Relive the best (Crystal, Lee) and worst (Tim, Siobhan) of Tuesday's Soul and R&B performances
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Michael Lynche of 'American Idol' performs on Soul and R&B Night
Singer: Michael Lynche
Song: "Ready For Love"
Monkeys As Critics' Take: Usher advises Big Mike to project and look through the camera at all of us at home. This was a week I was looking forward to hearing Michael. This is not the song that I would have been looking forward to hearing him sing. But maybe the limitation was in my imagination, not in Big Mike's talent. He's sitting on a confusing platform out in the audience, over the shoulder of the judges, who look the other way through his whole performance. Usher's advice is wasted, because the director goes almost the duration of the performance without a single direct close-up of Big Mike. Is he trying to project through the camera at me? I don't have a clue. Instead, I see lots of audience members waving their arms. It's a nice, if somewhat subdued and unchallenging, vocal from Mike. He's Big Mike, but this is not a big song he chose to sing. He gets the emotion, in a low-key and relaxed way.
Randy, Ellen, Kara and Simon Say: Randy is loving every performance, but it wasn't exciting. How would Randy know? He was facing the other way. Ellen complains about Big Mike singing behind her back, but she calls it beautiful. Kara raves that Big Mike "mastered the intention" of the song. Simon says this is the first time since the live shows began that he can take Mike seriously as an artist. Ryan says that the judges were watching the performance on the big screen. Ryan asks Usher's opinion on the performance. Ah, a callback to the substance-free days of guest judging.