Katharine McPhee – “I Have Nothing”. Again, the boobs take center stage. Hold on, let me move my TV to a different angle; I don’t want to lose an eye. Choosing any Whitney Houston song is a big risk, especially “I Have Nothing,” which has to be one of the most difficult pop songs to sing ever written. The good news is, Lisa Tucker didn’t make it to this week, because if she had – she probably would’ve chosen this. The bad news is, Kat didn’t do the song much justice either. You could hear her all-over-the-place pitch at the beginning of the song before she even GOT to the difficult notes. All the credibility she gained back last week just flew right out the window.
By the way…did anyone else notice her panty slip?
Elliott Yamin – “A Song For You.” No one who has ever been on this show in all of its four seasons can tackle a song like “A Song For You” like Elliott. The minute I heard he was singing this, I knew he would do it beautifully. And he did just that. After this performance, Elliott needs to win this show. Hands down. I agree with Randy in that he should have used the Donny Hathaway arrangement, but it was still a fantastic performance. I’ll be right back, I have to go wipe the tears off of my face.
Kellie Pickler – “Unchained Melody.” Don’t really understand the “Kelly Clarkson in ‘Walk Away’” hairstyle, but the outfit’s decent. I understand that she’s supposed to be doing the “LeAnn Rimes” version of the song, but I just can’t help but think she lacks the soul for a song like this. Kellie is in no way the best vocalist in the competition, but what she does have is spunk and spirit. With that said, she needs to pick songs that reflect that from now on otherwise she’s screwed.
Paris Bennett – “The Way We Were.” Taking on Barbra Streisand… never a good idea unless you’re La Toya London doing “Don’t Rain On My Parade.” With that said, Paris did a decent job. It was a very old song for her to choose, but what do you want the girl to do when she has to choose from David Foster songs? Interesting to see her return to her “Midnight Train To Georgia” Flight of the Phoenix hair-do. Even though her performance was solid tonight, I unfortunately have the feeling she may be going home tomorrow night.
Taylor Hicks – “Just Once.” Whole-heartedly agree that this was the wrong choice of song. Poor Taylor was off-pitch all over the place, struggled with some of the high notes, and overall the performance was just lackluster. Taylor has nothing to worry about, though. He’ll sail through to the Top 5.
On to something else, though … what the hell was with Paula tonight? I understand the crying over Elliott’s performance, but can anyone explain the drunken rage after Taylor’s performance? I was honestly scared at the sight of Paula’s standing and shaking, pointing at Taylor screaming “We love you! We love you!” Take your meds, honey.
Chris Daughtry – “Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman.” Chris Daughtry on his back. I’ve waited months for this. Ahem. Great choice of song, and great performance. Yet again, showing he’s no one-trick pony, and that he’s got the range and the voice to last in this competition until the very end. Keep on trucking, Chris. Keep on trucking.
PS: Is anyone else getting tired of the clang-clang of Paula’s bangles and shangles and dangles? How much metal can one wear?
[ADBLOCKHERE]Best Vocal Performance: Elliott Yamin
Most Original Performance: Chris Daughtry
Best Overall Performance: Elliott Yamin
Going Home: Paris Bennett or Kellie Pickler
MP3s of the performances can be found online.