American Idol 8 Top 36 – Group 1 Recap and Predictions

Woot! What a disappointment to open the first round of Top 36. Most of the contestants either chose the wrong song or they’re too nervous to perform.

The theme for the first round is any Top 10 song from the Billboard Hot 100 of any year.

Here’s the order of performances:

1. Jackie Tohn – A Little Less Conversation by Elvis Presley

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Ewww that was off. Being first to perform can really affect your performance and it showed on poor Jackie. Next please.

2. Ricky Braddy – Song For You by Leon Russell

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Ricky didn’t get much screen time before so I was surprised how well he performed tonight. He really can sing but Simon said that he doesn’t have the star quality and charisma.

3. Alexis Grace – Never Loved a Man by Aretha Franklin

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I really love this single mom ever since her audition. Simon told her that she could be the dark horse and even compared her to Kelly Clarkson. Hope she makes it to the next round.

4. Brent Keith – Hicktown by Jason Aldean

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I agree with Kara on this one saying that he chose the wrong song. That performance cannot compete with Anoop and Danny in this group. Next.

5. Stevie Wright – You Belong to Me by Taylor Swift

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After hearing her you just can’t believe that she actually made it to the Top 36. The song choice was awful and she failed miserably. I hope the judges could give her another chance in the Wild Card episode because she’s better than that. She cried when Simon told her that she has zero chance of making it to the next round.

6. Anoop Desai – Angel of Mine by Monica

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Smooth voice but a bit safe for me. I still think that fans won’t allow him not to get past the first round. Paul was cheering afterwards and said that America has connected with him.

7. Casey Carlson – Every Little Thing She Does is Magic by The Police

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I love this song but Casey kinda ruined it for me. All the judges weren’t impressed mentioning words such as “flat”, “weird” and “atrocious”.

8. Michael Sarver – I Don’t Wanna Be by Gavin DeGraw

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Yikes. What happened to this guy. I’m expecting something better than this from him. The first part was a bit weird but he did ok at the end but I doubt if it could get him past this round.

9. Anne Marie Boskovich – Natural Woman by Aretha Franklin

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Another wrong song choice. Judges weren’t impressed saying that the song is too big for her. She looked hot though. Hehehe.

10. Stephen Fowler – Rock With You by Michael Jackson

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“Terrible song, terrible arrangement”, says Simon. That performance sucked especially near the end. He really blew his chances and I don’t think the judges will give him another one. I’m so disappointed. Oh well, I won’t be rooting for this dude anymore.

11. Tatiana del Toro – Saving All My Love For You by Whitney Houston

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She started well but kinda lost it on the high notes. People would’ve liked her if she didn’t bring too much drama all the time. “You are desperate to be famous”, says Simon.

12. Danny Gokey – Hero by Mariah Carey

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They saved the best for last with Danny singing Hero and he really was the hero in the first group. I’m not surprised here but Simon said it was just good and not fantastic.

Predictions

One male, one female and the next top vote-recipient will advance to the next round and we’ll find out tomorrow.

Top 3

For Group 1 the top male performer will have to be Danny Gokey. Top female performer will probably go to Alexis Grace and the last spot will eventually go to Anoop Desai.

Of course it’s a popularity contest so the female that will get through is still up for grabs but I still want it to be Alexis. Let’s just wait for tomorrow’s results.

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11 Responses

  1. Emily says:

    I agree wtih the Alexis and Danny, but I disagree with “Anoop Desai” I dont think he was that good. I thought Michael Sarver did really great. He was one of the few performences that I remembered. Being completly honest, I believe Michael Saver and not Anoop Desai will go through. Just my thoughts.

    • Calvin says:

      Anoop is not the second best performer for the male. I’m just saying that he would probably get the next most votes because of his popularity. Sarver was good and so was Braddy but Anoop is more popular. Let’s wait in a few hours to see the results. :)

    • Calvin says:

      Emily you are right! Sarver is in the finals and Anoop is not in the Final 3 although there’s only about 20,000 votes that separated the two.

      I’m still not worried with Anoop, hope he gets to go again in the Wild card episode.

  2. Benz says:

    file not found??? no audio clips??? hhmm

    calvin: which one? i checked again everything and they’re playing fine.

    • Pipo says:

      file not found din saken. lahat sila. im using google chrome.

      oh. but all are working perfectly in mozilla.

      calvin: hmm. yup firefox din gamit ko. the audio feature has been with wordpress for a long time so i dont knw why chrome can’t render it properly.

  3. Emily says:

    Yes Anoop is actually the better singer he just picked the wrong song.

  4. noee says:

    Kamuka ba ni Gokey si Robert Downey Jr.?

    calvin: yup robert downey jr. hehehe.

  5. noee says:

    Tapos si Stevie kamuka nung Angela sa Bones?

    calvin: di ako nanood ng bones eh. pero saken parang jessica biel na bata at mataba.

  6. Cris says:

    hay grabe kaya yung si casey carlson super OA! kara even mentioned that it was too overdone – i was waiting for the judges to say it kaso i was thinking din na pano mo sasabihing OA sya in a nice way… but kara did say it nicely. mabait pa sya sa lagay na yun pero sobrang OA talga nung mga facial expressions ni Casey!

    calvin: haha pati kami ng kapatid ko naiinis kay Casey.

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