American Idol

The 5th Judge – More American Idol’s Top 20 Hits & Misses

American IdolWe’re back with American Idol’s Hits & Misses for the performances by the…Misses. Thanks for all of the feedback from last night. Let’s get the show rolling. You know the drill – I’ll go through each performance after it airs via the DVR. I’ll fast-forward through the judge’s comments as to avoid being swayed, give a little feedback, rate it on a scale of 1-10, possibly mention what I’d like to see that person sing next week, and list the hits, misses, and predictions of who America will send packing at the end. With that said, here’s what I saw on this weeks’ Top 20 Edition of American Idol.

Crystal Bowersox sings “As Long As I Can See The Light” by Creedance Clearwater Revival – I like the Crystal leads off tonight beings she was the one who was the reason that the men performed first last night. Apparently, it was some sort of diabetic issue. When Idol’s Producer was on Ryan Seacrest’s radio show this morning, he stated that if Bowersox couldn’t perform tonight that she’d be off the show. Crystal showed up healthy and was unbelievable. Just as Michael Lynch did yesterday, she led the show off and set the bar high for everyone else. She was the female favorite from day one and she rebounded from last week to put herself back in that spot. Her vocals were awesome, the arrangement was terrific, and she owned the stage. This girl is a trooper and she is a star. Score – 8.5 out of 10.

Haeley Vaughn sings “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus – Before she even sings, is there any more of a contrast between The Beatles and Miley Cyrus? I doubt it, yet, Haeley is singing those two artists in back to back weeks. When I had heard that she was going to sing this song, I was excited because it’s a song that is more her type of song. After she sang this song, I had blood pouring from my ears and I couldn’t stop my dog from howling. The song started off pretty well when she used her lower registry. After that, it was all downhill. She made the extremely mediocre-sounding Miley Cyrus sound like the spawn of Aretha Franklin. She is definitely in danger after this performance, but I still think that her attitude may keep her alive another week. Score – 3 out of 10.

Lacey Brown sings “Kiss Me” by Sixpence None the Richer – Well, one week after butchering Fleetwood Mac, Lacey is back and singing “Kiss Me” based on the suggestion of Kara. Well, Kara, she sang the song that you wanted and was still horrendous. Possibly you can give her the suggestion to sing some spoken word next week. This performance was just disastrous from the very beginning. I just can’t imagine her receiving a third chance next week. Score – 2 out of 10.

Katie Stevens sings “Put Your Records On” By Corrine Bailey-Ray – This performance was like riding any roller coaster. It started off terrible, got pretty good in the middle, and then finished average. I question this song choice because even though it’s a relatively new song, it’s old-sounding. Also, Meghan Joy from last season (who I disliked strongly) butchered this song last season and possibly left a bad taste in my mouth. Prior to this year, Simon stated many times that he thought the females were far superior then the guys. Unless I’m going tone deaf, I must be missing it. Aside from Crystal, I’m ready to turn this off tonight. Score – 2.5 out of 10.

Didi Benami sings “Lean On Me” by Bill Withers – For as many times as this song has been performed, I thought that Didi did a great job on making it her own, modernizing it, and adding just enough to the song without making it sound like original. I didn’t like her at all last week, but I actually enjoyed her this week more than last week. Considering she was the worst last week, it’s hard to not overcome that. Aside from the good beat and arrangement, her vocals were once again all over the place and awful. I think that, come this time tomorrow, we will be saying bye-bye to DiDi. Score – 2 out of 10.

Michelle Delamor sings “With Arms Wide Open” by Creed – Please correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t think a Creed song has ever been sang in the history of American Idol. They are my favorite band of all time and it’s pretty cool to hear someone give them a try. It’s odd that all of the judges found the performance to be terrific because I thought it was not much better than the lackluster performances prior to this. It wasn’t terrible, but it was her best showing to date. I still prefer Scott Stapp singing that song, however. Score – 3.5 out of 10.

Lilly Scott sings “A Change is Gonna Come” by Sam Cooke – Lilly is so unique. No matter how she sounds, she definitely is an individual. This is a very hard song to sing and though she may not sound the best vocally, Lilly was terrific on this song. This was her defining moment so far into the competition. I wouldn’t say that she was better than Crystal, but she still is head and shoulders above the rest of the women on the show. This is a performance that was so good that I would download it. Score – 8 out of 10.

Katelyn Epperly sings “The Scientist” by Coldplay – Coming into the season, she was a favorite of mine among the females with Crystal. This……..song….was……….so…………sllllllloooowwwwwwww. I normally have trouble falling asleep, but tonight, I’ll be playing this off of the DVR. I’m getting sleepy just thinking about it. The song itself was good, though. She was great on the piano and she has a nice voice. She’s still one of my favorites and I think she’s popular enough that she’ll live to see another week. Score – 4 out of 10.

Paige Miles sings “Walk Away” by Kelly Clarkson – There’s no doubt that Paige has one of the better overall voices in the entire competition, but this performance just didn’t do anything for me. It was an average performance but was still only slightly better than the other terrible performances from tonight. I wish I could have given Paige the benefit of the doubt, but I really just find myself hoping for this show to be over. It’s been that bad. It’s a shame that there has to be 6 guys and 6 girls in the Top 12 because only about 3 or 4 of the females belong there. Score – 4.5 out of 10.

Siobhan Magnus “Think” By Aretha Franklin – I can’t help but think of a commercial every time I hear the “freedom, freedom, freedom” line, but I forgot about this halfway through this one. I didn’t think this was going to work, but this performance was tremendous. The note Siobhan hit at the end of that song was incredible and made up for the few rough spots at the beginning. She was definitely one of the better performers of the night and should be safe. Score – 7 out of 10.

Now, for the “Hits” and “Misses” for this week.

Hits (People that are 100% safe based on their performances) – Crystal Bowersox, Lilly Scott, and Siobhan Magnus

On The Fence (50/50 chance of going home) – Michelle Delamor, Katelynn Epperly, and Paige Miles

Misses (The people that have the best chance of going home) – Haeley Vaughn, Lacie Brown, Katie Stevens, and DiDi Benami
That concludes the Top 10 females for this week. I’ll be back next Wednesday with the reviews of the ladies (barring any last-minute, medically-induced switches).

Brett is 26 years old and from Millville, NJ. He has is a life-log fan of the Philadelphia sports teams as well as the Boston red Sox and Cincinnati Bengals. Brett is also a big fan of professional wrestling and mixed martial arts. If you would like to comment on one of his stories, please e-mail him at [email protected]

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