The guys overall did better than the ladies. Chris Daughtry was far and away the best of the evening, singing Fuel's "Hemorrhage", a perfect match for his voice and vocal style. Other than Chris, several other singers did well, though not spectacular. Among these were self-described sex symbol Kevin Covais ("I Heard it through the Grapevine"), fine singer but lifeless performer Will Makar ("Lady"), and my boy Taylor Hicks (the Commodores' "Easy").
The mediocre of the night...Bucky Covington ("The Thunder Rolls"), Gedeon McKinney (Sam Cooke's wondrous classic "A Change Is Gonna Come"), Sway Penala (Stevie Wonder's beautiful "Overjoyed"), David Radford (Frank Sinatra's "The Way You Look Tonight"), Elliott Yamin (the obscure "Mood for Love"), and Ace Young ("If You're Not the One").
No one was horrible, but few really took it up a notch. Almost any of the mediocre group could get the boot tonight, but I have to think that Ace is safe for the week. My guess is that David and Sway go home.