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02 March 2011 @ 09:36 pm
American Idol, Top 12 Girls  
Did the guys (heh, that sounds dirty), now time for the girls.

1. Lauren Alaina - eolivet, it will break my heart if you still don't like her. I just think she's AMAZING. I had just listened to Thia and didn't figure anyone could touch her (especially since I adore that song already). Then auren came out, sang a song I didn't know, but she made it her own, blew me away, owned that stage. She is natural to a T; she has stage presence out the ying-yang; her voice is to die her. I. love. her. And Randy nailed it when he said she's a cross between Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood. AMAZING!

2. Thia Megia - Were it not for the awesome that is Lauren, Thia would have easily been my number one. I LOVED her acapella opening, the in-between, and that glorious final note. One of my favorite songs ever, and she completely delivered. 15? Damn.

3. Pia Toscano - Great, great voice. I thought the first big power note at the end was unnecessary (should have gone for a soft note there), but the last line sung all power-y note totally worked. Again, great, great voice. Kinda boring song choice, but I've always found that song a little boring personally, but she made it work for me more than any other version.

4. Naima Adedapo - And here's where we get to the ones I was meh on, but I needed five. She has a good voice, and I loved her final note, but yeah, even though I am so not a Fantasia song, she OWNED that song and this just couldn't compare. However, compared to most of the performances that did nothing for me, she landed at #3.

5. Lauren Turner - Great vocals, but at this point in the competition not knowing the song generally hurts (for me personally) because I don't "know" these singers yet, and so when they sing a song I don't know, I'm listening to the song to see if I like it (not intentionally, that's just how I do), and so I generally don't concentrate on them enough. (Which is why Lauren blowing me away as she did on a song I've never heard before was so shocking to me.) Still, Lauren's vocals were fantastic.

Not in my top five, but I wanted to mention something about four specific singers --

Haley Reinhart - I don't know what it is about this girl, but I can NOT stand her singing. I couldn't listen to more than a few lines because her voice is like nails on a chalkboard for me. I don't know why, but there it is.

Julia Zorilla - I really like her, but she not only kinda butchered a Kelly Clarkson song, she butchered one of my top 3 favorite Kelly songs of all time! I tried to get past it, but no, no, no, no. Just no.

Karen Rodriguez - I really appreciated how she had the Spanish mixed in with the English, beautiful touch. Alas, she sounded so incredibly pageant-y for me, I couldn't get past that.

Rachel Zevita - Oh, Rachel I've loved you since your first appearance a few years ago. This was not good. She has such an amazing voice, but that was a terrible arrangement of Fiona Apple's "Criminal," and did nothing to show off Rachel's talent. Ah well.
Kelly: Empire Recordslavendergaia on March 3rd, 2011 04:29 am (UTC)
I am generally in agreement with your Top 5. Lauren Alaina is my baby and I really enjoyed Lauren Turner as well. I thought Thia sounded good but her constant smiling really bugged me because I love that song and it's just not that happy.

Pia's powernotes were a little unnecessary, though I think it doesn't help that the beginning of the song was very soft and she didn't build to it; it just kind of came out of nowhere. And I remember Carrie singing that song on Idol and I loved Carrie's version.

Haley Reinhart is going to be so embarrassed when she watches that performance because she looked like she'd been hitting the bottle. It was just...not good.
Arabian: A/J -Squee!arabian on March 3rd, 2011 11:42 pm (UTC)
Ah, I didn't notice the smiling with Thia actually. I don't know why. Both Lauren's were great, but Alaina is so my favorite.

I think it doesn't help that the beginning of the song was very soft and she didn't build to it; it just kind of came out of nowhere.

I think you nailed my issue with the first power note. The second/last worked for me because it came out of that first one, but yeah, the first wasn't built to.

I'm so glad we have another fandom in common! :)
Diana: Kris Allen - Preshbutterfly on March 3rd, 2011 05:34 am (UTC)
Agreed on the top five, though Naima and Lauren are in my top five with more enthusiasm than they are for you.

I do like Haley a lot more than you do! Her tone works for me.
Arabian: Kris Allen_01arabian on March 3rd, 2011 11:42 pm (UTC)
My sister loves Haley too. I don't know what it is, but seriously, like nails on a chalkboard. Ugh. Can't explain it.
eolivet on March 3rd, 2011 02:48 pm (UTC)
eolivet, it will break my heart if you still don't like her.

Aww. :( I can't deny that was a great performance. I can't deny she has talent. But I can tell she's going to be one of those contestants (similar to Carrie) where I enjoy the performance, and want to spin through the judge comments. Because..."I can tell you're holding back?" "You have so much more to show us?" After that performance? Wha?! That just smacks of Uncle Nigel's puppet strings. Especially when these judges were pretty much effusive for everyone -- those were the only comments of the night that felt...staged.

But I know none of that is Lauren's fault, so I will try not to hold it against her. ;)

Likewise, I thought the standing-O for Pia felt disingenuous (and totally a way to throw attention off Lauren. Sorry, I just don't trust Uncle Nigel as far as I can throw him ;p ) She was good, but she wasn't that great, I agree -- it made her seem overpraised (sadly, that was probably the point.)

I LOVED Lauren Turner -- she had a blast with that song and it showed. :D I don't think she'll make it, but at least she can leave, knowing she gave it her all.

But I pretty much hated any contestant that went "cabaret" with their arrangement. "Criminal" is up near my favorites of all-time, and Rachel Zevita just butchered it. And Naima singing "Summertime" like a lounge act? Totally rubbed me the wrong way (and I didn't like Fantasia either, but like you said, she owned that song. :)

Karen Rodriguez is gorgeous, but switching to Spanish felt like pandering. I think she'll make it, regardless -- and I wonder if Julie Zorilla just lost her sure Wildcard pick from J-Lo with that performance. That might've been worse than Katie Stevens last year...and that's saying something from me! :p
Arabian: Kelly_Stararabian on March 3rd, 2011 11:40 pm (UTC)
Oh, I agree re: Uncle Nigel's machinations. Dude, it's already obvious. Casey Abrams and Lauren Alaina are the planned final two. No question. I'm just grateful that both are so damned talented.

"You have so much more to show us?" After that performance? Wha?!

This. Girl was amazing. Way to give her a complex.

Everything else I agree on, except I really did like Thia.

I will no longer speak of the butchering of my beloved "Breakaway."
ThroughAnAmberFocusamberfocus on March 4th, 2011 02:41 am (UTC)
Just finished watching the girls. Lauren Alaina is definitely my favorite girl, actually my favorite period, but unlike you, I really like Haley. I think she's my second choice, followed by Lauren Turner third. I like Thia and Pia and think they are both really good, but I just wasn't as impressed with them as the judges were. Their voices are very pretty, but their stage presence was kind of...eh.
Arabian: Dr Who (9) - BTarabian on March 4th, 2011 03:21 am (UTC)
I don't know what it is, but dang, her voice just is like nails on a chalkboard, I can't explain it. But totally YES! on Lauren Alaina.