How Did the Top 9 Perform on American Idol Season 6?

by Jason the TVaholic on April 4, 2007

in Rankings, Top Lists

Last night on American Idol the remaining nine contestants got a little help from Tony Bennett. You didn’t really get to see very much of his working with each singer, but most of them did really well. Overall, it was a pretty good night.

So, what did they sing and how did they do?

American Idol Season 6 – Top 9 Performance Rankings:

  1. Melinda Doolittle – She was the third to sing and chose “I Got Rhythm.” It was an outstanding performance. She, more than any other in the competition, connects with the song she is performing and you don’t just hear it, you feel it. Randy said she was giving “a lesson in singing” in how she “interprets lyrics.” Simon thought that the judges won’t ever “be able to criticize you.”
  2. LaKisha Jones – She got to go last and sang “Stormy Weather.” She was back and reminiscent of her first performance back in the first live elimination show where she really took control of the stage. Not quite the same, but darn close. Randy thought it was the “perfect song” for her and Simon thought she was “back on form” with a “sassy great performance.”
  3. Jordin Sparks – She sang “On a Clear Day.” Randy told her “that was da bomb” and Paula was just “so frickin proud” of her. Simon thought she “sang it very well.” I think she can sing just about anything and really well, but lacks the connection with the lyrics that Melinda has each time. Jordin is technically perfect, but you don’t really feel it. There is a disconnect of sorts, but not as bad as last week when she seemed so nonchalant.
  4. Blake Lewis – He went first and sang “Mack the Knife.” It was quite a smooth performance and a nice start to the night. Randy thought it was the “perfect song” for him. Paula thought he “personified pizzazz.” Simon gave him a “7 out of 10,” while he gave the band an “8 out of 10.”
  5. Chris Richardson – He was the fourth to take the stage and sang “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore.” It was really good, even though I don’t particularly care for his sound. Randy told him it was “one of your best performances of the entire season.” Paula thought it was his “best performance, bar none.” Simon thought it was “very good” and “very believable.”
  6. Gina Glocksen – She was the sixth singer of the night and sang, “Smile.” I thought it was a very beautiful performance. Randy thought it was a “very nice controlled performance for the rocker girl.” Simon thought the vocal wasn’t quite up to par.
  7. Haley Scarnato – She was second to last and sang, “Ain’t Misbehavin’.” Once again like two weeks ago, she went with the sex appeal angle. Too bad this is a singing competition. Paula commented, “You did your thing.” I have to agree with Paula that she did her thing, but we just may disagree on what her thing is. I would say that it is wearing short dresses with low cut necklines and throwing in a few shimmies and shakes at just the right time.
  8. Phil Stacey – Was second to go and sang “Night and Day.” Randy didn’t “feel any real connection.” Paula thought he sounded like a “young Frank Sinatra,” who promptly rolled over at this assertion. Simon thought it had “all the joy of someone singing in a funeral parlor.” It was kind of a weird performance. While the vocal wasn’t bad, it just sounded almost like he was doing the opera version of the song. I think this could be his week to go.
  9. Sanjaya Malakar – He was the seventh to sing and chose “Cheek to Cheek.” Randy wouldn’t comment on the vocals, but said he is an “entertainer.” Paula thought he was “charming” even though the “vocals” were “a little off.” Simon decided to take a different tact and with all the sarcasm he could muster, declared the performance, “Incredible.”

Sanjaya should be the one to go, once again, but will probably stick around another week. I think Phil’s performance could finally show him the door on American Idol Season 6. The bottom three should be Haley, Phil and Sanjaya.

Who do you think had the best performance of the Top 9 on American Idol Season 6? Who do you think will be sent packing? How far do you think Sanjaya can make it before his journey ends?

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