The American Idol panel, consisting of Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul and Kara DioGuardi, has chosen the top 36 contestants who will be singing for the coveted title of American Idol for 2009. The top 36 contestants have been separated into three groups of 12. On Tuesday, February 17, 2009, the first group of 12 American Idol contestants sang their hearts out live on the Fox Network in Hollywood, California. Each contestant hoped that they would score enough viewer votes to be pushed to the top 12 on Wednesday, February 18, 2009. In the end, three American Idol contestants made it through to the top 12, while nine were sent home crying to momma (or daddy as the case may be).
Let’s revisit the American Idol contestants in the order they sang on Tuesday, February 17, 2009. First up was Jackie Tohn, singing “A Little Less Conversation.” I really like Jackie because she has that “Janis Joplin” soulful voice, but I was terribly disappointed with her performance. I hated her wardrobe and hated her version of “A Little Less Conversation.” Come on Jackie, you ain’t no Elvis. I’d be willing to bet my last dollar that if she had sung the Joplin version of “Take Another Piece of My Heart,” she’d still be in Hollywood. I really hope that the judges choose to bring Jackie back as a wild card and give her another chance.
Ricky Braddy was the next American Idol contestant who sang “A Song for You.” I thought his vocals were smooth and enjoyable, but boring. Sorry, Ricky, but you just aren’t star material. America agreed and it’s back home for you.
The next American Idol singer was Alexis Grace who sang “Never Loved A Man.” The American Idol panel raved over her vocals and Simon Cowell said that she was the one to watch. I thought that she was very good, but she’s going to have to pull a bigger rabbit out of her hat to win American Idol. I don’t think that she’s the next American Idol, but she did make it through to the top 12.
Next up to grace the American Idol stage was Brent Keith who sang “Hick Town.” Come on now Brent, you finished sixth on Nashville Star. You had your chance and this proves that America isn’t exactly in love with you. Try another show some other time and definitely don’t sing “Hick Town” for god’s sake.
Stevie Wright was up next on American Idol, singing “You Belong With Me.” I think Stevie is a sweet girl, but the key was way too low for her at the beginning of the song and she was all over the place. I think she had a bad case of the jitters. Maybe the stage is not in your future, sweetie. Off you go, sorry.
The next American Idol contestant was Anoop Desai, singing “Angel of Mine.” I thought he was just okay and I figured the teeny boppers would vote him through to the top 12. Not!
Casey Carlson sang “Every Little She Does Is Magic” on the American Idol stage. Oh gosh, that was terrible, just terrible. The American Idol judges and America agreed to send Casey home.
Next up was Michael Sarver who sang “I Don’t Want To Be” on American Idol. He started off a little weird at the beginning, but I think his nerves were getting the best of him. I thought he was pretty good, but I did not think he would make it through to the top 12. I was wrong and America voted him to go through to the next round but I do not think he will win the 2009 American Idol competition. Somehow, I see him singing country music, but evidently that is not his style.
Ann Marie Boskovich was up next singing “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.” I thought Ann was absolutely beautiful and I enjoyed her performance. The American Idol judges disagreed, and so did America. Ann was one of the nine sent home Wednesday, February 18, 2009. Nerves aside, I thought Ann had real potential.
Stephen Fowler sang “Rock With You” next on the American Idol stage. Stephen was pitchy and off key and I thought his performance was bad altogether. Stephen was another American Idol hopeful who was sent home.
What can I say about Tatiana Del Toro, who sang “Saving All My Love For You.” As the saying goes, you can’t change a sow’s ear into a silk purse, Tatiana is absolutely obnoxious and I, for one, am glad that she was sent home.
Last, but certainly not least, on the American Idol stage was Danny Gokey, singing “Hero.” I thought his performance was inspirational, heartfelt and touching. Danny has a voice that can be picked out in a crowd. I believe Danny is a strong contender for the American Idol position this year.
As of Wednesday, February 18, 2009, three of the top 12 American Idol contestants have been chosen. Occupying a spot in the top 12, are Danny Gokey, Michael Sarver and Alexis Grace. Who will be the next three lucky winners? To check out all the top 36 contestants for American Idol 2009, visit http://www.americanidol.com/top_36/.