American Idol Top 24 Boys’ Performances

Posted by Angela on March 2nd, 2011

Last night on American Idol, we saw the Top 24 boys battle to make it into the Top 10! Keep in mind that I go into this as someone who hasn’t closely followed American Idol until now.


Clint Jun Gamboa – “Superstition” by Stevie Wonder

Terrible song choice on Clint’s part. Actually, Clint is one of the few people I do remember from what I saw of the Hollywood rounds, mostly because of his glasses and meanness and that sweet cherub Jacee Badeaux. Not a fan of him, mostly because he kicked Jacee out of his group. Also, he can’t dance. I’m hoping he doesn’t make it through.

Jovany Barreto – “I’ll Be” by Edwin McCain

First off, I just want to pronounce his name JO-vuh-nee. And that’s how I will pronounce it. This guy just looks like a male stripper to me; I think it’s because I only remember his abs. I find him boring.

Jordan Dorsey – “OMG” by Usher

I thought I would like Jordan, but this song just isn’t doing him any favors. Bad choice and he was just trying too hard through the performance. I feel like he needs to be more of a John Legend-type singer.

Tim Halperin – “Streetcorner Symphony” by Rob Thomas

Not a great performance, but Tim isn’t bad to look at at all. For that reason alone, I wouldn’t mind him going through. I find him endearingly charming.

Brett Loewenstern – “Light My Fire” by The Doors

I like Brett’s hair, voice, and his awkward charm, but the performance is off to a rocky start. He’s trying too hard to be seductive and it’s just kind of uncomfortable. I’m still a fan though, would be happy to see him go through.

James Durbin – “You’ve Got Another Thing Coming” by Judas Priest

Not a fan of James. He is arguably my least favorite going into this semifinals round. I just find him really douchey and much too cocky for his level of talent (which is fairly low in my opinion). He’s obviously trying to be an Adam Lambert rocker type, but I’m just not a fan. The screeching doesn’t work for me.

Robbie Rosen – “Angel” by Sarah McLaughlin

I thought I’d like Robbie going into this. He has a kind of awkward charm, which I love, but this song was a terrible choice. He just doesn’t have the range for it and it goes pretty miserably. Most disappointing performance, in my opinion.

Scotty McCreery – “Letters From Home” by John Michael Montgomery

Scotty is another contestant that I had a preformed opinion about. I’d only seen a few clips, but I wasn’t really a fan. Then this performance comes along and changes everything. I’m not even a fan of country music, but his voice is just so perfect. I’m just bewildered that such a deep voice can be coming out of this kid. He is great. One of my favorites of the night.

Stefano Langone – “Just the Way You Are” by Bruno Mars

I immediately cringe when Stefano starts singing, not a good sign. He is all over the place and also basically has no stage presence. I find him so uninteresting. Ready to see this guy go.

Paul McDonald – “Maggie May” by Rod Stewart

Paul was one of my favorites going into this. Thankfully, he did not disappoint! I love his quirky charm and smile. Love this guy and love this performance. I’m hoping to see him move on.

Jacob Lusk – “A House is Not a Home” by Dionne Warwick

Jacob has been really hyped up, and honestly, I don’t understand it. There’s no doubt he’s talented, but his voice is so pitchy. I don’t know if it’s that the song is too high for him, but the audience is going crazy and it seems like he’ll be going through.

Casey Abrams – “I Put a Spell On You” by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins

Casey is likable in a quirky way, but I’m not a huge fan of the song choice. I like this guy and hopes he makes it through though.

My Overall Rankings for the Week:
1. Scotty McCreery
2. Paul McDonald
3. Casey Abrams
4. Brett Loewenstern
5. Tim Halperin
6. Jordan Dorsey
7. Stefano Langone
8. Jacob Lusk
9. Jovany Barreto
10. Clint Jun Gamboa
11. Robbie Rosen
12. James Durbin

Not a great night of performances, overall. The only ones I’m really crazy about at this point is Scotty McCreery and Paul McDonald, and it seems like they have a good shot. James Durbin and Jacob Lusk are probably a sure thing too. Who are your favorites?




Category: American Idol, TV recaps