American Idol 9 Top 8 Girls Power List

My “power-list” for tonight’s upcoming American Idol 9 Top 8 Performance episode. I think Didi and Lacey will be going home this week if they don’t manage to find a way to break from the pack. This field of girls share some similarities–you’ve got your quirky singer-songwriter types right here–and I think there will be a whole lotta vote splitting going down tonight. Paige Miles as the lone R&B albiet rock/popish singer, may benefit from the vote splits.

Where do you think the gals stand at this point in the competition? Post your list in comments…

My List After the JUMP…

  1. Crystal Bowersox – The front-runner not only for the girls, but for the entire group.  There isn’t much she could do wrong at this point.  Her arresting vocals and easy stage presence puts her in her own league.
  2. Siobhan Magnus – Siobhan wowed the judges and viewers alike with a mega power-note at the end of her “Think” by Aretha Franklin.  Siobhan is also incredibly likable, and so quirky, you expect her to bust out an “honest to blog” at any minute.
  3. Lilly Scott –  The judges just adore Lilly. She’s got confidence, and a unique indie vibe. However, she’s a little aloof and may eventually have problems connecting with the audience when it counts.  But for this week, she’s riding high.
  4. Katelyn Epperly –  Katelyn impressed the judges with her ballad-y take on Coldplay’s “The Scientist” last week.  She’s got some pretty powerful pipes and has shown ability to put her own spin on a song.  She’s definitely one to watch.
  5. Katie Stevens – Once a front-runner, it’s becoming clear that while Katie has the vocal goods, she hasn’t really figured out how to use them yet.  She’s very pageanty and robotic on stage.  The judges have been disappointed with her performances. She could be a surprise boot.
  6. Paige Miles – Paige got very little screen time prior to the semi-finals.  She’s got a big voice, but has yet to pick songs that have resonated with the audience.  She’s positioning herself as a pop/rock diva, but the judges don’t seem to be seem to be digging it so far.
  7. Didi Benami –  Didi was also a front runner coming into the semis, but with the judges slamming her performances (a little unfairly, I think) she may not be able to complete with up-and-comers Katelyn Epperly and Siobhan Magnus.
  8. Lacey Brown – To be honest, I was really surprised when Lacey survived last week. Unless she does something drastically different tonight, she’s outta here.  Lacey’s got talent, but no stage presence. She can’t seem to get a hold on those nerves.
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79 Comments

  1. MJ I think you are dead on. I might swap Lily and Sibohann’s places but that’s about it. The top 3 (probably 4) are advancing, and the rest will depend on performances even though I think Paige and Katie may have a slight advantage in that they possibly have voting blocks all to themselves. Didi needs to do something or she could be in big trouble.

  2. I agree with your list MJ. The top 4 on your list I like, the bottom 4 any of them can go. I don’t really care. I had hope for Didi and Lacey, but I’m over them unless they deliver this week.

  3. I laughed last week when the judges were trying to find a nice pretty box to put Katie in yet don’t give a hoot that Siobhan has no “song-picking-identity.” I would be happy to pay someone to vote out Siobhan and make sure doesn’t scream at me again this week.

    IMO The girls most in trouble this week:
    Katelyn because I still have trouble remembering her.
    Lacie because, as MJ pointed out, she’s got a severe case of nerves
    Paige. I remember her but can’t for the life of me figure out why she is singing those songs.

    And, unfortunately, unless the judges call Siobhan out on the screamfest, she will be with us next week.

    p.s. where’s the spoilers this year — it’s taking half the fun out of a meh season to begin with.

  4. I pretty much agree with you also mj. I think Lacey is a goner for sure, and Didi, Katie and Paige are competing for the other exit spot. Didi is more vulnerable, because I also agree that she is getting vote split with Crystal and Lilly.

    If I had my way it would be Katie leaving with Lacey. She’s just not ready for primetime.

  5. I am hoping Lacey leaves this week, she didn’t do well either of the last two weeks. Whoever else gets cut I will feel sorry for because all the rest of the girls deserve to make the top 12. I know Didi has been inconsistent and she’s not my fave, but would still like to see her make the top 12.

  6. I think Katie and Paige are also both in danger, along with Lacey who is a goner, and Didi. I don’t understand the judges slams on Didi last week as I didn’t think she was that bad and I would take her over Katie any day. Paige is just not that memorable to me, but I think she is going to be ok since I think there will be other problems regarding the group’s makeup without her there.

  7. I generally agree with this list, and certainly with the top four and bottom two, unfortunately for Didi.
    I thought that Didi was great vocally on top 24 and although weaker on top 20, she didn’t deserve to be slammed by the judges as she was.. so it’s bad news for her if they are not interested..

  8. I started off loving Crystal but her attitude is putting me off. If she doesn’t care, then neither do I. Katelyn is fast becoming my favorite if she can sustain what she did last week. I can see her being the “package” idol so loves. I love Siobhan’s voice but I’m afraid the big note is a gimmick she may over play. The rest – meh.

  9. I’m pretty much in agreement with your rankings MJ. Totally works for me, as I really like Crystal, Lilly & Siobhan. But, I also still like Didi, even if the judges don’t.

  10. I like Siobhan. She’s sort of cast as the female Adam this year. A little unusual, you never know what she’ll pick and she loves the high notes. No box fits her. And now reading she’s got a punk background, I’m really intrigued.

