'American Idol' - 'Top 10 Girls Perform' Recap

by Kona Gallagher, posted Mar 4th 2010 12:36AM
crystal bowersoxWe start the show off with an update on Crystal Bowersox: still no word on what landed her in the hospital yesterday, but she's back and ready to sing. We then transition into an awkward joke from Ellen about her dead grandmother, and even more awkward pseudo-flirting between Kara and Simon. It's gonna be that kind of night, I guess.

In general, the girls show a marked improvement from last week, and there are really very few horrific performances, so that's definitely a step up. I was getting a little worried about this competition, but after tonight, I feel a lot better about the whole thing.

Crystal Bowersox is singing Credence Clearwater Revival, which seems to be more up her alley than Alanis. I really have no idea how Simon is going to react at any given point this season, but as far as I'm concerned, she killed it. Crystal is ridiculously talented, unique, and compelling to watch, which is not something I can say of very many of the girls this year. Randy and Ellen absolutely fawn over her. Kara gets the song that Crystal sang last week wrong, but likes her, and Simon makes up a new word: "misunderestimated." However, he basically says that he was wrong about her and continues to heap well-deserved praise upon her.

Haeley Vaughn has the unenviable position of not only following Crystal, but doing so with a Miley Cyrus song. Unfortunately for her, it's kind of a mess. She hits some nice notes toward the end, but she sounds really off throughout it. I really liked her during Hollywood week, but she's been less than impressive so far, and I can't see this performance getting her very much further in the competition. While Ellen thinks she's adorable, neither she nor Randy think that Haeley connected to the song at all. Kara tells her that her talent is inconsistent, and that she needs another year to really get it all together. Simon tells her that it was "a complete and utter mess."

Lacey Brown is singing 'Kiss Me,' which is a super-annoying song that is probably now going to be stuck in my head for the next month. She does a good job with the song, and sounds great vocally, but it's a pretty boring performance. Big Mike seems to be enjoying it though. He's just rocking out in the audience, which is pretty funny. But that's the thing: I probably shouldn't be more interested in the audience than I am in the person on stage. Randy says that it sounded like Karaoke, while Ellen says that it was adorable. Kara says that it was good, but she needs to step it up a little bit, while Simon says that she wasn't memorable, which is totally true.

Katie Stevens is singing the recent 'Idol' favorite, 'Put Your Records On.' She's one of the few whose personality translates pretty well to the stage, and she does a good job with this song, but it still doesn't quite blow me away. She's quite talented, but maybe she's still too young? There's just something about her that doesn't really do it for me. Ellen still wants to see Katie be younger, while Kara is "so frustrated" with her. Simon sums it up nicely by telling Katie that she's not telling them what kind of artist she wants to be.

Didi Benami is choosing a classic song, 'Lean on Me.' She's another one of my favorites in the competition, so I hope she does really well. Unfortunately, it starts off really boring, but she really picks up in the middle and finishes strong. Randy, however, gives her a terrible review and says that he wouldn't have picked that song for her. Ellen tells her that she has a great voice, but that she wishes she would have chosen a different Bill Withers' song. Kara, however, continues to try to be a bad ass and tells her simply, that it wasn't good. Simon even tells her that it was screechy.

Michelle Delamor is singing one of my least favorite songs ever written, 'With Arms Wide Open,' by Cree. I can't begin to tell you how much I hate Creed, so I'm not looking forward to this even a little bit. With that said, she starts out really well, but it just seems to lose any interesting aspects in the middle. Randy doesn't think she did enough with the song, while Ellen says that it "almost worked." Kara tells her that it was her favorite performance of Michelle's ever, which is just really weird. Simon really likes the performance, as well, and I officially just don't understand this show anymore.

Lilly Scott is also hopping in the Way Back Machine and singing 'A Change is Gonna Come,' by Sam Cooke. She starts off weak, but by the end, I remember why I like her so much. She has a unique voice, and sounds unlike anyone else who's ever been on this show. Randy and Ellen both tell her that it was their favorite performance of the night, while Kara tells her that she had her first "moment." Simon, however, thinks that Crystal was stronger, but says she was still great.

Katelyn Epperly
is singing Coldplay's 'The Scientist,' which has been known to induce comas, so good luck with that. She's playing the piano, though, which is pretty cool. The first line is crazy. She sounds so unsure of herself, that it almost seems as though she's not positive she's even singing the right song. She ends really strong, but again, it's just such a boring song. Randy says that it was strong, but that it was a really slow song. Ellen straight-up tells her that she fell asleep during it, which I totally agree with. Kara, on the other hand, tells her that she kind of loves her. Simon tells her that it's nearly identical to the Natasha Beddingfield version and that it's better than last week, but that she can be quite corny at times.

