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American Idol 9, Apr. 6 – Didgeridoo and Bagpipes


Big Mike calls Andrew his main PIC, Partner-In-Crime, and the other contestant admit he cracks them up. It makes Katie mad to hear Simon say he has no personality, and Aaron thinks Andrew has more than anyone else. Lee and Andrew became good friends when they roomed during Hollywood week, and he feels like Andrew is one of his friends from home. He’s singing Can’t Buy Me Love “with a cool twist on it” tonight, but doesn’t want to change up such a cool song too much. He sings on the little stage behind the judges, and this is definitely that fun personality that the others were talking about. I think this is the first time we’ve seen his personality, and he doesn’t seem to be trying too hard, just out and out having fun.

Randy tells Andrew it was a really solid performance, and while he wasn’t jumping up and down, Andrew did sound good, and it was an interesting arrangement. It was a little corny at times, though, since it was so pop, and he’s more soul. Ellen notes you CAN buy love, and gets confirmation from Simon. It’s a perfect song choice for Andrew and she love it, as it was a lot of fun.

Kara wants to love it, but doesn’t know if she saw anything new from Andrew this week that she doesn’t already know. She wonders if people were digging it because they just like the song. He could have done more, but she did love the breakdown. Simon says when you go to a wedding when the lead guitarist sings instead of the lead singer. He knows what Andrew was trying to do with the guitar, but the band behind him completely overpowered the whole thing and made it corny, old-fashioned, and irrelevant. He thinks he and the band together got it all wrong tonight. Andrew had fun, though, and says if it was corny, then damn, he’s corny.

Katie shares a story about Michael Lynche, saying she was on the same plane as him coming out here and didn’t even know he was part of the show, but turned to her mom and said the Incredible Hulk just got on the plane. Casey notes he snores really loud, and Siobhan thinks he’s hilarious and a big teddy bear. They all do an impressions of his yell he does as he walks through the door. His family performed together when he was growing up and were called the Lynche Mob. One of the songs they did was Eleanor Rigby. He is picking that, because the strings are so beautiful, and it’s a story, and he loves to tell stories. Me too! I’m still remembering David Cook’s version on this, but I still love Big Mike, nonetheless, and he still finds a way to change it up and make it different.

Randy tells Dawg what he’s loving is that Mike has reached a point in the show that while Randy didn’t love all of it, Mike has a license now to where he can do what he wants. He loves that he’s feeling himself, and it could even be on an album. He loves seeing the artist in him blossom. Ellen agrees he can do anything, no matter what he takes on, as there are so many different sides of him that he handles equally well. She thought it was a huge risk to take it on and change it so drastically, but she loved it.

Kara thought it was fire and the vocals were amazing. The way he changed it up and the drama, he sold the story. Maybe he did do some crazy things with the arrangement, but Randy is right that he made it commercial today. That’s what this show is about, because at the end, you need to make a record. Simon didn’t love it as much as the others, as he’s not a huge fan of musicals. This is the sort of thing you hear in musicals. He doesn’t think it made him contemporary, and that it made him go slightly backwards. Randy points out on the show Glee, they’re doing stuff like that, and he thinks that’s why people are graduating towards that. Simon feels that backs him up that it’s based on musicals. Mike is asked what he’s thinking about the judges difference of opinion, and he thinks Simon wants to challenge him to a pec contest.

Crystal gets some stool time with Ryan tonight. She admits she has a little cold that’s been going around Idol Camp. They’ve been making changes at her hometown, and there’s a picture of her dad in front of the sign for Elliston Ohio, that says “Home of Crystal Bowersox.”

All the other Idols call Crystal Mamasox, or B-sox. They say she’s funny and goofy and an awesome individual. Andrew calls her a beautiful mother, and they connect both being parents. Siobhan says it’s not just because she’s a mother that she’s called Mamasox, she’s just a caring person. Lee met her when they auditioned next to each other in Chicago, and he finds her one of the kindest people he’s ever met and tells you how it is straight up. Aaron knows she doesn’t care what anyone else thinks, and she agrees her only strategy so far has been to be true to herself. She chose Come Together because it was a fun groove, while normally she chooses a song because of the lyrics or because it has meaning to her. She’s back with her guitar and rocking it out tonight, along with what he learn is a “didgeridoo.” It takes her half the song, but then she puts her whole Crystal thing into it and she rocks it out. You can’t tell at all that she’s sick.

Randy notes it’s another solid performance for Crystal. It wasn’t her best, but he liked how she started it slow, then got into her groove changing the melody. Even though the didgeridoo was distracting, she still won him over, because he was trying to figure it out. It definitely worked. Ellen loved the didgeridoo, and with her the only thing she has to worry about is a new way to tell her how great she is. She just never ceases to amaze her, and Ellen doesn’t know how you can improve on a Lennon/McCartney song. Crystal admits to being worried as the song has been covered so many different ways, and Ellen thinks this it’s an example of making it current, as she could hear that on her album.

Kara thinks this is one of Crystal’s favorite performances, because it kind of had a Bonnie Raitt feel, and where she took the melody musically, she never would have thought of. But it was slinky, sexy, playful, and she was smiling. If she has any critique, it’s that she’s too serious, but she was more accessible tonight. Simon says that’s a song or performance that he can hear on the radio. It doesn’t matter if it’s 30 or 40 years old. It was very interesting to hear her talk about being true to herself, because this is why she is working. The idea of her singing with a didgeridoo is amazing. Simon calls the player, Ernie Fields Jr., over, and he takes the stage with Crystal. She says he learned to play it three days ago. He’s a freelance musician. Simon says it was quirky and they worked well together, and that’s how you make a song work contemporary and on the radio. He thinks it was much better than last week. Ernie plays us out to break.


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