American Idol, Episode 9-19 Recap

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Katie Stevens, “Breakaway” (Kelly Clarkson)
Not very good at all. It was flat everywhere, and a boring rendition. The judges are probably right about Katie not knowing who she wants to be as a singer, but yet they put these young singers through knowing this. Katie will go home knowing that, had she auditioned for either Idol or The X-Factor in a couple of years she’d be a lot better than she has been here.

Also, contestants need to stop singing Kelly Clarkson. This should just be a rule.

Siobhan Magnus, “House of the Rising Sun” (The Animals)
Still don’t know what to make of this girl. She easily has the most powerful voice of all the women left. And she somehow took this song (which is, frankly, slow and somewhat boring and probably shouldn’t be sung on Idol either) and made into a showcase for her voice. It wasn’t her best performance (probably because it lacked that Star Search moment that Simon talked about), but I’d be very surprised if she doesn’t get through.

Lacey Brown, “The Story”, (Brandi Carlile)
Lacey’s quirky voice makes up for the bad singing, but I’ve never heard of this song, and was frankly kinda boring to me. Not feeling the same love that the judges had. I just didn’t get it, I suppose.

Katelyn Epperly, “I Feel the Earth Move” (Carole King)
Completely safe, pedestrian performance. I think that this week the girls are not really going for it, but rather playing not to lose and finish “in the money”, to use a poker term. And Katelyn’s performance would really be the shining example of this.

Didi Benami, “Rhiannon” (Fleetwood Mac)
Liked this. Nothing really, really special, but I think that Didi rebounded from last week’s poor performance, but she could be cut if enough people vote for Paige.

Paige Miles, “Smile” (Charlie Chaplin)
Thought there were some unnecessary tremelo in the performance, but very smooth and controlled. I think it probably could’ve been a bit bigger, similar to how Michelle underwhelmed with Creed last week. Paige has really underwhelmed over this three week phase, and there has to be some concern that – for first time ever – there won’t be a visible minority representing the girls. To be fair, it doesn’t appear to be a race thing – it’s just that most of the girls just haven’t delivered when put into the spotlight.

Crystal Bowersox, “Gimmie One Reason” (Tracy Chapman)
Crystal singing this song felt very, very right. Clearly the bluesy vibe here is right up her alley, and she is arguably the first singer who actually brought it tonight. No chance she goes home unless there is a giant block of people voting for others.

Lilly Scott, “I Fall To Pieces” (Patsy Cline)
Lilly is another weird one. She’s singing Patsy Cline, playing an electric mandolin and has that weird, ethereal voice. I dunno, it somehow worked. Simon has some doubts, but considering the general suckage of the girls here I’m thinking that Lilly is safe.

So overall, there really wasn’t anything outside of Crystal that made me think that the girls really wanted it here. Realistically, I have Crystal, Siobhan and Lilly slotted in for three spots, and the other five for the remaining three. Katie getting eliminated would probably be the best thing for the girl, and whoever else survives will need to step up very, very quickly or they won’t make the tour.


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