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American Idol Top 10 Girls

March 3, 2010

“Although the guys improved more this week, most of the girls remained consistent or improved besides a handful of girls who need to choose the right songs to match their vocal ability.  What I like about the girls is the variety.  Each girl offers different personalities and vocal abilities that make them standout.  I truly believe the girls as a whole are better and most of them if given the right song can actually become a star and that just shows the strength of the girls over the boys this season.”

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 guys grades in order of performance:

Crystal Bowersox 30

I did not expect this girl to do Gospel this good and for someone who was in the hospital the day before, she sure doesn’t show it.  Her vocals and performance ability were spot on and this was my favorite performance of the season so far!!

Haeley Vaughn 25

Slight bias! I like her and I like this song so it’s tough to criticize her.  However, from a technical standpoint, it was not good at all.

Lacey Brown 25

Good song choice but for the most part it was exactly the same as the original.  Definitely a big improvement from last week but I still don’t see what’s so special about her vocals.

Katie Stevens 26

How is she a front-runner?  She is just 17 but I don’t think she really knows who she is yet!  But she is a pretty girl who will definitely make it through another week.

Didi Benami 25

She looks amazing on camera but why sing Lean on Me and why move away from what you are good at.  This song didn’t match her vocal abilities.

Michelle Delamor 27

The beginning was definitely better than the rest of the song but she could have made a stand with this and fell short.  I still think she gave a valiant effort and if recorded this could be great, but she couldn’t reach some of those high notes.

Lilly Scott 28

I really like this girl.  She can pick any song and really make it her own because those vocals are so unique and that look is different.  Definitely one of the ones to watch.

Katelyn Epperly 29

That was stripped down and raw.  She completely changed it and it was amazing.  It was a bit slow but I think it came off great and her vocals are really good.

Paige Miles 27

I agree this girl has a big ole voice but the song choices aren’t allowing her to show it.  She can do a power ballad like “I Have Nothing” or “All By Myself” and I am sure she can hit those high notes, but she is growing on me.

Siobhan Magnus 27

That last note is noteworthy alone and its so surprising that this girl with the weird personality has so much personality when she sings.  There were some pitchy parts but it ended on such a high that you can forget it and after last week’s haunting performance she shows us another side of her vocal range.

My top 10:

  1. Crystal Bowersox
  2. Katelyn Epperly
  3. Siobhan Magnus
  4. Lily Scott
  5. Michelle Delamor
  6. Paige Miles
  7. Katie Stevens
  8. Didi Benami
  9. Lacey Brown
  10. Haeley Vaughn

Final Thoughts:  Crystal is truly in a league of her own and I would be surprised if she doesn’t make it to the finale.  If she sounded like a subway singer last week, she definitely didn’t this week. It’s great when the right girl, Crystal and even Katelyn and the right song combine because it works.  But the girls standing out as a whole is a problem as well.  Anyone from 5-10, with the exception of Katie are unfortunately in danger of being eliminated this week depending on whose fan clubs are bigger.   However, If I were to choose between 5-10, Haeley and Lacey are the weakest of the bunch at least based on this week and last week’s performances.

Update:  As expected, anyone from 5-10 was in danger and my number 5 was Michelle.  The other girl going home this week is Haeley!  I personally felt it was Lacey’s time to go this week over Michelle but Michelle did lose out due to the lack of coverage from the earlier rounds so any misstep at this stage was the reason why she went home.

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American Idol Top 10 Boys

March 2, 2010

“Despite having less time to prepare this week due to the switch of nights, I felt for the most part the guys stepped up and a lot of them are standing out as potential front-runners and upsets.  The biggest fail this week were the judges.  Why do some contestants have to sing the original version while others need to change it up and make it new.  Hasn’t the latter been what American Idol is about.  David Cook, Kris Allen, Adam Lambert all did and they won, so what is going on?  I almost feel like they are either agreeing with their fellow judges or trying to say something different for the sake of saying something different.  If i were a contestant i would be so confused.  How can i get better if i get complete opposites with what I am being told.  Did i do good or was i bad?  Although the judges weren’t on top of their game this week, the boys were!”

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 guys grades in order of performance:

Michael Lynche 29

If last week was the supporting act, this week was the main show and a completely different person and performer.

John Park 24

He was definitely a lot better than last week but it was a safe and forgettable performance for someone who is trying to stand out.

Casey James 26

He is amazing on the guitar but was nowhere near the caliber of Elliot Yamin or Bo Bice!

Alex Lambert 29

This performance was night and day compared to last week and i predicted something like this could happen.  His voice rivals that of Jason Mraz and John Mayer, but can easily be identifiable if recorded.  I knew if he survived this week and got better with his stage presence he could do something good and that’s exactly what he did!

Todrick Hall 24

He took a different turn from last week.  Although he showed more of his vocals, his personality disappeared.  There were too many runs and he does too much to the song.

Jermaine Sellers 25

Jermaine had a good point about church.  I almost feel like the judges just don’t understand gospel/rnb voices.  I felt emotion I just don’t think he did the song justice.

Andrew Garcia 25

I didn’t get it.  Last week was more on the lines of what to expect from Andrew but the wrong song choice.  This week was just blah.  Has he already lost his flair?

Aaron Kelly 26

He had a weird vibration to his voice this week that kind of lingered all throughout.  More personality but vocally not as good as last week.  Didn’t see what the judges did!

Tim Urban 23

I still don’t get him.  I totally agree with Ellen here.  His voice is nothing different than we have heard before and if he stays it’ll be because of his looks because his voice is definitely not a reason.  His reaction to Simon’s comments were funny.  Sorry Tim, all Simon really said was that you were better than last week.. that’s not saying too much when 3/4 of your fellow competitors did too.

Lee Dewyze 27

This guy has a phenomenal voice and look and if there were pitchy parts, I didn’t hear them just because of the tone of his voice that makes it acceptable.   With or without his guitar he can do no wrong!

My top 10:

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

Final Thoughts: Considering last week’s Joe Munoz was really the only one who had the least amount of TV coverage, that wouldn’t apply this week.  Instead it boils down to who stepped up the most.  Alex could have easily been in the next wave to go but his incredible improvement may have saved him at least for another week.  I think John Park and Tim Urban are the weakest among the bunch although both slightly improved over last week.   Falling in the category of doing too much are Todrick and Jermaine who could easily switch places with either of the two who I predict to be eliminated this week!

Update: John and Jermaine are out.  Tim stays another week?  Is this really looks or are people hearing something i don’t.  Both John and Jermaine are so much better singers but just didn’t make that connection with the audience.