Relive the best (Crystal, Casey) and worst of Tuesday's Lennon & McCartney performances
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Casey James of 'American Idol' performs on Lennon & McCartney Night
Singer: Casey James
Song: "Jealous Guy"
Monkeys As Critics' Take: Does anybody else get the impression that nobody likes Casey? After several weeks of rockin' guitar band performances, Casey is venturing back into coffee shop territory on this John Lennon solo joint. This performance sent me to the Internet to see if there was an Eddie Vedder acoustic performance of "Jealous Man" that I'd never heard before. Because if there wasn't before there was now. Close your eyes and listen to the vibrato and you'd be convinced that you were listening to a Vedder impersonator. I don't remember the last time Casey did so much actual *singing*.
Randy, Ellen, Kara and Simon Say: Randy loved seeing this sensitive side of Casey James. He really needs to stop comparing Casey to Stevie Ray Vaughan. It's wrong on every level and it also seems to undercut the things that Casey really does pretty well. Ellen thinks this was Casey's best. Kara, calming down a little now, was impressed with Casey's vulnerability and his range. Simon calls it the best performance of the night so far, though he backs down and says that Crystal has been consistent, but that Casey made a bigger leap.