Singers hitting their first plateau on live tv
I look at the contestants more philosphically now... some of the top 12 are ready to hit a "plateau" or peak of performance that is good enough to propel them into solo albums (whether or not they win am-idol) immediately after the show. Some, like Tamyra Gray, Christina Christianson got noticed enough for tv gigs acting and reporting, etc.
I look at Jennifer and think "not ready for prime time". I look at her, and hope she realizes that she probably has MORE of a vocal gift than ANYONE on the show, save perhaps George Huff. George and Jennifer haven't peaked yet... which means in anywhere from 3 week to 3 *years*, we could see really amazing stuff out of them vocally. Far beyond what anyone else has shown. And because they aren't even CLOSE to peaking... they could far outshine what some of the top 12 are doing, because they ain't gonna grow much beyond what we're seeing. Like Matt. Bleah.
For example, Fantasia *is* at her peak right now. She knows her personality, her stage style and presense, her voice has "settled", her technique is not going to change drastically now or even 3 years from now. Her screetchy-twang is her "trademark" sound now, and she can deliver it. She's a package. She's ready to market.
Jennifer, who is FAR stronger vocally in range, tone quality, agility, and just plain beautiful singing... well... she's not a ready made package. She's got to spend probably the next 6 months singing in front of a mirror and controlling her facial expressions and CHOOSING some expressions. She'd probably also benefit from getting away from "I'm so grateful just to be here" attitude and put on some grounded-diva mode of "I'm gonna SING for you, baby, and you're gonna LOVE it". She needs to change some of her inner mantras to match the life in Hollywood, not the cruise-ship crowd. And she has to learn to dance and dress better.
I think Jennifer should look at singing as a life-long career and be okay with the idea of peaking in another 3 - 5 years and just working hard the whole time. She needs some nice "black diva" to take her under her wing and show her the ropes. She needs a guide.
Anyhoo. That's my thought. Jennifer can sing any of the top 12 under the table, but *performance* is something she has a ways to go yet...
I'm going to thumb-warrior her next week in hopes of keeping her around for awhile. But, unless America starts warming up to her, she'll be ditched because she doesn't "reach out" and touch the audience in a way they can relate to yet.