Simon was wrong last night, the boys are way better than the girls. Yet the judges were very harsh tonight. The vocals/music mix seems off so far on the live shows. THE WRAP complained that the vocals were too loud, but in 5.1 off DirecTV, they sounded very weak. They do mix the vocals dry, so they can't hide behind reverb, which makes them more present, but so far the vocals have not sounded good for either gender.
Simon seemed pissed all night; he kept looking off camera at something. It was kind of weird, it seemed like he was avoiding contact with the other judges.
Alex Lambert was truly terrible. In fact there were so many weak performances it's hard to pick who will be going home. John Park was like watching a drunken Asian businessman crucify a classic in karaoke. Billy Holiday is rolling in her grave. Jermaine Sellers is very dislikable after blaming the band last week (I'm surprised they let him through.)
Michael Lynche was terrible as well on the Maroon 5 song, but he's so likeable he's safe. Tim Urban was also very weak but his looks will probably keep him on. Tyler Grady was comically bad and again into the land of karaoke, or drunken wedding singer.
Simon was right that Lee Dewyze gave one of the better performances of the evening. Aaron Kelly, Andrew Garcia, and Todrick Hall seem to be safe as well.
The biggest surprise to me is that my wife's future husband, Casey James has a voice as good as his looks.