The top eight female contestants sing to get a place in the top 12 singers for season 9 of American Idol< read all 1 reviews
Another singer who chose a timeless classic was Paige Miles. Unfortunately, her performance of "Smile" was too gloomy. I agreed with Ellen's comments about the song. It was apparent from the very first word that something was going to be off about the song. Her voice was too shaky. I think her emotional investment got the best of her, and she reminded the other contestants that feeling a song too much can actually be detrimental. The nice thing about her performance, and many of the other contestants, was that you could tell they were all trying really hard. Unfortunately, the same wasn't true for Katelyn Epperly's performance.
Katelyn received the worst performance of the night award (quite a feat considering how bad Didi was last week). I was surprised that her commentary to Ryan and the judges was that she was trying not to be cheesy. She must have been reading the reviews about her "The Scientist" piano performance. I expressed similar sentiments in my last review here at Lunch! The contestants on the show shouldn't pay attention to the online critiques because it can psych them out. This was not the night to fail so badly. It really looked like she didn't care about her performance or about making it into the top twelve singers.
Didi Benami understood this, and so she worked the hardest. I award her the "most improved singer from last week" award. I didn't think she could pull it off, but she sounded a million times better. If she hadn't, America would send her home during the most critical week. I'm still angry about her being in the competition because I think she stole the spot from someone more deserving. Yes, she has quite an amazing tone to her voice, but I see her talents the same way I see Tyler Grady's gyrating hips--all flash and no substance. She has no idea what to do with her voice, and it ends up standing out more than any singing talents she may or may not have. It will take a lot for Didi to win me over. If she does make it in the top twelve, I look forward to being "wowed" by later performances.
In the end, I disliked this episode because it felt rushed and certain people got focused over others. It reminded me to be weary of "the powers that be," nameless and faceless people controlling the strings of the largest reality show on television. Kara Dioguardi also stood out as the most useless judge of the night. I wish they would go back to a panel of three judges (comprised of Simon, Ellen, and Randy) with special guest judges every once in a while. This formula worked best in previous seasons.
Here is the full lineup of all the contestants and what they sang for this episode. I included as much information as I remembered:
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