American Idol: James Durbin follows his MUSE, Haley Reinhart tackles Adele
American Idol's final seven contestants sang for the nation's votes, but it was James Durbin who claimed the night with Muse's, "Uprising."
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The night started out with a glimmer of promise; American Idol was thirteen strong again when the first six contestants to be voted off returned for an encore performance. Naima Adedapo, Pia Toscano, Karen Rodriguez, Ashthon Jones and Thia Megia took the stage with a cover of Pinkâ€™s, â€śSo What.â€ť There was some serious girl-power going on and Naimaâ€™s over-the-top dance moves compensated for Pia and Thiaâ€™s stiffness.
But then, it all went wrong . . .
Paul McDonald, wearing that ridiculous rose suit again, joined the quintet and completely killed the vibe. Now, itâ€™s hard to blame Paul for this failure (well, except the fashion one, thatâ€™s all on him) since Paul would have never attempted to sing a Pink song on stage. Why? Because Paul knows what kind of an artist he is and suffice it to say, he is not Pink. It was sad really, it would have been so much more poignant to remember him bidding adieu with â€śMaggie Mae.â€ť
Scotty McCreery attempted to bring entertainment back with â€śSwingin,â€ť by John Anderson. The judges, perhaps sensing the true disaster of the Paul debacle, decided to throw the audience a bone and give real judging a shot Wednesday night. Though Steven Tyler loved it, he would have liked more boot scooting. Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson both struggled to make sense of Scottyâ€™s song choice. With a decade of music to choose from, it certainly seemed a safe and rather dull choice. C
Thankfully, James Durbin was next with the Muse song, â€śUprising,â€ť which was exactly what the show needed on the heels of Paul and Scottyâ€™s performances. JLo and Randy didnâ€™t go too far out on a limb predicting James would be the best of the night. Sometimes James seems to lack the maturity needed to really shine but every once in a while, he forgoes the self-indulgence and reminds everyone that he could very well go all the way. The marching drummers didnâ€™t hurt, either. A-
Haley Reinhart took on Adeleâ€™s â€śRolling in the Deep.â€ť Randy thought she chose a perfect song and Steven said that despite it starting slow, it was a great performance. Haley sounded wonderful and seemed more at ease on stage than sheâ€™s been in the past. B+
Jacob Lusk, or â€śLuther Luskâ€ť as Steven dubbed him, chose a song that was, wait for it . . .meaningful to him this week. Howâ€™s that for a plot twist? Seriously, Jacobâ€™s eternal suffering is getting old, fast. â€śDance with my Father,â€ť was so meaningful for Jacob he blew past barely suppressed suffering to full-on agony. The judges werenâ€™t impressed with Jacobâ€™s vocals but since they are ever ready with their spoonful of sugar, said it was a great performance, "emotionally." B-
Casey Abrams selected Maroon 5â€™s â€śHarder to Breathe,â€ť and reminded everyone why he was once a frontrunner. The vocals were great and chock full of his unique personality. That personality also strode right up to the "most beautiful woman in the world" and planted a kiss on her cheek at the end of the performance. JLo was good-natured, exclaiming, â€śCaseyâ€™s got soft lips!â€ť Steven, desperate to upstage Caseyâ€™s bold move, decided to remind the network why they have a five-second delay and broke out a string of obscenities. Apparently he, like us, was tired of his standard â€śbeautiful.â€ť A-
Stefano Langone sang Neoâ€™s, "Closer," earnestly singing the repetitious chorus, â€śI just canâ€™t stop, I just can't stop.â€ť
Please try, Stefano. Try to stop.
After watching him prance around the stage wearing his silly suspenders and even sillier expressions, the judges gave up on the judging. They told Stefano he did a good job and JLo halfheartedly continued the â€śStefano is a ladyâ€™s manâ€ť charade. Maybe teenage girls are susceptible to the power of suggestion, but adult women know that talent upstages doe-eyes and dimples any day, which is precisely why JLo was blushing and giggling after Caseyâ€™s performance and not after Stefanoâ€™s. C-
Lauren Alaina and Scotty must have had a bet to see who could pick a more inane song. Lauren chose, â€śBorn to Fly,â€ť by Sara Evans. Steven said it was beautiful while JLo and Randy spent a good deal of time beating around the bush when essentially what they wanted to say is what Lauren needs to hear: â€śPull it together, and sing like we know you can or youâ€™re going home.â€ť Laurenâ€™s had chance after chance to rekindle the magic of auditions; itâ€™s only a matter of time before the audience starts to wonder if it was a fluke. C-
This weekâ€™s predictions:
- Stefano Langone
- Jacob Lusk
- Haley Reinhart
With Jacob leaving us.
Enjoy the Official Muse video of "Uprising" below.