Here are my thoughts, as always typed before I hear what the judges have to say, so as to “keep it real, dog.”
Ta-Tynisa Wilson – “Only Girl (in the world)” – Tackling Rihanna – This kind of song is not helped by the adrenaline of the live performance – and she is sharp/flat in a couple of places. Songs that stay on one melody note for that long become difficult to hold without auto-tune, even for Rihanna.
Naima Adedapo – “Summertime” – Lost interest in this one really – maybe it was just the style, but to me this song is Fantasia’s when it comes to American Idol, tough to compare to that.
Kendra Chantelle – “Impossible” – She did a better job of being Christina Aguilera than Christina has lately. Pretty good, and pretty. Good?
Rachel Zevita – “Criminal” – She was good, but people who like Fiona Apple don’t understand that her songs aren’t particularly memorable. I loved her in Juno.
Lauren Turner – “Seven Day Fool” – She’s got a real voice for sure – great song, great pick for her – and she needs just a little bit more personality – it was all attack – needed a little something going on behind the eyes….
Ashthon Jones – “Love all Over Me” – Is this a Christopher Cross song? This definitely landed better live in the room than it did on TV – I really like her but this wasn’t my favorite song pick.
Julie Zorrilla – “Breakaway” – She’s a smarter performer and artist than this song pick, I think. It’s gotta go somewhere – will it? Nope. That didn’t work. Another one that I really like, but that didn’t do what she needed to with the song pick.
Haley Reinhart – “Fallin” – That, my friends, was smoldering. Wow. She sold it 100% now maybe that’s just the pretty talking… but I liked it.
Theia Megia – “Out Here On My Own” – She was great – perfect song selection. Wondering if Randy’s gonna go on a rant about how she sounded just like the great Irene Cara, and how can you do a song like her.
Lauren Alaina – “Turn on the Radio” – Great performance, stage presence – she’s sassy in a very genuine and appealing way. I hope we get to hear more of her.
Pia Toscano – “I’ll Stand By You” – This song has kind of been played out in this competition, but she still is pretty and singing good at things. She was robotic until the very last key change and last high notes – and then, zoinks, scoob! She may not have to go back to work at Wizards of Waverly Place…
Ryan's opening tag is "but... who do you love? This. Is. American Idol. Huh?
Steven Tyler gave us a little Paula flashback: "It's a new old timey thing but could be new."
So who is getting your vote? Do you think American Idol underestimated how good this group would be when they decided to go from 24 to 11 or 12 in one week's vote?
Is that actually true?