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American Idol 11 – Top 12 Girls – Live Blog Recap

Last night was a huge letdown. The American Idol Top 13 guys were ‘meh’ with very few good performances. Tonight, the Top 12 girls–who are way better–take the stage. There are some song spoilers thanks to The Idol Pad. They are worth checking out. My hope is that the girls really bring it tonight. I’m relying on Jen Hirsh, Jessica Sanchez, and Elise Testone to blow me away. In case you missed it, here is my recap of the guys.

I’ll be live blogging the night’s festivities. So, check back soon and often for my thoughts on the talent.

This…is AMERICAN IDOL!

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Whoa. They are really pimping the ladies. Not verbatim, “Will one of these ladies be the first female winner in five years?” Ryan asks. Huh. We’ll see. Scotty McCreery will perform in a few weeks. Woo!

Up first is Chelsea Sorrell! She’s from Stokesdale, North Carolina. Total country girl! She loves target shooting. Lol. She’s singing “Cowboy Casanova” by Carrie Underwood. Huh. I love this song, but it can come across as karaoke if anyone other than Carrie sings it. She looks beautiful, though. This is very middle-of-the-road, plus she’s performing first. Buh-Bye. Randy didn’t think the song choice was the best. Check out her full performance HERE.

Let’s go Erika Van Pelt! I dig this girl.She’s a Rhode Islander. She’s very goofy, has a huge personality. That will definitely help her. She’s singing “What About Love” by Heart. Woo! I can’t help but think of Swiffer. Heh. She has a great tone, and I think this song is perfect for her. This is pretty good. She held back a little bit, but I assume that’s because of nerves of the first live show. I hope she makes it. VOTE! Check out her full performance HERE.

Next up is Jen Hirsh! She has alot to live up to from Hollywood week. She’s from Cali! Sadie is her little dog. Aww. Cute! She’s singing “One and Only” by Adele. Huh. I’m already sick of Adele covers this season. She brings some clever melodic changes. She has a big voice, but this isn’t her best…not even close. She needed to come out swinging. Ohhhh, that last note might save her. Not crazy about that…sigh. Judges, please do your job…sigh. Check out her full performance HERE.

Brielle Von Hugel is next! She’s from Staten Island. This girl has a big hill to climb. She got the bitch edit early on. She would have to really pull out the big guns to win over the viewers. She’s singing “Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay” by Otis Redding. Way to be relevant. She’s in the middle of the Top 13 boys. Yup. She really works the camera. It starts out really…slow, but midway through she kicks it up and has some really nice vocal runs. Still, she doesn’t stand a chance, in my mind. NEXT! Check out her full performance HERE.

OMG Hallie Day! Come on, girl! Bring it! She’s from Baltimore, MD. Some Twitter peeps keep saying she has no personality, but I think she’s been through alot and holds back. She’s singing “Feeling Good”  by Nina Simone. OMG THIS SONG. Been done…to death! She’s all dolled up like Marilyn Monroe. She’s really slowed this up. Her vocals are pretty…superb? Dare I say? Well, until the end. It was a little bumpy when she lost some control over it…sigh. Randy, is it really necessary to grill the girl??? You don’t do that to anyone else. UGH UGH UGH. This show… Check out her full performance HERE.

Skylar Laine is next! She’s from Mississippi! She has a big personality. She’s singing “Stay with Me” by Faces. Oh, very old song, very country. She’s actually pretty good. I wrote her off. She definitely is rockin’ this. She’ll definitely the get the country vote over Chelsea. GO GIRL! Wow. That last note. Damn. This is the best of the night by far! VOTE! ROCKIN’ COUNTRY GIRL! Randy compares her to a mix of Reba and Kelly Clarkson. Check out her full performance HERE.

Let’s go Baylie Brown! She’s from TX! She own horses. She was hit in the face with a softball. Her grandpa is adorable. She’s singing “Amazed” by Lonestar. In a lovely red dress, she starts off a little rocky. I’m not sure what she’s doing with melody. She’s pretty OK, but this is too sleepy. Her high notes are a little rough. Yikes. Check out her full performance HERE.

Next we have Hollie Cavanagh! Another TX girl! She’s singing “Reflection” by Xtina. Ugh. This song. I just can’t. She’s singing in a green sea. She’s making some interesting melodic choices. She has a big voice. I wrote her off as well. Wow. Her vocal is pretty great…and she NAILS the high notes towards the notes. GO GIRL. VOTE VOTE VOTE!!! Now, I eat my words. She’s the best of the night so far. The crowd LOVES her.

Haley Johnson is up! She’s from Oregon! Llama FTW! She has a hot pink room. She’s singing “Sweet Dreams” by the Eurythmics. Weird song choice, and they’re a bunch of eyes looking at me. I give her points for being weird. This is so blah. I think this may be too out there for most viewers to get. Her vocals are all over the place. NEXT!

Shannon Magrane is next! She’s a Florida girl! She knows how to operate on little sleep. She’s six feet tall! She’s singing “There is a Candle” by Kathy Troccoli. She looks gorgeous. She has some lovely vocal runs and slams a big ending. She just might make the Top 12. I’m not completely impressed, but it was solid. Check out her full performance HERE.

