American Idol Review: Wednesday, April 20

With seven remaining it's songs from the 21st Century - here's how it went down:

Scotty McCreery - Swingin by LeAnne Rimes
Now that the other contestants pointed it out, he does hold the microphone weird as hell. Oh well, it adds character. With all that aside, this performance was not one of his better ones. It wasn't a great song choice for him and it came across very boring.

James Durbin - Uprising by Muse
Let me first say how awesome it is to hear a Muse song on American Idol. I loved it. Everything about it was awesome. He nailed the song, the marching band was cool as hell, and he was able to put his own spin on it. Well done James, well done.

Haley Reinhart - Rolling In The Deep by Adele
This was a great song choice from Haley. She sang it very well and she was able to have the emotional connection necessary to pull off a song like this. This was definitely one of her best, if not the best performance she has had on the show so far.

Jacob Lusk - Dance With My Father
This was another good week for Jacob, however I feel like this song might be a little slow and boring to compete with some of the other performances of the night. There is no doubt that Jacob has the talent to sing music like this, but I just don't know how much American Idol fans will appreciate a performance like this. He did a great job and he definitely was able to connect with the song. It will be interesting to see if the voters understand that or not.

Casey Abrams - Harder To Breathe by Maroon 5
I was a little worried when I heard that he was performing a Maroon 5 song because I'm not a fan of their current stuff. Even though it's a weird song choice, he chose their best song, so I forgave him. He did a good job overall, but it wasn't good enough to win my favorite performance of the night. However, I always anticipate seeing what Casey is going to do each week and that is how you know that you are a good artist.

Stefano Langone -Closer by Ne-Yo
I don't know about this performance at all. It wasn't that it was bad, but compared to the others - it wasn't up to the caliber of the rest of the competition. It's like the old saying "It's time to separate the men from the boys" - well, Stefano was separated.

Lauren Alaina -Born To Fly by Sara Evans
This was a really good song choice for Lauren. She sang it well and it fit her. I cannot stress how important song choice is for these contestants and I think Lauren did a good job tonight.

Knox Animal Best of the Night:
1. James Durbin
2. Haley Reinhart
3. Casey Abrams

Knox Animal Bottom Three:
1. Scotty McCreery
2. Stefano Langone
3. Jacob Lusk

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