I must call attention to the complete and utter bullshit Nicki comment “do someone other than Jessie J,” especially after Nicki compared Melinda to Angela. We’ve seen Angela do Jessie J three freaking times thus far and she didn’t have that issue with Angela last week.
Candice – She got screamy towards the end, but I can’t deny that she’s got a powerhouse voice, was easily better than all of the girls from last week sans Kree and maybe Amber. I’d like to see her choose a song off the worn out IDOL diva path again, like she did in her audition.
Juliana – A bit dull – I really don’t like “Skyscraper.” I was impressed that she was able to arrange a song like that though. Needs a good 3-4 years to grow so that she can truly viscerally connect with what she sings. The Birdys of the industry are exceptions, not the rule. However, Juliana’s poise is exactly what someone like Charlie could use.
Jett – She was super breathy to the point where the performance came across as affected.
Cristabel – What a gorgeous crackly broken tone. She was easily the best of the first five girls. Personally, I’d like a ban on all Alicia Keys songs.
Aubrey – Compared to the other R&B women in the competition – Candice, Cristabel, Amber – her voice is average. She’s a bit more pop/R&B and she’s pretty, she can sing in tune, but she’s boring. Perhaps I’ve gone insane.
Rachel – Damn. That song did not deserve that shitty arrangement; it warped the energy of that song and just towered over Rachel.
Breanna – That song was weird. It seemed like her voice was about the crack quite a few times and that she probably can’t do much better than this. Her voice is strained. What was up with the judges’ adoration of her?
Janelle – She has a beautiful voice but that she never really seemed to find her footing. There were good moments and moments where there her weaknesses showed. She needs to find songs that aren’t literally bombastic or huge, that’s not her zone.
Zoanette – She needs to find a vocal coach immediately, but she’s got a definite voice. That was the best performance of the night. She is unhinged and crazy. I can’t explain it. In a sea of ballad-heavy girls, I expect this woman to connect emotionally and infuse energy into every performance. Where did that come from? She reminds me of Siobhan; huge voice, doesn’t know how to use it perfectly, but I’m going to enjoy the ride.
Results: I’d genuinely would love to see all of these women again, this was a tough group to be in. They really can’t just have a Top 12 female semi-final round like in years past? At least the cut women can still return. If you told me two weeks ago I would’ve been okay with Zoanette in the Top 10, I would have laughed hysterically. However, I would’ve bounced both of Aubrey and Breanna for Cristabel and Melinda. Aubrey and Breanna strike me as semi-fodder in its purest form.
Edited by Phan, Feb 27, 2013 @ 10:12 PM.