Bring it on!: Which 6 ladies will make the final cut on ‘Idol’?

Didi Benami, Siobhan Magnus, Katie Stevens, Lacey Brown, Paige Miles, Lilly Scott, Katelyn Epperly, and Crystal Bowersox are all fighting for spots in the top 12 in 'American Idol''s ninth season.

This week is one of a couple of crucial weeks during the American Idol season – it is the week where the playing field will be narrowed down to 12 finalists (6 girls and 6 boys) to compete for one of the top titles in TV franchise history. Tonight, the 8 girls left in the competition performed. Leaders of the pack shined bright, one or two got knocked down half a notch, and others just fell flat on their pretty faces.

As one of the hugest Idol junkies since season 4, I admit that I haven’t really been eying this season very closely, but I have watched a couple of episodes and I know who the general favorites among the fandom are.

Ah. Writing these recaps feels like season 8.

Katie Stevens is up first with Kelly Clarkson’s “Breakaway.” Oh no, the Kelly stans on my Twitter feed are freaking out! But I too, am thinking, “NO GIRL NO!!” Still, I’ve enjoyed what I’ve seen from Katie in the past. She has a very strong and beautiful voice. However, she’s also generic, mostly there for her looks, innocence, and big voice. She sucks on this song. I think that Simon is going to tell her that she sucks too but he continues with “out all the energy.” Boo you whore. Katie then tells Ryan Seacrest that she was 8 when Kelly won the show. I was 14. I feel ancient now.

Siobhan Magnus‘ song is “House of the Rising Sun” and she talks about how her dad used to sing it. I am suddenly reminded of my own karaoke-obsessed parents (Typical Filipinos). She starts out a capella under a spotlight and on a dimly lit stage. There’s a very haunting quality to her voice and performance. I like it! She’s really pretty too. Definitely a star in this bunch.

Lacey Brown takes the stage next. The judges flail all over her performance saying it was the best they’ve seen from her, but I am too busy looking at a picture of Ryan Reynolds. My ears were working fine though and I heard nothing special. She doesn’t do it for me. NEXT.

Katelyn Epperly has poofy hair. I feel like putting my hands to it to deflate that ‘do. She’s jamming out on her piano to “I Feel the Earth Move.” I love this girl! Given that she didn’t exactly sing the song well, she still has a very good voice and she can work those keys. I dig it. The judges do not. I still think she was better than at least a couple of people who performed before her.

Didi Benami sings a Fleetwood Mac song and has her guitar with her. She apparently didn’t perform with her guitar up until this point in the semi-finals, and her guitar was something that helped her a lot among the judges and with fans in the earlier rounds. She is beautiful, in her presence, in her singing, in her guitar playing, and in her performance. I am totally fawning over her. I love how unique her voice is and how much emotion she’s putting into her performance. The judges are giving her great and very well-deserved praise! Go Didi!

Paige Miles follows with “Smile” by Charlie Chaplin. I’m nervous for her because I LOVE this song. She appears to be nervous too. She’s cracking all over the place. This is awful. I’m sad because I want to like her – I liked her the first week! But she’s butchering this song. Just because you’re a Michael Jackson fan doesn’t mean you should cover a song if you can’t sing it well. Sorry, girl.

Last week’s media queen (Due to the media making a big deal out of her complications with diabetes for causing a switcheroo in last week’s performance nights) Crystal Bowersox sings “Give Me One Reason” by Tracy Chapman. She picks an excellent song and performs it excellently. The judges just love her too, huh? It feels a little excessive but she can really work that stage, so I can’t totally complain. Another strong performance from Crystal and one of the best of the night!

Lilly Scott closes out the night with a Patsy Cline tune. I just see her going through the motions, and I’m not really caring because the show’s almost over and I want to get on with my life. I like her though – she’s cute, quirky, and a breath of fresh air. Not sure if I’m liking this performance as when I saw her the first week, but she totally deserves a top 12 spot.

Favorite performers of the night: Didi and Crystal
Least favorite: Paige
Who should go home: Any combination of Lacey, Katie, or Paige – I personally don’t care
Who will go home: Paige and Lacey

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