May 25th, 2010
08:04 PM ET
8:48 p.m. –So MamaSox gets a cover tune, too, with "Up to the Mountain."
This song seems made for her, and she sang the mess out of it. I got chills when she sang "It's been a long time coming." You could tell she almost broke down and started bawling.
She actually had a moment there. Wow.
It was sweet of her to wish Simon well with his future, though I fear it may have come across as a little cocky.
8:37 p.m.- We get a first listen to what could be Lee's first single: "Beautiful Day."
Wait, that's U2's single! Just because Bono is out with a hurt back doesn't mean you can jack his music like that.
It's wasn't a horrible cover, but really U2 worked that song, and Lee did not. I'm conflicted.
I would also like to thank Simon for once again bringing up the paint store. Geez.
8:29 p.m. – No fair making MamaSox come down the stairs in those heels!
She sings "Black Velvet" and she looked scared to death coming down those steps. I think they were going for an "Adam Lambert" type of moment with the lighting and the way they shot it.
She sounded good, though I thought it was borderline screechy towards the end. She didn't have as much control as Adam would have had on that number but I need to stop living in the past.
I swear it's really hard to pick between these two. Both Lee and Crystal seem like they are giving it their all.
8:21 p.m. – The executive producer's choice for Lee is "Everybody Hurts."
I am so sick of the paint store reference. I don't doubt that if Lee wins and appears on Seacrest's radio show that Ryan will introduce him as "former paint salesman now 'American Idol' champ...Lee DeWyze!"
And what a shock, there's a choir! Lee seems like he is a little shook. Ordinarily I don't hear the "pitchy" as much as the judges claim, but I so heard it tonight.
Breathe deep Lee!
And is it me or is this show just zipping right along tonight?
8:12 p.m. – I knew MamaSox was going to perform "Me and Bobby McGee!"
That's her wheelhouse mos def. She's also gone the safe route, though her performance is definitely more energetic than Lee.
She wants this so bad, you can tell.
It's a competition ya'll!
8:08 p.m. – I think Crystal was smart to choose to go second.
Who in the world was that on the coin they flipped? All I could see was pink hair.
Lee chooses "The Boxer" from Inspirational Week as his song choice. He's playing it safe and he's looking as cute as ever.
It took him a minute but little Lee is finally looking comfortable on stage. Way more than you might expect a paint salesman to look.
Randy thinks Lee needs to pick up the energy and I think Randy needs to have picked a better outfit, so there.
I thought Lee did a good job.
8:02 p.m. – Holy crap on a cracker look at all of those people crammed into the Nokia Theater!
Seacrest says 7,000 folks turned out and you know that there will be some celebs in the audience.
What was up with that entrance? MamaSox dropped her mike and then she looked confused as to where she was supposed to be.
Lee beat her to the stage. Hope that's not a sign of things to come!
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