Thursday, March 03, 2011

AI10 Top 12 Girls - Ladies Surge Ahead

Could Season 10 be a woman's year? After the first week of ~live shows, I'd say that this group could be the strongest group of girls since Season 6, which, not coincidentally, was the last year a woman won the show. I thought the girls had a much stronger opening night overall than the guys did, and perhaps the pre-show lip service about a girl winning this year might actually come true.

Not only did the girls perform better in a lot of cases, but they also exuded much more star quality than the guys did. And when the pretty girl (Pia Toscano) turns out to actually be the best singer and not ... Haley Scarnato, you know the girls are in for a good year.

Ta-Tynisa Wilson - "Only Girl In The World" by Rihanna
Playing the rolse of Jordan Dorsey tonight is Ta-Tynisa Wilson. Picking a heavily auto-tuned song like this was ridiculous because it's just not really sing-able. And oof, was she pitchy. Almost equally ridiculous was her outfit. She tried to out-Julie Zorrilla with that dress, and her petticoat and shoes made her look like she was going to National Bandstand to steal Danny Zuko away from Sandy mid-Hand Jive.
Score: 4.0

Naima Adedapo - "Summertime" from Porgy & Bess
If you're going to pick one of the most iconic songs in Idol history, you better put your own spin to it. So I do give Naima credit for doing "Summertime" in a completely different manner than Fantasia did. Unfortunately, I wasn't a big fan of that manner. If Simon Cowell were still on the show, you know his standby "that was very cabaret" comment would have rolled off his tongue. The dancing/arm waving at the top of the song made me laugh. Vocally, though, she sounded good, and she's absolutely stunning. Her cheekbones!
Score: 7.0

Kendra Chantelle - "Impossible" by Christina Aguilera
I like her voice. It's very interesting and different and sultry. I'm not sure the song choice is quite so memorable, but I thought she did a good job.
Score: 7.5

Rachel Zevita - "Criminal" by Fiona Apple
If Naima's performance was cabaret, Rachel's was straight out of Upright Cabaret. I mean, the girl slinked over to the mic with a cape wrapped around her, and right on the beat, she dropped the cape and put her arms over her head to sing the line "I've been a bad, bad girl." This jazzy arrangement was so bizarre (not to mention tuneless at times).
Score: 4.0

Karen Rodriguez - "Hero" by Mariah Carey
Karen sounded pleasant enough, and I actually kind of liked that she did it in two languages. However, the song choice, the hair, the dress, her arm movements and the cheesy Planetarium background were very pageanty. And her song choices so far throughout this competition make me not want to vote for her because I don't want to keep hearing the likes of "You Give Good Love" and "Hero" week after week.
Score: 6.5

Lauren Turner - "Seven Day Fool" by Etta James
I think Lauren has received the least amount of air-time of all the finalists. All I really remember her from is being in Jordan Dorsey's group before he bailed on them. After this, I remember her for her kick-ass voice. She really nailed that song vocally. Her stomping around the stage in her Frankenstein boots was a wee bit distracting, but I like the sound of her voice.
Score: 8.0

Ashthon Jones - "Love Over Me" by Monica
Let me invoke another Cowell-ism. "You naughty little minx!" This girl is very aware of the cameras. She's VERY self-confident. She called Steven Tyler "baby" and Jennifer Lopez "girl" when she thanked them. She greeted Ryan Seacrest by saying "Hey! You look GOOD!" What in the world?! LOL. As far as her vocals go, she has pipes. I think, like Randy said, this wasn't the song to make a statement with, but she sang well.
Score: 7.0

Julie Zorrilla - "Breakaway" by Kelly Clarkson
This whole thing was like going to a Sweet 16 birthday party, where the birthday girl was dressed up in her pretty pink Disney princess dress and handed the mic to start off some karaoke. Julie's version of Disney karaoke was bad. She garbled lyrics in the bridge, made ridiculous arm gestures and then started squatting and doing something sort of reminiscent of Fantasia's bobo. What a mess!
Score: 4.5

Haley Reinhart - "Fallin'" by Alicia Keys
Between Haley's growling and her violating the camera in a way that makes Constantine Maroulis seem almost tame, I really would just rather see her and Casey Abrams go at it in a cage fight. Winner gets to eat the other. If she would just cut it out with the over-excessive growling and the Betty Boop quality her voice took on in the early verses, I might actually like her normal voice. But I don't know because she doesn't let it out much.
Score: 6.0

Thia Megia - "Out Here On My Own" by Irene Cara
Thia sang most of the first verse a cappella. IMPRESSIVE. That is so hard and risky, but her pitch is impeccable, and she can really sing. Like Karen, though, I wonder about her song choices and whether or not she can sing something other than ballads.
Score: 8.0

Lauren Alaina - "Turn On The Radio" by Reba McEntire
The judges really need to take it down a notch with Lauren before half the viewing audience starts to resent her (a chunk of whom already do!). J.Lo kept calling her "my little Lauren". Randy called her a combination of Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood (oh, you know - only the two most successful winners ever on this show). Steven told her he loves her and that she's "the best". Yes, Lauren (who was sporting a very DJ Tanner look tonight) was good, and her vocals were indeed effortless, but she has not hit Kelly or Carrie levels yet. On a Kelly Clarkson scale from "It's Raining Men" to "Stuff Like That There", this was around a "Don't Play That Song" level.
Score: 8.0

Pia Toscano - "I'll Stand By You" by The Pretenders
WOW. That was fantastic! She got all three judges up on their feet before she even finished singing. This was almost a Latoya London type of semifinal sneak attack (except that Pia had at least been shown singing a little bit in Hollywood and Vegas). She definitely has the pipes - now she needs to get some of her personality out there since no one knows anything about her outside of the fact that she was a makeup artist. That story isn't going to buy votes. Can she borrow one of James Durbin's many issues?
Score: 9.0

OMG, Steven and Jennifer ... GROW A PAIR! When they praised Ta-Tynisa and said her singing was "beautiful" and that she did a "really good job", I knew this was going to be one of those nights again. Randy said that Ta-Tynisa paled in comparison to Rihanna, and J.Lo disagreed (LOL I hope Rihanna starts a Twitter war with J.Lo now like she did with Ciara. RiRi - it's @JLo if you want to go ahead and start). Once again tonight, Randy Jackson was the voice of reason. This is so disconcerting.
Score: 5.0

I expect Pia, Lauren A. and Thia to be locks. The other two will likely come from Naima, Lauren T. and Kendra.


Anonymous said...

Do you know anything about the new idol book that was written by Justin Buckles. The book says that he worked on the show for 5 years or something like that. I am just wondering what you know about it. It's called American Idol Exposed.

christine said...

It got terrible reviews on Amazon.