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American Idol 8 Recap: The First Group of 12

American Idol Rundown: The First Group of 12

After weeks of waiting and watching, we finally got to hear some American Idol contestants actually, y'know, sing on Tuesday. Full songs and everything!

Unfortunately, so many of them were the wrong songs. Especially in the second half of the show, the formula went something like this: Contestant sings underwhelming song; judges bash him/her for song choice; repeat. I hope the second and third groups of 12 will learn a little something from that experience.

You should go vote and tell me which contestants will make it through, but first, for a rundown of each singer, just


Jackie Tohn: I was so distracted by her shiny pants/cummerbund/strapless top outfit that I could barely concentrate on "A Little Less Conversation." Her voice sounded a little growly, and she has a lot of energy, but I'm not sold on her act yet. Randy didn't love the vocals but said she was great entertainment; Simon called it gimmicky and ungainly.

Ricky Braddy: He said he wanted to show America who he is, and apparently who he is is a loungey, Josh Grobany singer. His voice was smooth and rich on "A Song For You," but I'm not convinced I'd buy an album from him. Also got a chuckle out of him calling the Idol band the best in the world. Randy, Kara, and Paula loved it; Simon worried he lacks star quality.

Alexis Grace: It still weirds me out to have such a smoky, dirty voice come out of such a tiny, motherly package. Not convinced that a pink streak in one's hair equals dirtying oneself up, but whatever: Her performance of "Never Loved a Man" was probably the best of the night on the girls' side. Kara loved seeing her come out of her shell, and Simon referenced Kelly Clarkson.

Brent Keith: Brent, who looks exactly like Spencer Pratt to me, went country with "Hicktown," and while it was nice to have someone do country, the song was also pretty forgettable and he didn't do much to make it his own. Randy said he was a new spin on classic country, but Kara wanted more range and Simon doubted anyone would remember him.

Stevie Wright: And the first of my top 12 predictions kinda bites the dust. She went for something contemporary with "You Belong With Me," but it was just so wrong for her — so many missed notes, so much awkward dancing. The judges all said she was better than the song, though, so maybe she'll be back for the wild card?

Anoop Desai: Ha, favorite part of this was Simon thinking Monica's "Angel of Mine" was a song from the '70s. But he had a point: In Anoop's hands, the song did sound a little old-fashioned. I did love his voice on the verses, though. Randy and Kara said it was a little sharp and pitchy, while Paula thought he could be the next Brian McKnight.

Casey Carlson: Every little thing about her "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" was so wrong. The dancing was uncomfortable, the vocals were all over the place, and her mouth looked like it was angry at the rest of her body. Randy called it karaoke, and Paula went for the "you're a beautiful girl" praise, which clearly made Casey want to die.

Michael Sarver: Of course he sang "I Don't Want to Be" — most obvious choice of the night, I think. It was exactly as I imagined it would be: A little shouty, a little bar-singery, but a little intriguing and gravelly in parts. Randy wanted him to go back to soul, Kara thought the performance didn't do him justice, and Simon said he's a good, hardworking man who deserves a shot.

Ann Marie Boskovich: Again with the awkward faces! Honestly, her "Natural Woman" wasn't terrible — it was just weak, and that's the kind of song you really have to be able to do powerfully to do it well. Kara said she'd rather hear her do something like Sara Bareilles' "Love Song" ("something that's not as good?" snapped Ann Marie), and Simon said she'd be a great hotel singer.

Stephen Fowler: I think I unfairly hated Stephen's "Rock With You" because the arrangement and background singers were so bad — I couldn't tell whether he was off or they were. Maybe both, though, because Randy said it was pitchy, Kara said he didn't seem connected, and Simon said it was a pointless performance. Another of my top 12 in danger.

Tatiana Del Toro: It's upsetting to say this, because I find her so obnoxious, but this really wasn't that bad. She actually managed to hit most of the notes on "I'm Saving All My Love for You"; the problem was that it was deadly boring. Randy said there were moments with potential, but Kara, Simon, and Paula seemed disappointed that she wasn't acting crazy.

Danny Gokey: And the judges go wild. It was weird and kind of cool to hear "Hero" in a gruff voice, especially because the arrangement was so faithful to the original, and just by the fact that he managed to stay on pitch, he vaulted into the top tier for the night. Randy said it was blazing hot, Paula just said "sold-out arenas," and Simon came back to earth and said it was good but not amazing.

Here's my guess for now the night will turn out:

Going through: Danny, Alexis, and either Michael or Noop Dogg.

Potentially back for the wild card: Noop/Michael, Stevie, Ann Marie, Jackie, Ricky, maybe Tatiana?

What did you all think?

