Idol Thoughts — 03.03.10

American Idol let us know that Crystal Bowersox is a tough cookie. They made that point right away tonight, putting to rest the worries that health problems might prematurely eliminate one of the top female contenders. So, how did the Top 10 girls do?

Crystal Bowersox – “As Long As I Can See The Light” by Creedence Clearwater Revival – This is way this competition would be less intriguing without her. They pumped fluids into her at that hospital. And she came back and pumped out soul on Idol!

Haeley Vaughn – “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus – To her credit, she doesn’t just mimic Miley’s vocal or phasing. Haeley puts her own touches on it. Unfortunately, her singing is often flat. This is the contestant I want to to like the most. But she’s inconsistent and the singing just doesn’t earn that support. Or hasn’t. Yet.

Lacey Brown – “Kiss Me” by Sixpence None The Richer – Lacey takes Kara DioGuardi‘s suggestion from last week and performs this Sixpence song. For a moment at the beginning she hits a note that makes me think it’ll be another annoying vocal like last week’s. Thankfully, Lacey gets the ship back on course. The song got better as it went along. Far from a home run. But she got on base this week.

Katie Stevens – “Put Your Records On” by Corrine Bailey Rae – This is still and “old” sounding song. The judges have been asking her to “young” it up. I’m not sure Katie understands what they’re asking. I’m sure Katie feels that Corrine is closer to her age. But it’s the sound of the song that they’re talking about. And Corrine’s stuff is retro-sounding. Good vocals. Song choice still an issue.

Didi Benami – “Lean On Me” by Bill Withers – The song choice is solid and populist. I’m guessing Didi’s concerned about being too cool for the room. Didi said she picked it to show her soul. I’m with Randy Jackson on this one. Didi showed more limitations than soul. Wrong song for her.

Michelle Delamor – “With Arms Wide Open” by Creed – She takes the judges’ suggestion to “take some chances” to heart. Unexpected and potentially brilliant song choice. On paper, at least. I’m not sure her re-arrangement is one I’d put on my iPod. But I appreciate the effort. She’s thinking outside of the box. And she’s got skills.

Lilly Scott – “A Change Is Gonna Come” by Sam Cooke – Lilly probably has the most unique voice in the competition. She’s also one of the few that really understands at this point who she is as an artist. Ellen DeGeneres nailed it: Lily’s was a great performance that we all watched as fans for a moment, forgetting it was a singing contest. Nice job. Again.

Katelyn Epperly – “The Scientist” by Coldplay – I like. Katelyn did a great job of connecting with the lyric and making it believable. Her first time playing an instrument on the show (piano). She definitely knows how to sell a song. Some of the criticism Katelyn got from the judges about energy level has more to do with Coldplay than Katelyn.

Paige Miles – “Walk Away” by Kelly Clarkson – Paige has vocal skills, no doubt. But this version of “Walk Away” could be any cover band in any bar in the country. I’d suggest putting a lot more thought into her song choices. She should look for material that will really set herself apart. Kara makes a great point about Paige missing some of the feeling behind the song. Kara should know–having co-written it!

Siobhan Magnus – “Think” by Aretha Frankiln – Wow. This girl’s got some soul! Big voice tonight. Huge note at the end. I can see why they gave her the last spot on the show–the showcase slot. Tonight, she brought down the house.

Thoughts? Leave a comment.

Greg Valentine
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