Tonight American Idol Top 12 contestants sang songs from the year they were born. I’m rating those performances.
1. Naima Adedapo, What’s Love Got To Do With It by Tina Turner: As the judges rightly said, it was pitchy and all over the place vocally. In a signing competition, that’s a big deal, and not in Naima’s favor.
2. Paul McDonald, That’s Why They Call It The Blues by Elton John: Another terrible overrated performance. You could have just as well put a goat on the stage – would have been the same vocally.
3. Thia Megia, Colors Of the Wind by Vanessa Williams: Thia does have a great sound to her voice, but seriously, enough with the ballads already; it is getting boring.
4. James Durbin, I’ll Be There For You by Bon Jovi: I’ve loved pretty much everything James has done so far, and this week wasn’t an exception. Maybe a little less running around the stage would be nice so that he could concentrate on the vocals a little more. But I love how he makes every song his own and that he is the only rocker there, yet he does not sound karaoke, like last season’s Casey often did.
5. Haley Reinhart, Whatever You Want From Me by Whitney Houston: It’s tough to sing Whitney Houston, and sure enough, Haley sounded pitchy. However, I still like Haley and disagree with Randy’s constant complaining about the wide range of her musical tastes.
6. Stefano Langone, If You Don’t Know Me By Now by Simply Red: Very nice! It was so natural and pleasant to watch/listen to, and I always love the passion in Stefano’s voice. Special kudos for avoiding the inherent danger of this song to sound sleepy. And he looks just like Joey from Friends.
7. Pia Toscano, Where Do Broken Hearts Go by Whitney Houston: Pia has a great voice and it was wise of her to do something different from her usual ballads, but she sounded somewhat insecure in low notes, and the rhythm of the song at times made it hard to hear her.
8. Scotty McCreery, Can I Trust You With My Heart by Travis Tritt: Another boring country song, but at least Scotty finally pushed it a little bit vocally.
9. Karen Rodriquez, Love Will Lead You Back by Taylor Dayne: I felt Karen’s passion, and I thought vocals were pretty good. Hopefully Karen doesn’t get stuck in the ballad land forever and expands her repertoire.
10. Casey Abrams, Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana: I can’t even say how happy I am that Casey did Nirvana, right in line with my wishes, breaking all the Idol stereotypes. Maybe he could have toned down the arrangement a little bit so that his voice would have shined more, but it still sounded authentic and very grunge-like yet unique.
11. Lauren Alaina, I’m the Only One by Melissa Etheridge: Way better than last week’s performance, but still, it lacked the “wow-power”, and I thought the arrangement was sort of noisy.
12. Jacob Lusk, Alone by Heart: Another great performance from Jacob. I love the emotion in his voice, and the vocals were great too.