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Snap Judgment: The "American Idol" Guys

Snap Judgment: The "American Idol" Guys

Yawn. Did someone forget to tell the "American Idol" guys that it matters now? Tuesday night's performances were just plain dull, especially considering that this show will put six of them in the magical top 12. Not even Paula could think of anything nice to say to most of these guys, dropping her crazy-ometer score to a season-low 3 out of 10.

Did you manage to stay awake through the performance show? If so, here's a ballot where you can pick the six you think are moving on and the two going home. To see my take,

Blake Lewis (at right): Turns out, Blake likes improv comedy and Halloween. I knew we had a lot in common! He sang 311's "All Mixed Up" with some beatboxing and a reggae tinge. None of the judges recognized the song (I guess they weren't listening to late-'90s alt-rock radio), but they applauded Blake for sounding original.

Sanjaya Malakar: His straightened hair? Totally not working for me. His singing? Also not working for me — or for the judges. Randy says Sanjaya used to be special but now the spark is gone; Simon says it "wasn't as ghastly as last week" but suggests his "Paula hair" is what's keeping him in the competition.

Sundance Head: Sundance made me like him for a second by making a joke about how he's actually thin in real life and just wears the fat suit for "Idol." Then he attempted Pearl Jam's "Jeremy." Randy and Paula acted like mixing Pearl Jam and Southern rock was the most amazing idea known to man, while Simon thought he sounded like a bar singer. Excuse me, I need to go listen to "Better Man" now.

Chris Richardson (at left): Much to my chagrin, Timberfake is winning me over. But does anybody else think he sounds nasally on slower songs like the one he did on Tuesday? The judges like that he's mixing up his style, but they weren't wowed.

Jared Cotter: He's one of the only guys in the competition whom I could see pulling off Stevie Wonder, but his performance seemed over-rehearsed and boring. Paula — Paula! — slammed him, saying he needs to add more texture to his singing. Simon thought Jared lacks the "wow factor."

Brandon Rogers: Yikes, was it really a good idea to sing "I Just Want to Celebrate" at this stage of the competition? It's just not a song that requires a whole lot, vocally, and Brandon kind of screwed up the big run at the end. Paula thought it was phenomenal, but Randy and Simon were lukewarm.

Phil Stacey (at right): Oh, Phil. Bad hat. Bad song. The dude can belt a chorus, but this one sounded off-key and awful, especially the low notes. I was cringing in my living room. Not even Paula was pleased.

Chris Sligh: Google tells me his song was "Wanna Be Loved" by DC Talk. His performance was just average, but this was the kind of night when average was good enough. None of the judges liked his song choice, but Randy said his was the best vocal performance of the night, and Simon said he has potential.

Who should go: Sanjaya and Phil

Who will go: Phil and Jared, unless Sanjaya's mysterious voting base finally gives up.

Your turn! Tell me who you think has sung his last "Idol" song by filling out this ballot.

Photos courtesy of Fox

Join The Conversation
HeatherStJoeMI HeatherStJoeMI 10 years
OK.....If it were up to me 3 people would be gone but there's only 2 going ......Sanjaya and Phil !!!!! They were the worst.
CocoChic CocoChic 10 years
I was totally rocking out to the dc Talk song! I miss those guys.. --Lauren--
pud3333 pud3333 10 years
The judges last night said only about four of them deserved to make the top 12. I'd have to agree.
Bonne Bonne 10 years
We all know its fixed. Sanjaya will stay for a while. Chris Sligh did have the best performance, I agree...
MidnightRainbow MidnightRainbow 10 years
Sanjaya should have left the stage weeks ago!!! I can't tolerant his singing any more and his smile is sooo horrible! I can't imagine a boy has such a big mouth, looks terrible! My family couldn't figure out someone like him could stay until this moment, very disappointing!!! We like Chris Sligh the best although he did not have a good performance last night. Blake is also a potential singer!
t_hive88 t_hive88 10 years
He's soooo dreamy! :) My boyfriend was getting jealous with how happy I was watching him sing, hahaha.
redsox26 redsox26 10 years
Blake is my favorite too!
t_hive88 t_hive88 10 years
Ok ok... we all know or should know how much I love Blake! I was so so happy when I heard that he was singing a 311 song which just so happens to be my fav band as well as his! Go Blake!!! Oh yeah, Jared and Sanjaya need to go!
Linda-McP Linda-McP 10 years
Maybe they should all go! But since that won't happen, I agree with you,Buzz--Sanjaya and Phil should lead the way out.
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
I love Chris and I love Blake. Chris is a bit more nasally, but I think its in part just the way his voice is. Sanjaya needs to go home RIGHT NOW. I hope the girls bring it tonight, because last night was boring. And Phil is scary.
calibabi calibabi 10 years
why didn't anyone recognize blake's song??? i was singing along! in my opinion, it's definitely time to send sanjaya home...but i bet he'll stick around because of the teeny bopper votes.
yiddidea yiddidea 10 years
Maybe finally Sanjaya will go home this week. Please! Blake is my fave of the guys right now because he at least seems confident and original. Timberfake sounded VERY nasally last night, but so does Timberlake. I kinda hope Phil sticks around and tries a Journey song next week. I think he just needs to find his range.
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