American Idol Recap: Tim Urban Doesn't Suck!

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Tim Urban is a very nice guy, with a great smile and an even better attitude.

But, let's face it: the singer isn't really American Idol finalist matieral. Heck, he's scarcely American Idol semifinalist material, only advancing to the top 24 of season nine after another contestant got disqualified.

It's difficult not to root for Urban, however. Which made his rendition of "All My Loving" so refreshing this week. Not only did Tim avoid another embarrassing critique at the hands of the judges, he actually finished in the top three! Well, THG's top three at least.

Here's how we'd rank last night's Beatles-inspired performances:

  1. Casey James: Taking a page from the solo John Lennon catalog, Kara's former crush put on a tender, touching rendition of "Jealous Guy."
  2. Crystal Bowersox: She played a didgeridoo for "Come Together." Yes, that's a wind instrument. And playing it on stage made us love Crystal even more.
  3. Tim Urban: Did this rendition remind anyone else of The Plain White T's? Great work all around.
  4. Michael Lynche: We still can't envision Big Mike winning it all. Accompanied by a mini orchestra on stage, though, Lynche made his heart show through again with "Eleanor Rigby."
  5. Siobhan Magnus: Look at that outfit (below)! Such a unique contestant, with a sound that also ensures she'll stand out. Went with "Across the Universe."
  6. Lee DeWyze: The judges loved his confidence, but we didn't think it was Lee's best performance. It's a difficult, well-known song to try and cover.
  7. Katie Stevens: Great vocals, didn't seem too old for a change... but Katie still doesn't do it for us. She did change "Let It Be" and made it her own, but that's not always a great thing.
  8. Andrew Garcia: Considered "corny" by the judges. Can we all forget his Paula Abdul rendition weeks ago and just admit that Garcia won't be around much longer?
  9. Aaron Kelly: Sorry. You're cute, but that isn't enough to make this version of "The Long and Winding Road" remotely memorable.

Who was your favorite performer of the evening? Click on each photo below to enlarge pics of each one singing:

Andrew on Guitar
A Standout
Bowersox Picture
Siobhan Photo
All His Loving
Huge Mike
Pic of Katie Stevens
Aaron
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American Idol Quotes

Brooke White's tears come from the authentic, good soul that she is. Her heart was breaking because she was overwhelmed with the experience she had with the show and the gift that it brought.

Paula Abdul [after Brooke White was eliminated on season seven]

I read some of this online this morning and just for the record, the rumors — they’re not true. She’s part of our family and we love her.

Ryan Seacrest [on rumor of Paula Abdul being drunk on the show]