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American Idol: Idols Invade the British Classics

It was '60s night, and some of the contestants were ready to invade the UK classics. Tonight's guests were Peter Noone of Herman's Hermits and Lulu. No doubt that all of the contestants, as well as much of the audience, was thinking, "who?" Apparently every band they mentioned in the opening video montage couldn't make it. C'mon -- are you telling me that Ringo was unavailable? Here's the flashback...

Haley Scarnato
Haley Scarnato
This was Haley's best performance so far. However, that's like saying tonight was Paula's most coherent appearance. Does it matter in the grand scheme of the show? I thought "Tell Him" would have been the perfect song for Haley to showcase her bubbly personality. It showcased something all right. She's probably getting a few votes tonight, but it won't have anything to do with her singing. That jiggling was damn distracting! It's a good thing too. Once I actually paid attention, I realized that she really stunk.

Chris Richardson
Chris Richardson
Peter Noone didn't exactly have great things to say about Chris' rendition of "Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying." He seemed to be the only one though. He did have some nasaly spots, as Simon said, but I think that might just be his normal singing voice. He did pretty well. However, I would like to vote for that guitar guy to be the next "American Idol." I've seen him before, and he has yet to disappoint.

Stephanie Edwards
Stephanie Edwards
After the build-up, I was a little disappointed in Stephanie's rendition of "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me." She sounded like she was yodelling in some spots, and dragged it out a little. Let's get this out there: she's great, OK? She's 50 billion times better than my best shower singing. However, when working alongside people like LaKisha and Melinda, she has to do a little better than that.

Blake Lewis
Blake Lewis
Blake busted out the beatbox on "Time of the Season." He also looked like he busted out his jammies and topped it off with a smoking jacket. I actually enjoyed his performance. I wasn't up dancing like Paula, but I also didn't have pharmaceutical help. Randy gave out his much-lauded "props" for Blake-izing the song this week, even though he gave him crap for the same thing last week. Lesson learned: Don't "F" with Diana Ross.

LaKisha Jones
LaKisha Jones
Against the wishes of Lulu, LaKisha went with "Diamonds Are Forever." She was good. After all, she is LaKisha. However, if she had gone with "You're My World" like Lulu suggested, it could have been great. It would have been a better showcase for her voice. Instead, I just kept picturing Bond girl silhouettes.

Phil Stacey
Phil Stacey
I can't imagine that anyone wants to follow LaKisha -- even on her worst night. Phil tried another hatless performance with "Tobacco Road." It was rockin', but his outfit reminded me of what a square he is. And was it me, or did his shirt look like it had stains on it? Was he actually chewing tobacco to prep for his performance?

Jordin Sparks
Jordin Sparks
Holy crap! Who knew Jordin could sing like that? "I Who Have Nothing" had to be this 17-year-old's best performance. It might have been the best of the night. It also showed everyone that she is a real contender. She looked very cute too. The straight hair works on her.

Sanjaya Malakar
Sanjaya Malakar
Did anyone see that girl crying in the audience as Sanjaya began singing? I think someone else was crying too -- oh yeah, Ray Davies. This probably was Sanjaya's best performance, which means he probably isn't going home tomorrow. Simon's comment was awesome about her face saying it all. That was Simon's way of being nice. I guess one weepy little girl is plenty for Simon.

Gina Glocksen
Gina Glocksen
I'm still not 100 percent onboard with Gina being a rocker. I just don't know if it really is her, or if it's what the judges want her to be and a hair-dye experiment. That said, I appreciate her wanting to be peppy in a week of K-Tel's slow sounds from the '60s. However, I thought she was going to do more like The Feelies and less like Celine. It sounded like two personalities in a tug-of-war. I don't think Gina knew who she should be this week, and it showed in her singing.

Chris Sligh
Chris Sligh
Chris was an early favorite for me, but I think he's starting to fall off a bit. I didn't like Chris coming from the crowd. I also thought he was straining to hit some of the notes in "She's Not There." Maybe he was too busy trying to think of a new name for his fanbase. Oh wait -- someone in the audience did that for him. If you though 'Fro Patrol"was the lamest fan following name ever, make way for the "Fro Patro."

Melinda Doolittle
Melinda Doolittle
Melinda always says she feels out of her comfort zone. Is she kidding? She was awesome, as usual. However, I wasn't digging her new hairdo. It was a little too "Moe" for me, dawg. That same little girl in the audience was crying again. Was she lost? Did someone steal her "Idol" T-shirt money? She seemed more bipolar than Paula.

If all is right with the world, Sanjaya should feel the door hitting him in the ass tomorrow night. However, with all of the fanfare surrounding the "Save Sanjaya" movement, I am guessing that Phil will be packing his hats and heading home. -- Rachel Cericola

Posted by Rachel Cericola on March 20, 2007 9:54 PM
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Pretty harsh on the little girl.

My first thought was it might have been a Make A Wish...that would make you pretty insensitive.

-- 1. Posted by: Dan at March 21, 2007 1:08 AM

Favourites are Chris and Melinda.

I must agree, little girl was annoying. Sorry Dan.

-- 2. Posted by: Ant at March 21, 2007 2:26 AM

Your first thought was that the little girl had some kind of disability or disease, and I am insensitive??

I think she was just an uber-fan. If it was Make a Wish, I think they would have pointed it out. They have been talking a lot about being charitable lately, so I would think they would have given the organization a plug, if that were the case.

Either way, the producers were majorly exploting her. If anyone was insensitive, talk to them.

-- 3. Posted by: Rachel at March 21, 2007 8:21 AM

My first thought was that it was just some rich little girl whose daddy could afford the good seats. She was horribly annoying.

-- 4. Posted by: lostjunkie at March 21, 2007 1:47 PM

Good God, that little girl was seriously disturbed. Someone give her a Xanax!

-- 5. Posted by: Avenging_Angel at March 21, 2007 2:09 PM

If that little girl's wish was to see Sanjaya, then the entire world is insensitive.

BTW, Melinda is winning this thing.

-- 6. Posted by: mac at March 21, 2007 2:17 PM

That's the type of girl that votes 10,000 times for him. He has a strong 8-10 year old fan base. Hope he's gone tonight but he might sneak into the top 10.

-- 7. Posted by: Anonymous at March 21, 2007 4:00 PM

I thought it was funny when Ryan tried beatboxing

-- 8. Posted by: Bryan at March 21, 2007 10:51 PM

Sanjaya...needs to go

-- 9. Posted by: kelsey at March 29, 2007 5:05 PM

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