When critiquing American Idol's weekly performances, one judge's "pitchy" is often another's "perfection." So TV Guide asked three singing experts for their opinions. Renee Grant-Williams has worked with Faith Hill, Tim McGraw and Christina Aguilera. Roger Love's clients include Eminem, Mandy Moore and Matchbox Twenty. Brett Manning has tuned up Keith Urban, Take 6 and such Broadway hits as Aida and Les Misérables. Here, they tick off which finalists hit the right notes and which deserve the least votes.
Carrie Underwood
Roger Love: "Though not original, her lovely sound nicely fits the pop-country genre, and this sweet face could be the next Faith Hill. But I'd suggest dance classes. Her stance is awkward and her overall vibe unsexy."
Brett Manning: "She may only be generically good by Nashville standards."
Renee Grant-Williams: "She has a good chance to win. She has consistent pitch; she kicked butt on the Heart song ["Alone"]."

Anthony Fedorov
Manning: "The new Clay Aiken. This nerdy kid you can't help but like has a gorgeous voice with musical-theater vibrato, kind of like Josh Groban."
Love: "One of the best male singers, but mediocre stage presence. Has a big career ahead of him singing at weddings and bar mitzvahs."
Grant-Williams: "His fairly clear strong voice is dramatic, but most weeks he's less than memorable."

Scott Savol
Love: "Pretty voice. He looks like he's having fun, [so] you forget the extra pounds. But he's just another white guy wishing he was Marvin Gaye."
Manning: "I say move to Nashville and do demo and jingle work. He'll make $100,000 a year, and it won't matter what he looks like."

Constantine Maroulis
Love: "[Seems] affected and silly when he makes moves he thinks rock stars make, but he has a good voice, makes great musical choices and girls find him attractive."
Manning: "His voice, which isn't as good as Bo's, is more suited to Broadway. He'd be perfect for Rent."

Vonzell Solomon
Grant-Williams: "Puts a lot of energy into performances and has a great natural voice, but she still is out of tune, pushes to sing louder than [she] can handle and her tone borders on piercing."
Manning: "She needs a lot more experience, more refinement and a little more control to experiment with the notes."

Anwar Robinson
Love: "For a music teacher, he's sure out of tune a lot. His high notes are fantastic, but everything below them comes across as less interesting."
Grant-Williams: "'Moon River' was fresh and fun, but for the last few weeks his voice sounded tired and thinned out, like a stretched rubber band."

Bo Bice
Grant-Williams: "He's a rocker who isn't scary. He expertly works the crowd and cameras. He keeps his pitch right on. But he needs to show a little more crossover appeal to win this contest."
Love: "A combo of Bob Seger and Eddie Vedder. He sings circles around Constantine."


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