Thursday, March 26, 2015

American Idol 14: And Then There Were 9

The judges' save was taken of the table last week when Harry, Keith and Jennifer decided to save Qaasim Middleton, so this week two contestants had to go home.

This week's theme: The '80s
Idol had told us to watch for special surprise guests on this show. I wondered which '80's relics they would dig up.

The answer came quickly as David Hasselhoff brought Ryan the official results envelope. In case you weren't around in the '80s, "The Hoff" was the lead actor for the TV shows Knight Rider and Bay Watch. He also sings. Well, he tries to sing, which was evident on this show.  He sang a medley of '80s songs. "The Hoff" was never considered a successful recording artist in the U.S., but in Europe, he is very popular.

This week, '80s icon, Boy George, helped Scott Borchetta mentor the kids. After a clip about Boy George, the contestants helped Boy George sing his hit, Karma Chameleon.

Later in the show we were "treated?" to a performance of Push It by Salt-n-Pepa.

The Top 9:

Daniel Seavey
You Make My Dreams by Hall and Oats
The young girls must be voting this season, or young master Daniel would have been headed home after the lackluster performances he has delivered recently. He sounds better this week than last week. The judges seemed to like this performance a little better too.

Quentin Alexander
In The Air Tonight by Phil Collins
Very mesmerizing performance. I really appreciate when an artist can deliver a performance in a way that I hear the words to an older song in a new light. He is very original. The judges loved the performance, too.

Joey Cook
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper
Joey looked like '80s Cyndi Lauper dressed her. Unfortunately, the performance didn't measure up to the outfit. Joey seemed to be a little reserved or off somehow. Harry said he thought she was distracted too. Keith said she had moments of inconsistency. Boy George came out and gave her a hug.

Tyanna Jones
I Wanna Dance With Somebody by Whitney Houston
The arrangement was more EDM then classic Whitney. Tyanna was dressed like a 16 yr old again this week and she looked so much more comfortable up on the stage. Good performance.

You Give Love A Bad Name by Bon Jovi
I liked the beginning and the end when it was just Jax on the piano. The band in the middle kind of drowned her out. Not a bad performance, she just needed a little different arrangement.

Nick Fradiani
Man In The Mirror by Michael Jackson
No guitar for Nick again this week, but he had a nice acoustic backing for the first verse. I liked this performance a lot. Nick had a nice energy about him. You can still see that he is a little shy and reserved, but his vocals are great and I think he is growing in confidence.

Clark Beckham
Every Breath You Take by The Police
Boy George and Scott wanted Clark to change the key but he kept his first choice. Clark accompanies himself on the piano. This made the performance very personal. I loved it and JLo got "goosies."

Qaasim Middleton
Addicted To Love by Robert Palmer
Qaasim told us he wanted to concentrate on his vocals and not jump around the stage this week, and that's exactly what he did. His vocals were pretty good. The "pop" was gone from the performance, but that worked for this song.

Rayvon Owen
Everybody Wants To Rule The World by Tears For Fears
Kind of a boring performance. Yes, he sang the lyrics just fine, but I didn't feel any connection to him or the song. I think since he is a vocal coach, he is more tied up in the technical part of the song than in the emotional part of the performance. He is technically fine, but there isn't any life in his performances.

So this week we said good bye to Maddie Walker and Adanna Duru. I won't miss Adanna, but I really wish Maddie had stayed in the competition. We have now lost the only country artist in the competition.

Ryan told us to look for something new with Twitter next week. I guess we will be able to vote with Twitter now.

My favorites of the night and the one I want to see leave next week.
Top 3: Clark, Nick, and Quentin
Bottom 3: Rayvon, Daniel, and Qaasim
Going home?: Rayvon

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