I've had enough of the American Idol judges wasting our time being unapologetic cheerleaders for their hand-picked performers and not even making an effort to "judge" them.
We've had some brief moments of criticisms scattered throughout the season, but for the most part the trio of judges have spent more time dancing and singing along with the performances than giving any constructive feedback.
I do think Simon Cowell could be a bit arrogant at times, but at least he was able to offer criticism.
If you were to go by the judges' comments alone from Wednesday night's show, every contestant was terrific and deserves to win.
That could not be further from the truth.
I'll admit that this year's batch of contestants didn't butcher "Motown Week" like many from years past have. But with that being said, most of the Top 11 didn't do much more than karaoke-ish covers of Motown hits.
Casey Abrams, once one of the more likeable contestants, had yet another strangely sinister performance this week. Last week it was a dark cover of Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and this week he was dressed in a devilish red and black suit for his rendition of "I Heard It Through the Grapevine." The judges all praised him for being himself. Really informative feedback there guys! I'm going to start going around praising people for being themselves. "Hey Roy! I don't care if you smell like Cheetos and Mountain Dew, have more feet than teeth, or consider brushing the leaves off the couch in your front yard 'Spring cleaning,' you're you and that makes you awesome!"
The judges also praised Scotty McCreery and Thia Megia for taking "risks."
McCreery turned a Stevie Wonder song, "For Once in My Life," into - you guessed it, a country song. Because that's all he can, and will ever, sing. Don't get me wrong, McCreery's performance was much better than many of the others and I don't think that he sould ever sing anything but country. But to call it a risk was just absurd. I can just hear his promoter now: "Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, step right up and watch the dazzling Scotty McCreery do the impossible - sing a country song! ... Wait, what do you mean he does it every week? Ok, how can we spin this? (pause) Forget it, I'll just let the Idol judges do it for us, they're suckers."
And Megia performed yet another mediocre karaoke cover, this time of Martha and the Vandellas' "(Love Is Like A) Heat Wave." Sure, the song Megia chose was more up tempo than her previous performances, which were frankly as boring as watching grass grow in a desert. But her performance was pedestrian, forgettable and she seemed to have trouble with the words again.
Pia Toscano, Jacob Lusk and Paul McDonald had the best performances of the evening.
Even though Toscano nailed another great ballad with her cover of Stevie Wonder's "All In Love Is Fair." She better start doing a couple more up-tempo songs before the American Idol voters think she can't sing faster songs and start comparing her to Thia.
I know I've been tough on Lusk this season because I don't like the tone of his voice or his persona, but I think he did a very good job with his cover of "You're All I Need." His performance was a little too much like something you would see from one of the Supremes than from Marvin Gaye, but his vocals were much less screechy and shaky than they've been in past weeks. In fact, the only major critique I had was his wardrobe. Jacob is a big dude and the jacket he was wearing was way too small for him, causing him to repeatedly have to adjust it. It was as if he accidentally picked up Ryan Seacrest's jacket, but decided to squeeze into it anyway - like Chris Farley in "Tommy Boy."
And I was glad to see McDonald get back to where he should be - behind the guitar. I am a big fan of his voice (when he is not sick), but the dancing around he does when he is up there with just a microphone is too often distracting and awkward.
The rest of the performances were decent. But, like I said, not nearly worthy of the praise that the judges gave them.
With that being said, my Bottom 3 for this week are:
Megia, Haley Reinhart, and Naima Adedapo.
I think Megia will be safe, as will Reinhart even though she has consistently done poorly with voters and had another uneven performance Wednesday night.
Adedapo received praise for implementing African-style drums and dancing to her performance. J. Lo even said it gave her chills.
But her vocals were below average and the dancing, while different, seemed like it was forced into her cover of "Dancing in the Street."
And, like Reinhart, she has struggled with the voters, so she is my pick to go home.