In one of the first “surprise” eliminations of the year, we said goodbye to Didi Benami last night. True- her performance on Tuesday night was terrible – but did it warrant going home? No, that honor still belongs to Tim or Andrew…but hopefully, if last night was any indication, that time is soon.
1. Crystal Bowersox – Crystal may not have “been herself” this week according to Simon, but she was all that the viewers wanted her to be. Her performance was solid, she showed off a side people hadn’t seen before, and she looked great doing it. (same as last week)
2. Casey James – I don’t know if he’s the most talented person of the bunch, but he sure is a crowd pleaser. If he manages to find his stride now and powers through the rest of the competition, he could really go all the way. Hopefully, he figures out that country is his thing and doesn’t sway too far out of that range (up 1)
3. Lee Dewyze – Only history will tell if this move is too dramatic, but I think it’s warranted. Lee’s definitely improving each week, and if this week was an indication, he could be the dark horse to upset the party. (up 3)
4. Michael Lynche – People love him, and there’s nothing horrible about him. The problem? There’s nothing too exciting about him either. He reminds me of Ruben Studdard – a good singer, and very likable – but in the end, not commercially viable in any way. (down 2)
5. Siobhan Magnus – Last night was probably her weekest to date, but she’s still a force in this competition. Shockingly, I guess R&B isn’t the thing for a Boston-born pixie-looking ballad singer. (down 1)
6. Aaron Kelly – A ho-hum night for a ho-hum singer all season long. Better than some, but still – nothing there worth raving about. (up 1)
7. Katie Stevens – At the bottom of the competition, it’s a serious toss-up as to who’s going to go home next. The least likely? Probably Katie? With 3 girls going home in the past 3 weeks, someone’s got to break up the streak. (up 1)
8. Andrew Garcia – The judges loved his rendition of Chris Brown’s “Forever,” but I found it painful. While it may have been an up week for him considering the disasters in past rounds, it still didn’t connect with most people and he landed in the bottom 3 again. It’s only a matter of time. (up 1)
9. Tim Urban – Simon must be on to something. He knew that Tim’s performance last night was not good, but also predicted that he would not be the one to go home. Tim’s charm, likability, and good looks are undeniably the only things keeping him on this show – since it certainly isn’t his singing. Let’s see how much longer her can hold on. (up 1)
The biggest movers this week? Lee and Michael. While Lee solidified his newfound spot at the top of the pack, Michael’s been slipping recently, and this week was just the continuation of that trend. Let’s see how they hold up next week. One thing is certain – there aren’t many girls left…
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