Friday, March 18, 2011

American Idol 10: Ranking the Top 12 Performances




Last week, Ashthon Jones was given the boot - she was the first Finalist to go home this season. Tonight, the Top 12 Finalists will compete singing songs from the year they were born.

Apologies to those following this blog for the AI 10 updates - I wasn't able to post last week because I was busy... Just a quick recap - although Ashthon gave a weak showing and was eventually booted off, Jacob Lusk - who sang OFF KEY on his "I Believe I Can Fly" should have been at the very least, in the bottom 2. America is being weird...

Here is my American Idol 10 - Top 12 ranking...

  • Naima Adedapo, "What's Love Got To Do With It" - I thought the tempo was too slow and lacking in the passionate anger that this song should have. The arrangement was also odd - especially when she sang that B at the end, I was like - eww. :p
  • Paul McDonald, "I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues" - Paul half stumbled all around the stage, singing with his signature tiny voice - if a little hoarse. Can't they let him play an instrument already? I think he will be 10 times more effective holding a guitar or sitting at a piano. 
  • Thia Megia, "Colors of the Wind" - Maybe she was trying to appeal to Disney execs? But I really wonder why she chose this song out of so many - please dear, choose a song that showcases the depth and texture of your voice. It is obvious now that you don't have those high notes, so maybe go low into your chest tones to bring out some character and color to your music.
  • James Durbin, "I'll Be There For You" - And with only one screech! Yay! But unfortunately his one screech was flat. :p But I don't hate him for choosing this song. I have a problem with it though, much like Adam Lambert - his voice isn't rockin' enough for rock. His falsetto is great, but the tone of his voice is more boyband than rock. What to make of that? Arrrr..ask Adam, I guess?
  • Haley Reinhart, "I'm Your Baby Tonight" - It's good that I didn't know this Whitney Song, otherwise I would be comparing Haley to Whitney and well, Haley would lose. That being said, I think she did good with this song despite her slurring. 
  • Stefano Langone, "If You Don't Know You By Now" - He rocked this up until the last 2 seconds of that sustained high C... High C?! Props to you Stefano - a sustained high C! Haha! OK, but next time, please pick a song that doesn't have you singing up to the heavens the whole time. Pick one that builds up a little bit, so that when you get to that high C, it would be so much more exciting. :)
  • Pia Toscano, "Where Do Broken Hearts Go" - The thing I have with divas on American Idol is that they often sound so generic. Divas are divas not only because they can hit all those high notes but because they have a distinctive quality in their voices that sets them apart. I don't think Pia has it. At least not yet. When I hear her I don't automatically say - oh yes, that's Pia. Also, although she can hit those highs, her middle range seems always tentative. I wonder why that is. Oh, and she should grow some eyebrows. Hehehe.
  • Scotty McCreery, "Can I Trust You With My Heart" - Scotty kinda looks like a high school geek, but his voice is golden. He did really well with his country song and I can already see a huge country singer career in his future. Maybe he should gain a little weight and put on some muscles, then his voice and appearance can come closer a tad bit. Hehe.
  • Lauren Alaina, "I'm The Only One" - Pretty good - I wound't have guessed that there was anything wrong with her. She did fine even without that flu drama. 
  • Casey Abrams, "Smells Like Teen Spirit" - This was so out of place it was crazy. Haha! I mean only Casey could have pulled that off. Then again, I kinda miss the old Casey - the one that blew you away with his so unexpected talent. I hope he blow us away with a great song next week.
  • Karen Rodriguez, "Love Will Lead You Back" - Aw, she sang it OK but lacking the pain and the power this song needs. This song should make you hurt - it speaks of someone who's being left behind - someone hoping against hope that her love will return. But she's not sure. Did you get any of that in her performance? A little bit. :p
  • Jacob Lusk, "Alone" - He botched that modulation part singing a few notes off-key. Again. Jacob's problem is he is overcome by his passion that he forgets - he is not concentrating on hitting the right notes. To me it even seems he just wants to sing as high as he possibly can in the hope that the higher he can sing (he hit a high F - falsetto), the more votes he will get. Hehe. Not in my book though. :p


Who SHOULD go home?


I won't make predictions anymore on who will get booted because I already know (it was Karen), but here's my bottom 3 - Naima, Jacob and Karen.

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