Crystal Bowersox has been compared to Janis Joplin throughout this season of American Idol and, being a big Joplin fan, I've thought "Eh. She's good, but ..."
After her performance last night of "Bobby McGee," I take it back. Yes, America, I am comparing Crystal to the iconic Janis Joplin: Her cover of the song was that good. This girl is going to be the next American Idol -- mark my words.
The song is not an easy one to master -- those rambling notes are hard to hit (trust me, I've done my karaoke homework on this one) -- but she nailed it.
Do the other contestants even matter at this point? I suppose there's still quite a bit of season left, so in case Bowersox does something drastic to really piss America off, we should keep the other singers' performances in mind:
Lee DeWyze stepped it up this week, owning the stage a little more during his performance of "Letter" by Box Tops.
Didi Benami sang Linda Ronstadt's "You're No Good." Her voice was good, but it didn't seem natural, as if she was trying too hard.
Michael Lynche did "When a Man Loves a Woman" by Percy Sledge. Boring. The guy has soul and did the song well, but it was a safe choice.
Casey James (he's such a cutie pie) performed "Power of Love" by Huey Lewis and the News. Randy said it was okay, Ellen basically did what she always does and reiterated Randy. Kara liked it. and Simon said it was too old-fashioned. I liked it. It was my second favorite of the night. Kudos to Casey.
I'm really surprised that Andy Garcia is still a contestant. This guy does nothing for me. He sang "Heard It Through the Grapevine" by Marvin Gaye, and Simon said he sucked the soul out of the song. And as harsh of a comment that was, he was totally right.
I actually forgot Tim Urban even sang until I began reading the recaps this morning. That can't be good for the Texan. He performed "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" by Queen, and it was obviously forgettable.
Paige Miles's performance of Mariah Carey's "Against All Odds" was just bad. Her voice was all over the place, hitting the wrong keys right and left. I predict she'll be the next to go home.
Katie Stevens looks a lot like one of my good friends, so I can't help but love her. Poor thing just can't seem to find her niche. Her version of Fergie's "Big Girls Don't Cry" was good enough to get her to the next round, but I'm still not sure if that's the type of song she should be selecting.
If they gave out awards for Most Improved, Aaron Kelly would get it. Unfortunately, this isn't Little League, and he's going to have to step it up a ton if he wants to top Crystal. He sang Aerosmith's "I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing," which was a good song choice for him, but as with a lot of other contestants, it didn't really do a lot for me. Luckily, Paige did so bad that he's probably safe for another week.
Siobhan Magnus didn't impress the judges this week with Stevie Wonder's "Superstition." The shrieking at the end of the song made Simon dislike it. I'm not a fan of the shrieking, but I can appreciate the fact that it takes talent to hit those notes.
Who was your favorite act of the night? What did you think of Crystal's version of Bobby McGee?