The American Idol top 12 took to the stage Monday night for a Rolling Stones themed showdown and once again the ladies hand the guys a royal smackdown. While we do concede a few of the guys were decent, it was definitely Siobhan Magnus, Crystal Bowersox and Didi Benami from the ladies sideÂ who really left everyone else in the dust.
Siobhan Magnus: We have to say we were rather impressed with Siobhan Magnus last night on American Idol. While we like her voice overall, her song choices haven’t quite clicked with us and her voice can topple over that fine line between fabulous and annoying rather quickly. However, her choice of “Paint It Black” for Rolling Stones night was perfect and she managed to girl the song the proper passion it deserved. Magnus earned our respect with this one and we have to award her with the best performance of the evening.
Crystal Bowersox: Although we are still a bit bummed about the elimination of Lilly Scott last week, we’re pleased Bowerox won the ‘eclectic girl’ vote. Scott was great, but Bowersox is just something special. Bowersox once again showed she’s the contestant to beat with her rendition of “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”. Not only was her voice rockin’, she’s the only one with true, natural stage presence in the bunch. However, we did think this was one of Bowersox’s less powerful performances and the song choice didn’t quite suit her as much as her previous choices have.
Didi Benami: We aren’t sure what the hell this girl was wearing last night, but her performance of “Play With Fire” was one of her best yet. Benami dug down and connected with both the song and the audience. Now if she can just lose the last of those nerves and keep up the consistency, she could have a sneak attack coming later in the competition.
MIDDLE OF THE PACK:
Casey James: We’re a little annoyed that we actually kind of liked the performance from Casey James this week. It wasn’t so bad really and we don’t want to like James. He’s too cute in that goofy “I’m so not aware of my own cuteness – or so you think” way and his talents are questionable at best. But we can’t deny this was one of his better performance nights.
Michael Lynche: Sadly heÂ couldn’t quite pull off another powerhouse night like he did last week, but Big Mike’s sweet, strong performance of “Miss You” just made us want to give him a big teddy bear hug. Somehow we can’t ever quite see this guy becoming a huge star, but we do love his voice and think he’s definitely in our top five picks on the show.
Aaron Kelly: We’re not really Aaron Kelly fans and we’re unlikely to become such any time soon. His take on “Angie” wasn’t the worst though and even had a few nice moments. His vague wandering around and zoned-out face couldn’t help but make us wonder how much he’d been smoking before he hit the stage. Dude does NOT know how to click it with the audience.
Lee Dewyze: There were a few moments where Dewyze’s rendition of “Beast of Burden” almost shined, but not quite. He sounded like he had gum in his mouth through half the song and his zombie personality on stage has got to go.
Paige Miles: We’re not really sure why Paige Miles thought a song called “Honky Tonk Woman” would really suit her. The song didn’t quite fit and her voice was rough in spots, but we think she still earned a spot in the top 12.
Tim Urban: The award for the biggest loser of the night absolutely goes to Tim Urban, American Idol‘s idiotic replacement for eliminated contestant Chris Golightly. His reggae version of “Under My Thumb” was so nasty, we had to plug our ears halfway through and cry a little bit. If this guy isn’t gone this week, we have serious doubts about the sanity (and taste level) of the American public.
Katie Stevens: Some people out there seem to love this girl and we totally just don’t get it. Her voice is week, her stage presence is boring and her song choices are confusing. Although her take on “Wild Horses” was one of her better performances, that’s not saying much.
Lacey Brown: Brown’s choice of “Ruby Tuesday” for her Rolling Stones song was just bad, bad, bad. It was worse than pitchy and actually caused physical discomfort in our ears. We’re honestly just sick of listening to her do damage to normally beautiful music.
Andrew Garcia: You just can’t take an awesome, classic song like “Gimme Shelter” and treat it like a joke. That’s what Garcia’s performance of it felt like. He was all over the place, his handling of his mic stand was almost lewd and his voice couldn’t figure out where the hell it was supposed to be throughout the song.
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