. Seriously. I don't think any of those people are any better than Tim Urban.
Then your arse is sucking rainwater my man...
Michael Slezak, Entertainment Weekly
For weeks, Tim has been squatting at the abandoned building at the corner of Cluelessness and Hubris that's been empty since Kristy Lee Cook vacated it back in season 7. He attempted ''Apologize'' even though its falsetto notes were well beyond his reach. He treated the raunchy ''Under My Thumb'' like a Land Before Time soundtrack selection. So why not choose Anita Baker's ''Sweet Love'' (the smooth-jazz equivalent of a Harlequin novel) and sing it with all the passion and emotional depth of a man reading off an eye chart at the optometrist's office?" -
"Tim on TV: This is like every bad ballad from all three junior high talent shows we participated in. It's just so earnest and completely loses Anita Baker's sexiness. Yikes. Hearing this on TV moved Tim into a tie for worst. Didi was down there by herself, but that was incorrect." -
"To his credit I think he improved a little, vocal-wise, towards the second half of the song but he's really the Sanjaya of the season. The judges agreed with me, and got annoyed with him for laughing while they all told him how bad he was. "Why are you laughing?! " Kara implored and while I wrote, "Because he's the devil," Simon said "He's laughing because it doesn't make any difference what we say. You're gonna smile, audience is gonna vote for you and nobody cares and you'll be here next week, so well done." -
"This is exactly what Tim looked and sounded like during this performance. Picture this scenario. Ten old-time villains show up in a black towncar, pull a black bag over Tim’s head, and drive him to an undisclosed location. Once there, they throw him into the basement, shine a white light on him, and tell him, “Sing ‘Sweet Love’ by Anita Baker or we’ll blow your head off.” The performance he would give in that scenario is exactly the performance he gave on ‘Idol’ tonight. A mix of terror, voice cracking, and the occasional good note when he managed to pull himself together briefly. Just a mess. A fun mess to watch, but a mess all the same." -
"Tim acts exactly like what he is: a guy in way over his head. He knows he can’t match up, so why bother? He can’t use the advice he’s given — he’s not going to get better, but he certainly can’t get any worse. So he treats the whole think like a lark. And each week he’s not shown the door, it just gets funnier to him. And if we didn’t have to sit through his vanilla song-stylings, it’d be funny to us, too. But we do, so it isn’t." -