You know the contestant who impressed me most last night? Jacob Lusk. It wasn't because of his performance, per se. It was because of what he said before his performance. At first, he was supposed to sing "Let's Get It On" but chose not to because it was all about sex. Jacob is a church boy, you know. He decided Michael Jackson's "Man In the Mirror" was more reflective of his values and beliefs.
My second favorite performance of the night was James Durbin singing George Harrison's "While My Guitar Gently Weeps." I've seen him performing this on YouTube and I was hoping he would find a way to fit it into one of the categories this season. He has a really beautiful voice and this showed it off.
The rest of the performances were:
Haley Reinhart - Janis Joplin's "Take Another Little Piece of My Heart"
Casey Abrams - Credance Clearwater Revival's "Have You Ever Seen The Rain"
Lauren Alaina - Aretha Franklin's "Natural Woman"
Scotty McCreery - Elvis Presley's "That's All Right Mama"
Pia Toscana - Tina Turner's "River Deep Mountain High"
Stefano Langone - Percy Sledge's "When A Man Loves A Woman"
Paul McDonald - Johnny Cash's "Fulsome Prison Blues"
Everyone had a pretty strong performance, even Paul, although I had a hard time believing him singing about being in prison and looking so happy about it.
My pick to go home tonight is either Stefano or Paul.
Unfortunately, there were only two Tylerisms really worthy of note.
1. "You ought to put some wheels on that thing and ride it around town."
2. "You were all hat and no cattle."
The celebrity mentor, Will.I.Am of the Black Eyed Peas really had the best line when working with Lauren Alaina. "You combine Country and Soul, and it's C-O-U-N-T-R-O-U-L." He tried to do the same thing with Country and Rock, but stopped short of calling it C-R-O-C-K.