May 11th, 2010
09:00 PM ET

'Idol' Top 4 should have stuck with duets

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I totally agree with the judges that tonight's duets completely outshined the solo performances.

Jamie Foxx enjoyed the evening way more than I did, clearly.

Someone is going home on Wednesday night, and I'm torn between Casey and Mike. Both have been on the bubble before, and tonight gave us no reason as to why they shouldn't be back.

Your thoughts?

soundoff (192 Responses)
  1. mrskool

    dogs rule , dog mom, dog face, dog doo, whatever you are ...

    you need some serious mental intervention – – you are so obsessed with hating crystal we can only wonder W T F is wrong with you ? ? ?

    get a grip !

    May 12, 2010 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. michele

    did you know crystal has her own newspaper page check it out

    toledoblade dot com

    ohhhhhhhhh pulllllllleze

    May 12, 2010 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  3. madalyn kronk

    i thought the whole show was a disappontment they picked the wrong songs what were they thinking none of them were outstanding they need to step up to the plate. it probably will be lee and cyrstal.although i think casey is hot theres he just has no stage presence. its like hes scared every week.

    May 12, 2010 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Lynn El

    Keep Lee and Casey, but get rid of Crystal. as she only knows how to scream. Big Mike is too much into himself. He should have his own song "Muscle Flex". We all know the bottom two will be Casey and Mike. Sad for my Casey!!!!!

    May 12, 2010 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Rigs

    Big Mike sings like he was playing soccer when he was a kid and the other kid missed the ball lollllllllll Good Ridddance Mike

    The finals will be Lee vs. Chrystal with Lee being America's Next Idol...

    May 12, 2010 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jake Anderson

    Why do Black Women alway sounds so getto! I can't respect these opinons do to the fact that they're so getto fab!

    May 12, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Natisha

    I think Mike should go.. I can't help but think the judges may have been lenient to him as they used the save on him..
    Casey though.. fan of his but not so sure.. it doesn't seem like he's really trying anymore...
    Very torn between the two....

    May 12, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  8. suzy

    I was actually disappointed in Lee tonight on his solo but then the duet w/ Crystal, I loved it. I had to vote for him. I actually enjoyed Mike's solo performance & his portion of the duet. I had to vote for him too.I hope Casey goes home tonight. He shouldn't be in the Top 3 hell he shouldn't have made it this far. From the beginning I said Lee, Crystal, & Big Mike. I know a lot of you guys think Big Mike is full of himself, but I just think he is confident & his voice is so amazing. Also I hope Lee wins. I like Crystal too but she is starting to annoy me. So I am pretty sure it will be Casey & Mike in the bottom 2 w/ Casey going home. Then next week Mike will go home & it will be Lee & Crystal in the Finale. Also want to add I am so excited to see Daughtry & Bon Jovi tonight!!!!!

    May 12, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  9. dogs rule

    Yo, Incredulous: someone needs to take your TV away until you are back on your meds. Jeez!

    May 12, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  10. dogs rule

    Ace: The vibe is a bleat, like a goat or a sheep. "Ba-a-a-a-a" "Ba-a-a-a-a"
    Hopefully we will have to see Mike only once more....singing his swan song tonight. Fat Crystal next week. Jeez, guys...really? An American Idol tag on her? Yuk! Stand in one spot and screech? No way she deserves it . And for pete's sake, COVER UP already! No one wants to look at your fat!

    May 12, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  11. MC

    Jeez...Incredulous needs to relax. It's just a tv show. Wow.

    May 12, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  12. MC

    Mike goes home tonight !!! I can't wait for him–and his wife that we have to see EVERY WEEK–to hit the road. All four solo performances were bad but Lee and Crystal have a large fan base and Casey has his face, so I think all three will be safe tonight. Bye Mike. Bye Mrs. Mike. Game over.

    May 12, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  13. debbie

    Lee is just not all that good. I really fail to see what all the hoopla is about surrounding him. Seems like the fix is in though and he'll be part of the top 3. I think Mike should go home – he could have done a much better song and done so much more last night rather than depend on the choir to help him out. Didn't like his performance at all. Sorry, Mike. Been a huge fan but everyone has to leave sooner or later to make room for Crystal winning!

    May 12, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  14. AIGirl

    First of all people who think casey is there just because hes cute should probably think again.. look at tim.. anyhow big mike can only sing slow songs he has proved it many of times. casey can do both brilliantly. GOOOO CASEY!

    May 12, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  15. tbone

    I thought Casey looked pi**ed off after the judges made the comments about him and Kara. I wouldn't of just stood there, I would of had to say something. I also think Big Mike is going home tonight. I am confused as to who will win this, it's a hard one to figure out because none of them are like blowing us all out of the water!

    May 12, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Diana

    Shirley, I agree, the fact that the judges took the focus off of Casey's performance will more than likely be beneficial to Casey.

    May 12, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Just a Drummer

    @bored and Shirley – You're right, but it might also work to his advantage in a few ways. For one thing, he handles it quite well, which might gain him some composure votes. For another, it eats up time that they would otherwise spend finding fault with his performance.

    May 12, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Julianne

    Donna Walker, the name of our next American idol is Lee DeWyze, not Dewitt.

    May 12, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  19. JD

    Why were there no acknowledgements of 2 awesome Broadway RENT (Idina Menzel and her lovely husband) singers in the audience ... right behind the judges? She was wonderful in WICKED as well. What the heck?

    May 12, 2010 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Dave in Connecticut

    I think Crystal is going to take the whole darn thing. Lee will be second. Casey I think is in trouble tonight. Mike carried him during the duet. Crystal is the top performer of this season.

    May 12, 2010 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Mike Lee

    Tonight is a crucial one for big Mike but good luck Mike

    May 12, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  22. bored

    @Shirley-I couldn't agree more–>"I felt bad for Casey as once again they brought up the cougar incident with Kara, and of course they carried on about that taking the focus off Casey's performance, that is so uncool." It really ruins his moment and is disrespectful.

    May 12, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Shirley

    It seems like the judges are pushing for Lee an awful lot. There have been times I really thought he was so-so and they gush over him. I just am not that taken by him at all.
    Crystal is so talented, but that is so bad, and did she have bird feathers sticking in it last night?? ewww
    I felt bad for Casey as once again they brought up the cougar incident with Kara, and of course they carried on about that taking the focus off Casey's performance, that is so uncool.

    May 12, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  24. millie

    Boing.Boing. That was the best moment of the night. Man in rubber suit(?) and Jeffrey- what did you think?

    May 12, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Myrna

    that was too funny Mike H. hey Shawn, why are you still reading posts and posting if you don't care? AMEN Josie and Cathy you said thoughts pretty well. oh yeah, and @just a thought – I GOT IT 🙂 does that mean i'm old????

    in my world, mike should be gone. can't get over casey – he's awesome in his own way. lee and crystal may be top two.

