It’s probably not fair to compare Naima to this week’s unfortunate YouTube sensation, but she’s had two less than desirable performances in a row. It’s time for her to say her goodbyes!
The Top 12 American Idol contestants sang songs from the years they were born March 16 and as usual, some soared above the competition, while others tanked. However, no one stuck out as being quite as weak as “exotic flower” Naima Adedapo.
The 26-year-old Illinois-native sang Tina Turner‘s “What’s Love Got To Do With It?” and failed to impress any of the judges — and most of the in-studio audience as well.
The normally super sweet Jennifer Lopez got honest with Naima, telling her she gave her a pass last week when she destroyed “Umbrella,” but Naima was pitchy this week too. Randy Jackson agreed, saying her “vocals were all over the place.”
You can tell how much Naima –who has a husband and two little kids at home — has worked to get to this point, so it was heart wrenching to see her so disappointed in herself.
Enough about the sad times though — there were six performances tonight that blew me out of the water.
1. Stefano Langone‘s cover of “If You Don’t Know Me By Now” was the highlight of the night for me. I finally understand why J. Lo has always sung his praises; now he’s a front runner now in my mind.
2. Pia Toscano sang Whitney Houston‘s “Where Do Broken Hearts Go” and killed it, per usual. We’re coming to expect nothing less from this 22-year-old beauty.
3. Scotty McCreery sang “Can I Trust You With My Heart,” which isn’t a song with which I’m familiar. Nevertheless, I can’t trust the 17-year-old country crooner with MY heart. He steals it every time he steps foot on that stage. His charisma and quiet confidence is refreshing.
4. James Durbin is no Adam Lambert, but I love the rocker vibe he brings to the show this season. His cover of Bon Jovi‘s “I’ll Be There For You” was a treat to witness in person. (And Kate Hudson was quite the fan. I watched her clap enthusiastically for James more than anyone else!)
5. Although Nirvana isn’t my cup of tea, Casey Abrams was definitely one of the strongest acts of the night (like always). Steven Tyler and Randy raved about the 19-year-old musical genius‘ performance, but J. Lo complained he wasn’t as pleasant as usual. I was on her level — but Casey still rocks my world.
6. Randy said it best: Lauren Alaina is back! Despite having the flu, my favorite little Georgia peach rose to the occasion with her “I’m The Only One” cover. Can she please sing Melissa Etheridge every week? Love it.
Side note: Not only was this the first live performance show of the season, but the Idols had quite the A-list crowd sitting in the audience watching them. Celebrities in house included Pat Sajak; Kate Hudson, her son, Ryder and BF Matthew Bellamy; Twilight‘s Nikki Reed; So You Think You Can Dance judge Mary Murphy and Marc Anthony.
I predict the top six performers I listed from this week will be our final six standing at the end of the season. What do YOU think? Who has your vote to win and most importantly, who’s getting the boot tomorrow? Sound off below!