They saved the best singer for last, but the worst group for last too.


Lil Rounds: courtesy of

Lil Rounds: courtesy of


Twenty four have sung so far, and six were chosen by you. Tonight, we hear the last twelve sing to earn a spot, and tomorrow only three of them will go through by American vote. Finally, Thursday we will have the Wild Card night. From what I understand of how the Wild Card works, the judges will decide those three spots to be filled. How they will do that, I don’t know, we’ll see Thursday. Until then, let’s focus on tonight performers.

Up first tonight is Von Smith with “You’re All I Need to Get By” from Marvin Gay. That was a great opening. He was scolded by Cowell for screaming, and during the auditions, that’s one of the few things I remembered about him. Tonight he was much better, and he sang to us, not yelled at us. Good start to the show, we’ll see how it goes.

Then we have Taylor Viafanua singing “If I Ain’t Got You” from Alicia Keys. I was very underimpressed with that performance. She sounds like she has a voice in her, but tonight she did not prove that. Unless the rest of them screw up, she will not see the next round.

Alex Wagner-Trugman is next with “I Guess That’s Why They Call it the Blues” From Elton John. I like this kid. He’s a bit geeky, but I love that about him. He does some odd growling things with his voice. I don’t remember him ever doing that before, and at first it threw me off, but I kind of enjoyed it near the end. Will he make it through to the end? Probably not, but we’ll see.

Next up is Arianna Afsar with “The Winner Takes it All” from ABBA. This girl has got a voice in her. I thought she was off key for the whole song, but she does have a strong voice. These young kids need a lot of work before they make it big. There are quite a few more people to go, so I can’t see her making it either.

Ju’Not Joyner is up singing “Hey There Delilah” from Plain White T’s. I am biased on this performance, because this is one of my all time favorite songs, ever. Anyone that can sing it, even a little good, becomes one of my favorites. This guy, in my opinion, nailed it hard core. I absolutely loved it. We are less than half way through the performances, but I’m calling this kid into the top twelve.

Then we have Kristen McNamara with “Give Me One Reason” from Tracy Chapman. I am biased to this performance too, because Tracy Chapman is one of the greatest artists out there. So, the same reasoning stands for Kristen as it did for Ju’Not. However, I hated that performance. I thought she destroyed the song. Bad version, bad compilation, bad bad bad. Hate her, go away.

After that is Nathaniel Marshall singing “I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)” From Jim Steinman and Meatloaf. I can’t even imagine taking a twelve minute song like this and massacreing it down to a minute and a half. I don’t know how you do that, and I don’t think he did it right. That was horrible. I mean, Meatloaf has such a unique voice, it’s almost impossible to cover him. Not good at all.

Felicia Barton is up with “No One” from Alicia Keys. I thought she did a good job. For being a replacement for disqualified Joanna Pacitti, she really rocked it out pretty well. I was impressed, and I think so far she is the best girl this week.

Then we have Scott MacIntyre singing “Mandolin Rain’ from Bruce Hornsby. I liked this kid during auditions, I liked this kid in Hollywood Week, and I like this kid now. Randy made a point that I have to agree with, when he sings, you can feel his passion. This kid is easily in the top twelve. Either by vote tomorrow, or the Wild Card, he will be there.

Kendall Beard is next with “This One’s For The Girls” from Martina McBride. I thought she was good. It wasn’t great, and at this point, I’m still not seeing a front runner when it comes to the girls tonight. There all good at best. No one has been great yet. I’m hoping for some big things from Lil at the end.

Then there’s Jorge Nunez with “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me” from Elton John. You know, for the obstacles that this kid had to get past, this kid did a great job, however, I think it’s too little too late. The judges did love him, so that could sway the vote of America, but I hope not, because there is better than him.

Closing the show tonight is Lil Rounds singing “Be Without You” from Mary J. Blige. They really saved the best for last. I knew I could count on Lil to nail it hard, and baby, she did. This girls got a voice, and she looks great on top of it. By and far, the best girl of the night, hands down. Absolutely blew the other girls out of the water.

I guess it’s up to America now, but I still have my predictions. This is an easy night for me. Hands down, Lil Rounds for the girls, I’ll give it to Ju’Not for the boys, and I’ll give the third spot to Scott. I will say this though. For me that was an easy pick, however, because of his display, and how the judges were talking about him, there is a chance Jorge will make it, but I don’t think he should. Maybe for the  Wild Card, but not tomorrow.

And speaking of tomorrow…See you then.

The Reverend Statik



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