    May 12, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  26. moon627

    I was very impressed with both duets – they should do more of these on AI ! 😀

    I love the song "Kiss from a Rose" (didnt know it was in a movie) so i really didnt like Lee's version of it ... Seal sings it so smooth but Lee's gravelly voice just wasnt right for it – i think Mike would have done it better 😛

    Mike's "Free Willy" song was forgettable 🙁

    Did not like Casey's version of "Mrs Robinson" at all ! >:o

    After listening to Crystal sing i was thinking with her voice she could have done Tina Turner's song "We Dont Need Another Hero" from Thunderdome ... but I like that she took a silly song from the crazy movie "Caddy Shack" and made it her own (altho it was kinda screechy in parts) 😛

    Jamie Foxx was fun and clever to come up with the T-shirt idea of "contestant" vs "artist" ... the only Artist was Crystal and she should win – Casey or Mike should go home tonight

    May 12, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Just a Drummer

    @michele – It's too bad about Kara altogether. She actually is an accomplished songwriter and a really good singer. Unfortunately, she is so grating to everybody that she's even more reviled than Ellen. Even when she is on point, her tone is so condescending that nobody listens. And the bit with Casey really got away from her. Surely by now she realized how foolish it all has become. I wonder how much the producers egg that stuff on for the "reality TV", train wreck controversy...

    May 12, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Linda

    I didn't like Casey's version of Mrs. Robinson but have to agree that it will be Mike or Casey going home tonight. Crystal is definitely got the most talent but I don't feel that appeals to the "masses." I don't think that she has the selling power of Mike or Lee.

    May 12, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Just a Drummer

    @michele – I'm with ya (mostly). Siobhan has something to offer, but her judgment was suspect, and caused her to turn in some uneven performances. If she matures a little, and figures out that a voice as distinctive as hers is only going to be a good fit in some genres, she might do well. She's cute, quirky and talented, just needs to learn to channel it all.

    As far as the criteria you cite, I agree except for one thing. Most successful artists do the same thing all the time – they just do it effectively. AI is an artificial construct that imposes this "can you be a chameleon?" thing on performers. Everybody from Sinatra to Alison Krauss, from James Brown to Jason Mraz, does what they do, and they do it well. Some just stand there and sing all night, some jump around like Mick Jagger. But you seldom see them deviate from their shtick, and for good reason – who wants to see Faith Hill rap, or Paul Anka cover Nirvana tunes? (Okay, he did that and it was kind of cool...)

    And some of the best artists have baggage, one can only hope they surround themselves with good people to help them keep it all under control.

    May 12, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Suncatcher

    I just joined from's Idol recap and comments. Can't tell you how many people thought Casey reminded them of "TinyTim" who used to be on The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson. Remember,
    "Tip Toe Through The Tulips?" He married Miss Vicki on the show? Same vibratto voice, same ukelele, same long hair etc.

    Also, Idol is seeking our input on how to improve it and has a very detailed SURVEY up on their website at It's under "Top Features" on the main page. You should take the survey if you have issues with this year's AI... I did.

    May 12, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Kay Robbins

    The duets were better than the solos but, Mike & Crystal should definitely stay!!!! They're both very awesome.

    May 12, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  32. suzyljank

    Poor song choices last night all around but I think Lee and Crystal stood out. I love Lee's voice, he's getting more confident each week. Crystal's voice is good too but she does the best in just one genre. Big Mike is over rated and Casey should have gone before Sibohan. Jamie Foxx wasn't a very good mentor. He didn't give any decent advice to the contestants. Staring them down just doesn't do it. At least Harry Conick Jr. and Shania Twain gave the kids some helpful advice. Boy is this show going to be in trouble when Simon leaves.

    May 12, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Leslie

    I was disappointed at the comments regarding Lee and his solo, my husband and I thought he sounded great! I asked some other friends at work and they agreed!

    May 12, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  34. michele


    no kidding huh....and Kara should be thrown out for S *xually harrasing Casey

    May 12, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  35. bored

    @Just a Drummer-I totally agree!!

    May 12, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Just a Drummer

    They should dump this whole bunch, and bring in the kids from Glee.

    May 12, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  37. michele


    thank you.......i look at the whole 9 yards just not if they can sing

    1. can they handle a tour if they win
    2.can they sing they have bagages that will slow it down
    4 are the personalities and appearance good
    5.etc etc etc

    thats how i look at who to vote for....sioban to me had it all.....Lee Crystal and Mike Casey are to persistent in doing the same thing every week....just stand there.......well my 2 yr old can do that........

    May 12, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Just a Drummer

    @bored – +1 on D. Cook. I think with all the drama about Madame Lambert, I think people have forgotten just how good D.C. really was.

    May 12, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  39. bored

    I think this season has been pretty boring, and no one really stands out to me. Of last night's performances, I actually liked Casey's performance of "Mrs. Robinson" the best. I don't think American Idol has been entertaining since David Cook...

    May 12, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Just a Drummer

    @Incredulous – You're right and wrong. About this season's intonation I think you're right, BUT unrealistically demanding. Live performances by most singers have some notes that aren't not perfectly in tune, especially in pop and rock. That is just the nature of the beast, and all a matter of degree. It all sounds better in the moment, so our ears tend to forgive it when we're there live.

    About past seasons' top 10's, I think you're mistaken. Season 1 serves as a great illustration: Nikki was top 3, and had even worse intonation than Lee. Lot's of other names (Bucky leaps to mind.), could also be added to the list of out of tune top ten contestants.

    May 12, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Phillyexp

    Lee's off key, Lee's off key. He's Indie, he's not a wuss. What are you people doing, having your Bon Jovi-wussy moments??? I can't believe they're actually going to have that sissy rocker up there tonite. The most overated band ever.

    Lee's real good but the songs he's been force to sing aren't the best.

    and... PORTLY MIKE SUCKS!!!!

    May 12, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Incredulous

    Are you tone deaf Lisa!? LEE was OFF KEY during BOTH his solo and duet performance! Let me make this a little more simple for you. What are the basic building blocks of a song? 1. Notes 2. Rythyms 3. Style (aka. genre). So, when turning the spotlight on Lee, he got the rythym portion, and he got the style portion, BUT HE COMPLETELY SCREWED UP THE NOTES PORTION – ON BOTH HIS SOLO AND DUET PERFORMANCES. I've never heard someone miss as many notes as he did within the "top ten" category before. So on a report card Lee delivered 66.7% of what is expected of an American Idol "top ten" contestant. I counted only three notes that Mike missed, four that Casey missed, and two that Crystal missed. So really, who SHOULD be going home?
    Now, as to who is most likely to go home, well that is another question entirely. It's merely another case of my fellow American Idol viewers interested in the melodrama of who contestants are, and completely forgetting that the legitamizing basis for the show is centred around HOW WELL A CONTESTANT CAN SING .

    May 12, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Sienna

    Wow, Lee just proved AGAIN that he does not have the ability to sing an entire song in key. How does someone like this make it to the final four? Oh, I know because the judges have over praised him thinking he's the marketable one. He even ruined the duet with Crystal with his out of tune singing (listen to it back, you know I'm right!). Crystal was so good though that it masked his awfulness. Lucky for him. She may have saved his butt this week.

    May 12, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  44. ascott77

    Bowman should be eliminated now, her teeth are English looking and she has nastied up her bod with ugly tats. See the dentist for Christs sake.
    Casey is the only double threat. He can actually play guitar and sing. His duet with big Mike was stellar. The other guy sang so out of key he should have been booted last night.

    May 12, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  45. terri

    I think Big Mike will go home tonight. He has been in the bottom three several times and I just don' t think he is that good. Casey will probably go home next with Lee & Crystal in the final.

    I think Nashville will be frothing at the mouth to get Casey just like Carrie Underwood. He is great looking, seems like a nice, clean cut guy, can really play guitar and has a decent voice. Bet he becomes a country music star.

    May 12, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  46. bobby

    Lee, Lee, Lee, Lee....

    May 12, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Tega Cay Idol Watcher

    I agree with you. I think Casey has nothing more to offer us. Crystal and Lee keep amping up their game. Mike is too inconsistent.