    I’m not saying she’s as good of a singer as Adam, of course. She does have some pipes. She’s my dark horse this year because I can’t figure her out just yet and she doesn’t bore me.

    Lilly on the other hand, her little girly voice and phrasing gets under my skin. I’ve seen enough to be able to predict what she’s going to sound like every week. Without the guitar, I don’t think her vocals are good enough to stand alone. But she’s not going anywhere this week.

    Katie, Lacey and Paige better step it up.

  11. I like Didi too SpenserJ. The trashing she received last week was ridiculous imo.

    When I first saw Katie Stevens youtube vids before the performance shows aired, I really liked her but after seeing her performance last week, I don’t think she has lived up to the hype.

    Crystal and Lilly were my favorites last week.

    Your top 4 looks good mj.

  12. Ugh. Could we just get rid of 4 guys instead? I like all of these girls, especially Didi and Lacey.

  13. I’d rank them exactly as you have them, MJ. Really like the first four girls (LOVE Crystal and Siobhan) and could personally take or leave the bottom four, although it would be nice to have a little diversity in the Top 12, so I’m hoping Paige survives over the insufferable Katie.

    t2, while I didn’t really care for Siobhan’s “big” note last weak and thought the whole performance was over-rated, what other songs has she screamed on? I kinda like that she has one of the bigger voices in the competition. It’s not a must for me, but the bigger-voiced contestants have more to work with as the season rolls along and the various and sundry “theme weeks” trip up one contestant after another.

  14. When I look at the list, I see six indie girls, one r&b-ish rock type, and a full-voiced pageant princess. Hmmm, math is hard and all, but there are only so many votes to be had in the voting blocks, and I believe two of the six indie girls will be shown the door this week. Lacey had no pre-24 pimpage and has underperformed. The judges aren’t into Didi (who I like, but whatev). So I think Lacey and Didi will be going. I’m meh on Lacey–I prefer Lilly’s baby-voiced indie-ness over Lacey’s. I’d take Didi’s pretty blonde indie-ness over Katelynn’s, but I think Katelynn has the edge.

  15. BootStar, IMO Siobhan desecrated Stevie Wonder with a screamfest of Living for the City. And then she took the “haunt” out of Wicked Games so she’s pretty much at the bottom of my list, even below Paige. That’s just me though.

    Although not my favorite, I like Katie Stevens and think the judges have given her a bum rap. They should just let her sing her old people songs because that’s where her voice is best. An old song sung well is better than another version of Bubbly or Put Your Records On.

  16. I like Crystal and Siobhan. Can’t stand Katie. I don’t even know who the others are yet. Whichever is the one with the super straight bleached hair- don’t like her.

  17. I’d actually put Didi above Paige just because of her screentime and earlier front-runner status. Paige has not been memorable although she has the talent.

    I’d say unless Lacey does something remarkable this week she’s a sure bet to leave. I was shocked she didn’t leave in lieu of Haeley last week, just by virtue of being dull.

    I think Didi, Paige, and Katie are all about even in terms of having 2 straight weeks of not living up to the promise of their talent and needing a performance on the scale of truly solid to game changing to not be the other-girl-who-is-not-Lacey who doesn’t make the top 12. I think Crystal, Lily, Siobhan, and Katelyn have all done enough the past 2 weeks to be safe.

  18. I’m not really fond of any of the girls, but I guess your ranking is pretty okay…

    Crystal has a nice voice, but something about her just kind of rubs me the wrong way.

    Siobhan…I don’t find her “cute and quirky” at all but rather kind of annoying. I always just seem to watch her with a “…what the heck?” expression. In a way, she almost reminds me of “Brittany” on “Glee”. She just seems a bit zoned out a lot of the time.

    Didi was good in Hollywood, but I haven’t really been crazy about her since.

    Katie is okay. Nothing special, but not horrible. Her performances have been decent, I suppose.

    Lacey has a nice voice and seems like a nice girl, but I’m just not wow’d.

    Paige is decent…but her eyes trip me out. As superficial as it might seem, I find myself too distracted by trying to figure out whether or not she’s wearing contacts to actually pay attention to her singing.

    Lilly is good, but I haven’t been crazy about her song choices.

    Katelyn would be the only one that I guess I kind of like, but I’m not even crazy about her. She has a nice voice, but there’s something about her that just doesn’t make me a huge fan. Not sure what it is yet, though.

    So yeah…I’ve been watching the show, but so far…I don’t consider myself a ‘fan’ of anyone.

  19. There isn’t much she could do wrong at this point.

    The big risk for Crystal, I think, is that too weak a showing by other contestants would remove the sense of suspense from the season. The season needs rivalries that feel earned, or viewers lose interest.

    Any night of the week you can already find a bevy of good concerts by established artists on various cable channels. No matter how good any one singer on Idol is, it’s the pressure of rivalries, of feeling like “unworthy” competitors might seize the prize, that leads people to invest.

    Weeks of Crystal being really good and other contestants coming across as just OK and the season lacking intensity would be bad, not just from a TV watching pt of view, but for whoever was left standing. You don’t want a contest where the end doesn’t seem to matter.

    Do think this week Paige might be as vulnerable as Lacey and Didi–just too “back of the pack, trying to keep up, not standing out” to develop a good fanbase, I think. Didi is in fact ahead of her in performance quality, but has the judges’ punching bag treatment to deal with. But while Didi could snap back with another “American Boy” quality performance, I haven’t found any of Paige’s songs memorable.

