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