Well, it wasn’t worse, is all I can say. That’s not saying much. The girls were decidedly less than scintillating last night. This crop of Idol hopefuls is turning out to be lackluster.
There were a couple of outstanding performances:
Crystal Bowersox—Of all the contestants, Crystal is displaying the most raw, natural talent. Her belting of CCR’s “Long As I Can See The Light” was effortless. She isn’t awed in the slightest by the big stage, and looks like she belongs there. Don’t know how much of a market there is for bluesy female singers these days, but there’s always one in every AI competition. Could Crystal be the one to finally break through? I’d lay even odds on it.
Siobhan Magnus—Simon nailed it when he called her a strange little person. I’m not sure if she’s strange or if her elevator doesn’t go all the way to the top. When she was taking her criticism from the judges, she spoke up to respond to something Kara said. At that point the camera flashed to Siobhan’s mother and she had this look of apprehension on her face that said, “Oh, pleeeez don’t say anything stupid.” All that aside, this girl can WAIL! She was dressed like a high school kid from the ‘50’s, and she launched into a scorching version of Aretha Franklin’s “Think”. Don’t know what the public is going to make of her in the long run, but simply based on talent, Siobhan’s a contender.
One To WatchKatelyn Epperly—This girl from West Des Moines has serious talent. If she can realize how good she is before the competition ends, she could walk away with the crown. She’s got the look, the smile, the self-composure. She just needs to exude confidence on stage.
Who’s OutHaeley Vaughn—This has got to be the week. Talk about bad karaoke! Her version of “The Climb” was execrable. She needs to go home and have a slumber party with her Miley Cyrus wannabe friends.
Didi Benami—She almost didn’t make it last week, and her performance of “Lean On Me” wasn’t strong enough to save her this week. It’s a shame, cuz I think she really can sing. She just keeps picking the wrong songs.
I’m gonna go out on a limb and say that Lilly Scott didn’t help herself last night. The judges loved her version of Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come”, but I thought it was boring and annoying. The song is just not going to resonate with the average AI viewer.
Who do you think’s 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.