Idol Chatter

Katie Stevens: Her performance resembles her whole existence on the show: meh.  The judges think that she’s in search of herself.  I think she’s just young and taking a million suggestions from the judges isn’t helping things either.  Grade: C

Siobhan Magnus: Pretty ballsy with the a capella beginning.  I think this song is right in her wheelhouse.  Pretty good performance.  Save one screechy note, it was pretty “dope.”  Grade: B

Lacey Brown: Not really familiar with the song but I think this was her best performance of the season.  Randy agrees.  Grade: B

Katelyn Epperly: What a nightmare.  She’s still the most talented of all the girls.  But what the F-ck is goin’ on with the song?  Not a great vocal song, and she wasn’t really into it.  I think this girl is lost.  Grade: D+

Didi Benami: I give her props for the Fleetwood Mac (“Rhiannon”) cover.  Not a terrible arrangement, just nothing special.  Grade: B

Paige Miles: I praise her ambition but the execution was pretty shaky.  Right after the key change she was a bit off track with the pianist and she never found her way.  Naturally, the judges offer no quarter.  Its really quite a shame as she may be the best natural singer in the competition.  Grade: C-

Crystal Bowersox: Like last week Bowersox, puts in the best performance of the night, and perhaps the whole season thus far.  Performing Tracy Chapman’s “Give Me One Reason,” she hits it out of the park and she knows it.  Bravo.  Grade: A

Lilly Scott: Although I think she has real talent and charisma, I don’t share the same level of adoration as the judges (Simon notwithstanding).  The performance starts off a bit tame but she really hits her stride towards the end of the piece.  I still think she will stumble once the field gets widdled down and she’s forced to get outside her comfort zone.  Grade: B+

It looks like the girls are beginning to figure this thing out.  Overall, the performances (save a few odd regressions) were much better.  Right now, my top three of the girls are as follows:

1.  Crytal Bowersox

2.  Lilly Scott

3.  Siobhan Magnus

If the competition were based solely on potential, the order may differ a bit.  However, based upon their performances, these three have clearly separated themselves from the pack.  I’m less sanguine about the guys.

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