American Idol 12- Contestant Preview #7- Isabel Pasqualone

Well, our first “plant” of the season comes in the form on Isabel Pasqualone, who you will see in a video down below, performed with David Foster at 15 years old. She has quite an instrument, vocally, and could be a contender given the right material. I struggle with the idea that she’s actually a recording artist though, and will likely flame out more like Pia (although, she could follow in Katherine McPhee’s footsteps instead).

If she sounds a little “rehearsed” to you, it’s because she’s from the prestigious Berklee School of Music in Boston. In High School, she played a Hot Box Girl in Guys And Dolls, and she attended a Broadway summer camp in NYC before going to Berklee (so she has some music theatre background as well). I’m unclear if she actually graduated from Berklee, as she might have also attended Marist College in New York.

She considers herself “Power Pop” like Kelly Clarkson or Leona Lewis. Here’s a little writeup she made when she was looking for songwriters for her album:

am looking for 2 more songs to be released on my debut solo Album! I wanted to reach out to the students of Berklee because f the known amazing songwriting talent! My genre is ‘Power Pop’, along the artists of Celine Dion, Leona Lewis, Kelly Clarkson, etc.

Here are some examples of artists and songs that would be similar to what I am looking for:
Celine Dion:Taking chances or Eyes on Me
Kelly Clarkson: Already Gone
Leona Lewis: Bleeding Love or I Will Be
Charice: In Love So Deep

Any tempo would be great, just looking for an AMAZING SONG! Great lyrics, catchy melody,VOCAL RANGE (if possible) CAN BE ABOUT ANYTHING (inspirational would be great :) )

Her Myspace:

Listen to her songs below. What do you think? Is she a contender?

Summertime (a completely inappropriate song choice, IMO)

1+1

1+1 (Live)

Taking Chances

No Promises (probably her best)

  • WestiesRule

    I’m not sure what to think. She can sing but I think she is too polished for Idol… more of a Voice conteastant IMHO. I need to see what she does on the show. Not sure she’s my cuppa….

  • http://twitter.com/desireechick Kesia Monteith

    She’s actually one of my favourites based on the spoilers, but I can understand the rehearsed comment. I personally think she sounded fantastic on 1+1. I’ve played that video over a few times. Really like her voice, but I know she could suffer from being too rigid.

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake Williams

    oh, I like this one very very much.

  • iluvai

    Oops. I based my opinion on the David Foster video. She sounds and looks really good in the other videos.

  • http://twitter.com/GeorgeWilson777 George Wilson

    She’s not “Power Pop” at all. She sounds Country/Pop. I don’t see anything wrong with her voice from a technical perspective, but I don’t see anything proprietary as well. That makes her completely generic and boring. I’m sorry. Let’s move on to the next contestant. 

  • chessguy99

    Hmm, a blond Pia. I get the same  feeling I had when I heard some Pia stuff before S1 Idol, good vocal but nothing else. Not that she isn’t good vocally, she is very good, but I don’t feel moved to seek out more videos of her.

  • durbesque

    Isabelle is ordinary. 
    Christina is more interesting in her awfulness…..
    I thought ‘Summertime’ was foolproof.  I was wrong.  Her phrasing was awkward and many notes fell flat.  But Foster gave her a great introduction.  Is she gonna sing opera on Idol? 

  • iluvai

    Hope your puppy is outa that cone!!

  • Klaine

    whatever happened to pia – she was supposed to be the next big thing since sliced bread.  her ouster was tweeted by every celebrity in town…and yet again, nothing…no album….another opportunity lost…meanwhile ive never heard melanies music on radio

  • http://twitter.com/OzzyBonjour ??EvHeaD??ozzy??

    is she Christina or Isabel lol?

  • irockhard

    Meh.

  • http://twitter.com/Sassycatz Sassycatz

    Oh no. Are we going to have David Foster on entertainment shows and in the audience “handicapping” the race and praising this new, never before seen act that Idol just discovered, while trashing all threats to her ascendency? Let the hypocrisy commence! 

  • celxx

    Who cares if she’s played with David Foster before? It’s not like she’s famous or had a following like Cassadee. She has a very nice tone and could be a serious contender. However, she will need to be careful not to be another Pia. I believe a female CAN win idol, but none of the females in the past few years have had star quality. This girl kinda does, but she will need a stage name for sure cuz that’s last name is so confusing.

  • Sara M

    She is a plant because she performed once with David Foster at some benefit dinner years ago? I don’t think so.

  • durbesque

    She (or they) could go by the name….Isabel Christina.

  • http://twitter.com/KariannHart Kariann Hart

    Not bad, but nothing outstanding.  Maybe she will appear less rigid once she hits the Idol stage?  I have the utmost respect for David Foster.

  • http://www.facebook.com/anthony.pasqualone.54 Anthony Pasqualone

    I am the proud dad and just to give the facts, her name is Christina Isabelle, and she is using her middle name for the stage. When she performed w David Foster she was 15 years old and it was for charity not for any accolades.. STAY TUNED SHE HAS PLENTY MORE TO SHOW   :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/anthony.pasqualone.54 Anthony Pasqualone

    GO GET THEM ISABELLE!!!!