February 17th, 2009 11:52 pm |
Here we go America! We have our Top 36 and tonite 12 of those 36 will perform LIVE and voting starts tonight. We are voting for the Top Female, Top Male and a 3rd runner up. The goal by the time we are done with the groups is to whittle it down to the Top 12.
Let’s get to it. This is Group 1, the first 12 that will compete for 3 spots to the Top 12.
Tonight’s Theme: Hits from the Billboard 100 since the charts began!
Our 12 contestants performing LIVE are:
Jackie Tohn – 28, New York, NY
Rick Braddy – 26, Elizabeth City, NC
Alexis Grace – 21, Memphis, TN
Brent Keith – 25, Blanchester, OH
Stevie Wright – 17, Phelan, CA
Anoop Desai – 22, Chapel Hill , NC
Casey Carlson – 20, Minneapolis, MN
Michael Sarver – 27, Jasper, TX
Ann Marie Boskovich - 22, Nashville, TN
Stephen Fowler – 26, Cleveland, OH
Tatiana Del Toro - 24, San Juan, PR
Danny Gokey (cutie!) – 28, Milwaukee, WI
Let’s do it!
Jackie Tohn (5701)
Little Less Conversation by Elvis Presley
Ok…what you have on is horrible. On the plus side, this sultry, throaty voice is wonderful. Nice way to work the stage as the first person up in the LIVE portion. I think the song choice if anything will be your downfall. You’re full of fire aren’t you! I thought about it again and yes, your outfit is horrible.
Randy wasn’t blown by the vocals, but liked the “entertainment” factor. Kara said she has a big personality. Paula was up dancing and agrees the voice needs some work, but a true performer. Simon? He likes her voice, but said she played the clown act tonite. Score: 7-
Rick Braddy (5702)
A Song For You by Leon Russell
Personal comment: he’s cute, warm, seems real. Now to the singing: This is a song sung by Elliot. I have to say that I like Rick’s interpretation of this song. This boy can sing. Confident, definitely confident. If I didn’t know better, I would say he was singing this song to a special someone back home. He’s only the 2nd person on tonight and I luved it. I don’t have alot of criticism!
Randy said THIS is it. He thinks he is the star of Season 8. Kara said he killed that song and was amazing. She said it was effortless. Paula is proud and said he deserves to go far. Simon said it was very very good. He thinks he doesn’t have “star” quality. Score: 9 (not just because he is cute!)
Alexis Grace (5703)
Never Love the Man by Aretha Franklin
I kinda like this 1920′s/Charleston look you have going, but not sure it matches the song. The vocals are ok so far, nothing special. If you don’t make it thru, it may be song choice. You’re young, choose something recent! While I don’t dislike your performance, I’m bored already. Hmmm…..
Randy said she worked it out. Kara said the genie was out of the bottle. She said it was a pleasure to watch her. Paula said she has the ability to present soul (I disagree) and passion. Simon said she was the best so far of the night. Come on Simon, there have only been three. Rick’s performance was way better than Alexis’. Score: 8-
Brent Keith (5704)
Hick Town by Artist
Well I think it is clear that you will be the Country singer of the group. You’re a looker and you’ll certainly have the girls (and some of the guys) voting just for your look. As for the singing, it’s just mediocre. The song has a good beat, but it doesn’t do anything for me. I think choosing a song called “Hick Town” just wasn’t the right thing for you. I dunno, I think Paula and Kara will like you.
Randy liked that he went back to Country. He liked it. Kara felt he was a little “safe” tonight. She wanted to see more. Paula want America to remember his auditions. She wants to see him go forward in Country/Western. Simon thought he blew the opportunity and that it was forgettable. Score: 7-
Stevie Wright (5705)
You Belong With Me by Taylor Swift
She kinda reminds me of Anna Torv from Fringe, but younger and a brunette. Oh no. This is not starting off well. It sounds like you’re whispering into the microphone. Simon earlier said during the auditions that it was like she was an 8 year old singing in her room. I totally see it. I’m sorry Stevie, but not sure you’re moving forward. I don’t know where Phelan is, but I think you’re a bit disconnected. The song is still going and it’s getting worse. Oh no. I think you know it was a bad performance.
Randy said wow, wow and that is wasn’t hot. He said it was way too safe. Kara felt the song wasn’t “wright” for her. Paula agreed. It wasn’t the Stevie they fell in love with. Simon said it was terrible. He’s right! I thought it was horrible. Score: 5
Anoop Desai (5706)
Angel of Mine by Monica
So I have to say that I don’t remember your audition or seeing you during the Hollywood weeks. Will you blow me away? Ok, a bit rocky at the start. There is a bit of nasal action going on. Watch the timing Anoop, listen to the band. Watch the pitch too. There are some songs that are song by women, that should stay that way. I’m not sure this was a good song choice for you. You might get lost in the voting tonite and not move forward.
