Is there any chance there will be a male "American Idol" winner this year? (OK, besides maybe Blake?) The girls are just a thousand times more exciting to watch than the guys, and even though not every performance was a winner on Wednesday, at least they were lively.
I think tonight's elimination might have an unpleasant surprise, though — Antonella doesn't seem to be going anywhere, and that means another more-deserving singer will be sent home in her place. If you think you know who's gone, fill out this ballot, and to see who I think is out,
Jordin Sparks (at right): The only reason I know she's 17 is that nobody older could possibly have that much energy. Her version of Pat Benatar's "Heartbreaker" was crazy fun, even though the backup singers overpowered her chorus. And wow, she is so much taller than Seacrest — who was sporting an ill-advised turtleneck-and-sport-coat combo.
Sabrina Sloan: Maybe an "American Idol" recap isn't the best place for me to admit I'm basically tone-deaf, but I thought her performance was a little shrieky. Even a not-great song from her should be good enough for the top 12, though. And she could teach some of the other girls a lesson in being sexy without being skanky.
Antonella Barba: Poor Antonella said in her video introduction that she hasn't had time to practice her violin since starting college. I guess she's too busy getting naked for incriminating photos (allegedly). It pains me to admit that this was her best performance out of her three on "Idol," but she's still so out of her league.
Haley Scarnato (at left): What was this song? Anyone? She's pleasant to watch, but her voice just never sounds strong. Randy wins the award for most bizarre critique by telling her she has no "yo," and her utter plainness probably spells the end of her "Idol" run.
Stephanie Edwards: I haven't liked her quite as much since the first week, but I always look forward to her performances. She seems to pick songs with tricky rhythms that are tough to sing, which doesn't do her any favors, but the judges agree she should be in the top 12.
LaKisha Jones: Well, I suppose it was only a matter of time before she broke my No Whitney rule. She's one of the only contestants with a good enough voice to pull it off, though. I think the judges painted themselves into a corner by anointing her the next Idol during the first week, but she shouldn't have any trouble making the top 12.
Gina Glocksen (at right): She may be the most divisive contestant this year, a total love-her-or-hate-her singer. I love her, mostly because it's fun to watch an "Idol" contestant rock out, even when she picks an Evanescence song — why isn't she doing Pat Benatar, huh? She didn't sound her best on Wednesday, but I hope she makes it through. She has, shall we say, "yo."
Melinda Doolittle: Have I mentioned that I love her? She has so much presence and the voice to back it up. I didn't know the song she sang, but I have it stuck in my head now, which must mean something. It would be good to hear her try something more modern one of these weeks, though; all of her songs have had a very classy — but very old — feeling.
Who should go: Haley and Antonella
Who will go: Haley, for sure. As for the other elimination, I have a bad feeling that we're not done with Antonella yet, and Gina, Stephanie or Sabrina could be the sacrifice. If forced to pick, I'd say Stephanie's gone ... and then I'd go sob into my pillow for a while.
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