Wednesday, May 21, 2014

American Idol 13: Top 2 Performances

This week the show has moved to a bigger theater: Nokia Theater- LA Live. Ryan tells us the audience is over 7000.

We see a video of Jena taking Caleb to Prom (not) which is actually a chance for them to destroy the mock prom decorations as the fight it out for the Idol championship.

There are three rounds for this show: Idol creator Simon Fuller's pick, the reprisal of the artists favorite song, and the winner's single.

Round #1: Simon Fuller's pick

Jena - "Dog Days Are Over" - Florence and the Machine
6 drummers are on stage with Jena playing toms and basses. She moves around a lot, but her words seem mushed together on the up tempo parts.
Keith - Good song choice. the way you owned the stage is the sign of a real pro. You did have a few breath control issues from the adrenaline.
Jennifer - The energy in the room can be overwhelming. The little nerves were fine. Good start.
Harry - It was fantastic. You were walking in time to the drum s and then in double time.

Hey, Idol found a new job for Randy. He brings out the jumbo numbers for each contestant so the audience knows who to vote for.

Caleb - "Dream On" - Aerosmith
There is a string section on stage with Caleb.Caleb's pitch sounds off on the "softer" beginning. He's attached to that mic stand again. Hope he doesn't hit one of the little girls in the pit with that thing while he is throwing it around. and there is the screaming spot for Caleb.
Jennifer -That's what you got to do, Carpe Diem. That may have did it right there.
Harry - As powerful as the ending was, don't forget when you sing in your lower register to give it the same power too.
Keith - I thought the way you arched was great.

Round #2 - contestants favorite performance

Jena - "I Cant Help Falling In Love" - Elvis
She's at the piano again. It's good, but I'm not sure it's as good as the first time.
Harry - I can tell you have studied others performances of this, but what makes you different is you can make it unique and special. Absolutely beautiful.
Keith - You did this two weeks ago and it was so good you inspired someone else to do it (a finalist on The Voice). that shows your a leader, a trailblazer, and that's he mark of a true artist.
Jennifer - What happens is your soul comes through when you sit at the piano. I think you're amazing.

Caleb - "Maybe I'm Amazed -  Paul McCartney
Caleb starts out standing at the piano but he too quickly moves away to center stage. He moves into the power vocals too soon also.He makes this a "screamo" song this time.  The skull medallion he's wearing is very out of place for this song.
Keith - I love that Paul wrote that song for Linda. It's a deep, emotional song. Don't get caught up in the gymnastic element and loose the meaning of it.
Jennifer - Your power is so undeniable, and I felt you holding back the headbanging. This is a different song. This was missing more heart. Needed less power.
Harry - I share their sentiments. Changing gears - You two are heavyweight fighters. How did everyone vote so far? All three voted for Caleb for round one. Harry and Jennifer say Jena won round two, while Keith says it was a tie. So basically they are tied.

Round #3 - winner's single

Jena - "We Are One"
this song has that EDM feel she likes. It works for her. she's walking around a lot. Good stage presence.
Jennifer - I've never heard that song before. I thought it was really good. it suited you.
Harry - I wondered what that song would sound like live. It was just as strong as the studio.
Keith - I loved this song. it was perfect for you.

Caleb - "As Long As You Love Me"
Beginning sounds awkward and jumbled to me. whole thing done in the screamo voice. He needs to ditch the mic stand instead of walking around with it all the time. The performance was EH! And we end with flash pots and strobes.
Harry - The way I look at it, you were Joe Frazier and Jena was Muhammad Ali. the puncher vs. the boxer. Good luck America.
Keith - This is insane. I'm dying to see what happens tomorrow night. It's been an amazing night. Congrats to both of you.
Jennifer - You gave it everything. It's going to be a tough night for everyone. Good luck America.

And to end it all. the rest of the Top 13 come on stage to join Jena and Caleb in a rendition of Kelly Clarkson's "Break Away."  Jena sounds much better than Caleb on this song.

And there you have it. I don't know who will win. I don't care who wins, for that matter. My favs didn't get to the end. Most didn't even get to the Top 13. Oh well. Let's see what happens on the finale. Idol found some big names to drop in and sing. That part should be good.

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