Relive the best and worst of Tuesday's Inspirational performances from the 'Idol' Top 7
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Casey James of 'American Idol' performs on Inspirational Songs Night
Singer: Casey James
Song: "Don't Stop"
Monkeys As Critics' Take: Alicia Keys' agenda tonight is making the singers connect to the songs they're singing, a worthy goal. Casey spent several weeks interpreting songs in the style of his favorite '90s rockers, but tonight's pretty clearly a Huey Lewis night. He sounds like he's singing just above the arrangement, leading to more sharp notes than I'm really interested in hearing this early in the show. It's the same slightly cocky, half-smile Casey performance we've seen for five or six weeks straight now. Maybe it isn't coasting, per se, but there isn't any hint that Casey has been inspired by this song or theme to do anything different or to follow Alicia Keys' edict and connect to the song. He rasps and slurs his way through the lyrics and, as usual, takes valuable vocal time for guitar noodling.
Randy, Ellen, Kara and Simon Say: Yo. You know what? Randy thought it was a good performance, but not great. He tells Casey that every week they're seeing the same thing from him. Ellen liked the guitar playing, but she also didn't feel it was great. Kara also isn't seeing what makes him different, which frustrates her. Simon wasn't particularly inspired, calling it a lazy song choice.