Idol Thoughts — 03.11.10

It’s funny how often the Top 12 on American Idol seems like it was determined by central casting. Take last night, for example. Based on their performances, this week and recently, if you had to pin me down on an exact prediction, I would’ve said Paige Miles and Katie Stevens would have been sent home last night.

Paige and Katie made the Top 12. And…the Top 12 is actually better for it. It’s the most diverse line-up of females in the Top 12 it could be under the circumstances. One problem the show’s been having this season is that there were too many similar-sounding female singers. Last night was like weeding your garden; you give the remaining sensitive girl singer-songwriter contestants a better chance to flourish by eliminating the ones who are similar, but less likely to survive.

Funny how Idol viewers voted to cast the Top 12 exactly how Idol producers would have cast it themselves. Funny how it works out that way.

The four sent home last night: Katelyn Epperley, Todrick Hall, Alex Lambert and Lilly Scott.

The Top 12: Crystal Bowersox, Michael Lynche (“Big Mike), Siobhan Magnus, Lee Dewyze, Didi Benami, Casey James, Lacey Brown, Aaron Kelly, Paige Miles, Andrew Garcia, Katie Stevens and Tim Urban.

As I said, I would’ve been 0-2 on predicting which girls were leaving. As for the guys, I would’ve nailed that. I suspected Aaron had the votes, being the cute young guy the ‘tween girls are going to support. Tim’s been improving, and has a similar appeal to Aaron. So they were safe.

I wasn’t impressed by Todrick’s vocals and have been saying so for weeks. Clearly, it had to be the end of the road for him. And Alex was simply the odd man out on this one. Just no room in the Top 12 for him. Too bad for Alex; he has a great voice. Alex is going home because he was uncomfortable on stage. Plain and simple. If he’d even shown a glimmer of improvement in that area, he’d be listening to Rolling Stones songs right now, deciding what to sing next week.

Finally, we saw the welcome return of last season’s Matt Giraud and the…umm…return of Scott MacIntyre. They duetted on Billy Joel’s “Tell Her About It.” To which, I asked, “Why??” Matt sounded great. Scott…well, I’m not a fan. So I literally gave it one-handed applause when they were done. I’m not making that up.

Thoughts? Leave a comment.

Greg Valentine
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