American Idol Top 12 GirlsFebruary 23, 2010
“Despite such high hopes for the girls, the night was a mixed bag. Was the hype too much? Most of the performances were copycats or second-rate versions of the original, some performances not as good as previous rounds, and others were just plain boring. In the end, I was left underwhelmed. Ironic that the Crystal and Katie, the two big frontrunners sang last and the girl who we never saw, Paige, started first. Oh Idol, here are my thoughts”
The scores are based on vocal ability, appearance, song choice, personality, stage presence and impact out of a possible 30 points! EPIC (29-30) GREAT (27-28) GOOD (25-26) OK (23-25) FAIL (22 and below)
Here are the girl’s grades in order of performance:
Paige Miles – 24 She has the vocals, but they were just all over the place for this song.
Ashley Rodriguez – 23 She did the song in a lower key. I was waiting for the wow moments and got nothing.
Janell Wheeler – 24 The song was way too big for her and she seemed to fall apart as the song went on. After her rendition of American Boy, this was a far cry from that.
Lilly Scott – 26 She has a unique voice and I love the look. The American Duffy!
Katelyn Epperly – 27 I love what she did with the song and she did a great job, but I also had a problem with her look.
Haeley Vaughn – 25 For all of the negative comments, I thought she did a good job. It may sound like screeching to some, but I actually thought it worked! Ellen said it was a “Hot Mess”! Does she know what that really means? Lol
Lacey Brown – 19 I didn’t like anything about this performance.
Michelle Delamor – 27 She actually changed the song up a bit and ended on a high note. A great introduction to someone we haven’t really seen!
Didi Benami – 26 She sounded good. Almost reminded me of Megan Joy from last year, but is this the best song to sing for votes?
Siobhan Magnus – 26 Interesting song choice. I actually kind of liked it and she has a great lower register, she is kind of awkward though.
Crystal Bowersox – 28 I thought she sounded great and playing the harmonic and guitar, she gave us a two for one!
And the pimp spot award goes to…..
Katie Stevens – 26 I really wish she sang a more recent song!
My top 12:
- Crystal Bowersox
- Michelle Delamor
- Katelyn Epperly
- Lilly Scott
- Didi Benami
- Katie Stevens
- Siobhan Magnus
- Haeley Vaughn
- Janell Wheeler
- Paige Miles
- Ashley Rodriguez
- Lacey Brown
Final Thoughts: It was really hard to rank even based on scores. Ranks 2-7 were equally as good and had positives and negatives. Lacey and Ashley seem to be the girls that are going home on Thursday but Paige isn’t safe either. Not only was this her first full performance for the TV audience, she was also first and her audio was off when they were showing her numbers at the end of the show. It’s a little suspect, but I guess the show was having, “technical” difficulties. Either way, it’s going to be a non-surprising conclusion on Thursday.
Update: Ashley and Janell are out. If anything Janell was the most shocking because of her coverage throughout Hollywood. But one thing that both girls got wrong was their song choices which were not made for their vocal abilities, so in the end song choice was the main reason both were eliminated.