This season, the ladies of American Idol are better than the guys. It's as simple as that. What we saw Wednesday night was in an entirely different dimension that what we saw on Tuesday. The men on Tuesday were timid, amateur-ish, cocky, and disappointing. The judges (Simon and Randy) were harsh in their criticism of the men, but rightly so. Last night, however, was an entirely different story.
The top 12 ladies of this season's American Idol absolutely blew away their male counterparts. Although not all of the performances were stellar, the best were professional quality, and even the lower echelon of the songs performed displayed the immense potential of their singers. Only one performance was straight-up bad (we'll get to that in a second), and even that wasn't a total train wreck. Like yesterday, I've given out grades for each performance. Check them out below.
Stephanie Edwards: B+
Stephanie Edwards started the night off on the right foot, giving us a performance that eclipsed anything the guys put out the previous night. Stephanie is a better performer than she is a singer, but she sang well enough during the song. A great start to a very good episode.
Amy Krebs: B-
I liked Amy a lot more than the judges did. Sure, her performance didn't stand out and wasn't original, but it was well-sung and enjoyable. Amy could be a sleeper going forward, because I don't think we've seen her best just yet.
Leslie Hunt: C
Singing "A Natural Woman" was not the correct choice for Leslie. The song was way too much for her to handle and the results were disappointing. Leslie has a bizarre, energetic stage presence that is a little off-putting, at least to me. I wouldn't be surprised if she were eliminated tonight.
Sabrina Sloan: B+
Sabrina is someone I don't remember much of from the auditions, but she really blew the roof off last night. She has a powerful voice that she is in complete control of. Besides what I thought was a semi-botched last note, Sabrina turned in one of the best performances of the night.
Antonella Barba: D-
Oh, Antonella. You're so damn good-looking. If only you could sing. It's really unfortunate that she made it to the final 24 over other more talented, less attractive singers. To be fair, her song choice (Aerosmith) may have been what killed her and she did show some potential in auditions, so if she gets another chance it's possible she could impress. Probably going home tonight, however.
Jordin Sparks: A-
The 17 year old showed off her great voice with an intelligent song choice (Tracy Chapman) that displayed her preternatural maturity as a singer. No one's really talking about her in the wake of Lakisha's performance last night, but they should be.
Nicole Tranquillo: B
This was another one that I liked a lot more than the judges did. Nicole's voice is unique and, although she made some interesting decisions, the performance did it for me. Nicole's range is out of this world and she can really sing. She's got a lot of room to improve.
Haley Scarnato: B
A solid, boring performance. She sang a Celine Dion song, so that's already a couple of strikes against her in my book, but she performs it well, but by-the-numbers. Like the judges said, nothing special. Haley has some potential.
Melinda Doolittle: A-
Melinda gives a confident, electric performance. Her voice is incredible, and she just dominated what I believe was an Aretha song. An early favorite to make it at least to the top 6, probably further.
Alaina Alexander: C
Alaina is another girl who gets a lot of extra points for being good-looking. Her singing was pretty good in the auditions, and she may have just picked the wrong song here. She chose a Pretenders song that has become fairly iconic, and when you sing something like that you better knock it out of the park. She didn't. Simon really rails on her and there's a good chance Alaina will be going home tonight.
Gina Glocksen: B-
Gina sang "All By Myself" and it bored me. Her voice is big, but the whole thing didn't work for me. She missed the big note at the end, something that only Simon pointed out. You have to hit that last note and she didn't.
Lakisha Jones: A
The runaway star of the night, Lakisha gave a powerful performance of Jennifer Hudson's song from Dreamgirls "I'm Telling You". Lakisha's voice is everything you could hope for and, if not quite as great as Hudson, she was close. One note: Lakisha definitely benefited from a song that was right in her wheelhouse and may get burned later on by the fact that last night may end up being her best performance of the season. Regardless, Lakisha is the early favorite to win it all.
Who will be sent home tonight? I'll have some quick thoughts to accompany tonight's results show and I'm sure will havesome surprising eliminations.
-Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer