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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.


American Idol: Hollywood Week Groups

February 10, 2010

“96 started 71 made it through.  One’s wife had a baby, One left before even performing, lot’s of Gaga, the good and the bad!!”

Here’s the rundown:

Day 3 Group Day

The Good:

Faith – “Irreplaceable” Michelle Delamor, Charity Vance & Ashley Rodriguez (One of the few all-girl groups shown and all did pretty good.)

Neopolitan – “Bad Romance” Liz Rooney, Thaddeus Johnson, Jessica Cunningham, Paige Dechausse (Apparently was part of the drama between Destiny’s Wild for stealing their ideas.  But all stepped up to the plate)

Destiny’s Wild – “Bad Romance” Todrick Hall, Theri, Jareb Liewer, Siobhan Magnus (Definitely one of the best performances despite the judges believing they were weird, but it’s Gaga)

Middle C – “Closer” Janell Wheeler, Jermaine Purifory, Casey James (All IN)

Three Men and a Baby – “No One” Andrew Garcia, Katie Stevens (Kara said she could be the potential winner), J.B. Ahfua, (4th person wasn’t shown) (ALL IN)

Side note:  Notice the songs here all work well with vocal harmonies and people who have the vocal abilities to sing these songs!!

Split Decision:

Team Awesome – “Get Ready” Michael Lynche, Seth Rollins (showed his audition story), Tim Urban, Michael Castro (wasn’t shown singing) (Lynche and Urban IN)

Side note: Lynche was shown several times making calls to his pregnant wife and he is shown reacting to the birth over a phone-call.

Mighty Rangers from Denver – “Closer” Tori Kelly, Maddie Menrose, Mark Labriola (forgot lyrics), Kimberly Kerbow (forgot lyrics), Danny (wasn’t shown) (Kelly and Menrose who stayed up late to practice made it in)

The Phoenix – Kat Nestle (walked out), Jermaine Sellers (Amazing range), Ben Honeycutt, Jeff Goldford, Moorea Masa (forgot lyrics.  This girl made it all the way to the final decision last year) (Sellers and Goldford are in!)

The Bad:

Big Dreams – “Sweet Escape” Matt Lawrence (back story, lo), Amanda Shechtman (forgot lyrics), other two weren’t shown (All Out)

Side note: Many groups chose Sweet Escape but many also forgot the lyrics.  Why would anyone choose this song on a group performance??

Out but didn’t see perform:

Leah Laurenti (Boston), Carmen Turner (Atlanta), Kimberly Carver (Dallas), Dave Pittman (Dallas)

Save the …. Group for last:

The Dreamers – (Most drama seen throughout the whole show) Mary Powers, Hope Johnson, Margo May (bad), Alex Lambert, (5th person wasn’t shown) (Powers, Johnson, Lambert IN)

Finally the people who made it but didn’t see perform in a quick montage:

John Park, Haley Vaughn, Angela Mardsen, Tasha Layton, Tyler Grady, Katelyn Epperly, Lloyd Thomas, Keia Johston, Christian Spear.

Final thoughts:

There was less drama this year once again.  The two Gaga groups and Mary Powers seemed to be the main causes this year, but neither created any major problems.  There are some people who have been featured again. You can see whose names I have written down more than once or even twice.  Overall the group harmonies were good and the groups performed very well.  As seen by the number of people who made it into the final round, choosing the final 24 will be interesting… I already have 2/3’s of the people I think will make it through but I will post those predictions next Tuesday after the last performances.


25.02m people watched the show last night.  Down just 5% from Round 1’s show and up 22% from last Wednesday.  Ellen effect is definitely in full motion and her presence has been positive for the show.