Filed under: Recaps & Reviews
We're gonna be whipping through these kids in just an hour, so brace yourselves.
Judges intro: Ellen is macking on Simon.
Katie Stevens! Kelly Clarkson! "Breakaway"! I already have whiplash! Vocally, it's... not as strong as I would expect from Katie. Flat flat flat. Also... someone already sang Kelly last week, Katie -- there are other young artists who make non-crappy music that you could sing.
Siobhan is singing "House of the Rising Sun" as a surprise for her dad, who's in the audience tonight. Well, that's just great. This concept did not excite me, but then it's like this amazing, perfect thing and I feel like explaining it is going to taint the amazingness of it, but here I go: she starts out a cappella and hits every note so dead on that I get shivers tip to toe. When the instruments kick in, they're sparse and then they build a bit toward this killer end, and it's just... It's just GOOD. So good.
Lacey's doing Brandi Carlile's "The Story," which if you ask me is right up her alley, but it's one of those songs that not a lot of people know (except maybe as background music on some primetime soap or another), even though THEY SHOULD because Brandi Carlile is one of the great songwriters of our generation. The performance is nice enough but I am not sure if I would call it captivating.
Katelyn is singing "I Feel the Earth Move" and she is playing a Wurlitzer so she gets extra Cool Points. As far as I'm concerned, she has arguably the best voice, best tone and best control of all these girls. She is also the most comfortable on stage. This is a really relaxed performance and I completely dig it. (I love to sing this song while puttering around the house, so that might have something to do with it.)
Didi is doing "Rhiannon." Oh, Didi. Where did your song choice train go wrong and how can we get it back on track? And it's not that I don't LOVE this song (I do), and it's not that she doesn't do a fabulous job of it (she DOES), and it's not that she doesn't look especially amazing (oh, she does), but this isn't going to help win votes... is it?
Paige has opted to sing "Smile," which is originally by Charlie Chaplin. AGH. What is with retro night? I AM BORED. This is boring. She is boring.
You know, suddenly I am looking a great deal more positively on Lacey's song choice and performance.
Crystal Bowersox is doing Tracy Chapman's "Give Me One Reason." This... is another one I love to sing around the house. Crystal is playing the electric guitar tonight and I think this is my favourite of her performances so far. I still have a couple of issues with her voice, but I can't put words to these objections yet, so, you know, look for that in future weeks!
Lilly's last with Patsy Cline's "I Fall to Pieces." Oh! You guys! There is a mandolin in Lilly's hands! However, this is maybe my least favourite of Lilly's performances thus far and her various affectations do nothing for her in this situation. Still, she is better than all of the guys on the show so I can't complain too hard.
In summation, my favourites from most to least: Siobhan, Didi, Katelyn, Crystal, Lacey, Lilly, Katie, Paige... And I think Katie and Paige will go.
Well, that was delightfully brief! See you tomorrow night for the guys. (Ugh. Casey, please be awesome.)