Well. I might as well start by being honest. This was really not a good show for me this week. Far too many GFB's(Generic Female Ballads) and uninspired performances. After awhile everything started running together in my head and I found myself drifting. Now that I've confessed my initial reaction, let's break it down a bit.
The top ten ladies basically landed in two categories tonite, "eh" and "ok". No one really won me over completely. I'll start with the "eh" performances.
Kinnik Sky busted out with Gretchen Wilson's "Here for the Party", working the crowd well I must say. Unfortunately, this song really doesn't even begin to show off Sky's vocal range and that was something I looked forward to hearing out of her. It was upbeat and fun in the moment, but semi-forgettable after the fact. Melissa McGhee was another one that just didn't dazzle me. Another country song, another lady trying to sell it, but the whole thing fell flat for me.
Heather Cox decided to attempt the impossible and took on a Mariah Carey song, namely "Hero". She held her own I thought, weakly but she held it. The big problem, she is not Mariah Carey, has no where near that kind of voice and so she couldn't possibly live up to the original. Gutsy song selection but it may also be a fatal one for her.
Also landing on the "eh" list, Brenna Gethers. You remember, the high maintenance girl with lots of attitude? Sure you do. Another case of choosing the wrong song this evening. I love Donna Summer and freely admit it. I grew up listening to her and one of her CD's is about two feet from me as I type. Brenna just killed "Last Dance" by weak vocals, forced attitude and badly staged dance moves. Killed. It. Please, allow me to pack her bags up because I'm feeling confident that she's a goner. Katharine McPhee was another one that just lost me tonight. No, wait. Her voice and emotion that was poured into her Stevie Wonder song really did give me chills. I really do like her but tonight she seemed so lost in her own song that instead of being pulled in I felt like an intruder.