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American Idol Recap; Shania Twain

I’m going to be honest. I hate it when shows try to push a square peg into a round hole. That is what Fox has done the past two weeks and it’s getting really annoying. Last week, “Glee” featured a slew of songs from the famed Madonna. This week on “American Idol,” the contestants were only choosing from the country-gone-pop superstars song catalogue. What makes things worse is that all but one of the contestants chose a familiar song.

Lee Dewyze kicked off the show and performed the aforementioned “popular” song. Performing “Your’re Still The One,” Dewyze chose a perfect song and backed it with a soulful style he has perfected in recently. Kara Dioguardi said to Dewyze as he finished “Look how far you’ve come.” I still can’t think of him as being a superstar but he’s certainly made strides as of late.

The second best performance of the night came from Casey James who performed a chilling version of “Don’t.” For the first time in a long time, James let his vocals speak for themselves, playing guitar while letting his vocal abilities shine. This performance could of really put him back into the competition and keep him around for the long haul. Simon concluded that this was James’ best so far.

Without a doubt, the largest upset of the night was Krystal Bowersox. Taking on a country, bluegrass arrangement of “No One Needs To Know,” Bowersox did a poor job of showcasing herself vocally. Furthermore, this was a bad song choice. A singer who was could have been hand picked to deliver a Twain classic such as “Man I Feel Like A Woman” or “From This Moment,” Bowersox once again receded into her indie rock shell and really took a step back with a lackluster performance.

Siobhan Magnus

Aaron Kelley was somewhere in the middle. He wasn’t bad but it wasn’t his best. The worst two of the night were Michael Lynche and Siobhan Magnus. Lynche sang, “It Only Hurts When I Breathe,” turning it into an R&B jam. Although the performance wasn’t terrible, there was no fire, no passion in his voice and the deeper we get into the competition, the more Lynche seems to drift away.

Magnus, on the other hand, gave a huge over the top performance of “Any Man Of Mine.” Although the judges seem to love her week after week, I think there is a veil being pulled over their eyes. Magnus has the ability to wow people with the high notes, holding them out for extended periods of time. What makes her weak as a performer are her skills in almost all other areas of the competition. She has no stage presence, she can’t sing in lower ranges, and the unique elements of her voice are beginning to bore us at home.

With all of that said, here are my predictions for the bottom three. Tomorrow’s bottom three will consist of Michael Lynche, Krystal Bowersox and Siobhan Magnus. Although the run has been special, big Mike will finally be shown the door in “American Idol.” With no save in sight, Lynche will return home to his family and begin his career as an R&B artist.

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  • Comment by Kaylee Lopez posted June 20, 2010 at 05:25

    Shania Twain is way better than taylor swift when it comes to country music.~`:

  • Comment by Electric Griddle  posted October 13, 2010 at 16:25

    the thing that i like Shania Twain is her very emotionally driven songs`**

  • Comment by L-Methionine Dosage : posted October 25, 2010 at 05:05

    wow! Shania Twain is still one of the most beautiful country music artist today-’”

  • Comment by Optoisolator posted December 22, 2010 at 16:18

    Shania Twain for me is the best country music singer of all times, I also like Taylor Swift but nothing will beat Shania Twain ~”*