Tuesday, February 23, 2010

AI9 Top 12 Girls Compete

Ryan Seacrest and the judges have been touting American Idol Season 9 to be the year of the girls. Seacrest even said on air, "the girls, who have created so much buzz this season". Ha. More like the judges are fabricating the buzz. Whatever buzz they had, they promptly lost with a bunch of lackluster performances tonight.

Paige Miles - "All Right Now" by Free (Preorder on iTunes)
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I thought this was a bad song choice for her. She doesn't have the voice for a rocker song. It's all quite lackluster, and I really didn't need to see her swallow the microphone at the end. At the end of the day, though, was she the worst? No, but with no airtime leading into this, she didn't do what she needed to do to get out of the hole.

Ashley Rodriguez - "Happy" by Leona Lewis (Preorder on iTunes)
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Another bad song choice. Not only because I really can't stand the song, but mostly because it's so dreary. Her singing was all over the place. Did not like that, although it was better than the first girl. Simon called it clumsy and said she's going backwards and that she's just a singer singing someone else's songs.

Janell Wheeler - "What About Love" by Heart (Preorder on iTunes)
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She's just singing the song, not bringing anything different to the table. She hit a few iffy notes as well.

Lilly Scott - "Fixing A Hole" by The Beatles (Preorder on iTunes)
She's 20 and looks like she's in her mid-30's. Finally someone who does something non-karaoke. She's not commercial enough for this show, though. Like Randy said - she's indie. Not sure how far she can actually go on this show with the song choices she is prone to go with.

Katelyn Epperly - "Oh Darlin'" by The Beatles (Preorder on iTunes)
Hate her look, but I really like how she sounded on this song. It sounded natural. One of the Top 3 or 4 performances of the night.

Haeley Vaughn - "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" by The Beatles (Preorder on iTunes)
I do not understand this song choice. Her tone is assaulting my ears. Simon said she's "like a wind-up doll who doesn't stop smiling" and said it was a mess. Ellen replied by saying, "If it was a mess, it was a hot mess!" like that's supposed to be a compliment? Hot mess is worse than just a mess!

Lacey Brown - "Landslide" by Fleetwood Mac (Preorder on iTunes)
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Great song choice, but her performance is a huge disappointment. I hate her arrangement, and she's not in sync with the band or her backup singer. Hot mess.

Michelle Delamor - "Fallin'" by Alicia Keys (Preorder on iTunes)
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Are we in Season 1 again? She can sing, but whatever was said about Ashley goes the same for her - it's just karaoke.

Didi Benami - "The Way I Am" by Ingrid Michaelson (Preorder on iTunes)
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The song is perfect for her voice, but the problem is that her voice is too close to Ingrid's, so it seems a little bit copy-cat. The song isn't a vote-getter, but she'll be ok because of her auditions.

Siobhan Magnus - "Wicked Game" by Chris Isaak (Preorder on iTunes)
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My thought process during this: Oh my god. I'm frightened. Do not want her to butcher this. Oh wait. This isn't bad at all. In fact, she kind of killed it. She hit every note dead on. Way to go! Best of the night!

Crystal Bowersox - "Hand In My Pocket" by Alanis Morisette (Preorder on iTunes)
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She played two instruments at the same time! That takes skillz. It wasn't totally original, but I give her kudos for her performance and for bringing the only semblance of upbeat music since the first song! Simon injects his usual subway station comparisons that he likes to throw around with singer/songwriter types. Blah Blah Blah.

Katie Stevens - "Feelin' Good" by Michael Buble (Preorder on iTunes)
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The judges shockingly got this right - too pageanty. Everything about it was pageanty - her hair, her dress, her stage movements. She hasn't shown any contemporary tendencies yet to warrant all the early pimping she has been given.

Who will go? I would say Paige and Haeley, but if Haeley stays, it will probably be Ashley.

1 comment:

Christine said...

Did you see Katie basically pout after the judges' comments?! No smiles at all from her during Seacrest's final bit or during the credits. Not even a halfhearted attempt!