American Idol 9 Top 8 Guys – Power List (Plus, My AOL Recap)

If I were to make a power list of the entire Top 16, girls would hold at least the Top 4 spots.  I found the boys list a little harder to do this week.

My number 1 may seem a little surprising at first glance, but I chose the top spot based on current buzz, rather than that particular contestant’s staying power.

How would you rank the Top 8 boys? Post YOUR list in comments!

  • Check out my recap of the Top 8 Girls at AOL Television, right HERE.

(After last night’s suck-fest with the girls, I’m a little skeered of what the boys are going to bring tonight. EEP)

Don’t forget: The show begins at 9/8c tonight….

My Power List for the Top 8 guys, after the jump…

  1. Alex Lambert – I know. Last week’s performance could be a one off and as good as it will ever get for young Alex, who doesn’t seem very sure of himself. But, he was undoubtedly last week’s break out star. Yeah, I know, that’s not saying much.
  2. Michael Lynche – Big Mike is so lovable, he might be able to advance to the Top 12 on his likability alone. But his well-received performance of James Brown’s classic “It’s a Man’s World” helped him on his way to the Top 12
  3. Andrew Garcia – Andrew’s still got some juice, but he’s losing it fast. He’s needs desperately to pull a Didi Benami tonight to get back on track.
  4. Casey James – I thought the judges were a little hard on Casey last week, so I’m thinking the audience liked his performance more than the judges did. But he needs his own breakout performance to separate himself from the pack. Still, he’s done enough to make the Top 12
  5. Lee Dewyze – The judges love him, but I’m not sure the rest of America appreciates his awkward and somewhat pitchy performances.
  6. Aaron Kelly – Like his fellow minor, Katie Stevens, Aaron is Not Ready for Prime time. He can’t count on the tween vote–he may be splitting that demo with Tim Urban and Alex Lambert.  Another insipid showing from Aaron tonight could lead to his demise.
  7. Tim Urban – If Tim manages to pull out a great performance tonight, he’ll probably squeak into the Top 12. Hell, he may advance anyway, especially if the judges are kind.  Personally, I think it’s time for Tim to GO.
  8. Todrick Hall – Todrick has made the same mistakes two weeks running–he re-arranges songs, badly and then proceeds to sing them, horribly.  It’s hard to imagine he’s going to change that winning formula. I expect Todrick to finally earn his ticket back to munchkin-land this week.

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