Is it just me or did I just watch the same 10 boring girls sing the same 10 boring songs followed by two knock-out performances by Jessica Sanchez and Elise Testone?
Seriously. I thought the American Idol 2012 guys were boring Tuesday night, but at least there were more decent singers in that group as a whole. As you’ll see, the girls definitely scored lower than the guys. But to be fair, I was being generous last night. After four hours of American Idol in two days, I’m done being generous.
As always, I’ll review each performance and assign the letter grade that I think they deserve. Be sure to let me know if you agree or disagree with my reviews. Let me have it!
Chelsea Sorrell, “Cowboy Cassanova.” I hate when contestants sing former “Idol” winners’ songs. Chelsea was kind of just Lauren Alaina Part 2. Nothing to really write home about. And she didn’t seem very rehearsed. I think of the two girl country singers, she’s the weaker one. B-
Erika Van Pelt, “What About Love.” I thought for sure I was going to love Erika. When she said she was going to rock out to Heart, I was SURE I’d love her. I didn’t. She just never got anywhere with the performance. It just kind of stayed on the same plane. I like her tone, though. But she just didn’t push the performance. B-
Jen Hirsh, “One and Only.” Are we going to have to hear Adele all season long? Ugh. So where was the Jen we heard during Hollywood Week? I didn’t think the Jen on American Idol tonight was even the same person. She was just kind of average. And pretty boring. I’m so confused! C+
Brille Von Hugel, “Sittin on the Dock of the Bay.” I give her bonus points for song choice, but there’s just something about her that I find unlikable. Maybe I’m wrongly judging her based on her disgusting mother. Oh well, it doesn’t matter what it is, if I don’t like her, I don’t like her. She sounded fine. But I can’t see myself ever wanting to listen to her music. B-
Hallie Day, “Feelin Good.” UGH. This song? Really? EVERY SEASON. Ack! Ban it! I dont’ even want to review it. I’m so over that song. And she was flat most of the way through it. C
Skylar Laine, “Stay With Me.” This show is going to make me a country fan yet. I love Skylar’s sass and spunk. And her voice is so true. It’s raw and old-school country. I’m not really sure, but her voice is what country is all about. Kind of like a throw-back kind of voice. Kitty Wells and Loretta Lynn come to mind. Not to mention Reba. I think she’s got her spot in the Top 12 locked in. A
Baylie Brown, “Amazed.” The perfect song choice since I’m amazed she made it in to the Top 24. She had some very very bad notes. And when she wasn’t completely terrible it seemed very pageant talent-ish. If there are any guy voters out there, she might make it into the Top 13. But since I think most of the voters aren’t teen boys, she’s probably doomed. D-
Hollie Cavanagh, “Reflection.” I hated her lame song choice, but she did showcase her range. She’s a great singer with a lot of power. Easily the third best singer of the night. A-
Haley Johnsen, “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This).” A applaud her song choice. Very bold. But she did not sing it well. Sure she might have shown some technical abilities, but… um. Not good. And even worse were the horrible backing vocals. Total mess. D-
Shannon Magrane, “Go Light Your World.” And the worst song choice of the night goes to Shannon Magrane! Wow, what was that horrible song? And why would you sing it the first night of voting? It’s a good thing she’s a good singer. She does have a pretty powerful voice and was able to show it with that lame song. Cannot deny her talent. A
Jessica Sanchez, “Love You I Do.” For someone who had lost her voice and had no rehearsal, she freaking nailed it. I wanted to use other F words to describe it, but this is a family site. She was fantastic. Such a huge voice for such a small girl. Top 12 for sure. A+
Elise Testone, “One and Only.” Really? The SAME Adele song? The good news is, I couldn’t even tell it was the same because Elise KILLED it. She slayed it. Her performance was flawless to me. She’s so effortless. She just opens her mouth and magical sounds pour out. Jessica might have the best vocal ability, but Elise has the best voice and tone. I think there’s a difference, I’m just not technical enough to exactly eplain it. If she doesn’t make the Top 12 then there’s something wrong with America. A+
So how is this all going to play out? Who will be the Top 5 girls tomorrow night? I’ve got a couple ideas. I’ll make my predictions and please not that they’re based ONLY on how I think American MIGHT vote. These prediction are not based on my own personal opinions.
My Top 5 Predictions: Jessica Sanchez, Hollie Cavanagh, Sklyar Laine, Jen Hirsh and Shannon Magrane. And I think the judges will use a wild card pick on Elise Testone. I seriously think voters are not going to be smart enough to actually vote for Elise. But I’m pretty sure she’ll end up in the Top 13.
Other wild card possibilities would be Brille Von Hugel and Chelsea Sorrell.
What did you think of the performances from the girls? And what do you think will happen Thursday night?