The second set of 12 of the top 36 American Idol competitors summoned up their best vocals for the Wednesday, February 25, 2009, performance. This second group of 12 American Idol contestants hoped they would gain enough viewer support to be voted into the top 12 American Idol runoff tonight, Thursday, February 26, 2009.
Tonight, February 26, 2009, nine American Idol contestants from this second group of 12 are saying farewell to Hollywood while three American Idol contestants are named to have a slot in the top 12 finals. Last night, the second group of 12 out of 36 American Idol hopefuls selected songs from Billboard’s Hot 100 tunes. The three American Idol hopefuls who were pushed to the top 12 finals were Allison Iraheta, Adam Lambert and Kris Allen. In my opinion, American Idol contestants Allison Iraheta and Adam Lambert shined like stars, while the others dropped hopelessly from the sky like a meteor on a mission.
Here’s the lowdown on what went on Wednesday night, February 25, 2009, on the American Idol stage in Hollywood. The first performance began with Jasmine Murray who sang “Love Song.” Jasmine looked lovely, but she was pitchy and did not perform well. The judges and America agreed and Jasmine is on her way back home tonight.
I have no idea what the name of the song was that Matt Giraud sang. The song was not listed on the American Idol website and I’ve never heard it before. Sadly, Matt will be headed home tonight after last night’s American Idol performance. Matt’s version of the classic Ray Charles song “Georgia” during the American Idol runoffs was fantastic, but he fell short with his performance last night. The song he chose just didn’t showcase his overall talent, which is too bad because this guy is a great soulful singer. I feel that Matt should have been sent through to the top 12, instead of Kris Allen, but America disagreed. Matt is one of my picks as a wild card to prove himself to America later.
The only thing Jeanine Vailes showcased last night on American Idol was her legs. Jeanine sang “This Love” and was terribly off key. When America hears a song on the car stereo, they can’t see your legs honey, they only hear your voice. I had a strong feeling that those legs will be walking away from Hollywood tonight and my theory proved correct.
Nick Mitchell (or was it Norman Gentle?) was the fourth singer last night on American Idol. Nick/Norman, this is a singing competition, not the Gong Show. Nick’s rendition of “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” reminded me of a drag queen performance in a bar, minus the makeup and wardrobe. I really hate to say that because I think Nick/Norman really can sing. While Simon Cowell was praying that Nick would not make it through to the top 12, Paula Abdul slyly avoided Ryan Seacrest’s question as to whether she would vote for him based on vocals. Although some form of entertainment may be in your future, tonight proved to be your last performance on the American Idol stage.
Sixteen year old Allison Iraheta was up next on the American Idol stage. Allison left the other American Idol competitors eating her dust last night with her version of “Alone.” I have one word to describe Allison, cha-ching! You hit that one out of the ball park and into another state. Can you say “winner?” Start writing your acceptance speech and looking for a mansion, girlfriend, because you have a lucrative career ahead of you. Did I fail to mention that my girl, Allison, was promoted to the top 12 tonight? I knew she would. Keep performing those strong songs that show your true vocal range, Allison!
Gracing the American Idol stage next last night was Kris Allen, who sang “Man in the Mirror.” Kris did fairly well on the song, although he was a bit pitchy. Kris was voted through to the top 12 on American Idol tonight; however, I feel he will not win the title of American Idol.
The seventh singer last night on American Idol was Megan Joy Corkrey. Megan sang “Put Your Records On.” Megan was pitchy and needs to work on singing those higher keys, but she did fairly well. Megan has distinctive vocals and reminds me of a soulful jazz singer from decades gone by. Megan was one of the nine American Idol contestants sent home tonight, but I would not be surprised if she popped back as a wild card.
Next up on the American Idol stage Wednesday night was Matt Breitzke who sang “If You Could Only See.” Matt can sing and his performance was flawless, but it was just strange. It’s the end of the road for Matt tonight.
The next American Idol contestant on the stage Wednesday night was Jesse Langseth. Jesse sang “Betty Davis Eyes” and it wasn’t great, but she’s another singer who has a distinctive voice. The wrong song choice has lost votes for Jesse and America chose to send her home tonight.
Singing in the tenth spot Wednesday night on American Idol was Kai Kalama who sang “What Becomes of the Broken Hearted.” In my opinion, Kai did very well on the song, although it wasn’t stellar. Kai is a handsome guy and I figured the teenage girls would vote him through to the top 12, but Kai was sent home tonight. Maybe it was his hair?
Mishavonna Henson was up next on the American Idol stage in Hollywood. Mishavonna sang “Drops of Jupiter.” Her performance had a great start, but turned pitchy. Her song choice did not showcase her vocal range. Could she be a wild card? Who knows, but Mishavonna will be another American Idol hopeful who will be packing her bags tonight.
The last American Idol hopeful on the Hollywood stage Wednesday night was Adam Lambert. In that first glance of Adam, when he was flirting with the camera at the beginning of his performance, I swear he looked just like Elvis Presley in the face. Tonight, after being named part of the American Idol top 12, I saw that face again. What the fetch? Was I the only one to catch that? Adam has a very powerful voice and was stylin’ and profilin’ Wednesday night. Simon Cowell made the comment that Adam was going to be either loved or hated. I, for one, cannot get past his theatrical experience. It sticks out like a sore thumb; however, Adam is now one of the top 12 American Idol hopefuls.
Who will be crowned the last group of three in the American Idol top 12 next week? Who will pop back onto the American Idol scene as a wild card? We’ll all have to wait and see. For more information about your favorite American Idol contestant, visit http://www.americanidol.com/.