American Idol Top 24 Performances (Women)

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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.

Paige Miles
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.

Ashley Rodriguez
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.

Janell Wheeler
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.

Lilly Scott
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.

Katelyn Epperly
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.

Haeley Vaughan
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.

Lacey Brown
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.

Michelle Delamor
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.

Didi Benami
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.

Siobhan Magnus
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.

Crystal Bowersox
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.

Katie Stevens
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. 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.

2 Comments on “American Idol Top 24 Performances (Women)

  1. Karen

    I am catching up on my stumbles. It was fun to read this post since we are down to the finals in AI. I really like Crystal. Are you and your wife still thinking she might win or not?

  2. Brian Combs

    I think she has to be the favorite at this point, and she’s clearly the most talented, although the most talented doesn’t always win AI.

    She’s also the most consistent, which is what may take her to victory. I though Big Mike might be able to compete, but right now, he’s struggling just to stay in the competition.

    Lee is the darkhorse right now. He’s consistently knocking out good performances a la Kris Allen.

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