So Room Two is looking like the big loser, because Room Three has Didi Benami in.
And unless Didi actually killed someone on stage during her final solo with malice,
there's no way she is not making it through to the top 24. (I'm pretty sure if she murdered someone on stage by accident they'd let her through anyway.)
is having a hard time with the lyrics, just like she did during her
initial audition. Unfortunately, the judges won't think swearing and
forgetting the lyrics is cute now. On stage, Shelby seems to struggle
with the tone more than the lyrics, but we still like her bluesy
Olympic Ranking: Bronze
we get to see the singing boy wonder, who unfortunately forgets the
words to his final audition song and during his group audition. Ouch Aaron. Even forgetting the lyrics, this boy
is tween audience gold and there's no way that Idol
is passing that up.
Especially since even when he is forgetting the lyrics, Aaron can sing. He's the male equivalent of little
girl, big voice.
Olympic Ranking: We should disqualify you, but.... Bronze
Ashley Rodriguez and Lee DeWyze
continues her flawless Idol
audition streak with her solo. This girl is
the closest thing to a ringer we have this season, though I worry she may
be a bit too perfect and cookie cutter to make a lasting impression on
Lee has that big bold bluesy voice that at
least one male Idol
contestant has to have each season. For that reason
alone, I'd say that Lee is a pretty safe bet for the Top 24. Jeff
Goldford had the gravelly-gorgeous pipes too, but they've spent more
time on Lee than Jeff during Hollywood Week.
Ashley's Olympic Ranking: Silver
Lee's Olympic Ranking: Gold
still don't think Haeley Vaughan can sing. And if she can sing, I just
don't like her voice at all...it's nasal and has no richness to it. Unfortunately, the
judges and the rest of you seem to disagree completely.
Olympic Ranking: Bronze
of my pre-season favorites struggles with lyrics and a dying voice, but
she rallies for a workhorse of a performance. While it wasn't great and
has definite shades of Taylor Swift's disastrous Grammy performance, Janell has hopefully proved herself with the other auditions.
Olympic Ranking: Bronze
The Judges' Decision
time for the judges to break the news to the three rooms, who will be
safe (Room One) and who will be sent home (Mary Powers, Mary Powers,
Room One: SAFE
Tori Kelly, Lilly Scott, Chris Golightly, Siobahn Magnus, Tyler Grady,
Michael Lynch, Katie Stevens and Andrew Garcia)
Well, that was
rather anti-climactic as we knew there was no way they were sending
that room home, and Ellen's cheesy fake-out didn't help matters at all.
Kara and the judges walk into Room Two like the funeral march
that it is. Simon does his best at diplomacy, saying "most of you have
been better than we thought you would be." With his accent and intention, it sounds
more like an insult than a compliment.
Room Two: CUT
(including: Mary Powers, Charity Vance, Bryan Walker, Big SuccSexy and Hope Johnson)
crying and sad Ben Harper soundtrack. The most brutal blows in that
room are Charity Vance and Bryan Walker, who hopefully both return for
season 10. They're both perfect for Idol. That being said, I might be willing to sacrifice them for the joyous victory that is seeing Mary Powers cut.
Room Three: SAFE
(including: Haeley Vaughan, John Park, Angela Martin, Shelby Dressel, Aaron Kelly and Janell Wheeler)
short live celebration segment. 46 people have made it through this
far, but we know that only the top 24 will make it through. Up next?
The beginning of the final judgment and what Ryan promises is "the most
dramatic top 24 reveal ever." By which I assume he means, "the most
dramatic partial top 24 reveal ever."
reviewers want to know....how is there almost an hour of Idol
left? Plus an hour tomorrow? How many back stories can one audition
process have? Oh, about 46 you say? Goody.
lets us know how tonight will go. Dramatic elevator ride. Dramatic
walk. Dramatic music. Dramatic unlit stage. Most dramatic partial top 24 reveal ever,
First Idol hopeful to get the dramatic news?
Big Mike Lynche: Top 24
guess? 100% yes. He's the singing teddy bear model that Ruben Studdard
perfected and has proved potent on Idol.
Plus, he got the big old Idol
back story treatment, I mean, they should have just called the group
night episode: "Big Mike's Wife Gives Birth."
Simon drags out the intro
and says the biggest problem with Big Mike is that they're not sure he
thinks he can win. We like that about Big Mike. He doesn't seem to have
the ego of someone like Todrick Hall. It's called earnestness and
humbleness Simon, and America eats that up like cherry pie. He is unanimously
through and is our first member of the top 24.
Big Mike then becomes
my favorite person ever by lifting Ryan Seacrest like the petite
cheerleader he is. Dear readers, please make a .gif of that. I would
watch it over and over and over again. Didi Benami: Top 24
This is another no brainer. Didi
has had the strongest stand-alone female vocals in a year that's
supposed to be all about the ladies. Add to that the exploitable back-story
loves so much (female Danny Gokey edit anyone?), so she should be heading straight for the top
We see a bit of Didi's final audition, where she sings the
sob-inducing "Angel" by Sara McLaughlin, it's her weakest vocal
performance to date, but still lovely. Sitting in front of the judges,
Didi begins to cry again. We're calling her out already as this
season's sobber. "Crying Girl" has nothing on you Didi.
Surprising no one, she gets four yeses and
cries what are hopefully her first tears of joy. Ryan even calls her
out, "I'm only used to seeing you with your make-up running." Seacrest
has also noted that Didi is the Idol crier.
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