American Idol: It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing

Oh dear. Last week I was predicting that little lollipop-headed Aaron Kelly could possibly win American Idol. Then he goes and gets undone by Frank Sinatra week.

He looked the part (nice use of a side parting), and he sang in tune, but rhythm-wise, he just didn’t get it. ‘Fly Me to the Moon’ sung without swing ain’t going anywhere near the moon. And Aaron ain’t going any further in American Idol.

Casey and Crystal didn’t fare a great deal better, though at least ‘Blue Skies’ gave Casey’s ever-present grin an appropriate context for a change. Crystal once again had a less than brilliant week, but there wasn’t any danger she’d go this week.

I wasn’t as impressed as the judges were by Michael Lynche this week. I felt he was swamped by the arrangement a little bit, but he was still stronger than the others.

Then up stepped Lee De Wyze. He sang ‘That’s Life,’ and sounded (and looked) like he really got it. In the lower register of his voice he sounded like Georgie Fame, and in a jazzy song you can’t really ask for better than that. The judges all agreed it was the performance of the night, and Ellen and Kara even went as far as to say that, if it was the final, it would be a winning turn.

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2 responses to “American Idol: It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing

  1. Katz

    oooh dear….
    where did this season of Ai start- and how the hell is it going to end… what a motley crew. I only saw one spark of hope from Casey – the night he made Kara hot and sticky ( and me) but everything has been a damp squid there after. Adam Lambert blew up the show last year, we aint never going to see nothing like that again- this side of his U.S Glamnation Extravaganza !
    Tickets for the 2010 Ai concert tour anyone ???? sorry- not even if they were FREE!!

    • pauseliveaction

      There’d never be another Adam Lambert, and anything this year was always going to be a bit low-key in comparison. But I’ve quite enjoyed this season, maybe because it’s been more of an open contest (I know Adam didn’t win, but apart from that little detail it was a one-horse race last year). But apart from Crystal, I don’t think I’ll remember any of this season’s contestants in a year’s time.