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Although he departed the "American Idol" stage last night, Casey Abrams provided my favorite performance so far in the series' 10th season:
It's perhaps fitting that 2010 runner-up Crystal Bowersox performed on last night's results episode. Abrams seems of a similar soulful rock vein and exits leaving fans hopeful of an intriguing debut album ahead.
Now that five finalists remain, my original prediction for the top five is just 40% intact.
5, Paul McDonald
4, Pia Toscano
3, James Durbin
2, Casey Abrams
And ... 1, Lauren Alaina
(My girlfriend Michelle proudly points out, however, that each of us originally picked three of the final five from auditions prior to the season's Hollywood rounds as having top 12 potential.
Still, we get to battle for bragging rights over our choices. While we both backed Durbin and Alaina, she also praised Haley Reinhart, while I envisioned Scotty McCreery competing among the top 12 finalists).
As we both predicted Alaina emerging victorious, more performances like her tender duet this week with McCreery, "Up on the Roof," can only boost her chances. Her powerful vocals in the song evoked those in her audition, when she sang her memorable impromptu duet with Steven Tyler of the judge's sole Hot 100 No. 1.
And, while contestants performed several of Carole King's best-known pop standards this week, how about an ode to this more obscure but standout, melodic single that the Songwriters Hall of Fame honoree wrote and performed?
King's "City Streets" climbed to No. 14 on Adult Contemporary in 1989.
Have a great weekend!
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