So, I’m bitter. Bitter with a capital B. First, Paul gets sent home way before his time, and then Casey goes last week. Quite honestly, at this point, let’s just hand the title to Scotty, since that appears to be who the ‘tweens have already crowned the winner, call it a day and go watch The Voice. In case you can’t tell, this will not be a glowing review of last night’s show full of bubbles and giggles. ‘Cause I’m bitter. Make that Bitter.
I’m not really sure what it says about me that I was far more familiar with the “then” portion of the show, rather than the “now”. Other than I’m getting old.
James Durbin – “Closer to the Edge” – Yeah, I’ve never heard this song. While I am a huge rock fan, 30 Seconds to Mars is not on my iPod, although I do know who Jared Leto is. My So-Called Life… does that date me? Anyway, even if I have never heard the song, I could tell that most of this performance was not on-key. At all. Painful even, at times. Yet the judges loved it. This would seem to be a recurring theme last night: High praise from the judges for off-key performances.
‘Without You” – This is another one of those songs that should be banned from AI. Again, horribly off-key. Yes, he got emotional, but I’m not sure it would have mattered if he wasn’t. James was badly off his game last night and he might pay for it tonight. But, hey, the judges loved him.
Jacob Lusk – “No Air” – I have officially jumped off the Jacob bandwagon. It is past time for him to go. This whole performance proved it. Let’s break it down a bit. This is a duet, and he tried to sing both parts. But here’s the thing, even if you can technically sing both parts, that doesn’t necessarily mean you should. This came across sounding a bit like Jacob had a split personality. And then when you add in the “dancing” that he attempted on stage (some of those moves were NOT family appropriate), well, it was just a big ol’ mess.
"Love Hurts” – This didn’t get any better. Yes, he hit some ridiculously high notes, but it was all tainted by that horrendous first performance. This should seal the deal, and Jacob should take his rightful place in the voted- out section.
Scotty McCreery – “Gone” - I know I sound like a broken record when it comes to Scotty, but I just don’t get it. I’m quite sure it has something to do with the fact that I am 33 and not 13, but I don’t really think I would have been that into him at 13. Mainly because he is not a member of the New Kids on the Block, and that was all I cared about at 13. Anyway, here goes the broken record, I’ve never heard this song, and quite frankly, if I had not heard it last night, I’d have been just fine. I’m not sure why the judges thought this was breaking out of his comfort zone, because it was, after all, still country.
“Always on My Mind” – I couldn’t bear to watch this. I did listen, but I just couldn’t watch him squint, hold the mic to the side and sing out of the side of his mouth. Again, nothing really new here. But hey, it’s worked for him so far, so why change?
Lauren Alaina - “Flat on the Floor” – It should come as no shock to anyone that I have never heard of this song. I thought she sang it well, seeing as I had nothing to compare it to. But again, there was no wow factor. I’m pretty sure it’s got something to do with her age. If she had waited a few years, I think she would have a little better command of the stage.
“Unchained Melody” – Another one for the banned list. This could’ve been her wow moment, but alas, it was not. It was a wee bit boring. Not her best performance.
Lest you think I have nothing good to say about anybody…
Haley Reinhart - “You and I” – An unreleased Lady Gaga song…you would think that would have scored her some points on the “chance taking” scale with the judges. Unfortunately, it did not. I thought they were unnecessarily harsh on her. She sang on key, people, which is WAY MORE than the majority did last night. That in itself should have won her high praise.
“House of the Rising Sun” – This was her wow moment. This was, BY FAR, the best performance of the night, and Haley’s best performance to date. I am officially on the Haley bandwagon. Which, judging by my track record this season, will probably mean that she will be voted out this week. Apparently, my like of someone is the kiss of death.
So, obviously, my choice to be going home this week would be Jacob. And I’ll try to get over my bitterness by next week.