American Idol Top 20 Performances (Women)

The gals were on stage last night, after this week’s schedule shift due to an illness by Crystal Bowersox. Crystal, who is rumored to have diabetes, looked fine and led off the show.

Crystal Bowersox
Long as I can See the Light by Creedence Clearwater Revival

Great opening; very soulful. She’s turned CCR’s song into a cool, Gospel version.

The Wife said she can see it coming down to her and Mike Lynche.

Haeley Vaughn
The Climb by Miley Cyrus

I don’t know the song, but Haeley’s performance seems very pitchy. The Wife tells me that this is just the way the song goes, and that she’s actually performing it better than Miley.

Well, that’s not a very high bar, and Haeley’s performance is quite boring. And there were some very ugly notes.

Lacey Brown
Kiss Me by Sixpence None the Richer

Lacey starts out the song really slow, and it show just how little vocal control she actually has. The faster part was much better, although pitchy at times.

A decent performance, but Lacey may be in a lot of trouble this week.

Katie Stevens
Put Your Records On by Corinne Bailey Rae

One of the songs Megan Joe butchered last year returns to American Idol. Katie does a much better job, although she missed a few notes.

Ellen goes on a rant about not performing current songs, and shows yet again how little she knows pop music and the industry. She’s becoming more and more like Paula Abdul without the entertaining comments.

Didi Benami
Lean On Me by Bill Withers

I liked the performance. She put some of her own personality in it, but kept the core of the song. The Wife said she liked it as well, but the song was a bit too big for her.

Michelle Delamor
With Arms Wife Open by Creed

She certainly took a risk this week, and I like the way she made the song her own. Unfortunately, about halfway through the song, it seemed she ran out of things to do with the song. It turned ugly quickly.

Lilly Scott
A Change is Gonna Come by Sam Cooke

It was a good vocal, but the coaches have her doing some weird shoulder-shrug thing. I really liked the arrangement and her performance.

Katelyn Epperly
The Scientist by Coldplay

I like her performance, sitting alone with just her and the piano. The Wife says this may be her second favorite of the night.

Paige Miles
Walkaway by Kelly Clarkson

It started out as a nice enough vocal, but she brought nothing new to the song. The Wife said she pales compared to Clarkson.

And after her high note, I take back what I said about it being a nice vocal.

Siobhan Magnus
Think by Aretha Franklin

This was going to either be very good or very bad. I actually liked the performance. She didn’t do much to make it original, but it was very entertaining.

The Wife said it was much better than last week.

The best performance of the week was Crystal Bowersox, by far. Whatever health problems she’s having didn’t seem to hold her back in any way. She is really starting to separate herself from the rest of the women.

The second best performance of the night was Katelyn Epperly. Lilly Scott and Siobhan Magnus were tied for third. These three are still in the competition, but need to make a move before Crystal gets too far ahead.

Haeley Vaughn was once again the worst of the night by far. I’m not sure even can save her this week.

While I liked Lacey Brown’s performance, she may be in trouble as well. She just doesn’t bring as much potential as some of the others. Michelle Delamor and Paige Miles are also potential candidates for packing their bags tonight.

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