    Lacey will go home for not only being mediocre, but splitting the quirky indie girl persona with too many of the others. Siobhan is quirkier and better, Lilly is indie-r and better, Crystal’s paradoxically both alternative and a pro, so.

    I think Katie could leave any time now, and is not going to “happen” as a serious contender, but she fills a role for people who like that type of pageant-winning, oldies-singing youngster.

  20. Weeks of Crystal being really good and other contestants coming across as just OK and the season lacking intensity would be bad, not just from a TV watching pt of view, but for whoever was left standing. You don’t want a contest where the end doesn’t seem to matter.

    I didn’t mean to say Crystal is not vulnerable, just that tonight, I don’t think there’s much she could do that would remove her from front runner status.

    But we haven’t started the finals yet. So much could change over time, including a backlash at her perceived status as front-runner…

  21. I actually think Lilly could be in trouble. she was over pimped by the judges last week – I was shocked that Randy and Ellen called her performance best of the night. I just think her music style is not mainstream enough to have a strong fan base. she had low dialidol score so I wouldn’t be surprised if she gets booted this week.

  22. Oh I clicked over to the List Of Thing Thrown etc blog and I do have to say that what they summed up rings true for me

    Whoever you think is the best singer during the round of 24, or who seems most fully-formed as an artist will not win American Idol. The winner of American Idol will be the singer who demonstrates the most development as an artist during the competition, and over whom the audience can claim more ownership and from whom they will derive more satisfaction as the competition progresses.

    Makes me worry for Crystal. Andrew Garcia’s co-frontrunnerdom has turned out to be paper thin. He’s good, but he’s not proving to be all that in weekly live performance. CBox needs a strong rival drive change and challenge.

  23. I hope Didi impresses tonight. She is too talented to let go at Top 16.

  24. Whoever you think is the best singer during the round of 24, or who seems most fully-formed as an artist will not win American Idol. The winner of American Idol will be the singer who demonstrates the most development as an artist during the competition, and over whom the audience can claim more ownership and from whom they will derive more satisfaction as the competition progresses.

    I totally agree that the “turn into a star before our eyes” person is usually who wins, and that anyone who stays the same over the course of the contest usually loses. But if no ugly duckling-to-swan emerges, or if Crystal herself fills that role by displaying more and more personality and versatility over the course of the season (not to mention a little drama – a bad week followed by a big comeback won’t hurt), then she could take it all.

  25. ok here is my list:

    1. crystal – of course it crystal-clear she’s the leader of the pack. no doubt she is the front runner but girl’s gotta keep the sparks flying every week if she wants to stay in power

    2. katelyn – i think she’s the underdog in this competition. not very high expectations but if she picks the right songs (and the right outfit), she’ll be able to surprise us cos she’s got gorgeous vocals (plus she’s my dad’s favourite)

    3. shioban – good vocals, love her outfits and quirky personality and she just needs to hit those mega notes to stay on longer

    4. lilly – definitely needs to step up her game regarding vocals but unique enough to get people’s attention. by the way, aren’t her outfits really adorable?

    5. didi – if she can lose her nerves, sing something original, and surprise the judges, she can even outstay lilly. i hope she does something totally unexpected cos i love her voice.

    6. Katie – hope she goes home this week cos she’s adding nothing new to the show but since she’s got a good voice, i’m guessing she’ll stay on.

    7. Paige – i like paige but to any casual viewer, she’s total fodder cos she doesn’t stand out at all. i hope to hell she rocks out on stage tonight, maybe some aerosmith song for her?

    8. lacey – awww i loved lacey earlier one and i liked her singing Kiss Me cos i sound just like her when i sing Kiss Me (maybe 2% worse). but sadly she’s got to go.

  26. But if no ugly duckling-to-swan emerges,

    I would say that Ruben, Fantasia, Carrie, and Taylor, and maybe even Kelly are all examples of people who don’t fit the “ugly duckling to swan” scenario for the winner at all — and that’s five seasons out of the eight we’ve had so far.

    I agree that that scenario has been in play sometimes, but I think that different crops of finalists — with different sets of genres, etc. — mean that the show is not going to follow the same type of plot line every year.

  27. Paige should be safe because she will get most of the African American votes. If she got sent home this week, then Elton John would be very mad!

  28. I would say that Ruben, Fantasia, Carrie, and Taylor, and maybe even Kelly are all examples of people who don’t fit the “ugly duckling to swan” scenario for the winner at all — and that’s five seasons out of the eight we’ve had so far.

    Oh I would totally disagree. Kelly definitely… she came from nowhere, was third to the presumed frontrunners and judges favorites Tamyra/Justin, and seemed to get better each week leading up to a showstopper performance of “Stuff Like That There”. Rueben always seemed second to Clay even though the judges loved him, no one thought he would win until he did. Fanny had a few iffy weeks in there and had a serious challenger in Latoya London, then she seemed to get it together towards the end and surge ahead of Diana literally at the finale. Carrie would be the only one who didn’t change much, though I would argue she gained confidence over the course of the show and got more and more glamorous. They all grew in some way while the show progressed IMO, in a way say Melinda Dolittle didn’t. I think maybe you could make a case for Rueben and Carrie not fitting the mold, but that’s about it.

    I agree that that scenario has been in play sometimes, but I think that different crops of finalists — with different sets of genres, etc. — mean that the show is not going to follow the same type of plot line every year.

