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Snap Judgment: The "American Idol" Girls

Snap Judgment: The "American Idol" Girls

After watching the top 12 "American Idol" girls compete on Wednesday, I'd like to propose a rule: All songs by Aretha Franklin, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, and Whitney Houston are banned from the semifinals. All it ever gets you is a judge saying the song was too big for your voice and a chorus of eye rolls from the viewers at home.

Despite the Aretha overload, though, I think it's safe to say the girls are absolutely killing the guys at this point. While there was a bad performance for every good one on Wednesday, the good ones were great — and even the bad ones were rarely dull.

I'm keeping the Paula crazy-ometer at a 4 out of 10. She got gushier with the girls, but overall, she mostly made sense. Also, is Seacrest not closing with "Seacrest out" this year, or am I just missing it?

To see which girls I think are safe and which are headed home,

Stephanie Edwards (at right): Boy, did she make a splash. She's smooth, she has presence, she can sing, and she totally attacked her performance — something most contestants can't pull out until a much later round. I feel like less of a fool for picking her as my winner now.

Amy Krebs: OK, she was one of the dull ones. Her performance was just eh, and she seems to have about five notes that sound good. Simon says she has the personality of a candle and that she's too forgettable to win but then goes overboard beating up on her hair and clothes, so maybe she'll get some sympathy votes.

Leslie Hunt: She's the reason behind my proposed Aretha rule, because her "Natural Woman" rendition sounded a lot like karaoke. It didn't help that she had her backup singers join the chorus, thus proving she couldn't pull it off alone.

Sabrina Sloan: I'm not sure what she sang, but it was one of those diva songs with lots of power notes. She did it well, though I don't think she trumped Stephanie. She said she picked her song because after five years of watching "Idol," she's learned that ballads don't work as well as up-tempo songs; she's right, but her blatant calculations make me like her less.

Antonella Barba (at left): I'm getting a distinct Drop Dead Gorgeous-era Denise Richards vibe from her. She "sang" "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing," and it was excruciating. The judges panned her, and she didn't seem to understand why, which bugged me even more.

Jordin Sparks: She's frighteningly poised for 17. She didn't really settle into her song until the end, but that's just fine; I figure we'll be hearing a lot more from her.

Nicole Tranquillo: I thought she was going to jump through my TV and punch me. That was some aggression! It was brave of her to take on Chaka Khan, especially when she seems so quiet. Randy said the song was "too urban," and I thought she got shrieky in parts, but I'll give her credit for going against type.

Haley Scarnato: I cannot like a girl who sings the Celine Dion song that has Meat Loaf in the video. Just can't do it. She doesn't really have the power to pull it off, and Simon says it sounded like a lounge singer at a fancy hotel. Well, at least it was a fancy hotel.

Melinda Doolittle (at right): I'd love her for her facial expressions alone; I had the most fun watching her of anyone all night, save maybe for Stephanie. She has a strong voice, and it's obvious that she's a professional.

Alaina Alexander: OK, I propose another rule: If you're going to choose a rock song, you'd better rock. Her version of the Pretenders' "Brass in Pocket" actually made me long for ScarJo's karaoke performance in Lost in Translation, which is to say it was pretty weak; I actually thought she'd run out of breath.

Gina Glocksen: She is capable of rocking, but instead she sang "All By Myself," which ... no. It was fairly dull until the last 30 seconds, when she really turned it on. She got sassy with Simon about whether she'd hit the power notes, but my untrained ear thought she got it.

Lakisha Jones: Singing "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" — gutsy or tacky? Discuss. The judges, Simon in particular, are ready to anoint her the next Idol, but I'm not buying it yet; there's no denying she has a great voice, though.

Who Should Go: Antonella and Amy

Who Will Go: This is tough. I'd guess Amy and Alaina, but Haley and Leslie aren't safe either. I'd be surprised if any of those four made the top 12.

Photos courtesy of Fox

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Underdog Underdog 10 years
Laskisa Jones Is My Choice right now to win Ameican Idol.
luvlygurl luvlygurl 10 years
lakisha has an incredible voice!! antonella she is as good as gone (unless she has like a million friends who will vote for her) jordan she definitly could not be called sugary-sweet in last nights performance. melinda doolitle had the cutest expressions ever she was such a blast. stephanie edwards man she was amazing she did an excellent job. i must say haley shes a good singer but i love celine dion to much she ruined that song.
nearnorth nearnorth 10 years
RE: Lakisha and Tacky vs. Gutsy: Tacky. She's going to come out on her first night when no one knows who she is and presume to do the huge song that catapulted Jennifer Hudson to Oscar-contender-tom? I like her and have since her first audition, but just who does this girl think she is? I find that really annoying. She wowed me with it anyway of course, but still. So now what is she going to do for the rest of the season? She peaked right off the bat and now is there anywhere else for her to go but down? I like Jordan. She's my top girl. She sounds natural and smooth, but passionate. And I like her version of Give Me One Reason waaaay more than the original, and I don't even dislike the original.
dreamsugar dreamsugar 10 years
I'm sorry, but I had to mute it on most of the girls last night -- I didn't even watch the boys -- and I'm pissed I missed Blake -- but my dream last night more than made up for that!
dreamsugar dreamsugar 10 years
Antonella Barba -- not drop dead anything in my opinion -- just pretty :) Nicole Tranquillo -- ruined my song - she does have an interesting voice -- but I have to mute it last night. Stephanie Edwards -- wow -- very confident, beautiful and all around classy performance. Jordin Sparks -- what a pretty girl w/ a bright future -- she did great -- she won't win -- but she did awesome! (I found myself wanting to BE her last night) Melinda Doolittle -- I LOVE Ms. DOOLITTLE!!!!! Lakisha Jones -- One word -- DAMM - but will she win? It'd not smart of Randy mention Jenifer Hudson -- she's like America's sweetheart now -- not good for Lakisha. The girl can sing though -- I'll give you that -- I hope she does well and I do buy it.
Padraigin Padraigin 10 years
Gina totally missed her note. She just held it out forever and it was excrutiating to my trained ears. Melinda was wonderful. Antonella was Satan. Lakisha was good, but her choice in songs bothered me. The arrogance of some of these people amazes me.
Monkeyluv Monkeyluv 10 years
I thought that she pulled JHuds song off well so it worked but i was kinda surprised she would do it. ~~~Just Do It~~~
Lindsb Lindsb 10 years
Aw, I really liked Leslie. I wish she's shine a little brighter. To be honest, I'm not wowed by anyone this year.. no one stands out as incredibly likable.. at least out of the ladies. PS - Antonella must go. She drives me nuts. She wasn't good during Hollywood week and she's not good now. (I'm just bitter Bailey was cut.. I liked her)
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