First – the girls who didn’t get through:
Cristabel Clack – she had apparently been personally assured by God that ‘American Idol’ was where she was supposed to be. Shame no one told the judges that – unless God’s plan was to inject a little humility into Cristabel. Her cover of Alicia Keys’ “No One” was “a little sleepy” according to Randy and “out of control” according to Nicki. It was nice Mariah applauded all background singers, one of which Cristabel sems destined to remain. Despite Mariah’s urging her to return another year, as she is already twenty-nine this ain’t gonna happen, dude.
Jett Hermano was good on Rihanna’s “Only Girl (In The World)” I thought – and she can play the paino! Seems like the judges just don’t know what they want. Last week Randy told Shubha Vedula he’d have loved if she’d stayed at the piano, but tonight when Jett did exactly that, he complained that he wanted her to get up midway through and “just rock it onstage, wear it out vocally.” I guess we don’t get to see her do that now.
Juliana Chahayed is a real cutie at just fifteen and I really do hope she comes back for another season when she has grown in confidence a bit. She knew she’d blown ‘Skyscraper’ and that’s a good thing, right?
Melinda Ademi appropriately sang “Nobody’s Perfect” and she definitely wasn’t. Her singing was off, her dancing was off and she’ll just have to be satisfied with knowing Nicki Minaj loves her. Meh – whateverrrrr!
Rachel Hale missed out, I think, because the producers wanted Janelle Arthur in the live shows and weren’t about to pit another country girl against her. Sure Rachel hit some bad (and not in a good way) notes in “Nothing But the Water” by Grace Potter, but I like how she gets the crowd going. So I was less keen on her trying to get the audience to pray, but she’s sweet. Maybe next year…
Soooo – here are the last five girl to make it through to the ‘American Idol’ Top 10 girls this season:
Aubrey Cleland was sweet and pretty too, and so was her version of Beyoncé’s “Sweet Dreams;” nothing more, nothing less, but she got through.
Breanna Steer was another Rihanna clone. She definitely had attitude on her cover of Jazmine Sullivan’s “Bust Your Windows.” Nicki suggested that Breanna should team up with Aubrey and “two more girls that look sexy” to form a supergroup. Once again, I can’t help thinking Nicki would be better off on “The X Factor.” But Breanna lives to perform again as a solo performer.
Candice Glover sang her own arrangement of Aretha Franklin’s “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.” That was impressive and Randy encouraged Candice to “do all kinds of stuff no one else can do” with her voice and not be afraid to take more risks. Nicki was shocked Candice didn’t make it past Vegas last season, so I loved how Randy protested that last year was “such a different time.” Hmm, not really, no. So it’s perhaps surprising that someone so recently rejected is now being widely proclaimed a front runner.
Janelle Arthur fairly easily got into the season 12 Top 20 girls, even though Lady Antebellum’s “Just a Kiss” seemed to run away with her. “It didn’t give you room to soar,” the judges said but “you know that you are a star” and “you don’t have to try hard.” Is this a good message to be giving out?
Zoanette Johnson made up the Top 20 with her very own brand of craziness. She took the very best song from “The Lion King” and Zoanetted all over it. I’d like to say I’m upset about it but I think I’m still in shock. All I can hold on to is that if people hate her in the live shows she will soon get kicked off and we’ll soon find someone else to gripe about. If she hangs around – well, we’ll never be short of something to talk about.
What do you think? Would you have picked the same five girls to go through last night?