A recuperated Crystal Bowersox and nine others rocked the Idol stage last night, but like the guys the night before, some of the songs choices were unfitting and risky for the young group. I’m still baffled why anyone would sing Creed in a vocal competition…
So it’s my second night of ever watching this show, and I was way more impressed by the girls’ vocal chops and thought they had a much better night than the guys. Sure the guys were blindsided by the last-minute switch of performance days, but an artist should always on top of their game. Check out my favorites and major flops of the night and see if you agree.
If there’s one thing I’m a sucker for in music, it’s the deep southern folk/gospel sound, I don’t know where that taste came from, but I absolutely love the raw power and passion singers project into their music. That being said, it’s no surprise I was blown away by Crystal Bowersox and Lilly Scott’s performances. Crystal covered one of my favorite [lastfm]Creedence Clearwater[/lastfm]’s tunes “Long As I Can See The Light” and made everyone feel the Lord in that studio, dang she has a big voice.
Scott has a similar style as Bowersox with that natural stripped down sound and puts her own unique spin in her performances. Singing [lastfm]Sam Cooke'[/lastfm]s “A Change Is Gonna Come,” Scott made the song her own and isn’t afraid to be the artist she’s aspiring to.
The girls’ group includes a lot of quirky singers I feel will go far in this competition. With indie artists making a huge dent in music right now, voters will sway towards the unique musicians like Bowersox, Scott, and Siobhan Magnus who also blew the judges away with her impressive end note wail. Music tastes are shifting and listeners don’t want the same old commercial artists American Idol produces, so these distinctive voices are upping the Idol game.
The biggest gaf of the night belonged to Michelle Delamor, who chose to cover [lastfm]Creed[/lastfm]’s “With Arms Wide Open,” which I’m still confused about. Props to her for changing it beyond recognition enough to make people forget she was singing Creed, wtf.
Teensters Haeley Vaughn and Katie Stevens failed to impress with their poor song choices and uninteresting performances of “The Climb” and “Girl Put Your Records On.” They’re both likable enough to make it to the next round, but their inexperience onstage could hurt them in the future.
I don’t think Didi Benemi deserved the overly harsh criticism from the judges. The song choice “Lean On Me” by [lastfm]Bill Withers[/lastfm] wasn’t a perfect fit for her, but she has a decent voice and I thought she pulled it off well enough to be safe for another week.
Paige Miles has a big sassy voice that didn’t shine through the wordy [lastfm]Kelly Clarkson[/lastfm] tune “Walk Away,” and Katelyn Epperly’s droned out version of [lastfm]Coldplay[/lastfm]’s “Scientist” could have been amazing if she didn’t over exaggerate the performance.
Who’s left? Oh yeah, Lacey Brown, I can’t even remember what she sang, I must have zoned out during her performance…That can’t be a good sign for her.
The obvious stand outs in the girl group are Crystal Bowersox, Lilly Scott, and the “weird little thing” Siobhan Magnus, who most likely will advance to the finals. They need to watch out for Katelyn Epperly and Paige Miles because as soon as they figure out the kinks, they’re going to do some major damage.
My vote for the night for best performance definitely goes to Crystal Bowersox, and I’m going to say Lacey Brown is outsies this week. Check back tomorrow for the results and remember to vote who you think is the next to leave American Idol below!