Like I said in my last AI post, I like these episodes where they have minimal filler (grading on an American Idol curve of course). Here are my thoughts on the performances.
Jordin – I liked her much better this week. Lots more energy and the song was a good fit for her voice. It’s the kind of album I could see her making – a modern Pat Benatar.
Sabrina – Also much better this week. Good song choice to show off the power of her voice and I liked the performance too.
Antonella – I actually liked her a bit better this week. Still, it’s not enough compared to the other women in the competition. She’s just not up to par. I never thought I’d say this but kudos to Simon for his classy acknowledgement of Antonella’s media attention but in a Simon way that still differentiates between how he feels about her and how he feels about her performance. Oh yeah, one more thing – screw you Rosie.
Hayley – Nice voice but there wasn’t anything there to draw me in. As Randy said “no yo”. Funny enough, I also didn’t recognize her or know her name.
Stephanie – Randy’s nuts. She was truly amazing. To me she’s the front runner. An amazing voice and some great stage presence.
LaKisha – Also amazing. Just an incredible voice. Still, I maintain the same position I had last week and the week before – she’s stuck doing a type of song that just won’t get me to buy any album she would make. She needs to mix it up to get my vote.
Gina – At least she’s doing something different playing an Evanescence tune like we would hear on the far superior Rockstar series. Still found her voice to be a little screechy but a much better match with her skills and far more interesting than the majority of competitors.
Melinda – Just like with LaKisha I can put the same comment in for Melinda. Amazing voice, great performer but I still haven’t heard her sing a song that would sell an album.
So bottom line:
Who should go: Antonella and Hayley.
Who will go: Gina and Hayley