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American Idol Season 12 Top 10 – Former Idol Songs (Kinda)

It is that time of year once again where I, your friendly neighborhood afternoon DJ, makes his picks weekly as to the fate of the finalists on American Idol.  The top 10 performed last night, to the theme of ‘Songs of the Idols.’  That was a very loose theme, as most of the contestants sang songs that other winners did on the show.  I guess the catalog of hits is kind of small outside of Carrie and Kelly.  I thought for sure, somebody would do a Taylor Hicks song!

Going into this show, I’ve said many times that Angie is head and shoulders above the competition, but she certainly had at least one counterpart take her down a peg last night.

A Tom Jones tune, that Jordin Sparks nailed a few years ago, has been nailed, stapled,  welded, and buried by Candice!  Wow!  That being said, let’s run down the predictions for tonight’s results.

Safe for Sure

Candice – As you can see she sang the ever-loving snot outta that one and she’s good to go.

Angie – While momentarily outclassed by Candice, Angie was no slouch, giving a moving performance of ‘I Surrender’ by Celine Dion, a song once tackled by first Idol winner, Kelly Clarkson.  Angie is a true pro, and is going to be around for a while.

Kree – Another girl in this contest that’s ready to be a star is Kree.  She took on Roy Orbison’s ‘Crying,’ in the style of Carrie Underwood.  Look at the ladies taking over this year!

Should Stick Around

Paul – My buddy from way back is doing well and improving every week.  He’s still a nervous dude, when he’s not singing and he needs to calm those nerves, but his rendition of Lonestar’s ‘Amazed’ may have outdone Scotty McCreery’s from a couple years back.

Amber – I wasn’t quite as impressed as the judges with Amber’s ‘A Moment Like This.’  Maybe it was because they showed Kelly Clarkson belting it just before.  Amber didn’t beat that performance, but did do well and should hang around.

Curtis – I got tired of the sweaty preacher routine last year with Joshua Ledet, but like Joshua, Curtis does have talent, and should make it through tonight’s cuts.  He did a nice job on Fantasia’s ‘I Believe,’ I’m just worried he won’t break out like Randy suggested he do.

On The Fence

Lazaro – While I think he may be the most out of place in the top 10, I think his likability factor is higher than the rest of the folks below.  He sanf Kelly Clarkson’s ‘Breakaway,’ but then immediately agreed with Keith Urban it was a poor choice.  It waas boring to me, and he’s not going to last long with songs like that.

Bottom 3

Janelle – I hate to do this to my country girl, but she just didn’t bring it.  Montgomery Gentry’s ‘Gone’ worked for Scotty…it did not for Janelle.  I like that she thinks out of the box with her songs, and doesn’t immediately go after a Carrie song as most would expect her to.  Maybe a trip to the bottom might scare up a performance to keep her around at least 3 or 4 more weeks.

Burnell – I loved this guy last week, but an uninspired rendition of Reuben Studdard’s ‘Flying Without Wings’ puzzles me.  Maybe it was the loss of the glasses and backwards hat, or maybe the loss of all emotion.  He’s bottom 3 tonight.

Going Home

Devin – I didn’t think he belonged in the top 10 at first, and he proved me right last night.  Of all the songs to show his range, he picks Carrie Underwood’s ‘Temporary Home?’  He just made sure the Idol stage is his Temporary Home and it’ll be adios tonight.

Final Observation

The last few years of Idol have shown a trend in young guys, with a cute look, but dude next door appeal winning.  David Cook, Lee Dewyze, Kris Allen, Scotty McCreery, Phillip Phillips…notice there are none of those type of guys here this year.  When the manliest guy on the stage is Ryan Seacrest, that’s crazy.  That, mixed with the unbelievable talent on the girls’ side will without a doubt give us a female winner, and possibly a girl on girl finale!

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