Lee DeWyze and Crystal Bowersox led the night when the top 10 "American Idol" contestants sang R&B/soul tunes Tuesday. Usher was the celebrity mentor.
Paint salesman DeWyze finally broke out of his shell to deliver a show-stopping rendition of the Cornelius Brothers' "Treat Her Like a Lady." It was gritty, fun and engaging. Judge Simon Cowell said the night could have changed Lee's life forever.
Bowersox ditched her standard acoustic guitar routine and sang "Midnight Train to Georgia" while briefly playing the piano. The judges applauded her versatility, though Cowell said she shouldn't let the competition change her style too much.
In other surprises, shaky Andrew Garcia finally ended his chain of disappointing performances by offering a nice acoustic rendition of Chris Brown's "Forever."
At the bottom of the pack? Didi Benami, whose take on "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted" just seemed desperate.
Then, there was Tim Urban, whose cover of Anita Baker's "Sweet Love" was, well, what you'd expect from Tim Urban. He smiled once again while the judges criticized him. Cowell quipped, "I don't think it makes any difference whatsoever what we say."
Here are my rankings:
1. Lee DeWyze, "Treat Her Like a Lady"
2. Crystal Bowersox, "Midnight Train to Georgia"
3. Michael Lynche, "Ready for Love"
4. Andrew Garcia, "Forever"
5. Casey James, "Hold On, I'm Comin"
6. Aaron Kelly, "Ain't No Sunshine"
7. Katie Stevens, "Chain of Fools"
8. Siobhan Magnus, "Through the Fire"
9. Didi Benami, "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted"
10. Tim Urban, "Sweet Love"