    May 12, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  48. DDSilks

    Enough about the contestants. I just can't stand Ellen DeGeneres. I just KNEW she would turn this into the "Ellen Show" with her self-indulgent witty comments (witty in HER opinion, not mine).
    Did you hear her say last night that she DID love a woman after Casey and Mike's duet? So who cares??? We all know anyway!
    Simon is leaving, and that's great. It would be better if he took Ellen with him.

    May 12, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Just a Drummer

    @michele – By the way, Kelly Clarkson and the Carrie Underwood have both canceled their share of tour dates. Problem with Crystal isn't her health, it's that she takes herself too seriously (a very common affliction among performers.)

    May 12, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Just a Drummer

    @4idol – In the movie Caddyshack, Bill Murray was a golf course groundskeeper whose nemesis was an animated gopher. It danced to that song.

    May 12, 2010 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Just a Drummer

    @michele – I agree with you completely. I have never thought of Crystal as fitting this mold. I think she's aloof and reacts too defensively at any hint of criticism. I have never bought the whole "she's just sick so let her be a stick in the mud", argument. I've worked with plenty of singers that puked back stage, then performed their butts off. (I just thought Harry was pretty funny about it.)

    That said, she is technically the best singer left, and if she can write well, I might buy her cd. But, pop entertainment is visual, and as shallow as it makes me, I wouldn't pay to see her live.

    May 12, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Violeta

    Nobody from this 4 contestant ate interesting. What a poor "artists".
    It doesn't worth to watch since Siobhan Magnus left the show.

    May 12, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  53. 4idol

    Ok, I will admit it, I don't get the gopher thing!!!! Anyone care to fill me in? Thanks :)!

    May 12, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  54. michele

    ohhhhhh and don't forget they already favoured her when she was hospitalized.......she should have been disqualified........but yet......they made fun of siobans butterflies..........oh pullllleze........

    May 12, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  55. michele


    can you seriously see Crystal as a star...come on...she seems to be sick all the is she ever gonna do a major tour......oh i know...she will cancel shows this what you really want....the other 3 don't have ill probs and can launch a full tour...crystal is gonna be one of those...well my health isn't good tonight i need to cancel tonights will be a regular thing with her if she wins mark my words.....

    May 12, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  56. The Best Critic

    I disagree with those who say these finalists don't have much talent. I agree they don't have much stage presence. However, I don't want a god to believe in, I just want some good music to listen to. I'm sure others want someone to worship though.

    Mike's presence is the most, but it no longer outweighs his singing weaknesses. He fits in a singing group like many others like him.

    I actually loved Casey's performance tonight more than the others, although none of them picked the right song.

    The Lee/Crystal duet for me (dogg) was my biggest "wow" moment in like a month and was world-class (should be on radio). After some clumsiness of the other duet, Casey and Big Mike sounded great also singing together.

    I hope Lee can grunge rock it out sometime soon.

    May 12, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  57. frogmandude

    Tough call dog but Mike will be 4th to go, Casey will latch onto the 3d spot and here is where it might be strange from my point of view. Mama Sox in second and Lee will take it all. It seems that the ones who place second end up having a great career and those who go to # 1 we never really hear from again. I'm ready for Crystal's first album!

    May 12, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Debby

    Lee has not ONCE sung an entire song on key. I'm sorry but he doesn't belong on the show anymore.

    May 12, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Jeffrey

    the man in the rubber suit May 12th, 2010 12:04 pm ET
    "This show is ghey, and so is everybody who follows it...."

    So you're 'ghey'?

    May 12, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Jimi NY

    I think Lee is going home the next American Idol. I didn't like him at first, but I didn't like Kris Allen at first, either. Crystal is great, but she doesn't have the "American Idol" look, although she will have a very successful recording career.
    Out of all the CD's from last years Idols, Kris' is the only one that I listen to. There are some great songs there. I expect the same from Lee, too.

    May 12, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Amer Idol

    Noticed last night that Casey has the best voice over the 3 othe4rs and he has the idol look, poise and all.

    Crystal should never win because she's not a good role model especially with her tattoos and face fierce – uncharacteristic of an idol.

    May 12, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  62. rtsbby

    One thing that drives me crazy about this show is the song selection. Why or why are so many ballads sung? Is the selection predetermined by the producers? I liked Crystals performance last night as it was the only up-beat song of the bunch...and for no other reason. Ballads have become the standard type of song on AI. I wish they would pick it upa notch. (Ever notice how the judges respond better to upbeat tunes?). I don't really care about who wins this year although I do like Crystal out of the last four.

    May 12, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Just a Drummer

    @Dianne – It's not a singing contest, it as an entertainment contest. Mike is technically a pretty good singer, but as you can tell by all the comments, lots of people find his delivery and persona abrasive. Casey may be a pretty boy, but he's managed to run Kara's hormone induced embarrassment gauntlet with relative grace, and people like him for that. His vibrato is too deep and too fast, but he's an okay singer, and the most accomplished guitarist they've had yet.

    May 12, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Sherri

    Mike should have left long ago. Let's hope it happens tonight. Siobhan should have been the one to use the save on. I'm pulling for Lee as I have since the beginning.

    May 12, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Just a Drummer

    @Michelle – You have to admit the insulin meter bit with Harry Connick was pretty funny. Mike has gotten plenty mileage out of the new daddy thing this season.

    @Fran – Lee's voice is marketable, but not unique. He sounds like all the other post-90's alt rockers that followed Chad Kroger. (With intonation problems galore.)

    May 12, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  66. dianne

    Clearly Casey should go home tonight. He should of gone home last week, but I guess his cute face is keeping him there. It's a popularity contest, not a talent contest.

    Mike should never of been in the bottom three. That being said, I think Mike will go home tonight, again because Casey is cute.

    May 12, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Just a Drummer

    @Phil – Agree Mike should go; there is no market for what he does, and he's pretty cheezy. From a technical perspective, he's better than you give him credit for. He's usually in the pocket, and in tune. (But who cares?)

    Lee, on the other hand, has a more marketable sound and look, but does not sing in tune most of the time.

    May 12, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  68. michele

    GEEEEEEE when is this nonsense gonna stop with Kara drooling all over the is so unfair to Casey and puts Casey in a very embarrassed place........knock it off Kara.......

    and when is AI gonna stop airing Crystal's ill probs...last week they showed her saying "ohhhhhh my insulin meter is screaming at me"" she has so many problems that they keep that Ryan and Crystzal drama....that is unfair.....would Ryan have done that for the others????

    you don't see big mike whinning and complaining about not being with his newborn.....etc....he is hanging tough....but Crystal was ready to walk out and they saved her....the judges including Ryan should not be allowed to interferr with the contestants.....if Crystal can barely make it now HOW in the world is she gonna survive all the press and tours after????

    I really don't get this....Casey and Lee have no baggage and lots of room to learn and grow.....they should be the final 2....

    May 12, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  69. FRAN

    I have to disagree with all the Big Mike lovers i don't think he is that good he is predictable and has yet to blow us away with any of his performances. He is karaoke at best. Most of the time I find him boring and end up changing the channel so i certainly would not buy a Cd of his but on the other hand Lee is different his voice is unique and Crystal is in a league of her own. casey is adorable but that's about as far as it goes nothing special as far as voice and stage presence.

    May 12, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Dianne

    What was with Kara after Casey's rendition of "Mrs Robinson"? She was all "why is everyone looking at me"? She's pathetic. All season she's been drooling over Casey, and now she's playing the all-innocent? Please Kara, take a shake!

