Round of 20: The Women - February 28
The guys are back in this competition, so the
girls are going to have to step it up. Can the girls prove that they can bring
it every week?
Continuing with the dedications, our first singer
tonight is Gina Glocksen, who dedicates her singing of Heart's "Alone" to her
boyfriend. He's even dyed his hair to match hers, which she thinks is cute.
What they say: Randy says that it started pitchy
but came onto its own. Paula cites that Carrie sang this... and she was
surprised even more now. Simon liked the song choice, but the vocal was forced
at the end. "You're never going to outsing some of the big singers in this
competition. I'm thinking you were a little more edgy."
What we say: Hey, so she's dressed like a prom
night princess. The voice is still there, and she can still blow. The song was
dead on for her. Oh yeah, and to quote Ryan... Joe, if you're reading... two
years... "Time for the ring..."
Alaina Alexander and LaKisha Smith are next.
LaKisha is showing some leg at the major cola Red Room. She doesn't look
nervous... not at all. Meanwhile, Alaina gets grilled on song choice. She thinks
"Not Ready to Make Nice" by the Dixie Chicks is more her bag. She dedicates it
to mom. Because you all know about Latins and their moms (C-Note: I can SO vouch
What they say: Randy said that when she went for
the chorus, the song was let go. "It was a mess for me." Paula says it's a hard
song to sing. "It was a little bit off." Simon says she ran out of steam three
quarters of the way.
What we say: When it wasn't too strong (the end),
it was not strong enough (the beginning). The chorus was also pretty sharp. And
she's got to control that pesky breathing!
LaKisha, showing off the leg, dedicates this
performance to grandmother Ruth Morris. She'll be 90 on March 30 (happy
birthday), and she's leaving on Gladys Knight's "Midnight Train to Georgia".
What they say: Randy thought she flipped it from
last week, although she was a little off at the beginning. Paula reminds her of
what I said last week, "You're LaKisha." Simon: "Interesting dance at the end."
She's a good singer, but it was not as good as last week. She needs to start
believing that she is a star.
What we say: She definitely leads with her
best... err... leg in the competition, but she has to do more than just engage
the audience at TV City. She has to remember that they don't vote for her, the
audience at home does. That said... Paris Bennett still has the version of this
song to beat.
Next, Melinda Doolittle is dedicating her
performance to her "Gayles"... because, you know, they refer to her as "Oprah.".
But seriously, they've pretty much gussied her up for Idol performance, and
she's now Idol ready. She sings "My Funny Valentine", the Mary J. version.
What they say: Randy says that she's come to win.
"You made the mark tonight. You are the one to beat." Paula calls it just
astounding. Simon calls it incredible.
What we say: Best of the night hands down. And
Melinda's silent confidence is the exclamation mark.
Next up, Antonella Barba... yeah, her. Last week,
she was ravaged. This week, she hopes to ravage back with Celine Dion's "Because
You Loved Me", dedicated to her brother Vincenzo.
What they say: in a rare bit of accordance among
the panel, Randy, Paula, and Simon basically say the same thing. She's
beautiful, but that song was too big for her.
What we say: I hated the arrangement. The pitch
was horrendous. It was nowhere near the level of Celine Dion. And she just
didn't really sell herself. That said, she's probably going to stay on another
week... because a man much wiser than I once said that "Any publicity is good
What Antonella says: Simon was wrong about
What we say REVISED: a) stop using Jennifer
Hudson as a scapegoat. You sucked on your own. b) Don't argue with the judges.
They can snap you like a twig, put you together with epoxy, and snap you again.
Halfway home. Jordin Sparks is next, as she
dedicates tonight to PJ. They goof around a lot. He watches as big sis sings
"Reflection" by Christina Aguilera.
What they say: Randy said she chose a good song
and that at 17, she's unbelievable. "It wasn't the best you've done, but it was
still really good." Paula says she's a good human being. Simon agrees with
Randy, not the best, but still very good. "Massive potential."
What we say: The tone was nonexistent at the
beginning. But once the chorus started, she felt the passion of the song...
unfortunately, the song isn't all chorus, and she went back to being a mite
Kellie Pickler will be back on the Idol stage in
all her vacant glory next week. Meanwhile, Stephanie Edwards still believes that
the atmosphere is friendly. She wants to pour her heart and soul into the piece
tonight. Her performance of "Dangerously In Love" by Beyonce is dedicated to
probably the biggest stage parents ever.
What they say: Randy says it was better than last
week, but it was a little Beyonce-lite. "I want Stephanie Edwards." Paula echoes
his sentiment. Simon echoes Paula's sentiment. "I thought it was a terrific
What we say: that was a copycat Beyonce
performance. Granted, it did sound good, but it brought nothing to the party.
Back up in the red room with Leslie Hunt and
Haley Scarnato. Haley wants to have a little fun with an upbeat song. Leslie,
meanwhile, thinks that "less is more", drawing from her experience as a gig
singer. Leslie dedicates Nina Simone's "Feeling Good"... popular song this
year... to her late grandpa Bob.
What they say: Randy likes that she returned to
form, but "it was definitely a little bit on the pitchy side." Paula says she
was being her. Simon said the scatting sounded like Paula talking. "You've just
been whacked by three or four big voices before you."
What we say: What... the... hell... No seriously,
it was another in a line of copycat performances that were begging to be put on
with something more, and... well, we didn't get it. And getting ahead of the
music didn't help either.
Next, Haley sings "Queen of the Night" by Whitney
Houston to her fiancée. He's not good with him being away, and she's not good
with being away, but this is what needs to be done.
What they say: Randy didn't like the fact that
there are more backing parts than there are leads. "Vocally, it wasn't on
point." Paula says it was leaps and bounds better than last week. Simon gives an
A for effort. "It was a little bit manic verging on insane. If you are going to
take on a Whitney song, you do it at your perils. Vocally, you came out bad. You
are one of two or three vulnerable girls tonight."
What we say: Wrong... song!!!! But on the plus
side, you challenged yourself, and that keeps you out of the "Gee, I wonder if
she's going home tonight" pile.
Last up is Sabrina Sloan with the closer
dedicated to her grammy. Tonight's closer, "All the Man I Need" by Whitney.
What they say: Randy cited some moments, but very
nice. Paula calls her fantastic. Simon says it was good, but don't confuse power
to shouting. She came over better last week. "You'll be back next week."
What we say: Back to what Simon said about taking
on Whitney Houston. There's always that comparison, but where the difference
between her and Haley is... Sabrina can actually compete. It was a little pitchy
at times, but scores better than what the contestant prior did.
So to sum up...
"Head of the Class": Gina, LaKisha, Melinda
The Class on "Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader": Jordin, Stephanie, Haley,
"The Class": Alaina, Antonella, Leslie
Bell curve. So who's going home and who's going
for another week? See you in 22.5 for the results.
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