So for some of the gentlemen, tonight was a great improvement, and for others it will be the end of the road. On a night when the ladies were supposed to perform, some men proved that they should not be counted out of this competition yet.
01 Michael Lynche performed "This Is A Man's World" by James Brown-- Randy thought it was crazy good. Kara said, I didn't get it, til now and you can potentially be a great artist. Simon said, you went from being a pussycat to a lion in a week; it was the perfect song for him, it didn't sound dated, and it was the best he has heard from him thus far. Amen to that; I thought big Mike sounded better than he ever has, and he needs to keep this up.
Score: 4.9 (out of 5)
02 John Park performed "Gravity" by John Mayer-- Randy said there was nothing special about it, nothing he added to it to make it better. Kara said it lacked connection and she didn't totally believe it. Simon said it is what he calls a "so what" performance; there was nothing special about it. I like John but I have to agree with the judges; this is a great John Mayer song and he needed to feel it more than he did. He took about ten steps back tonight.
03 Casey James performed "I Don't Wanna Be" by Gavin Degraw-- Randy loved his guitar playing as well as the changes he made to the song; he appreciates his musician/ singer/ songwriter vibe. Kara thought he took two steps back, and Simon agreed with Kara. I liked it very much, I like Casey very much, and unlike Kara, I don't need him to return my calls.
04 Alex Lambert performed "Everybody Knows" by John Legend-- Like Randy, I loved Alex's new found confidence. Ellen said it was so much better and called him the most unique person there. Kara said everyone is routing for him and he has something that every aspiring singer wants, a great recording voice. Simon said you should only be nervous if you are useless, and you're not cause you have a good voice. I personally cannot help but rout for Alex, he seems like a kind soul with a great voice; I hope to see him in the weeks to come.
05 Todrick Hall performed "What's Love Got to Do With It" by Tina Turner-- I really did not like this, at all. Randy said sing without changing the arrangement of the song. Ellen said move on stage because it's better, but the song choice wasn't good. Simon said move but don't sing because it just isn't working.
06 Jermaine Sellers performed "What's Goin' On" by Marvin Gaye-- Randy said it was much better than last week but he still needs to pull it back and make it even more simple. Kara said you don't need to show us every trick in the book every week; pick one, and make it mean something. I agree, it should be a trick that makes sense depending on the song. Simon said you watered down the song. I agree, it was watered down to the point that we couldn't appreciate the song for the reason we usually do. "What's Goin' On" is arguably one of the best pop/ R&B songs ever recorded, and it was ruined in my opinion with that performance.
07 Andrew Garcia performed "You Give Me Something" by James Morrison-- It was pitchy all over the place; Randy said it, and I could not agree more unfortunately. Ellen joked that she likes him so much that she wants to tattoo his name on her neck, but she also agreed the song was wrong for him. Simon simply called it, the wrong song and disappointing.
Score: 3 (unfortunately)
08 Aaron Kelly performed "My Girl" by the Temptations-- Randy liked it. Ellen liked him and his voice, but not the song. Kara said she likes him and thinks it was better than last week. Simon likes Aaron but thinks the performance was old fashioned. So in more simple terms, the judges like Aaron. I do too and I happen to think this performance was a bit underestimated.
09 Tim Urban performed "Come On Get Higher" by Matt Nathanson-- Randy said very karaoke, nothing special about it. Ellen said he should be on "Glee" but didn't like the performance. Kara liked the song choice but thought he needed to make it his own more (she does want him back next week). Simon disagreed with all the other judges, and so did I. He said Tim made a marked improvement, it was not karaoke, he listened to the critiques, didn't whine, and got on with it. He was relevant, and Simon was impressed with his attitude and work ethic.
10 Lee DeWyze performed "Lips of An Angel" by Hinder-- Despite pitch problems here and there, Randy still liked it. Kara called it a big improvement over last week, and she can even hear him on the radio right now; I can too. Vocally, Simon said, he is head and shoulders above the other guys in the competition, and that he may be the one to beat.