    May 12, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Russ Russell

    None of the top four will make a lot of money going Solo,.
    Lee could front a band, Casey is a great guitar player, Crystal is good for clubs and Big Mike for Musicals.

    May 12, 2010 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Phillyexp

    The Duets were fine but merely a diversion by the Idol people because of how bad they all were last week. Big ado about nothing though. Real story is how grudgingly the judges admitted that Big and Fat MIke sucked. Oh my Lord he was horrible. His voice has no volume to it. I'M SAYING RIGHT HERE HE'S FINALLY DONE TONITE!!! And don't give me that I don't get his kind of music crap. He flat out stinks. He should've been long gone and those judges are regretting saving him. Casey carried that Duet BTW. His guitar playing and vocals were way better that that weenie sound that continually comes from the Fay Boy.

    Lee was fine with his song – Judges aren't getting it and Randy's "you should do Bon Jovi stuff???"" Are you kidding that's when the music went bad with that wussy rock sound. Stay Indie Lee Stay Indie. And Casey was OK but he should've done Old Time Rock and Roll – He sounds like Seger. Crystal was the best up there but only due to a more catchy tune.

    May 12, 2010 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Terence

    Oh how I would have loved to hear Siobahn sing 'My Heart Will Go On' ... but you tone-deaf cretins didn't vote to keep her. These 4 were so blah it's impossible to choose a "star".

    May 12, 2010 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Just a Drummer

    @Elizabeth – Why shouldn't looks matter? It's entertainment, not just singing. Sorry to say, though, Lee may be dreamie and all, but he has serious intonation problems. He was okay on the chorus of his song last night, but the verse was out of tune in several places. That can be corrected in the studio, but he's got problems with live singing. The others are weak in different ways, too, but he's got the most technical problems.

    May 12, 2010 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Michael

    The final four – and just a couple of episodes left – to decide a winner. Last night’s performances were far from cinematic, but they at least helped give us two somewhat stirring duets. Will it be Michael or Casey that goes home tonight? I think it’s safe to say Lee and Crystal will make it through to the end – or will there be an upset?

    May 12, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Elizabeth

    i didnt get to watch it last night but im sure lee and crystal were the best two like they have been the whole season. casey is ok but not the best.. and im just not into big mike at all. lee is gonna be the winner because he has the voice and the looks.. (looks shouldnt matter, but we all know they do) &&& LEE is not overated at all, he's simply the best!!!!

    May 12, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  77. the man in the rubber suit

    This show is ghey, and so is everybody who follows it....

    May 12, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  78. Kim

    The contestants were boring but the duets were good. I hope Lee won't get voted off due to lack of viewer votes. I think Casey would be gone for he never really got it going for him.

    May 12, 2010 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  79. crazygirl

    I agree with Roy... Casey reminded me of Tiny Tim with his little guitar and whiney song. It was just an awful choice. Based on performances he should go home. He hasn't figured it out yet. Blue eyes and nice hair only go so far. Lots of folks hated on Big Mikes song choice. I liked it. Happens to be one of my favorite MJ songs, but was kind of odd for a Movie week choice, but I got it. He was trying to show he vulnerable side. I think people have Mike all wrong. He's not self indulging at all. He's just a big dude.

    May 12, 2010 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  80. Alison

    Lee was awful. His duet was only mildly better. All the guys were pretty bad. Mike probably going home.

    May 12, 2010 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  81. lyn

    Definitely Adam !! Oh wait, that was last year. Sorry Idol should have ended with Adam. No one comes even close. They are all boring and predictable and they sound the same week after week. Not only that but not one of them have a personality.

    May 12, 2010 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  82. Razz

    Agree with Penny. Anyone who thinks Lee is better than Mike is deluding themselves.

    May 12, 2010 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  83. Penny

    Lee is overated. Mike always sounds the same. Final two should be Crystal and Casey. Crystal towers over everyone else on vocals and performance ease. She should win.

    May 12, 2010 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  84. cloudnine**stop watching**

    Hey Samantha. I have watched AI since day one until about 2weeks ago. This show is awful now. None of the contestants have the WOW factor which in the past some Idols had. This show has been going down hill week by week. Sad to say but who ever wins this awful season will be forgotten as soon as the next month hits. You'll see!!!

    May 12, 2010 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  85. Go Cavs

    To those people saying Crystal screams...what program are you listenting to?

    May 12, 2010 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  86. jack

    this is stupid

    lee was TERRIBLE, no if ands or buts. just awful.

    mike tried to sing like michael, i wish he would have done it more like big mike it would have been way better

    casey was incredible, everybody who disagrees is straight up stupid, no waya round that fact

    crystal was also good

    the duets were okay

    May 12, 2010 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  87. tbone

    Big Mike needs to go....I am sick of seeing him wave at the crowd, what is he 2 years old? I like Casey, but don't think he is that good of a singer. Lee is good, but my favorite is Mamasox. I think she will be our next American Idol.
    The shot of Crystals boyfriend was to show off the pants he was wearing....didn't you hear Crystal say "Thanks for wearing those pants".

    May 12, 2010 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  88. ChrisR

    My husband said that Casey's solo of Mrs. Robinson reminded him of Tiny Tim with the long, curly hair, the tiny guitar and his crazy vibrato. Now I can't get it out of my head. Thanks, honey.

    May 12, 2010 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  89. DW

    I think Crystal should go home. Yes she has talent, but she does NOT have the image to be the American Idol. Part of the success of this show is IMAGE. get rid of the dread locks and fix your teeth.

    May 12, 2010 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  90. calm down

    big mike is differnitely winning idols

    May 12, 2010 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  91. James

    Best moment was the Lee/Crystal duet. Followed by Crystal's performance. Lee was OK, but kinda boring. The Casey/Mike duet was good, but I can't decide which solo performance was worse. Even though Casey was super-cheesy (Mrs. Robinson- really?!), Mike was just hard to watch. The mini-black choir that came out made me roll my eye's, and his lack-luster performance made me wonder "how'd he make it this far?!". Not to mention the fact that there's a pretty good chance we'd have gone the whole season without a Michael Jackson song, had he not died. I think Mike was doing what every single r&b artist is suddenly doing: during live performances, reviving every Michael Jackson song that's ever been done. It's a coin toss between Casey and Mike, as to which will be eliminated. However, Mike has been eliminated, and in the bottom 2 twice since then- I think Mike is done tonight. Finally.

    May 12, 2010 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  92. Delly

    Best performances last night were the duets. The I liked the most was Big Mike and Casey. I did not like the Lee & Crystal duet, just a lot of screaming and I had a hard time to make ends and tails of the song.
    When Casey started the duet song, I thought "oh, no, this is not going to be good". But when Mike started to sing, wow. He over powered Casey 10 times over. Loved it. I think Mike should be in the top 3.

    May 12, 2010 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  93. finola

    If the previous shows have been trainwrecks, this one was a nuclear bomb! Recognizing that this is the weakest bunch of pretenders ever on Idol, this show overall was astonishingly bad. This show has effectively destroyed itself. This Top 4 is the worst in history – no personality, no stage presence, no vocal range.

    out of the four contestants left, Lee Dewyze should be the next one to fly the friendly skies. His consistent pitchy, off-key singing needs some assistance from a vocal coach. About Crystal….even though I really like “bluesy” arrangements, for some reason, I didn’t like this version of “I’m Alright”. I much prefer the Kenny Loggins version….it just works much better. Crystal is really good and I usually like her song choices and arrangements, but she is similar to other entertainers out there…..most of her songs and arrangements sound the same. It’s kinda like the ‘ole saying, “If you’ve heard one, you’ve heard them all”.

