It's the top 36 this year. Tonight, we have 12 performing. Now, Ryan explained the new rules to us, and boy was it confusing the way he said it. So to break it down a bit more simply, I think, he said the top boy and top girl of the night will go through. Then the next highest rated person, guy or girl will make it through to the top 12 as well. That brings it to 9 contestants. The final 3 contestants will then be chosen in a wild-card night. I hope that helps. The next change is they have the parents or spouses in the red room to discuss further how they think they did. Not the best idea, but I guess it works. So how did they do? Let's watch together.
Jackie Tohn opened with A Little Less Conversation by Elvis. I love her voice, but I just hated that rendition. I think she could have chosen a much better way of singing it. On top of that, I was not feeling the halter with the spandex and sneakers. Yes, she was entertaining, as the judges said, but let's see if it's enough.
Ricky Braddy is next with A Song For You by Leon Russell. I thought he did a great job. It's so hard to do a slow song on this show. For some reason, most either can not pull them off, or the audience just doesn't get into it. Ricky hit it home. His voice was amazing, and it doesn't hurt that he is a pretty man. Unfortunately, as Paula pointed out, he wasn't featured through the audition stages, and from past experiences, they don't go far. Also, unfortunately, he is against my boy Danny, so he is definitely not going to be the highest voted boy. I say it is so.
Alexis Grace comes at us with Never Loved a Man from Aretha Franklin. You know, for a white girl, she got some soul. I totally fell for this woman, as of right now. It's going to be a tough job topping that performance, and I will be shocked if she doesn't make it through. I loved her hair too.
After a video mess up (gotta love live TV), Brent Keith got to sing Hicktown by Jason Aldean. I thought he did a good job. I don't think he was as good as Ricky, but he did a good job. I also don't think it was good enough.
Stevie Wright goes next with You Belong With Me by Taylor Swift. I thought she started out off key, but she kinda got back on key as she got into the song. Was it enough? I don't think so. I liked this girl in the auditions and Hollywood Week, but tonight she dropped the ball.
Next up is Anoop Desai singing Angel of Mine from Monica. This kid can really sing. He did an amazing performance, but yet, I still don't think it was as good as Ricky, at this point in the show.
Then we have Casey Carlson doing Every Little Thing She Does is Magic by The Police. I was actually bored with this performance. She could sing, but she just has no stage personality. She will clearly not make it through this round.
Having to follow that was Michael Sarver with I Don't Want To Be by Gavin DeGraw. This is actually one of my favorite songs, and he did such a cheesy version of it. It was bland and the smiling was just over dramatic. I really like this guy too. Maybe he'll be better in the Wild Card round.
Ann Marie Boskovich is singing (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman from Aretha Franklin. Aretha is a hard performer to cover, and I thought she did a good job. Could she have been better? Well, yeah, but it's hard to do an Aretha song and not come across as being able to do better. Good, but not nearly good enough to make it through.
Stephen Fowler is next with Rock With You from Michael Jackson. Much better than his final performance at Hollywood Week, but not quite good enough for him. Again, I guess he sang it well, but I honestly didn't like it.
Next up is the moment I was dreading the moment I found out who the top 36 were. Yes, next we have Tatiana Del Toro, and she is singing Saving All My Love For You from Whitney Houston. I hate this so much. I hate it, I hate it, I hate it. This girl has one of the most annoying personalities in the world. I can not stand this girl at all, but she did a good job. I want her to go away as soon as possible, but she did a decent job. Still not good enough to make it through.
Saving the best for last, we have my boy Danny Gokey closing the show with Hero from Mariah Carey. If this dude does not make it to the end of the show, I will be supremely surprised. Best of the night, best of them all. It is officially his competition to lose.
Overall a decent night. Not the best, but pretty good. My prediction is Danny Gokey for the guys, Alexis Grace for the girls, and the runner up to make it through is Ricky Braddy. I guess we wait till tomorrow to find out if I'm right.