by Geoff Kleinman | On Portland
The 2010 American Idol tour made one of its final stops in its national tour with a very clear message – what happens on the series isn’t always reflected when the show is translated on to the big stage. For some like Andrew Garcia or Big Mike Lynche this lead to significant disappointments, but for Casey James, Tim Urban and Aaron Kelly it was a tremendous opportunity to show what kind of artists they really are.
The 2010 American Idol series has often been criticized as a weaker season than many of its predecessors. The truth is the Adam Lambert v. Kris Allen battle is a tremendously tough act to follow. But as a whole this years American Idol Tour was actually stronger than last year’s with better production values and some great surprises from some of the underdog performers.
The evening started out pretty well with Didi Benami who did a solid job with ”Lay It On Me” by The Rescues. It was much stronger than other performers who’ve made it in to the top 10 right on the cusp. Her rendition of “Terrified” by Katharine McPhee was simply fantastic. For a moment Didi really showed the talent that got her into the top 10 and made a strong argument that she probably should have finished higher. “Terrified” was one of the real great moments of the show.
It’s always exciting to see how American Idol translates from the bubble universe of the TV series onto the arena stage. This year’s production had its highs and lows, but on balance was a better show than last year’s show. With better production values, a much better back up band and a stronger flow the 2010 American Idol Tour was quite enjoyable.
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