Judging the Final Three

In their last American Idol performance before the final, the contestants each call their own tune — and sing tunes chosen by the judges. Who will go home with the bronze medal, and who will advance to the final showdown?

Casey James, “OK, It’s Alright With Me”

No offense to Eric Hutchinson, but Casey could have picked any song in the world, and he came up with this? I take Casey’s word that this song represents his own style best, but it’s not what I’ve liked best about him on Idol: there’s no real fire, no instrumental flair, and the song is too middle-of-the-road and forgettable. It’s alright. But alright is no good right now.

Crystal Bowersox, “Come to My Window”

As Mrs. Tuned In is my witness, I called this song choice before Crystal announced it. Predictable is not necessarily bad for Crystal, who’s stepped away from her folk-belter strengths some recent weeks, and probably needed to return to her comfort zone for her final outings and remind the audience why she’s there.

Lee DeWyze, “Simple Man”

After Casey’s song choice (puzzling) and Crystal’s (obvious), Lee threads the needle with a Lynyrd Skynyrd song that’s probably unfamiliar to many viewers but raw and emotional enough to show off his rasp. I’m not sure he improved on the original, but he picked a song that improved him.

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