Wednesday, May 4, 2011

American Idol: Songs From Yesterday and Today Week

With songs from yesterday and today to work with, the Idol contestants had two chances to show America why they should be the next American Idol.  Some really brought it, while others had a misstep or two. 

This week's mentor is none other than Sheryl Crow.

James: Song from Today-Closer to the Edge, by 30 Seconds to Mars. First, I really like Jared Leto's band, 30 Seconds to Mars, so I was excited to hear James taking this on. Was it a good performance? Yes, absolutely, but it wasn't my favorite. Maybe I'm spoiled to Jared Leto's voice on this song. Still, he's clearly in the zone to win this thing.

Song from Yesterday--Without You, by Harry Nilsson. In the video, James broke down in tears when he heard the lyrics. He wants to give his family a better life. The love for his family is something very dear to me.  I love his emotion--it made my eyes burn, I can tell you that. During his performance, tears poured from his eyes...and he got me again.  It wasn't technically perfect, but it was emotional brilliance. Now, I need a Kleenex.

Jacob: Song from Today--No Air, by Jordin Sparks. This song was originally a duet, so Jacob tackled singing two parts to one song. Credit him there. However, I hate to say this, but it was rough. It sounded a little shaky, very sharp, and perhaps a bit off, all the way through the song. Agh, I hate saying it, but he needs to knock his next song out of the park.

Song from Yesterday--Love Hurts by Nazareth. Seriously, way better than his first song. There was a shaky moment in the middle of the song, but, overall, THIS was Jacob.

Lauren: Song from Today--Flat on the Floor, by Carrie Underwood.  This song is full of's a HUGE song for a HUGE voice...and Miss Lauren BROUGHT IT.  Look who's growing in the competition! Sing it, sweetie! That's how to own the stage! She's coming to life, folks, and the timing couldn't be better.

Song from Yesterday--Unchained Melody by the Righteous Brothers. Big song--needs big emotion. Is she too young to really relate to these lyrics? I was concerned. First, she looked absolutely stunning--loving her hair! Second...she sang it beautifully. Was it the best rendition? Probably not, no, but she did a good job with a tough, tough song.

Scotty: Song from Today--Gone, by Montgomery Gentry. If you know country, you know how tough this song is. He started it perfectly in his deep, deep country voice. When it kicked in, I was like: "Whoa, where did this come from?!" He had ATTITUDE! That laid back country boy came out of his shell.  The judges were overwhelmed, with Jennifer Lopez saying she nearly lost it and Randy telling him he felt like he was at a concert.  Like I said, whether he wins this or loses Idol, he's going to be a country star.

Song from Yesterday--Always on My Mind, by Elvis Presley. I dearly love his PERFECT country voice. Honestly, country needs his voice. Jennifer Lopez said exactly what I couldn't get over--Scotty looks so incredibly comfortable for someone so young. Amazing. Sheryl Crow said it best--she looks forward to him moving to Nashville and having a big career that she can find a way to horn in on. lol

Haley: Song of Today--You and I, by Lady Gaga. Bit of a twist: Unreleased Gaga song for Haley. Sadly, I'm not familiar with the song, so I really can't give a fair review. I liked the ending. The beginning didn't work for me.  Randy mentioned a little Joss Stone for Haley, which would have been a fantastic fit for her voice. She took a huge risk tonight. Did it pay off?

Song of Yesterday--The House of the Rising Sun by The Animals. Fantastic rendition. I loved when she softened her voice in the middle of the song--if she did that more  I'm just not a big fan of the growling. Still, she had her idol moment with this song.

We're getting towards the end here! Who do you think has the "it" factor and who do you think has to go home?


  1. Lauren rocked her songs and Scottie always does. I was also iffy on James' 30 Seconds to Mars...I love Jared and he just didn't match up (which hurts me to say cause I LOVE James) but his second song made me tear up! I know it's mean but I am over Haley and Jacob...they just don't do anything for me.

  2. Totally agree. Lauren is finally coming into her own and Scotty is so consistent. James might not have been perfect tonight, but he's a special artist. His second song had me reaching for Kleenex. I blame Jared Leto for the first just can't do better than him. Side note: remember him from My So Called Life? Who didn't have a crush on him???

    Haley had a great moment tonight, but I'm not a fan of the growling, and she seemed unusually cool after her performance--I've read about some people questioning her mannerisms/attitude. I dunno. Jacob...yeah, it wasn't his night.

  3. Honestly, I have no clue, because I don't watch that, however I like reading what you have to say about it. : )

  4. PorkStar: Aww, thank you! I promised BFF I would watch this, so I'm sticking with it. ;) I'm enjoying, though. :)

  5. I don't watch...

    But your review of Scotty made me ALMOST want to go look it up.

    I'm still debating on whether or not I'm going to do it. I'm always interested in hearing new country voices...

  6. I still always seem to miss the show.

  7. Chanel: Scotty will be a country star. Whether he wins this competition or not, Nashville is waiting with open arms. If you chose to listen to him, check out some of his earlier performances, as well. For someone so young, he's really got a fantastic country voice.

    OT: Maybe you'll be able to catch it on finale night?? The finale is almost always a great show. :)