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.