With Tuesday night's American Idol being all about Rock and Roll, there was some great potential for some amazing performances. Ryan began the show by sharing that three of the remaining four contestants were tops in the votes for previous weeks. Of course, he didn't share who those top three were! My guess – especially after last week – David A., David C., and Syesha M.
Last week, each contestant performed two songs, but the judges didn't comment until the end of the show. I was happy to hear Ryan say the judges would comment after each performance -so everything was back to normal! Maybe I'm stuck in my ways, but last week's order of events seemed too confusing.
Moving on…David Cook was the first to perform.
David Cook – "Hungry Like the Wolf"
I wasn't sure what I thought of David's performance to be honest. He didn't blow me away like he normally does, but it wasn't horrible either. He's a good performer, and mostly, I enjoy everything he sings – just some more than others. The judges were all over the place. Randy said, "It was an okay choice." Paula said, "You've left me with an appetite." Simon said, "It was good."
Syesha Mercado – "Proud Mary"
Hmm. The last several weeks, I've been impressed with Syesha, but this song – for me, wasn't that great. She had some shakiness in her vocals toward the center, but other than that, the performance was fairly solid. It just wasn't amazing. Randy said, "Very nice." Paula said, "You look like a star." Simon said, "I thought it was a bad, shriek version."
Jason Castro – "I Shot the Sheriff"
Jason's performance wasn't great. He was off pitch and he didn't seem as if he was enjoying himself at all. At this point in the competition, the performances should be amazing, and the contestants should be having fun. Randy said, "That was a really karaoke Bob Marley." Paula said, "I wasn't crazy about the song or performance." Simon said, "That was utterly atrocious."
David Archuleta – "Stand By Me"
At that point in the competition – David's performance was easily the best of the night. In fact -I think it's my favorite David A performance of all. I loved it! Randy said, "I'm happy about the fact that at least one guy always hits the stage ready to win." Paula said, "We forget you're only seventeen. You're seasoned." Simon said, "Very good choice of song."
Moving on…Ryan introduced David Cook to start off the second round of performances:
David Cook – "Baba O'Riley"
Yay! This performance was back to the David C I'm used to – the one I can't wait to watch perform every week. While maybe not my favorite David C performance, it was still quite good. Randy said, "That's the David Cook I've grown to love." Paula said, "I want more, more, more, more David Cook!" Simon said, "Welcome back, David Cook."
Syesha Mercado – "Change is Gonna Come"
Okay – not the best arrangement, but Syesha had a nice performance with this song. She seemed to connect to the song, and maybe to the audience, a bit more than I've seen in the past. Plus – her vocals were right very nice. Randy said, "It felt all disconnected to me." Paula said, "It was beautiful." Simon said, "I'm going to agree with Paula."
Jason Castro – "Mr. Tambourine Man"
Oh no! Jason forgot his lyrics. Even without that, this wasn't a stellar performance, or really – even an okay performance. I like Jason, but he's likely in trouble after these performances. Randy said, "You're not in the zone tonight." Paula said, "It is what it is." Simon said, "Jason, I'd pack your suitcase."
David Archuleta – "Love Me Tender"
Another outstanding performance from David A. Seriously – if the AI title was being handed out after the top four performances, it would have to go to David A. Randy said, "Dude, you got it going on right now." Paula said, "I felt your heart! It was fantastic and beautiful." Simon said, "You didn't beat the competition tonight. You crushed the competition tonight!"
So, that wraps up the top four show. As normal, my ranking from the week is below – but tell me what YOU think. Who do you think will be leaving American Idol on Wednesday night?
Here's my personal ranking for the week:
1. David Archuleta
2. David Cook
3. Syesha Mercado
4. Jason Castro