Idol Leaderboard: Vote to Rank the Top 11!
Attention, Idoloonies: We’re a little more than 48 hours away from finalizing the Idol Summer Tour lineup! Before that happens, though, American Idol‘s Season 10 Top 11 will take the stage tonight to tackle the threadbare Motown theme. Check out my latest rankings, then head to our Leaderboard Poll to vote for your favorite, and hit the comments to justify your pick.
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11. Jacob Lusk (Last Week No. 11) | With little-to-no constructive criticism for back-to-back caterwauling catastrophes on “I Believe I Can Fly” and “Alone,” will Emperor Lusky Stank show up stark raving naked again this week?
10. Thia Megia (Last Week No. 10) | Pretty voice and great hair, but hasn’t shown the slightest hint of creativity or true artistic passion. Can she make the tour being the distant second-best high-school diva in the competition? (Lisa Tucker did.)
9. Naima Adedapo (Last Week No. 6) | One powerful “For All We Know”-style vocal away from reminding us she’s a real contender, but one tragique “What’s Love Got to Do With It” mess away from instant elimination.
8. Haley Reinhart (Last Week No. 9) | Tends to sing everything like a slurry come-on, but she’s usually in pitch, and her upbeat demeanor in the face of back-to-back bottom-three appearances (and unflattering producer edits) may be leading to a quiet buildup of fan support.
7. Paul McDonald (Last Week No. 8) | Time to pick up the guitar, quit the wacky hoo-hoo dancing, and remind us why we fell for his quietly stunning “Blackbird” back in Vegas.
6. Lauren Alaina (Last Week No. 7) | Definitely possesses the vocal chops to vie for the season 10 crown — “I’m the Only One” was solid, and even contained some interesting riffs on the melody — but needs to throw some gasoline on the inner fire, and immediately put the kibosh on her overly cutesy interview antics before early adopters hurl themselves from her bandwagon.
5. Casey Abrams (Last Week No. 1) | Has shown very little variety in three live performances, showcasing copious amounts of growl but little of the winning melodic sensibility he showed in Hollywood Week on “Georgia on My Mind.” Needs a reversal of that trend — stat!
4. James Durbin (Last Week No. 5) | One of the season’s more consistent vocalists, but his tepid Top 12 “I’ll Be There for You” was a bit of a comedown from rockin’ “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’” and heartfelt, strongly sung “Maybe I’m Amazed.” Must approach every performance like it’s his last.
3. Scotty McCreery (Last Week No. 3) | Has been as consistent in his live performances as Steven Tyler has been overly kind in his judging. Can’t fault his commitment to his country roots, but a little variety in tone and tempo will eventually be necessary if he wants a confetti shower at the Kodak in May.
2. Pia Toscano (Last Week No. 2) | Kinda, sorta mixed up her Big Diva Ballad repertoire by adding a disco-y backbeat to “Where Do Broken Hearts Go.” Still, while season 10′s female front-runner has left few doubts about her vocal prowess, she’ll need to emphasize creativity and currentness to maintain what looks like an inevitable march toward the top 5.
1. Stefano Langone (Last Week No. 4) | Needed a wild card to crack the finals, but his cover of Smokie Norful’s “I Need You Now” still stands as the best of season 10, and his “If You Don’t Know Me By Now” dominated the competition for Top 12 week. Slight edge going into Motown in what remains a closely matched field.
Okay, TVLine readers, it’s your turn. Vote for your favorite in our Idol Leaderboard poll, then post your personal ranking for the Top 11 — and tell me where I got it right, and where I got it wrong — in the comments. Ready, set, prognosticate!