Before I make my comments about last night's show, I wanted to look back a bit.
Coming into the top 13, I just KNEW it was going to be a "GIRLS" year, because I felt the talent was so stacked on the "GIRLS" side compared to the "GUYS" side this year.
Tim Halperin was an early favorite of mine on the "GUYS" side, but he didn't make it to the Top 13 due to a weak performance in the week in which people voted, and Jordan Dorsey had potential, but between his attitude during Hollywood week, and his amateur performance during the week in which people voted, got him kicked off.
Of the "GUYS" that did make it, Paul very quickly started to disappoint me, and Scotty (whose performances of Josh Turner songs had previously impressed me) quickly showed that he's a "One Trick Pony" with little talent outside of doing a great Josh Turner impersonation. On the plus side, James, who previously rubbed me the wrong way, and did little to impress me with his singing, started to do the opposite.
Kendra Chantelle was someone who I paid little attention to until her "Blackbird" duet with Paul, but I was disappointed to see her leave so soon, as I think she had a lot of potential.
Of the "GIRLS" that made it, I had a lot of favorites. Pia, Lauren, Karen, Ashton, Thia, and I even liked Haley and Naima. Unfortunately, many of them were kicked off WAY too soon.
Naima failed to reach the potential on the big stage that she showed with her performance that got her picked as a "Wild Card," and Haley (somewhat like Lauren) took a while to truly show her "chops."
Upon going into the Top 13 shows, Pia was my favorite to win... once she got kicked off, I wanted James to win it (with Lauren in the Top 2). If you had told me that Scotty, someone who, more often that not, makes me want to hit the mute button on the TV would make it to the Top 2 (much less win the competition) was an INSANE notion contemplated only in the fevered dreams of madmen... or Doug (
)... whose theory I dismissed for weeks.
NOW... I'll work on posting my thoughts on last night.