James Durbin — Good performance. I found the song a little boring, not necessarily the performance, but the song wasn’t for me. The problem for James is that he has to try to top himself each week which is a big feat. This was not his best performance, but it was still high-caliber.
Jacob Lust — Bad choice to try to sing a duet by himself. I could feel the emotion and it was a decent performance, but it was fell short of the level it needs to be at. He was screaming at some points which made him a little off pitch and it just didn’t work out well.
Lauren Alaina — This girl might have this thing figured out now. She took on the tall task of singing a song by someone who is as talented and well known and Carrie Underwood and was pretty close to meeting the task. She was loose on stage, had personality and wailed on that song. She really has grown tremendously over the course of the show and I’m going to be interested to see how this all plays out.
Scotty McCreery –Wow, what a performance. Scotty unequivocally knocked this song out of the park. He stepped out of his comfort zone, worked the stage, nailed the vocals and it was just tremendous. I was ready to declare a James & Lauren finale, but now I don’t know.
Haley Reinhart — Hailey sang this well. I didn’t care for the song but she sang it decently. It got a little boring and repetitive towards the end. She can sing well, but when she has to compete against Lauren I think she will always come up short.
Rank of the 1st Performances
James Durbin — This was a better performance by James. The emotion and soulfulness of the performance really makes this. He was a little off pitch in the low range in the slow part, but he brought this home. The little pause at the end was awesome and gave me chills. What a performer!
I agree with Randy, it is his competition to lose.
Jacob Lusk — Again, this was an okay performance. Jacob is just being out shadowed by James and Scotty. He has a big range, but he over performs and he is clearly a diva. he emotion and connection with the audience was really nice at the end and he makes a good effort, but I don’t think it is good enough to beat the other three. As a diva, I always feel like he is a little aloof and disconnected from the populous.
Lauren Alaina — Irregardless of her amazing singing, I have to really give Lauren credit for taking on two huge songs tonight. She doesn’t seem to be in time with the music here, or something seems wrong. I am nearly as impressed with this performance as the first. It really almost seems self-indulgent. There were none of the big notes I expected and it didn’t really add anything to the song. I was hoping for a lot more from that song. You can tell the judges feel the same, but are just scared to blast her.
Scotty McCreery — Another great performance by Scotty. What a great night for him!
Haley Reinhart — What a great performance by Haley. This song was written for her as Jimmy said. Such great emotion and story telling while highlighting her vocals. This performance should push her over Jacob for another week.
In the end, either James or Haley should be eliminated