Karen Rodriguez Goes Home On American Idol

The lovely and talented Karen Rodriguez was sent packing tonight on American Idol.  Karen was in the bottom three again this week.  Unfortunately, even after a great performance of “Hero” by Mariah Carey, she was not saved by the judges.  Randy said it was not a unanimous decision so at least one judge wanted to save her.  All three judges must be in agreement to use their save.

Lee DeWyze, last year’s American Idol winner, performed a song from his new album titled “Beautiful Like You”.  It was a nice song with an alternative feel.  Lee’s presence was a reminder of how much has changed on Idol since he was crowned the winner last season.  Only Randy Jackson remains on the panel of judges.

The Black Eyed Peas performed their new song, which they dedicated to the people of Japan, titled “Just Can’t Get Enough”.  Not sure if it was just me but people did not seem all that thrilled they were making a guest appearance based on reaction from the audience.  However, when they finished singing their new song, the cheering was loud.

Rounding out the bottom three this week were Haley Reinhart and Naima Adedapo.  Both received some criticism from the judges after Tuesday’s performances.  Haley is not a stranger to the bottom three.

Buena suerte, Karen!

American Idol Showdown

Last night’s American Idol contestants, Lee DeWyze and Crystal Bowersox, held their own in the last round of competition.  I tend to like Lee better personality wise but looking at them musically they are about evenly matched.  You may like one better than the other, or like one style better than the other, but at this point in time I would not say Crystal is breezing into victory as predicted earlier in the season.  Lee has certainly been the most improved contestant this season and is “in it to win it”. 

Whatever happens, they can both hold their heads high and say they gave it their all.  Good luck to Crystal and Lee!  You are both winners in my book!

Vote For The Worst

This has to be the absolute worst website/blog in America.  Whoever is in charge of this train wreck has no musical taste/aptitude and their sole purpose is to ruin American Idol.  Nice goal –  WTH! 

Now that Casey James has left the building they are encouraging everyone to vote for Lee because, in their opinion, he can’t sing and has no personality.  One has to wonder what musical training these people have.  Obviously, not much.  They don’t particularly like Crystal either, but she is not as bad as Lee in their opinion.

If you are going to critique something, you should have some ability in that area.  Obviously, these people are on the Randy Jackson “that was pitchy” train and can’t get off.  I don’t think Randy knows what pitchy really means and neither does Vote For The Worst. 

I think they are just looking for something nasty to say.  If you can’t say anything nice, shut the hell up already!

Lee DeWyze Has His Moment On American Idol Last Night

Last night was all Lee!  The judges all agreed Lee won the first round and Simon went so far as to say he crushed the competition.  After the second round, where contestants sang the judges choice for them, Lee proved he is “in it to win it” as Randy Jackson is so fond of saying.  Lee’s version of “Hallelujah” was awesome.  Simon hand-picked this song for Lee and I believe based on Simon’s reaction, Lee exceeded Simon’s expectations for him.

Crystal did well as always but she didn’t have a WOW moment like Lee did.  Casey James continued to prove he is out of his league and doesn’t belong there.  Vote For The Worst is right.  He is the worst and should have gone home several weeks ago!

Based on the audience and judge’s reactions last night, Lee DeWyze is the front-runner going in the next week’s finale.  If the finale doesn’t include Lee and Crystal then something is beyond wrong.  Simon is clearly on team Lee.