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Tonight the guys were saving all of their love for one special person -- and were asked to dedicate their performances. That's a pretty nice, albeit late, Valentine. Can you imagine 30 to 40 million people finding out that you are number one? Depending on the performance, it could be better than a post-Valentine candy sale!

I also loved Secreast's shout-out to Jennifer Hudson. While I believe he might have been sincere, part of me thought it was just a big "hey, look what we found" sort of acknowledgement.

Not sure if we saw the next Oscar contender in tonight's crop, but there certainly were some good performances. Here's the lowdown...

Phil Stacey
Phil Stacey
I like Phil. He has a nice backstory and stunning eyes. What I didn't like was his song choice. It's great for that Friday night 80s dance party, when you want to bring the crowd down to a slow dance, but I don't think "Missing You" is a great showcase for vocal stylings. He did a nice job though, and as Simon said, he will be back to take on another week.

Jared Cotter
Jared Cotter
When Jared said he was going to get adventurous, I expected Slayer, not Marvin Gaye. However, there is no denying that this guy is a serious contender in the competition. He was suave in his moves and his singing. I think I saw Paula get woozy for a second there, but that could just be another night in the life of Paula.

A.J. Tabaldo
A.J. Tabaldo
This guy has been a big surprise to me from the beginning. Even though I seem to forget about him every week, he communicates really well with the audience and always seems to look like a natural on stage. However, the fact that I can never remember him can't be a good thing. Not sure he will make it to the end, but man he can sing.

Sanjaya Malakar
Sanjaya Malakar
This guy seems to be turning more into Michael Jackson in front of our eyes every week. When Sanjaya hit the stage with his MJ hat, I thought he's "got to be startin' somethin'." Instead, his ode-to-the-golden-age-of-Tony-Bennett number came off as not very vocal at all. I'm not even sure his grandpa liked that one.

Chris Sligh
Chris Sligh
Tonight's "American Idol" revelation: Chris is married! He dedicated his song to his wife, who is actually very hot. Not that he isn't worthy; she knows talent when she sees it. "Trouble" was a good selection for him. I actually didn't even think of Taylor until Seacrest mentioned it -- and that's a good thing. I never think it's a good thing for a contestant to remind us of previous winners -- or worse, the losers.

Nick Pedro
Nick Pedro
Very surprised with this one. Whenever I think of "Fever," I think of Peggy Lee. Therefore, I was expecting the whole thing to blow up in Nick's face since he is male, and no Peggy Lee. However, he did a nice job with it. Not great, but nice. As Simon suggested, maybe better attire might have pulled the whole thing together, perhaps with a nice smoking jacket.

Blake Lewis
Blake Lewis
For all the girls wanting to know if Blake has a special someone, it turns out he has two -- his parents. Slanted hat aside, Blake did an extremely good job with Jamiroqui. The vocals were good and the special effects were good. Whether or not it's your taste may be one thing, but it's certainly working for Justin Timberlake.

Brandon Rogers
Brandon Rogers
First off, I am a Brandon fan. However, I was not a fan of his performance tonight. Although his voice was a little sultry, the entire performance was just plain old boring. Simon's comment about loving puppies even made me forget about the horrible ending. Simon was totally right about Brandon needing to showcase his talents. I understand that he was "feeling it," but he can do that after he's famous.

Chris Richardson
Chris Richardson
Chris' grandma must be a very happening lady. His song got the crowd dancing, and he still managed to pull off good vocals. I love when those two things come together. While I didn't agree that he was the best vocal of the night, he was definitely close. However, if Chris wants to have moves (and it seems like he does), he needs to do some work so he doesn't come off as so stiff.

Sundance Head
Sundance Head
The sun is setting on Sundance's time on stage, and it's a shame. I think the guy is talented, but his song choices are crap, to say the least. His vocals were good, but overall it reminded me of every unoriginal cover band I've ever seen in my lifetime. I was very shocked that the judges were that into it. I need not only the vocals, but that extra special something that sets him apart -- aside from his name.

Tomorrow night the girls hit the stage. Will Antonella's scandal or her performance send her packing? Stay tuned. -- Rachel Cericola


Posted by Rachel Cericola on February 27, 2007 9:43 PM
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