Thursday, April 23, 2015

American Idol 14: Top 5

Thousands began the journey on the road to stardom, but only a very few have succeeded to reach their goal. This week Idol announced the Top 5 contestants for season 14. The 5 people who will travel the country this summer to entertain the masses. At least, they hope the crowds will come out to meet their Idols. I think the last season where crowds filled the stadiums to see the Top 10 was Season 7; the year of David Cook, David Archuleta, Jason Castro, Michael Johns, Brook White, Carly Smithson, and the rest of the most talented season ever for American idol. yes, other stars have come to fame from AI, but Season 7 was the one that all Idol fans claim as the best. The season all others have been measured against. The season that put all others to shame.

So this week the theme was Arena Anthems.  Or as Ryan described them "Epic songs from super stars." You will be surprised as to what songs these contestants chose as arena anthems. Most don't even come close to qualifying. And TPTB didn't have any big-name stars drop by to help mentor the kids this week.

So here are the Top 4 and the Bottom 2 who vied for the Twitter save this week. Two songs from each contestant. And a little of each contestants back-story.

Her father was a firefighter injured on 9-11.

You Are Gonna Be My Girl by Jet
Jax looked like she had fun singing this song. It didn't really do anything for me. No pizzazz. No anthem power. Keith seemed to like it.

Recruited to play college basketball but was injured and decided to concentrate on music instead. Dad is a musician and his career has taken off now because of Nick.

Harder To Breathe by Maroon 5
Much better on song choice. Good song for Nick. He looked so much more comfortable on the stage. Good job.

As a kid, Clark used to perform at nursing homes with his parents. That's when he realized his voice could affect people.

Yesterday by The Beatles
Not sure if arena anthems have a grand piano and violins accompanying the singer on a ballad, but it was different. Unfortunately, Clark had some major intonation problems. He cracked several times and was flat at other times.

Her parents and all of her siblings have names starting with "T."  The family was homeless for a while.

Party In The USA by Miley Cyrus
New, young look for Tyanna. Unfortunately she had intonation problems in the beginning. I wasn't blown away by the performance.

Vying for the Twitter Save:

Grew up in the 9th ward in New Orleans, just mom and two sisters. His mother was very protective of her kids because of the dangerous area where they lived.

Light My Fire by The Doors
The song choice had possibilities, but Quentin's interpretation was very laid back. It wasn't bad, but Quentin had intonation problems throughout the performance.

Grew up singing in church. Just mom and his sister.

I'm Not The Only One by Sam Smith
Definitely not a arena anthem. Much more like a ballad. It was ok, but I just didn't get any spark or connection with this performance.

Song Number Two:

Maggie May by Rod Stewart
The perfect song choice for the night's theme. Nick sounded great. Possibly the best performance of the night and definitely the best so far from Nick this season. Keith loved the performance. JLo loved the performance. Harry said nice job.

Heaven by Bryan Adams
Totally different look for this song; more grown up. Tyanna had intonation problems again on this song. Maybe the pressure is starting to get to the 16 year old. It was ok, but a long way from perfect.

Boyfriend by Justin Bieber
An acoustic performance seated center stage. Not really an anthem. It was in Clark's style but not following the theme. And it had intricate guitar work, but not much else. Harry didn't think it worked and neither did I.

White Flag by Dido
Jax played the piano next to a cello. A beautiful ballad, not an arena anthem. I loved the performance even though it didn't follow the theme. The judges loved the performance also.

For the save:

Shake It Out by Florence + The Machine
More intonation problems for Quentin. The production part of the performance was good, but he needs to work on staying in tune. But it was better than the first song.

Go Your Own Way by Fleetwood Mac
Really shaky start. Pitch problems. Better on the chorus with the backup singers but off again when he started the second verse. Ends on an unnecessary falsetto screeching note. He murdered a perfectly good song. Blah. I don't understand why the audience thought it was so good. Just because he can sing a high note, does not make it a great performance.

And the Twitter save goes to, you guessed it, Rayvon.

So the Top 5 moving on and going of the summer tour are Nick, Clark, Rayvon, Tyanna, and Jax.

My rankings for these performances considering both songs from the Top 5 are:
1. Nick
2. Jax
3. Clark
4. Tyanna
5. Rayvon

Maybe Rayvon will finally go home next week.

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