There's no stopping our fave single mom, "American Idol" contestant Crystal Bowersox. She KILLED this week!
momlogic's Vivian: Well folks, another week brings with it another "American Idol" showdown -- and MAN, the competition is getting fierce! After all, this round of eliminations will finally bring us to the unisex top 12. As Simon said (if you'll pardon the quasi-pun), last night was the "worst night to go, because you are so close." And the night was a testament to how important song choice really is. How'd our gal MamaSox (a.k.a. Crystal Bowersox) fare amongst the competition? Lemme break it down:
The night opened with 17-year-old Katie Stevens, who, in my opinion, did a shaky, pitchy version of Kelly Clarkson's "Breakaway." Randy said she "paled in comparison" to Kelly, and Kara said it best when she said that Katie "hasn't worked out what artist [she] wants to be." Siobhan Magnus cleaned herself up a bit to look more indie, less ragamuffin. Her a cappella version of "The House of the Rising Sun" showed some serious vocal prowess. She garnered high praise from Randy and Ellen, who said, "You are why I love music." But Simon was skeptical, saying it was "weird ... ploddy ... and dark."
Lacey Brown surprised with a halfway decent rendition of "The Story," which inspired Ellen to say, "Performances like that are why you got here." Next, Katelyn Epperly (with the bouncy blonde locks) may have accompanied herself with a Wurlitzer to Carole King's "I Feel the Earth Move," but her performance was way too blah-sé for the judges. Simon likened it to being at "request night at a restaurant," adding that "other people look like they are trying harder" (even though she sang it fairly well).
Didi Benami was last night's comeback queen. After taking a brutal beating from the judges last week, her quiet, stylized version of Fleetwood Mac's "Rihannon" inspired Kara to say it was her "favorite moment of the show so far this season." But poor Paige Miles wasn't so lucky. Her take on Charlie Chaplin's "Smile" got a universal thumbs-down, even though her voice is far superior to a number of the other gals'. "It was a horrible choice of song and a horrible arrangement," said Simon. "It's a shame, because you have so much potential, you really have got a great voice, but you have no idea what kind of artist you are. This could be the end of the road."
Now, on to MAMASOX! Girlfriend strapped on what looked like a Les Paul and KILLED Tracy Chapman's "Give Me One Reason" with tremendous finesse and soul -- so much so that one of the judges was left without words.
Check the feedback:
Randy: "This is what the show's about for me. I'm a fan! That was hot!"
Ellen: "I need new adjectives for you. I'm sick and tired of saying you are amazing. The best performance of the night!"
Kara: "This is what we talk about when people know who they are. Every time you step up there, it's easy for you and you just know what to do. That actually is a great song choice. It's more contemporary and it's kind of like what you'd be doing on your record. Now I'm starting to see what your record is, and I'm really excited."
Simon: "You are a million, billion percent going to be in the top twelve next week. You are definitely the most improved artist, because what you've got now is confidence. You believe in yourself, and right now, you're the one everyone has to beat. It's yours to lose."
So it seems our gal MamaSox has a top-12 spot on lockdown. LOVE. But if I'm being honest, it's time for her to take some risks and pick up the pace a little by venturing into a different genre. How about working it out to Bowie's "Young Americans?"
Anywho, there was one final performance of the evening, from MamaSox's rival, Lilly Scott -- who tackled Patsy Cline's "I Fall to Pieces," mandolin in hand. Randy thought she was "in the zone right now," and Ellen seconded that thought with a "love your style." Kara commended her ability to make Patsy Cline sound current, but Simon infused a negative vibe with comments like, "It was cute, it was quirky, it plays into what you're all about, but it could've been a risky thing to do, funny enough."
Hmmmmm....who'll get the boot? Tune in to "American Idol" on Fox Thursday night and find out!
|Vivian Manning-Schaffel serves as momlogic's East Coast Editor. She has written for Babble, Parenting, The Advocate, The New York Post, Business Week and a variety of other publications and lives and works in the heart of breeder Brooklyn with her husband and two kids. She authors two pop culture blogs: The Mad Mom and A Hag Supreme, and is on the web at vivianmanningschaffel.com.|