American Idol’s Top Nine Do Lennon and McCartney
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 the top nine of season nine.
I can’t begin to explain how hard last night’s show was for me to watch. Yep, this time, three years ago, was one of my most vulnerable and expressive performances on Idol. The next day I got sent home. Never being bottom three and all of a sudden I’m on a plane to my hometown in Chicago. After last night’s show I’m wondering if I might have been better off on this season of Idol. But things happen for a reason and now I’m well on my way to finding my future! WOW! Enough about that!
Last night, the Idols opened the Lennon / McCartney songbook again, and boy was I nervous! But after the show, I have to say this week was by far the best this season has seen. There were surprises, goose bumps and dropped jaws in my house last night! I loved seeing the contestants’ opinions of each other and how well, or not well, they get along. It’s truly such a blessing to be cast on a show with so many different personalities. I know that I made a new family and learned so much about how to live just by being with my season six cast mates.
I did my judging last night on my couch with my husband and brother-in-law. Here are my bottom and top three (#1 being the best and #9 the worst)…
Let’s start with the top:
#3, surprisingly enough, was Katie Stevens’s version of “Let It Be.” Congratulations Katie! She took a song (way overdone by artists) and actually made me want to listen to her sing it over and over again. The first minute of the song gave me goose bumps. She gave a very vulnerable performance and for the first time, she stood out as one of the best.
#2 was Michael Lynche (a.k.a. “Big Mike”). “Eleanor Rigby” was the first Beatles song I remember. Tonight Michael put a spin on it that made me so proud of him. The intro was phenomenal and he turned the melody just enough to make it his own. Great job. My ONLY critique for him last night: I wish he had moved away from the mic stand earlier.
#1 and performer of the night goes to … drum roll please … CASEY JAMES! Casey chose “Jealous Guy” by John Lennon and his delivery was dramatically equivalent to Siobhan’s “Paint It Black.” Casey proved that you don’t need strobe light, annoying outfits, or screaming vocals to show you’re dramatic and emotionally involved in a song. His performance was flawless and he revealed his true voice. If James Blunt and Eddie Vedder had a baby (just imagine) it would be Casey James. There was even a moment where it appeared he was going to cry and was just being honest with America. I think he showed us that he’s been jealous at one point and if that isn’t sexy, I don’t know what is.