Last night, the remaining 6 sang songs of hope & inspiration. Though I thought they were pretty good (except you, Lakisha), I felt the judges were nicer than usual. You can't exactly be nasty during a fundraiser for Africa & Hurricane Katrina victims. Tonight, one person gets eliminated in the middle of this inspiring night of music. How does that, in any way, make sense? I don't know, Fox. You tell me. Since you insist we give as well as judge, I'll grade the idols on last night's performance.
Chris - Change The World - Better than last week. Nice improvement, I love the song & thought he did a good job with it. Grade: B
Melinda - There Will Come A Day - Another solid performance from Melinda. Not much else to say. You just come to expect it from her. Grade: A-
Blake - Imagine - I don't get what the judges liked about it. Though I like Blake, I love the song more & I had a hard time with it. So did he. Grade: B-
Lakisha - I Believe - Please, PLEASE, stop singing songs by former idols. I feel it's arrogant to try to take on Carrie & Fantasia 2 weeks in a row to show you're better. I'd almost rather see Sanjaya. Almost. Grade: C-
Phil - The Change - I think Phil does a nice job in this country genre though I think he was better last week. He can't win so he's doing the best he can. I'll give him credit. Grade: B
Jordin - You'll Never Walk Alone - Simon said it best. She took a 60-year-old song & made it sound like a hit record. I'm now rooting for her. Grade: A
Bottom 3 tonight? Lakisha, Phil, and ... this is tough to figure out ... Blake. I pray Lakisha goes home. I can't look or listen another week.