Zoanette sang Hircle of ight last night.
I presume most people liked here since 65% of their instant poll agreed with the judges. She was much better than her Star Spangled Banner rendition that should have sent her packing long ago, but there were so many better people last night that got cut to let her continue.
I don't think American Idol did itself any favors with this move ....
Actually, at the end of AI last night, AFTER the judges picks were named, the instant poll showed:
I was entertained by Zoanette last night, but I certainly don't feel that she should have advanced.
I also was considerably surprised they let Breanna through, who in my mind, did a poor job of the song outside of the last note. I'll give Keith a little slack since he stated that he's never heard the song before, but when Jazmine Sullivan sings the song, you believe it. I believed it when Amber Riley ("Glee") sang it, but Breanna left me bored.
I personally liked Juliana Chahayed and Rachel Hale. I could have seen them cutting Juliana due to her age and going with the also talented Jett Hermano though.
Here's what I think though. I think it may have all been strategic.
Tribune's guide data on DirecTV stated the guys were to perform last night instead of the girls, so who knows if the following data is correct, but the guide data is saying that the guys will perform next Tuesday night for America's vote, and then the girls will perform Wednesday, and the TOP 10 will be announced next Thursday.
Since they're doing things differently, I don't know if it will truly be 10, or if the judges will save some ala previous years and make it 13. I also don't know if they will do the usual 5 guys and 5 girls, or if, because the talent is so stacked on the girls side this year, if they will simply let the 10 with the best votes go forward.
So... with more deep and fast cuts to be made, my thinking is that the judges have sent some less talented people through, so that other talented individuals will be able to come back next year when they have a better chance.