Paige Miles is making me nervous by choosing a Kelly Clarkson song. However, she does a great job with it. My only fear is that she didn't make it original enough. But judging by the way Kara is boogying at the judges' table, I think she's good. However, that could just be because Kara co-wrote it. Randy liked the performance, but tells her that he didn't hear enough of her in it. Ellen disagrees and says that she likes everything she did with it. Kara actually says she thinks Paige could have a hit with that song, but that she didn't really get the anger behind the song. Simon, however, tells her that while she has a strong voice, the song overtook her.

Siobhan Magnus
takes on Aretha, which is just ... whoa. Much like many of the other girls performing tonight, Siobhan starts off weak, and then really gains confidence about 3/4 of the way through. Randy loved it, and calls her "fearless." Ellen loved it, as well, while Kara can't get over that crazy note that she went for at the end. Simon calls her a strange person again, and tells her that while there were parts of the song that were terrible, that note was wonderful. He also calls her incredibly talented.

Which of the Top 10 Girls Gave the Best Performance?
Crystal Bowersox482 (54.8%)
Haeley Vaughn7 (0.8%)
Lacey Brown6 (0.7%)
Katie Stevens15 (1.7%)
Didi Benami22 (2.5%)
Michelle Delamor1 (0.1%)
Lilly Scott69 (7.8%)
Katelyn Epperly39 (4.4%)
Paige Miles6 (0.7%)
Siobhan Magnus233 (26.5%)

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I loved Crystal, Lilly, and Siobahn all of them have very unique qualities in their voices. I feel sorry for Haeley and Katie just not ready for this. Michelle, very pretty, she wants to be the diva, a wannabe. Lacey pretty eyes, but she will be going home soon if she doesn't find her nitch just another forgettable performance. Didi reminds me of no one, forgettable performance, Paige would do better with bluesy soulful song choices instead of the pop. Katelyn she definately can play the piano, I actually liked her take on the Coldplay song. Maybe next week for her to pick something a little more upbeat.

March 04 2010 at 6:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Obviously, no one on the show should ever do a Kelly Clarkson song. Apparently Simon and Randy consider them to be sacred and untouchable.

March 04 2010 at 2:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rick cokely

Simon didn't make up the word misunderestimated, it was made up by GW Bush.

March 04 2010 at 12:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

For the record, "misunderstimated" was not created by Simon. It was one of the many illiterate uses of the English language to come out of the mouth of our former President George W. Bush.

March 04 2010 at 12:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I agree Siobhan looks like Anna Paquin but she also looks very much like a young 19 year old Barbra Streisand. I'm old enough to remember her back then (yikes) and she too was "a funny little thing" with a quirky personality and an amazing voice which made converts of all her detractors. I'm not sure Siobhan has that good a voice but I do think she will go far in this competition.

March 04 2010 at 10:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The girls definitely had their ups and downs last night, but it's so jumbled that I'm not sure who's going to get the boot. I really like both Lilly and Crystal (given the edge to Lilly this week), and I thought Katelyn's piano song was surprisingly delightful (not sleepy!).

I'm worried for the younger girls Haeley and Katie; Haeley because I don't think her voice is ready for the competition, and Katie because I don't think she knows what to do with the big voice she has.

I'm also worried for Lacey, she's just not wow-ing compared to the others. I'm worried for Michelle because that song just didn't work out, but I still like her style/voice and hope she's around next week. I don't want to be worried about Didi, but I hope she gets over trying to please the judges, and just do a song because she wants to and not worry about what they think.

As for Siohban, I'm warming up to her, but I don't know where she fits in today's music world... And I can't quite put my finger on Paige, there just seems to be something off for me...

It should be an interesting results show.

March 04 2010 at 10:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

haeley vaughn was terriable for the last two weeks. i dont belive she should even be there. the judges denied a wonderful singer and put her in the 12th spot what a disappointment. if it were up to me i'd tell haeley pack your bags your going home. sing for your freinds

March 04 2010 at 9:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm surprised the judges liked Lilly's performance so much. She sang well, but it seemed like kind of a trite arrangement of a heavy, important song.

That said, she's safe, along with Crystal and Katelyn.

Everyone else: Your days are numbered.

March 04 2010 at 8:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I just told my friend last night that Siobhan looked like Anna Paquin! Haha...she keeps surprising me, I think she could actually go a long way in this competition.

Haeley and Lacey were messes and both should pack their bags. I hate to see any of the others leave at this point.


March 04 2010 at 8:16 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Thank you Crystal for being able to sing tonight!! Loved her, loved Lilly, and Siobhan was surprising! She reminds me of Anna Paquin. Haeley flat out needs to go. She was off key and screechy from the first note. If she makes it thru, she should try country. She sold herself at her audition by wanting to be a black country singer, but hasnt done anything country.

March 04 2010 at 7:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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