published Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

Does anyone in this group have star quality?

By Phil Stacey

Overall, I am extremely impressed with this group of talent. There are several exceptional performers in the group. However, is there star quality in any of them? I’d like to hear your input.

I still get nervous every time I hear the American Idol them song. I have nothing but respect for any of these contestants. It takes a lot to stand on that stage and they all did this former finalist proud.

I did feel bad for a couple contestants. Stevie Wright and Casey Carlson in particular. I have been there and it does not feel good because you know you didn’t do well and you get to have three judges remind you of it in front of millions of people.

The standouts tonight BY FAR were Danny Gokey, Anoop Desai, Ricky Braddy, Alexis Grace – and believe it or not – Tatiana Del Toro.

I have not been a Tatiana fan. However, this past week I was at the American Idol Experience, a new attraction at Disney World. I ran into some of the production team and they told me to watch out for her. They said she was going to surprise some people when she started singing in the live shows. I believe Tatiana may very well become a finalist. I hate to say it, but I think it’s true.

Shoe in: Danny Gokey.

Disappointments: Michael Sarver and Stephen Fowler. They are both capable of so much more than they gave tonight.

Remember: Only three of the contestants that performed tonight will move on to the finals. This season is turning out to be an incredibly interesting one.

Do you have any predictions?

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