Thursday, February 22, 2007

And Now... The Ladies

Ok. Overall, the ladies did much better than the guys did. They got off to a much better start with Stephanie. She definitely set the bar high with the opening performance. Good vocals, good performance. Then, it looked like the guys may have been ok when Amy and Leslie struggled through their songs. I agreed with Simon that Leslie looked a bit uncomfortable on stage. I don't know that she's as natural a performer as many of the other contestants. Sabrina brought the house down performing Aretha! I didn't know she had it in her, but she was great! Unfortunately, Antonella was pretty bad with her Aerosmith song. She looked like she was ready to cry when the judges criticized her. She may skate by this week on her looks, though. Jordin surprised with an excellent song choice and a very poised performance for anyone, let alone a 17-year old. I don't know what the hell was up with Nicole and that weird-ass Chaka Khan song. Terrible choice and bad performance. I don't know what Paula was smokin' that she thought it was terrific. Haley struggled with Celine Dion, definitely too big for her. Not very good. Melinda did a great job with Aretha. Very good performance. I think her stage experience showed. She may do what Eliot Yamin did last year, and become more comfortable as she gets used being in the spotlight front and center. Chrissy really likes Melinda. There's something about her that I'm not sure about, though. Chrissy thinks I'm just picking up on her shyness. We'll see. Alaina struggled with a pretty bad performance. Didn't strike the right tone with the judges, either. Seemed to have a bit of attitude, like she thought she was better than she was. Gina brought it. Thought she did a good job. Not a perfect performance, but definitely enough to carry her through to next week. Lakisha was great. Really finished the show with a bang. Don't know if it was quite in another league, but pretty close. Probably the best performance of the top 24 so far.

As far as the elimination, I think it could just as easily be any one of Amy, Leslie, Antonella, Nicole or Alaina. I think absolutely no question, Stephanie, Sabrina, Jordin, Melinda, Gina and Lakisha go on. My money is on Nicole and Alaina to go tonight. If they don't bring it next week, Antonella and Haley are out.

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