I've always liked the women on "American Idol." That may be due to my sexuality (hetero) or some other personal quirk. Whatever the reason, it's an ongoing thing; twice in the finals, I was rooting for the female (Katharine McPhee, Crystal Bowersox) who lost to a guy.
So this wasn't an easy conclusion for me: This year, the guys totally and completely dominate "Idol."
The women were good again tonight, but with one exception -- the magnificent Pia Toscano -- none could match the sheer brilliance of Jacob Lusk or James Durbin ... or the near-brilliance of Casey Abrams and Stefano Langone. Here are a few comments and predictions.
1) Abrams does a great scream. Still, when he sings "I'm gonna lose my mind," I don't immediately dismiss the possibility.
2) Haley Reinhart has, apparently, discovered her legs. For the second straight show, she wore short shorts; it was an excellent style choice. (Or maybe that's just that hetero thing doing the talking.)
3) Langone was on ideal turf in Motown night. Soul music -- from Jackie Wilson to the Motown stars, led by Smokey Robinson -- has always celebrated the high tenor voice. That's similar to the Italian tenor style that Langone does so well.
4) Then again, Jacob Lusk and James Durbin also hit the high notes beautifully, so they soared tonight. Things were much harder on Scotty McCreery, who had to take a Stevie Wonder song way, way down. The judges thougth he was great; I thought he was good.
5) That leaves Paul McDonald as the only guy I just don't get. I have no idea why he keeps getting the votes.
6) My prediction? It's complicated by the fact that Naima Adedapo had an exceptionally good night and Lauren Alaina had an OK one; even when she's bad, voters don't put her in the bottom. So my prediction for the bottom three goes like this: Thia Megia (partly hindered by being the second singer in a two-hour show, way too long before voting begins) ... and Haley Reinhart (despite the good growls and great fashion choice) ... and McDonald (as the first guy in the bottom; it has to happen sometime). Megia -- a good singer, competing with greatness -- will go home.