    I agree with that. There is no guarantee it will play out that way again.

  29. Didi just tweeted that she’s playing her guitar tonight, so the judges may pat her on the back for getting back in her box. Katelyn tweeted that her performance will be “retro fabulous” and Lilly has mentioned a bluegrass arrangement and just tweeted something about a hoedown. We’ll see!

    My favorites at this point are Crystal, Siobhan and Lilly. Crystal is just awesome. Siobhan has a lot of natural charisma and a good, versatile voice, but I don’t think she’s hit on the right kind of song yet. I enjoyed her Think performance mainly because she just sang it with such abandon. At this point, I like the idea of Lilly and her voice being on Idol more than I like her actual execution so far, but I think she’ll keep things interesting during theme weeks. (if she doesn’t get booted for attempting a hoedown this week, lol)

  30. Kelly definitely came out of nowhere. She sealed the deal with ‘Stuff Like that There’

  31. If didi goes home,there’s no one left for me and this season is a fail (for me,I know others love it)
    my list
    1.Didi Benami
    2.Lilly Scott
    3.Siobhan Magnus
    4.Paige Miles
    5.Kaitlyn Epperly
    6.Lacey Brown
    7&8. Crystal Bowersox/Katie Stevens

    After Didi, there’s no one I genuinely like

    8.

  32. 1. Crystal – She’s authentic, humble, pimped and talented. What a great combo!

    2. Lilly – I am a big fan of pop indie singers…Imogen Heap, Regina Spektor, Adele, Priscilla Ahn. I feel like Lilly fits in with them and brings an extra uniqueness to the club. She’s consistent and enjoyable to watch.

    3. Katelyn – She’s strong and self confident. She’s also pretty and very pop relevant. I think she’s getting better which is always a good thing.

    4. Siobhan – She’s one funky chicken! I love her. I think she’s adorkable and cute. If Juno and Bjork had a baby…it would be Siobhan. Oh…and she’s a really good singer. Last week’s performance was visually awkward, but her range and power is undeniable.

    5. Didi – She seems to be getting the Carly Smithson treatment. They’re judging her on another set of standards. She’s really good! And she knows herself. I don’t know why they’re so hard on her. I hope she nails it this week. I would really hate for her to go.

    6. Paige – She’s talented. I won’t shed any tears if she goes, but for her vocals…she deserves to stay.

    7. Katie – I’m prejudiced against really young contestants. Sorry. I like Archie and Jordin Sparks, but I didn’t when they were on Idol. Weird…I think it’s just me. I can’t even comment on her talent, because she and Haeley were my snack and potty breaks.

    8. Lacey – Cool hair, great look…HUGELY disappointing! What happened to Lacey? She just looks terrified and that makes me uncomfortable. How cool would it be for her to nail it this week?

  33. From what I’ve seen across the internet Didi is definitely a fan favorite. I think she will get a ton of votes tonight no matter how she does and will make top 12.

    I think Lacy will go, but then to me there will be an upset. No sure who. Lilly perhaps. She seems to rub people the wrong way. Katie will get the “grandma” votes. Caitlyn can seem stuck-up to me. I’m betting that Lilly or Caitlyn goes and Didi stays.

  34. Wow, MJ, I agree with every word of your ENTIRE assessment. I am so bummed for Didi that she’s second to last on the power list. Besides Lacey who’s a total goner unless the sky falls down tonight, Didi should in fairness be more mid-pack based on her performances– IMO she’s been slightly better than both Katie and Paige.

    Claudette: as much as Didi is my favorite, I do hope her staying isn’t at the expense of Lilly and Katelyn because they are two of the more interesting and strong performers this season. And I don’t even LIKE Lilly. My problem with Crystal is that she has much less potential to surprise us or grow at this point. It’s been done, but still, it’s hard to start out as a frontrunner and maintain that momentum for months.

  35. Oh I would totally disagree. Kelly definitely… she came from nowhere, was third to the presumed frontrunners and judges favorites Tamyra/Justin, and seemed to get better each week leading up to a showstopper performance of “Stuff Like That There”. Rueben always seemed second to Clay even though the judges loved him, no one thought he would win until he did. Fanny had a few iffy weeks in there and had a serious challenger in Latoya London, then she seemed to get it together towards the end and surge ahead of Diana literally at the finale.

    That’s funny, because to me Kelly, Ruben, and Fantasia were the totally polished standouts of their seasons from day one through the end, for me, so I have a really hard time seeing any of them as ugly ducklings, even for a minute! (Well, as I mentioned, Kelly maybe. But that would be just because she didn’t have quite as polished a physique and face as Tamyra from the beginning and because that was all that Simon saw! — when it comes to performances, she and Tamyra were neck and neck for great ones from the very first week. And Paula was clearly a Kelly fan all along, even though Simon couldn’t see beyond what he considered her chubbiness, or whatever….) …

    And I loved Ruben from the beginning and didn’t see him as somebody who came through to win the viewers over at the end with his big improvements at all. TO me, again, he seemed to have the most polished performances of everybody from week one, and, as you mention, the judges loved him — and so did I! That season, I would have seen Clay or Kim as a come-from-behind ugly-duckling-at-first winner, but never Reuben.

