I'm just going to come right out and say it: This is the worst year of "American Idol" I've ever seen. After Tuesday night's show, I never would have believed that the women would be better than the guys, but they were. Here are the (few) highlights:
• Siobhan Magnus, performing "Wicked Game' by Chris Isaak. Siobhan is a chameleon. A dark horse who's never heard that expression, Tuesday she sported an exotic look well-matched to her rich, authoritative but vulnerable voice. I can't wait to see what she does next. Grade: A-.
• Andrew Garcia, performing "Sugar, We're Goin' Down" by Fall Out Boy. Look, it's Danny Gokey from last year! No, wait u2026 it's predicted frontrunner Andrew Garcia. I think Andrew is doing a spectacular job. He's got a great voice. He's confident and contemporary — the things the judges always tell contestants they need to be. Which means that they will be disappointed. Just watch. A-.
• Casey James, performing "Heaven" by Bryan Adams. Are we really going to be subjected to this business about Kara drooling all over him every week? It's already old. I don't get it. Is he that hot? He looks kind of doughy to me. And I don't really like Bryan Adams, either, but Casey did a good job. B+.
• Lilly Scott, performing "Fixing a Hole" by the Beatles. There was quirky Lilly, strumming her guitar. But what was with the faux British accent and the over-enunciation? But the further she got into this odd song choice, the better it sounded. B.
• Didi Benami, performing "The Way I Am" by Ingrid Michaelson. In spite of the bad note at the end, I really liked Didi this week. At first it sounded as if she was just going to imitate Michaelson, but she threw in a lot of interesting, very subtle (maybe too subtle) changes that really showed off her unique voice. B.
• Crystal Bowersox, performing "Hand in My Pocket" by Alanis Morrissette. There's Bob Dylan and Melissa Etheridge's improbable love child strumming her guitar and blowing her harmonica. Crystal's vocals were good, but there was nothing very original in her performance and her coffeehouse vibe might get her pegged as a one-trick pony. B.