    I thought Big Mike did a pretty good job on the “Free Willy” number. It was a typical Gospel-sounding version that obviously works for him. He seemed to stay on pitch and his performance was (in Simon’s famous words)…. believable.

    Casey’s version of Mrs. Robinson was pretty good as well. It wasn’t an exciting song, but he performed a very good version of the song. He just needs to show more emotion and connect with the audience. About the duets…….Big Mike and Casey’s performance was better than Crystal and Lee’s performance. Casey and Mike performed a nice arrangement of “Have you Really Ever Loved a Woman” and Casey showcased his incredible acoustic guitar skills. Casey and Mike actually sounded good together and complimented each other.

    What’s left for a season in which one of the heavily hyped frontrunners never could sing in tune, and now that his voice is shot, has got absolutely nothing left to offer at all, not even to those who liked that raspy mess when it still had its limited range. Why on earth did they pimp this guy when he had little to offer when he was fresh and would therefore have NOTHING to offer when fatigued? I can think of other overhyped finalists but at least they were amusing in some way. Lee? Looks and sounds like the paint salesman he is.

    May 12, 2010 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  94. Rock God

    I'm not sure Jamie Fox makes a very good mentor. His music sucks and no one would care about it if he wasn't a movie star.

    I thought Casey should've gone the Black Keys route. Souled it up with his guitar.

    May 12, 2010 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  95. Mike

    I though Jamie Fox was terrible. All he offered was that ridiculous 'stare me in the eye' thing! What a waste of space. No one sang well and the songs were bad choices other than the men's duet. Frankly this is the first year I truly don't care at this stage.

    May 12, 2010 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  96. kd

    tough call for who's leaving tonight...based on solos, the most unimpressive performance was lee's. he is not a david cook, daughtry, bo bice even...they all have charisma which lee is lacking to make him the idol. i really wish they had help choosing their songs, not good. duets of course made the show. big mike def has a luther vandross feel to him, i like that. excited for bon jovi and daughtry tonight (loved his concert last month), even fantasia!! i was hoping for a kelly clarkson/chris daughtry duet, how awesome would that be!!

    May 12, 2010 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  97. Judi T

    It was the worst Idol I have ever seen. What is going on???

    May 12, 2010 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  98. AI235


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  100. Alicia

    So here's the deal.
    Casey and Lee have NEVER been in the bottom three since the top 10 and even before that.
    So let's see? Are they going home?
    Probably not.

    All in all this is the order of overall performance.
    Crystal- 2 for 2. Here performances were both admired in the simplest sense. 2 good performances equals well...not home..

    Lee- 1.5. His solo wasn't as bad as Casey's or BMike's, but was certainly much more along the lines of his normal performance.

    Casey- 1.25. He's still struggling and definitely has shown he is still capable of a good performance. He struggled at the beginning of his duo, but paced it up by the end. Good enough, it's got him this far.

    BMike- 1 of 2. He was definitely the worst of the night. He is really talented but it appears at this point something is bothering him and her was much more than stiff but rather fairly unemotive during both of his performances. However, he had a mad faucetto during his duet, which will get him plenty of votes. Not to mention to Big Mike Fan Base I am totally sure exists.

    Logically, Mike will go home. He was voted out once before some time ago. Why wouldn't it happen again? If America really meant that vote then we will see this shift swing that gear.

    Casey has been on rocks the past few weeks and he is stuggling to stay in.
    Ultimately it's equal turn, but in my utmost sincerity i foresee Mike being the one to go.
    I have only made one wrong guess since the top 24 on who is going home and I don't know that I'd be wrong now, but it certainly is possible.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  101. millie

    How about the crotch shot of Crystal's boyfriend? Twice. It was like the camera lens was looking through Ryan's eyes.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  102. MSB

    It was totally unfair to Casey the remarks made about his connection with Kara – it took away from his performace, the judges' remarks, etc. – Kara sure didn't seem to mind – I'm not sure how Casey felt about it – Kara seems to be so taken with him it is not funny – WHERE IS HER HUSBAND????

    May 12, 2010 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  103. Samantha

    cloudnine, why do you watch the show and then comment on the show then?

    May 12, 2010 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  104. Samantha

    Smitty, i'd smoke a couple bowls and go watch Crystal sing.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  105. cloudnine**stop watching**

    Whocares!!! The whole show is awful. Can't wait till it's done. Boring zzzzz... Two more weeks? Thank God

    May 12, 2010 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  106. Brittany

    I completely agree! Mike needs to go home, I feel like he completely butchered that song, he barely sang. Adlibs don't count as signing and they don't show your real talent anyone that can hold a note can adlib for a choir. Casey and Mike will definately be in the bottom two we'll just have to see who's fan base is bigger and unfortunately I think that Mike's is slightly larger than Casey's. As for Chrystal and Lee, they are the top two and I will be satisfied if one of them wins. Even though I am a big Chrystal fan I wouldn't mind if Lee won.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  107. Cathy

    Lisa, i think it's lee or mike who has to go. lee was pitchy out of tune. He seriously was!! He is also lacking in confidence and determination. Mike is a good singer but isnt as talented and interesting as casey. i dont like crystal but i do understand why she is popular. i wouldnt buy her album though. my top bets are soulful and dedicated singer, casey or the more or less consistent crystal.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  108. Smitty

    I don't see anyone paying money to see any of these people if they win. The top 10 tour will be a bust.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  109. Jeffrey

    Get rid of Casey....I'm tired of seeing the implied younger man-married woman romance stuff.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  110. Samantha

    Can a big Mike and Reuben Studdard concert tour be far away?

    May 12, 2010 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  111. Samantha

    I just cringe thinking tonight that i'm sure they will let Jamie Fox sing again like he did last year. He may be able to make you chuckle some watching a movie he is in but he is the most god awful singer in history, all they do is trick his voice up with electronics. having jamie fox as a mentor is absolutely idiotic.
    I think he is gay the way he wanted to get in Lee and Caseys face.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  112. Judi

    Duets were great. Casey needs a southern rock band, Crystal and Lee will make it big, no matter the outcome here. They have the voices that will sell music.
    Big Mike–sorry fans out there, he is to "season". He will do alright for a while, but no big name and no longevity.
    I think the best future is going to be for Lee. (my choice)
    It just doesn't matter at this point who goes.....I think they all will be heard from again.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  113. yess!

    Casey or Crystal should win, but he tries to hard to be soft when he should ROCK the F*#K out! Crystal has the voice but there's not much appeal to the eye....except her bf's AMERICA PANTS!!

    May 12, 2010 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  114. Vonnie

    First year I've been able to watch Idol. My take on the many comments about the lack of originality and genuine artistry is this: I'm thinking that in previous years, the show was not as polished as it is now. How can any singer really tap into his/her raw talent when there is a plethora of people advising, dressing, timing, working on special effects, etc., etc.? However, I picked Crystal from the beginning. If anyone thinks her performances have been disappointing; blame it on the polishing. I'd love to hear her really let loose for longer than 2 minutes!

    May 12, 2010 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  115. Pat

    I thought the duets were awesome....BUT did anyone notice the sparkle that Crystal was wearing on her left hand that was not there before she sang the "wake up" call two weeks ago?

