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American Idol: Girls Night Out - Round 2

lisatucker.jpgAre Simon and Paula still in love or what? I wish there was a dial-in number to vote on that. Love aside, I appreciate that they really jumped into the show tonight, so I will do the same.

Katharine McPhee had the last spot last week, so she kicked off this week. She looked very foxed up, or maybe it was just her sultry voice belting out Stevie Wonder. Randy says it was safe, but I think Stevie is one of the hardest artists to perform. I think Katharine is incredibly talented and will go all the way to the end. It was just OK for me though.

Kinnik Sky had a bad hat. She is beautiful and it just really took away from her look. Plus, I don't think you really need a cowboy hat or boots to perform country music. In this case, I think it might have had just the opposite effect -- I didn't really care for any of it. I do like seeing Kinnik get a little funky though. After last week, I didn't think she had it in her.

Lisa Tucker is a major contender, in my book. For some reason, I keep forgetting about her, which is odd, because she is totally amazing. Her performance tonight did not disappoint.

Melissa McGhee made herself known tonight -- known for an awful shirt. Just because you can pull it off doesn't mean it's an obligation. Reba McEntire worked for her, but her outfit just kept distracting me, and not in a good way.

I liked seeing Simon put Paula in her place though. If he talked during her critique, she would have a hissy fit. Yet she blabs during every one of Simon's comments. She can be such a baby. And after Simon stood up for her last year during that whole Corey Clark scandal!

Heather Cox made a fatal flaw in my book: She performed Mariah Carey. It's a bit overdone and made me feel like I was at a wedding -- without an open bar.

Brenna Gethers comes off poorly in interviews and if she wants to stick around, she should stop doing them. "Last Dance" was a good song selection, but she didn't get jiggy enough for my tastes. If you are going to ooze "personality" and attitude, it should reflect in your performance.

Paris Bennett looked a little like Penny from "Good Times" tonight. I love her, but man -- she was majorly disappointing tonight. Where is the girl from the auditions phase? Did she leave that girl at home? She had better step it up a notch if she wants to make it though. Her audition is becoming a distant memory for most of us.

Ayla Brown kept the slow pace moving with Celine Dion. Vocally, she was excellent. I just need a little something extra out of my "American Idol."

Kellie Pickler is really cute. Tonight I was surprised that her cuteness actually won me over. Her whole rant about the dogs in LA having more clothes than her mixed with her performance was a nice little package.

I was hoping that Mandisa was going to end the show on a high note -- or at least a peppy one. She was awesome though. Another serious contender. Unfortunately, I see her suffering the same fate as Jennifer Hudson, which might not be so bad considering Hudson will be starring in "Dreamgirls" this winter.

The females were fair tonight; it wasn't as stellar as last week though. Maybe the ladies will get some street cred back when Carrie Underwood performs on this Thursday's results show. Gotta drag out that hour somehow! -- Rachel Cericola

Mac's Rambling Thoughts from This Episode

• Katharine McPhee is one of my favorites, but her song was godawful boring. It was like a funeral dirge with vocal garnish. Unfortunately, it was indicitative of all of tonight's song choices -- virtually everyone made a horrific decision.

• Paula had a retro shoulder-pad thing going on tonight. Somewhere, Bea Arthur smiled.

• Another Paula note: It happens every season ... as this show progresses, Paula becomes more and more incomprehensible. In the early episodes she's relatively well spoken, but by May her critiques degenerate into a series of grunts, hand gestures, and seal claps.

• Exchange of the night:

Paula [to Simon]: I'd love to see you on a roller coaster ... would you smile?

Simon: Yeah. If you fell off.

• I'd love to hear the inner thoughts of the other contestants as they're forced to sway and stomp for their competitors. "I wish I didn't have to clap to this crap."

• Along those lines, I bet the background singers are pissed when they have to backup the likes of Melissa McGhee. You just know they're itching to break out a face-melting solo and wipe the craptacular contestants off the stage.

• Someone needs to check Lisa Tucker's birth certificate. There's no way she's 16.

• Heather Cox is out of her friggin' mind. I can't believe she tried to pull of a Mariah song.

• Brenna Gethers, your 15 minutes are up.

• Oh Paris, Paris, Paris. Why would such a talented young woman with such an angelic voice ever sing "Wind Beneath My Wings"? She is so much better than this song.

• Mark my words: Ayla Brown will be the first person to compete on "Idol" and play in the WNBA.

• I'm going to be so disappointed when The Smoking Gun uncovers Kellie Pickler's $100 million trust fund. -- Mac Slocum

Posted by Rachel Cericola on February 28, 2006 8:03 PM
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Paula must have been on drugs tonight. She acted as if she were drunk. I don't find it amusing at all to be laughing and making jokes when there are people singing for their lives. She acted like a total child and it was a total embarrassment!!! If she needs attention then she should find it somewhere else and not be on live television making a mockery out of something that is important to these people. Get your act together Paula. You are replaceable.

-- 1. Posted by: Anonymous at March 2, 2006 11:27 PM

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