With Michael Johns being booted from the show, I think David Cook will now have an easy time appealing for approval from the judges and America since he’s the only rocker left in the show. It sucks to see Michael Johns leave. Anyway, this week, the contestants will be singing Mariah Carey songs. I think it would be really difficult for everyone to pull off a brilliant performance. Mariah is Mariah, there is no one like her. So it boils down to how the contestants will tweak the song and deliver it to the crowd.
1. David Archuleta – “When You Believe”
Judges’ thoughts: (R) Dude you can sing anything. That was the bomb. (P) You made Mariah proud. (S) I thought it was very very good. You have set the benchmark.
My thoughts: I think it was just okay. When You Believe is a collaboration of Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston, so it’s definitely hard to at least be at par with the original. But yeah, it was okay.
2. Carly Smithson – “Without You”
Judges’ thoughts: (R) I liked that you challenged yourself. You have to believe and trust in yourself. It was pretty good. (P) I actually like that you shared some vocal restraint. (S) I really wanted you to sing this song. I don’t think you pulled it off.
My thoughts: I love Carly. I expected that she would deliver a very outstanding performance tonight since she has the pipes to sing a Mariah Carey song. And this week, she needs to redeem herself. But again, she came short. Vocally, it was great. But something is sorely lacking. She was over-thinking on what else she could do with the song. I thought she could have just sung her heart out. For some reason, I actually liked the “Ken Lee” version more. Lol.
3. Syesha Mercado – “Vanishing”
Judges’ thoughts: (R) You are bold but I gotta tell you that you did a good job on it all things considered. (P) This week you have been smart. You picked a song not many people now and you’re not compared to. Overall was unbelievably magical for you. (S) Technically it was very good. I am not sure I would have chosen a song though that not many people know.
My thoughts: Again, vocally, it was great. But I agree with Simon. I don’t know the song, so I don’t know how to relate to her performance.
4. Brooke White – “Hero”
Judges’ thoughts: (R) I was really digging it till the bridge. I appreciate the singer songwriter look. (P) Every ounce of you is authentic. I think this unplugged version was a very brave thing to do and you sounded really good. (S) I don’t think you had much choice doing other than what you did. It was like ordering a hamburger and only getting the bun. The vital ingredient was missing.
My thoughts: I can’t agree more with what Simon said. Also, she could have done it lento.
5. Kristy Lee Cook – “Forever”
Judges’ thoughts: (R) I didn’t think it was amazing but I gotta tell you that stepped up at the end. (P) It wasn’t just the end. You have this all worked out. Kristy Lee Cook, I am blown away. You could have a hit with that in country western. (S) You didn’t give me chills. You managed with what you could. It wasn’t ever going to be an advantage to you. It wasn’t great.
My thoughts: I want her out of the competition. Please!
6. David Cook – “Always Be My Baby”
Judges’ thoughts: (R) You are ready to make an album. I thought that was the most brilliant performance yet. (P) Thats pretty awesome. That could be in a movie soundtrack right now. (S) It was like coming out of Karaoke hell into a breath of fresh air. It was original, it was daring and stood out by a mile.
My thoughts: Brilliant. Just brilliant.
7. Jason Castro – “I Don’t Wanna Cry”
Judges’ thoughts: (R) For me I didn’t love that. Weird beach luau. (P) I would love to be at that luau. You are in that zone. (S) I am going to have to agree with Paula. Not the best vocal but it was identified with you.
My thoughts: I thought it was a bit cheesy. But he sort of pulled it off, but not quite.
My Top 2 Perfomances: David Cook, Syesha Mercado
Who I think should go home: Kristy Lee Cook