Casey, you're out for me. Alex, you're in.

By Gina Carbone
gina_carbone@comcast.net

I think we’re going to see another Lambert in the final two on “American Idol.”

That’s my prediction.

Alex Lambert and his classic mullet are growing on me. That ripe banana will be record-ready by the end of the show. I agree with Kara DioGuardi and Ellen DeGeneres — basically everyone. He’s the one to root for and watch.

What happened with you, Andrew?

(I love Ellen, but she loves everyone. She really did just jump into Paula Abdul’s shoes.)

On the other hand, early favorites like Dreamboat Casey James and Andrew Garcia are falling by the wayside.

Casey seems very aware of his own attractiveness, which is not attractive.

I don’t care that you can rock your electric guitar. I’d rather listen to mullet boy and his distinctive voice.

It was the top 10 guys’ night to perform on Tuesday.

Even though it wasn’t.

According to FOX, “Due to medical issues which would prevent Crystal Bowersox from performing tonight, the 10 male semifinalists will perform this evening, and the 10 female semifinalists will perform tomorrow night.”

That must make Crystal feel pretty special — they changed nights just for her.

But I prefer the guys this season anyway. Which is too bad since it is high time for a girl to take back the crown.

(Don’t let it go to your heads’ lads, you still bite hard compared to previous seasons.)

I don’t think Michael Lynche deserves the raves he got for opening the show with “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World.” It was OK, but it didn’t feel fresh or modern or unique.

And I don’t understand why they keep attacking Todrick Hall and giving him mixed messages. They want contestants to make songs their own, like David Cook with “Billie Jean,” then tell him he doesn’t need to change the arrangements.

I didn’t think Todrick’s “What’s Love Got to Do with It” was any better or worse than “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World.”

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1. Michael Lynche — “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World” (James Brown) — It was OK, but all of the judges raved. Were they just relieved it was better than last week?

2.  John Park — “Gravity” (John Mayer) — Poor John. It’s true. He has no connection to the songs and his voice is just not distinctive. It was a “so what” performance, as Simon said. And I have already forgotten it.

3. Casey James — “I Don’t Want to Be” (Gavin DeGraw) — Something about his attitude is turning me off. And the song just wasn’t the pleasant surprise we had last week.

4. Alex Lambert — “Everybody Knows” (John Legend) — I think part of his raves came from the fact that he didn’t look so incredibly nervous this week. Hiding behind his guitar? Maybe. But Ellen is right, if he can improve this much this fast, what will he do next week? He’s the only contestant — guy or girl — I am excited about.

5. Todrick Hall — “What’s Love Got to Do with It” (Tina Turner) — I’m not madly in love with him as a singer, but I’m frustrated with the judges’ harsh comments. It’s like they don’t know what to do with him so they give him more mixed messages. I guess it boils down to: They’re just not that into you. I think he’s pretty good.

6. Jermaine Sellers —”What’s Going On” (Marvin Gaye) — Something about Simon going with him to church? I missed the point of all of that. Eh. I’m not wowed by this. Why is everyone picking these older songs and doing nothing exciting with them? I don’t understand the objective there.

7. Andrew Garcia — “You Give Me Something” (James Morrison) — Yawn. When did Andrew Garcia turn into a yawn? That’s two so-so performances in a row for me. Not exciting. I would not miss him if he left this week, not that he will. Everything comes back to that Paula Abdul cover he did back in Hollywood Week.

8. Aaron Kelly
— “My Girl” (The Temptations) — OK, but no star power coming out. Felt karaoke to me. Why did the judges like this? At least Simon has sense. (Except about Justin Bieber. Whuhhh?)

9. Tim Urban
—    “Come On Get Higher” (Matt Nathanson) — At least he picked a good, modern song that fits his voice. And he played guitar, which I’m not into, but it helped him. Having said that, he does not belong here. The others may have fallen apart more this week, but even with a good week he is not up to par with the rest of the season. Ellen thinks he should act and be on “Glee” because he’s good-looking. Slap!

(Sidenote: The camera flashed at one point during Tim’s song to Simon and Kara having a conversation at the judges‘ table. That’s rude. This is about the contestants and you should give them 100 percent of your attention. It’s not too much to ask. Having said that, when did Simon and Kara get so buddy-buddy?)

You know all these photos are from last week, right? Just checking. They haven't updated the FOX site yet. Anyway, this is Lee. I like Lee. He's up there with Alex.

10. Lee Dewyze — “Lips of an Angel” (Hinder) —I really like this guy. He’s the farthest along at this point in terms of song choice and stage presence. But I seriously think once Alex Lambert gets it together he’s going to pull ahead. Because Alex’s voice is more distinctive. Lee sounds like David Cook light and I always thought that — sacrilege alert! — David Cook was kind of Chris Daughtry light.

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