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American Idol: Here’s To You, Mrs. Robinson

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I seriously cannot believe that we are down to the Top Three on American Idol already. And I really can't believe who made the Top Three. My brain has not fully grasped the results from last night. But, before we get to the results, two former Idol contestants and one of the greatest rock bands hit the Idol stage.

Season three Idol winner, Fantasia performed her new single, "Bittersweet." Now, I have never been a huge fan of Fantasia's, but I really like this song. Although, the speaking part in the middle of it seems rather ridiculous. I thought her performance went rather well.

Daughtry performed their latest single, "September" mid-way through the show. Fantastic song, I just love Chris Daughtry's voice. I found it rather amusing that Chris was performing during the Top Four results, since that was the same week he was eliminated about four years ago. I really liked his advice for the Idols to "stay hungry."

I am hoping that the Idols took something from the two former contestants and realize that this show is a big deal and they need to step it up. Chris didn't even win during his season and now he's in one of today's biggest rock bands. It's all about seizing the opportunity, and I hope the contestants realize that.

Rounding out the performances was one of my very favorite bands, Bon Jovi, who performed their latest single, "Superman Tonight." A little part of me hoped that they would perform "Blaze of Glory," since it was "Songs of the Cinema" week. Their performance sounded really good, right up until the chorus, where Richie Sambora's voice started to drown out Jon Bon Jovi's. Not entirely ideal. it was like the sound mix hadn't been completely worked out before going out on stage. However, it was an enjoyable performance. (Is my complete and total bias s/love for this band showing?)

 Ryan Seacrest during the broadcast talked to the contestants about going home for their hometown visits when they make it into the Top Three. Idol then rolled out a video looking back at previous hometown visits.


After the video, Lee Dewyze said, "I want that to be me," when Ryan asked him what he thought about the video. Speaking of Lee answering questions, he needs some media training, stat. Don't get me wrong, I adore Lee, but he tends to ramble, he just needs to learn how to answer questions while being clear and concise.

The results this week were not entirely shocking. Lee and Crystal Bowersox have been the two front runners for weeks now. Their duet on Tuesday definitely saved Lee from a slim elimination possibility. You knew it was going to come down to either Casey James or Mike Lynche being eliminated. I just wish Idol would have announced the results a little bit differently, so there would have been that element of surprise, especially when Ryan announced that Casey would moving on to the Top Three before Lee or Crystal.

Yes, you read that correctly, Casey is moving onto the Top Three. His lamb-like vibrato made it through to what will more than likely be his last week in the competition. Congrats to the "Cougars For Casey" for making this all possible. Great work. Maybe he will strip at the finale in gratitude? (I almost prefer that over his singing.)

 It was no surprise that when it came down to Mike and Crystal at the end that Mike was eliminated. For me, Mike had overstayed his welcome on the show. I really would have liked to have seen Siobhan in the Top Three. I seriously cannot wrap my mind around the idea, let alone the fact that Casey has made the Top Three. As if this season wasn't already a huge joke in comparison to past seasons.

Our Top Three for next week is Lee, Crystal and Casey. What are your thoughts on the results?

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Kirsten Coachman is a writer and editor from the San Francisco Bay Area. Visit her long-running music blog, Wait...WHAT, at waitwhatmusic.net. Follow Kirsten Coachman on Twitter: @KirsCoachman
  • crystal

    it is unfair about casey. American Idol is a idol compition, not only singing compition ,from first year idol winners to last year,did you find any front idols are ugly? So people want to hear good voice also want to see a good image. This year idols are little talent, so people pick who is goodlooking, it is not casey’s fault, also about strip and lamb voice, it’s rude from kara, i don’t believe you repeat her talking, sounds like an uneducated person, everything has reason, just go find it, don’t say you can not believe what happen.

  • kel

    I Agree with everything Crystal just said.

  • Pamela

    Whatever, I disagree with the others. I can’t believe it took this long for someone to notice his lamb vibrato. Haven’t we been saying it forever now? On the other hand, he’s turned down the vacant look and vapid smile while he sings, which is nice.

    Honestly, I don’t dislike the poor guy, but he seems to be in a clear J.Castro/Matty G position right now. He had front runner status, and then started to get beat up, while watching Lee/Crystal run away with the positive critiques, even on weeks that they might not have deserved the unrestricted pimping. I think he’s over it, and it’s starting to show.

    Someone on my feed said that he’d make a great Pete Wentz to someone’s Patrick Stump. He’s got lead guitarist potential, and seems charming enough, especially if he was with someone like Lee, who has personality, but tends to shy away from that a little.


  • Meghan28

    I think the author of this story–is out of his or her mind!! I love everything about Casey’s voice including the vibrato!! Don’t and Jealous Guy and so many of his other performances were simply amazing– He is not just every bit as good…he is way better then Lee ever thought of being.. on every level—and adding to the couger jokes is only going to have their claws come out in full force this Tues. even more!! So…please do keep fueling us up!!

    Why is the media hyping this Lee Dweeb guy to be so great and putting Casey down??—–I’ve read posts on many sites and from everything I’m reading—most people are saying Crystal and Casey not Lee!!! I think these pundits are not always right as we have been seeing Casey pulls through each week…..obviouly there are alot of people out there (like me) that like Casey James an awful lot.. and with good reason!!!!…he’s trully talented- Casey has a trully great voice and has the great looks to go along with the voice…. which no other guy up there has!!! He is the total package and I for one am not voting for 1/2 a package when you’ve got the WHOLE package with Casey James!!! That’s crazy. Having both the great looks along with that great voice is a very RARE thing!!!

    I feel this way…..Would you rather have a balony sandwich(Lee) or Filet Mignon (Casey)??? To me its a no brainer–that’s how worlds apart they are…..and yet Lee is the one the media chooses to hype?—and Casey they are trying their best to discredit and make be the butt of their jokes—It’s disgusting—I don’t get it.

    I hope the underdog–my man Casey James picks a really good song choice this week and rocks it out of the park for himself and upsets the pundits predictions! GO CASEY—-WE LOVE YOU!!!

  • Meghan28

    Oh…and one more comment—I’d rather watch Casey James sing any day of the week over Bon Jovi or Daughtry—their voices both were so ‘not great’ I thought…and they were all ugly!! Casey can sing every bit as well as them (my opinion-worlds better)….plus he’s drop dead gorgeous!! then he’s a kind and humble man on top of all that!!!—-What is not to like about Casey James I ask you?!!—-he simply has got it all going on in a major way!!

  • Nice to see Mike Lynche gone. He was better this week but his performances were often so rocky that to have him stay is dumb. Like Casey just fine. Top three can still be a success. Kimberly Locke was 3rd after Ruben and Clay, and she does just fine today.