American Idol’s Top 10: Usher Mentors for Soul and R&B Night
Gina Glocksen, American Idol’s “rocker chick” from season six and BettyConfidential’s resident expert, weighs in on the good, the bad, and the downright horrible from last night’s show.
Last night’s theme on American Idol was Soul & R&B, and who better than Usher to mentor the contestants? He was without a doubt the best mentor choice so far. Usher is an incredible performer and really knows how to engage his audience. When I was on American Idol, the mentor who captured me like Usher was Gwen Stefani. They both know what audiences want and never fail to deliver! Usher was incredible with the contestants and gave great advice, so let’s get to that advice … on with the show!
Last week the show ended with Siobhan Magnus, but last night it started with her. Before I get to the music aspect of things, I must say there are many things very distracting to me about this girl. Usher hit the nail on the head regarding her style. The way she dresses does distract from her talent. There’s no doubt that Siobhan can sing, but last night, it just wasn’t good. I feel like the judges have continually kissed her butt and it’s gone to her head a little. However, last night Siobhan was served some humble pie and it was probably the best thing that could’ve happened to her. I’d also like to see her get her teeth fixed. I’m guessing that dentists have already offered her Invisalign deals! In my opinion, musically, Siobhan is consistently shaky and too nasal in the beginning of her songs, then simply screams the end. America please note – screaming does not = talent!
Next is Casey James. Looking good Casey! Casey should’ve started the night! He turned in an amazing performance with “Hold on I’m Comin” and really shone. But Michael Lynche was so mediocre. To be honest, I’d never heard “Ready For Love” before and when I’m not familiar with a song, I want the singer to MAKE me want to know it. He did little to move me and if anything, I don’t care to ever hear that song again.
Didi Benami really holds a place in my heart and while I’ve been rooting for her, she fell a bit short tonight with her rendition of “What Becomes of the Broken Hearted.” Oh Didi? Randy’s critique was spot on — the performance flat lined and didn’t move at all!