American Idols Live Tour Recap!

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The top 10 American Idols from Season 9 took their tour to Jones Beach in New York on Wednesday evening. Didi, Katie, Andrew, Tim, Siobhan, Andrew, Mike, Casey, Crystal and Lee all took to the stage to belt out some... 000_000_560_american-idols-live-recap

The top 10 American Idols from Season 9 took their tour to Jones Beach in New York on Wednesday evening. Didi, Katie, Andrew, Tim, Siobhan, Andrew, Mike, Casey, Crystal and Lee all took to the stage to belt out some of their favorite songs.

Each performer showed growth since appearing on the singing reality competition. Maybe it was because the pressure of being judged and trying to win was off, but ultimately, I was thoroughly impressed.

The Idols performed in the order of which they were eliminated. First up was Didi Benami. She performed "Lay It On Me" by the Rescues and then pulled out the acoustic guitar for a cover of fellow Idol alum Katharine McPhee's "Terrified." She performed with a big smile on her face the whole time and made sure to thank the audience for all their support.

After Didi, Andrew Garcia ran out equipped with his acoustic guitar. He performed his cover of "Straight Up," which is the song that made the judges and audience fall in love with him on the show. He then performed a wonderful cover of Maroon5's "Sunday Morning." The judges called him boring on the show, but Andrew definitely let more of his personality out on the stage. He made sure to walk around and greet fans in the front row.

New high school graduate Katie Stevens took the stage next. Katie definitely seemed in her element as she belted out "Here We Go Again" by Demi Lovato and "Fighter" by Christina Aguilera. Katie definitely has a powerful voice. After she finished, many girls' screams filled the venue. Up next was smiley Tim Urban.

Tim performed "Better Days" by the Goo Goo Dolls which he also performed on the show. He also plugged the Idols appearance on Good Morning America, which is this Friday. Afterwards, Tim performed a song that he sang during Hollywood Week that was never aired, but according to him was something to the effect of "the bomb." The song was "Viva La Vida" by Coldplay.

The lights then went black and from the back of the stage, Siobhan Magnus emerged. That girl definitely knows how to belt out notes and keep the crowd energized. She performed "Paint It Black" by The Rolling Stones, "Spiderwebs" by No Doubt, and "Stockholm Syndrome" by Muse. Siobhan also makes some unique wardrobe choices. Definitely reminds me of a female version of Adam Lambert.

Siobhan was followed by the youngest of the group, Aaron Kelly. Aaron came out in cowboy boots which definitely fit the theme of his set, Country. Aaron performed "Somebody Like You" by Keith Urban, "Walking in Memphis" by Marc Cohn/Lonestar and "Fast Cars & Freedom" by one of his favorite groups, Rascal Flatts. Country definitely suits Aaron and he caused a lot of the girls, and even some of the moms in the audience to get up on their feet and scream

After Aaron finished, he ran backstage for a quick wardrobe change as Tim, Andrew and Didi sat on stools with their guitars. The group started playing "The Climb" by Miley Cyrus. Aaron, Siobhan and Katie joined the trio and the 6 of them performed the inspirational tune.

After a 20 minute intermission, Michael Lynche took the stage. He performed "This Woman's Work" by Maxwell. After, he traded his jacket for a fedora and performed "Ready for Love" by India.Arie. Big Mike made a shoutout to his wife, who was at the show with their baby. It was the first time she was getting to see the tour. So sweet. Mike then closed his set with "My Love" by Justin Timberlake, and he even spit out the rap by TI.

Casey James took the stage next and played some serious guitar riffs. I wasn't the biggest fan of his during the show, but that boy can definitely play a mean guitar. He performed "I Got Mine" and "Don't" and then invited Big Mike back onstage to perform their duet from the show, "Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?" He closed with "It's All Over Now."

Finally it was time for the top 2. Crystal Bowersox took the stage opening with "What's Up" by the Four Non Blondes." Some fans ran up to the stage and left some sunflowers for her, which was so sweet. After the song, Crystal picked up the flowers and thanked the girls. She then put on a harmonica and rocked out to "Come to My Window" by Melissa Etheridge. I have a hard enough time walking and chewing gum that I was in awe of Crystal as she sang, played the guitar and played the harmonica all while walking around. Crystal then went soulful and performed "Up to the Mountain" and ended with "Piece of My Heart."

Then it was time for the season 9 champ, Lee Dewyze. Screams filled the venue as the former paint salesman emerged. He opened with his single, a cover of U2's "Beautiful Day." The arrangement he played live was very different from the recorded version and I actually really loved it. He then rocked out to "Rocket Man, "Welcome to the Machine," "Hallelujah," and "Treat Her Like a Lady." He ended with Kings of Leon's "Use Somebody."

Lee then ran backstage as the other guys came out to sing "It's My Life" by Bon Jovi. Lee joined them in the middle of the song. Then the guys switched places with the girls, who came out to sing "My Life Would Suck Without You" by Kelly Clarkson. The guys then joined the girls onstage to finish out the song and their final bow.

I went into the show not expecting a whole lot, because honestly, I wasn't too impressed by any of the contestants this year. I left, however, with a new respect for each of the artists. They each found the sound that worked for them and performed their hearts out. If you have the chance, be sure to catch the show. If you haven't yet, check out Cambio's interview with the Top 10 contestants here.


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