Blech.

Feel like utter crap, but at least I’m at home in bed feeling like crap and not sitting at work feeling like crap. I’m watching some sort of Animal Planet show about hippos, and have come to the conclusion that they are definitely dinosaurs. Crocodiles, too. There’s a crocodile stalking a baby hippo right now – which can only end badly – and they’re certainly dinosaurs.

Aw, crap. One dead 13-day-old hippo. That’s awful.

Okay, so I threatened some IDOL SPECULATION, and I’m going to deliver, so here we go.

Stephanie blew me off my feet. I wasn’t expecting much from her, and man was I surprised. She was so comfortable on the stage, too. Very impressive.

Amy’s performance was sincere, but littered with bad notes and capped off with a very shaky end. She definitely seemed like she was scared to move.

Leslie is kind of odd. She had some good body language – man did those boots ever make her legs look eight feet long – and good performance chops, but I didn’t think her singing performance was great.

Sabrina has an amazing sense of drama and control. The only blight was the ending, which still wasn’t bad.

I don’t like Antonella, and she did nothing to change my mind about that last night. She chose a terrible song, obviously didn’t know said song, was shaky, scared, and out of tune. Go home, topless girl.

Jordin’s arrangement of one of my favorite songs turned me off, but once she got into the swing of the song she was amazingly good. Not good enough to win at this point, but good enough to stay in.

Nicole sang with a weird voice, had bad notes, and made scary faces. On the other hand, she was very intense and powerful. If people aren’t scared of her she might survive the week.

Haley seemed to be trying to do a Katharine McPhee tribute there. It wasn’t bad at all, except I hated the vibrato in the chorus, and it wasn’t at all unique. She seems very professional, though.

I like watching Melinda sing because she’s so joyful, so beautiful when she takes the stage. She loves to perform and it shows.

Poor Alaina may be cute, but that was abysmal from start to end. The only thing she did better than Antonella was to look confident throughout.

Gina also has a good sense of drama, and she really let it loose even though she picked a song that I thought wasn’t quite right for her. I like her chemistry on stage.

Finally, LaKisha was extraordinarily powerful and has an amazing natural talent. Will her looks – and I’m not really even talking about her weight – hold her back?

There’s a lot of potential shuffling in my top six, and I’m not completely sure I’ve got them in the best order yet, but here’s what we’ve ended up with:

My Best-to-Worst Picks
Stephanie
Melanie
LaKisha
Sabrina
Gina
Haley
Jordin
Leslie
Amy
Nicole
Alaina
Antonella

Ryan’s Best-to-Worst Picks
Melinda
LaKisha
Gina
Stephanie
Sabrina
Jordin
Haley
Leslie
Nicole
Amy
Antonella
Alaina

Ryan and I seem to be much more on the same page with the women than we were with the men. We have the same top five, just in a different order, and most of our other choices are only one off.

Seems to me that it’s a good thing for the guys that they force six of each gender onto the show, because otherwise they’d all be in trouble…

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