Entertainment behind the scenes
In the words of Simon Cowell, Tuesday night was a shocker on “American Idol”.
For the first time this season, front runner Crystal Bowersox failed to impress. Simon went so far as to describe her happy-clappy version of Shania Twain’s “No-One Needs to Know” as ”limp”.
Siobhan Magnus stormed back into the competition with “Any Man of Mine” after weeks of misfires that seemed to have dimmed her early promise.
Casey James shrugged off the laid back image and gave his most heartfelt performance yet — and got to plant a thank-you kiss on the lips of mentor Shania Twain.
There were just two certainties on “American Idol” after inspirational theme night with mentor Alicia Keys.
1) Singing anything by Mariah Carey or Whitney Houston is going to be a no-no when Randy Jackson is on the judging panel (and singing a song that both divas have already “made their own” is just asking for trouble);
Crystal Bowersox promised she had a surprise up her sleeve for this week”s “American Idol” — but no-one could have guessed it would be stilettos, a sexy red dress, and false eyelashes.
Oh yes. And she swapped her guitar for a piano.
At least she kept the dreadlocks.
But did the early “Idol” favorite go too far with the glamorous makeover for her performance of “Midnight Train to Georgia” on R&B night?