American Idol: Top 10 Guys, Performance Grades
Well, that was impressive.  The American Idol guys, who sucked so horribly last week, came back with a vengeance on Tuesday, with exponential improvements across the board (except for Sanjaya).  Whereas a week ago it didn't look like any of these guys could compete with the ladies, it now seems like a somewhat fair fight.  American Idol is up in the air again.

The ladies will perform tonight, and it will be interesting to see the direction they take.  Will they improve, just as the guys did?  Or will they fall back to the pack a little bit.  I'm guessing that they'll improve, but not by as much as the guys did last night.

What follows are my completely biased performance grades for wach of the male performances last night.

Phil Stacey
: B

Phil has a good voice, and he sang his song flawlessly last night.  The reason I give him a B is that I don't believe the degree of difficulty on the song was too high.  He didn't really bring anything special to the table and, all in all, it was a fairly bland performance.  But, it was expertly executed.

Jared Cotter
: C+

Jared Cotter also has a very good voice, but I quibble with his song choice here.  Singing Marvin Gaye's “Let's Get it On” could be a great decision, if he had done something new or different with it.  However, Jared gave a blatant Marvin Gaye impersonation, adding nothing of his own to the performance.  The result was a good impression of Marvin, but no one can really sing like Marvin.

A.J. Tabaldo: B

I don't like A.J.  Nothing personal, he seems like a good guy, but his singing just rubs me the wrong way.  I'm giving him a good grade because of all the love he seems to be receiving from everyone but me.  He's a pretty good singer, and I admit that, but he sounds too much like crappy R&B for my tastes.    

Sanjaya Malakar: F

Sanjaya let loose his second train wreck of a performance in as many weeks.  The problems are't curable and it will be a monumental upset if Sanjaya makes it past Thursday.  He is far and away the worst contestant left.  His performance last night was weird, a little creepy, and poorly executed.  

Chris Sligh: A-

Very impressive performance from Chris.  You can see that he's trying to get away from his comic relief persona and just show everyone that he can sing.  Which he did last night, even making his biggest skeptic (Simon) give him props for the performance.  Also impressive?  Chris has a wife.

Nick Pedro: B+

Nick's version of “Fever” seemed to be the most underrated performance of the night.  Nick brings a different, crooner vibe to the proceedings, and he showed why that's a good thing last night.  He's got a very smokey, smooth voice that, when singing the right songs, can be chilling.  Nick is a darkhorse.

Blake Lewis: B

Could've been a lot better.  His “Virtual Insanity” started off sloppy and out-of-tune in places, but the song is a very hard one to sing.  He broke down into his beat boxing skills in the middle of the song, which was great, and then finished much better than he had started.  Blake is, for good reason, a fan favorite and will be sticking around for a while.  He can do better than he did last night.

Brandon Rogers: C

Brandon has a great voice that, for some reason, he's decided not to show off just yet.  He sang Cyndi Lauper's “Time after Time”, which was a bizarre choice.  He performs it well, but I had to agree with Randy.  It was boring.  These guys are supposed to wow us, and Brandon just hasn't even tried yet.

Chris Richardson: A-

Chris is a natural performer who just looks comfortable up on stage.  He sings a Jason Mraz song better than Mraz can sing it, and improves on what was an already good performance last week.  I'm actually really impressed with Chris; I wasn't expecting a whole lot out of him.

Sundance Head: A-

I almost gave this an A, but I want to give the big Southerner some room to improve.  It was actually jarring seeing Sundance return to form after basically sucking in Hollywood up until last night.  He was skating on thin ice; not any more.

-Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer

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