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  • IDOL 411 Predictions: Time is up for 'Teflon Tim'


    He made it into the Top 24 even though he was only meant to be in the Top 25. He outlived a ghastly performance of One Republic’s “Apologize.” He even managed to survive turning the Rolling Stones into reggae. But this week, we think the end is finally near for Tim Urban.

    As Ellen pointed out, of all the R&B songs in the world, why did Tim choose to take on Anita Baker’s “Sweet Love”? First of all, it just seems way too ambitious for someone of his vocal ability. Secondly, the song is dated and probably won’t do much for his tween fan base.

    We defended you when you did the slide, Tim, but this week, it’s time to say good-bye.

    VOTE: Who’s your Top 10 “Idol” favorite?

    On a positive note, turns out Andrew Garcia was more than just a one-hit wonder. His catchy performance of Chris Brown’s “Forever” had us feeling the song more than we ever have. In fact, it was so good that the judges didn’t even utter the words “Straight Up” once. As Randy said, Andrew is back!

    But just as Andrew took a big turn for the better, Siobhan Magnus took a major turn for the worse. We were just starting to think that we were remiss in not recognizing Siobhan’s star power earlier in the competition — in recent weeks, she has pretty much outshined everyone else.

    But this week, we had a bad feeling as soon as she announced she’d be singing Chaka Khan’s “Through the Fire” — does anybody really like that song? As we said, Siobhan has definitely grown on us, but her whole shtick — wear a weird outfit, sing a big song and then scream at the end — may be getting a little tired.

    Didi Benami also had a pretty rough night. She looked Oscar-ready in her beautiful gown and glamorous hairdo, but “What Becomes of the Broken Hearted” is a boring song (in our opinion), and we don’t really find it to be a very emotional song either. As Randy said, we “didn’t get it.”

    Generally, we don’t “get” Lee Dewyze either — but we have to admit he had a great night on Tuesday. He sounded very cool and current singing the Cornelius Brothers’ “Treat Her Like a Lady” — a song we were not all that familiar with but found ourselves wanting to download after his performance.

    WATCH Lee Dewyze have a great night with “Treat Her Like a Lady.”

    Crystal Bowersox also made major headway with us this week. Granted, she is always great, and it’s always pretty obvious to us that she’s the most talented person on that stage. But this week, singing Gladys Knight & the Pips’ “Midnight Train to Georgia” while playing the piano in a red dress and heels, she seemed a little more approachable than usual — and that’s exactly what she needed to do to connect with voters.

    WATCH Crystal Bowersox take to the piano — and perform in some very high heels — with “Midnight Train to Georgia.

    As for the others: Casey James was entertaining singing Sam & Dave’s “Hold On, I’m Comin’” — we love how he smiles when he performs like he’s really having fun.  And Big Mike sang a pretty version of India.Arie’s “Ready for Love.” But neither of them gave a terribly memorable performance.

    That leaves the two teenagers, Katie and Aaron. Like Andrew Garcia, Katie Stevens started off strong, floundered for many weeks and suddenly seems to be getting better. But we thought voters would like her performance of Fergie’s “Big Girls Don’t Cry” last week and she landed in the bottom three, so what do we know? She was pretty brave to take on Aretha Franklin’s “Chain of Fools” this week, but we see her as more of a Britney Spears character.

    Aaron Kelly also did a B-plus job, singing Bill Withers’ “Ain’t No Sunshine,” but it definitely wasn’t a “moment,” and his fauxhawk was a little off.

    So who’s in and who’s out? We don’t want to embarrass ourselves trying to predict what will happen this week (as Lilly Scott’s early departure proved, anything can happen), but we do feel pretty confident saying that if “Teflon Tim” doesn’t go home this week, he will be in the bottom three. “Adorable” only gets you so far.

    —Jennifer D’Angelo Friedman, Amos Content Group

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