We are finally down to the Final 3 competitors of American Idol Season 9:
And, to the best of my knowledge, all the guest mentoring is over, allowing the singers the opportunity to work solely with the American Idol musical staff.
The extra time will allow the singers to strategically pace their routine and focus their energy toward delivering confident, artistic-friendly performances during the performance show on Tuesday.
Casey, Crystal and Lee will each perform two selections: one of their own choice and the other selected by the judges.
I have not received any information about their personal song selections; however, the judges’ selections were revealed during their hometown visits over the weekend.
According to MJsBig Blog.Com, Ellen DeGeneres chose “Maybe I’m Amazed” by Paul McCartney for Crystal Bowersox, Simon Cowell chose “Hallelujah” for Lee DeWyze and Kara DioGuardi and Randy Jackson chose “Daughters” by John Mayer for Casey James.
Personally, I don’t “get” the Hallelujah song choice for Lee – it’s been done to death but maybe – just maybe – there is a new arrangement out there that will knock us out! Otherwise, Simon has some “splaining to do!
Also, usually the singers have the opportunity to perform three songs during the Top 3 show. Why these singers have performed less numbers than any other group of finalists is just strange and so unfair. And I do believe that, at this stage of the competition, original songs should be part of the format and the songs should reflect the style of the singer. Case closed!
UPDATE: Apparently last year’s singers also performed only two numbers each. Thanks Jeanne!
Best of luck to the Top 3 Finalists and feel welcome to add your comments before, during and after the live telecast on Tuesday, May 18th.