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American Idol 9, Mar. 10 – It's a Good Night to Be a Guy


Randy calls this one of the greatest songs ever. They’ve had some good times with the song on the show, and Tim walked in some big shoes with it, but he feels he did a pretty good job with it. Ellen feels she’s so hard on Tim every week, and she was worried for him with this song, but she leaves the desk and comes out and gives him a big hug and says it was fantastic.

Kara thought Tim would be going home, but now she thinks he’s kind of in it and among the top of the boys right now. She found that an honest interpretation and that he was just feeling it, which is all you can ask with that song. It’s all about emotion, with that sorrow in it, and he showed it. Simon kind of feels responsible for him doing well now, as he gave him the confidence boost he needed. This week he thought that was a very smart choice, because you react to it. It’s not the best performance of the song he’s heard, but by far Tim’s best performance in the competition. Ellen wants to take credit away from Simon and take responsibility for herself for Tim doing well now.

Ryan has a little couch chat with Andrew, saying they haven’t stopped talking about his version of Straight Up. Andrew says he’s going back to that this week. He’s singing some Christina Aguilera, as he wants to go back to the roots, and Paula felt good, and this feels the same way. No stress and overthinking it, just doing it. He sings Genie In a Bottle, and we all know that’s what his problem is, trying to live up to Straight Up. I have to say there’s a Latin vibe to that song that Christina totally takes to a pop level, but he brings it back to his Latin roots. It’s not going to match Straight Up, but it’s good.

Randy starts off by saying he likes the cardigan, as Andrew’s rocking the whole dawg’s look. It was an interesting song choice, and he wasn’t sure if it would work when he heard it, and it still didn’t quite work for him being pitchy all over the place. He made the whole thing sound like three notes with no range to it. Ellen thought it was a great song choice and that this is what he needed to do. At the end i when he surprised them, and the genie came out of the bottle too late. She wishes he would have done something a little different, but still thinks people will love it.

Kara tells Andrew he’s in a hard position because he peaked so early and has been chasing it ever since. He was fighting with the rhythm of the guitar and she couldn’t hear him and the melody until the end. She likes him, but it just wasn’t there. Simon has to say he’s with Kara a little bit, as for him it came over like he’s trying to work out what to do, and when he came up with the idea of doing Christina, it comes out a little desperate. It didn’t feel like he was comfortable. He has a good voice and is a cool guy, but he’s still going backwards a bit. Andrew says it’s just him, and his fans are still voting, so he loves them so much, as that’s why he’s here. He has a Danny Gokey vibe to me, and I don’t know why.

Casey James tonight sings You’ll Think of Me … unplugged. This is what I needed from him, some honesty and originality. I was never in the Casey fan camp, as I just didn’t get it. Tonight I don’t know why, but he’s bringing some tears and emotion to me listening to him, something that was previously reserved for listening to Jon Peter Lewis, Jason Castro, and Kris Allen. This is my favorite of the night so far.

Randy says he’s a fan of the song, but for him it was a safe choice. He doesn’t want him to pull away from the vocals, as he feels he has more of a an edge and more of a Stevie Ray Vaughn type of thing. He just wants him to go for more. It wasn’t amazing and still safe. Ellen thought it was a great and says he’s so much more comfortable singing sitting down. (See? Like Jason Castro.) It feels like his vibe. She thought he sounded great.

Kara is getting back on the Casey train, saying it was better than last week. He’s not trying to be a rock star and is honest. He’s sitting down and doing what he does best, playing the guitar and singing form his heart. She’s missing the spark and wants to see more, but it’s definitely a move in the right direction. Simon would say it’s his second best, not as good as the first week, but more than last week. It made him sincere. He thinks there’s so many songs to choose from, but he sounded great on it. I think Simon nailed it that he’s trying to be a rock star, but isn’t.

Aaron Kelly takes on I’m Already There, and takes Casey’s stool. It’s pitchy from the beginning, but he kicks it in at the chorus when he stands up. This kid has a good voice, but he needs more than that. He needs that vulnerability we’re looking for in everyone that we just found a little of in Casey. Come to think of it, that’s what Andrew is missing too, that vulnerability he had in Hollywood.

Randy tells Aaron he has the makings of a great, and he’s really young and it’s coming on, but he needs to work on his zone. When he hit his power zone in the middle, he could only think how this kid could sing. It’s a job well done, but there’s still some work to do. Ellen love shim, but what’s weird is he’s 16, and she doesn’t feel it’s like he’s posing as he stands there like he’s 30 years old. She thinks he sounded better and that this was too much song for him. She know she can do better.

Kara says Aaron comes out onstage every week and gives it his all, but this song is in 3rd person, and is about a guy calling home to talk to his kids. At 16, it’s not relevant to his life. How can he connect to it? Aaron says he was trying to tell the story. Simon explains what Kara said was complete and utter rubbish. He says they can’t keep pinning the 16 year old thing on him and the song was the right type of thing he should be doing, compared to last week. It wasn’t a great vocal, but what it did have was emotion and he could tell he was trying hard. If they keep going down the road of saying you should do this, shouldn’t do that, they’re going to confuse them too much.


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