Earlier this year, Randy Jackson said that season 10 of American Idol would be a female’s season to lose. Well ladies, you’re not looking too good right now. When the performances weren’t a hot mess, the majority of the song selections were absolute snoozers.
Up first was Ta-Tynisa Wilson who sang Rihanna’s “Only Girl (In The World).” In short, it was awful. I do not understand why a contestant would ever choose a song that is completely auto-tuned. Songs like that are not singer’s songs; They are performance numbers.
Wilson’s vocals were all over the place. I couldn’t believe that Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez told her that it was good. Why would you lie to this girl? As soon as she starts checking the internet for her name, she’s going to find out that it was a train wreck performance.
Following up Wilson was Naima Adedapo, who sang an up-tempo version “Summertime.” It’s definitely a risk to sing the song that season three winner Fantasia basically owns and made her a household name. I didn’t like the musical arrangement at all. It came off way too old-fashioned. Adedapo’s singing was on point, so she definitely has a chance at cracking the Top 12.
Kendra Chantelle sang “Impossible” by Christina Aguilera. “Impossible” is one of my very favorite Christina Aguilera songs, so if you’re going to sing it, you better bring it. Overall, I thought Kendra did a nice job with the song, although the last note she hit wasn’t pretty. Between this performance and her Vegas “Blackbird” duet with Paul McDonald, Kendra has showcased a diverse vocal range. I will be surprised if she doesn’t make it into the finals.
When I first heard that Rachel Zevita was singing “Criminal” by Fiona Apple, I must admit that I was intrigued. The performance that unfolded on stage was not anything I was expecting. I cannot believe what she did to the musical arrangement. Like Randy said, the song was unrecognizable.
I thought Zevita was trying too hard throughout her performance. From the flinging off of her cape to the looks she was giving the camera, I just thought it was too much. Plus, she didn’t have the vocal performance she needed to have to back up all the theatrics. She had too many pitch problems going on.
I really want to like Karen Rodriguez. I think she has a great voice, but I have to question anyone that sings a classic Mariah Carey song, when it’s not a designated “Mariah Carey Week” on Idol. Nothing about that song made her stand out vocally. As I sit here typing right now, all I can clearly remember about her performance was that her dress made her look like the Statue of Liberty. All and all, I thought the performance was pretty boring. Decent vocal, yet nothing spectacular going on.
During the Hollywood round, I admit that I was not blown away by Lauren Turner in the least. I was actually surprised when she made it to the Top 24. I was pleasantly surprised by her semifinal performance of the Jully Black version of Etta James’ “Seven Day Fool.” I think she has some spunk to her, but she really needs to learn to own that stage, as she can be awkward to watch. I thought her she sounded pretty good, but when she goes for the larger notes, she starts sounding like she’s yelling. She definitely will need to watch that if she makes the finals. And I hope she does advance, because this is a contestant that is aware of her vocal range and what songs work with her voice. I hope the voting audience recognized that.
I really love Ashthon Jones’ voice. I’ve been a fan of hers since the Hollywood round of the competition. I thought Monica’s “Love Over Me” was absolutely the wrong song for her to sing. That song was pretty bland sounding. Jones has great stage presence, and I think she should have picked a song that would have shown off her stage persona as well as her voice. She is such an immense talent, but I am worried that she won’t move on, because that song just made her performance forgettable.