Tuesday began the final phase of American Idol. Casey James, Crystal Bowersox, and Lee DeWyze each had two songs, one they selected and one the judges selected for them.
My fellow blogger, Kevin Tor had Crystal and Lee as the finalist since early in the competition. I have agreed with him and it should end up with these two battling it out for this year's AMERICAN IDOL.
Ok, here we go.
Casey James opened with his selection of "It's Alright By Me." The judges didn't think it was a choice that Casey needed for a top performance. Simon said it was a "salad" and hoped Casey did better with the next song, the "Main Meal."
Crystal Bowersox picked Melissa Etheridge's (see my previous blog on Melissa's performance) big hit "Come To My Window" and the judges thought it was a good choice for her and that it was just ok.
Lee DeWyze (See my earlier blog on Lee's American Idol hometown visit)selected a Lynyrd Skynyrd song, "Simple Man" and was awarded the opening round by the judges who commented that Lee had brought it all and made a great choice of song and great vocals.
The second songs were selected by the judges. First up, Casey James. Randy and Kara picked John Mayer's "Daughter's." Randy and Kara thought it was good while Simon laughed during Kara's comments (I think he was laughing at the "Cougar's" expressions too) and he thought it was just ok.
Ellen chose Paul McCartney's "Maybe I'm Amazed" for Crystal. Randy thought it was a great song and selection for Crystal. Kara said Crystal really "pushed it" and Simon thought it was terrific.
Simon selected Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" for Lee and it was TERRIFIC. Judge comments were; great arrangement, great vocal, stunning, and Kara said Lee "Owned the night."
All year I've been a Crystal Bowersox fan and thought she would win this years IDOL but.... Lee is now my favorite to win. He has blossomed into a truly top performer and I think he will get the votes to be the AMERICAN IDOL.
Casey will have a good career but doesn't compare to Crystal or Lee.
Well see tomorrow.