5/5 American Idol Final 4 Rock Week, “Danny Off-Key”

This should have been the week to use the save, because there is a good chance that Danny, who did a horrible rendition of Aerosmith, may likely need it to be saved from his first painful performance of the season.

But let’s get to the show. (Audio Performances at the end of the post)

Adam Lambert- “Whole Lotta Love” – Led Zeppelin – First was Adam. We had said weeks ago that Adam sounds like Robert Plant, but Plant required a studio to pull off the screams, and Adam can do it effortlessly live. We knew, if he didn’t majorly screw up and try to do the song too differently from the original, he would kill it. He got advise from the weekly mentor “Slash” to not improvise the song too much. Adam listened, and it was awesome rock. He is the only person in Idol history that could have pulled off that song. (10/10)

Allison Iraheta- “Cry Baby” – Janis Joplin – Second was Allison. This is a classic song, which requires an amazing vocal range to pull off well. Allison was not challenged by what was a classic Joplin tune. She belted it out as well as Janis ever did live. We loved it, but there is no way she could outdo Adam. (9/10)

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Kris Allen- “Come Together – Beatles – Kris did this OK. It was a bit mundane and not overly thrilling to watch. He was on key throughout and did it well, but we wouldn’t break down a door to see him perform it. (7/10)

Danny Go Offkey- “Dream On” – Aerosmith – Nothing could save Danny here. He was already out of his element and there are so many bluesy rock songs he could have chosen instead. He tried to be Adam and scream, and that is not only not Danny’s style, but it is way out of character and his vocal range. Where Danny shines is the blues, and instead of choosing a Stones tune or a Joe Cocker song he could have nailed, he chose to do Aerosmith? Their biggest hit no less? Bad idea Danny. (5/10)

There were some duets, but none were worth much and none would make a difference in the voters minds. The solos placed Danny so far behind it was pathetic and one bad week could send him home because the judges totaly blew the save two weeks ago.

Danny Gokey could lose to Kris and Allison for the first time in this competition on one bad performance. And we coined the phrase Danny Offkey to express how bad this performance was. After weeks of greatness, Danny could well go home, unless the audience gives him a chance because he has been so great in past weeks.

As a note to our readers, Danny made votefortheworst.com, and if you vote for Danny tonight, you would be.

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Profile Spotlight on Lil Rounds, American Idol Season 8 Finalist

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Favorite Quote:

“If I can help somebody with a word or a song then my life shall not be in vain.”

Favorite Male Artists:

Anthony Hamilton

Favorite Female Artists:

Alicia Keys

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Lil Rounds is a buxom 23 year old beauty from Memphis, Tennessee that can belt out soul and blues with some of the best ever to grace Idol’s stage. She has a heart-warming smile and a presence on stage that makes her a real contender for the prize this year.

Lil Rounds is actually her real name. Lil is short for Lillian, but she is anything but short on talent. The name is perfect for a performer. Idol judge Kara DioGuardi agrees. “What a great name, Lil Rounds.” she said . Lil has burst onto the scene as a powerful new talent as one of the top 13 finalists on FOX’s “American Idol 8.”

Lil auditioned in Kansas City, Missouri. She sang “All I Do” by Stevie Wonder for her audition, and received a strong endorsement from all four judges to put her through to Hollywood.

Randy Jackson said she is a mix of Fantasia Barrino and Mary J. Blige. We think she is unique and more appealing than either..

The show’s four judges seemed most in agreement about Rounds’ talent when she sang Mary J. Blige’s “Be Without You.” Their praise and her superb performance demonstrated that she is not going home any time soon.

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Lil began singing when she was 3 years old. She is a customer service representative and lives in Memphis, Tennessee with her husband and three children. Until now, she hasn’t ventured far from the nest.

Having 3 children is a major challenge, but that hasn’t presented a problem for Lil because of the support offered by her family in the pursuit of her dream. “Throughout my journey… my family has been so supportive… if it was not for them, I would not be here right now”.

Here’s a Lil Rounds fansite on the web.

