Even after being hospitalized due to complications from diabetes, MamaSox not only brought the house down on "Idol" this week, she stole the show!
momlogic's Vivian: This week's "American Idol" got off to a tumultuous start on Tuesday, but it wasn't due to any kind of nutty scandal. Our fave single-mom contestant, Crystal Bowersox, was hospitalized due to complications from diabetes -- forcing the enterprise to shift performance-schedules for the week.
So instead of leading off with the ladies as planned, producers made it a testosterone Tuesday. New daddy "Big Mike" Lynche started things off. He did strong justice to James Brown's, "It's a Man's, Man's, Man's World," and the judges responded warmly.
Randy said, "I gotta give it to you! Crazy! R and B star right there!" Ellen appreciated his song choices and called him "the one to beat." Kara said she didn't know what he'd eaten that day or if it was because he had a baby to support, but he "went from being a singer to a great artist." Simon capped it off by saying Big Mike went from being a "pussycat to a lion in one week" and that it was "the best performance [he'd] given in the competition so far."
America listened, and "Big Mike" will be back to entertain us again next week.
By Wednesday, MamaSox had been sprung from her scrubs and was ready to take the stage. In her opening montage, she revealed that she has a twin brother who's a "square" and that she loves him. She also said that whenever she performs, she carries a little talisman: a packet full of trinket gifts from loved ones. Well, that shizz must really work, because girlfriend brought the house DOWN in her gospel-ish rendition of Creedence Clearwater Revival's "As Long As I Can See the Light," belting out passages that made an arm hair or two stand on end.
Randy appreciated Crystal's staunch authenticity. "You are the truth," he said. "I just love that you are not trying to be anybody else, and every week, I don't care if it's 50 weeks from now, you're still going to be that girl and I love that girl! That girl is hot!" Ellen gave kudos to her "pure, raw, natural talent" and was "so glad to see" her, considering the gravity of MamaSox's health scare. "We need you here," said Ellen. "You are amazing!" Kara continued the MamaSox love by saying, "You are that Americana rock. And when you come out here, it's effortless. You're just centered. You're focused the way that the greats are. And it's coming from your heart, and you can feel it. Tonight, you've actually hit a new level. And I have to congratulate you, because that's hard to do in the early days."
But it was Simon's Kelly-Clarkson comparison that sealed the deal. "I know how sick you've been over these last 24 hours," he said. "It wasn't just like you were catching a cold or something. You really were ill and I didn't know whether you were going to be back here this week. What's great about you is that you didn't play the whole sympathy thing. You chose a great song. I completely underestimated you last week. For you to come back with that song and that performance -- the vocal was incredible and I promise you, this was the moment we realized with Kelly Clarkson that we have a serious artist here. And I think we've got a serious artist with you. Congratulations."
So who bit it this week? After enduring a brutal round of critiques, spritely young teen Haeley Vaughn didn't have a prayer. But much to my surprise, Creed's "With Arms Wide Open" was Michelle Delamor's swan song. (Personally, I liked that she had the guts to go somewhere different stylistically.) As for the boys, John Park got voted off (much to my kid's disappointment) for his mild version of John Mayer's "Gravity." Jermaine Sellers also said buh-bye -- but not before insisting, "Where I sing from -- you can't be taught how to riff and run and sing high notes. I'm a church singer. That's where I come from."
Will our sweet MamaSox ride her "truth" to the win? Do you guys agree with these eliminations? Speak up below!
|Vivian Manning-Schaffel serves as momlogic's East Coast Editor. She has written for Babble, Parenting, The Advocate, The New York Post, Business Week and a variety of other publications and lives and works in the heart of breeder Brooklyn with her husband and two kids. She authors two pop culture blogs: The Mad Mom and A Hag Supreme, and is on the web at vivianmanningschaffel.com.|