Project ‘Idol’ Wednesday: Top 8 Boys’ Night

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After an eye-roll inducing opening with dramatic lighting and Miss Seacrest inspecting the troops, the Top 8 boys got down to business on “American Idol” and actually did a better job than the girls.

Still, two more guys are going home tomorrow—along with two girls—so we’ll finally be down to the Top 12. Note to Simon: Button up that shirt because those sun burnt moobs are not sexy. Ugh.

imageLee DeWyze: “Fireflies” by Owl City is still in the charts, and Lee’s stripped-down version was like a bar band cover at last call. It wasn’t bad, just not very memorable. He could be cursed by going first.

Alex Lambert: He has a great, raspy voice, and I thought he did a fine job with Ray LaMontagne’s “Trouble.” The judges said he was still too nervous, stiff and needed to loosen up. The mullet definitely needs a trim.

Tim Urban: No one is ever going to top Cohen’s original or Buckley’s masterful cover of “Hallelujah,” but Tim was restrained and mostly on pitch. The judges were a little too enthusiastic (Ellen ran up on stage and hugged him), but it was his best performance so far. Maybe Tim and Alex can get a two-for-one at Supercuts.

imageAndrew Garcia: Trying to recapture the “magic” of his acoustic cover of Paula Abdul’s “Straight Up” from Hollywood week, Andrew decided to give Xtina’s “Genie in a Bottle” the same treatment. Sadly, as Simon noted, it just came over as desperate. He better start rubbing that bottle, because he’s gonna need all three wishes to stay in the competition.

Casey James: Still cute, but damn what a boring song choice. His cover of “You’ll Think of Me” by Keith Urban was fine and gives him enough momentum to get into the Top 12, but his early frontrunner status has tumbled.

Todrick Hall: The corny, gospel cover of “Somebody to Love” by Queen was a tragedy. The vocal was better, but what a load of old shit (hat tip to Catherine Tate). He’ll probably make it to Top 12 now. Damn.

imageAaron Kelly: He totally unraveled on his cover of “I’m Already There” by Lonestar. It was off-key, shouty and he seemed to be behind the melody. The judges were far too kind, because that was really, really bad. Get to texting tweens, or he’s going home.

Michael Lynche: Ummm…Maxwell only covered this song. It was written and originally performed by the legendary Kate Bush, so how about showing the lady some props, bitches? I digress. While no one can top Kate, Michael did bring a lot of meaning and soul to the song. It reduced childless cougar Kara to tears, and Simon crowned it the best performance of the live shows. Sorry, no tears, here, but it wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it was going to be.

Who’s going home tomorrow? I’m guessing Andrew and Aaron, but it could be Lee or Todrick (please, please, please). As a side note: how cool is that trailer for “Iron Man 2?” Yowsa!

Collin. Out.

imageCollin Kelley is a poet, Atlanta-based journalist and author of the recently released novel, “Conquering Venus.” Follow him on the Modern Confessional blog at


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