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American Idol Season 6 (2007)

 

February 21 (Semi-Finals: Women) - Tell Me Something Good

 

Okay, I've brought toothpicks with me tonight to prop my eyelids open. I need them as they recap last night's entire snorefest, show a montage of the girls, and then tell me that the Ford Fusion is like Crazy Glue.  Zzzzzzzzzz...  Huh?  Oh, the competition's starting.

Stephanie Edwards (sings Alicia Keys' "How Come You Don't Call Me Anymore"): She's a college student whose parents have always supported her.  It's a boring back story, but...wow!  She's got a polished jazzy voice with a hundred times the energy of anyone last night.  The toothpicks have officially hit the floor.  Randy and Paula think it was great, and Simon said she was much better than the guys.  Which, like, YEAH.

Amy Krebs (sings Bonnie Raitt's "I Can't Make You Love Me"): She's an optometrist's assistant whom Simon can't really remember.  This is a song that's been done so much on Idol that I wish they'd just retire it already, and her ho-hum rendition isn't doing it any favors.  Now I'll officially forget her, too.  Randy thinks the song choice was too safe.  Paula agrees, although Randy has to translate for her.  Simon believes she has the personality of a candle, and presumably it's not a scented one.

Leslie Hunt (sings Aretha Franklin's "Natural Woman"): She's a dog walker who made Paula beg at her audition.  Heh.  I like the smoky tone of her voice, but this song isn't quite the right showcase for it.  I know the hands and hips waving all over the place don't fit.  Maybe she's trying to shake off some of that Ford Fusion Crazy Glue?  Randy and Paula basically tell her to pick better songs.  Simon thinks she looks like a dog walker who doesn't want to be here.

Sabrina Sloan (sings Aretha Franklin's "I Ain't Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)"): She's a "professional singer," and that's such a boring back story that they didn't bother to show her to us before.  But the voice is powerful, her experience shows, and thank you for giving props to the band when you're through.  Randy thinks she's the one to beat.  Paula likes the fact that she's a valley girl (no comment).  Simon believes it's the best performance so far.

Gosh, am I going to have anything to really snark on tonight?  Oh, wait, there's...

Antonella Barba (sings Aerosmith's "I Don't Want To Miss a Thing"): We have to rehash the whole thing about her auditioning with her best friend.  Then she picks a power ballad that no one has ever done well with on this show, and her nerves show all through the shaky vibrato and pitch problems.  She knows it, too.  Maybe the dog sitter should pat her on the head and say, "It's okay, sweetie."  Randy states the obvious - it wasn't good.  The best Paula and Simon can come up with is that she's beautiful.  Simon thinks she may be going home, but I've noticed she's got lots of fans online, so I suspect she'll stick around for a while and push out some far more deserving female.  Drat it.

Jordin Sparks (sings Tracy Chapman's "Give Me One Reason"): She's 17, and she doesn't mind if Simon thinks she's like eleven lumps of sugar.  Oh, joy.  She does a good job with this song and is remarkably poised, but I think she needs about five more years to be really fantastic.  Randy wants her to pick more challenging songs.  Paula wants her to go for it.  Simon thinks that the song is young enough for her (er...was she even alive when this song came out?), and that she's really improved.  Translation: We want you in the Top 12.

Nicole Tranquillo (sings Rufus/Chaka Khan's "Stay"): She's a voice major who prefers not getting any sleep.  I guess she got too much sleep last night, because those words were all slurred together.  And, um, how shall I say this politely?  Certain people should not sing Chaka Khan.  Randy wasn't impressed with the song choice ("too urban" - oh, yes, that's the term I was looking for).  Paula likes the notes she hit, even if it wasn't the right song.  Simon believes it was indulgent, aggressive, fake, overrehearsed, etc., etc.  Okay, okay, we get it.

Haley Scarnato (sings Celine Dion's "It's All Coming Back To Me Now"): She sings in a band (as I recall, a wedding band). And yeah, I can hear this at a wedding reception in the background, while people are drinking and chatting and having a slow dance or two.  Ho-hum.  I'm not a fan of warbly vibratos induced by shaking lips, either, and I can't decide whether it's exacerbated by her nerves or not.  Randy (who is making an art of dramatic sighs tonight) thinks it was just okay.  Paula showers her with faint praise.  Simon believes she sounded like a 40-year-old.  Yeah, that's about right.

Melinda Doolittle (sings Aretha Franklin's "Since You've Been Gone"): Here's the nervous background singer.  She doesn't look nervous at all here.  In fact, she looks like she's having a great time.  And that voice blows most of the other contestants out of the water.  Dare I say it?  There's a lot of talent here tonight, folks.  I think I'm going to have to run the vacuum cleaner to find my toothpicks.  Randy calls her hot.  Paula says she's a front-runner and a firecracker.  Simon calls her fantastic and is relieved at her lack of attitude, unlike some other singers (*cough* Chris Sligh *cough*).

Alaina Alexander (sings the Pretenders' "Brass in Pocket"): She claims to be an emotional, sensitive, and passionate pizzaria worker who cries at the drop of a hat.  But none of that really comes out in this song, because she's not the rocker chick she thinks she is.  Didn't make me notice, hun.  Randy says there was nothing different about it.  Paula says she didn't put her "umph" into it.  Simon points out that it wasn't as "special" as the lyrics said, and then Ryan and he get all catty with each other.  Move on, please.

Gina Glocksen (sings Celine Dion's version of Eric Carmen's "All By Myself"): She's a dental assistant who came back this year for a second round of torture.  So now, dental assistant that she is, she wants to torture us with Eric Carmen's mangling of Rachmaninoff.  The rendition is fine, but I really don't want to hear this song again.  Or any Celine song, for that matter.  Gag.  Randy is surprised by how well it worked, though.  Paula says it's the right song for her.  Simon doesn't think she hit the big note, but he seems to like the different side they're seeing to her.

LaKisha Jones (sings the Dreamgirls' song "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going"): She's a bank worker with a big, big voice.  I was worried when they said she was singing this song - it's so easy for people to overdo it and pick it just because a former Idol competitor is winning all sorts of awards for it - but woah!  Even if it did get truncated for the sake of the show, that actually did give Jennifer Hudson a bit of a run for her money.  I'm pleasantly shocked.  Yeah, you're gonna love her. And Randy does.  So does Paula.  Simon is very tempted to declare her the winner right now.  Wow.

Tonight was much, much better than last night. I can actually attempt some rankings.

1) LaKisha - ya think?
2) Melinda - love her voice, love her attitude
3) Sabrina - surprise, part 1
4) Stephanie - surprise, part 2
5) Jordin - a lot of energy, just needs some more experience
6) Gina - acquitted herself decently on a song I don't want to hear again
7) Leslie - I'm intrigued enough to want to hear her do something else
8) Nicole, Haley, Amy, Alaina - any of these could go home, and I wouldn't really notice
12) Antonella - she's really out of her league

I'm with Randy right now. Keep just eight girls and four guys, and we could have an interesting competition. As it is, I'm seeing a couple of shocking! upsets! in the girls this year. Rats.

Eliminated on February 22 Results Show:  Amy Krebs and Nicole Tranquillo

 

Review 2007 by Patricia Lowhorn.  For comments, e-mail tricia@lowhorn.org.

 

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