And then there were five…Siobhan Magnus of Cape Cod, Massachusetts was voted off the April 28 American Idol elimination show.
Michael Lynch and Casey James joined Siobhan in the bottom three this week, both of which have been in the bottom three in the past. “Big Mike” was actually voted off just two weeks ago, but the judges spared him with their save.
This being a country-themed week, the contestants sang pieces from Shania Twain’s songbook and were mentored by Shania Twain herself.
Lee Dewyze started the show with “You’re Still the One”. The judges liked it and Kara DioGuardi praised him by saying “The sound of your voice on every song makes it sound so relevant.”
Michael Lynch sang “It Only Hurts When I’m Breathing,” giving it an R&B twist. Ellen DeGeneres compared his sound to Grammy Award winning singer Luther Vandross.
Casey James performed a heartfelt version of “Don’t.” All the judges agreed it was his best performance to date.
Crystal Bowersox chose “No One Needs to Know.” The judges all felt it was not her best performance and Simon simply didn’t like it.
Aaron Kelly was in his element this week and sang “You Got a Way.” All the judges thought it was a great performance. “Tonight, you were like a different artist,” Simon said, calling the performance “sincere” and “believable.”
Siobhan Magnus sang the Shania Twain hit “Any Man of Mine”, of which she ended with her signature high-pitched scream. Overall the judges liked her performance, but Simon Cowell said she sounded “almost as if [she] was giving birth” at the end of the song. Siobhan appeared somewhat emotionless after being voted off and gave her farewell performance of Aretha Franklin’s “Think” with just as much spunk as any other night.
The elimination show was packed with star-studded performances from Rascal Flatts, Shakira and Lady Antebellum. Rascal Flatts opened the show with their hit “Unstoppable” before they teamed up with Colombian pop singer Shakira, debuting her new single “Gypsy.” Lady Antebellum performed their hit “Need You Now” and season-four “Idol” superstar Carrie Underwood introduced her current opening act, Sons of Sylvia, who performed their debut single, “Love Left to Lose.”
The five remaining contestants who will move forward in the contest are Crystal Bowersox, Aaron Kelly, Lee Dewyze, Michael Lynch and Casey James.
Next week’s mentor will be Harry Connick Jr., who will lead the top five finalists through the songbook of Frank Sinatra.