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American Idol Recap: Top 10 Guys Broken Down

Tonights “American Idol” live show reminded me a lot of the show last week featuring the girls round of 12. Despite a few stand out performances, most of the guys were at the middle of the pack. Not one performer sang a song that made him stand out as the “American Idol.” With a lot of solid performances came some really terrible ones. The worst of the night has to be a tie between three people. First, John Park who sang “Gravity” by John Mayer. Taking on such a great song by an even better performer, Park looked uncomfortable and his vocal performance was weak.

Second was Jermaine Sellers who performed Marvin Gaye’s “Whats Going On.” Similar to Park, Sellers performance was boring, unemotional and did not show off any true singing talent. A much newer song will be the only way Seller keeps his journey on Idol moving forward. Also if note is an interesting connection between Sellers and Todrick Hall. Both singers are young African Americans who dance well on stage. With that in mind, they both remind me so much of Michael Jackson. Hall’s performance was greatly improved from last weeks disaster but Sellers will need to switch it up.

Finally, Tim Urban rounded out the worst performances of the night. Performing “Come On Get Higher” by Matt Nathanson, Urban was generic, unoriginal and sounded like someone you can hear in any coffee shop across America. What troubled me the most was that his guitar playing was not in sync with the band performing behind him or his own voice. This combination should serve Urbans fate as he does not deserve another chance on “American Idol.”

Amongst all the mediocrity were some shining stars on Tuesday night. After giving my ratings to the singers, five singers ended up with 8′s out of 10. These singers all gave solid performances but did nothing to show that they are a cut above the rest. Among these five were Michael Lynche who performed a heart felt version of the classic James Brown song “It’s A Mans World.” Casey James sang a song that Idol has turned into a cliche, “I Don’t Wanna Be” by Gavin Degraw. James rocked out on guitar and despite a thumbs down from the judges, James made himself stand out as a true rock performer.

Alex Lambert gave the most memorable performance of the night with a fantastic rendition of “Everybody Knows” by John Legend. Sitting with his acoustic guitar, Lambert did his best John Mayer impression as he controlled his high notes and looked really comfortable on stage. Also in complete control of their voice was Aaron Kelly who sang “My Girl” by The Temptations. Although the song was slightly generic, Kelly might of given one of the best pure vocal performances we have seen on Idol in 2010.

Rounding out the best performances of the night was Lee Dewyze who threw himself into “Lips of an Angel” by Hinder. The rock star in him really came out as he impressed all of the judges and was knighted by Simon Cowell as the best singer on the boys side. For me, he is the spitting image of David Cook, the season seven winner on “American Idol.” With some highs and some lows, the rest of the singers lie somewhere in the middle, as none of these performers have stood above the rest to declare¬†them self¬†the “American Idol.”

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