Not so much to say today about American Idol (at least I don't think so, but once I get started who knows?). There is no one left to hate, all three contenders are pretty good and any one of them would be a good American Idol. Each contestant sang three songs - the first was chosen by Clive Davis, the second they chose themselves, and the last song was chosen by one of the judges.
We started with Vonzell. Her first song was the only sucker of the night. She was pitchy and just off through most of the song. Her two other songs were great. And Simon is right - she is very likeable and that can't hurt. She is strongest when singing the "belters" - where she gets to belt out the song and show off her voice - so singing Chaka Khan and Whitney and Donna Summer works for her. I was impressed with her performances tonight (other than the first one).
Next came Bo. He was terrific. His second song, which he sang without any background music - WOW. What a risky move, and it seriously paid off. Hub and I had just said that he didn't have the best voice but that it was his incredible stage presence that carries him...then he sings a capella and his voice sounds AMAZING. His last song, chosen by Paula, wasn't terrific, but that was the song choice and not the singer. He still did great, it just didn't show off his voice properly.
Finally was Carrie. She was terrific as well. As soon as they announced which third song she'd be singing, I knew it was perfect for her. She sounded perfect through all three songs, and even showed a bit of personality during the last song. She will, no doubt, be a successful country singer because she has the voice and the looks for it.
Even the judges seemed quite pleased with the performances. There were no hurtful put-downs by Simon, and I think he might have actually even cracked a smile once or twice.
So what will happen tonight? I think its inevitable that Vonzell will go home tonight. She's good, but just doesn't have the "it" factor that Bo and Carrie have. I think she needs some more vocal training to get better control over her voice, and then she will be phenomenal. Once its down to Bo and Carrie, your guess is as good as mine.