Idol Girls Sing for Their Lives – American Idol 4 Recap – Episode 17
By Diana Kaaha
It’s the last chance for the remaining eight girls to fight for a spot in the final top twelve. So far, all signs point towards eliminating Janay, Mikalah and possibly Lindsey – that is my prediction. But once again, stay tuned and decide for yourself.
As with last night’s Zodiac enhanced show, we learn the girls’ star signs. Strangely enough, all but one Scorpio girl has a different astrological origin than the guys. What this means is a mystery that may unfold when the final Idol is chosen. Or not.
With the guys in the audience ready to cheer, the girls in the Red room waiting to sing, and the judges ready to comment, the show begins with Ryan addressing Simon. “Do you have any advice for the girls tonight?” Simon tells him, “It’s a little late, the show starts in a few seconds.” But then he adds, “Be good…it’s not the week to go…everyone is so close.” With those “Simonesque” words, lady’s night begins.
First up is Amanda Avila, a self-described versatile and indecisive Gemini, wearing a pretty black lace and pink bustier with black pants. She sings the Tina Turner song “River Deep, Mountain High,” as the guys whistle and cheer. Randy tells her, “I thought it was good…tough song…not the bomb.” Paula says, “It was good…you have a chance to stay in the top twelve.” Simon does not agree with Paula, but he does agree with Randy. He comments that she didn’t live up to Tina Turner, adding that she “looks good” but “sounds average.”
Last up is Scorpio Jessica Sierra, dressed in black shiny boots, jeans, and a beautiful designer velvet jacket and bust-enhancing top to match. She sings, “The Boys are back in Town,” rocking out with her amazing deep voice. Randy enthusiastically tells her, “Ah Yah! I love the blues, soul, country thing that you do. once again, one of the best performances of the night.” Paula says, “I agree. You found your niche. Bring that on!” Simon adds, “With that outfit you couldn't have sung a better song.” He was referring to her busting out cleavage. But Jessica does not catch on and Ryan has to tell her he will explain later.
Then it’s time for Carrie Underwood, a Pisces who loves to fish but always throws them back. She wears a slightly too big peach and silver slip top with simple black pants. She nervously sings, “Because You Love Me,” with the support of the guys who stand up and clap for her. Randy tells her, “You are probably one of the best female singers…a little pitchy…nervous….not your best…but I’m a fan of your voice.” Paula says, “I agree with Randy. What’s lacking is you need to get back to that happy go lucky Carrie. The spark is missing.” Simon adds, “I predicted you would be a finalist, and I’m usually right.” He seems at a loss for words, and then continues. “Your looking a bit old fashioned. You still sound fantastic…you’ll be voted through.”
Next up is Vonzell Solomon, who describes herself as a very imaginative Pisces. Keeping that in mind, she is dressed in a white cowboy hat and fringy white cowboy boots, with jeans and denim half-jacket over a white top. She sings “Respect,” adding her personal style to the performance. Randy tells her, “Your back. You’re having fun. Not your best, but I saw a glimpse.” Paula says, “You have great spirit. You take risks. You have fun out there.” Simon can’t help but comment on Vonzell’s outfit. “All were missing is a cow and a lasso. What are you wearing? I don’t know what you are trying to be.” Randy chimes in, “A singer.” Simon comments back, “That’s debatable.” Then Vonzell tells him that her daddy bought the outfit for her. Simon lets it be and adds, “Okay performance.”
Next to sing is Nadia Turner, who sees herself as an eccentric, ambitious, go-getter Capricorn. She dresses in a black top and short black and pink funky skirt that befits her personality. She gets down and rocks out as she sings, “Try a Little Tenderness,” inspiring the audience to stand up. Randy tells her, “I love watching you! I love the outfit! Definitely got the star potential…I’m feeing you!” Paula says, “You’ve got the knack of picking the right song. You’ve got the ‘it’ factor…’X’ factor.” Randy agrees. Simon adds, “Amazing…like a young Tina Turner! You took a risk…without question your best performance so far.”
Singing next is Aquarious Lindsey Cardinale, wearing a blue top over flared back Capri’s. She sings, “I Don't Want to Miss a Thing,” in her smoky way. Randy tells her, “Wow! You came back…that husky, smoky voice returned…not the bomb…it was alright.” Paula says, “I’m a fan of your voice, but not a fan of the songs you’ve picked.” Simon adds, “You are the musical equivalent of Ryan Seacrest. You look the part, but something’s missing.” This entices Ryan to throw a glass of water on Simon.
Next to perform is Capricorn Mikalah Gordon, wearing all black and looking rather plain. She sings “Somewhere” in her deep voice, but this time she appears to be repressing a yawn. Randy tells her, “Another interesting song choice. Started shaky…but I love that you’re a risk taker.” Paula says, “You love Barbara Streisand, don’t you?” Mikalah nods. Paula continues, “You nailed it towards the end…you go for it.” Simon bluntly adds, “The first part was hideous…like a sleeping pill. It’s like you’ve gone into an aging machine. You’re losing what we liked about you in the beginning…boring.”
Last up is Scorpio Jessica Sierra, dressed in black shiny boots, jeans, and a beautiful designer velvet jacket and bust-enhancing top to match. She sings, “The Boys are back in Town,” rocking out with her amazing deep voice. Randy enthusiastically tells her, “Ah Yah! I love the blues, soul, country thing that you do. once again, one of the best performances of the night.” Paula says, “I agree. You found your niche. Bring that on!” Simon adds, “ With that outfit you couldn’t have worn a better song.” He was referring to her busting out cleavage. But Jessica does not catch on and Ryan has to tell her he will explain later.
Elimination Predictions: Janay Castine, Mikalah Gordon, or possibly Lindsey Cardinale.
Check back after Wednesday night’s eliminations to see if I’m right.