Friday, March 13, 2015

American Idol 14: Top 12 become Top 11

American Idol Season 14 is just flying along now. Wednesday night the Top 16 became 12 and on Thursday night their numbers were cut by one again. I'm getting dizzy from the whirlwind process Idol is using this season. I can only imagine how the contestants must feel. Hopefully, the rest of the season won't be as crazed as this week was.

Thursday night's theme: Party songs
Here are the results:

Rayvon Owen
Burn by Ellie Goulding
Beginning was kind of awkward. The syncopated rhythm was weird for him. Too much of the song was in a really high falsetto that I didn't like at all. But I guess I'm wrong, because the judges loved him.

Maddie Walker
She's Country by Jason Aldean
Good song choice for Maddie. She had the right attitude and energy for the song. She did a really good job. Ryan told us afterward that Maddie was sick and in a lot of pain earlier and she headed out for medical help. Whatever was wrong, she didn't show it during the performance.

Joey Cook
Fancy by Iggy Azalea
The arrangement was a jazzy, big band sound version of the song. Joey looked beautiful and was so much more comfortable on this song. Great job on this song. The audience loved it and so did the judges.

Clark Beckham
Takin' It To The Streets by The Doobie Brothers
Clark played piano on this song. He was great. Sadly, it was an Idol "chopped" version of a great song. I wanted much more. It would have made the performance even better.

Jax
Blank Space by Taylor Swift
Sadly, I didn't like it as much as her previous performances. I like the remake of older stuff that she usually does. Her voice isn't as cool as it normally sounds either. I wonder if Scott Borchetta is trying to make her into Taylor. Judges agreed with me.

Qaasin Middleton
Jet by Paul McCartney and Wings
Qaasim plays the electric guitar? Who knew! It was really weird watching the one person who normally is all over the stage just stand in one place. I didn't like the weird arrangement of a great song. His vocals are still rough, but it wasn't terrible. Just odd.

Adanna Duru
Runaway Baby by Bruno Mars
She didn't move around as much as in past performances and her vocals stayed more on point. She stayed in control. Judges agreed with me.

Tyanna Jones
Tightrope by Janelle Monae
She was spot on with the syncopated beginning of the song. She was very comfortable with this song, even as far as dancing around during part of the performance. Best of the night.

Daniel Seavey
Happy by Pharrell Williams
Daniel played the guitar again. The song was ok. He seemed comfortable, but he just isn't as strong as some of the other contestants. He is just 15. I think he should have waited a year or two. He is a cutie and will stay in the competition for a while, but he does have a lot of work ahead of him.

Quentin Alexander
Rolling In The Deep by Adele
Not sure if I would call this a "party song," but I liked the performance a lot. Quentin is a very interesting guy.

Nick Fradiani
Wake Me Up by Aloe Blacc
Nice acoustic version of the song. Nick held back and didn't play his guitar until the chorus set in. He spoke a couple lines of the lyrics too. He got a little shouty in the middle but reigned it back again. All things considered, I thought it was a really good performance.

And that left Sarina-Joi Crowe singing for the judges' save.
Neon Lights by Demi Lovato
Her voice was shaky at the beginning and she never really reached the power needed to deliver this song. Her movements on the stage looked very awkward this time, too. The judges said NO SAVE.

My rankings on the night:
Tyanna, Joey, Nick, Quentin, Clark, Maddie, Adanna, Daniel, Jax, Rayvon, Qaasim





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