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March 02, 2011

Idol Chit Chat: The Best of the 12 Guys

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Jacob Lusk

"American Idol" has kicked off with a bang and the final 12 guys took the stage.  Based on last night's performances, here are my picks:

 

Top Six Guys


Jacob Lusk:  This guy's got tons of talent and I can't wait to see what he brings to the "Idol" stage the rest of the season

Casey Abrams:  Talk about expressing the emotion of a song!  He put a spell on me all right.  Love me some Casey.

Casey Abrams
James Durbin:  I didn't know what the heck he was singing, but I knew he was singing it damn good.  This kid could go deep.

James Durbin

Stefano Langone:  Just the right song choice: not too ambitious but up-tempo enough to be excitingand to show off his voice.

Stefano Langone


Clint Jun Gamboa

Clint Jun Gamboa: Taking on Stevie Wonder can be a risky thing, but Clint worked it out.

Scotty McCreery:   Seriously, I gotta close my eyes when I hear this kid sing because it's just too weird seeing that voice come out of that 12-year-old looking face.  I'm not a fan of classic country, but if I'm being honest, as Randy said, this kid's pure classic country and he's good, good, good at it.

 

Scott McCreery
 

The Rest

  • I really wanted to love my homeboy, Robbie Rosen but Robbie picked the wrong song and the arrangement did him no favors.
  • I like Paul McDonald, but I hate "Maggie May," so he's out. 
  • Jovany Barreto went the syrupy ballad route; much too safe. 
  • Tim Halperin can't do Rob Thomas. Sorry Tim.
  • Jordan Dorsey also picked the wrong song.  Just like the gals should stay away from Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston and Celine Dion, the guys should stay away far, far away from Usher.
  • Brett Loewenstern is threatening to become this year's Sanjaya.  Please, nooooo!

 

The Judges

As for the judges, thank God Randy is taking over the Simon Cowell role of reality checking the performers when Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez go inexplicably ga-ga

And a memo to the audio folks:  please do something about the vocal/music mix, dudes.  The vocals are getting lost in the music and the backup singers.  Hopefully you guys can fix things so that it's all better when the gals take the stage.

Photos: Michael Becker / FOX


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