We have our top 24. Finally. It only took about a year, right? Sheesh – the audition portion went on FOREVER this season.
For the most part I’m pleased with the top 24, although there were a couple headscratchers as well.
First, I’m devastated that the girl I loved did not make it to the final 12. She had a smokey, Janis Joplin sound (and look). Can’t remember her name, but she was the 3rd or 4th cut on Wednesday’s episode. SO sad.
Girl who definitely didn’t deserve to be in the final 12? This one. Antonella Barba. She was mediocre at best and the other girl that was in the final two with her sounded a LOT better than this one. Although the other girl did NOT handle the elevator ride down very well, did she? Anyway, is this Season Six’s Nikki McKibben? Our Jasmine Trias? Time will tell, but methinks the answer is a resounding: YES!!. I fear her making it to the Top 10. My pick for this season’s “Most Annoying Female” goes to Leslie Hunt – she makes weird faces when she sings AND when she’s sitting in a chair. “Most Deserving AND A Good Voice” goes to Lakisha, the mom. What a sweet, sweet woman she is.
My top pick for the females? I have two. Melinda, the Aretha soundalike, and Stephanie.
I have to say I’m surprised Sundance made it in, considering what a crappy week he had in Hollywood. But obviously his very first audition was enough and they let him coast through by the hair on his chest (seriously – AI folks are gonna get RIGHT ON THAT and wax him down, right?). There are two clunkers in the men’s group – Paul Kim (pictured) and Rudy Cardenas. Rudy’s mouth when he sings reminds me of Clay Aiken. That’s all I’m sayin’. And Paul Kim messes with the songs too much – too much riffing – and I hate that. Surprisingly, Sundance is no longer my top pick.
My top two male picks: Based on Hollywood week I think my top two picks are former back-up singer Brandon, and Justin Timberlake-alike Chris (who can DANCE, y’all – did you SEE his 3 seconds of glorious dancing in the closing scene? DIVINE. They could have shown another 5 seconds more and I think I would have fainted. I love guys that dance like he did).
So bring it on, Fox! Let’s throw down and see what these Pretty Young Things have to offer. So far the only albums I’ve bought are the singles for Clay and Fantasia, Bo Bice’s full-length CD and Daughtry’s (which is the best of all of ’em, hands down). I don’t count Kelly Clarkson’s “Breakaway” since that was her second album. I’m talking strictly “hot off American Idol and into your living room” releases.