Melinda Doolittle ranks the ‘American Idol’ Top 12 for HitFix

Editor’s Note: Season 6 favorite Melinda Doolittle is one of the experts in HitFix’s Fantasy American Idol game and throughout the competition, she’ll be providing analysis on this season’s contenders.

Iʼm going to start by saying that this weekʼs Idol theme only served to make me feel old. Seriously…hearing the year 1995 as a birth year almost made me cry.
However, some of these performances snapped me right out of it. So…here it is…my thoughts from top to bottom. Let me know what you think.
Stefano Langone: “If You Donʼt Know Me By Now”
Hands down my favorite performance of the night! His phrasing was SICK! (Thatʼs a good thing) The boy can just flat out sing! Iʼm definitely a fan. I heard the little bobble at the end of his last note and didnʼt even care! Iʼm with Jennifer…I need him to keep singing just like that every single week! Wow!
Casey Abrams: “Smells Like Teen Spirit”
Heʼs crazy and I happen to love it! Itʼs no secret that heʼs my favorite. He did succeed in completely scaring me tonight, though. I love the fact that he doesnʼt care. He goes all the way there with every song he does and I admire that so much. Love Randyʼs assessment…fearless…putting art first and then thinking about commerce. I seriously wanted to destroy something after that performance, so he did his job well. Still a little scared…hehehe…
Pia Toscano: “Where Do Broken Hearts Go”
I have to admit Iʼm a little confused. She has an amazing voice. That has to be said first. My first thought was, “I hope she doesnʼt do another diva ballad.” So, when I heard her song choice, I was a little disappointed…not because she wasnʼt capable, but because I wanted to hear something different. And then, the band came in with that beat. Hmmm…not sure I liked the arrangement, but at least it wasnʼt slow. She sang the living daylights out of it just like it was still a ballad though. Can you tell Iʼm confused?
Scotty McCreery: “Can I Trust You With My Heart”
No doubt about it, this guy is a great country singer. He and This are in the same boat to me, though. I feel like he sings the same song every week. Donʼt get me wrong…he sings it really, really well. Itʼs just the same. I want something different.
Lauren Alaina: “Iʼm The Only One”
Sweet girl was so sick…it totally happens to everyone on the show and itʼs scary. I called my Mommy crying the week I was really sick. She handled it so well. I only heard it a little on the lower notes. She was so focused and great on those high notes. The only thing I was missing out on is her interpretation of the song. She was so happy during it and I wanted her to emote the feeling of the lyrics. I know sheʼs young, but I love it when people connect. Of course, she was probably concentrating really hard on making sure every note came out…so she gets a pass this week. :-)