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American Idol Recap – The Girls Answer Back

Well, it seems like last week was actually a good preview on this season.  It’s gonna be a tough one to get through.  The women were less painful than the men, but still nothing I want to download on iTunes.

On to tonight’s performances…

Crystal Bowersox – “As Long As I Can See The Light” – Credence Clearwater
Crystal is up first.  She’s looking healthy, not to mention a lot less dirty with her dreds up.  Though a good choice for her, I found the song to be pretty boring.  But as Ellen says, she has pure, raw, natural talent.  Simon says he “misunderestimated” her and likened her to Kelly Clarkson, in terms of being a serious artist.  I love this woman.  She just seems 100% real. And this is why I love Idol – they really do find a lot of different kinds of artists.

Haeley Vaughan – “The Climb” – Miley Cyrus
At least she’s not in the naughty nurse outfit this week.  This week, she just bathed in glitter.  But I still found her to be incredibly annoying.  Aside from not having a voice anywhere clear to that of Miley Cyrus, she just grinned through a song about triumphing over obstacles and the journey through life.  Agree with Randy – excruciating and pitchy with no connection to the song.  As a 16-year-old, she’s way more Diana DeGarmo than Jordin Sparks.

Lacey Brown – “Kiss Me” – Sixpence None The Richer
Well, it couldn’t have been much worse than last week. It seems to be all confidence with this woman.  She has a very interesting voice.  She was much more confident and much better than last week.  Not confident enough.  But better.  If she gets more confidence and keeps picking good songs, she could keep pushing through.

Katie Stevens – “Put Your Records On” – Corrine Bailey Ray
Good singer, for sure.  Still not a great song choice.  She’s not the wispy, crunchy, cool girl.  She’s the junior Kelly Clarkson.  Too bad for her – she went from front-runner status to relative long-shot in two weeks.

Didi Benami – “Lean on Me” – Bill Withers
This woman is beautiful.  She still reminds me of a prettier Brooke White with a much stronger voice.  That being said, I didn’t like her much this week.  Kara was right – we lost the uniqueness of her voice.  I thought she sounded very nasal.

Michelle Delamor – “With Arms Wide Open” – Creed
Yuck.  She has such a thin voice.  And that ending was horrific.  Simon just thinks she’s marketable.

Lilly Scott – “A Change Is Gonna Come” – Sam Cooke
Still really like this woman.  I wasn’t “riveted” like the judges were, but I certainly love her voice, I think she’s really an artist, and I want to see a lot more of her this season.  I can’t see how she wouldn’t make it through to the top 12.

Katelyn Epperly – “The Scientist” – Coldplay
I really, really like this woman.  She can sing.  She can play piano.  And she can connect with a song.  Yes, it was too slow.  But she is so talented.  I’m rooting for her.

Paige Miles – “Walk Away” – Kelly Clarkson
Oh, Paige.  You know you’re my favorite.  But you’re not Kelly Clarkson.  You were fine.  You’re not a rocker.  And what’s up with your style.  Simon is right.  You need to put your mark on this competition.

Siobhan Magnus – “Think” – Aretha Franklin
Randy is totally right.  She is bold and fearless, and that goes a long way.  And she’s good. American Idol good?  I don’t know.  But she’s good.

My Ranking of Tonight’s Performances:

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

Who I Think Should Go This Week:
Haeley Vaughan, Michelle Delamor

Who I Think Will Go This Week:
Paige Miles, Haeley Vaughan

As far as the judges go, Slezak is totally right about Kara.  She’s spot-on this year.

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