- CLAY AIKEN
Pretty good; nice song choice, great voice. But he has a musical theatre quality to him I’m not sure works for a pop star. I’d rank his performance 4th on the night. He could get through though.
- CANDICE COLEMAN
Not good enough for this stage. Doesn’t have the voice; she has charisma but no power. Atrocious look - she looks like a nine year old who’s stuffed her shirt to look all grown up.
- REBECCA BOND
Eh. Not great. I might actually mix up a few of the middle ones. Bad song choice.
- JACOB JOHN SMALLEY
Seemed to drop the last name during the show, which would make him the third contestant out of the last 32 to lose his last name. Pretty average; flattened a few notes.
Last name vanished. Pretty good performance; I don’t know why the judges didn’t like her more. Terrible outfit. I rank her third in this group.
- RUBEN STUDDARD
Absolutely Grade-A performance. I don’t think his rap-dog look matches his music, but the guy can sing, he’s got charisma, and he knows how to perform. I love him. Best performance of the show. He performs like a professional.
- KIMBERLEY LOCKE
A very close second to Ruben, and tomorrow I might think she was better. Magnificent voice, great take on her song. Fantastic in every way.
- JENNIFER FUENTES
Bad song choice and hugely outclassed by Ruben and Kimberley.
- Ruben Studdard
- Kimberley Locke
Honorable Mentions: Clay Aiken and Hadas
Ruben and Kimberley were way, way better than ANYONE up to this point, including all eight of last week’s contestants. I thought they blew their field away, and it’ll be a disgrace if they don’t advance. If either doesn’t get the votes, they’ll be a wild card.