(Really, I need to get a life.)
Lisa Tucker: She sang Kelly Clarkson’s “Because of you”. A rather mediocre interpretation, but much better than what was to come.
Kellie Pickler gleefully murdered Sara Evan’s “Suds in a Bucket.” Argh! I do hope that she gets booted out. Someone should shove that bucket over her head, suds and all, so we could only hear “glub, glub.” It would be a mercy, really.
Ace Young, looked as if he hasn’t washed his hair since the Carter administration and sang “Drops of Jupiter” in a daring karaoke performance. At least Randy had the decency of not looking impressed. Paula said it was refreshing. Probably as refreshing as listening to nails scratching a blackboard.
Taylor Hicks sang “Trouble.” Not his best performance. It was quite pitchy and flat at certain points, but better than his predecessors. Then again, that was not difficult. Paula, of course, thought he was great, but then Paula says that everyone is good.
Mandisa gave a kickass performance, as usual. She is my favorite female singer and she has a voice and a stage presence like nobody’s business. (And of course, that’s the time that the guys from our AC service picked to call and announce that that they were coming over to clean our unit. Dammit! They interrupted my show and their pants were not even on fire!) Anyway, is Randy on crack? He didn’t like Mandisa’s performance. Paula did, which is not much to say. Simon was not impressed and said that it was quite “indulgent.” I liked it, Simon or no Simon.
(Oh, and for the record, Wallace says that he agrees with anything that Paula says ‘cuz she’s hot.)
Chris Daughtry sang “What If” by Creed. Not his best performance if you ask me, but I still love the guy. He rocks. Really. I do want so much to see him on the finals! Simon thought he was being indulgent and that he needs to bring something new at this stage of the competition. I agree with him. Interesting choice of words, “indulgent,” I guess that he’s more demanding with the most talented contestants.
Katharine McPhee sang Christina Aguilera’s, “The Voice Within.” Girl has the voice to pull it, but I must admit that I did not like it as much as some of her other performances. Simon thinks that it was almost as good as Christina. I think that she’s going to make it far in the competition, but I was not thrilled by tonight’s performance.
Bucky, sang “Real Good Man” by Tim McGraw. To tell the truth, I thought that he was going to murder it. He did not disappoint me. To his credit, he sucked marginally less than Kellie -- perhaps because his voice was so weak that you could barely hear him. Thank god for small favors. Shockingly, Randy liked it. Not surprisingly, so did Paula. Simon was not impressed and neither was I.
Paris Benett: Brought the house down! Man, I am beginning to think that she’s going to win this thing after all! The only really, really good performance tonight. Simon did not like it on the grounds that it was precocious and that she looked like a little girl pretending to be Beyoncé. Although I agree with him in the precociousness of the performance, I really loved it. True, the kid can be absolutely arrogant to the point of being obnoxious, but one cannot deny talent.
Eliot sang “I don’t Wanna Be” by Gavin de Graw. This was his least boring performance. Good song, terrible arrangement, good vocals, dancing was hideous. Simon got that one right.
So who’s leaving? If there is any justice in this world, it should be Kellie.