Life as an Extreme Sport

American Idol, Top 24 Gals, Week 1

Unlike the guys, there isn’t a clear division of the awesome and the not for the women. Well, there is, it’s just that only three stand out strong, as opposed to a much clearer delineation for the guys. That said, apparently the girls are, almost as a whole, fighting off the flu, which could have certainly accounted for why so many of them sounded awful this week.

Top Three: Ramiele Malubay, Brooke White, Alaina Whitacker
Bottom Three: Joanne Borgella, Amy Davis, Kady Malloy (for the bad attitude alone!)
Top 6 prediction*: Ramiele Malubay, Syesha Mercado, Brooke White, Alaina Whitacker Carly Smithson, Asia’h Epperson
Going home: Joanne Borgella, Amy Davis

* I want to note that this is not nearly so clear for the women as it is the guys; there are four people competing for two spots, and who’ll get those two spots (Asia’h, Alexandrea, Carly, or Amanda) is going to depend on their next performances.

American Idol, Top 24 Guys, Week 1

American Idol has started back up; I actually started watching last week, during Hollywood week. Now we’re in the top 24, and it’s time to get my predicting hat on (let’s see how well theory holds up to practice). I’ll skip the long recaps at the moment, because I think the manipulations become more interesting when it’s down to the top 12. I will, however, note that we’ve had one contestant pull the dead relative card already – Jason Yeager – and I suspect that will backfire for him. And it’s also worth noting the difference between successfully sassing a judge (Danny Noriega double-snapped Simon most awesomely, and even Simon laughed at it for what it was) and just looking like an argumentative ass (Chikezie). People should remember to skip the sass and backtalk unless they’re really good at improv.

Also – I’m not fond of assigning theme weeks so early; everyone had to do a 60s song, and I really liked the free and random spirit of past season’s top 24. You never knew what you were going to get, and it was delightful for the unexpected. That said, I do think it was a way to prevent the contestants from shooting themselves in the foot by picking an obscure song. (Well, that and the fact that with the music now being available next day for iTunes download, I’m sure licensing became more tricky – I’m actually convinced this is the reason for the narrow selection.)

That said, here’s my take on it so far:
Top Three: Robbie Carrico, David Archuleta, Michael Oz
Bottom Three: Chikezie, Jason Yeager, Colton Berry
Top 6 predictions: David Cook, Robbie Carrico, David Archuleta, Danny Noriega, Jason Castro, Michael Oz
Going home: Jason Yeager, Luke Menard

Joe R over at TWoP thinks Like and Garrett are going home Thursday.