Idol Recap Top 11 (2nd Week): Elton John Week


When they rolled the tape of last week Casey’s almost-farewell clip, I almost burst into tears, again. What an emotional night, with Casey being so emotional and I just can’t help it that my eyes are start to watered, again; but what about him? What about his performance this week? With a cleaner look, Casey Abrams sang “Your Song” softly and safely without the ‘screamy-screechy’ parts all over the song. Wrong move, because what we want is rough Casey but with less intensity of scream. Don’t you get it, dude?

This week the contestants are challenged to sing from Elton John’s songbook. It’s not easy to perform some of the powerful and most influential songs, and if you’re not smart you can ended up like Casey. This week it’s all about raising the bar, be true to who you are and just sing your ass out and have fun on stage because that’s what Sir Elton did. It is definitely one of a tricky week on Idol.
Some of the early performers were felt into the wrong hole. Scotty McCreery, Naima Adedapo and Paul McDonald showed a lot of artistry but instead of rocked the stage, they just being plain and predictable. Scotty got too comfortable on stage, Naima’s reggae version of “I’m Still Standing” wasn’t strong enough and Paul McD’s “Rocket Man” was, mediocre.

After the just ordinary performances comes the wave of hits on Idol stage! Pia Toscano made the first splash with “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me”, and for the first time I noticed her upper register didn’t run smooth in some places at the beginning of the song. Stefano Langone performed “Tiny Dancer” but it’s just not fair that he only gave it all for the first half of the performance and the rest is exclusively for JLo. Lauren Alaina made a big wave upon “Candle in The Wind”, which is her best performance so far and then James Durbin burned the piano (it’s so Gaga!) on “Saturday Night ‘s Alright for Fighting” electric performance.

A little breakdown before we reach the end of the show, Thia Megia once-again-too-safe performance. No comment. You should be eliminated this week (along with Naima, or Paul) or I’ll scream like Casey!

The showstoppers of the night were Jacob Lusk and Haley Reinhart. Jacob performed “Sorry Seems to Be The Hardest Word” and I can feel goosebumps all over my body, while Haley performed last with Sir Elton’s most famous hit “Bennie and The Jets”; a perfect way to close the show with a combination of soul, confident and husky vocal in one performance.

Two contestants must be eliminated this week, and my prediction slightly goes to Naima and Thia.Paul has too many fans, and I can tell you that they are loyal. LOL