- 1 of 2 Photos | View More Photos
Alex Preston finally lost the "potty dance."
Sadly, judging from his first performance, he also lost the ability to outsing the background singers, who clearly overpowered him. I could barely hear him sing the chorus.
But I didn't hear the same issue when I listened to the song again, friends who heard the song on a different television didn't hear the same, and the issue had disappeared by the time it hit Youtube. Another contestant seemed to have the same issue, so maybe it was just the sound settings on my TV. His later performance of "Always On My Mind" was downright haunting.
And neither of Alex's performances featured the "potty dance" that had been the odd take-away from his prior performances.
He's clearly learning, and I hope he dances his way to the finale.
Jessica was in the Bottom 2 again, but managed to stick around again, as C.J. Harris was sent home. C.J's performances were weak, and not memorable. If Randy was still on the panel, he would have called them "just ah-ight." Simon would have called them "forgettable."
Jessica has the same issue connecting with the audience and the songs that Sam and Alex once exhibited, but the guys have taken the notes and learned from them week after week. Jessica continues to look like she's not having fun, even though she says later that she did. It's a stage presence thing. She'll have to address that if she wants to stay in the competition. And her arrangement of "Jolene" didn't do the song justice.
Two front runners took on the Queen of American Idol, but only one pulled it off.
Caleb managed to make his country song sound like a rock anthem when he sang Carrie Underwood's "Undo It." The love child of Meatloaf and Jack Black continues to be popular in the competition, however, and should stick around for a while.
"I can't wait to hear a country song you do LATER," said resident country expert Keith Urban after the performance.
Jena "don't call me Jenna" Irene killed it with "Barracuda" but had the best performance of the night with a haunting, slowed down version of Carrie Underwood's "So Small." She made it her own. It was the only performance that screamed "finale" to me.
Just end the competition and crown her the winner now.
Contact this reporter at 330-298-1139 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Facebook: Diane Smith, Record-Courier