American Idol: Watch the Best and Worst Performances from Carole King Night (VIDEO)

Last night was Carole King night on American Idol, so it was probably a good thing Stefano wasn’t there. Stefano had never heard Lionel Richie’s “Hello” before he performed it, so it’s a pretty safe assumption that he would have had no idea who Carole King was, or what her contribution to music was, or what the lyrics to "I'm into Something Good" meant even as he went about the task of delivering the most overwrought interpretation of that song in “I’m Into Something Good” history. Alas, it wasn’t meant to be. Goodnight, sweet Stefano. There’s a Carnival cruise ship with your name on it somewhere. (Not literally. “Langone of the Seas” would be weird.)

The judges dared to be critical last night, but only in tiny increments—a “didn’t like the ending” here, a “you’re voice dropped off” there—but for the most part, everyone was “in it to win it” last night. This is according to Randy Jackson, whom, I fear, might be suffering from an extremely rare neurological disorder in which everything and everyone is somehow “in it to win it,” including the Coffee Bean latte he drank after the show, the cup holder he placed it in, the colors yellow and green at every traffic light on his drive home, and the housekeeper who greeted him with a warm, “Hello, Mr. Randy!” when he finally arrived. Someone alert Oliver Sacks: I smell a best-seller in The Man Who Mistook His Cleaning Lady For An American Idol Contestant Who Is In It to Win It!

And now, the best and worst!


THE BEST:

Scotty McCreery sang one of King's best-known songs, “You’ve Got a Friend,” and sang it so tenderly, so intimately, so McCreerily, that for those few minutes, I was completely convinced that I, Seth Abramovitch, did indeed have a friend in Scotty. So much so, in fact, that I spent the rest of the night trying to contact him because I need a lift to the airport next weekend. I got as far as a publicist for 19 Entertainment, who patiently explained that Scotty isn’t available, and to stop calling.



After some technical difficulties and a rushed, unsteady start, Haley Reinhart quickly settled into the rhythmically and melodically complex “Beautiful,” and, well, it was kind of beautiful? So it was a good song choice! Note to other singers: Don’t sing songs called “Terrible,” or “Pitchy.” It’s only asking for trouble.



THE WORST:

Oy, Jacob Lusk, I think this is it, friend. It’s been a good run. Not that you didn’t infuse “Oh No, Not My Baby,” a song I’m not familiar with, with a lot of scoobydoobydoobydooba soul. It’s just that no one knows that song. I liked that you dressed like a character from an Archie comic, though.



Every week, I think, America has certainly had its fill of Casey Abrams’ ugly faces and college music program-caliber performances. But then he keeps coming back! So what do I know? But seriously, though, this one was chock so full of ugly faces, he has to be in the Bottom Three. Doesn’t he??



PREDICTIONS:

Bottom Three: Jacob Lusk, Casey Abrams, Haley Reinhart

Going home: Jacob Lusk


What'd you think of Wednesday night's performances?

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I tend to find it humorous when people describe someone as a terrible singer. The fact is that everyone in the top 11 was gifted in their own right. That being said, whether people like or dislike a singer is purely subjective. Haley has an amazing voice and is extremely talented but her style isn't as mainstream as others. That in no way lessens how good she is. Casey is beyond talented. He got voted off but that doesn't take away from his abilities. He hurt himself with his performance but it doesn't diminish what he is. Lauren is a more mainstream pop-country fusion singer. She could easily sell records but I think she needs a little more work and polish. Regardless, she's got a heck of a voice. Scotty has a more older and twangy country voice. It's not my style but I respect him. James finally impressed me. This week he really sang and it wasn't all pomp and circumstance. Nice job. Jacob is impressive and his version of "Bridge Over Troubled Water" was superb a few weeks back but overall I'm not a fan. This week in particular I didn't think Jacob was as good as the others. Overall, I guess James and Jacob are my least favorite. I like Lauren and Scotty but not as much as Casey and Haley. Some people might find it confusing about my liking Scotty more than James when I already said Scotty's sound isn't my style. It isn't. I just happen to think he's better than James. Now that Casey is gone my opinions remain the same. I'd like to see Haley win and she definitely has what it takes. Lauren, Scotty, and James still have the chance to win, as well. All four are gifted and could walk away the winner. I just don't see Jacob winning. I could be wrong but I think Jacob will be leaving next week. We saw Haley not end up in the bottom three with only 6 people left yet Scotty did. With only 5 people left next week there's no room for mistakes.
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Scotty was amazing - loved him! James was pretty good too.
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you are you talking about mead306 I never said that Casey didn't have talent he does but he is on borrowed time remember the judges saved, gee look at my comments closer, Bottom three tonite Jacob, Scotty and Casey, my prediction for the finale is James and Lauren whoever wins it doesnt matter both of them are very talented as are all the top six including Pia who actually she be there instead of Casey
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I can't stand Haley. I think she is a terrible singer and the sooner she goes home the better though this week I tend to agree, it's Jacob's time to go (maybe Haley will go next week).

I think a Scotty & Lauren finale with Scotty winning the thing would be great but I doubt that's going to happen as I don't think Lauren will make it into the finale.
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Apparently, you don't know anything! While I might not be totally into the genre Casey is headed for(Buble, Connick, Jr.), he has what it takes. American Idol, or not, he has a very bright future.
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Last nite performance were very good overall, I stated last week Jacob, Scotty,James and Lauren were my final four that has not changed, Haley and Casey can belt out the tunes as well its time to vote overall from top 13 week to present period now Seth I will say that I disagree with you saying that Scotty was the best last nite sorry he was boring that could be what Haley needs to sneak in the final four!!



my bottom three Casy, Scotty and Haley with Mr Borrowed time going home CASEY
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I love Haley so much that I almost don't want her to win. The people I like the best didn't win. I.E.: Jennifer Hudson, Adam Lambert, Crystal Bowersox. Sometimes when you're too unique or too much of a certain niche, a strict recording contract like the one you get with AI is stifling. Kelly Clarkson's first album sucked (harsh?). It wasn't until she broke away....(groans)...that she really shined. Shone? Whatever.
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