Well, I just watched last night's show, and let me begin by saying, "I'm just wild about Harry" ... maybe they should do that as a group sing tonight? Seriously, they will probably do "My WaY".
So, after watching, I think I will agree with most and disagree with some here. The consensus seems to be Crystal and Lee for F2 and I totally agree with that. The fact that that seems to be the majority here, especially on a fan site like this really says something --- I think.
Lee: Definitely, Best of the night. The only thing I didn't like was the very beginning where he was sitting on the bench with Harry. Lee's song clip also seemed to me to be somehow shorter than the others. I do agree with Ellen and Kara ... that he could win this thing ... and no "pimping" involved. Lee has the voice and continues to grow steadily in confidence and performance skills.
Crystal In second place, which I think was earned by the song choice and that we are not used to seeing her deliver understated performances. I really wanted her to do "Lady is a Tramp" or even "One for my Baby". She has a great voice and could probably sing the phone book and make it work. Her confidence level is the Polar opposite of Lee's. I think she feels she knows who she is and makes song choices that she feels she can relate to. I don't see her responses as arrogance at all, just artistic discussion. I think she is sometimes surprised that she sees it differently than the judges do.
Aaron Mike ... I have these 2 tied because frankly I didn't think either was that great.
Aaron has as Harry euphemistically said, a "sweet" voice. So do kindergardeners and choir boys, but they aren't American Idols. I really think he has potential, but at this time the boy has no dimension.
Mike just bores me and if this is his "wheelhouse", whatever that means, he disappointed with this trite performance. I find his arrogance somewhat offensive. He presents as if he thinks he's a lock, and I don't believe he is.
Casey Poor Casey. I happen to like vibrato in a voice, and didn't think it sounded like a bleating sheep. But, I do think the vibrato is part of his strength and it wasn't well placed or used. He just missed the mark and it didn't work for me.
Now ... about the theme ..It was NOT as ill-chosen as some may think. It actually served to highlight the versatility and strengths of some and the weaknesses of others. These are pure, melodic songs and they had a stellar mentor. They are all young and may not "get it". But all they had to do was trust Harry (and maybe ask their parents and grandparents ) and they all could have nailed it.
Last night's show was at best a barometer of the actual talent this season and at worst, a study in missed opportunity.
Thanks for considering my opinions.