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Siobhan Stands Out on Rolling Stones Night

Posted in Everyday by Witt on March 17, 2010

The first night out for the top 12 was dedicated to the Rolling Stones — you know, they 
sing that Susan Boyle song, “Wild Horses.” I love that song!

In fact, Katie Stevens chose to do the Susan Boyle song, and managed to come up with a 
new, power-ballad interpretation in a belting voice. The judges agreed this 
was her least problematic — which is to say, most successful — performance. “This 
is the first time I think you connected with a song,” said Simon. “Well done.”

The wildest moment of the night was Siobhan Magnus, made over in a sleek 
dress and curled hair, singing an intensely melodramatic cover of “Paint It Black.” 
The Judging Four were thrilled, especially when it ended with another of her 
roof-rattling shrieks. “Like Snooki’s pouf,” Ellen said, Siobhan had risen above everyone 
else. Kara thought it was the best turn of the night, and so did Simon: “The standout.” 
He added, however, that a lot of people would hate it.

That includes me. She looked like a French pop star struck by lightning.

Crystal Bowersox, the one singer you might have expected to have a knockout 
with this sort of blues-rock, didn’t quite connect with “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.” She 
just sort of strummed along, comfortably and even respectfully melodic, but the song 
didn’t build to anything. “This is the first time where I think you were beaten by somebody,” 
said Simon, “and that was Siobhan. … You’ve got to come on that stage, and you’ve got to kill.”

The disaster of the night? That would be Tim Urban. He sang a reggae “Under My Thumb,” perhaps 
trying to sound like early Police. The sexual aggression of the original was gone, and that left 
nothing. “I felt like I was at a resort and drinking a pina colada,” said Ellen.

Didi Benami cemented her comeback singing a slowed-down, sexed-up “Playing With Fire.” It 
didn’t really convey the threat of the lyrics — she’s not a singer who carries a lot of matches. 
But the judges were pleased. “Didi, you’re on fire tonight,” said Randy. Kara: “You got dark.” Ellen 
liked her phrasing: “You made the word ‘fire’ two syllables, which I thought was gr-eat.”

Casey James had rollicking fun doing “It’s All Over Now” with his electric guitar. Ellen made a 
cute little joke about not being about to appreciate him as a straight sex symbol — that his 
appeal doesn’t work for “people like me … blonds” — but she thought he was “fantastic.” Simon 
carped that it felt like an audition — Casey wasn’t pushing himself. “There’s got to be more.”

Lacey Brown sang “Ruby Tuesday” to a stupid string arrangement that made it sound like the 
Beatles’ “Eleanor Rigby.” Ellen thought it was “a tiny tiny bit sleepy.”

Andrew Garcia took “Gimme Shelter,” with its rumblings of danger, and turned it into something 
like a lounge performance in the shadow of the apocalypse. The judges were split. Ellen called it his 
“best performance yet.” When Kara complained that he had defanged the song’s imagery of war, 
Simon countered: “Did you want him to come onstage with a tank?” Well, yes.

Lee Dewyze’s version of “Beast of Burden” particularly impressed Kara (“You are growing faster than 
anybody… Tremendous growth”) and particularly frustrated Simon — he thinks Lee has yet to have 
that big “moment” of onstage electricity, and should. He does have a way of just … standing there.

Paige Miles, who’s had a troubled run up to now, nonetheless happens to have a very good voice — 
and despite laryngitis, and hardly any rehearsal, still pushed her way through “Honky Tonk Woman.” 
The judges seemed to think she’d at least recovered some of the ground that had been 
slipping away in recent weeks. ENOUGH ground, though?

Aaron Kelly, in a simple, understated performance, managed to capture the tender sadness of 
“Angie.” The judges all ranked it as one of his best nights yet.

Michael Lynche was confidently smooth on “Miss You.” Kara, invoking Mick Jagger himself, praised 
him for being “hot onstage.” Simon, though, cautioned that his moves were a bit corny and “a tiny bit desperate.”

This led to a weird faceoff between Simon and Ryan.

Ryan asked Simon to clarify his criticism and Simon, in effect, told Ryan to mind his own beeswax. Ryan at that 
point marched down off the stage, leaned across the judges’ table and tersely informed Simon he was 
just trying to make it clear that Michael understood Simon’s critique. “I’m actually trying to help out a little, buddy,” he told Simon, as if they were having an altercation in a diner. Simon waved him back toward the stage.

What on earth did any of it mean?

Most in danger: Tim, Andrew, Paige, Lacey.

Reblogged via Tom Gliatto for People.com

9:33pm, 17 March 2010.

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