Adam: Oh. My. Sashafierce. Beth, we’re down to three cute-as-a-button finalists (I mean, really, have you seen a cuter bunch of wanna-be rock stars in your life?), and they are being mentored by Beyonce. Between her and J-Lo (who looks like she’s gradually morphing into an engagement ring, a look that draws no complaints from this couch) America is about to be curved to death. It’s two hours of hometown greetings, judges’ song selections, and who knows what else. Beth, what are your expectations for tonight?
I expect a lot, Adam. I expect you to make me laugh, a lot. I expect Randy to say “in it to win it” at least nine times and I expect to hear Haley over-growl throughout her songs. And now that you mention it, J-Lo does look like an engagement ring. She’s such a trendsetter. (please pause while I run up to tease my hair STRAIGHT UP IN THE AIR.)
Adam: Amazed by Lonestar was probably Scotty’s most ambitious song choice all season, and easily his best performance. Really. Wow. So since his delivery was too flawless for me to comment on, let me give him some constructive criticism: Scotty, when you are in the presence of Beyonce, singing a love song, LOOK INTO HER BEAUTIFUL FACE AND SING. Closing your eyes and looking away all cowboy hatless? Please.
I love this song and I love it when Scotty is singing a song that doesn’t cause him to make crazy eyes. And did you notice? He barely held his mic like it was a flute? He sounded good. I’m glad he’s still in the competition.
Lauren is starting her first of 3 songs with Wild One. And maybe she ran laps before hitting the stage or she forgot how to breathe or um…um..umm…I don’t know. But this song seemed too fast for her. She couldn’t keep up and she sounded a little wimpy with her vocals. I’m sad because I expected more. Maybe she’ll start believing in herself before the next two songs.
Adam: All I can figure is that Lauren is overcome with nerves. It makes sense, it being the biggest moment of her life and all. But right now the moment is bigger than Lauren. I’m generally not a fan of the upbeat songs, especially this late in the game. You sing fast, you have to sing super strong. That wasn’t even kinda strong.
Haley is getting the Led out. That’s a bold move. It seems like she knew it was bold and wanted to let the boldness of her choice carry her through the song. And she forgot to really let it rip AND THEN SHE FELL OH NOES! Well. They say it’s all in how you pick yourself up after you fall. She did that. Uh . . . Beth?
I actually really liked this performance and the fact that she fell, just made me like it more. I mean, it’s not that I’m going to vote for her now but I’m closer to it. Oh and her Dad playing the guitar? Probably made me cry. Stupid pregnancy hormones.
Round Two is beginning with Scotty singing a song that Jimmy has chosen. (confession: I have no idea who this Jimmy character is but he keeps coming back every single week, so I guess he’s important.) So, he’s singing “Are you going to kiss me or not.” I’m really happy that he has his guitar tonight. And the lyrics to this song are so sweet and beautiful that I’m probably crying again. Here’s the thing, vocally, he sounded pretty good, totally believable, I could see him performing this on stage but he MUST STOP WITH THE CRAZY EYES. Either way, Scotty is a performer. Loved it.
Adam: Scotty kills me with the innocence. I’m glad Jimmy picked a song with some hormones in it, because if Scotty is really going to take over the hearts of America’s teeny boppers in a Bieber kind of way, those tweens need to believe he wants to be more than friends. They do now. Who cares how he sang it? (Just alright for me, but that’s cool.)
I thought Lauren’s song was cute and she’s so cute. Now, it’s possible that in the middle of the performance I decided to check the Bull’s game and saw that Lebron James had three fouls and then I started thinking about how I have such a crush on him. Which makes things hard because, you know, I want the Bulls to win. Either way. She did mess up in the song but that’s okay. Haley fell.
So, Haley is singing Rhiannon by Steve Nicks which is, of course, a classic. I’m not sure she did it justice, however. I was distracted by the lower register in the beginning and then a windstorm came through and began throwing her hair around. It was so bizarre. No really. I think she’s doing really well. I enjoyed this performance.
The judges’ pick for Scotty is old school, Kenny Rogers’ She Believes in Me. Son, welcome to the finals. At some point, I’ll get sick of seeing Jennifer sing along with the contestants, but I haven’t reached that point quite yet. She’s such a cutie. As for Scotty’s performance, it was free of crazy eyes and full of crazy good.
First, I’m disappointed that this could be Scotty’s last performance on Idol and he is not wearing a cowboy hat. Doesn’t he read my blog? Doesn’t he know that I know everything? ugh. Poor kid. Second, he did great. Definitely a different song for him but he totally pulled it off. I do hope we see him next week.
Lauren is singing “I hope you dance.” This song has some big notes. I hope she gets gutsy and hits those notes. And she did. Made me reconsider if those notes were as big as I remembered. or maybe I’m distracted by the BIG dress. No matter, she sounded really good. Nice job, Lauren.
I do agree that from the minute she read her text, I thought “hmmm…I wonder how they’ll clean this song up.” And they did. Mostly. It is really hard to look past her stumble over the lyrics but the end was a million times better than the beginning. She wound up pulling it off. Good job, Haley. Now, get off the stage. I’m tired.
Adam, who do you think will be voted off?
Adam: Up until the last song, I thought Lauren would get out-countried by Scotty. But I think the judges may have put Haley in an impossible position with that last song. I’ll say Haley is out.
Well, I think Lauren. Now, I’ve never been right, but I have a feeling about this one. I think.
What do you guys think?