I really enjoy Ayla's performances. Last night wasn't her best; however, she definately did better than Kinnik, Paris and Kellie, so I'm hoping she will survive this week. I actually really like the song she sang - it is on the radio all the time, so being familiar with it may have helped me a bit. I think she did a good job, but nothing outstanding.
Ayla has sung ballads in the previous weeks, so I understand why she chose a faster song - - she just didn't want to be known as the girl who could only sing ballads. Plus, she chose a song that is current, hoping to "update" her whole appearance. Randy was right when he said that the song just didn't showcase her range (paraphrasing here, obviously). The fact that Ayla was barely even shown on AI during the auditions and during the Hollywood episodes may also have worked against her - I feel like people "know" the other contestants (especially Kellie and Paris) a little better, so they have a larger fan base. Also, the fact that she is a bit more "reserved" than the other contestants may also be hurting her, since we only see her personality here and there in her clips.
As far as the females go, I'm really pulling for Ayla and Katherine; however, I think this year's winner is going to be of the opposite sex - has to be Chris (and I'm pulling for him too)!