American Idol's theme for their top ten show was "The Year They Were Born." I have to admit the idea appealed to me. After all, we were sure to get a wide variety of songs seeing as this was the only criteria. I already had my guesses for the "types" of song each contestant would choose, but couldn't wait to see what they actually sang.
The first singer of the night was none other than…
Ramiele Malubay – "Alone"
Ramiele is one of the two I don't think should have made the top ten. That being said, I'm more than willing to give a girl a chance. Unfortunately, I don't think she did that great with the song she chose, which is one of my favorites. All the judges mentioned she'd been sick this week, so taking that into consideration, I feel kind of bad for her. Simon said, "The first part of the song was okay. You're going to get through this week based on that performance."
Jason Castro – "Fragile"
Happy Birthday, Jason! Mr. Adorable is back, with guitar in hand. So, while I enjoyed the song (also one of my favorites), I don't think Jason did anything spectacular with it. It was nice and it was reminiscent of some of his other performances, but I want more from him. Was it a top-ten performance? I think so, but he needs to raise the bar soon. Like next week. Paula said, "I don't think we heard anything different that made us go, "wow," but you're staying true to yourself." Nicely said.
Syesha Mercado – "If I Were Your Woman"
It was only two weeks ago that Syesha was in my bottom three, and I have to admit that I never expected her to make it this far. She's completely picked it up and had an amazing performance. Her vocals were strong and she brought just the right amount of emotion to the song. I knew Syesha could bring it, and this week – she did. Definitely proved she deserves her top-ten standing. Randy said, "I think it was unbelievable."
Chikezie Eze – "If Only For One Night"
Hmm, once again I'm at a crossroads with Chikezie. While I think it was a great song for him, I also missed some of what he's shown us in the past couple of weeks. You know – a little personality, a little fun. Or, as Randy said, "I didn't love this for you. It wasn't hip and cool." Paula disagreed. "I think you did a great job and you did an amazing job with the textures of your vocals." Simon liked the singing, not the performance.
Brooke White – "Every Breath You Take"
Brooke is one of my favorites, and after last week, I was anxious to see her do well. Actually, I think she's the female version of Jason Castro, only a little more on the sweet side (is that possible?). She had some rough moments, but overall, I liked her performance better than last week's, but not as well as others. Paula agreed. She said: "I enjoyed this performance so much more than last week's."
Michael Johns – "We Will Rock You/We Are The Champions"
Finally! Michael Johns is back. His performance was easily one of his better, if not best, performances yet. I loved it and the crowd went wild. I've been waiting for Michael to raise his game, and it was nice to see him pull it off. Randy said: "That was the best performance for me since you've been on this show." Paula said: "This was your moment – your shining moment." Simon said: "This is the first time with you I saw star potential."
Carly Smithson – "Total Eclipse Of The Heart"
Was Carly stressing over her bottom-three placement last week? Her performance seemed a little over the top to me. I didn't enjoy it at all. I'm not sure what's going on with her, but if last week's performance put her in the bottom there, I'm guessing this one might do the same. Simon said: "Something didn't quite work. I didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I'd enjoy it."