Thursday, March 19, 2015

American Idol 14: Top 11 Vie For Ten Slots

This week we had the Movie Night theme. Nile Rodgers from the band Chic helped mentor the kids and performed "Get Lucky" by Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers with the kids to open the show. (I think this was a tacky, inappropriate song to perform considering at least three of the kids are minors. JMO)

Jeff Gordon brought Ryan the envelope with the official results and invited the kids to perform the National Anthem at the race this Sunday.

Final we get to the Top 10 results:
Adanna Duru - "I Love You, I Do" from Dream Girls by Jennifer Hudson
The beginning is very difficult to hear. She needs to work on projecting when singing in her lower register. I felt this was a fairly boring performance.

Daniel Seavey - "Lost Stars" from Begin Again by Adam Levine
He sounds flat. His voice just isn't matching Adam's falsetto and just sounds off. I don't feel any connection to the song.

Rayvon Owen - "Stayin' Alive" from Saturday Night Fever by The BeeGees
Very boring arrangement. It was too slow, and much of his falsetto vocals were buried in the backup vocals. Blahhhh

Nick Fradiani - "Danger Zone" from Top Gun by Kenny Loggins
No guitar for Nick this week. He does a nice job. He seemed to be loosening up on the stage.

Joey Cook - "Mad World" from Donnie Darko by Michael Andrews featuring Gary Jules
No instrument for Joey this week. She gives a very haunting performance of this song while seated on a stool, center stage. Simple yet riveting performance. Beautiful.

Tyanna Jones - "Circle of Life" from The Lion King by Elton John
Very shaky start on this song, and she never really recovered. She had pitch issues for the first time this season. And the poor girl looked so uncomfortable in the platform stilettos she was wearing. Let her be 16 and wear flats if that's what she likes.

Jennifer Lopez performed the song "Feel The Light" from her new DreamWorks movie, Home, that's coming out this week. It's a very pretty song and Jennifer looked like a princess in the ball gown she was wearing.

Quentin Alexander - "You're The One That I Want" from Grease by John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John
He totally revamped the song, giving it a very slow tempo.  His performance highlighted the lyrics and it would have been very haunting, if his pitch would have stayed on point.

Maddie Walker - "Let's Hear It For The Boy" from Foot Loose by Deniece Williams
We are told that Maddie had been sick all week and didn't have much practice time. We weren't told what was wrong. Her vocal s were ok, but the song had no pop. No energy.

Kenny Loggins dropped by and performed "Foot Loose."

Clark Beckham - "Sunday Morning" from Cheaper By The Dozen 2 by Maroon 5
This was a wonderful acoustic performance with just Clark and his guitar. Great job. Second to Joey's as best of the night.

Jax - "I Want To Grow Old With You" from The Wedding Singer by Adam Sandler
This was a cute song and just right for Jax. It was a laid back performance without any power moments though.

Qaasim Middleton sang for the judges save.
"Come Together" from Across The Universe by The Beatles
He gave a very passionate, intense performance. Definitely one of the best performances of the night.
The judges used their one save of the season on Qaasim.
Based on that performance, I agree with them. (And now we don't have to worry about the save any longer.)

My favorites on the night: Joey, Clark, Nick, Qaasim
Least favorites: Rayvon, Daniel, Adanna, and sadly, Tyanna

Ryan told us that next week we will have a double elimination.
Next week is '80s theme. Oh boy. I think the only one of the contestants who had even been born in the '80s is Nick.

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