Tuesday night’s (March 2) episode of “American Idol” must have snuck up on anybody who doesn’t regularly read MTV News, as the Top 10 men ended up singing instead of the women because Crystal Bowersox had to be taken to the hospital. The dudes took the last minute change in stride and improved a bit on the collective failure of last week, but all told it still seems like a woman’s race to lose.
The contestant who may have stepped his game up the most? That would be Tim Urban, the last-minute replacement who had the dubious distinction of being last week’s “Vote for the Worst” endorsement. While he didn’t cement himself as a frontrunner, his strummy take on Matt Nathanson’s “Come On Get Higher” was a profound improvement over everything we’ve heard from him thus far. Though three of the four judges gave it a shrug, Simon Cowell actually endorsed Urban’s progress rather enthusiastically, which shocked everybody (including Urban himself).
But just like Siobhan Magnus did last week with Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game,” Urban introduced just a bit of discomfort into the proceedings. The lyrics to “Come On Get Higher” are a little … explicit. Considering “American Idol” is meant to be a family show, it was odd hearing the line “So come on, get higher, loosen my lips/ Faith and desire in the swing of your hips” coming from the “American Idol” stage. Still, during an evening where yet another “Idol” hopeful broke out Gavin DeGraw’s “I Don’t Want to Be” (perhaps the most over-covered song in “Idol” history), it was nice to hear somebody break out a rarely-heard tune (that also happens to have a great video).