Hollywood Introduction

Top 36 Hollywood Interview with Matt Giraud

Her Background story and Audition

Hollywood week: “I’ll Always Love You” by Whitney Houston

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3/9 Dancing With The Stars: Comparing Apples and Oranges, Oranges Win

1 Lil’ Kim & Derek – While being a bit awkward in her first week, Kim did quite well. She has glamour and style, but she is also sexy. There is also a personality that shines though that brings her to the front of the line. Major distraction is she is short relative to Derek, and it makes her legs look awkward. Our score for her (8/10)

2 Belinda & Jonathan – Belinda was energetic with the Go-Go’s and so we expected energy in her dance. It wasn’t there. The slow dance is difficult to pull off early because it is inherently boring to watch unless you are superb and Belinda wasn’t. We will be kind. (6/10)

3 Lawrence & Edyta – Lawrence was a big black post. Not much movement, no soul, no personality at least during the dance. He was stiff and awkward, and he proved that he could not tackle this challenge. (5/10)

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Derek Hough and Lil' Kim

4 Steve-O & Lacey – It must be tough to constantly be called the Jack Ass. Of course, it is the symbol of the Democratic Party, so perhaps it is in style. Steve-O was stiff, but he made the moves when he had to to keep from looking as bad as Lawrence did. Not great. (5/10)

5 Gilles & Cheryl – OK, we had trouble discerning which dancer was the teacher and which was the student in this performance. Gille was the best of the night and is incredible with his grace and coordination. We think we have a winner. (9/10)

6 Chuck & Julianne – Nicely done, albeit a bit boring. The couple never caught our interest, but we have to give some kudos for the quality of the dance. (7/10)

7 Holly & Dmitry – Not enough practice, and it was evident. We are huge fans of Dmitri’s style so we think he will bring Holly into this competition, but at this point, she kept seeming to forget what she was doing. One minute we would think she was on track and hot, and the next we had no idea what she was doing, but it didn’t seem like dance. Holly only had 48 hours to rehearse a replacement for Jewel, who had to withdraw, and because she had her moments, she could definitely come back from this performance. (6/10)

8 Ty & Chelsie – The judges were harsh on Ty. He has a real cowboy stiffness about him he has to chake though, to come across as a serious ball room dancer. He has the ability to remember the moves, but is so stiff like he had broken every bone in his body riding the bulls. He also has this odd thing going on with his hands that make
him look like he is snapping his fingers. Grace, unfortunately was lacking. (5/10)

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Tony Dovolani and Melissa Rycroft

9 Shawn & Mark – Shawn did not look like this during the Olympics. She has matured and looks every bit the woman the others in the competition do. She has elegance and grace and uses her ability to remember her gymnastics moves to her advantage when recalling her steps in the dance. She occasionally looks like she is completing a floor dance or other gymnastics performance, but overall, smooth. (7/10)

10 Steve & Karina – Steve dances like an Apple. He rolls around and is rotten to the core. By far, he was the worst of the night. Painful to watch. (3/10)

11 David & Kym – David and Kym ate up the floor, but the performance got a tad boring at times. David can move fairly gracefully and we like him, but he has to take himself more seriously for us to. Overall a commendable performance. (6/10)

12 Denise & Maks – Not happening for us. Denise was graceful in many ways, but just not in tune with the dance. We were not excited about the performance. (6/10)

13 Melissa & Tony – Melissa has dance training and it shows. She gets every move on point and, despite being a replacement and only having two days to prepare, she was on point and beautiful. Loved the performance, the outfit and the style. (8/10)

In order of score, with the worst first

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Gilles Marini and Cheryl Burke

1. Steve & Karina
2. Lawrence & Edyta
3. Steve-O & Lacey
4. Ty & Chelsie
5. David & Kym
6. Denise & Maks
7. Holly & Dmitry
8. Belinda & Jonathan
9. Shawn & Mark
10. Chuck & Julianne
11. Melissa & Tony
12. Lil’ Kim & Derek
13. Gilles & Cheryl

There you have it. The judges may have had it slightly different, but overall, we think everyone will agree, the first contestant to depart will have to “shuffle” out. Steve was awkward and comical to watch.

3/3 American Idol Last 12 Performances, Anybody’s Guess

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Audio Performances at the Bottom of this post.

There are some weeks where things just aren’t that cut and dry. The first two weeks, we were left with a clear top 2 that we knew were going to the finals. The standouts were just that. This week, we are not sure.

We are also confused because the judges were often off the mark tonight, but let’s get started and let the chips fall where they may.

1. Von Smith – “You’re All I Need to Get By”, Marvin Gaye — We give Von credit on this song. He has been a shouter and he is doing his best to control it. He did a commendable job. The judges liked the performance and so did we. He hit every note, he wasn’t pitchy and he got us listening. Problem, his look is atrocious. Red sneakers and orange reddish T-Shirt under a suit jacket and hair that makes him look like he was at the fun house in a carnival.

kristenmmcnamara_performs2. Taylor Vaifanua, ” If I Ain’t Got You”, Alicia Keys — We like Taylor’s voice, we like Taylor’s look and we like this song, so what is the problem. We had trouble staying awake through the performance. Taylor sang it well, but the performance did nothing at all for us. The judges seemed to pretty much agree.

