Jenny Beth Willis (Who?): Her skirt’s too big and the dropped waist make her look stumpy, which I highly doubt is the case. Singing-wise, the key is too low for her on the low intro and she goes flat on a couple of notes. The rest of it is competent. After a few lines she starts getting a little shaky, probably nerves. Forgettable. Shockingly, Mariah is the only one to give actionable, constructive criticism.
Tina Torres, aka Camp Mariah girl: I was unimpressed by her audition, and this is going about the same way as I remember that going. She makes faces like she’s taking an epic dump. She kind of sings like she’s taking an epic dump. Flat on every big note. Tons of Mariah runs with no ability to hold a note without going hella flat. Bleah. We’ll be stuck with her for a while.
Adriana Something from Alaska: Beautiful girl who sings beautifully. Absolutely fantastic. Slightly biffs the last note, but she’s done more than enough to be the best so far by miles. And her grandmother(?) in the audience is adorbs.
Brandy Hotard aka Tierra: Dead ringer for Tierra from The Bachelor. She hits her first two big notes flat, but she fixes it as the song goes on. Not as good as Adriana, but waaay better than Tina or Jenny Beth. Maybe we can get rid of Tina after all? Nope, the judges are not on board. I’m telling you, if she goes and Tina stays then the season is off to a crap start.
Shubha Vedula: Trying way too hard, from the busy busy arrangement to the silver pants showing two different panty lines. She definitely made an impression, but she needs to tone it way the fuck down. However, she’s will be through. If she calms down, she’ll stick around for a while.
Kamaria: Weak start — is it higher than she was expecting? She cannot hit the high notes at all. Total faceplant, automatic elimination.
Cree Harrison aka Melanie Lynskey: This girl has a great name, a beautiful face, and a real everywoman thing going on. Her styling is very understated — large, loose, light-colored shirt and jeans. I like it. Oh, should I say something about her singing? It is great. Almost loses it in a mid-song climax but completely recovers and hits the big ending on the nose. New best of the night.
Angela Miller: This girl is from Beverly. Go Massachusetts! She’s coming off a dominant original song performance to cap off Vegas week, which might be a tough act to follow. Is this another original? The rhymes are juuust off enough that I’d believe that it was. They don’t mention it and they would flog the hell out of it if it were, so I guess it’s just a bad “real” song. She does well but not amazingly, but of course she’s going through.
Isabelle: Shaky and a couple of notes get away from her. Her last glory note is solid. This combined with the audacity of going for God Bless the Child make me think she’ll just barely miss the cut. The judges love it but I don’t.
Amber Holcomb: I am in love with her dimple. She’s great on the hit-’em-big-and-hold-’em notes, but a little runny for me and goes weak a couple times when she’s not blasting. Good news is she takes Tina on right in her wheelhouse and destroys her for the run slot. She’s in. Maybe we can get rid of Tina after all.
The five who should make it: Cree, Angela Miller, Amber, Adriana, and Shubha.
The five who will: Cree, Angela Miller, Amber, Adriana, and Tina. Maaaaaybe Isabelle, but I’m calling Tina.
The five who do: Tina, Cree, Angela, Amber, and Adriana. Nailed it!