American Idol Season 9 Top 8 Girls Live Blog

American Idol Season 9 continues on with tonight’s performances by the Top 8 girls.  Christian music artists Didi Benami and Lacey Brown are joined by Siobhan Magnus, Lilly Scott, Paige Miles, Katie Stevens, Katelyn Epperly and Crystal Bowersox.  The American Idol Season 9 Top 8 guys perform tomorrow night and the results show will be on Thursday night.  The difference this week is that the performances are one hour.

One21music covers the Christian music artists competing on American Idol Season 9 and I am concerned that we may lose our last two Christian music girls this week.  It will take a miracle for Lacey Brown to survive becasue she has given two weak performances and she has not established her identity as an artist.  Didi Benami is on shaky ground in this strong group of girls.  Didi Benami needs a defining performance tonight.

Just in case you missed it, I predicted a winner. Check out why I think Katelyn Epperly will win American Idol Season 9.

Let’s see how the Top 8 girls perform songs from the Billboard Top 100 (essentially everything ever recorded).

We are live and we need to move.  Eight performances in one hour and Ryan is talking very fast.  Let’s jump right in.

First up singing Kelly Clarkson’s “Breakaway” is Katie Stevens and she is struggling.  What has happened to her?  She sounds pretty flat.  She seems to be engulfed by the song.  I don’t know, she may be in trouble.  Randy is right that her performance paled in comparison.  Ellen is right that we did not feel the performance.  Kara says Katie doesn’t know who she is. Simon says she has not worked out what type of artist she wants to be. Katie will be one of the contestants on the bubble Thursday.

Siobhan Magnus will sing “House of The Rising Sun” by The Animals. This should be perfect for her voice.  Starting off acapela is a little different, takes some of the punch from the tune.  Her tone is great, but she oversings in places.  Solid performance from Siobhan but nothing spectacular.  Randy loved it, Ellen was moved, Kara think sit was brilliant but Simon thought it was weird.  He doesn’t think she was very creative with the song.

Brandi Carlisle’s “The Story” from Lacey Brown.  If she can pull it off she will put herself back in the competition.  I don’t know how to interpret her voice.  It sounds off key to me but I think it is her tone.  This is the third straight somber performance.  I think this was the best of the night so far.  The performance was quiet but mesmerizing.  Ellen and Randy thought it was her best of the year.  Kara says this was the type of performance that got her to the Top 16.  Simon loved the singing, called it a great radio performance.

Katelyn Epperly is up next singing Carol King’s “I Feel The Earth Move” and I think this is a mistake.  Performing stand-up behind the piano and it takes away from her performance.  I don’t think this is great.  It is a little too poppy for her.  This is Katelyn’s first stumble. That was empty. Randy pegged it, no connection to the song. Ellen is right, it wasn’t enough.  Kara says Katelyn was going through the motions.  Simon calls it request night at a restaurant.  Great, I predict she will win and she takes the night off.

Halfway through the night and no one has set the bar.  America must be confused.

And we fly through the last half of the show.  Didi Benami with guitar singing Fleetwood Mac’s “Rhiannon.”  I think Didi may be finding herself with this contestant killing song.  She has an off beat take on the song, with a twisted pace and some beautiful singing.  Great performance.  Didi is back.  Of course, Randy was not crazy about it.  Ellen says yesindidi, Didi.  Kara says it was one of her favorite moments of the season, saying she made an impossible song choice her own.  Simon agress with Kara saying it was head and shoulders above anything else tonight.  Didi sings to fight another week!

Paige Miles takes a leap in song choice with Charlie Chaplin’s “Smile”.  She should stick with the rock.  Her tone does not fit this song, she wavers with the pitch and she tries to do too much with the song.  I think she missed any connection with the song.  Randy says it did not work at all and Ellen called it sad and heavy.  Kara and Simon agree with the others.  The judges seem upset about the performance.  Paige may have slipped out of the competition tonight.

So far, Christian music artists Lacey Brown and Didi Benami have given the best performances.  They may have saved their season tonight.

Crystal Bowersox is sporting the electric guitar performing “Give Me One Reason” by Traci Chapman.  Wifey says it is a good song for her but does it tell us anything new about Crystal Bowersox? Of course she slays the song with that huge voice. Boy, Crystal Bowersox can really sing.  It is not even fair.  This song tells us Crystal can really, really sing. Randy loved it as did Ellen.  Kara says she knows who she is.  Simon says she is the most improved artist and calls her the one to beat.

What are we gonna do!  The DVR can’t manage American Idol, Lost, Glee, Parenthood and The Good Wife.  Who do we sacrifice?

Lilly Scott closes the evening with “I Fall To Pieces” by Patsy Cline.  This whole off note, atonal style is getting tired.  This is not the song to sing this way.  It is almost like she is afraid of the song.  This just does not work.  Did I hear a different performance?  The judges loved it.  Sorry guys I cannot agree.

Crystal, Didi and Lacey took the night.  Katie, Katelyn, Lilly and Paige stumbled.  I think Paige and Katie are in big trouble.

See you tomorrow night.


  1. Jim Richardson says:

    This will be the first time without a balck woman in the top 12 if Paige goes. Siobhan is my darkhorse to win..did you hear she is the niece of Stryper’s new bass player Tracy Ferrie?

  2. rebecca says:

    Thank you!

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