momlogic's Vivian: The first order of business was to cover songs by the Rolling Stones (dubbed by host Ryan Seacrest as "the most iconic band on the planet, period."). These were weighty matters to attend to, and our fave mom and dad performers gave it all they had -- but not without giving props to their own folks first!
First up was Big Daddy Mike Lynche, who said his mother's passing spurred a sea change in his priorities. "When my mom got sick, things shifted in my spirit," he said. "Then she ended up dying, and football wasn't the end-all, be-all thing for me anymore. Music was my savior."
In keeping with that sentiment, Lynche set forth a smooth R&B redo of "Miss You" that left the judges impressed for the most part. Randy said, "You slayed it! Way to start the show, Baby!" Ellen asked, "What's not to love about that?" Kara noted how important it was to "fill up the stage" and said that Mike managed to deliver the same brand of "style and attitude" the Stones had. The only borderline criticism was Simon's remark that the performance was "verging on a tiny bit desperate" -- though he acknowledged that Lynche indeed sang it well.
Closing out the night, our GURL Miz Crystal Bowersox sang the hell out of "You Can't Always Get What You Want." A songwriter since age 10, the Ohioan said, "As soon as I touched a guitar, I knew it was what I was born to do." She acknowledged her dad for always being supportive of her music, and as he recalled driving her to and from gigs, he welled up when sharing that one of her earliest songs was called, "Daddy, I Love You." Awwwwww.
Après said montage, MamaSox strolled onto the stage and did her thing, showing us how a woman's voice could at once be pretty and raunchy, like hot honey. Randy didn't feel it was her best performance, but he said he loved her and that she was "always great." Ellen encouraged her to step up her stage presence and stop "thinking too much." Kara observed that her stoic confidence gave off the vibe that she "thinks she has this," while Simon pointed out that this was the first time she was "beaten by someone." He advised her to "dig deep, week after week" to raise her game.
GASP! Who could beat our MamaSox? One feisty Lil' Miss Siobhan Magnus, that's who. The Massachusetts native credited her large, musical family before serving an over-the-top, dramarama performance of "Paint It Black" that rivaled one Adam Lambert -- complete with an insanely extended vibrato at the end. I've got to say, the girl REALLY is proficient with her instrument. Randy gave it to her for "bringing the drama," Ellen loved the way she sang, Kara said it was the best song interpretation of the night and Simon doubled that by dubbing hers the "standout performance of the night."
The letdowns? If you ask me, no amount of posing will save the vocally limited Lacey Brown or Tim Urban, who did "Ruby Tuesday" and "Under My Thumb" respectively. But hey -- a smart haircut and bedroom eyes can go a long way among Idol's key demographic.
Who will stay and who will go? Catch the "American Idol" results show tonight at 9 PM EST on FOX!