Since Hollywood Week, all the American Idol hype has been about how great the talent of the women has been this year. Tonight, they get to prove whether that praise is warranted or not.
It’s Alright Now by Bad Company
The opening was very weak. The softer registers of her voice are rather bad, but she sounds better when singing loud.
The song really didn’t match her.
Happy by Leona Lewis
I like her voice, but the song was a bit low for her. She also needs to back off the mic a bit.
Something in the performance sounded off, but I’m not sure what.
What About Love by Heart
Janell was one of my favorites from Hollywood Week. Unfortunately, she didn’t live up to my expectations.
The song was pitchy and sounded like bad karaoke. It was way too big a song for her. She just saved Paige and Ashley from going home.
Fixin’ A Hole by the Beatles
She starts a little pitchy, but settles in and I like this sort of quirky performance. It got better and better as she sang the song.
Best performance of the night so far.
Oh Darlin’ by the Beatles
I really like it, but it’s a throwback performance. I figured Simon would blast her for not being current, but he saved that for later.
I Want to Hold Your Hand by the Beatles
Haeley has been one of my favorites through Hollywood Week, and I really like this song, but wow… That arrangement just didn’t work. And Haeley’s performance was both pitchy and screamy. She has set the bar at its lowest point for the night.
Landslide by Fleetwood Mac
Pitchy and she sounds like she’s singing through her nose. I think she may be a bit behind the beat at times as well. Unfortuantely, it just got worse and worse as she sang the song.
So far, I’m unimpressed by this batch of women.
Fallin’ by Alicia Keys
Not really a fan of Alicia Keys, and this song especially bores me. But Michelle did a good job of it. It’s a solid performance of a lackluster song.
The Way I Am by Ingrid Michaelson
Don’t know this song very well, but she sounds a bit like an on-pitch Megan Joy (who I liked at first). The Wife says she just hopes Didi doesn’t sing Rockin’ Robin and screech like a bird.
Wicked Game by Chris Isaak
I absolutely loved the low pitched opening, but the Wife didn’t like it. We both liked the rest. I thought the whole thing was dark and very cool.
The Wife hated her shoes, however.
Hand in my Pocket by Alanis Morisette
Really like what she did with the song. She gave it her own, cool vibe.
The Wife pointed out that the harmonica made her look like Darth Vadar.
Crystal is the favorite of both the Wife and I, but unfortunately, the rocker girls never last on American Idol.
Feeling Good by Michael Buble’
This girl really can sing. Way too much stage presence for a girl her age. Big voice with great control, but the performance did touch on “cheesy” at times.
And, of course, the judges crucify her for sounding old. They never like it when someone does one of the Standards.
So, the three worst were Janell Wheeler, Haeley Vaughn and Lacey Brown. VoteForTheWorst.com is backing Haeley, so the other two probably go home.
As a group, I thought the women were rather week, but it’s early in the competition.
Also, Ellen Degeneres’ advice is becoming more and more useless. I guess she took it to heart when they asked her to fill Paula Abdul’s shoes.