Recap: 'American Idol' Top 5 - Now and Then Night

Recap: 'American Idol' Top 5 - Now and Then Night

It's Now and Then Night on "American Idol," meaning that each member of the Top 5 will sing their favorite songs from the soundtrack of that bad movie with Demi Moore and Rosie O'Donnell.

What now? Oh. Sorry. Each contestant will sing one current song and one song from a far more nebulous "then."Click through for all the excitement...Singer: James DurbinSong: "Closer to the Edge"

My Take: Darnit. There went my hopes for a full-on Music of Jared Leto Night. The song starts a little low and James isn't quite sure on the pacing. Reaching into the Paul McDonald playbook, he interrupts his singing and urges the audience to scream. They kinda do their best. When it gets higher, it gets better, but James makes a misguided move into the crowd, with his pitch wavering with every jarring high-five. The overall effect is not nearly as contemporary as Jimmy Iovine told me it would be, though I understand the logic in James' picking this song. The role Leto plays as a rock star is similar to the role that James has been playing all season. But should I really have come away appreciating Leto more? Cuz that's what happened. And it felt weird. Not James Durbin's best. Read More...


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