The ladies had their turn again this week, reminding all of America why they are collectively better than the guys. Similar to Tuesday night, Wednesday's performances are dedicated to a special someone in the contestants' lives. Ho hum.
This time, I'm giving letter grades to the ladies. I should have done the same thing for the guys, but oh well. Anyway, most were fantastic, a few were good but forgettable, and one was just abysmal.
Gina Glocksen kicked off the evening with Heart's "Alone," dedicated to her boyfriend. I thought she was better than last week, though I enjoyed her then as well. Randy said it was a good song choice, while Simon remarked that the vocals were a little forced near the end.
LaKisha Jones sang "Midnight Train to Georgia" for her grandmother. The woman really owns the stage, and has a great voice. Simon felt that she was holding back. He commented that she wasn't as good as last week and that she should accept that she's a phenomenal singer and start acting like a big star. Way to inflate LaKisha's ego there.
Melinda Doolittle maintained her self-deprecating demeanor and dedicated her performance to her vocal coach and stylist. She did a stirring rendition of "My Funny Valentine," which was waaaayyy better than Constantine Maroulis's version. Oh, calm down Constantine fans- don't be getting Claymate on me now. There, now I've offended two massive fanbases . Simon once again rambled on about how he loves that Melinda is all talent and no ego, unlike most people in the music industry.
The usually bubbly Jordin Sparks was rather teary this week, as she dedicated her song to her brother. My boyfriend wondered at one point if he was dead or something, but I could have sworn I saw him last week. Jordin sang Christina Aguilera's "Reflections," and while I'd normally chastise a contestant for picking a song by a well-known singer, I thought that Jordin made it her own. Randy and Simon said that it wasn't her best performance, but still better than some of the others.
Holly Hunter lookalike Leslie Hunt dedicated her performance to her late grandfather. It was very good and rather sultry, but kind of forgettable — until she did some scooby-dee-doo-de-doo-doo-wah jazz scatting and gave Blake Lewis a run for his money. Still, Simon wasn't impressed and felt that Leslie was getting lost among the singers with big voices.
Stephanie Edwards belted out a little Beyonce to her mom and dad. I thought it wasn't bad, as did Simon and Paula. Randy considered it "Beyonce Lite" and of course, couldn't resist mentioning that he had worked with her. Oh brother.
Haley Scarnato and Sabrina Sloan committed the horrific crime of picking a Whitney Houston song. Not just one person picked a Whitney song, but TWO people! What gives, ladies? Surely there are better choices available in that song book! Haley dedicated "Queen of the Night" to her fiancé, which not bad; it was lively and will help people remember her. However, Randy didn't like that the song had overly prominent backup vocals rather than the lead. Simon said that Haley is one of two or three girls in danger of going home. Meanwhile, Sabrina sang "All I Need" for her grandma, and yes it was pretty good but she seemed to scream it a bit near the end. Indeed, Simon warned her not to confuse power with shouting.
Alaina Alexander looked lovely, as usual, and dedicated The Dixie Chicks's "Not Ready to Make Nice" to her mom. While my boyfriend commented that it sounded recordable, I couldn't hear her very well. Randy thought it was a mess, while Paula thought it was pitchy. Simon felt that she simply ran out of steam halfway through.
Ah, let's not forget our little Internet Princess of the Week, Antonella Barba. Yes, I know that the blowjob pictures are not of her, but those other racy pictures sure are. She's so damn popular right now that the hits on my film web site doubled just because I mention her name on these American Idol posts.
Anyway, Antonella just about got on my nerves by committing the most heinous act known to American Idol — singing Celine Dion's "Because You Loved Me" for her brother. Jesus H. Christ. Is she begging to be kicked off the show? Let's count the number of mistakes she made: A) picked a Celine Dion song; B) picked the most oversung, overrated Celine song; C) picked the most popular Celine Dion song for karaoke; D) sounded as if she was performing on karaoke night at the local bowling alley; and E) wore a seriously hideous, fugly ass dress. In a just world, where those pics don't exist, Antonella would have left last week. However, since dumbasses will want to keep her on the show because "she's hot," I fear that she'll stay a little longer.
Who will go home: Haley and Alaina
Who should go home: Antonella and Alaina
So there you have it. On Thursday night, two guys and two girls will once again walk down the boulevard of broken dreams. Who will it be? Find out!