AMERICAN IDOL 7: TOP 16 ANALYSIS – THE GIRLS

Top 12… ha! Last year they didn’t even bother to release a compilation CD of songs by the Top 12. The real emphasis should be on making the Top 10 because that’s who gets to go on the tour and make some money!

So let’s see how the ladies did tonight (and this time, the added bonus is a suggested Beatles song for each contestant, since I read on the internet Beatles Night is coming up soon)…

ASIA’H EPPERSON – “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)”

What is it with these contestants? Over and over the judges insist it’s not a good idea to pick a song by Whitney or Celine, and what happens? There’s three of them tonight! Asia’h gives this dance classic a powerful vocal and shows some likable modesty while facing the judges. But will it be enough to keep her in?

BEATLES CHOICE:  “Ticket To Ride” (the slowed down version performed by the Carpenters)

KADY MALLOY – “Who Wants To Live Forever”

Maybe it’s not that smart to say in your embarrassing moment clip that you blew a song! It was smart of Kady to try a song with dramatic possibilities, but she ended up showing more technique than emotion. At least she’s smiling more during the judges’ critique, but the song title probably bodes ill for her tomorrow night.

BEATLES SONG – “Here Comes The Sun”

AMANDA OVERMYER – “I Hate Myself For Loving You”

She really shined on the catchy chorus, but the truth is she should be able to sing this kind of rocker in her sleep.  I await the rumors about her starring in a Janis Joplin biopic.

BEATLES SONG – “Come Together”

CARLY SMITHSON – “I Drove All Night”

She really brought out the rock side of this very catchy song. A perfect vocal. Now all she needs is to connect with the audience. Perhaps that will come on the big stage next week. You can tell someone told her to turn on the personality while facing the judges, because there was a big improvement there.

BEATLES SONG – “Got To Get You Into My Life”

KRISTY LEE COOK – “Faithfully”

A bad haircut, but a good vocal that brought out her country leanings toward the end of the song. But no, this wouldn’t be a country hit…

BEATLES SONG –  “You Won’t See Me” (which you might remember was a powerful single for Anne Murray)

RAMIELE MALUBAY – “Against All Odds”

She played with the melody a bit, but this song has never been very exciting, and even with her big voice, that didn’t change. She was foolish not to take Ryan’s opening and explain why she chose the song.

BROOKE WHITE – “Love Is A Battlefield”

An interesting arrangement, but again, I would have liked to see a bit of anger in Brooke’s vocal. Still, the risk of doing an acoustic arrangement paid off, as Brooke was the class of the women tonight. But I can’t help but think what Carly might have done with the same song…

BEATLES SONG – “And Your Bird Can Sing”

SYESHA MERCADO – “Saving All My Love For You”

Funny that a perfect Whitney imitation doesn’t score many points. If only she had brought that same passion and commitment to  a song that wasn’t so identified with a superstar. She was unfairly cheated out of her time with the judges (but going last should make up for it). Nigel will have to give Paula and Simon a scolding.

BEATLES SONG – “Let it Be”

And because I didn’t  do it last night, here are some Beatles suggestions for the guys:

DANNY NOREIGA – “Hey Jude”

DAVID ARCHULETA – “Here, There And Everywhere”

DAVID COOK – He’ll probably rock  out with “Helter Skelter” but I’d go with “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”

DAVID HERNANDEZ – “You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away”

JASON CASTRO – “I’ll Follow The Sun” or “Across The Universe”

LUKE MENARD – “We Can Work It Out”

MICHAEL JOHNS – “Something”

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