Big changes are afoot on American Idol Season 10. Dark horses are making a big push to be noticed and some of the early favorites need to pick up their games. On Wednesday night, Stefano Langone, who had to sing for his life in the wild card round, took the night with his updating of the soul classic “If You Don’t Know Me By Now.” Early favorite Scott McCreery and rocker James Durbin continued to reveal shades of their skills with solid performances of smart song choices. Casey Abrams‘ health and Jacob Lusk’s oversinging pushed them to the middle of the pack.
So sad for American Idol. After three male winners in a row, the top five spots in American Idol Season 10 power rankings go to guys. Have you noticed that their have been no guys at risk so far? It looks like it is up to Pia Toscano or Lauren Alaina to push through this bevy of future male pop stars.
American Idol Season 10 Top 11 Power Rankings
- James Durbin- I am coming to believe that James Durbin is the best singer on American Idol Season 10. As he avoids the heavy metal rocks songs he loves so much, he continues to demonstrate a range and personality in his voice that all of us had doubted. Listen to him sing in the group numbers, it is effortless. As I watched the recording of Wednesday night’s performance it seemed to me that his singing is so natural that he can focus all of energies on his performances.
- Scott McCreery- He is the most popular among the live audiences, in the voting estimates and in page views on the Internet. Scott McCreery is the guy in school who everyone followed and who was equally nice to the jocks, stoners and geeks alike. The guy is just likable and we will surprised if he does not win American Idol Season 10. He is also a very good singer, with a unique style, an easy stage personality and enough self assurance to cause Jimmy Iovine to back track on some comments he had made in the previous week.
- Stefano Langone- He has a great sense of song which enables him to personalize and update songs while respecting the original. This is the second time in three weeks that he has stolen the show. Stefano has a chance to rival Scott for American Idol Season 10 heart throb and he rivals the best performers of this season.
- Casey Abrams- It was obvious that Casey was unable to fully work through his interpretation of “Smells By Teen Spirit” before Wednesday night’s performance. Casey is a brilliant and thrilling interpreter of song. Can his health hold up to rigors of American Idol?
- Jacob Lusk- Jacob is a once in a generation kind of singer. Each of the last three weeks he has shown flashes of his vocal and interpretive brilliance, the kind that makes the hair on your neck stand up. However, that brilliance has been wrapped in pitch problems and unnecessary screaming. Jacob needs to dial back his histrionics and show some subtlety, or he will not fulfill his American Idol destiny.
- Lauren Alaina- She did not come back as strongly as I thought she would after the previous week’s lazy performance, but she did start the road back. To be fair, she was working with the flu so her energy level was a little down. For Lauren that brings her personality down to the rest of us. Lauren will continue to grow throughout American Idol Season 10. We are going to be privileged to watch this little Georgia cheerleader grow into a professional musician. It is clear that she has the personality, self-confidence and drive to make that happen.
- Pia Toscano- You gotta give Pia Toscano credit. She is fearless. After Chrissie Hynde and Mariah Carey, last week she took on Whitney Houston. Once again she proved that she can sing with the best of them. However, the rhythm ate her up. She seemed uncomfortable and wooden. Pia Toscano is a Top 5 contender but she needs to prove she can sing more than ballads.
- Hayley Reinhart- The judges did not give her much love but I thought her performance was marvelous. We agree that Hayley does need to declare her musical style more clearly. I think America is confused and have expressed that confusion by sending Hayley to the bottom 3 each of the last two weeks. She needs a defining performance this week or we could lose one of the most talented singers in American Idol Season 10.
- Paul MacDonald- “I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues” forced Paul to sing with more range and expression than anytime in this season. While his illness caused him to miss a few notes, it was encouraging to hear him work outside his tight mannerisms.
- Thia Megia- Another song sang beautifully by a young lady with a beautiful voice who is probably not mature enough yet to have the emotional expressiveness necessary to compete with these guys.
- Naima Adedapo- Just the opposite of Thia, Naima Adedapo is all personality and risk and excitement but she has not been able put together a song on key.
This is the week that the touring company is solidified. Can Naima, Thia and Hayley do enough to take the next step in American Idols Season 10? Join us Wednesday night as we live blog the Top 11 performances of songs from Motown.