American Idol Girls Night

February 22, 2006

Last night on American Idol was girl night. We finally got a chance to see the top 12 girls perform. There were a few who were not spotlighted at all throughout the auditions and Hollywood week that I really wanted to hear for the first time.

Mandisa started the evening with “Never” by Heart. I liked her performance it was ok. I found myself bored before she was done but that may be because the song which had some power for me when I was younger seemed old, tired and boring.

Kelli Pickler (she needs a name change; “Pick Pickler”) is in my top three and although I stand by my choice because I think she is a lump of coal who once buffed will be a sparkling diamond; needs to stop talking. You long does she think she can play the sympathy card? I think her voice is awesome but I am tired of the “sob” story track and the show just started. She sang “How Far” by Martina McBride and while she was off at times (nervousness and trying too hard) she reminded me why she was one of my choices.

Becky O’Donnell sang “Because the Night.” Who doesn’t love this song? She is stunning looking but all the hair flipping in the world is not going to carry her to the top 3.

Aya Brown who was in my top 3 did a great job with “Reflections” from Mulan. I don’t think there is much this girl fails at. I am not sure how her parents raised such a smart, strong girl at 17. They should write a book on how to raise unpretentious, smart females in a world of young g-string wearing sex kittens.

Paris Bennett sang Gladys Knights, “Midnight Train to Georgia.” She rocked of course and although I thought decking herself out in a Gladys hairdo and clothes was a bit over the top (this is not an impersonation contest) she rocked it out. She has a great voice and she looked like she had been doing this her whole life. Good for her but I don’t see her going to the end.

Stevie Scott sang Josh Grobin’s “To Where You Are.” Yikes! My ears were bleeding. I felt bad for her. When Josh Grobin sings it, I sob because of how beautiful his voice is as he sings the beautiful words. With Stevie, not so much! I actually cringed and wanted to hear Josh’s version immediately after so that the song didn’t sour for me.

Brenna Gethers, “You Are the Sunshine of My Life.” I don’t care if this chick sounds like Barbara Streisand, I couldn’t possibly vote her to the end. Obnoxious!

Heather Cox sang “When You Tell Me That You Love Me” Ummm…it was a bit weak. She is attractive enough but I think she has depth and will be out sooner rather than later.

Melissa McGhee sang “When the Lights Went Down” by Faith Hill. This was my first time hearing her sing and I would add her to my top 3 if I didn’t stand by my original choices. I love the sultry sound in her voice.

Lisa Tucker is in my top 3 and is now in my top 2. She is a little power house. She sang “I am Changing” by Jennifer Holiday. I was afraid when she mentioned whose song she was going to be undertaking. Those are some big lungs to fill and Lisa filled them! As Randy would say, “You brung it Dawg.”

Kinnik Sky (love her name), sang “Get Here If You Can” by Oleta Adams. I love this song and thought she was a bit weak.

Katherine McPhee, I loved this girl during her audition. She is adorable, like a young Valerie Bertinelli. She sang “Since I Fell For You” I think she will go far in this competition.

I did not call in but if I had I would have voted for Katherine McPhee.

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