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American Idol Top 8 Boys

March 10, 2010

“One thing that has been true on American Idol is the uncertain and the surprises.  The guys are an interesting bunch.  Not as unique as the girls, but there are a few standouts.  What was surprising was that arguably the worst singer among the guys came out almost on top and one of the front-runners flopped.  This will make for an interesting elimination episode.”

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 guy’s grades in order of performance:

Lee Dewyze 27

Another consistent performance and popular song choice! He did add his own take on the song and it was good, but what is going to get him through to the top 16 is his voice and his overall appeal.

Alex Lambert 26

This guy is definitely improving his stage presence although he is still not there quite yet.  Vocally he is still beyond his competitors in terms of its distinct unique flavor; however, the performance was just okay.  I kept comparing it to the soul and believability of Taylor Hicks and it fell short.  I still like this guy though.

Tim Urban 29

Where did he come from?  I honestly thought after knowing the song he was going to sing it was the kiss of death.  But he came out tonight looking good and his acoustic rendition was amazing.  I felt like I was watching a different performer on the stage who was both believable and vocally on point.

Andrew Garcia 24

Is it a challenge for him to pick the most random songs and try to make it work?  Couldn’t he have picked a newer song to change up instead of Genie in a Bottle?  Another off-night again and I hope if he makes it through that he can pull it together soon because he may lose a fan in me!

Casey James 26

Another consistent performance but it was the type of song played in a set and not a stand along song to sing for the top 16.  However, good or not, I doubt Casey has much to worry about.

Aaron Kelly 25

He started shaky which put me off, but did recover at the end.  I will say though that unlike another young singer on the girl’s side, at least Aaron knows exactly who he is and that makes him stand out.

Todrick Hall 26

This guy knows how to take direction well.  The first show he changed the song too much so he changed.  The second show he did too much with his vocals and he changed again.  This time he was able to find a health medium.  However, there were a few too many runs here and there and whether he came out on top after his third attempt; he may still be in danger.

Michael Lynche 30

If last week he became the best male performer, this week he even outshined Crystal Bowersox.  There is nothing I can fault for this song and he did everything right.  This was definitely the best performance of the season so far and he hit it out of the ball park.

My top 8:

  1. Michael Lynche
  2. Tim Urban
  3. Lee Dewyze
  4. Alex Lambert
  5. Casey James
  6. Todrick Hall
  7. Aaron Kelly
  8. Andrew Garcia

Final Thoughts: One thing that is for certain, Michael Lynche is the one to beat among the guys and outshined Crystal Bowersox this week.  If the competition ended tonight, it would be between the two of them.  Surprisingly, Tim Urban came out of nowhere with that gutsy and memorable performance.  The funny thing was that before the show I was certain he was going home this week.  Andrew Garcia on the other hand will test his popularity tomorrow after his worst performance.  Among the top 8, anyone from 4-8 can be eliminated.  On performances alone I would say Aaron and Andrew, but I think it could also be Todrick and Alex so I am expecting a surprise tomorrow night.

Update: For the first round of eliminations, they place Casey, Lee, Tim, and Todrick on the stage.  Casey and surprisingly Tim (who nailed his performance last night) were the first to make the top 12.  Todrick and Lee were left on stage and Todrick was sent home.  At least one obvious elimination tonight.  He did better last night but he hasn’t been consistent and it was his time.  On the other elimination duo, Andrew and Alex were next and Alex was eliminated.  It was such a pity because Alex had an amazing voice but lacked the confidence and personality.  Andrew on the other hand suffered from back to back poor performances.  Lucky for Andrew, he made it through because he was the huge favorite going into the semi’s and that’s why he made the top 12!!

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