Thursday, April 16, 2015

American Idol 14: Top 6

So this week the Idol contestants were cut to 6 and the Twitter Save was used again.

This week's theme: American Classics as chosen by Idol fans.  There were two songs performed by everyone this week.

Top 5:
Why Do Fools Fall In Love by Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers
Odd song. I guess the concept was good, but I wasn't bowled over by the performance. She creaked some notes here and there and she looked very glued to the mic stand. Keith wasn't into the song choice either.

Superstition by Stevie Wonder
Very cool harmony scatting with his guitar in the intro. Really good performance. Lots of energy. The audience and the judges loved it too. Clark's guitar was played by his dad when he was performing with The Righteous Brothers.

Piece of My Heart by Janis Joplin
Good song choice for Jax. Her voice has enough edge to it to deliver on a Joplin classic. Her has a lot of pain in her voice and that makes this kind of song even better.

American Girl by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Nick was definitely in his element with this song. He rocked it. Keith loved it. JLo was rocking out. Harry said that was exactly what he needs to do.

Are You Gonna Go My Way by Lenny Kravitz
Great set for this performance and outfit. Quentin overall did a good job. Lots of energy, but an occasional dropped note here and there. Probably one of his best performances. Unfortunately Quentin shot himself in the foot when he had a momentary meltdown and questioned how the two contestants in the bottom two could be there. Harry misunderstood his comment as disrespecting the show and problems ensued.

Bottom 2 vying for the Twitter Save:

My Funny Valentine by Frank Sinatra
Joey looked beautiful. The voice was fine, but her spirit seemed to be missing. Technically it was a good performance but I think the bottom 2 got to her. Harry liked it. Jennifer didn't feel anything either.

Long Train Running by The Doobie Brothers
Voice was ok, but the choreographed dance moves looked dumb. Some of the words were mushed together. Keith didn't get any feeling from the performance.

Round 2 of songs:

Moon River by Frank Sinatra
Clark played the piano. Wearing a suit and tie. It was good, but it not anywhere close to his best. It needed something more. He looked kind of uncomfortable. Harry said Clark needed to challenge himself musically with different chords. Bill Medley from The righteous Brothers was sitting in the audience with Clark's dad. Clark called him Uncle Bill.

Proud Mary by Credence Clearwater Revival
Nice slow beginning and then she cut loose. This was so much better than the first song. Lots of energy and great vocals. The judges loved it.

Only The Good Die Young by Billy Joel
Started seated, but eventually stood. Slower than the original version, almost a power ballad. Easier to understand the lyrics. Great job. Keith loved the arrangement and performance and so did JLo. Harry not so much.

Sound of Silence by Simon and Garfunkle
Ouch. Not a good performance.Very pitchy, as Randy Jackson would have said. No applause from the judges on that one. Blah!!!

Beat It by Michael Jackson
Another good performance from Jax. Not stellar, but it had energy. She was running around the stage. Harry like the energy.

For the Twitter Save:
Always On My Mind by Willie Nelson
Well, this is one of my all time favorite songs and Willie Nelson is one of my all time favorite singers, so Rayvon didn't really stand a chance with me on this performance. Blah! The judges liked it though.

Somebody To Love by Jefferson Airplane
It was quirky. It was fun. It was Joey for sure. I loved everything about it: great vocals, crazy bohemian dress, mandolin playing, combat-looking boots, big ol' flowers in her hair. I Loved It.

And the Twitter Save went to Rayvon. 52 % of the vote
Shame on you America. How could you let this happen? Joey Cook is so much more entertaining than Rayvon. Did American even listen to the performances tonight? BOOOOOOO!!!!! And now Joey won't be on the summer tour.

And all that I can hope for is that Rayvon finally goes home next week.

My Top 2: Nick and Clark
My bottom 2: Rayvon and Quentin

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