American Idol: The Guys … Yawn

Devin Velez

Devin Velez

The American Idol bigwigs have made it clear that they are tired of a middle-of-the-road guy winning the competition ala Phil Phillips, Scotty McCreery and Lee DeWyz. They have sabotaged the gents by picking better finalists on the female side.

Watching the guys perform last night, most of the time they couldn’t make me raise my eyes away from my laptop. So with little enthusiasm, here is who I think will make it through from the guys and who won’t.

Elijah Liu did Rihanna’s “Stay.” – It was sweet and tender but Liu has no power notes. He reminds me of a cross between Heejun Han and Stefano Lagone of season’s past. Still, with that boy band vocal vibe, he might corner the teens nifty 50 voting blocks.
Cortez Shaw performed Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out of Heaven” It was a mess except for the dance moves. Goodbye Cortez.
Charlie Askew wailed out Genesis’ “Mama.” Charlie is the guy’s version of Zoanette. His wacky run is over except for the tears and it never should have come this far.
Nick Boddington performed the Goo Goo Dolls’ “Iris.” Nick has talent but zero charisma. It was a lovely performance vocally and he might make it through this round, but who will vote for him?
Burnell Taylor delivered  “I’m Here” from The Color Purple. This was one of the better performances of the night. Burnell can sing and he was a vibrant personality, so he is likely to make it through.
Paul Jolley sang Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton’s “I’m Just a Fool.” Jolley has the looks but his personality hits that dull, middle-of-the-road wheelhouse Idol hopes to avoid. Not to mention that he admitted he wants to be the male version of Taylor Swift. He can sing and maybe his looks get him through this round.
Lazaro Arbos presented: Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good.” He has some talent and a sweet personality that might get him through to the next round.
Curtis Finch, Jr. performed R. Kelly’s “I Believe I Can Fly.” Curtis did a solid job with a song that has been overdone on Idol. The judges love him and he deserves to make it though, but his similarity in R&B/gospel wail style to Vincent Powell suggests one of them has to go this round.
Devin Velez sang Perry Como’s “Somos Novios (It’s Impossible).” By default, this was the best vocal of the night. You really can feel the passion when he sings in Spanish and his vocal clarity is impressive.
Vincent Powell finished up the night with Boyz II Men’s “End of the Road.” Powell made the mistake of over-singing and was called out for it by the judges.
Here are my ratings:
1.    Devin Velez
2.    Burnell Taylor
3.    Curtis Finch, Jr.
4.    Nick Boddington
5.    Paul Jolley
6.    Elijah Liu
7.    Lazaro Arbos
8.    Vincent Powell
9.    Cortez Shaw
10.  Charlie Askew

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