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09 March 2010 @ 09:36 pm
American Idol, top 8 Girls (aka KATELYN! CRYSTAL!)  
Top 8 girls -- as long as Crystal and Katelyn are safe, I'm happy. (Oh, and about the bootees last week, the four that went home were the ones that I absolutely expected to go home.)

Katie Stevens - Hell to the NO! You are not singing "Breakaway!" And to start with: YOU SUCK!!! Okay, eolivet, you win, I officially can't stand her. Do not be messing with my 2nd favorite Kelly song of ALL TIME!!!!!!!! UGH. God, this is ghastly. Oh, my beautiful Kelly, you make it sound so effortless and easy, and then someone else tries to sing your songs and they reveal just how truly awesome YOU are. You said it, Randy! No, Ellen, she sucked. Period.

Verdict: She's going home.

Siobhan Magnus - I don't think she'll ever be a favorite of mine, but she finally picked a song that I feel truly highlighted her vocals perfectly. She was fantastic, sold the song, and sang it pretty damn well. Beautiful, beautiful performance. RE: The judges, I think she should have gotten way more praise this time than she did the last two weeks. Whatever, Simon, STFU.

Verdict: She's flying through.

Lacey Brown - I admit, I do like her voice. She's kinda crept up on me, I'd like to see her make it through because I think she's got the interesting quirk that I feel is fake and affected with Lily. Lacey feels real. I like her, and this was lovely, lovely performance. I think she's my third favorite girl now.

Verdict: I think she may make it; I hope so.

KATELYN EPPERLY - (Carole King, heh. She's so my Brooke of this season.) I just love her voice, her tone, her phrasing, her .... aaaaaaaahhhh!! I love her. Screw the judges, she's awesome.

Verdict: She'll get through, but these fucktard judges are not helping. Grrr.

Didi Benami - Pre-performance, come on, Didi, BRING IT! I shouldn't like her because her voice is just a tad too quirky/nasally for my taste, but there's something about her, and it was out in full-force tonight. That was fabulous; I adored her phrasing and delivery of the vocals. She added a unique touch to it. Sorry, Lacey, you're back in fourth place. If they don't like it, really, REALLY screw the judges. Ugh, stupid Randy, but the rest of the judges, I'm with.

Verdict: Iffy, simply because she's been near the bottom, and it was an older song, but she did wonderful. I will be quite bummed if she doesn't make it through. Depends on the rest of the night, but if even one other non-fave falters, I think she'll be okay.

Paige Myles - Three words in, and I just thought "beautiful." And she's singing the song correctly, tremulous with sorrow held just back, because *that* is what the song is about. But she's still kinda boring. Sorry. And now she's belting. This is *not* a belting song. Sigh. And it really was going well. Nope, she's just ruined it. Ah well. I agree with Randy, but Ellen was wrong in what the song is about, it's about smiling in the face of sorrow, not just smiling. Yes, Simon, horrendous arrangement.

Verdict: Based on that performance and last week's horrendous Kelly-cover, she should go home. I think she may. Again, she should. So, yeah, Didi should be safe now.

CRYSTAL BOWERSOX - I don't care if it's predictable, Crystal doing Tracy Chapman?! Awesome. (But I do want her to step outside of her comfort zone -- which she will with the themes ... and she will continue to be AWESOME!) DAMN! This girl can sang! I LOVE HER. Sorry, Katelyn, Crystal just got her #1 spot back.

Verdict: She's final-two bound, baby!

Lily Scott - Oh, hell no, she's touching Patsy Cline!?!? UGH!!! Seriously, I can NOT stand her. She makes me want to punch her through the television screen. Give me Archie and Adam at their worst combined, and it's better than her. I can't even finish listening to her assault my ears with that ghastly caterwauling. And, of course, the judges kiss her ass even though they bitched about Katelyn, ugh! (Note, I wrote the last line twenty minutes into the show. Only Simon didn't quite go all the way, but close enough.)