Let’s go Jessica Sanchez! Overrated or not, I love this girl. Aww. She’s been having some vocals issues, but…doesn’t everyone on this show? Lol. She’s singing Jennifer Hudson‘s “Love You, I Do” from Dream Girls. She’s got some great range and really commands the stage. If anyone is a star in this bunch, it’s her. The judges give her a standing O and the crowd loves her. VOTE! Check out her full performance HERE.

Elise Testone closes the night! She’s gotten very little screen time, but from what I’ve seen, she has a great raspy voice. She’s singing Adele’s “One and Only.” OMG, she’s playing the piano. GO. Her voice is PERFECT for this song. Wow. I’m loving this. This is so much better than Jen’s version. She gets up midway through. She’s a lock for the Top 12! VOTE VOTE VOTE for this girl. Seriously. Do it. Check out her full performance HERE.

Well. That’s a wrap. Some of the girls were a hot mess, but there were a few great performances tonight.

Best (and locks for Top 12): Elise, Jessica, and Hollie C.

Worst: Chelsea, Brielle, and Haley J.

Who are your picks? Who’s a lock for the Top 12?

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194 comments
Matthew Provencher
Matthew Provencher

So far most of them have been terrible. The judges are praising bad singing.

ArchieSue
ArchieSue

Paul better win Top Chef, oops wrong show.  lols

ArchieSue
ArchieSue

Who I want to get through:  Elise, Hollie, Jessica, Jen, Erika and Skylar (with wildcard)

 

Most likely to get through: Shannon, Jessica, Jen, Sylar and Hollie.  Elise as the wildcard.

 

Overall the girls were MILES better than the boys yesterday even with some fodders and unfortunate performances from Baylie and the other blonde, lols. 

XL
XL

Hollie and Jessica were the only good ones over two nights of singing.

jlscott13
jlscott13

Yup. Elise Testone was the BEST of the night. VOTING like cray cray right now.

mwk89
mwk89

Erika gets all my votes. Definitely deserves to advance

ArchieSue
ArchieSue

I am throwing Elise some votes tonight, the rest have to fend for themselves. lols

mwk89
mwk89

why the love for Hallie? she did a classic oversung idol song, and it was just blah

Joystickenvy
Joystickenvy

Blah if these judges give hollie the wild card i may riot in the street

LiWright
LiWright

oH No, Seacrest did not go there.  It's too early to ask for standouts.

LiWright
LiWright

I just hope next week they dress down.  My eyes were bleeding from all the glitter and bling.

Joystickenvy
Joystickenvy

elise, skylar, jessica are locks erika should be but i'm not convinced, shannon, hallie and maybe hollie if the tone deaf vote toss ups for the fifth spot...i think shannon and jen are the only ones with a shot at the wild card unless there's a massive upset on the vote, maybe hollie since the judges inexplicably love her

JMT15
JMT15

Elise has a nice tone in her voice. She and Jessica are my favorites this season.

mwk89
mwk89

Has chelsea heard of bras?

mwk89
mwk89

Elise, Erika, Skyler, Jessica, and then 2 of either Jen, Hollie, Hallie or Shannon I think

mwk89
mwk89

she's really, epically straining her voice though

ArchieSue
ArchieSue

Watch America put Brielle through, lols.

Joystickenvy
Joystickenvy

 @ArchieSue i didn't charge up my phone so i'll have to live with whomever "ameriker" choices

Joystickenvy
Joystickenvy

 @mwk89 i kinda liked it when i first listened to it, but on the playback it sounded horrible. i think they just like her look

LiWright
LiWright

 @Joystickenvy I think they're names Haley, Hallie, Holly will get the audience confused.  And so many blonds....at least the brunetts stood out.

mwk89
mwk89

Nigel: "she's really been losing her voice today" okay, explains that. top 13 lock

ArchieSue
ArchieSue

 @Joystickenvy Lols, online voting, hello. j/k  America will put Baylie through because she is hot. lols

ArchieSue
ArchieSue

 @jlscott13 Whatever Sarah, you sucked all season, you just got lucky towards the end. boo hoo....

Joystickenvy
Joystickenvy

 @ArchieSue i like heejun.  i maybe could like P2 if he would actually sing the song he is singing instead of putting the same non-melody and angry derp faces on every song, but what are the chances of that? i like deandre's hair....

ArchieSue
ArchieSue

 @Joystickenvy America will probably put Eben, P2, Joshua and some other guys, lols. I don't care but if Heejun gets through I will be happy, even though he can't sing. He has to stay for the entertainment.

Joystickenvy
Joystickenvy

 @ArchieSue yeah i didn't bother to check the site to see if they were doing online voting cuz i just didn't give a crap which guys got through

ArchieSue
ArchieSue

 @Joystickenvy Lols I only vote on idol, I could care less about the voting on the other shows.  I just watch it. I didn't vote last night because I didn't really care about any of the guys enough.

Joystickenvy
Joystickenvy

 @ArchieSue there's so many of these shows now i can't keep straight who does what re: voting lol

ArchieSue
ArchieSue

 @Joystickenvy I just follow the same protocol from last season, lols. I am a programmed idol fan. :)

Joystickenvy
Joystickenvy

 @ArchieSue ah for some reason i didn't think they were cuz i didn't hear them mention it, but i haven't been paying that much attention to ryan ;)

ArchieSue
ArchieSue

 @Joystickenvy Hahhahahah ........So if Elise, Erika, Jessica and HOLLIE gets through I will be a happy camper. :)