Last night, the ladies took the stage on “American Idol” and for the most part, were a bit disappointing when compared to the guys the night before. Simon Cowell said it at the end of the show, and he’s absolutely right. Still, a couple of them stood out and should have no problem advancing this week. Here is how it went down….

THE GOOD

Amanda Overmyer is back. No more light-socket hair, ridiculous outfits or over-the-top-sausage-fest classic rock. Amanda sang Joan Jett’s “Hate Myself For Loving You,” and it was maybe her best performance on the show to date. She even looked really good. I’m telling you people, this girl is a rock star if she holds it together. Anyway, Randy said “that’s the Amanda we know and love,” Paula said she picked the right song, and Simon said it was “fantastic” and one of his favorites of the first few rounds so far. And remember, dude was not a fan last week.

Brooke White did an acoustic version of Pat Benatar’s “Love is a Battlefield,” but this time she let the guitar player from Ricky Minor’s band play it, while she sat on the edge of the stage. Brooke was completely in her element, and played with the melody a bit a la David Archuleta. Most of all, it was really good. Randy liked that Brooke focused on her voice this time, Paula said it was a wise choice but that she missed the band, and Simon thought it worked well and was a “great performance.”

THE ALMOST GOOD

Asia’h Epperson kicked things off with Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and she almost pulled it off. I mean, as the judges always allude to, it’s Whitney Freaking Houston. Still, Randy thought it was “hot,” Paula said Asia’h nailed a big song, and Simon didn’t agree, calling it “second rate Whitney.” He added though that Asia’h should sail through to the finals.

Carly Smithson sang Cyndi Lauper’s “I Drove All Night,” but did the Celine Dion version (blech). For me it was a bit rough, like Carly was straining to hit some notes. Randy thought Carly “smashed it,” Paula said she’s dependable, and Simon thought it wasn’t the right song choice and that Carly could have done better. Agreed.

Syesha Mercado closed out the night with another Whitney Freaking Houston song, “Saving All My Love For You.” Just like with Asia’h, Syesha almost nailed it. With the time being 8:01 central time as I was watching, the judges’ responses were, respectively, “good,” “sophisticated,” and “predictable but good.” Yeah, all that.

THE IN-BETWEEN

Kristy Lee Cook sang a countrified version of Journey’s “Faithfully,” and as she was singing it I was thinking two things. 1) This could be a single on country radio today. 2) I wonder if Kristy is going to hit the high notes. Well, she didn’t hit the notes, but it didn’t suck either. Randy thought it was a great song choice, Paula said it could be a hit in the country world, and Simon thought it was good but that among the field, Kristy is “forgettable.” Uh-oh, there is that word again. But I completely agree.

Ramiel sang Phil Collins’ “Against All Odds” and it was one of her better performances in my eyes. But Ramiel is still not to the level some of the others are. Randy said it was a big song and that Ramiel is holding back and not confident, Paula said she has a pure voice, and Simon said it was good but “old-fashioned” and “predictable.”

THE BAD

Kady Malloy should have been kicked off last week, and she even admitted so before she took the stage. Then she proceeded to butcher Queen’s “Who Wants To Live Forever,” and I do mean butcher.
The judges, oddly, didn’t think it was that bad, but if they looked back at the tape, I’m sure they would agree with me. Randy said it was an interesting choice and “pretty good,” Paula said it was Kady’s best performance (yikes), and Simon said it was better than last week but that Kady lacks personality. Mrs. Mike said the exact same thing as we were watching.

So…..here is where we’re at. No way do Kady or Luke Menard make it past this week. After that, it’s pretty wide open. Here is who I think is safe….David Archuleta, David Cook, Carly Smithson, Amanda Overmyer, and that’s it. This is maybe one of the toughest ones to call, but here goes…..my other two choices for heading home are Ramiel and Chikezie. It should be interesting. Tonight’s results show will feature a performance from Season 6 runner-up and beatboxer Blake Lewis, and probably lots of other fluff. See you tomorrow….