Verdict: Flying through, of course.
Dianabutterfly on March 10th, 2010 06:01 am (UTC)
We disagree so much on Lacey. It amuses me.

And, yeah, total agreement on Katie. She doesn't have the right attitude for that song.
Arabian: Brooke&Cook_02arabian on March 10th, 2010 06:09 am (UTC)
Hmm, I thought it would be Lily that we disagreed on. She is my fourth fave, but it's not like I'm rooting for her or anything. I'm just supremely disappointed with most of the crop this year. So just about any other year, she would be on my 'no list,' but other than Crystal, Katelyn and Didi (and Janell, damnit!), I really do not actually like any of the other girls, and some I actively loathe. Lacey has a sweet quality about her, so I don't dislike and/or loathe her. Thus she gets a greater pass than she normally would.
Dianabutterfly on March 10th, 2010 06:12 am (UTC)
I actually didn't like Lilly tonight at all. The song choice didn't work for me.
Arabian: Feelings Journalarabian on March 10th, 2010 06:20 am (UTC)
I love Patsy Cline and knew she was going to ruin it with her "interpretation" -- ie, quirky, self-indulgent -- yes, Simon, SHE is self-indulgent (not Siobhan), look at me! crap. I honestly have never viscerally detested a contestant so much on this show before. It's weird.
Dianabutterfly on March 10th, 2010 06:21 am (UTC)
Hee! Her style has worked for me until tonight, but I had a bad feeling when I heard who she was going to cover. And then she disappointed me big time.

Also, have you noticed that she always seems to have the same facial expression? I just noticed that tonight and it freaked me out a little.
Arabian: Kris Allen_01arabian on March 10th, 2010 06:25 am (UTC)
Yes, she always looks/acts the same. I'm sorry, but I do NOT get the fuss over her. I've never seen such a self-indulgent performer on this show ever. At least Adam can be awesome (and was on occasion, for even this non-fan), and has insane talent (if not my style with the OTT theatrics) to back it up. Not Lily. Oh my God, that's it. She's a less-talented, female, fake version of Adam. Say what you want about Adam, but that shit was real!
Dianabutterfly on March 10th, 2010 06:26 am (UTC)
Hee! At least she does change up the hideous earrings. To more hideous earrings, but still.
ThroughAnAmberFocusamberfocus on March 10th, 2010 07:55 am (UTC)
Lily's version of I Fall to Pieces made me think of Hawaii for some reason. Like all she needed was a ukelele and Tiny Bubbles playing in the background. Not what I want to hear from a beloved country classic, that's for sure. I think Katie and Paige will both be going home, or possibly Katelyn. I'd be fine with the first two. But really, as long as Crystal remains I don't care too much what the others do. I keep waiting for people to be great, but so far she's the only one of the girls that really has been.
Arabian: Dr Who (10)arabian on March 10th, 2010 05:04 pm (UTC)

eolivet on March 10th, 2010 01:50 pm (UTC)
Hee, glad to know my irrational hatred for Katie Stevens can now be based on actual musical ability! :p Was it Ellen who said she didn't connect to the lyrics at all? Because...yeah. Exactly. :/

Contrast that to Lacey -- both got dinged for song choice, but Lacey actually knows who she is, so she picked a great song this week (without the judges' help!)

And don't you think Paige picked the "Glee" version of "Smile?" I wonder why she didn't invoke that during the critiques. When Randy said "That song's supposed to be happy," it was clear he hadn't seen that episode. ;p

Crystal was awesome. I've always said my favorite part of Idol is when singers take songs I hate and turn them into songs I love. :) Crystal made me love that song last night. :D
Arabian: Beauty & the Geekarabian on March 10th, 2010 05:05 pm (UTC)
Yup, I'm with you on Katie now.

Eh, that was Ellen who said you're supposed to sing it happy. I don't think it was based on Glee, her feelings about it just seemed deeper than were it just a recent song, I dunno.

Crystal WAS awesome, and I do like that song and she still made it her own. YEAH!