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American Idol Season 10 - Top 6: April 27, 2011

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American Idol - Top 6 - Carole King Night - April 27, 2011

Not a trainwreck performance in sight from our Top 6 Idol contestants of the post-Simon Cowell era.

1. Jacob Lusk - "Oh No Not My Baby" B+

This performance had a fun groove to it that I surprised myself by enjoying. One thing I did not enjoy was Jacob's bizarro suit and bow-tie combination. But oh wait, this show is supposedly about the singing, right? So anyway. It was nice to see a song where Jacob smiled and appeared to be enjoying himself, as opposed to the dramatic histrionics of oh, every other performance by Jacob. I am shocked to be writing these words but I think I will ACTUALLY download this performance by Jacob. There were a few notes here and there that didn't come off as good as they should have, but overall, it worked.

2. Lauren Alaina - "Where You Lead"B+

I am not sure there was much about this performance that was shockingly different from last week's plucky performance of "B…

American Idol Season 10 - Top 7: April 20, 2011

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Top 7 - Songs From The 21st Century - April 20, 2011

1. Scotty McCreery - "Swingin'" (by LeAnn Rimes, 2010) B+

I loved that the arrangement was slightly Motown, slightly different than what I expected it. I also loved that there was someone playing an 80's style keytar (although I am not sure what this contributed musically to this performance). Scotty's delivery was way cheesy and as always, over the top. Yet I do think he has discovered how to successfully tell a story with the way he sings. His lyrics are always clear to understand. I wish he had chosen a song with perhaps more lyrical message or one that would have surprised us a bit. Scotty is still waiting for his "Idol Moment".

2. James Durbin - "Uprising" (by Muse, 2009) B+

I absolutely hate Muse and I hate this song. Had James chosen any other song, I am sure my grade for him would have been higher. That said, I loved how James clearly had an artistic vision for his performance. Even th…

American Idol Season 10 - Top 8: April 13, 2011

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Top 8 - Songs From The Movies - April 13, 2011

Really Nigel Lythgoe? "Songs from the Movies" AGAIN? How many years have we had this tired theme? Oh well, here we go again.

1. Paul McDonald - "Old Time Rock 'N Roll" (from Risky Business) B-

Something came off a bit awkward and well, just...off...about Paul's whole performance. And this is coming from someone who likes Paul and has voted for him several weeks. And I LOVE LOVE LOVE this song too. But something just didn't click here. Paul has a lot of energy on stage and is obviously meant to be performing with a band. He is not, and will never be, a solo artist. I think that is where the level of awkwardness comes from. I hope Paul goes onto have a niche, sort of neo-soul/alt-rock career he deserves. But it just didn't work for me, for you, tonight.

2. Lauren Alaina - "The Climb" (from Hannah Montana: The Movie) A-

Well, Jimmy Iovine was right. Lauren certainly outsang Miley Cyrus on this song…

American Idol Season 10 - Top 9: April 6, 2011

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Top 9 - Rock 'N Roll Hall of Fame Night - April 6, 2011
So by now we all know that the amazingly talented Pia went home last night...I am writing this blog post a little late. I think it has taken me this long to calm down. I am sure that my writings here will be influenced by how mad I am about this, but here goes anyway.

1. Jacob Lusk - "Man In The Mirror" C

Was it as bad as his rendition of "Alone"? No, nothing is! (Trick question, duh.) I kept thinking about Kris Allen's vastly better rendition of the same song during the semi-finals of Season 8. I absolutely hated when Jacob started waving his arms back and forth, and doing some sort of suggestive pelvic thrust at the backup singer/co-writer of the song! UGH UGH UGH. Every song he performs comes off way too dramatic. My original grade was a C+ which was far too generous.

2. Haley Reinhart - "Piece Of My Heart" B+

Overall, a little too growly throughout the whole song, but I was fascinated to wa…