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v4802 v4802 8 years
I HOPE THE JUDGES PUT ANN MARIE THROUGH AS A WILDCARD PICK!! <3 I think that Ann Marie has a great voice. A lot of people said that she picked the wrong song but I think she picked it because she wanted to come out of her shell. This shows that she is a person that is willing to take risks and become more confident. Remember her audition? She was seen as shy in terms of star persona but now she seems more confident. She also has a genuine personality evident, she is always smiling and cheerful and she seems like a really fun person. She seems like a really humble person! She took the judges advices well on! During the group 1 performance, she almost transformed! Completely different look from her audition. She is also very attractive and this all adds up to a very likeable star persona. Although I'm sure that she can perform even better. Her brother Anthony actually added me on FB! He seems like a really nice guy as well and he has been working so hard to try and recruit people to vote for her. He has been commenting everywhere, on FB, joining grouops, spreading news, voting tips, joining pages. Unfortunately it didn't work out but I really think that she deserves to be in the top 12. I feel like she would do really well if she were given another chance. I personally think that Anoop Desai, Ricky Braddy and Ann Marie Boskovich are the best picks for the wildcard for group 1 choices. I really love Ann Marie and lots of people love her as well! Everyone loves their favourite contestant but there is just something that I really like able Ann Marie. I think that it would be an opportunity missed not to pick her for the wildcard round. Ann Marie singing 'God Bless America' Now this is something that I would love to see on American Idol!: A reminder of her widely talked about audition:¤t=annmarie.flv Hollywood group week:¤t=group3_hwood2.flv I really liked the way she sang in the group song, nice tone! In terms of her personality, there have been many affirmations, inclusing the popular one from her ex english teacher: "I am so grateful for the incredible amount of support for Ann Marie. Many of you have messaged and asked how I know her...simply, I was her English teacher in high school. I started this FB page as a way for her friends and family to communicate their support having no idea that it would take off the way it did. I am not a professional, nor did Ann Marie ever ask me to start this page for her or ask me to put any information on it. In fact, she didn't even know I started the page and is still overwhelmed by the response. If you have the privilege of knowing Ann Marie, you were a fan long before her involvement with American Idol simply because she is just one of those special people with an amazing heart. There is no publicity machine here-simply a group of people who love her and want her to have an opportunity to bless others through her voice." Some people have been hating saying that she has done previous music...I think every contestant has had something to do with music in the past! Please consider Ann Marie! <333 Petition for Ann Marie to be one of the Wildcard picks:
misscococherie misscococherie 8 years
i agree with that last comment me he's just overrated. He may go far because america loves drama
the-afterlife the-afterlife 8 years
Is anyone else getting kind of sick with the constant reminders of Danny's wifelessness? I'm really sorry and all, but they should just change his name to "That Widower, who by the way, sings."
Jakee Jakee 8 years
I mean look at Clay Aiken who would have thought he'd blow up and he's not cute! At least Ricky is cute. ----------------------------------------------- Noooooo!!!!! Don't say that. Clay Aiken is adorable!!!!
ktonic158 ktonic158 8 years
I've known Anoop for four years and his singing is always on point. Always. He got my vote, obv.
SaRaH-22 SaRaH-22 8 years
Oh how I ♥ Danny...he makes me cry, like everytime! lol
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 8 years
i agree with the three, i cannot stand tatiana i hope this isnt or she isnt the next sanjaya, im really rooting for danny, blind guy?, lil rounds and maybe anoop
bffbbf4fun bffbbf4fun 8 years
I'm still coughing from Randy, Kara, and Paula stuffing Danny down my throat!
JenBrett JenBrett 8 years
I haven't been watching but Anoop is a Clefhanger, checkem' out on YouTube
Curlywhirl Curlywhirl 8 years
lemuse20 - I totally agree with you! I think his story is bigger than his voice, and I think if he wins he might just be another Taylor Hicks. He does have a good voice, but not that great.
lemuse20 lemuse20 8 years
I'm going to be upbraided for this probably, but I've been hearing so much about Danny everywhere today that I'm already sick of him, though I love his story and how he still has a big future ahead of him. But now, I don't want to hear as much about him right now.
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 8 years
I agree with all that is said. But WOW was Casey awkward and weird.
alesimas alesimas 8 years
I adore Anoop. There, I said it.
Curlywhirl Curlywhirl 8 years
I didn't like Alexis at all, in fact I didn't like any of the girls! I do like Danny and agree that he's probably going through. I hope that Ricky gets through, because his voice is amazing and he picked a great song for his voice. I also think he could sale albums, I mean look at Clay Aiken who would have thought he'd blow up and he's not cute! At least Ricky is cute.
t-and-co t-and-co 8 years
Everytime I see Danny I burst into tears...Regardless, he's so awesome! I had to look away when Casey was singing...It literally made me cringe. Poor girl.
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
Alexis and Danny were my picks! Man some of them were BAD. It's like whoa these people are some of the top singers they could find? Yikes. I felt bad for Stevie, she's so young and it was SO painful to watch her. and wow Caseys face and dancing were insane. Everytime she moves I was like WHy is she doing that!??!?!
bchicgrl bchicgrl 8 years
i completely with those 3 predictions, Danny and Alexis were by far the best up there. I think Michael will get through on the 3rd spot, even though I would like to see it go to Jackie but.... Hopefully Tatiana won't get anywhere after today, I find her extremely annoying and of course VFTW is backing her - grrr.
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