3. Alex Wagner-Trugman – “I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues”, Elton John — Lousy. His only hope is votefortheworst.com.

4. Arianna Afsar – “The Winner Takes It All”, Abba — This was a no-go from note one. Arianna could not find her voice, and despite being “cute as a button” was unable to pull off this song. She should be doing teen pop and instead chose a song we would picture being on at the local retirement home. Dull, off key, nonsense.

5. Ju’not Joyner – “Delilah”, Plain White T’s — This is a song we love and believe has the potential of becoming a classic that lasts for years. The judges perplexed us with their call on Joyner; they praised him. They were listening to their IPOD, not Joyner. He butchered this song. He should be ashamed about what he did to the song and the judges either were tone deaf for this one song or had some vested interest in promoting it.

6. Kristen McNamara – “Gimme One Reason”, Tracy Chapman — Kristen performed this with passion and was on pitch on every note. She gave it a fun twist and had us listening. Overall a commendable performance. Lousy outfit.

7. Nathaniel Marshall – “I Would Do Anything For Love”, Meatloaf — Better than Alex. Not by much.

feliciabarton_noone8. Felicia Barton – “No One”, Alicia Keys — Felicia nailed this performance. She was dressed in a killer outfit with a Demi Moore look. Simon thought she looked like Alicia. She sang this with the best of them on this show and we feel it was the best female performance of the night, but the judges did not agree.

9. Scott MacIntyre – “Mandolin Rain”, Bruce Hornsby — Scott may have some talent instrumentally, but he isn’t that great vocally and that is what this is about. The judges gave a patronizing round of sympathy praise, and it was pathetic. Scott could get through on America’s sympathy, but it would be a shame to eliminate a true talent in favor of one that is just not in the same league. He was pitchy throughout and butchered most of the song.

10. Kendall Beard – “This One’s For The Girls”, Martina McBride — This is a fun and energetic country tune and it defines Kendall’s style. It wasn’t very original, but it was a commendable copy of the original. It may differentiate her among the country fans in America which makes her a tough call because they love their country (see Kelly Pickler and Carrie Underwood).

11. Jorge Nunez – “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me”, Elton John — Two Elton tunes in one night but this one was done right. Jorge nailed it and his voice was the best male vocal of the night. We are just not sure his vocal can get past his look, which is just not that of a star. We hate to say that matters, but it does.

12. Lil Rounds – “Be Without You”, Mary J. Blige — We don’t get Lil Rounds nickname. While she is round, she ain’t little. And her performance wasn’t either. Strong vocals, and we heard the judges screaming their praise. Going last and getting praise from the judges makes her a shoe in, but we thought Felicia Barton was better tonight, but it was close.

jorgenunezperfomsSo, the top 3 are ridiculously tough for us to call. We don’t agree with the judges, and we think appearance will have a bunch to do with the selection. But we can easily pick those that are at the bottom.

12. Alex Wagner-Trugman (2/10)
11. Arianna Afsar (2/10)
10. Nathaniel Marshall (3/10)
9. Ju’not Joyner (4/10)
8. Scott MacIntyre (5/10)
7. Taylor Vaifanua (6/10)
6. Kendall Beard (7/10)
5. Kristen McNamara (7/10)
4. Von Smith (7/10)
3. Jorge Nunez (8/10)
2. Lil Rounds (8/10)
1. Felicia Barton (8/10)

That leaves our top three as Felicia Barton, Lil Rounds and Jorge Nunez. The judges had other ideas, but did agree with us somewhat. They were way off on Ju’not and Scott.

We also have our reservations because, as you can see, there is a tight cluster of top performers. If there were more country fans, Kendall could burst to the front. Or Von Smith may do better than we think. It is a tight race, but we can’t do the sympathy vote for Scott like the judges did; he just was not up to snuff for this competition, and if me makes it, even his keyboard won’t save him.

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2/26 American Idol Final 12 Gets Three More

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Audio Performances at the bottom of this post.

