Last night was exactly what Simon Cowell said, possibly the most important night in the careers of these eight young women. That being said, I was unimpressed with the majority of the performances; here are my predictions for who will make it into the Top 12, and you may be surprised.
Crystal Bowersox and Didi Benami gave the best performances of the night. Crystal sang a soulful rendition of "Give Me One Reason" by Tracy Chapman that left all the judges singing her praises. Randy said loved that, loved you, loved the song, and loved your honesty. Ellen called it her fave performance of the night. Simon said the competition is hers to lose, and she is the one to beat.
Didi Benami has been mediocre every week of the semi-finals, but last night, she really rose to the occasion, and sang a beautiful cover of "Rhiannon" by Fleetwood Mac. Didi was torn apart last week by the judges and instead of allowing their criticism to conquer her, she took it as constructive and performed the best I have ever seen her perform. Kara even said the performance was her favorite of this season so far. Randy said that there wasn't a "wow" moment in the performance, but Simon disagreed with Randy saying that the whole performance was the "wow", and called it brilliant.
Lacey Brown, for the first time, proved to the judges and the viewers why she is here with her performance of "The Story" by Brandi Carlisle. Randy, Ellen, and Kara agreed that she is back on the right path. Simon said that is was her personal best so far, and that it what she sang could be on the radio right now. Lacey sang something that was not only contemporary and relevant, but that fits her voice and style perfectly.
Lilly Scott's performance of "I Fall to Pieces", the classic by Patsy Cline slightly confused me. Randy called it hot, but I thought the performance was weird and outdated. Kara saw it as her making Patsy Cline contemporary but I really disagree, the whole sound and vibe was strange, but Lilly will most likely make it into the Top 12 based on her originality.
Siobhan Magnus has too many "wow" moments so far to not be a part of the Top 12. Her take on "House of the Rising Sun" by the Animals left Ellen captivated, but Simon under impressed. Kara liked the risk she took in starting the song in acapella; in general Siobhan's risks have paid off thus far because the viewers reward that.
I think Katie Stevens has done just enough to scrape by and make it into the Top 12. She's done everything that the judges have asked, Simon gave her a ten out of ten for trying. Randy thought that her version of "Breakaway" paled in comparison to the original by the original American Idol. Ellen thought it was the right song but lacked personality and believability.
I think Katelyn Epperly and Paige Miles are headed home. Paige's performance of "Smile" garnered my worst of the night vote. Ellen said she found it sad and heavy rather than uplifting, and I agree. Simon said the song choice was horrible and the arrangement was terrible. He said she had so much potential, and yet this could be the end of the road for her.
Katelyn Epperly really did not impress me last night with the exception of her hairdo. Simon summed it up best, it was a simple song on possibly the biggest night of her career, so it appeared like she wasn't trying as much as everyone else. If Katelyn doesn't go home, look for Katie to receive her walking papers.