Andrew Lloyd Webber! My fav composer of all time! ... with songs like Phantom of the Opera, Music of the Night, All i Ask of you, Memory, and the many wonderful songs from Evita ... in my book, Andrew Lloyd Webber certainly deserved the accolade as the best composer! :)
So, it's entertaining to have the American Idol contestants chunking out musical hits, rather than pop, rock.
Syesha Mercado. As the first contestant to sing, i believe she set the stage perfectly for a night of musical songs. With her powerful voice, best suited for such songs! Most animated of the night!
Jason Castro. During the early season, i thought he has a different personality, and good vocal. But now, i think he has kinda fizzle out. His rendition of Memory certainly did no justice to the song, nor to Sarah Brightman or Elaine Paige!
Brooke White. She's way too nervous, until she forgot the lyrics going into just the 2nd or 3rd phrase of the song! The bang has to start all over again. After that .. you can see her trembling and feel very uncomfortable through out the song. Did her best to salvage the situation, i think she did ok on Evita's "You Must Love Me". Beautiful song, beautiful singer as well. A little bit emotional, nearly burst into tears in the end. ;)
David Archuleta. Arguably the most consistent of the bunch! He's just so comfortable and natural in singing any songs! Fantastic vocal, strong & controlled voice. I'm not agreeing with Simon that this is David's weaker performance. Until now, he's still my pick as the eventuate winner! :)
Carly Smithson. I was disappointed when she was advised by Andrew to sing "Jesus Christ Superstar" instead of "All I Ask of You", cos "All I Ask of You" is one of my favourite songs! Nevertheless, she gave a lively performance of the song Superstar. Voted as the bottom 3 a couple of times, this song will keep her in the competition.
David Cook. Marvelous song, marvelous performance! He did splendidly in some of the high notes, control his voice wonderfully. I could be bias here as "Music of the Night" is one of my all time favourite! :D
My take: Jason and Brooke will be the bottom two, although i hope the votes will keep Brooke in for another round, as she's just unfortunately too nervous and emotional tonight. She deserve another chance, while Jason was terrible with Memory. How ironic, "Memory" is the word that might kick these two contestant out.