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American Idol Week 3: Top 10
Wednesday, 2010 March 31 - 1:20 am
As predicted, Paige went out last week. No surprise. This week: Usher, mentoring for soul and R&B week.

Siobhan: "Through the Fire" by Chaka Khan. It's a weird space costume that she's got on. This is really a boring song. She starts okay, but goes really sharp on some of the high notes. It's pretty much a disaster. This might be the week her detractors start to overtake her fans.

Casey: "Hold On I'm Coming" by Sam and Dave. Well, it's safe and not terribly original, and he's just frozen in that vacant smile, but as usual, it's competent. Simon strangely loves it. He'll be safe.

Michael: "Ready for Love" by India Arie. I like that he keeps choosing female artists, but this isn't my favorite song: it's just drags. Vocally it's fine; it's just a boring song. I think he'll be safe anyway.

Didi: "What Becomes of the Broken Hearted" by Jimmy Ruffin. Snooze. Her pitch is all over the place; flat in some places, sharp in others, and sometimes she's just shouting. It's a real mess, and it might be a season-ender for her.

Tim: "Sweet Love" by Anita Baker. Another yawner. It's like we're on a cruise ship... in 1979. I don't know how he expects to win any fans under the age of 60 with this. It's kind of hard to listen to. Bottom three.

Andrew: "Forever" by Chris Brown. I like the song choice, and I like the acoustic arrangement. He's a little sharp, but hey, that's what happens when you don't use Auto Tune. It might be a little bit on the easy-listening side, but I really like it. Safe for sure.

Katie: "Chain of Fools" by Aretha Franklin. I was all set to dismiss this as a huge mistake, but you know, she's got a little attitude behind this performance, and it's actually not bad. It's a little bit old fashioned and Star Search-y, but this might be enough to keep her around another week. (Hey, Simon thought it was like Star Search too! I love it when I predict Simon's analogy.)

Lee: "Treat Her Like a Lady" by The Cornelius Brothers. Again, I like the arrangement here; it's very current, and very much in his personality. Vocally he's showing more range than he has in the past. It's a strong, confident performance: it might be his best to date. This is why he could win the whole thing. Safe for sure.

Crystal: "Midnight Train to Georgia" by Gladys Knight and the Pips. Her big "surprise" is that she's playing piano instead of guitar, at least for one verse. The piano seemed like a distraction, so it's good that she didn't try to play it through the whole song. Vocally it's just okay, but it's an old-fashioned performance. She should still be safe.

Aaron: "Ain't No Sunshine" by Bill Withers. Oh, geez. There's no way he can live up to the original here. Just like in some past weeks, this is just not a believable performance. He might be safe, but just barely.

Best performance: Lee.

Bottom three: Tim, Didi, Siobhan. It's a tough call for the bottom three this week, as some of the audience favorites turned in some pretty poor performances.

Going home: Didi.
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Comment #1 from Jennifer Hudspeth (Guest)
2010 Mar 31 - 9:05 am : #
I'm glad we see eye-to-eye on this. Who is your pick to win it?
Comment #2 from Ken (realkato)
2010 Mar 31 - 10:24 am : #
I still think Lee is the only one with enough mainstream appeal to win the whole thing.

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