    May 12, 2010 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  116. Jason

    Regardless of what Big Mike says, what he wears, or what he does, it is undeniable that he can sing. It is a singing competion but some voters look past that. Tsk Tsk Tsk.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  117. millie

    Out of all the single performances- I enjoyed Casey's the most. Too bad he was paired with BIG. That would ruin anyone's night.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  118. Corrina Sheehy

    I think Either Crystal Or Big Mike will win American Idol of the year! And I like Lee too I think Casey will be voted off this time.

    May 12, 2010 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  119. Carey

    I disagree with the statement. I thought Lee was horrible and Big Mike was predictable. Casey was much better than both of them. But it was clearly a girl's night!

    May 12, 2010 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  120. FRAN

    The duets were both terrific although Lee & Crystal really shined. Solo's were not all that good but again Crystal and Lee are the Artists here Casey and Mike should be on the chopping block tonight. If the remains a singing competion Crystal and Lee will be Top 2 finalists and I am cheering for Crystal she is a true talent.

    May 12, 2010 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  121. millie

    Lee's bad is most people's good. As far as begging is concerned- the producers looked like they were doing some before sign off last night.Did anyone else notice that BIG was the only singer to get a close-up at the end of the show? Subliminal, I'm sure.

    May 12, 2010 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
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  123. Donna Walker

    Dewitt is terrible. Please get him off the tube!!!!! He sounds and looks like a troll. Big Mike and Bowersox are tbe best. I'm tire of seeing the same kinds of singers....either country or pop. Please America.... there are other great kinds of music other this.

    May 12, 2010 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  124. Just a Drummer

    How many votes did it cost Mike when he refused to play the t-shirt game with J. Foxx?

    May 12, 2010 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  125. Just a Drummer

    Still don't see why nobody is troubled by Lee's intonation. The chorus of the Seal tune was okay, but for the most part he's got a nice timbre, but poor pitch. Thank God for ProTools; he'll be able to put out albums just like Taylor Swift, Sara Evans, Hoobastank and All American Rejects. None of them can sing in tune half the time either, but they've all sold a ton of pitch corrected albums.

    May 12, 2010 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
  126. ByeToMike

    BIG MIKE has got to GO!!!!! His exit is LONG overdue. Hes not talented, & he lacks the name and charisma it take to be a serious performer. At best hes the kind of singer you hope for at a karaoke bar, but not someone worth shelling out $$$$ for a CD or concert tickets.

    May 12, 2010 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  127. Millie Bea

    wileeeb- Who is Helen? You mean Ellen?

    May 12, 2010 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  128. Just a Drummer

    @byLGD – The song was from indie movie Once, you can find it by searching out the group Swell Season. It's called something like"Falling Slowly".

    @Gabor – The first auditions are administered by low level production staff, most of whom look to be in their mid-twenties. They set up around 14 tables with two judges per table, and have the contestants march out and sing anywhere from 15-60 seconds. In that first round, they don't talk to the contestants or allow them to say where they're from or anything. I sat in the stands a couple of seasons ago while my wife auditioned. It's a pretty crazy thing to watch. I don't have enough data to draw conclusions, but right after my wife sang a Keith Urban tune that was at that time in the top ten, they asked her if she knew anything current. Admittedly I'm biased, but based on the voices I heard around the stadium the day I was there, I think the problem isn't Simon and company; they few hundred or so that get to them have already undergone a poorly judged culling process.

    May 12, 2010 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  129. usedtowatch

    They should have done a quartet and then eliminated the quartet. Siobhan is the true season 9 American Idol!

    May 12, 2010 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
  130. Wendy

    Sorry Big Mike but it's time to go! Casey was great last night! He's a talented guy! Lee I really like but he's boring! Crystal is awesome and I think will be the last one standing!

    May 12, 2010 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  131. usedtowatch

    When Siobhan left, I stopped watching. I do follow the post show write ups though, because I am looking to see how far the ratings have dropped.

    May 12, 2010 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  132. Kim

    Lee and Crystal all the way. Lee reminds me of a Bruce Springsteen sort, and Crystal reminds me of a Bonnie Rait type singer.

    May 12, 2010 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
  133. Nala

    I just don't get how the judges said that Shiobhan screamed and yet they love Crystal. Crystal screams so much more than Shiobhan ever did – at least Shiobhan could SING. It was a very sad day to see Shiobhan go.

    Alas, we have Lee, Mike, Crystal and Casey left.

    Lee had an off night granted. I'd purchase an album done by Lee.
    Mike has a great voice for a love-song album.
    Crystal's voice works when she's doing the group songs. When she does her solos, I can't handle the screaming. If a song like that came on the radio, then, I'd change stations.
    Casey's time has come and go.

    May 12, 2010 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  134. jk

    Another aspect of the show that needs improvement is the directing. The duet with Chrystal and Lee was great, but I was getting dizzy from the circling camera shot. All season long, there have been far shots on songs where a close up was needed. When the contestant is singing a ballad or a slow song, as has often been the case this season, a far off pan of the audience misses the artist connecting with the crowd. SInce the songs are so short, missing a crucial moment like that can change the votes. Stop trying to be MTV.

    May 12, 2010 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
  135. Lubiana

    @Brett and Just A Thought- I was wishing that when Simon asked "What's the movie about?" Ellen would say "it's about a dancing gopher". LOL

    May 12, 2010 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  136. DrT

    Big Mike has to go! His pre-performance dribble about reaching a goal to in the top three was an obvious attempt to get votes. And how convenient that this week the field is narrowed to three. You had to love Ellen's comment: who sets a goal to be in the top three instead of winning the whole thing?! Ouch! Fortunately Mike's song choice sucked and his performance was average. Last, and I know this is being picky, but what guy do you that waves like Big Mike does. It's just goofy looking!

    Final will be Crystal and Lee (who desperately needs to develop a stage personality!!) but Crystal will prevail.

    May 12, 2010 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
  137. danni

    Crystle is just totally annoying and does the same thing every week and she screams.... i used to like her but she has grown far away from me

    May 12, 2010 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
  138. Ace

    Casey throws a weird vibe, cant put my finger on it,. What is it, anybody???

    May 12, 2010 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  139. Scottie

    To the haters of Crystal – You say she screams. Have you listened to her and the gospel/blues thing she's got going on? Ever hear of Little Richard (screamer)? How about Axl Rose? Some of the most successful rock and roll icons weren't about singing (Mick Jagger certainly can't carry a tune!), but about what they brought to the music. She brings "it" and she brings it big time!

    Lee and Crystal will duke it out, but I have a feeling it'll be Lee on top because of the commercial appeal. I'll still be voting for MamaSox!

    May 12, 2010 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
  140. CW

    Mike is terrible. He should have left weeks ago. What's with that hideous hat ?

    May 12, 2010 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
  141. Gabor

    I still can't believe that out of 100,000 tried (Seacrest mentioned this number once) out, these four was the "best four". Talented singers are dime a dozen out there in the real world. Garage bands, neighborhood bars, totally unknown groups have much better singers. I wonder what is the TRUE selection criteria, because singing talent is certainly not the main feature. When I first heard the "best" 20, I said that 18 can go home and let Lee and Crystal straight to the finals. Are THEY really good? No, not really, but still less bad than the others.

    Finally, let's do some math. Who makes the initial selection. Let's say in theory that each person gets 1 minute. Let's say the judges work 12 hours a day, without break. 12*60 minutes=720 minutes. Thus they can listen max 720 performers per day. Thus, it would take 138 days to listen 100,000 performers. Now, we know that isn't happening. Who really does the screening? Because mostly the absurd performances get in front of Simon and Co.

