The American Idol judges are trying to pull a fast one – they want America to vote for Crystal Bowersox or Lee Dewyze.
That leaves hometown boy Casey James twisting in the wind unless America bucks the system and votes big for him.
MSNBC has already ruled out James. Their story headlined “Dewyze Crushes Idol Competition,” says the final will come down to Bowersox and Dewyze.
Talk about a crock: All three contestants faltered on their first song last night, but the judges only slapped down James. It’s that cougar backlash still at play. James shed his shirt in his audition and got Kara Diowhat’shername’s all lathered up. For the rest of the season she’s had to prove she was willing to bash him at every turn.
James kicked off the show with “OK, It’s Alright With Me” by Eric Hutchinson, and did a decent job. But the judges hated his song choice (and it is a boring song).
Judge Simon Cowell even dissed James’ guitar lead. Hey, that was a tasty little lead break, if understated. James didn’t slather on the effects pedals that most guitarists rely on, but that didn’t mean he didn’t nail it.
Bowersox and Dewyze were only passable on their first songs, but they got nothing but love from the judges. Dewyze especially got kudos, but his version of “Simple Man” was simple, man.
Then the second song rolls around, and it’s the judges’ turn to pick songs. They stick James with a crappy-ass song by a creepy-ass singer — “Daughters” by John Mayer.
WTF? I kept envisioning Mayer’s distorted face all through the song. The judges cursed James with that dreck. He should have told them to shove Mayer up their patooties and then thrown down a menacing version of the Allman Brothers’ “Whipping Post” or something.
Bowersox, who I’ve liked all season long, bombed on her second song. “Maybe I’m Amazed” was amazingly bad. Talk about pitchy. Ouch, dawg. But the judges slobbered all over her.
The worst performance of the night was Dewyze’s overwrought, over-sung and essentially butchered closing song, “Hallelujah.” He’d barely begun singing when he started shooting up into his higher registers. He had zero feel for the piece but he hit some high notes and so everybody thought it was wonderful. Wrong, scrotum breath!
“Halleluja” was written by Leonard Cohen, who performed at Nokia Theatre in Grand Prairie last year. A 77-year-old Cohen knocked “Halleluja” out of the rafters that night and rendered the sell-out crowd shell-shocked with awe — and he never once raised his voice above a whisper.
Here’s an old clip of Cohen singing “Halleluja”:
Now, here’s Dewyze doing his version last night:
Cohen sings circles around Dewyze. And I get the feeling James would have killed “Halleluja” if he hadn’t been saddled with “Daughters.”
Alright Fort Worth, alright America, don’t let these conniving judges and TV producers con you. Pick who you think is best, and may the best Casey, er, contestant win.