It was 1960s British Invasion night on American Idol and most did pretty well, at least well for them. The helpers were Peter Noone for the guys and Lulu for the girls. In general, they seemed to be really helpful in getting the singers ready to sing the music of this era. They didnâ€™t all sound quite as good on stage as they did in the more relaxed atmosphere next to the piano.
Last week, the women completely outshined the guys. This week, that wasnâ€™t so much the case, as in my estimation, three guys rank in the top six of all the performances last night. Only one did last week and that was at position number six.
The judges, for the most part, seemed to like the performances. They werenâ€™t nearly as harsh on the whole as they were last week. Even the worst singing performance of the night was upbeat and energetic. Who do you think did good last night? Who should be heading home? Here is how the TVaholic sees it.
American Idol Season 6 â€“ Top 11 Performance Rankings:
- Melinda Doolittle â€“ She went last and closed the show with another outstanding performance. As Simon pointed out, took a boring song and made it sound â€œsensationalâ€ because of the â€œimpeccable vocal.â€ Randy thought that they had saved the â€œbest vocal for last.â€ Paula thought she sounded â€œbeautiful.â€
- Jordin Sparks â€“ She is the 17 year old that actually deserves to still be in the competition. The other one, not so much. She sang â€œI (Who Have Nothing)â€ and did so very well. Randy thought it might be the best vocal we would hear all night and he was almost right. Paula thought she is a â€œwonderful performer.â€ Simon thought she â€œsang it beautifully.â€ It was quite fantastic and it is hard to believe she is so young.
- Blake Lewis â€“ He took last weekâ€™s criticism from the judges and used it. This week he updated the song and made it sound contemporary, but did so in a way that kept the songâ€™s original melody intact. Randy thought is was â€œreally coolâ€ and that he â€œmade it really current.â€ Paula said, â€œI felt like I was at a concert.â€ Simon thought it was a â€œmillion times better than last weekâ€ and that it â€œsounded contemporaryâ€ and might have been his â€œstrongest performance so far.â€ He sang â€œTime of the Seasonâ€ by The Zombies.
- LaKisha Jones â€“ Sang â€œDiamonds are Foreverâ€ from the soundtrack of the James Bond 007 movie of the same name. Randy â€œdidnâ€™t feel enough LaKisha in it,â€ while Paula thought she â€œpicked the right song.â€ Simon thought the performance sounded â€œtoo old.â€ I can see where he is coming from regarding this opinion, but she still sounded really good.
- Chris Sligh â€“ Another guy breaks into the top of the this list. He sang â€œSheâ€™s Not There.â€ He started out in the middle of the crowd and worked his way up on to the stage behind the judges, where he had a microphone stand waiting. While moving around up there he almost whacked Simon with the stand. The vocal was one of his strongest so far for me. Randy thought he â€œstarted a little rough,â€ but â€œended really strong.â€ Paula thought the â€œvocals were really good.â€ Simon thought it â€œwasnâ€™t the best vocal,â€ but that â€œit was fun.â€
- Chris Richardson â€“ It turns out he really does have a singing voice and can actually sing. He sang â€œDonâ€™t Let the Sun Catch You Cryingâ€ by Gerry & the Pacemakers. Randy thought it was a â€œgreat performanceâ€ and was his â€œbest vocals yet.â€ Paula thought it was a very â€œsexyâ€ and â€œcharmingâ€ performance. Simon told him that it was â€œyour best performance so far.â€
- Gina Glocksen â€“ She sang â€œPaint it Blackâ€ and did a good job for the most part. For Randy is was just â€œall right,â€ but Paula thought it was â€œmiles better than last week.â€ Simon thought her performance provided â€œmoments of complete torture.â€ Actually, those moments had come just one performance earlier from Sanjaya. Simon thought it was â€œstyle over contentâ€ for the most part. It had some of those elements, but not nearly as bad as the aforementioned Sanjaya.
- Phil Stacey â€“ Had what I thought was one of his best performances. He sang â€œTobacco Road.â€ Randy thought it was a â€œpretty good performance.â€ Paula thought it was a â€œreal good choice of songâ€ and that it was a â€œgood performance,â€ even if â€œsome parts were pitchy.â€ Simon thinks that Phil has â€œno gritâ€ when he sings and that his performance â€œwasnâ€™t believable.â€
- Haley Scarnato â€“ She sang â€œTell Himâ€ and Randy thought it was the â€œperfect songâ€ for her. He even thought it was her â€œbest performance so far.â€ It was, but it was also a little something else. Simon called her a â€œnaughty little thingâ€ and thought that her performance was â€œyoungâ€ and â€œfun.â€ I would say that she has decided that she is going to use what she has. That being, if the singing isnâ€™t working for you, then shake what ya got and see how far that will take you.
- Stephanie Edwards â€“ She gets lost with all the other big voices in the competition. She sang â€œ You Donâ€™t Have to Say You Love Me.â€ Randy thought it was a â€œgreat song choice,â€ however her vocal was â€œa little pitchy.â€ Paula thought there were some â€œnotes that fell offâ€ and Simon thought she had lost her â€œedgeâ€ and the performance was a bit â€œcabaret.â€
- Sanjaya Malakar â€“ Oh Sanjaya, I sure hope we can say Good-bya. He sang â€œYou Really Got Meâ€ and all I could think about, while pondering the mute button on the remote control, was you really got to go. This was by far the worst vocal of the night and quite possibly his worst so far. That may be hard to believe considering what we have heard so far, but it is true. At least in the past he sounded like he was singing and not screaming. It was like he was fulfilling a dare. Randy said it was his â€œbest performance to date.â€ He was definitely not talking about the vocals when he said that. Paula said he looked like he was having â€œa lot of fun.â€ Simon pretty much was speechless. He said the little weeping girlâ€™s face they had been showing all night said it all. I am afraid that could be true. This performance definitely was style over content.
If it were up to me, Sanjaya would not make the Top 10 and the tour that follows. That would just be wrong. At any rate, I think any of the bottom four could go this week. I will say that the bottom three will be Phil Stacey, Stephanie Edwards and Sanjaya Malakar.
Who do you think should go home after the Top 11 performed songs from the British Pop Invasion of the 1960s on American Idol Season 6?