    Ditto for Fantasia. She seemed to me to be not only one of the most consistent vocalists (with LaToya) but *way* the most consistent when it came to star power and presence, again, from day one. I agree that she had a few stumbles, but to me they were stumbles in an overall course that had been strong from the beginning — and I thought LaToya and Jennifer both stumbled too, and, especially in LaToya’s case, didn’t come near Fantasia in stage presence ever. … To me, Fantasia looked at or near the top, and way beyond everybody else in presence, from day one — so no ugly duckling there either.

    And Taylor and Carrie were juggernauts from the beginning, of course.

    I still stick with thinking that at least four and maybe five seasons out of eight don’t have the ugly-duckling thing going on….

    This season, though, we pretty much *have* to have an ugly-duckling winner — with the sole exception of the winner being Crystal, of course.

    I would like to see a real ugly duckling story, actually.

  36. 1. Crystal – She could do no wrong
    2. Siobhan – Likeable and fearless.
    3. Paige – I like her, idk why, but I got a feeling that she may be this year’s Jordin Sparks. But what do I know lol
    4. Katelyn – I like her version of The Scientist
    5. Lily – I don’t like her hair, hence I don’t like her LOL
    6. Lacey – She’s not good enough, but I love Kiss Me. So she earned some points from me
    7. Katie – She’s boring and brings nothing new to the show. Go home already

  37. Okay lucy, agree to disagree on this.. though I think we might be describing the “ugly ducking” thing differently. I do not mean they were not good performers (I don’t think there has been a winner that wasn’t a good performer from the start) or that they had to win america over, but that they grew somehow over the course of the show i.e. something about them evolved, or at least looked like they had to fight for it whether it was from the judges or from a more popular contestant. In short, the winner has to emerge from a storyline, they don’t just pop up from the start and proceed to the crown drama free, they have to become a star before us somehow, by pure grit or something like it. The judges loved Rueben but the frenzy was around Clay, Fanny hit the bottom 3 and stagnated a bit in the middle – then had to deal with a late surge from Diana, Carrie had Bo and the media lining up against her, etc etc etc. But I don’t think we will be convincing each other here anyway. LOL!

  38. Paige should be safe because she will get most of the African American votes.

    Does it really work that way?

  39. MJ, I almost totally agree with your assessment. The points I’m torn on about are your thoughts on Didi and Katie. I mean, they were both front-runners who have lost steam already, but for some reason I have a feeling people will still remember and vote for them more than they will remember and vote for some of the others, like Katelyn and Paige. I personally remember Katelyn, but I keep forgetting about Paige.

    I don’t care much for Katie anymore, but I do still like Didi.

  40. Love, love, love Crystal and Lilly! Not a big Paige Miles or Katie Stevens fan (I don’t know why the judges like them so much). Still rooting for Didi and Lacey. Love their voices (when they’re on pitch, anyway) – but they really don’t seem to have a handle on what kind of artist they’ll be. That’s really key in a contest like this. The reason everyone remembers Jason Castro has less to do with his angelic looks – and more to do with his vocal style. He’s a romantic singer – it’s what he’s most comfortable with. And he’s good. If any of them (girls or boys) wants to trade this 15 minutes into a career – they need to establish themselves in the publics mind. That means adopting some kind of performance style. Or, like Adam Lambert, showing an amazing versatility; though it was clear from day one he was a pop/rock singer. I still think its Crystals to lose. Main problem will be if her health and/ or voice hold out.

  41. !. Crystal–everyone knows who she is between her illness and Simon pimping her on tv, I don’t think a bad performance will hurt her this week.

    2. Siobahn–A lot of people were impressed with the big note(not me). I think she will stay in this position if she picks an unexpected song this week.

    3. Katelyn–More mainstream than the above two and if she gives a performance like last week she will be here for a while.

    4. Lilly–She has stage presence. I don’t know how far that will take her. But she should be in the top 6.

    5. Paige–Must find a great song tonight. Love her energy and joy. She should be in the top 6.

    6. Katie–If she can lose the weird posturing for the camera and get rid of the party dress feel, I think people will give her more time(unfortunately).

    7. Didi–She has to give an amazing performance. Maybe has to be the best of the night.

    8.Lacey–I don’t think there is anything Lacey can do because even if Lilly and Crystal tank I think people will vote for them and she

  42. Has anyone seen this (or is it just new to me)? http://www.mediacurves.com/americanidol/idoldemocracy

    This survey has some interesting data, although it’s a small survey population based on one vote per person, and had different results than the final ones the last two weeks (never underestimate the power of singing order and powervoting) so take with a grain of salt… Anyway, at least on this survey Lacey is more popular than Katelyn at least last week, Crystal is the run away favorite of the girls (duh) and the guys are much closer in rankings although last week Casey was the run away favorite.

    My order:

    1) Crystal – Grat voice of course, effortless, confident and great musical instincts whatever she sings.

    2) Siobahn – Her stock is rising and she’s got powerful pipes and an authentic quirkiness.

    3) Lilly – She’s quirky and interesting but I have to say she seems to be trying too hard to be a hipster, and her vocal style might be a little contrived. I’m not sure yet.

    4) Didi – For me. I think there is something really appealing about her voice and while she hasn’t made great song choices, I agree that the criticism is really over the top for what she did. I think her jazzy quality has a lot of potential and all she needs is a song that showcases that.

    5) Katelyn – I was not impressed with her in H’wood week but she’s definitely stepped it up. I liked her vocals last week but it was sooooooo sloooooooow it was like listening to a 45 at 33 (old fart reference).

