I had two personal favorite performances last night, and Scotty McCreery’s take on Elvis’ “That’s All Right Mama” was definitely one of them. I thought he had an outstanding vocal performance, and I loved that he worked the stage and the audience the entire time. Scotty really showed off his personality; he has more charisma than I thought. This was an overall great performance from him. That bit at the end with the girls rushing up was so staged, it was ridiculous. As far as the judges are concerned, I agree with Randy Jackson; Scotty is in it to win it.
Pia Toscano finally sang a legitimate upbeat number with Ike and Tina Turner’s “River Deep, Mountain High.” Pia sounded pretty phenomenal. She was leaps and bounds better than Haley and Lauren. However, she needs to work on her stage presence, because she still managed to come across a little boring. Just standing in the middle of the stage for the majority of the performance and singing doesn’t work at all for this song. If she would have shown a lot more personality during her performance, she would have easily won the night. But you know, if I had been wearing the weird jumper/one piece, I wouldn’t have been exactly glowing. I hope Idol doesn’t let Gwen Stefani dress the contestants ever again.
Up next was Stefano Langone performing Percy Sledge’s “When a Man Loves a Woman.” I totally cringed when I heard his song choice. However, this is the best Stefano has sounded in weeks. He’s really put the work in to improve his overall sound. That said, I wasn’t blown away by his performance, but it was good. I do think that he could still possibly land in the bottom three. My thinking is that there will be probably more guys than girls in the bottom, and someone has to round out the group. Though, I don’t see him being eliminated this week.
Ladies and gentlemen, say what you will, but Paul McDonald is back! His performance of Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues” was great. His performance was also my other favorite of the night. Paul brought a great energy to the stage, and last night was hands down the best he’s sounded in quite some time. His interaction with the band members on stage was fun to watch. Paul seemed to be really in his element, and he didn't need any hijinks to make him standout. Paul’s performance was a great note to end the night on. Hopefully his great vocal performance will keep him out of the bottom three this week.