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Ryan seems particularly punchy tonight, so let's get on with it, shall we?
Lee is first tonight, with like, I don't know, Nickelback's take on Owl City? So, "Fireflies," which I don't like on its own because it is boring and derivative, but which sounds especially hideous here without at least the fun bleeps and bloops. Far better song choice than last week, but way to underachieve, Lee. Still, his notes are more accurate than usual and it will most definitely appeal to the masses of speed-texting tween girls and their grandmothers, who I am convinced are the only ones who vote on this show.
Alex Lambert is singing a song that may as well have been written for him, "Trouble" by Ray LaMontagne. You know, I don't even know what to think of this. It's the right song, but Alex's voice, which I found charming last week, is driving me mental tonight. Judges, go:
Simon does this whole thing about Randy in a bikini, but I am far too dignified to recap that.
Ohhh boy. Tim Urban is doing "Hallelujah," allegedly Jeff Buckley's version. Sigh. Let us mentally prepare ourselves for the massacre. And... no. We're all still alive and so is the song. In fact, this is the first time Tim's been in tune, like... ever! It's amazing! And the performance itself isn't all that bad! Suddenly it starts to almost make sense why he ever got this far! Huh.
Andrew Garcia is giving the old rearranging-a-pop-princess-hit thing a go again, since he hasn't had success with anything else he's tried. "Genie in a Bottle," and here we go with me and my high expectations... and it's pretty fantastic. Maybe it would be more fantastic if it wasn't so predictable. This coming out of nowhere would be unreal; this in the wake of "Straight Up" is unsurprising. But still, excellent choice and I'm sure he'll sail through to the Top 12 with that.
Casey's singing Keith Urban tonight, a song I vaguely recollect called "You'll Think of Me." It must be one of those "honest, heartfelt" songs because he's sitting on a stool. I'm trying so hard to figure out whose voice Casey's reminds me of... I may have to get back to you on that one. (Do you have any ideas or personal opinions on the matter?) Regardless, I love the performance even though yes, I'm sure someone on the internet will comment that Casey's held notes can be a little bleat-y.
Ryan's in a hurry. Casey's still pretty. And tall.
Little Aaron has regrettably chosen to sing Lonestar's "I'm Already There." Well, regrettable in the sense that it is a stupid song; probably not so regrettable in that it will serve him well for getting votes, or at least as well as anything else might have. I feel as though I have been transported to Season 2. Flatly.
Todrick is doing Queen's "Somebody To Love," and I have no pre-performance judgment statements to make on this one. Let's just see how it goes. He R&Bs it up as is his wont, but more importantly, the song is recognizable and he sings it really well. Good job, Todrick.
Big Mike is doing "This Woman's Work," presumably the Maxwell version, and I guess I just didn't need to hear a soulless carbon copy of this because I AM BORED. I mean, Maxwell already did it to perfection; why mess with such a good thing? Especially while dressed half in a tux and half like you're on your way to the skatepark, and all flailing and pointing and affectations EVERY which way, not to mention weaksauce vocals. Excuse me a moment, I need to go find something on YouTube... Mm, here. Cleanse your palate with this. (And for the purists in the crowd.)
Um, vom. It sucked. I'm going back and rewatching Casey so I can forget that all just happened.
In conclusion... shoot. Almost everybody was decent tonight. In my perfect land, Little Aaron and Tim Urban or Big Mike go home, but realistically... I have no prediction!