American Idol 2008

'Idol': Nadia Turner on the Top 8 Women's Performances

Subpar vocals, bad fashion choices... The season 4 vet hopes the ladies who make it to the top 12 tonight step up their game

Nadia Turner, American Idol | ASIA'H EPPERSON Her ''grandma pants caught my attention more than her song,'' writes Nadia Turner (inset). ''Her spunkiness is adorable, but this really wasn't her…
ASIA'H EPPERSON Her ''grandma pants caught my attention more than her song,'' writes Nadia Turner (inset). ''Her spunkiness is adorable, but this really wasn't her best night''

'Idol': Nadia Turner on ladies night

You're in the Coca-Cola room. All eight ladies are scattered in various areas, some attempting to fit in a small vocal warm-up, stretching, waving to family and friends in the audience, getting pep talks, or laughing with the staff. Some of us just sit in silence meditating on our upcoming performance. Some of us find ourselves remembering the friend who was eliminated the previous week. Our nerves are off the charts. ''If I don't have the lyrics tonight, I will never have them.'' Our vocal coach, Debra Byrd, comes in, gathers up her wandering sheep, and we sing a song she made up called ''It's Ladies Night on American Idol.'' It's pretty catchy! This is Byrd's way of shaking out the nerves and sneaking in a vocal warm-up at the same time. :) Nigel Lythgoe tornadoes in with words of vigor. It was this segment of the competition that I enjoyed the most. ''IT'S LADIES NIGHT ON AMERICAN IDOL.''

However, after watching ladies night last night, I realized that this year' s AI is truly the guys' competition. There is absolutely no comparison between the guys and the girls when it comes to personality, performance, and fashion. Ladies, I’m all for female support, but can we say ''BORING!''? One contestant’s pants had more personality than her (see below), and, by the way, the pants did not have a ''good'' personality. Let me break it down.

Asia'h Epperson's grandma pants caught my attention more than her song. The girl has a great shape, but those pants did her no justice. ''I Want to Dance With Somebody'' sounded as if it was exhausting her. If that was exhausting her, I wonder what physically dancing with somebody would do, LOL! Paula said she nailed it. Not so much. Her spunkiness is adorable, but this really wasn't her best night.

Kady Malloy looked very pretty last night. Unfortunately she was flat a lot. I enjoyed her emotion, but I wasn't too crazy about the song. Thus far, her performance was forgettable. Even now, I find myself trying to remember exactly what she performed. That can't be a good sign!

Her camera angles were everywhere, so I found myself a tad dizzy, but even still, Amanda Overmyer — I dig it. She's raw and a real ball-buster! Her stage presence was fantastic. She nailed the vocal. Based on her cool demeanor, I wonder what's going on behind the scenes. It can be brutal, but you got to keep your head up!

NEXT PAGE: Nadia names the best vocal of the night

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