American Idol’s Top Seven Attempt to Inspire
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 seven of season nine.
Well, it’s the week Idol “Gives Back,” so I was really looking forward to some unique “inspirational” songs, as that was the theme. Hmmm.
Casey James kicked off the night and lordy, I was not inspired. He started Fleetwood Mac’s “Don’t Stop (Thinking About Tomorrow)” by singing in the wrong key. Oh and the tan? Did he discover Snooki’s tanning salon? Is it just me or was Casey literally orange?
Next up, Lee DeWyze (one of America’s favorites) chose to sing Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Boxer.” I’d never heard of this song, and probably won’t recognize it if I heard it again. Lee’s a good singer, but I’d love to hear him sing two keys lower than the one he thinks is a good for him. As a singer, it makes me angry that he forces the notes out and they tend to come out nasally. I’m also angry that while I find him overrated, he’s one of the best of this season — and that isn’t saying much.
I was nervous for Tim Urban, only because I’m not quite sure America gets him. He has a very unique voice, almost crooner-like. I thought it his version of “Better Days” by The Goo Goo Dolls was great and a current song choice. His performance may have fallen too short to stay in the competition. I think his battery is out of juice.