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American Idol: The Top 12 Girls

aovermyer.jpgEven after watching tonight's recap of ‘60s Week Part 2, I'm still not sure what to think of several of this season's Top 12 Girls. There were some really good performances from ladies we expected to be good (I'm lookin at you Carly and Syesha), some awesome arrangements from women I never expected (where the heck did you come from Alaina?) and some truly awful messes from too many others (buh-bye Joanne!). As for the rest, I'm strangely conflicted, and so were the judges.

Here's how I ranked the women, from spectacular to so-so:

The Sure Bets:

-Alaina Whitaker, 16 (sang 3rd): This girl came outta nowhere. I can't even remember seeing her during the audition rounds! It doesn't matter, though, because she proved she can sing with a cool rendition of Spiral Staircase's "More Today Than Yesterday." I really liked the country tone to her voice and can honestly see her following in the footsteps of former contestant Kellie Pickler. The judges loved her and Simon said she should sail through to the next round.

-Asia'h Epperson, 19 (sang 9th): She rocked her first audition with an awesome take on LeAnn Rimes "How Do I Live Without You," so its no wonder she kicked butt tonight as well. She also stole the spotlight from Amanda Overmyer by singing Janis Joplin's "Piece of My Heart," and singing it well! Her polished stage presence should take her to the Top 12. Also, Simon picked her as his favorite for the night, but we know how fickle he is, so that could change next week.

-Ramiele Malubay, 20 (sang 10th): The judges already dubbed her the "little girl with the big voice" and she definitely lived up to her potential tonight. Personally, after watching this performance, I'm convinced her personality up until this moment has been an act, maybe to surprise her fellow competitors. Either way, we'll definitely see her in the finals.

-Syesha Mercado, 21 (sang 11th): She wowed the judges during Hollywood week by belting "Chain of Fools" while suffering from a bad case of laryngitis. This week she tried her hand at "Tobacco Road" and made it her own. She's got a lot more rock in her than I expected and she should be fun to see next week.

Pretty Darn Good:

-Kady Malloy, 18 (sang 8th): This is the performance I'm most torn on. When I watched Malloy sing the first time, I thought she was awesome. She somehow made "A Groovy Kind of Love" sound like a 21st-century pop hit (which is by itself a minor miracle) and at the same time reminded me a little of Celine Dion. But when it came time for feedback from the judges, they basically told her she wasn't fun and should lighten up. Then I watched the recap at the end of the show and suddenly I didn't like her as much. What's up with that, dawg?! I think she's good enough to stick around and felt almost as bad as she did when the judges complimented her more on her dead-on Britney Spears impression instead of her singing.

-Kristy Lee Cook, 24 (sang 1st): Not only did Kristy have the flu, but she was also first out of the gate, so you've got to factor that into why her performance was so lackluster. I know she can sing, but I would rather hear her hit the heights of the "Amazing Grace" performance she did in Hollywood, instead of listening to her lame rendition of "Rescue Me." Let's hope she feels better for next week.

-Brooke White, 24 (sang 6th): Let me put this out there right now, I think "good girl" Brooke is going to be the dark horse in this competition (which is ironic seeing as how she's the sunniest contestant I've ever seen). I think she's unique enough to do very well, proving she can play the keyboard while singing (as she did in Hollywood) and can transform a song to make it more her style. This Carly Simon look-alike could go far in the competition, as long as America doesn't agree with Simon that she isn't "relevant."

-Carly Smithson, 24 (sang 12th): Some have called this Irish-born singer a "ringer" solely for the fact that she's already released a self-titled album. Once you realize, though, that the event in question happened over seven years ago, and that the album tanked, you can pretty much see past it. I think she did an awesome job and showed how professional she can be. Randy called her the best vocal of the Top 24, but Simon said she was just a let-down.

-Alexandrea Lushington, 17 (sang 7th): She has a really good voice, but what's up with those Whitney Houston-style shoulder thrusts she was doing during her performance? She's not good enough to be considered a sure bet yet, but I will give her points for bringing her cute great-grandma to her initial audition.

On the Fence (a.k.a. "It was a little pitchy"):

-Amanda Overmyer, 23 (sang 4th): Oh Amanda. I'm guessing you're the one needing a nurse after that sucker punch you received from Asia'h Epperson tonight. Not only did Epperson steal your routine, by singing a Joplin song, but she sang it better than you! And I really didn't know what to do with your strange, babbling performance. It hurts me to say this, but you sounded (and acted) kind of like Taylor Hicks' long-lost sister, with your gruff voice, choice of bluesey songs and strange gyrations. I agree with the judges that you're authentic, but can you just sing a normal song for me next week (if you make it)?

-Amy Davis, 25 (sang 5th): Her horrible stab at Connie Francis' "Where the Boys Are" pretty much sealed her fate. It was boring, dull and so out-of-tune I was worried my TV screen would shatter. But as Paula would say, "you looked great!"

-Joanne Borgella, 25 (sang 2nd): I really liked Joanne during the audition round when she took a stand for plus-size women (she's a plus-size model) and revealed a pretty down-to-earth personality. Too bad, then, her voice wobbled and screeched through the entirety of "I Say a Little Prayer" tonight. I think she'll be joining Amy in the bottom two tomorrow night.

Who do you like so far? How did you rate the Top 12 Women? Post below and remember to check out the first eliminations tomorrow night! –Chris Sardelli

Posted by Chris on February 21, 2008 1:36 AM
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Uhm, you totally forgot Alexandrea.

-- 1. Posted by: LOL at February 21, 2008 2:10 AM

Yeah, wow dude. Really sad, considering she was one of the more interesting performers of the night, and personable too.

Tsk, tsk, tsk....

-- 2. Posted by: James at February 21, 2008 8:14 AM

YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT....Amanda Overmyer is the best female because you has vocals, is original, and isn't afraid to be on stage. This is coming from someone who doesn't even listen to ROCK but KNOWS MUSIC.

-- 3. Posted by: Xpert at February 21, 2008 12:19 PM

Hey, I agree that Overmyer is totally original, but I saw her sing way better during Hollywood Week than she did last night.

-- 4. Posted by: Chris at February 21, 2008 12:56 PM

I did not like Asiah's version of "Piece of My Heart" at all. Retire that song, no one can improve on Janis. Alexandra Lushington sang Spinning Wheel and did some strange voice changes. Yup, retire that one too, it is overdone. Ramilzee and Carly were the best. My favorite is Amanda Overmeyer because she is so completely different from the barbie dolls, love her voice, and she looks so umcomfortable in the "high school musical" setting, like how the h--- did I end up on American Idol. She would never win, they want a cute marketable package for the kiddies. That is why Melinda Doolittle lost to what's her name and beetboxboy. At this point I figure Carly should win but Ramilie probably will.

-- 5. Posted by: Maisie Mahler at February 22, 2008 12:03 PM

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-- 6. Posted by: Louise7 at May 7, 2008 11:03 AM

What kind of nonsense? This is not interesting. There is no such a thing.

-- 7. Posted by: Cassandra at September 8, 2011 6:24 PM

What kind of nonsense? This is not interesting. There is no such a thing.

-- 8. Posted by: Cassandra at September 8, 2011 6:24 PM

What kind of nonsense? This is not interesting. There is no such a thing.

-- 9. Posted by: Cassandra at September 8, 2011 6:24 PM

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-- 10. Posted by: Taylor at February 2, 2013 12:44 AM

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