The American Idol producers are clearly running out of ideas for weekly themes, as tonight's was simply any track from the past five years. One would have thought that with such a broad array of choices, the contestants would have picked better songs than they ended up with.
1. Carrie Underwood - "When God Fearin' Women Get The Blues" - Martina McBride
2. Bo Bice - "I Don't Wanna Be" - Gavin DeGraw
3. Vonzell Solomon - "I Turn To You" - Christina Aguilera
4. Anthony Fedorov - "I Surrender" - Celene Dion
5. Constantine Maroulis - "How You Remind Me" - Nickelback
6. Scott Savol - "Dance With My Father" - Luther Vandross
Scott: A decidedly mixed bag this week, with favorites Carrie and Constantine turning in somewhat less than impressive performances. Carrie was clearly comfortable singing Martina again, but I agree with the judges that the song did little to show off her great voice. While not exactly a deadly showing for her, it was among her worst performances to date. Carrie is best when she sticks with country, but there are far more impressive songs that would really showcase her talent.
Constantine was in much the same situation, choosing a fairly simple song and even then not singing it all that well. Where he excelled, however, was in his performance, really giving off the rock star vibe even better than Bo this week.
ZMethos: While Constantine rocked with a rock song--resulting in only an average performance overall--Bo did a more rockin' version of a current radio hit. In the end, Bo won this round. Although I had the same thought as Simon Cowell about the glasses; why hide those pretty eyes?
Carrie's fans will always be happy to hear her do country of any kind, and they'll vote for her no matter that this performance wasn't up to her usual standard. Vonzell, too, did okay but this evening wasn't her strongest showing. The beginning of the song was off, and she didn't hit her stride until halfway through.