    6) Paige – She’s middle of the pack because others have outshone her and had more pimping. But, she’s got spunk and energy and I think offers something different musically and demographically to the mix. She’s one of the few who is not a WGWG.

    7) Lacey – Superflous of the WGWJVs and least compelling vocals, but I like her marginally better than Katie.

    8 ) Katie – She’s got a nice enough voice but pageanty really does describe her style. It’s not a current thing, it’s not an interesting thing and I’m not convinced she understands enough about who she is as an “artist” or if she’s even able to change to be more of what the judges seem to want. I know she’s OMG!17!! but been there, done that.

  43. 1. Crystal
    2. Siobhan
    3. Katelyn
    4. Lilly
    5. Katie
    6. Paige
    7. Lacey

  44. 1. Crystal. That voice! That easy stage presence and confidence. That voice! Did I mention the voice? I’ve listened to a few of her original songs, and she writes well. Also, that voice!
    2. Katelyn. She’s an up and comer. I was kind of meh about her until last week. Yes, the song was slow, but it was a creative approach to the song and her vocals were really good. She’s pretty without being intimidating.
    3. Siobhan. I think she’s definitely a possible “growth” candidate, and seems versatile. Love her quirkiness. Simon: “You’re a strange one, aren’t you?” Siobhan: “I get that a lot.” I’ll bet she does.
    4. Lilly: I liked her take on “Change Is Gonna Come” but I think she is polarizing. A lot of people don’t like her. She’s needs to do something a little different than her usual quirky indie singer thing.
    5. Katie. I’m totally bored with her, but I think she still has a lot of fans. Richard Rushfield is still obsessed with her — I had to stop following him, he was so obnoxious about it.
    6. Paige. I’m hoping she does well, because I do think she has a good voice, and I would hate to see an all-white Top 6 girls. Especially since
    7. Didi is boring the hell out of me, and
    8. Lacey just plain sucks.

  45. !. Crystal–everyone knows who she is between her illness and Simon pimping her on tv, I don’t think a bad performance will hurt her this week.

    2. Siobahn–A lot of people were impressed with the big note. I think she will stay in this position if she picks an unexpected song this week.

    3. Katelyn–More mainstream than the above two and if she gives a performance like last week she will be here for a while.

    4. Lilly–She has stage presence. I don’t know how far that will take her. But she should be in the top 6.

    5. Paige– Like her energy and joy, now she must find the right song. She should be in the top 6.

    6. Katie–If she can lose the weird posturing for the camera, I think people will give her more time. She has bad habits to unlearn. Wonder if she can. I would like her to leave this week.

    7. Didi–She has to give an amazing performance. Maybe has to be the best of the night.

    8.Lacey–I don’t think there is anything Lacey can do.

  46. Actually, I could see all eight of them in the TOP 12. So, things will be fierce tonight. My favorites have been Siobhan and Crystal. Lily has a great sound, but song choice could do her in. I would image Haeley and Michelle’s votes might go to Paige. Listen to Simon’s comments about her. It seems he wants her on the tour.

    So much excitement tonight. I cannot wait!

  47. DLee:
    03/09/2010 at 4:41 pm
    Paige should be safe because she will get most of the African American votes.
    Does it really work that way?
    ____________

    BaDLee:
    03/09/2010 at 4:41 pm
    Paige should be safe because she will get most of the African American votes.
    Does it really work that way?

    In an idea world that would not be a true statement, but as it is I don’t think the Black contestants get very many non-Black votes…Blacks have to rally behind one contestant to make things happen for them. I never watched AI until the final 2 weeks of season 2 and I voted for Ruben just because. I voted for Jordin because I genuinely (sp) liked her. This country is not really “fair and balanced” as people want to pretend. I know I can see the difference made between races/cultures…

  48. I’m really curious about what the musical genres are going to be this year. It will be interesting to see how the contestants handle them. Singer/songwriters will certainly be able to work it to their advantage, putting their own spin on songs. We shall see which ones are truly talented that way. Crystal’s vocals do seem to be stronger than Lily’s, but there is something about Lily I truly love. And, then there’s Siobhan — such a unique character. Her vocals on Wicked Games were gorgeous and that bombastic note she belted out last week was amazing. If she can continue to pick intersting songs and control her vocals, she’ll go far.

    My top three– Lily, Crystal, Siobhan. Katelyn has flawless vocals to date and is pretty, but there’s something missing there for me. I think she seems a bit “icy”, unapproachable. The divorcing parents backstory is, of course, sad, but not tragic, especially when the “child” is an adult, pursuing a high-profile, high-pressured music career. Katie Stevens represents old IDOL before guitar-wielding singer/songwriters became en vogue. Lacey is a red-headed version of Lily & Didi. Didi, Lacey and Paige are pretty much expendable.

    Crystal, as well as, Lily are definitley indie-type artists. If Simon is looking for Crystal to be the next Taylor Swift, I think he’s way off base. It just won’t happen. I don’t get Simon, never will.

  49. I assume there are people who vote based on race. There are people who vote based on religion. There are people who vote based on home state. There are people who vote based on sexual persuasion. There are people who vote based on looks. But I think most vote based on voice, personality and music
    genre.

  50. I don’t like crystal…kind if sad I’m the only one…

    You are not alone…….. She is ok but overrated imho

  51. weese:
    03/09/2010 at 5:20 pm
    I assume there are people who vote based on race. There are people who vote based on religion. There are people who vote based on home state. There are people who vote based on sexual persuasion. There are people who vote based on looks. But I think most vote based on voice, personality and music genre..

