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'American Idol' Roundup, The Week of 16

The time has finally come to leave the semi-amature singers behind and create the top 12 contestants on “American Idol.” The most thing about this round is that it’s the last week of two performance shows. From now on, the guys and girls will be competing on Tuesday’s together. This week will certainly help America decide who truly deserves to be on that Hollywood stage and who have just gotten by. Starting with the girls, the best performance of the night came from Krystal Bowersox. She has distinguished herself on the girls side as being the most talented and authentic singer in the competition. Ellen Degeneres described Bowersox as the “Best performance of the night.” She had a unique take on the classic song “Give Me One Reason” by Tracy Chapman and showcased her huge voice. The girls side really has a lot of work to do in order to compete with a much more talented guys group. The worst performances of last night from the girls were Paige Miles who sang “Smile” by Charlie Chaplin and Katelyn Epperly who sang “I Feel The Earth Move” by Carole King. Both performances were awkward straight covers of huge songs. Kara described Miles with “It was all wrong” and Epperly with “(you were) going through the motions.” These worst performances from the girls side should be met with a dismissle from Hollywood. Luckily the guys side cheap autocad civil 3d 2015 has a few more shining stars. Interesting to note that the first five guys all played acoustic guitar on stage. The best performance from the men came from Michael Lynche in the shows closing moments. As the last performer, he took the stage after a slew of medicrity and rocked a somber cover of Maxwells “This Woman’s Work.” He had some huge moments vocally and really got into the song as it progressed. Not to be outdone, Aaron Kelly (“Already There” by Lonestar) and Lee Dewyze (“Fireflies” by Owl City) both turned in really solid performances. What makes this week tough is that the worst singers from this week don’t necessarily deserve to go home. Tim Urban sang Jeff Buckley’s cover of “Hallelujah” and did a fantastic job with it. Unfortunately it is too little too late and Urban does not deserve to continue in the competition (despite Ellen coming on stage and huging him, the first time a judge has left the table during judging ever on “American Idol”). One of the more troubling performances for me came from Todrick Hall. Despite critical acclaim from the judges, Hall’s performance did not come through as solid on television as he displayed a boring, generic cover of an amazing song. Two themes seem consistent in this year’s “American Idol” contestants. First, the judges are harping on song selection and although some of the performers are taking the advice, too often singers are left singing a song that ends up eating them alive. Second, the judges (especially Kara) are insistent on the singers connecting with the song. Going up there and just singing a song isn’t good enough for them. They want you to feel the song and really have that special moment during the performance. It is great to finally make it to the top 12 and now all that’s left is to find out who America votes for!!

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