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American Idol 9, March 16 – Making the Stones Seem Young Again


Lacey Brown was born and raised in Amaraillo, and says there isn’t a whole lot to do there. She comes from a really supportive family. Her parents have been pastors of a church for 27 years, and Lacey hasn’t had much experience singing outside there. Her dad sees her like himself, naturally shy. She heard someone say if you remain shy, you’ll miss your destiny, so for her to now look into the cameras on the Idol stage is an amazing experience. Tonight she’s singing Ruby Tuesday, and it seems like nerves are getting to her as she seems to be matching the problems she had with Landslide. It’s a good song choice for her, but is just missing something, and doesn’t have the same impact of the first three performances tonight.

Randy calls it very intersting and says he liked the string quartet with the interesting arrangement. He wasn’t jumping up and down about it vocally, but was pleasantly surprised, as he thought she was going to lose it after she hit the first chorus. It was definitely the most interesting of the night. Ellen thought it was weird that in the slowest part of the song she was standing and moving, then when it was building, she sat down. She likes to sit on the edge of thngs, so shouldn’t go to the Grand Canyon. It was a tiny bit sleepy for her.

Kara has to agree with the others, saying it was 50/50 for her. Hearing Lacey’s voice “up here” was great, but there were also some moments when she didn’t hit the notes right. Simon was trying to think it through while she was performing and says she performs like an actress. He thinks everything is really precise and thought-through. There was nothing wrong with the vocals and the song was okay, but he thinks she needs to stop over-thinking it and let herself go a little bit, as she’s in danger of doing the same thing every week. Ryan introduces her to the other sides of the stage for her to be more comfortable and now have even more to think about next week.

Andrew Garcia’s dad wasn’t just involved in gangs, as he was also a musician and singer. He always thought his son would be a custodian or something when he grew up, as he had a habit of collecting keys, but then picked up the guitar one day and wanted to be known for someone. They couldn’t financially do anything for him, but his dad cries as he says he did what he could. Now he can take care of his wife and baby and do what his dad couldn’t, although Andrew thinks it’s great that he grew up just like his dad. He should be singing Cats In the Cradle, but is instead singing Gimme Shelter. And he seems to have heeded my warning. He’s not worried about rewriting it, and is just singing it, and putting every bit of himself into it that he has.

Randy says he loves the song, the Stones, and Andrew, but it was pitchy everywhere and just wasn’t great. He’s keeping it real. Ellen asks what does she know, as she thinks that was his best performance yet. She loved it. Kara says there were definite moments where we started to hear that tone that we’ve been missing. But her thing is that the song is about war and children and written about Vietnam. She wanted to feel that from him. Sometimes she didn’t, making it the connection that bothered her most.

Simon doesn’t understand what Kara wanted Andrew to do, wondering if she wanted him to come onstage with a tank or something, getting that literal. To be honest, Simon is somewhat in the middle. He thinks Andrew gave him 100%, but his gut thinks he was better in rehearsals. Something didn’t connect, and he’s had so much mixed criticism, he had to move away from what he’s done before, because he can’t sing Straight Up every week, but he sincerely hopes he lasts another week.

Katie Stevens gets some stool time and shows the people in the audience holding Katie masks. They’re her brother’s college roommates, and her brother and family and friends are on the other side of the stage. She doesn’t win over any fans by saying what she knows about Stones week is that her choice has to be old. She seems like a pretentious little girl. She’s singing Wild Horses, beause the lryic really spoke to her, and she doesn’t think Wild Horses could drag her away from here.

Katie’s dad introduced her to so many types of music when she was younger that she does have a little famliarity with the Stones She grew up in MIddlebury, CT, and there isn’t a lot to do there, but she loved it. Her mom says what you see is what you get, a happy kid. Katie thinks she was shy when she was little, but her mother disagrees. She sang at her uncle’s wedding when she was 8, and now wants to put Connecticut on the map. Listening to her tonight, I’m glad the words speak to her, but it’s like a pageant perfromance, fluffy little dress and all. They could be dragging her away tomorrow, no matter what she wants.

Randy knows they’ve been giving Katie misdirection and crazy ideas. This is a great song if you sing it well, and he actually thinks she sang it well, despite a few pitch problems. Ellen says she almost wore the same dress. She thought it started a little pitchy, but once she got into it, it sounded amazing.

Kara tells Katie it’s never technically perfect for her, but she made a few nice direction changes with the melody, and it was better than last week. Simon adds this is the only week where Katie has acually chosen a really strong song. He adds he recorded the song with Susan Boyle, so he knows it well. In the second half, he felt she lost the emotion, though. For the first time, she connected with a song and gave it 100%.

Tim Urban gerw up in a Texas family of ten kids. He says he was just always part of the Urban family. He wanted to be a professional athlete, and was going to be a quarterback, until he realized he was never going to be tall enough. His dad says he was his sisters’ doll, and his mom admits they let his hair grow and people used to think he was a little girl. Tim picked up the guitar when he was 15 or 16 and would have never imagined he’d be doing this. He’ll always be part of the Urbans, but to be known as Tim Urban is awesome. He sings Under My Thumb, with his guitar, and I think he’s trying to do Hallelujah with it, and it just doesn’t work. Pitchy doesn’t begin to explain it either. This matches his performance of the first week of semi-finals.


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