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Last night’s American Idol Top 8 show featured a lot of strong performances and very few weaker ones. I also loved the fact that they had one duet and two trios sing in addition to the solo rounds. All in all it seems like the competition is still (and likely will remain) being dominated by the ladies this year.

Janelle Authur

Janelle Authur sings “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” PHOTO COURTESY OF:

Here’s how I rank last night’s performances:

1. Janelle – Her song gave off a cool pop-country vibe somewhat reminiscent of early Jewel. The pace perfect and the vocals really stood out.

2. Candice – She showed so much range and it felt like classic Motown. Very well done overall.

3. Kree  She didn’t step away from the country sound all that much but her vocals are pure and powerful so it still worked out well in the end.

4. Lazaro – Much better than last week, even down to his style. He kept it simple and smooth.

5. Angie – Fun, sexy and very entertaining with a bit of an edge but it probably wasn’t the best song for her.

6. Amber – She showed a nice range but the vocals seemed to be just OK overall.

7. Devin – he did pretty good in making the song more fun and catchy but he faces some major competition and an uphill battle.

8. Brunell – He started off ok but the quality progressively deteriorated. The vocals seemed strained and there was much too much variation in pitch and vibrato.

Group Performances:

1. Amber, Angie and Candice – The song and the group pairing was a pretty good fit for them. They did well and showcased their individual talent.

2. Kree and Janelle – They worked well together and produced a strong group vocal overall.

3. Burnell, Lazaro and Devin – The song wasn’t a bad choice but the group didn’t mesh well together. It was average at best and that’s being kind.

Final thoughts:

While Paul was probably not the most likely person to leave last week, he was one of the legitimate possibilities. At this point, America still seems to be rather on target (in my opinion) in terms of voting. We’ll see if that continues tonight.

I do believe there is a pretty good chance we could see the judges use the save this week. Why? Well, voting may go against a girl this week because of a collective effort to even things out a bit. But, if it goes against a guy, perhaps the judges will try to take that approach so that the girls don’t outnumber the guys by 5-2. Not that I fully agree here. I personally feel that is any girl (with the possible exception of Amber) gets the least number of votes, that girl should be saved. As far as the guys go, I would not be willing to save any (with a possible exception of Lazaro) form elimination.

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