It's do-or-die time on "American Idol," and as the judges reminded the final four on Tuesday night, it's time to prove that you want to win — not just show or place. That said, Lee Dewyze and Crystal Bowersox brought their "A"-games on a night devoted to Songs of the Cinema, including a simmering, knockout duet on the "Once" ballad "Falling Slowly." Meanwhile, Casey James and Michael Lynche struggled to impress the judges — and our "Idol" experts.
"Is this the third week in a row I've picked Casey to go?" wondered MTV News' Jim Cantiello. "It might be. But this week he was upstaged by Michael 'A Year Ago I Promised Myself I'd Make It Into the Top 3' Lynche, who was his only real competition."
Remarking that the Bowersox/Dewyze finale is all but assured, Cantiello said he was into James' ukulele-strumming take on Simon & Garfunkel's "Mrs. Robinson" from "The Graduate," but he wasn't sure it had as strong an impact as big Mike's choir-backed take on Michael Jackson's "Will You Be There" from the boy-and-his-whale tale "Free Willy."
"Not to mention that the audience right in front of him in the mosh pit couldn't have looked less interested," he said of James' underwhelming effect. "There aren't enough cougars on the planet to keep Casey alive."
MJ Santilli, founder of "Idol" fansite mjsbigblog.com is sure that Lynche and James will make up the bottom two on Wednesday night, if for no other reason than Dewyze and Bowersox just have too much momentum at this point.
But who will go home? Even though she thought James performed well, Santilli sensed that the judges were doing their best to undermine his performance by reprising the Kara DioGuardi cougar-bait shtick. "Casey kind of asked for it, choosing to sing 'Mrs. Robinson,' a song about a young man seducing an older woman," she said. "But, he still deserved to have his song critiqued properly."
Santilli said Lynche's performance was a "snooze-fest," and since the judges didn't have much to say for it either, fans might forget to vote for the burly personal trainer. "It's hard to pick, but I think I'm going with Casey," she said finally. "He wasn't in the bottom last week, but that may relax the 'panic' voters. Plus, Casey is likely splitting votes with Lee and Crystal. So, Casey? Have a nice trip back to Texas."
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