American Idol: Beatles Night

They switched up from Lennon/McCartney II to a Beatles Night… I wrote up my comments as it happened…

Amanda Overmyer – “Back in the USSR”
A bit ragged, a bit forced.  She’ll be a good rocker, but I don’t think she’s an American Idol.  OK.

Kristy Lee Cook – “You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away”
Awkward arrangement, complete disconnect from the song.  She’s pretty much set up to leave barring a disaster later.  She talked about proving something to Cowell.  I don’t think she’ll have a chance to.

David Archuleta – “The Long and Winding Road”
Strong and a bit more confident than last week.  Good, not great.  Should make it back for another week.

Michael Johns – “A Day in the Life”
High note issues, and wandered all over the place.  A good shot at the Bottom Three tomorrow night.  Might survive, but not by much.

Brooke White – “Here Comes The Sun”
Slow start, picked up speed.  I’m still waiting for someone to really grab a song and make it theirs, but she did more than enough to come back.

David Cook – “Day Tripper”
Ask and ye shall receive.  This guy is going to be a star, although I don’t know if he can win AI.  Best of show so far.

Carly Smithson – “Blackbird”
Two solid performers back-to-back to rescue the evening.  Good range, solid arrangement, and she hits a home run.

Jason Castro – “Michelle”
Solid.  Middle-of-the-pack, good enough for a return trip.

Syesha Mercado – “Yesterday”
You have to have guts to choose this song.  She overshot by a long distance.  It was thin and a bit weak.  This could be another Bottom Three moment for Syesha.  I have no idea what the judges saw in this.

Chikezie – “I’ve Just Seen A Face”
I was originally convinced he’d be cannon fodder.  The last couple of weeks have changed that.  This performance showed that he’s got something, and should be around next week.

Ramiele Malubay – “I Should Have Known Better”
She did know better.  Big improvement from last week puts her in mid-pack and she should be OK.

AND THE RECAP: Amanda sounded better by comparison as we get to the Big Finish.  Kristy’s bored/boring style is going to do her in.  David A. was good, I’d like to see him tackle a different style.  Michael’s in BIG trouble.  Brooke was OK, and should come back.  David C. stands out.  Carly was second-best, solidly.  Jason has the teen idol thing going, and a decent performance.  I don’t get Syesha’s performance.  Chikezie connected with the song, if not the judges.  Ramiele closed with another “OK performance”.  There was too much “OK” tonight.

BEST: David Cook, Carly Smithson
BOTTOM THREE: Kristy Lee Cook, Michael Johns, Syesha Mercado
SHOULD GO HOME: Kristy Lee Cook


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