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American Idol Season 6 (2007)


March 7 (Semi-Finals: Women) - She's a woman.  W-O-M-A-N. 


Paula is missing as the live show begins.  Maybe she was just trying to hide from this season.

We get more exciting non-secrets from the contestants, starting with:

Jordin Sparks (sings Pat Benatar's "Heartbreaker"): Football is a big part of her life.  Well, duh, since her father's a former football player.  The song suits her voice, although she doesn't really seem comfortable performing it.  She sort of bops up and down as if to say, "Uh, dude, is this how I'm supposed to rock?"  And then I start thinking, "I saw Pat Benatar live before this girl was born," and I get all depressed.  Randy says it's better than all the boys last night.  Paula thinks Jordin is exploding.  Simon believes it was a bit shrieky and not her best performance, but she's showing personality, so she'll be in the top 12.

Sabrina Sloan (sings En Vogue's "Don't Let Go"): She wanted to be the next Katie Couric, but we're all glad she chose to sing instead.  This song is decent enough (which is to say, 100 times better than anything we heard last night), and I love her looks, but she's always on the verge of shouting when she tries to belt, and I want her to stop that.  I do appreciate the way she always acknowledges the band, though.  Randy thinks it's a solid performance.  Paula says she can sing, sing, sing.  Simon believes it's lacking emotion, and it reminded him of a hotel performance.  They all believe she deserves to be in the top 12, though.

Antonella Barba (sings Corinne Bailey Rae's "Put Your Records On"): She plays the violin.  Not well, but she does.  And that about sums up her singing.  Go. Away.  Randy thinks the performance was only okay.  Paula thinks she made the right song choice.  Simon is speechless, then he says she's gone about as far as she can.  Antonella gets all defensive, and the whole thing starts to descend to the depths of annoyance.  Shut up, already, all of you.

Haley Scarnato (sings Faith Hill's "If My Heart Had Wings"): She used to be a gymnast until she got too injured to continue.  And this cutesy song fits a former gymnast.  I can just see Mary Lou Retton singing, "Soar through the heavens with stars in my eyes!"  And it would be more exciting, too - she'd probably fly off the uneven bars or something.  Whereas Haley is just sort of...there.  Nothing special, nothing memorable.  She would have fit in quite nicely with the boys last night.  Randy thinks the performance is only okay, with no "yo" in it.  Paula basically says that Haley is boring.  Simon says it was horrible, and he doesn't know her name.

Stephanie Edwards (sings Chaka Khan's "Sweet Thing"): She's been singing since she was three, but she used to be shy about it.  Whoopdie doo.  She knows how to sing, but this is just your basic bread and butter R&B.  I'd rather listen to her than the guys, but it's "meh" compared to her first performance here.  Randy gives her an "A" for effort.  Paula thinks she was flawless, although she fell behind the beat.  Simon believes that she's still a bit of a copycat, but she's going into the Top 12.

Ryan gets a boob squishing hug from LaKisha and tries to convince us that he's enjoying every second of it.  I have to run to the bathroom now.

LaKisha Jones (sings Whitney Houston's "I Have Nothing"): She's terrified of animals, thanks to a Doberman Pinscher and a Poodle her family had as a kid.  I probably would be, too, if those had been my pets growing up.  This song isn't quite up to par with Whitney, but at least no one can say that it's too big for LaKisha's voice.  Don't you dare walk away from her, or she'll slap you upside your head.  Heh.  Randy says it's another great performance.  Paula says that LaKisha is going to work on being the next Idol.  Simon says she brought passion, talent, and believability - and she's dressed better than last week, too.

Pillow fight with Ryan in the Red Room!  Oh, rats, they didn't knock him out.

Gina Glocksen (sings Evanescence's "Call Me When You're Sober") She relies on lucky charms called Troll and Pickle, as well as a pillow from home.  The singing?  Serviceable enough, I guess.  She won't be taking Amy Lee's place any time soon, nor would she have lasted two weeks on Rock Star, but she looked like she was having a good time, and she picked a smart song that's relatively current and different enough from everyone else that she should at least be remembered tonight.  I just wish she'd lose the tongue piercing.  Ugh.  Randy says that finally the real Gina came out.  Paula tells her not to oversing, but says this is the style that suits her best.  Simon says it's the first time she looked comfortable, and he hopes she gets into the top 12.

Melinda Doolittle (sings Maria Muldaur's "I'm A Woman"): She says she's mildly obsessive compulsive.  Then she sings this song as terrifically as we all knew she would, struts to the rear of the stage, and - remembering her beginnings, no doubt - interacts with the background singers.  Bless her.  This is the kind of woman who should be a lead singer.  Can I be a singer in her band?  Please?  Randy says she's a consummate pro.  Paula calls her phenomenal, likeable, fantastic, blah, blah, blah.  Simon calls her a little tiger and all but drools over her.  And, as always, Melinda looks so amazed and grateful to be here.  Gosh, I want to hug her.

My rankings:

1. Melinda Doolittle - I think she's the clear frontrunner out of everyone (male or female) at this point, although I want to hear her do something current
2. LaKisha Jones - Not as strong as Melinda, but she's good as long as she picks the right material
3. Gina Glocksen - Smart song choice puts her in this spot
4. Stephanie Edwards, Jordin Sparks, Sabrina Sloan - They're all okay but not truly memorable, and that puts all three of them in danger
7. Haley Scarnato - A pretty sucky performance, but marginally better than...
8. Antonella Barba - Bad singing, bad attitude. Just bad.

In an ideal world, Haley and Antonella would go home.  But I suspect that it will be Haley and one of the girls in my number 4 position, because Antonella has "Fantonellas," and they're text messaging their votes en masse right now. Shudder.

Eliminated on March 8 Results Show:  Antonella Barba and Sabrina Sloan


Review 2007 by Patricia Lowhorn.  For comments, e-mail


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