Tonight, the contestants are singing three songs. They will choose one, one will be chosen by the judges, and the producers will choose one. By now, they should each have a good idea of what they are good at and choose wisely.
How Did the Performances of the Top 3 on American Idol Season 7 Rank?
- David Cook – He is third to go and Simon has chosen for him to sing “First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” by Roberta Flack. He definitely changed it up. The finish was outstanding. Randy wished Simon had picked a rock song. Paula thinks he is now her second favorite artist that sings that song. Simon thinks that the first round went to him. For his second song he has chosen “Dare You To Move” by Switchfoot. They are actually one of my favorite bands. Started out a bit slow, but it isn’t a really great version. Randy thinks it “wasn’t your best” and a bit “pitchy.” Paula thinks it showed how hard it is to take a three-minute song and put it into a minute and a half. Simon thinks that the middle round was just “okay” for everyone. For his third song the producers have chosen “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” by Aerosmith. Sounded pretty good, but it almost seemed like his voice was struggling a bit at times. Randy thinks it was “okay.” Paula thinks he will make the finals. Simon thinks, “David Cook wins the night.” I would have to agree.
- Syesha Mercado – She is second to go and Randy has chosen for her to sing “If I Aint Got You” by Alicia Keys. She has really grown over the course of the competition. This might be the best she has sounded. Randy thinks it was “amazing.” Paula liked it. Simon thinks she sang it “very well,” but that she needed to have changed it up a bit more. For her second song she has chosen “Fever” by Peggy Lee. She is making a case for making it to the final two. Randy thinks she sang it “amazingly well.” Paula is surprised by the song choice, as was Randy. Simon thinks she did a “lame cabaret performance.” I was surprised by their reactions to the performance. For her third song the producers have chosen “Hit Me Up” by Gia Ferrell. She sounds really good, but I don’t think the producers have done the contestants any favors. It just seems kind of weird. But, I liked the first two songs. Randy thinks it was “okay.” Paula thinks she “did the song very well,” but she doesn’t think it was good enough to get into the finals. Simon doesn’t like the song choice and that it didn’t give her a “defining moment to end the show.” If she could have sung these songs in reverse order, she might have been able to make the final.
- David Archuleta – He is first to go and Paula has chosen for him to sing “And So It Goes” by Billy Joel. He can sing really well, but it is kind of boring. Randy thinks he is “in it to win it.” Paula thinks it was “beautiful.” Simon thinks it was “really good,” but “predictable.” For his second song he has chosen “With You” by Chris Brown. He may be trying something newer, but it isn’t working that well, at least not in the beginning. He finished off all right. Randy thinks it “wasn’t the right song.” Paula thinks he “did a great job.” Simon thinks it was “a little bit like a Chihuahua being a Tiger.” For his third song the producers have chosen “Longer” by Dan Fogelberg. He always sounds good, but he bores me. Randy thinks it was “hot.” Paula thinks it was “lovely.” Simon thinks he sang it “very well,” but that it was a poor song choice. He also thinks he has done enough to make it to the final two. Nothing grabbed me, would like to see Castro vs. Mercado in the final next week.
Based solely on this week’s performances, I think David Archuleta should be exiting the show. Based on the contest up to now, I totally think Syesha Mercado will be the one going home though. At least I was finally right about Jason Castro last week, it was about time. Overall, I would say the judges did the best job of choosing songs for the contestants, the contestants did so-so for themselves, and the producers were down right terrible.
What do you think? Who should go home after the Top 3 performed on American Idol Season 7? Who do you think will be going home?