America faces some great questions: will healthcare reform pass? Will Tim Urban survive another week on American Idol. If he's smart, he will perform shirtless. For anyone over 50, Urban is a throwback to another era?he's like a slightly taller Davy Jones of The Monkees, complete with the cocky grin that he flashes whenever in doubt, which is often. He reminds us of what a shag haircut looked like before Jane Fonda stole it. And if this picture is any indication, he seems to following Jane into the world of fitness. Could the video be next? It may have to be.
Urban slipped into the competition by default and has managed to week after week, shock himself by remaining a contestant. His theme song should be "Against All Odds." His talent is in his appearance and he is working every teen girl into a frenzy, which only proves that American Idol is actually part beauty contest, part talent show. His performance last week of the Rolling Stones, "Under my Thumb", was met with universal lack of acclaim, as he invoked a "Wasting away in Margaritaville" attitude by going reggae. The Rolling Stones as inspiration was curious. Most the of songs, with the exception of Wild Horses, don't hold up well. The entire evening was like a flashback, and not a particularly good one. The only exception was Siobhan Magnus, who in a wild rendition of "Paint it Black" hit a note so weird, so audacious, that even Simon Cowell, who is not easily shocked, was shocked.