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American Idol: Top 12 Guys

ace.jpgLast night Randy said that this is a boy's game this year. Of course, by the end of the night, he had changed his mind. Tonight was the night for the boys to change it back -- which wouldn't be shocking at all. This show has a lot of ups and downs. Here are the highlights from tonight's performances:

Patrick Hall chose Melissa Ethridge to open the show. Let's put it this way: He was no Mandisa. He wasn't bad, but the bar was set so low, even my short legs could have jumped over it.

David Radford is the "crooner." I love crooners. Unfortunately, I don't think a lot of other people do. But hey -- John Stevens made it pretty far in season 3 and even has a commerical album to show for it. David decided to bust a different move with "Crazy Little Thing Called Love." Call me crazy, but I actually really enjoyed it. Unfortunately, Randy and Simon did not. Paula liked it, but if she is the only one that likes you, that means you were very bad.

Bucky Covington has a rocker look with a not-so-rocker name. I don't really dig his look, but I actually like it better than his sound-- and I'm not talking about his singing. When the guy talks, he totally reminds me of Boomhauer from "King of the Hill." Sadly, that is not a compliment. Bucky did pick a rocker song though: Lynyrd Skynyrd. With a stylist, he could be this season's Bo. Either way, I refuse to believe that Randy is "a big Skynyrd fan."

Will Makar will never be able to shake the Fred Savage thing -- and that's not even working for Fred Savage these days. But he persevered and even had a few moves to go with it. I have to agree with Simon that it was a little average, but will also give him props for an upbeat song. I hate how so many contestants go the sap route.

Jose "Sway" Penala had an awesome hat and an awesome song. The beginning was a little shaky, but Earth, Wind and Fire is not easy to pull off. He did them justice though. I just hope the viewing audience doesn't confuse the key of the song with bad singing.

Chris Daughtry is one of my favorites, and he did not disappoint. The guy seems so genuine and sweet. He also pulls off the bald look really well. More importantly, he rocked the Bon Jovi! Paula practically whipped off her top, which really doesn't say a lot. It was a really nice change of pace though, and it's going to pay off for this guy.

Kevin Covais is the youngest and the nerdiest. Looking at him, it's hard to believe that one of his role models is Brian McKnight. If you close your eyes though, it's a little easier to understand. He was definitely good, but I just don't think he has the stage presence of some of the other contestants, and that's going to hurt this little guy.

Gedeon McKinney preached the praises of "Shout," and then did it some justice. I am happy to see contestants get a little funky and pick some peppier songs. But let's get one thing straight: He's no Otis Day. Still, it made me want to bust out a toga, get down and do the gator.

Elliott Yamin picked Stevie Wonder, which is usually a tough one. He didn't exactly give me high hopes by mentioning that he perfected the song during his karaoke days. Low and behold, I was pleasantly surprised. He more than did it justice. However, I'm not 100% sold on Simon's comment that he is the best male contestant to date. Let's not get crazy now!

Bobby Bennett pulled out the "Copacabana" -- barely. Wow wee. While I appreciate that the guy seems animated, the singing seemed a little karaoke-ish -- and not even the funny kind.

Ace Young is already known as "The Face," as well as this seaon's Constantine and Bo all rolled into one. He didn't exactly boost his "man" factor by performing George Michael, but it really worked. However, they need to turn down the mics on those backup singers; they were drowning him out a bit too much in various spots.

Taylor Hicks is a one-man show, so it was no surprise that they would save him for last. When he busted out the "family values" talk, I could hear phones dialing all over the country. I just hope his crazy moves and gray hair don't start to wear on the audience, because the guy has talent.

No real surprises tonight, but I am very sick of everyone talking about "bringing it." But there were six that actually did it, and the ones that I see making it to the final 12 are: Will Makar, Chris Daughtry, Kevin Covais, Elliott Yamin, Ace Young and Taylor Hicks. -- Rachel Cericola

Posted by Rachel Cericola on February 22, 2006 8:24 PM
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i think your harsh. obviously the rest of america doesnt agree with you cu look whos in the top 12!

-- 1. Posted by: Courtney at March 18, 2006 10:17 AM

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