We were surprised again. But only mildly. The two performers we picked to stroll into the finals did and were clearly the best of the twelve that performed last night. Kris Allen was helped by the judges comments last night, because the gals we chose were better. But America can be swayed when the competition gets too close, and Kris pulled it out. We are hoping that Megan and Mishavonna get another chance, because they are great and we feel bad that Kris displaced them. Still, Kris did an encore that was better tonight. He still started way off key, but he didn’t take as long to bring his voice to the right pitch. Adam Lambert and Allison Iraheta were the clear winners. They have the real shot at winning it all. Kris is fun, but not in the same league. So, once again, we pick numbers one and two easily and could not judge the #3 vote when it comes to the final cut.

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2/25 American Idol Top 12 Group Two Performs. The Scream is Back!

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Audio Performances at the bottom of this post.

Tonight’s American Idol looked iffy at first and blossomed into some talents that are going to give the currently selected a run for their money. The best weren’t any true surprise, but how badly some of this group performed was. Let’s start.

jasmine_murray1. Jasmine Murray – ‘Love Song’ (Sara Bareilles) — Jasmine has a great unique voice. She was a bit nasal on this and it didn’t get us off our chairs, but it was also on key and well performed. The judges came out harsher than they should have on Jasmine, we think she did a respectable job. She has the look too. She dresses like a star!

2. Matt Giraud – ‘Viva La Vida’ (Coldplay) — Coldplay is just too unique, too “at the top” to be done right now.   Coldplay has a style that takes what would be a boring song for almost anyone and make it a spectacular hit. Matt doesn’t have that quality. He sounded shaky and just not interesting singing it.

3. Jeanine Vailes – This Love’  (Maroon 5) — We love Maroon 5. The catchy tunes, the peak toned edgy voice, the surprise variations in the melody. Jeanine absolute destroyed this song. Not in the good way folks. Her only hope is to get voted in on votefortheworst.com, cuz she ain’t gonna get through on this performance.

4. Nick Mitchell – ‘And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going’ (Jennifer Holliday). That was Nick’s song but we have no idea what he actually sang. It was a comedy play and it was hysterical, well sung and fun. But he just can’t go anywhere other than a comedy club with this. He could get votes because he is consistently entertaining and makes us laugh. But that isn’t really what this about when it comes down to the real competition. It is about vocals and performing challenging songs that people will want to listen to over and over. It is time for the joke to end, but we hope to see Nick back playing to his niche, because he is funny and makes for great satire.

5. Allison Iraheta – ‘Alone’ (Heart) — There are some bands that perform vocals almost no one else can do properly. They have certain songs for which the voice is nearly impossible to recreate and also impossible to do any way other than the original and deliver it well. Heart is like that. Allison, at only 16, did the song proud. She is totally in this competition. And she clearly gave Ann Wilson a run for her money.

6. Kris Allen – ‘Man in the Mirror’ (Michael Jackson) — We give Kris credit for parts of this song because he really went for it. He pushed and controlled the song the best he could. But Michael Jackson is just not someone you do on this show and succeed unless you are David Cook, and Kris is no David Cook. Kris did a commendable job, but we think the judges were kind. He was very pitchy early one and overall, he just wasn’t good enough.

megan_corkrey7. Megan Joy Corkrey – ‘Put Your Records On’ (Corinne Bailey Rae) — With a name like that, you had better be unique, and Megan is. Unique look, great hair, knows how to dress. And the gal has a rare talent when singing this style of song. Our only complaint is it really doesn’t show range. The tune doesn’t challenge the voice. But not all artists have to, and Megan is very pleasant to listen to.

8. Matt Brietzke – ‘The Way She Loves Me’ (Tonic) — Matt is the “Joe The Plumber” of this show. He dresses the part as well. Not a showman, dresses badly and performs with no personality. Then he chooses a song by Tonic that he sings exactly like you would expect some badly dressed guy on a Sunday night to sing at karaoke. We would be very surprised to see Matt advance. Everybody keeps telling him what a nice guy he is; that is already a bad sign.

9. Jesse Langseth – ‘Bette Davis Eyes’ (Kim Carnes) — Now, the judges sometimes are way off the mark, and we think they understated how great Jesse was on this tune. The ending wasn’t stellar for us, it was as though she rant out of gas, but the unique vocal style rings with us. Simon seems to think that Jesse isn’t memorable, but her vocal style is quite memorable and this song was her style dead on.

10. Kai Kalama – ‘What Becomes of the Broken Hearted’ (Jimmy Ruffin) — Kai pulled out a motown style tune that has soul. He sings so well, but like Matt, he has no pizzazz. His hair looks tacky, his unshaven look just looks unshaven, and his clothes look like they come from Good Will. Unlike Matt, he sings with a star quality, but he is lacking in his performance. The judges said it was too old fashioned. We disagree. It just was performed by a man that looks like he is a homeless person and that doesn’t know how to play to the audience. This wasn’t a matter of song choice; it was personality.

