Last night saw the performances of the top 12 boys televised. The performances were recorded live last weekend: and some great performances there were! But did Ryan and Steven go a little too far with their F-bombs on a show that attracts a lot of teen and tween viewers? Is it good enough for Ryan to just tell Steven “they’ll bleep it out”?
We’ll leave that one with you and get on with the real business: the boys’ singing! And since the boys were all singing songs they like, it promised to be a great show with no-one forgetting their words.
Clint Jun Gamboa was up first, singing “Superstition”. The judges were complimentary, calling it “good” and better than karaoke, but what are we meant to make of Steven’s verdict: “You started out strong. You ended string”? The performance was pretty run-of-the-mill “Idol” stuff.
Next up, Jovany Barreto’ rendition of “I’ll Be” was met with a little more enthusiasm. “Holy Shipyards. You bought it again and that was beautiful,” said Steven. But Randy “didn’t get it”. We’re with Randy on this one: boring, man!
Jordan Dorsey sang “OMG” but failed to make that impression on the judges, leaving them confused about Jordan’s identity. We are confused why Jordan’s pitchiness went unremarked!
Tim Halperin didn’t “Come on Over” very well at all. The judges were crossing their fingers the show doesn’t lose Tim over this one.
Brett Loewenstern’s “Light My Fire” was certainly on fire according to the boys. And we got a performance. “That was more hair tossing than me and Beyonce put together from the last 10 years,” said Jennifer.
James Durbin’s “You’ve Got Another Thing Coming” caused Steven to drop the F-bomb, but in a good way. Jennifer said “I love the way you perform” and we agree. A true rocker with heart.
Robbie Rosen’s “Angel” was “a beautiful thing” according to Steven but for Randy it was a little pitchy. But as Jennifer said, “When you sings songs, you tell a story.” Our only problem was we wanted to carry on parting at that stage of the show, not pull it back!
Scotty McCreery is sure to be inviting many “Letters From Home” if he keeps this up. As Jennifer says so well, he “born to sing country”. We just worry about him being a one-trick-pony and struggling on theme nights.
Stefano Langone’s “Just The Way You Are” made Jennifer exclaim “wow” and Randy said it was like being at a concert. Maybe we were at a different concert? The chorus was good but the start was just weird!
Paul MacDonald’s “Maggie May” is setting him up to be the “different” one on the show this year but we’re not sure he has the originality Randy claims he does. This was more a Rod Stewart karaoke performance.
Jacob Lusk’s performance of “A House Is Not A Home” made Steven cry and Jennifer hailed the guy a worthy reincarnation of Luther Vandross. Randy thinks the guy can sing anything. Wow! This guy has an awesome voice, but it will be good to see a more energetic performance from him.
Casey Abrams’ performance of “I Put a Spell on You” was “as good as it gets” according to Steven and Jennifer called it redefining moment as Randy raved, “you transformed yourself into the spirit of that song.”
That was some endorsement and we’re not sure Casey quite deserved that but he and Jacob stood out as best among some really good performances. A great season premiere; now bring on the girls!