So last night the final 12 sang their hearts out. Nine of the 12 were fantastic or definitely better than expected. The other three were so obviously NOT meant to be there, that they were painful to watch.
Case #1: Camille. I kept waiting for her to burst into tears and leave the stage in the middle of her song. Sure, she’s had great confidence – and thus great performances – in the past, but hello – the winner is expected to sing in front of thousands on concert tours, make an album that sells, and be a good singer 99% of the time. And based on Camille’s first shot at stardom – she doesn’t have it. The audience will probably put her through for next week’s show – but if she doesn’t shape up, she may be out as early as next week.
Case #2: Jon Peter Lewis. Or is it Jon Lewis Peters? I can never remember. In my house we just call him “Elvis” based on his song during the wild card show last week. I was hoping the dancing thing last week was a one-time-only deal. Last snow showed it’s not. And that’s not good. The boy can’t dance, and shuffling your feet on stage doesn’t mean you have a personality on stage. Were he to stand still (a la “Tiny Dancer”), he has a decent voice, but not a great voice. Yeah, America loves him. But only 22% (based on 12 people during the wild card). I doubt the 22% will hold up based on last night’s other brilliant performances. But I don’t think he’ll go tonight. Possibly next week, unless Camille fails miserably next week too.
Case #3: Leah LaBelle. Poor Leah – her mother is going to have a fit when her daughter loses tonight. I picture a temper tantrum – and not by Leah. You know that since the age of two Leah has been told she needs to be a famous singer. I fear we’ll be reading headlines in a year about Leah on the “torment of an almost Idol” and how she never recovered because her mother wouldn’t let it go.
As for the good performances, at this point I think it’s between LaToya, George and Diana. They are my three favorites in this competition. FantaBounce did well, but MAN WHY DOES SHE HAVE TO BOUNCE LIKE THAT?? The rest were strictly in the “slightly-above average” realm – they’ll definitely have to kick it up a notch or else they won’t even have a CHANCE for the Top 4 against LaToya, George, Diana and FantaBounce.
My predictions for the bottom three: Camille, Elvis, and Leah, with Leah getting the boot.
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