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American Idol Top 12 Girls

February 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:

  1. Crystal Bowersox
  2. Michelle Delamor
  3. Katelyn Epperly
  4. Lilly Scott
  5. Didi Benami
  6. Katie Stevens
  7. Siobhan Magnus
  8. Haeley Vaughn
  9. Janell Wheeler
  10. Paige Miles
  11. Ashley Rodriguez
  12. 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.

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American Idol Top 24 Contestants

February 22, 2010

“The girls are the standouts this year.  Not just because the producers and Simon Cowel feel that a girl will win but they really do have the best vocals among the top 24.  The Colbie Caillat’s, Duffy’s, Janis Joplin’s, and Adele’s are the types of voices that are one in a million and many of this years top 12 girls actually fall in the between.  Among the girls, Crystal Bowersox offers something unique.  Not just her dreadlocks but also her vocal abilities.  She also plays a couple of instruments which will definitely help her sail  through to the finals”

Top 12 Girls:

  1. Crystal Bowersox
  2. Lilly Scott
  3. Katie Stevens
  4. Didi Benami
  5. Janel Wheeler
  6. Haeley Vaughn
  7. Katelyn Epperly
  8. Siobhan Magnus
  9. Michelle Dellamor
  10. Lacey Brown
  11. Ashley Rodriguez
  12. Paige Miles

“Although the girls as a whole are a strong bunch, I do believe there are a few guys who could end up in the finals as well.  Andrew Garcia is the standout and reminds me of Danny Gokey, however, I believe Garcia is one step up and in my opinion is the one to beat.  Coming up very close behind is a trio of rnb/pop vocalists who could easily join the likes of Maxwell, Jason Derulo, Neyo and Chris Brown!  These three are the typical Idol powerhouses with the big voices and should definitely be around for awhile”

My Top 12 Guys:

  1. Andrew Garcia
  2. Todrick Hall
  3. Michael Lynche
  4. Jermaine Sellers
  5. John Park
  6. Tyler Grady
  7. Casey James
  8. Lee Dewyze
  9. Aaron Kelly
  10. Alex Lambert
  11. Joe Munoz
  12. Tim Urban
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American Idol: And The Remaining 24 Are Chosen!!

February 17, 2010

“37 Contestants left for 17 spots going into tonight’s show.  Some surprise exclusions and a lot of great talent”

Here is a reminder of the seven contestants who were already chosen and will perform for the audience in the top 24:

Michael Lynche – IN

My Grade: A-

Didi Benami – IN

My Grade: B-

Katelyn Epperly – IN

My Grade: C+

Casey James – IN

My Grade: B

Aaron Kelly – IN

My Grade: B

Lee Dewyze – IN

My Grade: B-

Todrick Hall – IN

My Grade: A

And this is where we begin the show…

These were the singers whose performances during different rounds or whose personal background stories were shown:

Janel Wheeler – IN

My Grade: B-

Tyler Grady – IN

My Grade: A-

Lacey Brown – IN

My Grade: B+

Crystal Bowersox – IN

My Grade: A

Katie Stevens – IN

My Grade: A-

Angela Martin – OUT

My Grade: B+

Lily Scott – IN

My Grade: B+

Haley Vaughn – IN

My Grade: B-

Tori Kelly – OUT

My Grade: B

Andrew Garcia – IN

My Grade: A+

Thaddeus Johnson – OUT

My Grade: A

Note: There was definitely some good news and bad news.  Every year we see some familiar faces.  Lacey Brown and Angela Martin have been in running in the past.  For Angela it was her third time, Lacey was in the same spot last year.  Fortunately Lacey made it through.  Angela, however, was let go.  This was definitely a surprise to me since the producers painted such an emotional story of her that we could connect with and I truly felt for her.  Will she come back for a 4th time?  Then there was the drama of the final two girls and guys.  Unlike previous years where the two were together, this year they weren’t. First, the girls and with some shock and awe editing resulted in Haley making it through!  Although Tori did have a good voice I think a country African-American singer is something different and unique!  Finally among the guys it was Thaddeus Johnson and Andrew Garcia.  This one was definitely the nail-biter which has me wondering how some of the other guys made it through over either of these two.  But I guess you can’t have it all and this would provide for a dramatic conclusion.  The winner was….Andrew!! And well deserved.

And these performers made it through but whose performances were not shown:

Ashley Rodriguez – IN

My Grade: B

Alex Lambert – IN

My Grade: B-

Joe Munoz – IN

My Grade: ??

Paige Miles – IN

My Grade: ??

Siobhan Magnus – IN

My Grade: B

Michelle Delamor – IN

My Grade: ??

Jermaine Sellers – IN

My Grade: A-

John Park – IN

My Grade: B+

Note: It’s always interesting to see who would be shown and who would end up in the montage.  There were some singers here who we have seen throughout on more than one occasion such as Jermaine Sellers, Siobhan Magnus, Ashley Rodriguez and Adam Lambert.  Some of the others we may have seen during the auditions but then were lost in the shuffle.  And then there were those that we never saw?  The ones I didn’t grade.  Will they be the Allison Iraheta or Bo Bice of this year?  Someone who comes out of nowhere will a killer voice?  We will have to wait and see.

Final thoughts:

Overall Hollywood week found a new method to show emotion without overdoing it and exploiting the contestants.  I always hated the long walk and the elevator ride especially when the contestant didn’t make it.  There was just something cruel about it and for those that did make it through, it was sometimes awkward.  This time around they spent more time showing their past performances and I felt it was appropriate that where one of them was going to win was where their journey of being chosen began.  I guess also focusing less on who wasn’t going to make it through, especially the ones we rarely saw was a good thing as well.  After all, we won’t remember them anyway.  I also like the editing of the final two contestants instead of having the final two sit side by side.  How do you jump for joy and share an elevator ride with the contestant who was probably your friend when you just won and she/he just lost?  This was definitely a much better format this year and although I did find it odd that 7 were selected yesterday with the remaining chosen today, the show was a lot more about the talent than the drama.  I guess idol is learning from their past by keeping the corny music and extra unnecessary effects during the audition rounds and focusing on the wider talent than a handful to give all of the contestants a fair chance at competing in front of the live audience.  I will conclude though, that whether the show is trying to attract a following so that a woman will win this year, but so far it is working because based on appearance alone, the women have it hands down.  Looks vs. talent, women vs. men?  Who will win American Idol Season 9? (check back next week for analysis and predictions of the top 24 contestants!)