"Dreams do come true. So dream big!" -- Jason Castro
After his second performance on rock 'n roll night, Simon told Jason Castro to pack his bags. Tonight, Castro says he did do just that. It's going to make heading out for the nearest party much quicker for the unique, happy go lucky American Idol hopeful.
This week Castro sang, "I Shot the Sheriff" and "Mr. Tambourine Man". He said someone told him afterward he "shot the tambourine man." Castro admitted that his inexperience these past few weeks started coming into play. Wow, at number four? He really had a lot of people "hoodwinked" for some time now.
During the question and answer session the contestants were asked about their biggest challenge. The AI contender sporting dreads said, "the brain being dead."
That's just about as whacky as the other answers though. Syesha Mercado said "stage fright" (yeah right hammy). David Archuleta (the oh so perfect one) said, "I don't know?" David Cook got a pass on that one because he fielded the question before that which was from a Pittsburgh woman. She basically made this proposal -- you are on tour in my hometown on my birthday, July 29. Will you go out with me when you are here? Cook first asked what they'd do. (She'd show him the city and they could get somethin' to eat). His response to that -- "we'll see." Smart answer Cook. String her along so she'll keep voting for you.
Ryan asked Cook about his performances this week and if something was going on with him. Cook admitted it was an off day for him, but come on! Even an off day for him is noticeable, but not distracting to his fans.
Both David's: Cook and Archuleta had the most votes this week. Surprise, surprise. Archuleta was brought out first and told he was safe. Although he's never been the bottom two or three, Archuleta says he still gets nervous. Cook has not had the scare of facing going home either. I predict a David x2 sing-off come grand finale time.
Syesha, the only girl left in the competition, is no stranger to not getting enough votes to sit on the comfy couch. She did a bang up job this week, but she also pulled out the girly tricks, the waterworks. Tonight, Syesha said she was crying because she feels like she's living her dream and because of the meaning behind the song she sang, "A Change is Gonna Come".
She started getting emotional after her performance when Paula noted "you have changed. You have come. Welcome to your dream Syesha." Paula said tonight it was her "moment in time" and that she was giving Syesha her recognition.
Tonight, we saw cutaways of Paula in her "prom dress" giving the two live performances "recognition." In usual style, she got up on her feet, snapping her fingers, waving her arms and swiveling her hips.
Maroon 5 and AI, season four runner-up Bo Bice graced the idol stage and gave the contestants advice too. Front man for Maroon 5, Adam Levine told them to "get ready to work." Bice gave sound advice, knowing what it's like to compete in the finale - "practice, practice, practice." And he also broke the news that his wife is carrying their second child, a baby boy.
Man, Bo Bice really rocks out hard. What a great sound.. sort of a Hendrix, Skynard, Frampton thing going on. Completely impressive. And every time I see him he really seems like such a nice guy.
Closing the show, Jason Castro picked "I Shot the Sheriff" and before he sang he let out a sigh of relief that next week, the remaining contestants have to sing three songs. "I don't know what I would have done," he said. And he said it in that goofy way he does. You know, where you think he's joking, but he's totally serious.
There was a video montage of many of those moments from this season. Remember Renaldo from the Dallas auditions? We saw a funny clip of Castro playing guitar and both of them singing, "Since You've Been Gone" by the original American Idol, Kelly Clarkson. Funny stuff. Jason Castro made us laugh. Sure, most of the time the laugh was on him, but I think he enjoys that.