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The 5th Judge – American Idol Top 16: Girls Hits & Misses

Crystal BowersoxIt’s time for the top eight girls to give their final performances on the small stage before the guys and gals merge next week in front of a huge audience.

Before I dive into things, thanks to everyone for all of the reads, e-mails, feedback, and link-sharing of these articles last week. It was extremely overwhelming and well-received. Not bad for a blog centered mainly on sports and professional wrestling. It’s greatly appreciated.

Now, this is a huge week for the girls. With only about 2 or 3 of them guaranteed a spot in the all-important top 12, this week is pivotal for those other few females who are still trying to find themselves and gain a following. Also important about this week is that it will be the last time this season that these artists can pick any song they want to without being forced to pick a particular song from a specific theme or genre or music. These girls need to capitalize on this, pick the songs the best show the artist they want to me, and go for the gold. With that said, let’s get it going.

Katie Stevens sing’s “Breakaway” by Kelly Clarkson – Before she even starts singing, know that it can’t go anywhere but up for Katie after last week’s horrendous performance of “Put Your Records On”. Kelly Clarkson is so hard to sing for two reasons. One, it was Clarkson who set the bar on Idol by being the first and most successful Idol of all-time. Second, Clarkson has quite the voice and can sing in any registry. While I admire the song choice, Katie once again was awful from the beginning until the end of the song. It was particularly bad at the beginning when she needed to use her lower registry. It got ok for the first verses of the chorus and then went completely downhill once again. The crowd was dead and she took a song that normally has people jumping in concert, and made it sound like background music at a cocktail hour. I know it’s early and we’re yet to hear the other females, but it’s hard to believe that anyone could do worse than this. Katie may have cemented her trip home. Score – 2 out of 10

[adinserter block=”1″]Siobhan Magnus sings “House of the Rising Sun” by The Animals – This could be the first time that this 1964 classic has been sang in Idol’s history. Following her terrific performance of “Think” by Aretha Franklin, it can be assumed that this is the time period that Siobhan has been the most influenced by and probably the type of music she would like to release. I loved how she began the song accapella and then continued to increase the intensity of the song. It was like she was telling a story and concluded with a bang. She also made this sound like a song that is on the radio right now. Make no doubts about it, this girl has chops. To use a cliché, Siobhan could sign the phone book and still sound great. If Idol voters voted strictly on voices, Siobhan would be safe with flying colors. Since she has yet to really connect with a wide audience, I’m curious to see if that will end up hurting her. This performance was tremendous and there’s no doubt that she is one of the top 3 girls this season. Score – 7.5 out of 10.

Lacey Brown sings “The Story” by Brandi Carlisle – First things first, I’m shocked that Lacey is still here after she butchered “Kiss Me” last week. But, maybe she got a second chance for a reason. She took this second chance and ran with it. Lacey sang this entire song while seated at the edge of the stage with very little background music. She showcased her range and voice in this performance and it was extremely important for her to do that after her previous performances. Will this performance be too “boring” for the voters? I’m going to guess that some voters will feel that way. Even though she had a solid performance this week, I don’t know if it’s too late for her or not. If it was, she did the best possible performance that she could have. Score – 6.5 out of 10.

Katelyn Epperly sings “I Feel The Earth Move“by Carole King – First thought; weird song choice. I’ll admit, I have been biased in favor of Katelyn because I think she is the most attractive girl on the show. So, I purposely didn’t look up at the TV screen even one time as to not be swayed. The verdict? She sucked. Awful. It sounded corny and ridiculous. It seemed to me like a song that someone sings at a talent show. I found her playing a keyboard to also be a little corny. This song was a horrible choice and just didn’t do Katelynn any justice. She was one of my favorites (and I believe the public’s) coming into the season and I have a feeling that she’ll still be safe. If she is, she needs to consider herself lucky. If she gets another shot, she must improve and quickly. Score – 2.5 out of 10.

[adinserter block=”2″]Didi Benami sings “Rhiannon” by Fleetwood Mac – It’s just Didi and her acoustic guitar for this performance. I hate to say anything negative about my girl Taylor Swift ever, but this is the song that Swift performed a duet of at the Grammy Awards alongside Stevie Nicks and made dogs howl nationwide. I enjoyed the performance but still found it average. It was much better than last week but was slightly boring and gloomy. She sounded great at the beginning of the song and even in the center, but it went a little off the tracks at the end when she was singing with the background singers. It just sounded completely out of sync during that point. Even that little hiccup, however, doesn’t put a damper on this performance. Her vocals were spot on and people will vote for her after her terrific improvement over last week. Score – 7 out of 10.

Paige Miles sings “Smile” by Charlie Chaplin – A song called “Smile” shouldn’t sound so depressing. And maybe it’s my youth showing through, by I will always attribute this song to Michael Jackson’s funeral. It was probably the second most gut-wrenching part of that performance. This performance by Paige was absolutely awful. The vocals were off, the song was made to be depressing though it’s a happy song, and the arrangement wasn’t good. There’s nothing left to say….except for, probably, goodbye Paige Miles. Enjoy obscurity. Score – 1.5 out of 10.

Crystal Bowersox sings “Give Me One Reason” by Tracy Chapman – One of my all-time favorite songs sung by my pick to be the last girl standing this season. I loved the shot of Simon at the beginning of the song tapping his fingers on the desk to the beat of the song. Crystal was tremendous. Her guitar playing impressed me and she did enough to make this song current and her own. Crystal flat out rocks and, I must say, I would pay money tomorrow to see this girl in concert. She plays to the crowd, has a great feel for her voice, and knows exactly what to sing and do to make the crowd want the song to be never-ending. Crystal is yet to do wrong on this show and I firmly believe that she is a shoe-in for the top 3 of this entire season. Head-and-shoulders the best performance of the night, thus far. Score – 9 out of 10.

Lilly Scott sings “I Fall To Pieces” by Patsy Cline – The big thing to look for here is whether or not Lilly can follow up her amazing performance from last week. (Side note: What in the world is up with all of these old songs tonight? The Kelly Clarkson performance that opened the show was the only recent song.) Lilly has a great voice and is extremely unique. Lilly will undoubtedly make the top 12, but this performance was just kinda ok, for me. I thought her vocals were good, but the entire song was dark, boring, and gloomy. There were a few times when I thought she was going to do something more with the song and it just never happened. Normally the last performance, known as the “pimp spot”, is a ‘WOW’ performance and this just wasn’t that. She will still be safe, but this was an unneeded risk. Score – 5 out of 10.

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

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

On The Fence (50/50 chance of going home) – Lilly Scott, Didi Benami, and Lacey Brown

Misses (The people that have the best chance of going home) – Katie Stevens, Katelyn Epperly, and Paige Miles

That concludes the Top 8 females for this week. I’ll be back tomorrow with the reviews of the top 8 guys.

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

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