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Snap Judgment: The "American Idol" Girls

Snap Judgment: The "American Idol" Girls

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.

Photos courtesy of Fox

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katie8 katie8 10 years
Yes. And I know that is awful, but I can't help it.
SassAndBide SassAndBide 10 years
Lol i think sanjaya is so cute and he reminds me of micheal jackson (back when he was brown) for some reason, like even the way he talks and the way he looks and the super straight ironed hair. I want jordan to win or blake lewis! i don't like antonella, she's pretty though.
t_hive88 t_hive88 10 years
I agree with the fact that Antonella and Sangaya will be on the show still! Ahhh why oh why?? I will seriously quit watching if that happens. katie8- Is it because she doesn't have a neck??
katie8 katie8 10 years
I want Gina to go. She is so fake. When the first song you sing is Celine Dion, you're not rock even if you do have red highlights. And Melinda is really really really good, but I can't watch her sing. She creeps me out for some reason.
JennaV JennaV 10 years
Haley was TERRIBLE.....I wished to become deaf for the 3 minutes or so she was singing. I have no clue what song that was, either :? As for Antonella....she wasn't AS bad last night.
HeatherStJoeMI HeatherStJoeMI 10 years
P. S. I agree with Linda McP about Antonella and Sanjaya.
HeatherStJoeMI HeatherStJoeMI 10 years
I want Antonella GONE !!!!! Melinda is AWESOME !!!!!
brokenbracelet brokenbracelet 10 years
I agree! This whole voting for Antonella stopped being funny weeks ago, I want to hear REAL singers, who deserve to be the next American Idol, not snobby, arrogant brats like her. And now I will leave in a huff ;)LOL
lemuse20 lemuse20 10 years
Stop voting for Antonella... it's not funny anymore.
workinggirl83 workinggirl83 10 years
LOL at SparklinSeahorSe's "llama" comment. But I agree with the other posts Melinda has a presence and ease on stage that only the pros had. I like how Randy said she could go into the studio today and cut a hit's true. I was so embarrassed for Haley when Simon said he didn't even know her name. Haley and Antonella need to go.
SparklinSeahorSe SparklinSeahorSe 10 years
i think (or at least HOPE) that america will actually send antonella home this week, mostly because everyone else was SO much better than her. she's such a llama.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 10 years
Melinda is outstanding! Haley and Antonella should go but, like yiddidea, I think someone else is going to be cut to keep Antonella and Sanjaya in. How sad.
Livience Livience 10 years
Seriously, I love Melinda!! I hope she takes it all!! And Antonella -- yikes, she needs to GO!! GIVE HER THE BOOT, AMERICA!!!
Alleigh Alleigh 10 years
Haley sang Faith Hill's "If my heart had wings" I think Melinda is so far above the's crazy!
yiddidea yiddidea 10 years
Oh, and I agree that Gina should sing Pat Benatar!
yiddidea yiddidea 10 years
I have a horrible feeling that both Antonella and Sanjaya are gonna make it to the Top 12. I hate to see who gets sacrificed to keep them in. :(
djjax djjax 10 years
It better be Haley and Antonella. Haley is ok but Antonella needs to go she not even close to being as talented as the rest of the girls. I'll be crossing my fingers for sure.
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