"I didn't sing it to sound good. I sang it to show what I felt," said a defiant Paige, in response to the judges’ assessment of last week’s woeful version of Britney Spears’ “Everytime.” My, what an interesting strategy!
Request List: Jody Watley’s “I’m Looking for a New Love”
7. CeCe Frey
(Last week No. 9)
Keeps covering artists — Celine Dion, Bette Midler — with voices twice the size of hers. Sympathy votes can only carry the once-spunky postal worker so far. Request List: Samantha Fox’s “Naughty Girls Need Love Too”
6. Tate Stevens
(Last week No. 5)
Okay, so he ranked second in viewer votes despite being saddled with the opening-show “death spot” last week. But perhaps Tate’s continued popularity over the past few weeks will create a sense of voter complacency? And that, combined with ho-hum numbers like “I’m Already There” could make him eligible to be this year’s shock boot.
Request List: Reba McEntire’s “You Lie”
(Last week No. 4)
They’ve got charisma and plenty of energy, which in this strange season is almost enough to make up for their nasal, not entirely consistent vocals. “Secrets” showed a more somber side, so hopefully they’ll get back on the bro-party train this week.
Request List: Daniel Bedingfield’s “Gotta Get Through This”
4. Diamond White
(Last week No. 7)
Gave one of the season’s best performance with a pre-Thanksgiving cover of “Because You Loved Me,” but could do no better than fifth in viewer votes. Certainly she’s been far more consistent than older rivals CeCe and Paige, though, and if she can keep the momentum moving in the right direction, she could be a major threat to the perceived Carly Rose victory march.
Request List: Pink’s “Get the Party Started”
3. Vino Alan
(Last week No. 3)
Perennially ranked at No. 3 on the show’s official voting tally, which isn’t a surprise, considering the tattooed dude has been ultra-consistent vocally. “God Bless the USA” was a wee bit hammy, but nevertheless fit in his gruff-guy-with-gooey-interior story arc. Would be nice to hear him cover something current this week though, no?
Request List: Adele’s “Skyfall”
2. Fifth Harmony
(Last week No. 2)
They’ve been stuck in ballad ghetto since Top 20 week — which might explain their scary-low No. 7 ranking last week — so it’s definitely time for a tempo change. Nevertheless, the one thing that’s not in question is this quintet’s raw vocal ability. With the right mentoring, they could truly succeed — in the competition and in real life.
Request List: Backstreet Boys’ “Quit Playing Games With My Heart”
1. Carly Rose Sonenclar
(Last week No. 1)
She may not be the most emotionally connected singer, but Carly Rose’s monster voice, pitch perfection, and soft-spoken persona have made her the act to beat in Season 2. “Over the Rainbow” was her third straight ballad, though, so it might be time to go upbeat or at least midtempo this week.
Request List: TLC’s “Unpretty”
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