    _____________

    I voted for Jordin strictly based on her growth during the show, I thought she had a beautiful voice. I don’t recall voting for anyone based on race other than Ruben…I have voted for my favorites during each season, but I remember voting for Jordin more than any other contestant in my 6.5 years of watching. This year (at this time) if I was a voter, I would vote for Aaron, Alex, Siobhan, Paige and Katelyn

  52. I assume there are people who vote based on race. There are people who vote based on religion. There are people who vote based on home state. There are people who vote based on sexual persuasion. There are people who vote based on looks. But I think most vote based on voice, personality and music genre.

    Boy, I sure don’t get that. I am a thirty-something white female from the midwest and I find it so hard to believe that people actually think that way. I was enlightened a few weeks back however when I was reading an article on the internet from a black magazine. There was a poll question about the olympics and who people root for. The choices were USA all day, the underdog, the favorite, or the black athlete no matter which country they are from. I laughed at the last choice thinking that was just a “funny” answer they threw in there. But when I took the poll, the result came back that the answer I thought was “just a funny” was leading by a large margin. If that is how we root for athletes or vote on reality shows, we are not as far ahead as I thought we were.

  53. Here’s my ranking:

    1. Crystal: Definitely the front runner at this point
    2. Didi: The judges have unfairly slammed her both weeks, but she has a great voice. I think something will be said this week about her judging being unfair.
    3. Katelyn: I was not a fan early on, but she has won me over in the last two weeks. I think she is easily carving out a place in the top 10.
    4. Lilly: I want to like her more than I actually do like her. Her vibe is great, but some of the vocals have been off.
    5. Katie: No doubt the girl can sing… but she’s been a little boring so far. It’s kinda been like a talent show performance, not something that is making me rush to iTunes to download it.
    6. Paige: Being the only girl of color left in the competition, I hope that Paige can being something new this week. She’s been good and likable… we just don’t know anything about her that makes her stand out.
    7. Siobhan: I personally don’t like her and don’t get all the hype. She’s interesting, but she would never win this competition. I certainly am not going to buy a ticket to see her live. She’s not “headliner” material.
    8. Lacey: Should have been gone last week (if not the week before). She’s boring and hasn’t made great choices. If she makes the top 12 over any these other girls, it is a travesty.

    You can check out my rankings of both the guys and the girls on my personal blog: http://4theloveofidol.blogspot.com :-)

  54. Crystal, Siobhan, Katelyn, and Lily are pretty much a lock for the Top 12 at this stage. That leaves two positions up for grabs. Of the other four I think Didi is the only one with the potential to still win. The other three can hope to maybe survive a week or two more if they make it tonight. Katie has been surviving on her grandmother w/alzheimers story and a positive Hollywood week edit, but is starting to come across as big-time boring. She needs to turn that around tonight or bye-bye. For Lacey I don’t think even a fantastic performance can save her tonight. Paige has the advantage of being the only African-American girl left but we still no almost nothing about her (totally wasted her video package talking about coloring books). I looved Didi’s unique version of “Hey Jude”, and her “Terrified” in Hollywood, and think the judges have been unfairly harsh on her so far. Hoping she proves me right tonight. Remember this was the week that David Cook surprised everyone with “Hello” and emerged as a potential winner.

  55. It’s going to be so close. People are going to vote for the ones they think “need” the votes. So someone assumed in the lead could go. I’ll admit I love a lot of the girls, but I only voted for Didi (a lot) last week because I assumed the others would get votes and I think she has been unjustly judged. (I’ll probably vote only for her tonight but I’m assuming the others I like will get the votes without mine)

    I know that’s dangerous, but why bother voting for Lilly or Crystal when they are considered so in the lead. A big deal is made of making top twelve.

  56. 1. Crystal
    2. Siobhan
    3. Katelyn
    4. Lilly
    5. Didi
    6. Katey
    7. Paige
    8. Lacey

    Oops! Forgot to put Didi in my list and it was too late to edit. So got her in there now…my list is complete.

  57. I don’t like crystal…kind if sad I’m the only one…

    You are not alone…….. She is ok but overrated imho

    I’ll join this group.

    Frankly I can’t picture anyone of this group headlining the tour.

  58. It would be a shame if Didi doesn’t make it on tour. She’s marketable and more accessible than Crystal and Lilly, both of whom I also like. She has the Sara Bareilles/Ingrid Michaelson/Colbie Caillat vibe that is warmer than Crystal and Lilly. And yes, the judges were way too harsh on her even when she has delivered very nice vocals.

    I don’t care much about Siobhan and Paige. I like Siobhan’s quirky personality, but onstage she transforms into a regular, belting diva we’ve seen a million times before. My top picks are Crystal, Lilly, Didi, and Katelyn in that order.

  59. Crystal and Siobahn are the ones really standing out to me. I think Siobahn is going to pull some tricks out of her sleave. Crystal is great but I think she might lose votes if people think she just isn’t trying.

  60. I see Crystal having one or two hits and then fading away. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE her. It’s just that I don’t see her being an exciting live show draw. She isn’t very charismatic. BUT she seems genuine and I DO like her voice. Hopefully she proves me wrong.

  61. In an idea world that would not be a true statement, but as it is I don’t think the Black contestants get very many non-Black votes…Blacks have to rally behind one contestant to make things happen for them.

