And it was Lilith Fair redux with a mugful of intense coffeehouse balladry and not as much big vocal Whitney Houston-style singing.
Who will go home? My predictions: Paige Miles and Lacey Brown. Paige, for lacking distinction and having to open the show, unfortunately. Lacey muffed “Landslide” and looked hideous.
Based on the past five seasons I’ve blogged, my predictive powers are mediocre at best.
Ellen DeGeneres’ first live show? Not good. Her humor went into hibernation and what was left was comments I could have made. (Not good at all!)
My rankings for the night:
1- Crystal Bowersox. Easy pick there. She may not have broken out of her comfort zone with Alanis Morrissette but she did bring enough of herself to it to make me like her even more.
2- Siobhan Magnus – She lacked the grit and dirt of the original Chris Isaak “Wicked Game.” But she has an incredibly beautiful voice and interesting look, even if her explanation for why she picked the song was a bit garbled.
3- Katie Stevens – Wrong song (Michael Buble?) for a 17 year old, yes, we know. But she does bring enough to the stage to make you want to watch her.
4- Didi Benami – I liked her take on Ingrid Michaelson song. I can get into the coffeehouse thang – even if the judges don’t. She was comfortable and sweet.
5- Michelle Delomar – Great voice, overused song with Alicia Keys’ “Fallin’ .” Unfortunately, she’s too smooth, too professional, not raw enough.
6 – Haeley Vaughn – Okay. The “black country teen” was vocally in 17 different places in 17 seconds but somehow, I enjoyed it. The arrangement of the Beatles “I Want To Hold Your Hand” was very cool. This was one of the most divisive songs of the night. A lot of people hated it.
7- Lilly Scott – Bizarre song choice (The Beatles’ “Fixing a Hole”?), strange intonations, yet oddly enthralling. She’s a keeper in that Megan Joy sort of way.
8 – Katelyn Epperly – She was better to me than what I’ve seen before in auditions. But she is a bit like Kimberly Caldwell– lacking that genuineness gene that makes people vote for you. Still, as Randy said, she had good tone.
9- Janell Wheeler – She’s adorable and took on a song that was a wee too big for her. Pure likability means she gets through another week. Pick a more nuanced song and she might do well.
10 – Ashley Rodriguez – I barely remember the performance two hours later. That’s not a good sign.
11- Paige Miles – Who? And after that performance, I have the same question: who? Being first means she is a goner for sure.
12 – Lacey Brown – She looked awful and she brought absolutely nothing to “Landslide,” no real feelings or connection or even the right notes at times. The nasal breathiness didn’t work. Ugh.
The poll from the coveritlive coverage, based on who got the most “I will vote for her” votes:
1- Crystal Bowersox – 56% voting, 33% like her not voting 0% no way
2- Siobhan Magnus: 55% voting, 25% liked her, not voting, 20% no way
3- Didi Benami – 46% voting 38% liked her, not voting, 16% no way
4- Katie Stevens 38% voting, 62% liked not voting, 0% no way
5- Lilly Scott – 33% yes voting, 56% like her, not voting, 11% no way
6- Katelyn Epperly – 24% voting, 59% like her, not voting, 18% no way
7- Haeley Vaughn – 23% voting, 23% like her, not voting, 54% no way
8- Michelle Delomar – 18% want to vote for her, 64% liked her but won’t vote, 18% said no way
9- Janelle Wheeler – 12% yes, 41% yes not voting, 47% no way
10- Ashley Rodriguez – 10% yes, 15% yes, not voting, 75% no way
11- Lacey Brown – 8% voting, 23% like her, not voting, 69% no way
12- Paige Miles 5% voting, 5% liked not voting, 89% no way