Randy said it was an interesting and is a fan, but felt he was “sharp” most of the song. He felt it wasn’t his best, but still a fan. Kara said it was a hard song and didn’t handle the rifts well. Paula says America has connected with him. I don’t think so. Simon asked why he picked it. He felt the song was a bit too grown up for his tastes. However, Simon said he has massive likability. Will that be enough? Score: 7
Casey Carlson (5707)
Every Little Thing She Does is Magic by The Police
Casey kinda reminds me of Kristin Kruek from Smallville. It think it the eyes and cheekbones. Ehhh, not sure that was a confident start. This is kinda childish. It sounds like you’re trying to turn this song into something “country”. You’re not challenging yourself Casey. Your voice is very flat, there is no fire, no heat. I think the judges will rip you a new one. Did you see that camera pan of the judges? They are bored!
Randy said it was not good. He said it was weird and karaoke-ish. Kara said that performance was wrong. Paula said picking that song there was no connection between who she is and the song. At this point Casey looks very dejected. Simon offered that she looked good, but the singing was atrocious. I agree, this was the worse. Score: 4-
Michael Sarver (5708)
I Don’t Wanna Be by Gavin DeGraw
Ok Michael, please bring us back after that horrible performance by Casey. I think you’re a bit nervous up there. It wasn’t until about a minute into the song that I recognized the song. I think it was a shaky at the beginning. You need to project over the band. I think you figured that out, but not soon enough that the beginning was weak. It wasn’t great, but not really that bad. It just lacked something. I bet the word karaoke will be brought up.
Randy said he can sing but pitch was an issue. Randy wished he went more “blues”. Kara said it wasn’t his best performance. Paula thought he did a real good job. Did he Paula? Don’t nitpick his mic handoff thing. Simon said it was tricky. Simon talks about opportunity all the time. It will be his likability that will get him thru and hopes that America does pick up the phone and give him a shot. Score: 7-/6+
Ann Marie Boskovich (5709)
Natural Woman by Aretha Franklin
This is another song that takes guts I think. Can she pull it off? The vocals aren’t bad, its just that I don’t think you have the “deepness” in your voice to pull off this song. I think if you brought the song down in pitch, you might have pulled it off better than you did tonite. I like the rifts, but I think the electronic reverb helped out alot on that one.
Randy said it was a bad choice for her. Kara said the song was sooo big, that she has to be on top of it. She felt the song was a bit too old for her. Paula felt she did better than the Hollywood weeks, but the song need alot of soulfulness. Simon said her song choice destroyed her. Score: 7
Stephen Fowler (5710)
Rock with You by Michael Jackson
Before we get to the singing, this is another one of those songs that you just don’t touch. Even the Muzak company has stayed away from turning this song into “muzak”. Can you pull it off? Umm….it almost sounded like you forgot the words and fumbled a bit at the beginning. Ok, my TiVo is acting up and it messed up a bit. Oh wait…that’s ok, because I don’t think this performance is worth getting excited about it. Not sure this was the song that was going to move you forward.
Randy never thought he would choose this song. Kara felt this song made him disconnected. Paula was glad that he got a second chance last week, but not sure he used that chance. She said picking that song was the kiss of death. Simon said it was pointless. Score: 6
Tatiana Del Toro (5711)
Saving All My Love for You by Whitney Houston
Oh…I remember you from Group week. D-R-A-M-A! Hmmm…you actually have a good voice, just don’t do that whole stare into the camera thing. There is some feeling that you are over-compensating and being too showy. Will the judges agree with me? You are D-R-A-M-A.
Randy was worried, but said there were several moments where he felt it was good. Kara said she is like a roller-coaster. She wants to know who she is. Paula is right by saying that she is the most talked about person. Yes, Puala cuz she is D-R-A-M-A! Simon said she is a drama-queen! Thank you Simon. Simon said it wasn’t that bad actually. OMG, when you went reaching your peeps to kiss them, there was a drama move on your part. oh please…STOP! Score: 7+
Danny Gokey (5712)
Hero by Mariah Carey
Ok…close the night and bring down the house! First off lete just say, that when I first saw you on screen, you are one of the most cutest guys I have seen on Idol. Second, my condolences on the passing of your wife this past year. What a wonderful thing you are doing right now. Sing, boy, sing!
I’m a little worried about the song choice now that you have said it. Will you prove me wrong? I’m a bit surprised actually. There are a few places where you sound kinda flat (not in a pitch way), but then there are moments where you just shine and make the soul alive. I commend this arrangement of Hero for a male singer. You nailed the last note, excellent!
Randy said he was the redeemer of the night. Kara said he was the HERO. Paula said he was stellar. Simon said it wasn’t fantastic but it was good and he is a good singer. Score: 9 (yes, my vote was influenced by cute factor too!)
So there we have it America. Here is your chnace to pick 3 in this Group that will move to the Top 12. Who are my choices of the night?
Top Male: Danny Gokey
Top Female: Alexis Grace
Top Third: Rick Braddy
Tune in tomorrow night as we listen to the results of tonight’s voting by YOU!