    I think you could be wrong. I am a caucasian woman and in the past I have voted for Ruben- that was my first season watching AI and I LOVEDDDDD his voice- and Jordin, both as my number one picks. Those certainly aren’t the only African American contestants I have voted for, but to be honest most of the previous contestants names fade away from my memory once the season is over. I certainly can’t make a blanket statement and say that everyone votes like me, but based on my own experience, I really don’t think you are correct.

    The reason Haley Vaughn and Jermaine Sellers were voted off is because they were not as good of performers as the rest. Simply enough, they didn’t make the grade. If your ears heard what mine did coming out of Haley and Jermaine last week, you would agree.

    Perhaps the producers did not cast strong enough minority contestants, or perhaps this is just the way the cookie crumbled this season. However, I don’t think it’s fair or safe to say that black contestants don’t get very many non-black votes.

  62. This country is not really “fair and balanced” as people want to pretend. I know I can see the difference made between races/cultures…

    This is entertainment, not politics, or civil rights. Last year I rooted for Jorge Nunez, even though I knew he was not the best singer. I saw something of myself in him, and I just wanted him to move on. Maybe he could show a little bit of my heritage to the world. And he did. Does that make me a racist? I don’t think so. I would just be more entertained/interested if Jorge was there.

  63. My big faves are Crystal and Lilly. I also really like Katelyn. I’m not sure about Siobhan yet, she has this great voice, and I like her personality, but she hasn’t amazed me with any performance yet.

    I wouldn’t count Didi out so fast, I feel like she might be very popular outside the idol bubble, people like her, just like they loved Brooke White.

  64. And, then there’s Siobhan — such a unique character. Her vocals on Wicked Games were gorgeous and that bombastic note she belted out last week was amazing. If she can continue to pick intersting songs and control her vocals, she’ll go far.

    Evanjane, good to see you mention “Wicked Game’ – that was the performance that caught my attention. Even though one note from last week seems to be the focus of many people, I will hope that was a nod to the Idol Power Note Syndrome…as in ‘OK, here’s your precious power note’. After hearing what Siobhan was capable of doing with Gilbert & Sullivan, and having that finesse reflected in “Wicked Game” 2 weeks ago – It would be cool if more songs would showcase her vocals – the range, precision and control she has. Also, I don’t get the impression from her history of fronting an alt/metal band that ‘belting diva’ is anything she aspires to. Hope not, anyway – what a waste.

    The Indie/WGWG types the show is stacked with don’t interest me, none of them. They’re just splitting votes right now, IMO. The other two, an R&B and a standards singer? Nope. So this is pretty much the only female contestant who could.

    Remember this was the week that David Cook surprised everyone with “Hello” and emerged as a potential winner.

    And yeah , Bananfish – this is “Hello” week – and “Hallelujah” week as well – so fingers crossed for someone to give an eye opening performance this year, guys or girls…either one.

  65. 1. Crystal
    2. Lilly
    3. Didi
    4. Katelyn
    5. Siobhan
    6. Paige
    7. Katie
    8. Lacey

    But I still have a hard time believing any of these girls could beat a guy like Lee, Andrew or Casey if they step up their game. This group is just so unlike past seasons, it’s going to be very interesting.

  66. Siobhan is good, but I still don’t know who she is as an artist. And although her voice is capable of doing many things, I find Lilly, Didi, and Katelyn’s voices to be way more interesting, limitations and all. Didi’s tones, in particular, are to die for.

  67. I think the top four are easy to pick. I am in complete agreement with mj on those and in the same order. She pretty much read my mind with her comments.

    The last four are harder to place. Lacey is easily last on my list. The girl is totally out of her element in this talented, deep group of female singers. I expect her to go this week. If not, it would be a real injustice.

    Didi has the voice, but just hasn’t been able to pick the right song. Tonight it’s song choice, song choice and song choice. She has to get it right or she could be gone. Paige has the voice, but has struggled to stand out in this group. She also need to pick the right song. She has her own unique style among this group, but hasn’t been able to make it work for her.

    It may seem unkind, but I am hoping that Katie Stevens doesn’t make it to the finals. I honestly think she is too young, doesn’t know who she is artistically and isn’t able to connect with the feeling and emotion of the songs. She is clueless and deserves another year or so to grow up a little. I wish they wouldn’t put these young kids on this show before they are ready.

    Tonight will be a pressure cooker. The ones who deliver the goods will hopefully get through to the finals.

  68. cwg509:
    03/09/2010 at 7:30 pm
    Coming to a coffee house near you, the Idols season 9 tour!

    LMFAO

    Oh, so true.

  69. I hope Didi brings it like her performance of Kara’s song on Hollywood week. I have a feeling that Crystal is going to end up bugging me if Simon persists in raving about her. I think she has a very good voice but not the look or personality that people tend to go for.

  70. In an idea world that would not be a true statement, but as it is I don’t think the Black contestants get very many non-Black votes…Blacks have to rally behind one contestant to make things happen for them.

    Seriously? Didn’t we just elect a black president? I think if we are able to do that, we are certainly able to see past race on a singing show.

  71. Katie Stevens is this year’s Lil Rounds. The judges praised her like she was the greatest thing since sliced bread in Hollywood but when it came down to performing, she couldn’t deliver.

    Personally, I never saw anything great about her anyway.

    Always loved Katelyn and am so glad she’s doing well!!! My Power Puff Girls are Crystal, Siobhan and Katelyn.

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