

Watch Andrew sing “Forever”:

Watch Michael sing “Ready For Love”:


American Idol Performances – Top 11

March 24, 2010 by  
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Starting today, to keep my posts shorter, I am going to do my best to only write about my top two favorite performances each week.

Last night were the performances for Billboard #1′s week. Even though I didn’t feel this week had as many strong performances compared to last week, Crystal Bowersox stood out when she sang Janis Joplin’s “Me and Bobby McGee” while standing on a rug. Even though he had laryngitis, Aaron Kelly is starting to look like a front-runner after his performance of Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing.”

Watch Crystal sing “Me and Bobby McGee”:

Watch Aaron sing “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing”:


American Idol Performances – Top 12

March 17, 2010 by  
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Last night were the performances for The Rolling Stones week. I thought one of the best performances was when Crystal Bowersox closed the show by singing one of my favorite Rolling Stones songs, “You can’t Always Get What You Want.” I really enjoyed Lee DeWyze’s version of “Beast Of Burden,” as he sounded like a nice combination of Dave Matthews and John Mellencamp. Siobhan Magnus reminded me of Adam Lambert as she performed a dramatic version of “Paint It Black,” ending with a long screaming note. Didi Benami also had a dramatic performance as she sang “Play With Fire.” Aaron Kelly and Michael Lynch also had performances that I enjoyed.

Watch Crystal sing “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”:

Watch Lee sing “Beast Of Burden”:

Watch Siobhan sing “Paint It Black”:

Watch Didi sing “Play With Fire”:

Watch Aaron sing “Angie”:

Watch Michael sing “Miss You”:


Getting Ready For American Idol

March 16, 2010 by  
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The top twelve contestants will perform tonight on the big stage as Season 9 of “American Idol” begins.

My prediction is Crystal Bowersox and Michael Lynche will end up as the final two contestants. Not only does Michael have a great voice, but he has the story of becoming a father during Hollywood Week that won over many fans. Crystal, on the other hand, has the experience from performing on the streets and knows who she is as an artist. I feel Crystal has the hunger and talent to win the entire show this season.

Watch Crystal sing “Give Me One Reason”:

Watch Crystal sing “Hand In My Pocket”:

Watch Michael sing “This Woman’s Work”:

Watch Michael sing “It’s A Man’s Man’s World”: