Last night’s show was just okay for me.
This is the problem as I see it – many of these Motown classics have been performed numerous times during past seasons on this show and I cannot listen to them anymore.
We really need to hear and see new and exciting songs from all genres – similar to what we saw and heard from both David Cook and David Archuleta during Season 7.
Now, in terms of pure vocal skills, no one can surpass Pia, Stefano and James – they are pretty near perfect, although Pia and Stefano could stand a little tweaking here and there in their performance skills. And, James is coasting on incredibly natural vocal ability that sometimes does not work as well for him had he came to the show equipped with stellar technique.
However, tonight’s results could be interesting. Both Pia and Stefano received some lukewarm critiques from the judges and this may or may not affect the standings during the results show this evening.
Naima was very shrewd in her song selection; her pitch problems were non-existent because the key selection was absolutely “dead-on”, highlighting the rich, contralto quality of her voice. And the dancing was outstanding.
Scotty just sounded and looked very karaoke to me and he was straining for those upper notes. He is a genuine performer and communicates fairly well, but does so while tilting his body sideways. This needs to be addressed as it makes him look very awkward on stage.
Casey and Paul just don’t have the vocal chops for this competition, although both are very musical and entertaining. However, the raspy quality in their voices really limits their expressive range and this is really important when one considers how brilliantly some of the other singers manage this characteristic in their singing style.
Haley, Lauren, Thia and Jacob fall somewhere in the middle. The performances lack a certain finesse and, in the case of Lauren and Thia, maturity and refinement. If they do remain in the competition for a long period of time, it may be exciting to watch their growth.
So, who will make the Top 10? We shall know soon enough.