American Idol Recap: the Top Five

The American Idol Top Five show aired on Wed May 04, 2011. It was new and old night. Each contestant sang a song from their era and a song from their parents’ era. Sheryl Crow was the guest mentor. I haven’t heard much from her before tonight, but she can still sing. The season finale is just three weeks away. Here is an American Idol recap of the Top Five.

James Durbin

Sheryl Crow seemed genuinely excited to be working with Durbin, saying that she “can retire now”. Durbin first sang Closer To The Edge by 30 Seconds To Mars. I thought he sang it well. He was comfortable on stage. His voice reminded me of a young Jon Bon Jovi. The judges loved the performance. Steven Tyler loved it. Jennifer Lopez said that this competition was his to take. Randy Jackson said James was in it to win it. This was one of the top three performances of the night.

Durbin’s second song was Without You by Harry Nilsson. This performance was good, but not as good as his first song. The interesting part of this performance was that he showed true emotion. Durbin was in tears by the end of the song. Tyler and Jackson felt that some of Durbin’s notes were off, but his emotion was incredible. Lopez said the song had true heart and soul.

Jacob Lusk

I’ve enjoyed some of Lusk’s performances, but lately I just don’t get him. His first song was No Air by Jordin Sparks and Chris Brown. I thought the song was pitchy and the performance was cheesy. You could tell Lopez didn’t like it, but she gave her usual political response. Tyler and Jackson felt like it was bad song choice for Lusk. Jackson said the performance was corny. This was probably the worst performance of the night.

Lusk sang Love Hurts by Nazareth in round two. This was a better performance than his first one, but that’s not saying much. Tyler thought Lusk got lost in the song, but he liked his passion. Lopez brought up Lusk’s bobble in the middle, but said he brought it home in the end. Jackson said Lusk redeemed himself with this song.

Lauren Alaina

Alaina was good as usual. I don’t think she’s ever been terrible or spectacular. But she’s always been good. Her first song was Flat On The Floor by Carrie Underwood. It was a good song choice. She sang it well. Lopez said she rose to the top. Tyler said the performance was as good as it gets. Jackson said it was an amazing performance.

Alaina’s second song was Unchained Melody by The Righteous Brothers. I thought her performance was shaky at times. I didn’t like the song choice since this song can easily sound like karaoke. Tyler and Lopez said she sang it beautifully. Jackson enjoyed the tender moments in the performance.

Scotty McCreery

McCreery first sang Gone by Montgomery Gentry. This was an excellent performance. It was lively and energetic. McCreery sounded great. This was the first time all season I’ve pictured McCreery as the American Idol winner. I’m not a fan of McCreery and I don’t like country music. But somehow I really enjoyed this performance. All three judges loved the performance. Jackson said it felt like a concert. This was one of the top three performances of the night.

His second song was Always On My Mind by Elvis Presley. It was another good performance. Tyler said it was a beautiful and perfect rendition. Lopez said McCreery was well-rounded. Jackson said even McCreery’s tender moments are good.

Haley Reinhart

Reinhart decided to sing an unreleased Lady Gaga song called You And I. Her performance was okay. All the judges agreed that the song choice was wrong. It was too risky to sing an unfamiliar song at this point in the competition.

For her second song, Reinhart sang House Of The Rising Sun by The Animals. This was a very good performance for Reinhart. The judges gave her a standing ovation. Lopez said the song has never been sung like that before. Jackson said it was the best performance of the night.

James Durbin, Scotty McCreery and Haley Reinhart had excellent moments tonight. Lauren Alaina was good. Jacob Lusk was probably the worst overall performer. Overall, tonight’s episode of American Idol was very entertaining. We’re getting down to the wire.


FOX Broadcasting Company, “American Idol Episode, Top Five,” American Idol Television Broadcast, May 04, 2011