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American Idol Recap – March 17, 2011

Posted by on March 17, 2011 at 4:38 PM EST

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All in all, it was a fairly decent show last night on American Idol.  The contestants sang songs from the year that they were born.  Made a lot of America feel old, I’m assuming.  Either way, most performances were good.  Except for one!  It was the pits.  Keep reading to find out who I thought blew it completely last night on American Idol 2011.

  1. Naima Adedapo– (1984) First up. She sang “What’s Love Got To Do With It” by Tina Turner. Of course she gave it her island flare.  She’s good, but not great.  Judges told her to work on her vocals, because she is always pitchy.
  2. Paul McDonald (1984) “Call It The Blues” by Elton John.  He struggled with the song.  I love his voice and how unique it is.  He may not make it the whole way through the competition, but I feel he’s worthy of a record deal.  This guy would sell records (or CD’s, shows you how old I am).
  3. Thia Megia (1995) – that was like yesterday, right?  Wow. Anyway, Thia sand “Color of the Wind” by Vanessa Williams.  Now, Vanessa has a good voice and had a lot of power behind this song made famous by the movie Pocohantas.  Thia just didn’t capture that power in my opinion.  The American Idol judges thought so too.  They know she can sing. She has such a mature voice, but is not letting her talent shine all the way through.
  4. James Durbin (1989) “I’ll Be There For You” by Bon Jovi. This kid is good. He’s set apart from the other contestants and performed well.  Steven Tyler remarked he didn’t want him going to poppy. Durbin replied that he had a lot of pop songs to pick from, some of which were Aerosmith, but he was saving that for the finale!  I like his confidence.
  5. Haley Reinhart (1990) – sang “I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight” by Whitney Houston. AWEFUL. This girl could not carry this song, AT ALL.  She will be going home tonight.  The judges agreed, but in a nice way.
  6. Stefano Langone (1989) “If You Don’t Know Me By Now” by Simply Red. Randy Jackson absolutely loved it and said it was the best performance of the night so far. J.Lo and Steven Tyler also agreed. Solid performance.
  7. Pia Toscano (1988) “Where Do Broken Hearts Go” by Whitney Houston. Man, did she put Haley to shame.  She nailed this song. The judges were impressed with how she is bringing amazing vocals to each Amercan Idol performance..
  8. Scotty McCreery (1993) “Can I Trust You With My Heart” by Travis Tritt. Another country song, but that’s what he is. Good ol’American boy from next door.  Stick a cowboy hat on him and he’s a country star already.  No need for him to further in the competition.  This kid will succeed American Idol or not.
  9. Karen Rodriguez (1989) “Love Will Lead You Back” by Taylor Dane. This girl creeps me out just a bit.  Somewhat of a stalker tendency to her. That aside, her vocals started out rough, but she found her way midway through the song.  We’ll see if American decides to keep her.
  10. Casey Abrams (1991) “Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana. This was the first Nirvana song ever performed on Idol.  A huge risk that Casey was well aware of, and if you ask me, didn’t care.  This guy knows what he has and just goes with it.  Not the best vocals of the night, but my favorite performance overall.  Love this guy.
  11. Lauren Aliana (1994) “I’m The Only One” by Melissa Ethridge. This poor girl had the flu, and you can tell was really not feeling good. So I was anticipating a horrible performance, but much to my surprise, she did good.  The American Idol 2011 judges liked it as well.
  12. Jacob Lusk (1987) “Alone” by Heart.  WHAT?  Really?  So unexpected.  But I like that.  He went out of his comfort R&B range, went with a different kind of song, put his spin on it and did great.  Missed one note, but overall, was a good solid and impressive performance.

So who is going home tonight on American Idol? My vote is to get rid of Haley Reinhart. She doesn’t belong in this stage of the competition. We’ll see.



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