American Idol is down to the final cut before the Top 12 and the ladies brought their A game to ‘80s night in a battle royale for the elusive six spots.
I thought I knew who the Top 6 women would be when I did my predictions for the Top 12, but the performances tonight have me reevaluating my thoughts. This evening was the best overall night of performances this season.
Although I’ve been a fan of Amanda Overmyer, I wrote her off as not appealing to the larger audience. But when Amanda is in her groove, she is dynamite. And tonight she was definitely in her groove. Joan Jett was the perfect artist for her to pick for ‘80s week and she nailed “I hate Myself for Loving You” wonderfully and solidified herself a member of the Top 12.
Beautiful. That’s the only way I can sum up Kristy Lee Cook’s version of the Journey hit. She personalized “Faithfully” with the little country twang the judges have been asking for and the result took my breath.
Brooke White gets bonus points for customizing “Love is a Battlefield” to fit her personality. The song felt very intimate. But, that said, her version lacked the power that Pat Benatar gave the song. Brooke did an excellent job, but I prefer Benatar.
When Asia’h Epperson sang “I Want to Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)” with so much energy, it made me want to get up and dance (although not like Paula). Simon called her a second rate Whitney Houston, but I think she did Whitney justice and secured her spot for next week.
As expected Syesha Mercado came out with another big song. She put in a solid performance with Whitney Houston’s “Saving All My Love for You.” But these big songs are really a safety net for Syesha. I’d like to see her try a something a little different.
Carly Smithson is another one with a powerful voice. And she showcased it tonight with the Cyndi Lauper tune. “I Drove all Night” started out kind of weak, but she pulled out with a big finish. But I have to agree with Simon that the song just wasn’t a good fit for her.
Can anyone really top Phil Collins? Ramiele Malubay gave it a try tonight with her performance of “Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now). I think she might have overshot herself a little. It was a solid performance, but since the rest of the girls really came to play tonight it might not be enough to cinch a place for Ramiele.
Kady Malloy surprised me twice this evening. First by picking a Queen song. I’d never pegged her to sing Queen. Then by not slaughtering “Who Wants to Live Forever. While it was one her better performances, I’m not sure it’ll be enough to save her.
Based on the performances tonight, I’d have to send home Ramiele and Kady. What do you think?
Here’s a recap of the semifinals: