Is Paula back to her old tricks? I don't know if it was the bloodshot eyes or the orange face or just the fact that she was sitting next to Kara who is radiant and young and smooth (and not high), but Paula did not look her best this evening. Thankfully she had her jewelry to distract us.
First up, Jackie Tohn who kind of dressed like Minnie Mouse, but Minnie would never wear those sneakers. Or those trousers. I think she is adorable and a great performer, but I don't think America is going to be all over her quirkiness.
Next was Ricky Braddy. I've never laid eyes on him before but I guess that's because he's been busy selling chicken fingers. Guess what? He's going back to selling chicken fingers. He hails from North Carolina, so I'm sure that tomorrow's Charlotte Observer will mention him even though Elizabeth City is a good 5.5 hours from Charlotte. But the Observer likes to claim the NC Idols as their own. Wait, I probably shouldn't be bashing the Observer....so I take that back.
Alexis I-can't-be-away-from-my-baby Grace has definitely listened to the judges constructive criticism. Those listening ears of hers will get her far. She was great this evening despite having really odd looking parents.
Brent Keith? I didn't recognize him nor will I miss him or that rockin' country song he sang. Bye, bye Keith.
Ooooh Stevie Wright was just so wrong. She reminded me of Selena Gomez of Disney fame, so maybe she can guest star on one of those Disney shows and then call it a day.
I like Anoop, but I didn't like his song choice. And I especially didn't like when he tried to justify it. Three words for you, Anoop: We. Don't. Care. Pick a song that sounds good, not one that has special meaning to you. Because...We. Don't. Care. Seriously, why is that such a difficult concept for so many Idols to grasp? He's lucky he's so cute (and his parents get the cutest parent award) because his cuteness may just carry him to the next round.
Casey Carlson. Ouch. How about Paula calling her out on her weird facial expressions? Um, Paula, that's the pot calling the kettle black, my friend. And if Paula and Kara told her one more time how pretty she was, I was going to scream. Poor Casey, she was genuinely shocked by their responses. She thought she did a bang up job. The Police, Casey? Rrreally?
I'm calling bullshit on Michael Sarver. He claims that it was the perfect song for him because he "doesn't want to be anything other than me". He soooo would give up that oil rigging gig to be the American Idol. In a heartbeat. And then he'd lose the wife. And then the kids. I'm just kidding, Michael's a nice guy. But nice guys finish last.
Ann Marie Boskosomethingorother was a total disappointment. Word on the street is that The Top 36 was actually chosen back in November. So they had plenty of time to choose a good song for tonight, hell, they should have a nice repertoire...but Natural Woman was the best she could come up with? I hate that she blew it because I liked her. Even if she has a weird crush on Kara and even kind of looks like her.
Steven Fowler is not worth commenting on. So I will not.
I am certainly not a fan of Tatiana Del Toro, but I do think the producers had their way with her during Hollywood week. She's a freak show.
And last, but not least, Danny Gokey was my fave. But I agree with Simon, he did not knock it out of the ballpark by any stretch of the imagination. But I think the church music director and his rendition of Hero will be a force to be reckoned with...
America votes for one woman, one man and then the next highest vote getter....
Female vote: Alexis Grace
Male vote: Danny Gokey
Next Highest Vote Getter: either Anoop or Michael Sarver
Tune in tomorrow...