American Idol's Top 12 Recap: Girls, Girls, Girls! (Page 2/3)
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
"Fixing A Hole" by The Beatles
is the first girl to use an acoustic guitar, as allowed by the rules this week. No
reason to lie, that gets instant extra points from me. That means (if she does it well) Lilly isn't just a singer, she's a musician. I have a thing for musicians. And for Lilly it would seem.
another jazzy phrased revamp of a classic and shows off those
distinctive vocal quirks I love so much. They also definitely make her
this years' acquired taste contestant, otherwise known as the Megan Joy award. For
me, Lilly was the first girl who took a song and made it her own and I
love her for that. I'll be ordering it from iTunes tonight.
best we've had so far. I'm still not feeling much star power from you."
Kara, Randy and Ellen were absolutely crazy for her distinctive,
memorable vocals. Randy goes so far to say, "I love that you're a real indie artist, which I don't think we've ever had."
"Oh Darling" by The Beatles
does a bluesy boudoir version of "Oh Darling," with the strongest
vocals we've heard all night. She sounds like Duffy and the other
British "new soul" singers. There aren't too many vocal runs and the tone
is what's big about her voice, not the volume. It's kind of crappy for
both her and Lilly to be placed back-to-back with Beatles tunes, though. It's
as if Idol is saying, "these girls are interchangeable: choose one." And
that would be a shame, because I really loved what we just heard from Katelyn, my
favorite performance from her yet.
Well, Kara actually. "You've
been singing your whole life? You know your voice very very well. You
know exactly what you're doing up there." Kara clearly loved everything
about Katelyn, except her make up.
"I Wanna to Hold Your Hand" by The Beatles
Beatles songs in a row? I'm a Beatles fan, but youch. Haeley completely
rewrites "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" to a musically unrecognizable slow
rocker, which I'm not sure I'm keen on. Arrangement aside, Haeley finally showed
a bit of the bubbly charm that we saw in her first audition and finally reminded me why I liked her in the first place. Sadly, it has
nothing to do with her voice, which I still find grating at best. She
struggles with flat notes, but is engaging as all get out. Her personality and likability may get
her through tonight, but not a whole lot further.
I'm being honest, it was verging on terrible." Ah, the classic Simon is
back. I've missed you. Randy agrees that Haeley's voice is kind of full
of flat-note nightmares, "When you hit those high notes, they're not
Shaky (she'd be packing her bags if she wasn't pre-show pimped)
"Landslide" by Fleetwood Mac
of my favorite songs ever, so I'll either be pre-ordering this tonight
or cursing Lacey's name. Lacey has some tempo issues and is doing too
much interchanging between her full-throated big voice and sultry
whisper. Annoyingly so. Like, you'd have to keep changing the volume if
you were listening on your head phones. Truthfully though, you might as well mute it all
together for all the pitchiness.I like Lacey and her voice when she uses it well, so I don't hate her for it, but I definitely
won't be buying the song.
15 seconds I was working out how much longer there was in the song. And
I thought it was indulgent." Everyone agrees, even Ellen who's been
almost universally positive so far tonight.
She should be packing her bags. (Though I'm hoping she doesn't have to use them.)
We're more than halfway through tonight, who is everyone's favorite? Least favorite?
"Falling" by Alicia Keys
no. Michelle is the first girl to go expressly against my song choice
advice, covering Alicia Keys and making herself easily mistaken with
Ashley Rodriguez. However, at least they'll mistake her for the Ashley
Rodriguez who can sing (and not the one we saw tonight), because Michelle was sultry smokey fire on
stage. She didn't vary much from Alicia Keys song structure, but she did add
some tasteful vocal runs and character in her tone. After Ashley's flub of Leona Lewis at the
start of the show Michelle Delamor may very well be the new Ashley
"You're a very, very
professional singer. There wasn't one moment in the performance where I
thought wow." Ellen loved it, but Kara thought there were spots where
it was not great and lacked believability.
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