American Idol Top 12 Performance Review

March 17, 2011 10:09 am

The American Idol top 12 have shown an unsurmountable amount of talent this season. With the level of play being top notch it nearly takes one mistake to plummet to the bottom, and with nearly all the performances on Tuesday night being top notch it’s going to be hard for the voters to decide.

Performers like Stefano Langone, Pia Toscano, and Scotty McCreery shined above the rest with very strong vocals, and displaying an exuberant amount of confidence on stage. The theme of the night was to sing a song of the past, more precisely a song of the year they were born in.

Here is a short recap of all 12 performances and the grade given for them:

Naima Adedapo,Whats Love Got To Do With It” (1989): Naima might not have been ready to start off the show, lacking stage presence along with losing pitch at several parts of the song. The judges didn’t hate it, but didn’t love it either. Grade: C-

Paul McDonald,I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues” (1984): Paul does well at transforming a song into his own interpretation of it, and it was no different with this Elton John classic. With a Rod Stewart like stage presence and his raspy voice tied into his unique style has people talking about his star quality. B-

Thia Megia,Colors Of The Wind” (1995): Thia kept it safe once again by choosing yet another ballad. Randy wasn’t too fond of it either stating “It was boring.” and felt there was “nothing special or unique.” C+

James Durbin, “I’ll Be There For You” (1989): James has a strong range and can hit those high notes. He is a rocker through and through, and just may have clinched a spot in the finale. Not for his solid performance alone, but after letting Steven Tyler know that he’s saving an Aerosmith song for the finale. When Steven heard this he replied that he would join Jameson on stage to sing wit him. If that doesn’t knock him into the finale then who knows what will. B+ for his performance but  with the stunt he pulled bumps him up to an A.

Haley Reinhart,I’m Your Baby Tonight” (1990): With her song choices being all over the place Haley was questioned by Randy as to not knowing who she is yet. Jennifer Lopez thinks she has an Adele type voice and at her age should find a genre that suits it, and her personality. C-

Stefano Langone, “If You Don’t Know Me By Now” (1989): Stefano owned the stage that night. He continues to show that he belongs there, and possibly in the finale. Randy said it was the performance of the night.  A

Pia Toscano, “Where Do Broken Hearts Go” (1988):  Pia seems to be the fan favorite for this competition, and rightfully so. She’s beautiful, humble, and can sing her heart out to almost any song. Tuesday was no different, she performed very well and the judges all praised her for it. A-

Scotty McCreery, “Can I Trust You With My Heart” (1993): Yes Scotty did another country song, and yes he did it so well the judges couldn’t even argue about him needing to try something different. It seems as though all are under a trance when Mr. McCreery’s deep toned voice reaches the mic. A

Karen Rodriguez,Love Will Lead You Back” (1989): The song that Karen chose was perhaps her downfall. It was slow, and she was off pitch at times. This performance did not help her recover from last weeks performance. C-

Casey Abrams, “Smells Like Teen Spirit” (1991): Casey is arguably the most musically gifted of the group. He is known for putting on a show, and is given recognition when doing so. However his rendition of Nirvanas “Smells Like Teen Spirit” anthem was simply a bad call. He turned a hard rock song into a “poppy,” “yelly,” version that did not pay off. D

Laurie Alaina, ” I’m The Only One” (1994): Flu ridden Laurie Alaina had a big question mark hanging over her before her performance. Would the illness affect her performance? Would the judges come down on her? The answer is no, she actually did better sick than previously. B+

Jacob Lusk, “Alone” (1987): Jacob’s song was in the same parallel as Casey’s. He is an artist that fans want to see do well, however this performance was simply under par. C

The opinion in this blog do not express the opinions of Ryan Seacrest, American Idol, Fox Television, or 19 Entertainment.