Tuesday, March 9, 2010

American Idol 9 Top 8 Girls Review

My “wish-list” for after tonight’s American Idol 9 Top 8 Performance episode. I think Paige and Katie will be going home this week based on tonight's performances. With all of the girl singer-songwriters, Paige really had a chance to break from the pack tonight as the lone R&B singer, but picked the totally wrong song to do that with. There's still a chance Lacey could go home if this week's performance was not enough to win her some votes.

1. Crystal Bowersox: Still the front-runner not only for the girls, but for the entire group by a mile. As Simon says, it is Crystal's to lose at this point. She's in her own league.
2. Didi Benami: Just when we thought former front-runner Didi was not able to compete, she pulled it out with her performance of "Rianna" by Fleetwood Mac. Definitely her best live performance. The judges loved it. Hopefully not too little too late?
3. Siobhan Magnus: Siobhan wowed the judges last week with her power-note at the end of “Think,” but under impressed this week with her rendition of "House of the Rising Sun." While likable and quirky, Simon called this week's performance "weird" and Kara finally pulled out the "not sure who you are as an artist" jab.
4. Lilly Scott: While the judges adores Lilly's confidence and indie style, she is a bit aloof and has the potential to have problems connecting with the audience. Simon cited her lack of wow factor this week.
5. Katelyn Epperly: Impressed with her version of Coldplay’s “The Scientist” last week, the judges were not impressed with her Carole King performance this week. She's one to watch, but is not consistent. They did like the hair though.
6. Lacey Brown: I was pretty surprised when Lacey made it through last week. Until tonight she has not been able to get a handle on her nerves. She pulled it out tonight. Again, hopefully not too little too
7. Katie Stevens: An early front-runner with great vocal chops, it has been apparent throughout the live competition that Katie does not yet know how to use her voice and has not yet settled on a style. She's also pretty stiff on stage. Entirely possible she could be going home this week.
8. Paige Miles: With very little on-screen exposure prior to the semi-finals, Paige has been having big problems with song selection. Tonight was no different with her selection of Charlie Chaplin's "Smile." Very pitchy and dull performance. Simon outed her as facing the end of the road.

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