Well, after last night's Top 12 guys show, the gals certainly have their work cut out for them if they want to keep up, much less come out on top, as "Idol" producers clearly want.
Frankly, it just doesn't look like they have enough firepower, but obviously that will change as the season continues.
Here's our pre-season power rankings for the gals:
1. Lauren Alaina: Steven Tyler called her “The One” after her first audition and she hasn't stumbled enough to lose that distinction yet. Her strong vocals and sweet nature should take her far and her ability to cozy up to Tyler won't hurt.
2. Pia Toscano: The New Yorker kind of disappeared for a few weeks, but her Beatles Night was good and her final audition was great, showing that she has a big voice and knows exactly how to use it.
3. Julie Zorrilla: Jennifer Lopez said “Winner?” after her initial audition and she's gotten nothing but praise since. Zorrilla's poppy vocals and perky personality would put her right in the Sara Bareilles wheelhouse, which is exactly what the show would love, but whether she can match up to the stronger gals remains to be seen.
4. Thia Megia: The judges are looking for a reason to validate lowering of the age requirement to 15 and 15-year-old Thia is it. She's got a great voice and a winning personality, but will she be able to stand up to the constant pressure?
5. Rachel Zevita: Another New Yorker, Zevita has a distinctive, quirky voice that should set her apart from the pack. She's got a Regina Spektor vibe that could make her a surprise contender.
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6. Ashthon Jones: Her personality was her biggest asset on Group Night and her voice was stunning in Hollywood Week, as she belted out a memorable “And I'm Telling You.” But we didn't get to see her too much before or after that, making her a bit of a middle-of-the-pack question mark.
7. Haley Reinhart: She has a big voice and the judges clearly love her, but she has a habit of singing five notes when one will do. If she sorts that out, she could have a good chance at reaching the finals.
8. Naima Adedapo: The Milwaukee Summerfest custodian has a great back story and a powerful voice, but she's been a bit of a risk-taker and that hasn't always paid off for her.
9. Karen Rodriguez: She's certainly got the Lopez-loving bit down, but is that enough to gain her a following?
10 and 11. Lauren Turner and Kendra Chantelle: Neither one has made much of a splash so far, which puts them at a disadvantage with the voters.
12. Ta-Tynisa Wilson: She's emotional and had some good and bad moments so far. It's hard to see a strategy that will propel her to the next round beyond absolutely stunning the audience with an amazing performance.