By M.S. Chloe
Friday was 'Homecoming Day' for the American Idol Top 3 contestants. During this whirl-wind meet-the-fans/media blitz - which included parades, singing of "The National Anthem", interviews and their first chance to sing original songs for their fans - Crystal Bowersox, Casey James and Lee DeWyze learned what song the judges have picked for them to perform this Tuesday.
This week, the Top 3 will perform 2 songs. One will be the judges' choice and the other is the finalist's choice.
Ellen Degeneres picked "Maybe I'm Amazed" by Paul McCartney for Crystal.
Casey James will be singing "Daughters" by John Mayer, chosen by Randy Jackson and Kara DioGuardia.
Simon Cowell picked "Hallelujah" by Leonard Cohen for Lee to perform.
If two of the three songs don't immediately come to mind, join the club. I don't think I've ever heard of "Daughters", and it took a few secs for "Maybe I'm Amazed" to start playing in my mind's soundtrack, but I think that's because 'maybe I'm amazed' Ellen would choose this song for Crystal. With all the songs that would allow Crystal to show her amazing range and really shine, this song's a bit too safe to sing at this point in the competition. Ellen, we're down to the Top 3, not the Top 24! But then, look what Crystal did to "I'm Alright." Maybe she'll completely re-arrange this song too, and like "I'm Alright", make it better than the original.
Just listened to John Mayer's "Daughters" - no wonder I've never heard it before, it sounds like a public service announcement. Does Kara expect Casey to sit down in an 80's turquoise jacket with his little ukulele and imitate Tiny Tim again? Plus, she's making it too easy for Casey, allowing him to sing the guy mother refers to as "The One-Note Wonder."
And for Simon's choice of "Hallelujah", all I can say is "How boringly predictable." Don't get me wrong, the Jeff Buckley version of this song is one of my all-time favorites. But, hasn't Simon chosen this over-played song before? Tim Urban already sang it this season and Jason Castro gave a great performance of Jeff Buckley's version of "Hallelujah" during Season 7. (It's on Jason Castro's new album...you gotta get it!) Does Simon really believe Lee has the passion needed to carry it off? We've seen the emotion come out during his duet with Crystal, so if Lee reaches deep down, he can do it! But really, if someone's got to sing this song on American Idol again, it should be Crystal.
So you don't have to go searching around, I've included the videos below.
"Maybe I'm Amazed" by Paul McCartney:
"Daughters" by John Mayer
"Hallelujah", as made famous by Jeff Buckley:
...and Jason Castro, "Hallelujah" unplugged:
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