Relive the best (Crystal, Lee) and worst (Tim, Siobhan) of Tuesday's Soul and R&B performances
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Casey James of 'American Idol' performs on Soul and R&B Night
Singer: Casey James
Song: "Hold On (I'm Coming)"
Monkey As Critics' Take: Casey, with his bluesy, rootsy background, knows that this out to be a perfect theme for him. Usher agrees. So far, Usher hasn't provided any mentorship that we've seen, but he's easily impressed. This Sam & Dave track has never been seen on the "Idol" stage and coming after Siobhan's wobbly opener, Casey looks and sounds controlled and confident. He cedes a little too much of the chorus to the backing singers and he unavoidable gets a little lost in the brass section. He also gives over 10 or 15 seconds of his valuable real estate to guitar solos and letting the band play. I don't know how much Casey had to do with it, but that was just an entertaining 90 seconds. This performance, like several other recent Casey James joins, doesn't necessarily show much star power, but he keeps proving every week that if you put him with a good group of musicians, he could front a totally competent cover band. And unlike last week, this isn't carbon copy karaoke. It's an interpretation within the spirit of the genre.
Randy, Ellen, Kara and Simon Say: Yo. Check it out. Listen. Randy tells Casey this was another hot night. Ellen praises Casey's consistency, but she also thought the performance was a bit generic. Kara thinks Casey has more range than he's had the chance to show. Simon disliked Casey last week, but he thought this was Casey's strongest week so far. Ryan resurrects the "Kara wants to boff Casey" humor. Kara's incredulous. Casey teases he's going acoustic next week.