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American Idol Review: Casey James Butchers Frank Sinatra

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It was made official this week: Casey James is as lost without his guitar as Sue Sylvester is without her power of intimidation on Glee.

James, an early front-runner on American Idol, is the most likely finalist to be eliminated this week, as he bombed during Frank Sinatra night. Simon said he looked "awkward and embarrased," which may have been an understatement for Casey on stage.

Kara's crush may have a future in the business, but you need to be versatile in order to win Idol and Casey has proven that he's a one-note, aspiring rock star.

Lee Sings Frank

Lee DeWyze, conversely, could put out a radio hit right now. He's always had the voice for it and, maybe, with Kara's encouragement, is starting to believe: he might win this thing.

Lee's take on "That's Life" and Michael Lynche (with "The Way You Look Tonight") were our two favorite performers on the night.

Crystal Bowersox sort of muddled along, putting on a perfectly acceptable rendition of "Summer Wind." She did comment that she doesn't feel a need to hit high notes simply because she's on AmericanIdol - which makes us like her even more, but might this anti-Idol attitude come back to bite her?

Aaron Kelly simply has no business being in the top five, but I guess it's suitable for the mediocre season that he's still around.

Finally, as we ask viewers to visit our weekly rankings, I must give a shout-out to Harry Connick Jr. - that's how you mentor! Way to go, sir.

WHO WAS YOUR FAVORITE FROM THE NIGHT?

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I don't think it is right for AI to have these young people sing Frank Sinatra. Some could manage but definitely not all. It is like asking Frank Sinatra or Nat King Cole sing a Led Zeppellin or Queen song.

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I thought Michael Lynch was the best. His singing was strong and fluid and his held note at the end was impressive. Lee DeWyze was very good, but so was Crystal Bowersox. Frank Sinatra wasn't just a big belter. He could be very quiet, subtle and intimate. Crystal is exactly right to sing in that manner. Trying for more and greater bombast week after week will get you....well ask Siobhan Magnus.