    May 12, 2010 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
  142. Just A Thought

    @Brett – That's too funny, but most folks probably won't get it!

    The night was definitly ruled by Crystal & Lee! They were on it from the solo's to the duets! Would have loved to hear them do 'picture' as thier duet but still awesome job.

    May 12, 2010 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
  143. Cathy

    I hope it comes down to Crystal, Lee and Casey........then Crystal and Casey (but more than likely it will be Crystal and Lee). I think the three of them are great and each is very different. The winner will more than likely be Crystal......she's great. Lee is very good but NO personality........he looks like he is absolutely miserable even being there. Casey is adorable and I love his voice. There's a "quiver" there but it's different...............I wish them all the very best but I myself (and I'm 63 years old) will pull and have been voting for Casey. I think both Crystal and Casey carry themselves very well. Mike is good but something is missing.........Lee is good but for Gods sake SMILE!

    May 12, 2010 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
  144. Josie

    It's time they send Kara home! This woman irritates me to no end!

    May 12, 2010 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
  145. LJR

    Did anyone else get the feeling the Mike was begging to be put into the top three? That said, Casey was the worst last night, so should go home. Mind you, he should have gone last week!

    Lee had an off week, but it's still Lee & Crystal in the final, with Lee winning the whole thing!

    May 12, 2010 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
  146. Kimmi

    This season has not had that many wow factor's for me, as we get close to the end I surely expected a week with Wow's.. Bad song choices and collection. I like Mike alot, but to me his day is over. Casey is another one, I think Mike will go into the top 3 though after his speech, and Casey will go home, song was pretty lame last night.. Lee and Crystal final 2.. Those two are already going to the top of the charts, sometimes better not to win get to get picked up right away... ok good luck all..

    May 12, 2010 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |
  147. shawn

    This was the worst season of all.....stopped watching weeks ago... who cares who wins ?

    May 12, 2010 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
  148. anton

    down with Casey!!!!!

    May 12, 2010 at 7:51 am | Report abuse |
  149. anton

    down with Casey!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 12, 2010 at 7:49 am | Report abuse |
  150. dogs rule

    Marc! I hope you are right!! Crystal is a whiner, and Lee rocks!!

    May 12, 2010 at 7:22 am | Report abuse |
  151. dogs rule

    Crystal is self indulgent and predictable! Every week with too much fat skin poing out everywhere, ands standing in place with the guitar and the screeching. Will America (please) ever get her off the tube?

    May 12, 2010 at 7:21 am | Report abuse |
  152. krubby

    hey brett – What do you mean she didn't have a dancing gopher? Didn't you see Ryan S. off to the side? (ha ha....)

    May 12, 2010 at 7:20 am | Report abuse |
  153. Brett

    I couldn't believe that the judges felt that Crystal's version of "I'm Alright" was better than the original. C'mon! She didn't even have a dancing gopher on stage with her.

    May 12, 2010 at 7:12 am | Report abuse |
  154. georgiafan

    Mike is self indulgent and predictable. Week after week he sings the same "I feel it in my heart and soul, it's for my wife and baby" songs! I guess he thinks we'll all think he's such a great guy, really connecting with his songs, kind of "artist". I wish they had never saved him a few weeks ago! His songs are my least favorite part of the show!! He needs to GO!! Lee and Crystal in the finals!!!

    May 12, 2010 at 7:08 am | Report abuse |
  155. SonnyRey

    Hey ya'll, let me know who wins someday. I'm bored and I am going to bed,

    May 12, 2010 at 7:02 am | Report abuse |
  156. thejen

    Casey is an excellent guitarist but he is NOT an American Idol. Bye-bye

    May 12, 2010 at 6:31 am | Report abuse |
  157. Mike H.

    Lee worked at a paint store before trying out for "American Idol." Thought I'd share that since it was not mentioned during the show this week.

    May 12, 2010 at 3:23 am | Report abuse |
  158. MARC

    Casey goes home..
    Mike is next.
    Both are Forgettable!
    Crystal won't complete due to illness.
    LEE is the winner.
    Unless there is a new slate of judges I-DULL is doomed.
    The whole show needs repackaging.
    Turn the page.
    Turn off the light.
    Good nite!-–MARC

    May 12, 2010 at 3:04 am | Report abuse |
  159. Silly

    Crystal is terrible.

    Casey is the star of the bunch.

    May 12, 2010 at 2:54 am | Report abuse |
  160. Susan

    While I agree tonight was not a good performance by Lee,he is a very talented singer.If you go on-line and listen to the things he's already recorded-they are fantastic.I think if they would let these"artists perform what they want to and ax these theme weeks or having to pick from a list of all ready recorded songs.Isn't and artist one who creates his or her "own" music".Lee has proven he can create songs as well as sing

    May 12, 2010 at 1:10 am | Report abuse |
  161. Hugh01

    The talent pool in the States seems to be very shallow.

    May 12, 2010 at 12:43 am | Report abuse |
  162. 4idol

    Mike – home

    Last 3 – crystal, lee and casey. That is my vote. All of them need to sing with more conviction.

    May 12, 2010 at 12:41 am | Report abuse |
  163. Hugh01

    A very uninteresting night ... anyone of the four can probably go. Not very good.

    May 12, 2010 at 12:40 am | Report abuse |
  164. truth

    At long last the judges recognize Lee for what he truly is. The truth is Lee has just been over hyped. Even Kara said it in an interview that she didn't notice him during the holly wood rounds but he has developed during the past few weeks. He isn't as good as they make him out to be. There are better contestants who have left before him. I hope final two is Crystal and Casey. Any of those two can win this.

    May 12, 2010 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
  165. joeyo

    How could anyone vote for Crystal. All she does is scream and the judges bow down before her. Talk about not being original. For those that like Crystal just go out an get a Janis Joplin CD. Lee by far has the most talent in the group.

    May 12, 2010 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
  166. krubby


    it is ellen, not helen...

    May 12, 2010 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
  167. Roy

    bleah...the guys were blah tonight.

    Lee/Crystal duet great...

    Casey looked like Tiny Tim with that baby 'guitar'. Should have gone home last week. Horrible song.

    Mike...why dahell he pick that song?

    Crystal knocked it out!

    Lee/Crystal final 2

    May 11, 2010 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
  168. wileeeb

    THE PRODUCERS BLEW IT. This season, the producers should have been daring, instead of whipped. They could have double/tripled the # of people going home each week – while- bringing back the same number (less one), of fantastic contestants from previous shows that did not make it past a certain point. These producers are as lackluster as the contestants.

    Hopefully, Helen and Kara are history. Helen wants friends. Kara wants male bodies. Idol needs a 3rd judge with an independent mind (definitely not Kara), music experience (e.g. almost anyone in the industry) and witty (like Reba McEntire)

    May 11, 2010 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  169. Jason

    First off, I think American Idol is suffering from the '5 year curse', both "All in the Family" and "The Cosby Show" couldn't make a 6th year at number one. At some point (5 years) viewership goes down.
    Second off, Lee should've done "If I Didn't Have You", Mike "I Just Called to Say I Love You", Casey "Footloose", Crystal "Let the River Run". One of the duets should've been "Time Goes By", although I admit it could come off as sleepy.
    Third, I wanna say Lee but voters might not hold this week against him, so Casey or Mike. BIG MIKE!

    May 11, 2010 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
  170. Phil

    I hate these theme nights! What a lousy selection of songs! Crystal was the only solo I enjoyed. I loved the Lee and Crystal duet. Mike and Casey's duet didn't do as much for me as it did for the judges. I'm glad this season is almost over.

