Let's face it: Haley Reinhart never stood a chance. She's been in the bottom three both weeks so far and she doesn't seem to have clicked with judges or the audience. Given her white soul mama persona, Wednesday night's (March 23) Motown theme should have been right up her alley. She picked a good song, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles' "You Really Got a Hold on Me," but the combination of her neck rolls, off-putting growling and shouty Holiday Inn lounge performance didn't do her any favors.
She seems poised to continue the steady march of female singers off the season 10 stage (goodbye Ashthon Jones and Karen Rodriguez, we hardly knew ye) on Thursday night's (March 24) results show after another tepid attempt. And the black shorts? Forget about it, that was just all wrong!
Once again, I'm totally on the same page as MJ's Big Blog editor MJ Santilli, who agreed that a girl would leave tonight and that girl will be Reinhart. "Despite taking a page out of the Haley Scarnato book of 'Idol' plays, it's too late for even those impossibly high heels and short shorts to save her," Santilli said of the unfortunate outfit. "Haley picked the right song and employed some impressive licks and growls throughout the performance, but I think the improvements over the past couple of weeks are too little too late."
Santilli thinks that teen Thia Megia and Naima Adedapo would be in the bottom three as well this week (even despite Adedapo's energetic African dance breakdown). "Naima is the most entertaining of all the girls — including the pitch-perfect but snoozy Pia Toscano — so I hope she's safe for the tour," she said. "Naima's addition of crazed African dancing to her version of the classic 'Dancing in the Streets' may have been a bit over the top for some viewers."
Also forecasting Reinhart's final walk of shame is MTV's own "Idol" expert Jim Cantiello. "Let's all yodel in solidarity for Haley's impending elimination," he said. "According to the judges, she's been flopping around on stage like a dead fish for weeks. (For the record, I've been a big fan of her growly vocals and intense performance style.) But she's been in the bottom three since the live shows began, so tragically, she hasn't connected with 'Idol' viewers.??"
Jim thought smoothie Stefano Langone might also make his inaugural bottom three appearance after his drippy cover of Lionel Richie's "Hello." Considering he was already a wild card, did Langone use up his good karma on Wednesday night?
Village Voice music critic Maura Johnston disagreed, predicting that teen Thia Megia would be this week's victim after her lukewarm take on Martha and the Vandellas' "Heatwave" came up short. "Thia is just completely unable to connect to any of the material she's chosen," said Johnston. "She needs to get kicked off, which would allow her to go out and live and get her heart broken and realize that always smiling is not a way to go through life."
Though she also thought Megia was sleepy, Santilli said it might not be her time to go because she has a robust online following. Cantiello feared Adedapo hasn't built up enough of a following to survive despite a good performance and might be in the bottom three, along with either Megia or fellow teen Lauren Alaina, whose vocals drifted out of his head moments after they left the stage.
To recap, here's my prediction for the bottom three. Let us know your predictions in the comments below.
Gil Kaufman: Haley Reinhart (Out), Naima Adedapo, Stefano Langone
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