Round of 16: The Women - March 7
If the judges had their way, only four of the guys would make it to the top
12. How many women will join up? What's the big secret that Idol is hiding? And
also... Where's Paula? We'll answer ... at least one of these questions...
We finally get Paula back in the middle of the pack. And praise be for that.
We're starting with Jordin Sparks doing Pat Benatar. Her secret: she's a fervent
member of Cardinal nation. That's the Arizona Football Cardinals. She's singing
What they say: Randy says it's like a different show, but she was better than
any of the guys last night. Paula says she's exploding into her own artistry.
Simon's not very enthused, but he does like personality.
What we say: Jordin has some breathing issues to work with, but other than
that, she's putting the girls on notice.
Back in the Red Room, Gina and Sabrina are on the couches. Gina believes that
the praise the girls are getting is a blessing. Sabrina says the best she can do
is go out and sing well. First up, Sabrina Sloan, who is actually a skilled host
and presenter... granted it was for a high school production, but hey... Kristin
Holt had all of five episodes of American Idol before getting the "Cheat!" gig,
so... She sings "Don't Let Go (Love)" by En Vogue.
What they say: Randy didn't really think the song suited her. Paula thinks it
was gorgeous. It's lacking emotion, says Simon. "It actually reminded me of a
hotel resort performance."
What we say: She was sharp during the chorus when she really needn't be. I
guess that comes from powering the chorus through. But when she does her own
thing, it's pretty good. She might've deviated from flightplan during that long
note at the end. But yeah, it's time to get out of the whole Ayla Brown school
Up next, Antonella Barba... is actually a skilled violinist... sort of. She
sings "Put Your Records On" by Corinne Bailey Rae.
What they say: Randy says it was a good song choice, but says she's a better
singer than she's shown. Paula agrees. Simon puts it bluntly: "You've gone as
far as you can go. The reality is you are surrounded by some pretty amazing girl
singers, and I don't think your voice can get any better. I feel for you,
because you've taken a lot of stick in the media. I think you handled it well
throughout. I'm not gonna patronize you. It wasn't your worst, but I just wish
you could sing better."
What we say: Two words about Simon's comments: Jasmine Trias. Giving
substandard performances and then arguing about them. I'll echo further what the
judges are trying to say... It's time for this farce to end.
Next, Haley Scarnato. She was a gymnast... until "her body gave out." She
sings "If My Heart Had Wings" by Faith Hill.
What they say: Randy thought it was okay. "I need some 'Yo, here I am.'"
Paula agrees. Simon thought it was horrible. The problem: "I don't know your
What we say: The same gremlins that kept Haley from advancing any further
vocally have come home to roost. Breathing... vibrato... no real emotion.
Stephanie Edwards can sing Mary J from the cradle, seemingly. She used to be
shy? Wha? She sings "Sweet Thing" by Chaka Khan.
What they say: Randy gives an A for effort. Compared to Chaka, though, it was
subpar. Paula reminds her to stay on top of the beat. Simon says she's one of
the best, but she has a tendency to go the copycat route.
What we say: She's got a big voice on her, and she's one to watch. It was
infinitely better than last week, if only because she put some of herself into
Did we mention this was a live show? LaKisha Jones wants a hug first. Her
dirty little secret: she's terrified of animals. She goes with "I Have Nothing".
What they say: Randy: "Another great performance by the great LaKisha."
Paula: "You don't have to run anywhere." Simon: "What we haven't seen tonight...
Passion... believability... and tonight you look beautiful."
What we say: What's going to end up hurting her, other than taking on Whitney
on an oft-performed "Idol" without doing anything to stand out from it, is the
fact that she's up against two more able-bodies like-genre singers. I don't
think that's going to be a factor this week, but if she were to find herself on
the danger zone, that'll more than likely be why. But this week, yeah, nothing
to worry about.
Pillow fight in the red room. Gina Glocksen is in the middle of a nerve
attack. Her lucky charms: a troll and a stuffed pickle. Tonight, she's playing
up Evanescence's "Call Me When You're Sober."
What they say: Randy: "Finally the real Gina comes out! This is who I thought
you really were." Paula says watch oversinging. Simon says she looked
comfortable. "You tended to scream the song, but I really hope you make it
through next week. You're a breath of fresh air."
What we say: first of all, say what you will... but Amy Lee is a hard act to
follow. She's got pipes. That said... There's no one in the girls like Gina, so
that's gonna help out immensely. But still, breathing, girl! Control it! I'm
going to have a freaking fit here!
Last performance of the night comes from Melinda Doolittle. She has a spell
of type A. Right now, she's got a spell of tonight's closer, "I'm a Woman" by
Reba McEntire, a great Lieber & Stoller tune, that.
What they say: Randy: "The hottest one of the night." Paula calls it
phenomenal. Simon... "You little tiger. I thought we had a pussycat. I LOVE
What we say: of the three powerhouse voices, Melinda is the most versatile.
That will help in the theme weeks IMMENSELY.
So who goes on and who goes home?
SNL circa 1982: Jordin, Stephanie, LaKisha, Gina, Melinda
SNL circa 1989: Sabrina
SNL circa 1995: Antonella, Haley
No doubt that the women outshone all the men, and they'll be a force to be
reckoned with in the finals. But... who is in the top 12? Find out tomorrow!