Country Universe continues its annual tradition of live-blogging country night on American Idol.
9:55 Kind of boring night overall. I liked Anoop the most. Not too much stood out for me.
9:52 When I reviewed “So Small”, I think that I mentioned it would sound better stripped down. No surprise I liked the first half of this performance more.
9:51 Interesting that only the men took on Carrie this year. Probably a good move on the women’s part, as none of them could go toe to toe with her.
9:46 Ten down, one to go.
9:45 Again, I feel they’re just pushing certain people.
9:43 This is the second time tonight – the first being Adam Lambert – that I feel I’m watching a parody of Idol.
9:41 “Walking After Midnight” is the first song that I actually associate with the Opry that’s been performed tonight.
9:33 I’ll say it before Randy does. This sounds current. It’s also easily the best of the night.
9:31 I remember Fantasia nailing “Always on My Mind.” He’s got his work cut out for him. Love his name, though.
9:25 The show seems rigged this year.
9:24 Why do they keep suggesting songs that you can scream all the way through? That would sound terrible.
9:23 Jesus, take the mic.
9:21 This guy wants to be Color Me Badd on the verses and Linkin Park on the chorus. He can’t pull off either of them.
9:17 Seriously. “Jesus, Take the Wheel?”
9:13 That didn’t sound like Dolly Parton, but I guess Simon’s aware of the version she modeled hers after.
9:11 “Jolene” is a simple song in its original version. That’s what makes it so easy to put a new spin on it without making dramatic changes. I liked her performance of this.
9:10 This is the Mindy Smith version.