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I would have to agree with you, after watching last night I think that Casey is going home... I love Crystal Bowersox and I hope she wins and takes it all. I love Idol and my wife and I can sit there watch it and get goosebumps over who is singing awesome so, GOOOOOOOOOOO MAMA SOX

American Idol Season 10 Top 9: Is "Elvis Week" a Recipe for Disaster?

Sorry, I should have made my title more specific. By "Top 9" I meant the second edition of the Top 9, due to last week's unexpected whip-out of the save. Yay for Big Mike, boo for us having to endure another one of "Teflon Tim" Urban's awkwardly terribly performances. That cat really does have nine lives, that's for sure. Well, if we're lucky, something painfully campy like "Hound Dog" will be his swan song, if you're not blinded by his horrific attempts at hip-swiveling in the process. Oh, have I mentioned that it's ELVIS WEEK on American Idol ? FML. Tonight, the contestants will be mentored by last-season alum and runner-up Adam Lambert, who aside from his black hair and affinity for rhinestoned suits is a far cry from Elvis... Though I guess if Jamie Foxx is qualified to school singers on the Rat Pack, anything goes. While no one can deny that Adam knows the value of performance (and shock) value, I'm just not convinced he'll be able to infuse a little Glambert-style drama into anyone except for maybe Siobhan, whose knack for screaming high-notes he certainly shares. As for the others, they're either already set in their solid performance ways (Crystal, Casey) and will have to come up with a super-original arrangement to somehow adapt Elvis to their musical style, or are still too confused about their identity as an artist to have the confidence to pull off Elvis without looking like a total poser (Katie, Aaron). I guess such creative obstacles are the point of the show at this stage of the game. However, in past seasons , in which the contestants were far more impressive as a whole, a seemingly far-fetched theme would've served to make things more interesting. The exceedingly amazing performers who would still be left at this point in the competition would then be forced to go above and beyond their comfort zones, producing even more impressive vocals they didn't even know they were capable of until confronted with the obstacle of such a difficult theme. Instead, based on the progress of the current season at hand, tonight's Elvis-themed episode will likely be another 90 minutes of boring performances (save for the handful that might actually pull it off) made borderline painful by a theme that right off the bat is screaming "singing suicide." Am I being too evil? I hate to be a pessimist (not really), but I can already hear Randy's broken-record commentary of "It wasn't good for me, dawg," or Kara's confused "I wish you had just performed 'Straight Up' by Paula Abdul." As for Simon, he's not feeling any of it. I already know. I don't think you really need Raven-style powers of clairvoyance to foresee the disasters that are likely coming our way. Dear Crystal Bowersox, Sioban Magnus, and Lee DeWyze: please rise above. Love, your-unenthusiastic-but-nevertheless-avid-watcher-fan, Alex. Do you think one of the Top 9 contestants has a shot at kicking ass at Elvis Week? Or will they all crash and burn?!

American Idol Season 9, Top 10: Who Will Rock R&B Week?

Last week, when I was knocked off my feet (and utterly appalled) with the news that Miley Cyrus was mentoring the 11 finalists (and even worse -- performing ) on American Idol , my first thought was: WTF? Who next, Justin Bieber?! ...Well, I was almost right. Justin Bieber is performing on Wednesday's results show (I'm not gonna front, I'm a little excited), while his own real-life mentor Usher is coaching the Top 10 contestants in their R&B song selections for the week, starting with tonight's performance round at 8/7c on Fox. Now let's talk seriously. Personally I'm just hoping this R&B round with serve to "Usher" Tim Urban right out of the competition... but apparently that's just me. Come on , voters! If you want to look at someone cute, google pictures of Taylor Lautner (I can send you my collection if you'd like), but if you want to watch a good vocal performance, stop voting for Tim Urban! Actually, at the rate this lackluster season is going, you might as well just stop watching altogether, but if you're hooked like I am, you know that an attempt to boycott is futile. Anyway, I'm predicting that "I-can-do-everything" Siobhan will figure out a way to rise above, with or without her signature screaming. Oh! And Crystal Bowersox said she had "something up her sleeve" for this upcoming week, so I'm praying she wasn't just saying that to placate us and really wows us like that time she sang "Natural Woman." And while I'm a sometimes-fan of Lee Dewyze, if he performs anything remotely as mind-numbingly overplayed and lame as Owl City's "Fireflies" (WHYYYY did he do that?!), he will officially be banned from my "I Sort Of Like You" List. Banned! And maybe Andrew Garcia will just sing his magically acoustic rendition of "Straight Up" again. I mean, that's all that ever comes out of the judges' mouths any time he performs. Might as well give them what they want! Who do you think will perform best this week? Is R&B week going to be just as disastrous as Disco week is every season? Are you only watching to see Justin Bieber? Be honest. Tell me your thoughts on tonight's upcoming episode in comments!