11. Mishavonna Henson – ‘Drops of Jupiter’ (Train) — We really enjoyed Mishavonna’s set. Well performed. She put an edge on the song and was able to make it a woman’s song when it is classically a male vocal. We found her voice unique, her performance consistent and on key, and quite entertaining.

12. Adam Lambert – ‘Satisfaction’ (The Rolling Stones) — It is so rare to see an artist pull out a big Rolling Stones or Beatles song, and Adam chose a rather odd one to do, or so we thought. The judges often mistakenly criticize singers for exactly the wrong things. The judges say they chose the wrong song or they chose a band song when they should be doing solos, but they are just stretching for words to explain why they didn’t like a performance like the Sunday football announcer has to fill in the blanks on his narration of the last play. Adam proves the point. He took a band song that seemed very wrong, especially at the opening of the first verse, and twisted it into a champion Idol performance. Adam could win this competition and was the killer act of this night. He has a talent we really haven’t seen much on idol. He can scream. And we mean a scream on par with Steven Tyler and Roger Daltry. A scream that that can identify a song. And he does it effortlessly. If he can get past his seeming hidden desire to be a female impersonator, he could be the next American Idol. Certainly no one else was close tonight.

So here you have our rankings from bottom to top, worst to best.

adamlambert_top12Jeanine Vailes (2/10)
Matt Brietzke (4/10)
Matt Giraud (4/10)
Nick Mitchell (4/10)
Kris Allen (6/10)
Kai Kalama (6/10)
Jasmine Murray (7/10)
Mishavonna Henson (7/10)
Jesse Langseth (8/10)
Megan Joy Corkrey (8/10)
Allison Iraheta (9/10)
Adam Lambert (10/10)

We are putting through Adam and Allison outright, but the battle for #3 is tight. Any performer we ranked 7 or 8 out of 10 could be in there and we were surprised by last week’s #3 pick. We are leaning towards Megan because she is more unique, but we give Jesse a good chance of beating her out. And Mishavonna was also good enough to pull down the votes. So #3 will be an interesting battle, but we feel, like last week, our 1 and 2 are shoe-ins.

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2/18 American Idol Top 12, THREE ARE CHOSEN!

For us there was a surprise. We knew last night there were two standouts, and sure enough, our choices vaulted to the vaunted top 12.

There are often surprises when the audience votes though and one contestant made it through that surprised us. We felt that Jackie Tohn or Anoop Desai blew away Michael Sarver, and we also believe Michael just isn’t American Idol quality. He confirmed it with a mediocre performance again tonight. Still, he pulled down enough votes to make it, and we respect that.

The two top performers were Danny Gokey and Alexis Grace, and there was no question these are the two to beat. We don’t think anyone can. Without wanting to sound too cliche, it is theirs to lose, and we know where we would put our money in Las Vegas.

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02/17 American Idol Top 12 Group One: We Have The Winner Already

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The Top 12 Group One

This week looked like it would be difficult to call. Many of what we considered the best talents were on this first night, and we thought for sure it would be a tough competition. But at the end of it all, the calls were easy to make except for one horrific and poorly done play by the judges. Let’s begin. Here are the performers and our opinions of each one’s performance. We were, for the most part, in tune with the judges, but they did totally screw up a couple of times and we will let you know when those special cases occurred.

1. Jackie Tohn – Jackie chose to do an Elvis Presley song, “A Little Less Conversation”. The song is a classic rock tune and was performed before on the show by Daughtry, ironically,  the week he was eliminated despite being the best talent that year hands down. Many said it was Daughtry’s lack of enthusiasm in that performance, but Jackie had the enthusiasm. Her outfit though??  Let’s just say, Jackie, you don’t have the body for that. The tight pants require some more thick to pull off and made the rock moves that were intended to be sexy just look spastic.

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Jackie Tohn

That said, the judges were idiotic on their first task. Jackie nailed the song front to back. She was on key the entire song, not a missed or pitchy note. The raspy voice was in character. She wasn’t our best of the night, but she was great and the judges were harsh. Our advice, give up the tights.

