"American Idol" Recap: Sinatra Night Almost a Total Snooze

Julie Ryan Evans
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Harry Connick Jr.
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At this point in the American Idol season, I'm usually glued to my seat each night, riddled with nervous anticipation for the remaining five contestants.

This season ... not so much. And last night's Sinatra performances did little to reignite my excitement.

The best part was getting to watch sexy crooner Harry Connick Jr. for an hour as he coached the contestants and played piano during their performances. Swoon. And the banter between him and Ellen was a nice bit of comic relief.

"I have to admit that at first I was distracted by Harry's organ," she quipped.

Aaron Kelly was first up. He's so sweet and eager that I wanted to like it, but his rendition of "Fly Me to the Moon" had me flashing back to late nights spent in a second-rate Vegas lounge. Crystal Bowersox (who I usually adore) and Casey James were better but pretty boring.

Michael Lynch's version of "The Way You Look Tonight" was good, and the judges praised it. But it wasn't until Lee DeWyze took to the stage with "That's Life" that I really woke up and gave the screen my full attention. It was one of the best Idol performances I've seen in weeks, and the judges agreed. It was the only thing that saved the night from being a total snooze-fest.

I don't think I'm alone in my prediction that the final two will be Crystal and Lee, nor am I alone in my waning enthusiasm for Idol in general as recent reports show ratings are down 7.5% from last year.

How are you feeling about American Idol this season?  

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