Last night on American Idol, the theme was “Now and Then.” Contestants sang a current song during the first round, followed up by a song from either the 60’s or 70’s. Or as Ryan Seacrest said last night, “their parent’s generation.”
The contestants received additional mentoring from Sheryl Crow. Because nothing says current music or music from the 60’s and 70’s like Sheryl Crow. Overall, I thought she did a good job with the contestants. The less I have to hear from Jimmy Iovine, the better.
James Durbin kicked off the night singing 30 Seconds to Mars’ “Closer to the Edge.” The first words that popped into my mind last night about his vocal performance were, hot pitchy mess. Oh my word, this performance was horrendous.
James’ second performance of Harry Nilsson’s “Without You,” wasn’t as bad, but it was pitchy all the way through. After his performance, he pulled a Vonzell (tears for votes), which honestly he needed to do, since Jacob Lusk has been on a terror and advancing further in the competition than he actually should.
What really bothered me was after James’ performance, when Randy Jackson basically declared him the winner. The winner of what? Singing out of tune?
Jacob Lusk kicked off his performances by singing the Jordin Sparks and Chris Brown duet, “No Air.” Yeah, it really happened. Between the awful note he kicked the song off with to telling America, “I think I'm an artist that appeals to everybody,” it’s time for this dude to go home. Points to Randy for telling Jacob that the performance wasn’t all that and a bag of chips.
For his second song, Jacob sang Nazareth’s “Love Hurts.” The beginning was very nice, but by the end there it was ridiculous vocals gone wild. It’s like he can’t help himself. And I’m taking back Randy’s points from earlier, due to telling Jacob that he hit the highest note ever on the show. Really? Have we forgotten about Adam Lambert already?