Well, it wasnât worse, is all I can say.Â Thatâs not saying much.Â The girls were decidedly less than scintillating last night.Â This crop of Idol hopefuls is turning out to be lackluster.Â
There were a couple of outstanding performances:
Crystal BowersoxâOf all the contestants, Crystal is displaying the most raw, natural talent.Â Her belting of CCRâs âLong As I Can See The Lightâ was effortless.Â She isnât awed in the slightest by the big stage, and looks like she belongs there.Â Donât know how much of a market there is for bluesy female singers these days, but thereâs always one in every AI competition.Â Could Crystal be the one to finally break through?Â Iâd lay even odds on it.
Siobhan MagnusâSimon nailed it when he called her a strange little person.Â Iâm not sure if sheâs strange or if her elevator doesnât go all the way to the top.Â When she was taking her criticism from the judges, she spoke up to respond to something Kara said.Â At that point the camera flashed to Siobhanâs mother and she had this look of apprehension on her face that said, âOh, pleeeez donât say anything stupid.âÂ All that aside, this girl can WAIL!Â She was dressed like a high school kid from the â50âs, and she launched into a scorching version of Aretha Franklinâs âThinkâ.Â Donât know what the public is going to make of her in the long run, but simply based on talent, Siobhanâs a contender.
One To WatchKatelyn EpperlyâThis girl from West Des Moines has serious talent.Â If she can realize how good she is before the competition ends, she could walk away with the crown.Â Sheâs got the look, the smile, the self-composure.Â She just needs to exude confidence on stage.
Whoâs OutHaeley VaughnâThis has got to be the week.Â Talk about bad karaoke!Â Her version of âThe Climbâ was execrable.Â She needs to go home and have a slumber party with her Miley Cyrus wannabe friends.
Didi BenamiâShe almost didnât make it last week, and her performance of âLean On Meâ wasnât strong enough to save her this week.Â Itâs a shame, cuz I think she really can sing.Â She just keeps picking the wrong songs.
Iâm gonna go out on a limb and say that Lilly Scott didnât help herself last night.Â The judges loved her version of Sam Cookeâs âA Change Is Gonna Comeâ, but I thought it was boring and annoying.Â The song is just not going to resonate with the average AI viewer.
Who do you thinkâs gonna get the heave-ho tonight?
Off key or not Lee Dewyze is the one to watch. His great tone and rasp outweigh the pitchiness (which I think will improve over time). Check him out on youtube..he is a seasoned performer. His bashfulness and humbleness are appealing too. Hey, Simon says and he's usually right. This one is a diamond in the rough.