As we make our way towards the end of the competition, one would expect the performances to improve at least a little. Sadly, the results were mixed. Each of the contestants did a solo and a duet. The duets were great, but the individual performances were pretty spotty, with Crystal (surprise) being the only one that stood out. The theme for this week was songs from Hollywood and Jamie Foxx served as the mentor. It looked like Foxx was handing out some decent advice but it looks like it may have fallen on deaf ears.
Lee Dwyze: Yeah…..not so much. Lee’s version of “Kiss from a Rose” left a lot to be desired. He came on a bit during the chorus, but it was quite meh for me. Thankfully the judges didn’t really dig it either. Grade: C+
Big Mike Lynche: The very few of you that read my blog know that I love me some Big Mike. But “Will You Be There” is one of my least favorite MJ songs. That said it was a decent performance. Grade: B-
Crystal Bowersox and Lee Dwyze: I am a humongous fan of the song Falling Slowly and these are two good singers (well one great and one decent) so it would have been hard for them to muck it up. That said, I didn’t like it as much as the judges. Grade: A-
Casey James: Casey has a great voice for rock n’ roll. But in a singing competition he’s out of his league; mainly because he has zero range. It’s as if every song is in the same range and volume and there isn’t a whole lot more there (read: boring). Grade: B-
Crystal Bowersox: I was a little discouraged with the song choice before I heard it. She pulled it off, but only because she’s got a great voice. Otherwise, I don’t get it at all. Grade: B
Casey James and Michael Lynche: This seemed like an odd choice for a duet, but it wasn’t that bad. The high note towards the end was a little rough, or pitchy, but otherwise it was ok. Grade: B