Next was Tim Urban singing, "All My Loving." What I'm about to say may be shocking, so I hope you're sitting down. Tim was actually pretty good last night. (I still can't believe it.) I was staring at my TV watching him sing thinking, "I am actually going to have something nice to say about this kid." It was a perfect song choice for Tim and he was completely on key the entire song. (Seriously. I can't believe it.) I even thought Randy telling him that it was a good "Tim performance" and not judging him based on the other performances of the night was kind of not cool. Tim definitely deserved the positive critique from Simon Cowell, but part of me wonders if this will kick Tim in the butt later. During season seven's Top Six week, Simon finally gave Carly Smithson this great critique after a stellar performance of "Jesus Christ Superstar." The next night Carly was eliminated from the competition. If Tim gets eliminated this week, I'm not going to complain. Just saying. It would almost be better if he went out this week, because he gets to leave on a high note and not as the joke of the season.
Following Tim was Linus from Peanuts with his security blanket, I mean Casey James, who sang "Jealous Guy" and played guitar. Again. It was a good song choice for Casey and I liked the acoustic sound, but really it's time to step out from behind the guitar. I will not be convinced that Casey wants to be a singer until he performs sans guitar. We know that Casey plays the guitar well, but this is not "Guitar Idol." Time to mix it up. And of course I disagree with Simon about Casey having the best performance of the night. For him to say that is just absurd. He may have had the best song choice of the night, I will give him that. But best vocal? Not so much.
Welcome back, Siobhan Magnus. I loved her understated performance of "Across The Universe." It was a very smart move for her to do a toned down performance and spare the audience from a crazy, unnecessary screechy glory note. Again, the song was done during season seven courtesy of Michael Johns, but I thought it was a great pick for Siobhan. What I did not love was Ryan Seacrest letting some random audience member up on stage to hug her. How awkward was that? I am looking forward to seeing Siobhan interact with Adam Lambert next week. They both are able to hit some crazy notes when they sing, so I think him mentoring her will be very interesting.