It’s Elton John night. Yay. I have a hard time getting excited about this theme. Not because Elton John doesn’t have great music, or that I don’t like it. On the contrary, I love most of his music. But they do this theme every single season, and there are just so many different ways you can sing “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me”.
Scott McCreery - “Country Comfort” – Oh, the dreaded first slot! Is it surprising to anyone that Scott is singing country? The novelty has worn off for me about as fast as that steel guitar got on my nerves. If there’s one thing I hate, it’s steel guitar. Makes my skin crawl. Needless to say, that was not my favorite performance of the evening.
Naima Adedapo – “I’m Still Standing “ – And Naima did reggae. It was weird. She went from the strange African dance last week to Rastafarian this week. If she’s around next week (which I’m hoping is a no), what region will she represent then? In other news, I spelled her name right without having to look it up this week! Yay me!
Paul McDonald - “Rocket Man” – Possibly one of my most favorite Elton John songs. And he brought back the Dwight Yoakum suit. Which I love. I also loved the stripped down version of this. In further justification of my love for Paul, check out his band The Grand Magnolias. Awesomeness.
Pia Toscano - “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me” – Well, there we go. Pia’s picked up the pageant trail that Karen Rodriquez laid down when she left. Pia’s had some dental work done, I noticed. If I could offer her any advice, it would be to practice in front of a mirror so she could hold her head in such a way that would not be showing all of America all of her fillings. But that might be nit-picking.
Sidenote: I love the red piano.
Stefano Lagone - “Tiny Dancer” – Another of my favorite Elton songs. I didn’t love it. But I didn’t hate it either. Not shocking that Jennifer loved it… How I would have loved it if Tony Danza had been in the audience! Hold me closer, Tony Danza, count the headlights on the highway…
Lauren Alaina - “Candle in the Wind”– In her intro, she said she normally takes 10 minutes to get ready. I’m not really buying that with the amount of make-up she wears. I didn’t think I would like this, but I was wrong! This might have been my favorite performance of Lauren’s thus far. She sounded great, and she looked great, it was just great. Great, I tell you.
Sidenote: I love the red piano.
James Durbin - “Saturday Night’s All Right (for Fighting)” - Why was the red piano on fire? Did Elton John play a burning piano at some point that I missed? Not the greatest vocal. Also, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention his ears. God bless him, he should not wear his hair like that, because it just draws attention to the massiveness of his ears. Seriously, he could take flight with those puppies. Now, that would be a stand-out performance! No need to set the red piano a-fire!
Thia Megia – “Daniel” –Of course, Thia would pick the most boring Elton John song ever. What more can I say about that? I’m glad they didn’t burn the only red piano.
Casey Abrams - “Your Song” – I was really hoping he would sing “Levon”. But, I loved the simplicity of this. It was captivating and beautiful. And I do not think the judges wasted their save at all.
Jacob Lusk - “Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word” – Jacob? Over-dramatizing? Why, Jimmy Iovine, whatever are you talking about? Surely, you jest. I shouldn’t like Jacob. He really is over the top. I would never buy his album or pay to see him perform. But yet, I do like him. That last note that he held on to forever? Remarkable.
Hailey Reinhart - “Benny and the Jets” – Oh, the growling. The growling is about to get to me like the steel guitar gets to me. Not a positive. This kinda reminded of Michelle Pfifer in The Fabulous Baker Boys until she started trying to get the audience to throw their hands in the air and wave them like you just don’t care. I did not think it was the best performance of the night, unlike Randy. But, I think it was enough, coupled with the fact that she closed out the show, to keep her in the competition.
My bottom three this week would be Naima, Thia and Stefano. I’m giving Hailey a reprieve this week just because she looked so darn proud of herself at the end of her song. I would send Naima (please, oh please) and Thia home.