2. Ricky Braddy – Ricky has a goofy personality that just doesn’t come across as a star, but out of that rings this powerful voice. That said, stage personality is an easy thing to tweak. If you haven’t got the voice, you can’t do much for it, but we think Ricky does have the voice. He sang “A Song For You” by Leon Russell. Every note was on key, the voice strong, but the personality made it totally forgettable. We are not sure what tweaks can be done to bring Ricky to the front of the line, but someone should do it. His voice is worth it.

3. Alexis Grace – Alexis is a young mom that is better than she looks. Her hair cut is awful, and her outfit was overdone from the “trying to be sexy” perspective, but Alexis took her song and performed the set with star quality. She sang “Never Loved A Man” by Aretha Franklin. Singing an Aretha song can be daunting, but Alexis graced it. She is our number one woman of the night beating out Jackie Tohn for a top three selection. The 3 on our phone was worn out from voting for her so many times.

4. Brent Keith – Brent performed like a true country star. Problem is, country is fun, but doesn’t put you in the league of the top performers, so it didn’t make him stand out. Country is where Carrie Underwood has found her niche, but she won Idol with range and diversity. Brent is doing what he wants to do as a performer, but the song, “Hicktown”, while catchy and fun, didn’t make him stand out.

5. Stevie Wright – Stevie is a very young 17. She has a fresh and bright look and a warm personality. It has had us rooting for her. But it is sad to say, we think she may not survive this week. “You Belong With Me” by Taylor Swift was not the song to choose here. It is a song intended for teeny-boppers, and not for America as a whole. Stevie shocked us by not hitting a single note. It was painful to watch. Not only did she choose a horrible song by a mediocre artist, she sang it terribly. It just wasn’t wright Stevie.

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6. Anoop Desai – OK, goofy is kind for this guy. He is so hard to take seriously, but he can sing. “Angel of Mine” by Monica was not his tune. He has nailed several performances we have seen in past weeks, but this was mediocre and will keep him from getting the top three pass to the next round.

7. Casey Carlson – There is only one thing that could save Stevie Wright in this show, and it is other performers having even worse performances. We didn’t think it possible, but when Casey blurted out “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic” by the Police, she proved us totally wrong. There is bad, and there is worse. This was worse. None of it was on key, every note had a “Sting” to it. Nothing she did was magic, but if looks alone could win, Casey would take the crown.

8. Michael Sarver – Michael cannot win this competition. He is quite simply not good enough, but he is likable and has a good voice. He did a mediocre version of “I Don’t Want To Be” by Gavin DeGraw. It was a bad choice because if you have watched Idol the past few seasons, some really top performers have nailed this song, so it needs to be nailed ever time you hear it. It is almost a challenge to those that performed it on the show before him. And while Michael is a sweet down home boy, he doesn’t have the edge required to pull off this song.

9. Ann Marie Boskovich – OK, so lose that last name already! Ann is kind of sexy, kind of warm, kind of good. She chose a very difficult song, not because it requires incredible range or vocals, but because it is so very well known. “You Make Me Feel” is a tune that has been belted out by numerous powerful artists and Ann Marie just isn’t that powerful. She did a commendable job, but it wasn’t top ten memorable.

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10. Stephen Fowler – Every time we have heard Stephen sing we have been impressed. He has a bluesy style that fits him incredibly well. And tonight, of all songs he could have chosen, he decides to go with “Rock With You” by Michael Jackson. This was like watching BB King sing an Osmonds tune. Nothing could have been fowler and it may have blown an opportunity for Stephen, but we are hopeful it won’t be the last we see him because he is so very talented in his niche.

11. Tatiana Del Toro – Tatiana was certifiably insane the last several weeks leading up to tonight. She has this nauseating laugh and crazed personality, but it may be part of the entertainment factor she brings to the stage. She decided to sing an incredibly difficult song, “I’m Saving All My Love For You” by Whitney Houston. And she sang it quite well. She clearly had her moments during this performance and deserves major kudos after others blew much simpler performances. But we miss the insanity, she was too normal tonight!

12. Danny Gokey – Danny picked a song that makes you think “uh oh” before the singer even starts. The song is not one that matches his style. It is not a fantastic song that brings out a performer. And it is the last song you would think a man would want to sing. He chose “Hero” by Mariah Carey. Big Mistake!!! We thought. We were way wrong.

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Danny Gokey

He took this song and massaged it with his voice into a melody all his own. He hung up the phone on the other contestants and will be the number one performer this week, hands down. This performance demonstrates Danny has the same talent that David Cook has. He can take a song and make it something new and different. Something you want to hear again. And that is the key to fame, making them come back for more. (Check out his unofficial fansite where massive photos and videos can be found!)

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