Thursday, May 7, 2015

American Idol 14: Top 3 Named

American Idol sent the Top 4 contestants on hometown visits this past weekend. Tonight we saw these visits, heard three songs from each of the Top 4, and then found out who America named as the Top 3.

Scott Borchetta's song choices.

Want To Want Me by Jason Derulo
Rayvon is not Jason Derulo. He doesn't fit the hiphop star role. The clothes didn't look right. The judges didn't agree with me. They liked the performance.

Beautiful Day by U2
Beginning sounded too low and lacked emotion. The band was much better than Clark. Clark sounded kind of tired to me. Maybe even a couple of pitch problems when holding out notes. JLo liked the performance, but Harry thought the band did a great job. Keith thought he didn't really get into the song until the 3/4 mark.

Because The Night by Bruce Springsteen
Nick told Scott that is one of his favorite songs and it was obvious in his performance. There was fire in Nick's eyes and power in his voice. Nick is getting better with each performance. The audience totally loved this performance. The judges loved it too.

My Generation by The Who
Perfect song Jax. She ran all over the stage and sang like crazy. Judges loved her performance. Harry said she made the most of everything.

JLo said the best of the round was Jax.

Hometown Dedications - Contestants Choices

Back Home by Andy Grammar
Song sounded like it was written for Nick. He looked so happy and comfortable. Great vocals too. Harry was even smiling at the end of the performance and said a critique was not necessary. All three judges loved the performance.

Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay by Otis Redding
Clark was seated at the piano. I think something has changed in Clark's voice. It used to be more appealing to me. He seems to be a little off this week.

As by Stevie Wonder
Rayvon said he has been singing this song for years with the Richmond Boys Choir. Maybe that was the problem, he was too familiar with the song. The vocals were good, but once again it just seems to be missing something. And his outfit was weird again. His hat looked like he was caught out in a rain storm and needed to be reshaped.

My Immortal by Evanescence
Jax looked beautiful seated at the piano wearing a full length gown. She sounded even better. Awesome performance.

Keith said Rayvon narrowly won the round.

The Judges' Choice

Earned It (Fifty Shades Of Grey) by The Weekend
Clark seemed to be emotionally disconnected for much of the song again. I didn't really like it that much. Harry said he needs to find a way to deliver the beginning as well as the end.

You Are So Beautiful by Joe Cocker
Major change to the beginning of the song. Rayvon added in some falsetto runs I didn't think were necessary. JLo wanted more emotion in the performance, and so did I.

Misery Business by Paramore 
Odd arrangement. Acoustic Paramore at the regular tempo doesn't sound right. The judges were confused with the arrangement too. Jax sounded good, but the music was all wrong.

I'll Be by Edwin McCain
Great song choice. Nick performed it well. I loved it. The audience loved it. Standing O from Keith. Harry said Nick nailed that song.

Harry said Nick won that round.

And the Top 3 are:

And Rayvon is finally going home.

Personally, I think Nick was the best of the night and has also been the contestant who has grown the most and provided the most consistent performances.

At this point I believe the results should be:
1. Nick
2. Jax
3. Clark
So, Nick and Jax should be the Top 2 and compete next Tuesday for the championship.

Next week we have Idol on both Tuesday and Wednesday nights, with the winner announced on Wednesday.

It should be interesting to see who is America's favorite.

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