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American Idol: Top 12 Standings

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I reviewed last week’s performances, and I think it’s pretty safe to say that the females of American Idol season 10 are having a bit of a hard time this season. Take a look at my current standings for this season’s Top 12 as of last week’s performances.

12. Karen Rodriguez

Karen’s star is fading awfully fast. Blaming her pitchy performance of Selena’s “I Could Fall In Love” on a “couple technical difficulties” during the results show last Thursday was eye-roll inducing. For Karen to survive this week, she’s going to have to step outside of her Selena/J-Lo repertoire, sing something that gets people talking, and sing it well.

11. Jacob Lusk AMERICAN IDOL: Final 12: Top Row L-R: Pia Toscano (holding Casey Abrams), James Durbin, Paul McDonald, Jacob Lusk and Scotty McCreery. Bottom Row L-R: Haley Reinhart, Karen Rodriguez, Stefano Langone, Naima Adedapo, Thia Megia and Laurn Alaina. CR: Michael Becker / FOX.

It’s time for Jacob to realize that his performance of “God Bless the Child” was his season 10 shining moment. He has now tried to re-create this moment twice, and it is not paying off in his favor. I think he is going to need to rein in his vocals and try something a little more subdued. Sometimes the quieter performance can be quite powerful (i.e. Kris Allen’s performance of “Falling Slowly” during season eight.)

10. Haley Reinhart

I like Haley, I really do. She’s been able to show the versatility in her voice this season in her past couple performances. That aside, she seems to lose her nerve midway through her performances, which causes all sorts of pitch problems. Haley needs to stay confident in her ability to continue to survive each week.

9. Thia Megia

I seem to be the only one that doesn’t get the weird, old fashioned tone to Thia’s voice. Personally, I don’t think she has a voice that will go over well on the radio. Singing-wise, Thia needs to adapt her style and show that she can be current. Personality-wise, I’m sure she has one, but I’m just not sure why she’s opting to operate in robot mode all the time.

8. Lauren Alaina

Oh, how quickly they fall from grace. Lauren’s problem last week was that her performance was boring. She can definitely sing, but she has to work on her stage presence. I suggest finding space in that mansion that the contestants are currently living in and practice on moving while singing. If she can match her stage presence with her singing, she will probably save herself from an early ouster.

7. Stefano Langone

For me, Stefano was like the best of three evils going on last week, in the sense that I liked his remixed song more than Thia’s and he has a truckload more stage presence than Lauren. So, welcome to the number seven slot Stefano! He needs to work out his pitch issues, because being a cutie pie is only going to get him so far.

6. Paul McDonald

Paul definitely stumbled last week. I appreciated his song selection, but it wasn’t quite the right fit to his voice and his vocals were kind of a mess. I like Paul’s voice a lot, but it’s so unique that he has to find the right song every week. I don’t think that Vote For The Worst’s backing carries that much weight when it comes down to voting, and a misstep in the song selection department could be what inevitably ends his run.

5. Naima Adedapo

Naima closed out last week’s performance show with a bang. I have never seen a contestant just bring it like that. She proved that it is possible to remix a song and have it work. Albeit, she did lose her breath between the rapping and the dancing, but I think if she can balance her breathing, she’s going to be one of the more entertaining contestants that Idol has had in at least a season.

4. James Durbin

I got to hand it to James for his performance last week. He managed to rein in his vocals and deliver a wonderful performance. It’s amazing what can transpire onstage, when he’s not depending on that screech of his to pull out a performance. If he knows what’s good for him, he’ll keep that note hidden for at least another week.

About Kirsten Coachman

Kirsten Coachman is an Entertainment Writer/Blogger from the San Francisco Bay Area. She has interviewed a variety of people from across the entertainment spectrum, including singer-songwriter/Matchbox Twenty frontman Rob Thomas, fun.'s Andrew Dost, singer-songwriter Christina Perri, American Idol winners (David Cook, Kris Allen, Lee DeWyze & Scotty McCreery) and acclaimed writer-director Derek Cianfrance. Connect with Kirsten on Twitter & Facebook.
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    We finally got a clue about how Scotty can become less boring, from the bio clip they showed last night. In a word: Elvis!

    Preferably something uptempo. Or some other rockabillyish material. I’m sure it’s in his range.

    Actually, on Wednesday he gave his least boring performance so far. But he still seems like a kid doing a novelty act rather than a genuine, self-defined singer.

    Casey, Lauren, James and, yes, Jacob, make up the rest of the top 5. Everyone else [sorry Pia] is a snooze.