'American Idol': Andrew Garcia Into the Top 10!

To be completely honest, I was doubtful that Andrew Garcia would make it into the Top 10 on "American Idol" this week. His latest performance, of Marvin Gaye’s Motown hit “Heard it Through the Grapevine,” was not only slammed by the judges, but left me cringing inwardly as well–and I’m a fan of Andrew!

Thankfully, his voters remained loyal, sending contestant Paige Miles home instead. However, Andrew’s song choices are really beginning to pile up and weigh against him. I don’t think that even a great singer could perform “Heard it Through The Grapevine” really well without sounding just a tad cheesy. In fact, having an unappealing song choice was a common occurrence among the other contestants as well. With a forgiving theme of “Billboard #1 hits” this week, you would think that the contestants would flock to popular, engaging and crowd-pleasing hits from the past couple of decades. However, only 17-year-old Katie Stevens picked a song that was even remotely contemporary (Fergie’s “Big Girls Don’t Cry”). What happened?

Over-thinking—that’s the answer. The judges commented multiple times both on Tuesday’s show and Wednesday’s results show that the contestants need to stop over-thinking every aspect of their performances. For example, when contestants were critiqued for their song choice, a frequent response was, “I was just trying to have fun.” Hate to break it to you, but your audience needs to have fun too!

I apologize for the generally negative comments, but judging from my friends’ opinions and the trending topics online, these standpoints are shared almost universally. Andrew, please select the right song for your voice and style next week!

Next week, the top 10 finalists take on R&B with Usher as a mentor.

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