    May 11, 2010 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
  171. krubby

    If you just closed your eyes and listened to Lee you would hear I think the worse off key terirble singing. He has had a few good weeks here and there but overall and especially this week how anyone can say he is anything but ok (at best) is beyond me. Especially this week. there were notes he tries to sing that were just awful.

    I wish folks could get get past the 'he is so dreamy...." stuff and just listen to the pure singing, if you can even call it that.

    May 11, 2010 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  172. Chauncey

    Perhaps there are things about Mike's personality that many of you don't like but those who really know anything about music know that he is definitely one of the top vocalists. All of those other superficial criticisms mean nothing. Regardless of whether he wins or not, he will be singing all the way to the bank!

    May 11, 2010 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
  173. Jenn

    Lee was by far the worst tonight. I am amazed that at least two of the judges finally gave him a real critique, too, instead of just talking about how great he is and ignoring how off is vocals are and how totally cookie cutter his entire style is.

    However, since the show is ruled by 13-year-old girls who think he's dreamy, I expect Lee to easily skate through to the finals and Casey or Mike to get the boot. It seems like Casey would be the most likely to go this week with Mike getting his wish to be Top 3.

    Crystal won the night, she was the best overall in both performances, but I did like the guys' duet a little better.

    May 11, 2010 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
  174. mizdona

    I totally agree....I came close to not even voting tonight but I love Big Mike so had to give him my vote. It will be either him or Casey going home....we'll see.

    May 11, 2010 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
  175. protogere

    Harve, I couldn't agree more. The contestants this year just aren't the same calliper as prior years. They come out, sing a song, play their guitar and leave. They don't interact a lot beyond the prompts given by Ryan or the judges, they don't have the charisma that we've seen from prior contestants and they don't perform.
    I harp on the lack of performance a lot but you don't see many artists of today getting up on a stage, standing in place and simply singing. And quite honestly, none of these contestants are talented enough singers to fill a concert hall by doing only that.
    By this point they should be putting on a show, winning over the audience, leaving us anxious to see what they are going to do and instead I just find myself hoping they don't butcher a song too badly.
    Fox may have AI plugged for more seasons, but I don't see it ever being what it was before when you look at what has been deemed acceptable this year as compared to what was viewed as a bare minimum in the years past.

    May 11, 2010 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  176. Jeff P

    Just a few thoughts...

    Lee – humble and emotionally connected
    Mike – fake and licks his lips way too much...should go home
    Casey – smiles too much and often doesn't connect with the lyrics
    Crystal – wish she didn't have all the medical issues

    Since Simon is leaving at the end of the season, why don't they replace all of the judges. Randy has become way too predictable, Kara just isn't very likable, and Ellen doen't know enough about muxic to give useful feedback. Also, go back to a three judge format and look at making other changes to keep the show interesting.

    May 11, 2010 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
  177. Gail

    They are all wonderful performers, but I could see they were all physically, mentally exhausted tonight. It's gone on TOO LONG! I voted for Lee D. and Mike, but they are all so very very good. I think in future shows it would be fun for the final four to judge performances by the JUDGES! Then the judges could hear the words: karoake, pitchy, change it up, keep it the same, add your own element, pitchy pitchy pitchy, cruise ship style again and again and see if they burn out too!

    They are all winners, and we forget that! Gail

    May 11, 2010 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  178. Harve

    Last night I happen to catch Idol rewind season 3 and to tell you the truth none of these last 4 would've made that season's top 20. They all look like mannequins going through the motions compared to the "artists" of previous seasons.

    May 11, 2010 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
  179. Soxfanalltheway

    Can you believe it? There are actually people out there who don't watch Idol!?!!! Who knew? But not me, becuase i have no life. I actually look forward to Tuesday and Wednesday night just so me and the missus can cuddle on the couch and watch Idol. So, having said that.. here's my prediction for the final 3: Big mike goes home.

    May 11, 2010 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
  180. Soxfanalltheway

    Can you believe it? There are actually people out there who DONT watch Idol!?!?!??!!! Who knew??? Ok.. here are my predictions (oh yeah, I heard on Howard Stern that Dancing w/ the Stars beat Idol as the #1 show watched last week to Idol's #2.. Idol is usually #1.) The final 3 will be..... Momma Sox, Casey (lots of 40's women in his fan base).. and Lee.

    May 11, 2010 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
  181. Rigs

    Good riddance Mike...

    why was he wearing a leather jacket 4 times too small? it was about 10" from zipping up lolllllllllll...if you look at the replays you will see how small the jacket is on him and how far away he is from zipping it up??

    i hope he wasnt trying to be cool...lolllllllllllllllll

    Lee easily was the best again and its his to lose..

    May 11, 2010 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  182. Michelle

    Hey guys this website helps search for all Idol winners and the latest news articles. It is specific to Idol

    May 11, 2010 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  183. Caden

    I think tonight was the worst show of the season. Based on the performances of the contestants, I think they should all be sent home. I've been very disappointed with American Idol this season. I'm glad Simon's leaving. I'd like to see American Idol the popular show it once was, with really good contestants. I think the behavior of the judges are unprofessional sometimes. I know I'm being very negative, but I expected a great season and I just haven't seen that happen. Better luck next year American Idol. Let's hope it gets better.

    May 11, 2010 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  184. byLGD

    what was the name of the duet Lee sang with Crystal?

    May 11, 2010 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
  185. Dave

    tonight's show wasn't very good. I am disappointed on the song that Lee selected. He could have selected a better song. But I still believe he will win it all.....

    Tonight show was a disappointment.

    May 11, 2010 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  186. TampaBayOldie

    I don't know which of the guys were the WORST! Still have to say bye bye to Mike .. altho Casey is a close second. Crystal rocked!

    Of all the 100's of songs .. jeeeeez .. what poor selections!

    May 11, 2010 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  187. bob

    I think they all had poor choices of songs tonight..
    Crystal outshined the others once again.
    Lee doesn't smile enough to be a winner.
    Mike and Crystal have the charisma as well as the voice.
    But in the end, it will be Crystal's day as she well deserves it.

    May 11, 2010 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
  188. chipp

    Oh SNAP..what a sad, sad season this is going to be. I'm almost afraid to go check

    May 11, 2010 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  189. Kim

    Loved the duets. Thought Crystal and Lee were the best.

    May 11, 2010 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
  190. mozart4898

    Quick thoughts, then back to voting –
    If not for the past few weeks with the judges promoting Lee so much, I'd say he would be likely to go, but I just don't see it. He's got huge support at this point. I think Crystal should be safe because she definitely was good tonight and has plenty of support too. Casey or Mike will be the one going home, probably Casey as I don't think he did anything to really get more people to vote for him. However Mike has been the bottom 3/2 lately too so we'll see.

    Vote often!

    May 11, 2010 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
  191. bravehart

    I agree, Lisa. The duets were fantastic! Let's hope voters recall the whole season and not just one night.

    May 11, 2010 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
  192. protogere

    I don't know Lisa, I think your prediction will be off.
    I was not impressed at all with Lee, not with his solo nor his duet. I think this will be the end for Lee unless his fans pull through.
    I loved Mike's performance, I don't know if it is enough to keep him out of the bottom 2 though.
    Casey did a great job instrumentally and vocally tonight, nothing to write home about but he should certainly be safe.
    And Crystal wasn't a wow factor for me, but she won't be going anywhere.

    May 11, 2010 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |

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