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American Idol Recap – Top 8 Women

Kara is right about this season so far.  It seems to be clearly divided.  “We have people who really know themselves and people who don’t.”  And the people who have been going home so far are the people who don’t.  And I suspect that trend will continue this week.

Katie Stevens – “Breakaway” – Kelly Clarkson
Why oh why are these women choosing Kelly songs this year?  Not only does Kelly have one of the strongest voices among pop singers, it begs direct comparison since Kelly started it all.  Katie was simply mediocre.  Randy was 100% right – paled in comparison.  Simply Karaoke.  Katie has gone from front-runner to likely to leave.  That being said, she is likable and the judges gave her a lot of credit for incorporating their feedback, so she could make it through to the top 12.

Siobhan Magnus – “House of the Rising Sun” – The Animals
This woman can really sing, she is confident on stage, but there’s still something missing.  As Simon said, “It was all a bit weird.  Didn’t get it.”  In some ways, she reminds me of Carrie Underwood in Season 4.  There is something robotic about her – technically proficient, but what is behind the singing?  That being said, look at what Carrie blossomed into.

Lacey Brown – “The Story” – Brandi Carlile
Definitely Lacey’s best performance to date.  She sounded great, was totally in tune, and has such a unique, interesting voice.  I’m glad she has made it through so far, and I really hope she makes it through to the top 12.

Catelyn Epperley – “I Feel The Earth Move” – Carole King
I really like her.  Strong voice, good performance.  She’s really a musician.  She definitely deserves to go through to the next round.  But the performance was kind of eh and was definitely still corny, which the judges accused her of being last week.

Didi Benami – “Rhiannon” – Fleetwood Mac
Woo-hoooooo!  Didi is back.  She chose the right song.  She pulled out the guitar.  She sounded great.  One of Kara’s favorite moments of the show this season.  And the judges were very generous to acknowledge how much they mauled her last week.

Paige Miles – “Smile” – Charlie Chaplin
I devoted most of my quick take post to Paige, so I’ll be brief here.  To quote Kara, “It was all wrong.”  That was gross gross gross.  Shockingly bad.  Shockingly, shockingly bad.  She absolutely, positively deserves to go home after that.  She has gone from my pick to the bottom of my list.  Sad.

Crystal Bowersox – “Gimme One Reason” – Tracy Chapman
No debate here.  She’s the strongest of the women.  Probably the strongest of the whole lot.  She’s authentic, knows exactly who she is, and gets better every week.  Just please get her some Crest White Strips and cut the dreds.

Lilly Scott – “I Fall To Pieces” – Patsy Cline
Definitely good.  Definitely knows who she is.  Good performance.  Absolutely deserves to go to the top 12.  Her schtick gets less interesting to me each week for some reason.  I really like her, but I’m not bowled over the way I was the first time I saw her.

My Ranking of Tonight’s Performances

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

Who Should Go Home
No question here.  PAIGE and Katie.

Who Will Go Home
Paige and Katie, with a potential surprise departure by Katelyn.

A side note – I fear this may be the first top 12 with no minorities.  Barring a miracle, Paige will leave this week, and unless Todrick pulls out a game-changing performance, he’ll be gone as well.  It’s a shame, and frankly has nothing to do with America being racist.  It has to do with the judges’ horrific choice of finalists.  Don’t tell me that Paige, Todrick, Jermaine, Ashley, Haeley, Joe, John, and Michelle were the best of the lot.  I just don’t believe it.

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