These new rules are making my head spin.
Tonight on American Idol we were treated to a brand new round titled Rush Week, and you better be paying attention to the rules for this, because it's not exactly simple.
Last week, the judges put through 15 girls and 16 guys to make up a Top 31. The judges revealed their picks for the 10 girls (and will do the same for the guys tomorrow night). The 5 girls that weren't picked to sing live, were eliminated from the competition...
The judges took into consideration everything the contestant has delivered thus far, as well as listening to in house mentor Randy Jackson.
This process is going to make up a Top 20, and then come Thursday, that will be whittled down to 10 by America's vote. Then the judges will each select a Wild Card pick and we'll have our Top 13!
Did you get all that?
We also found out who would make it between Neco Starr and Ben Briley.
Let's recap tonight!!
We were first given a glimpse into the workshop that Randy Jackson put the contestants through. The shop included musical director Ricky Minor, vocal coaches, stylists and some VERY special celebrities:
Idol alums Adam Lambert and Chris Daughtry!
The judges then made their first choice of the night:
1. Majesty Rose - "Happy" by Pharrell
Color me VERY happy!
The young girl decided to belt out the Oscar nominated songwriters hit song "Happy", and I'm going to have to be really honest here. While some of the notes were killer, I found the song selection a little strange. The added guitar for the performance was also a tad uncomfortable. The judges were thrilled with her performance however, so it will be interesting to see if she makes it through.
2. Kristin O'Connor - "Turning Tables" by Adele
One word: RISKY.
Taking on the Grammy winning Adele can be no easy feat, but Kristin held her own. The performance started off somewhat shaky for yours truly, but by mid-song she had truly found her voice. The judges picked up on her nerves, and Jennifer pointed out she may have been off balance with the band to start. However, they all agreed that she did finally capture it.
3. Briana Oakley - "Warrior" by Demi Lovato
Briana was sent packing this time last year, so she was going to give it her all to ensure that doesn't happen again. I feel her vocal was top notch, but her stage presence definitely lacked something. Harry Connick Jr. definitely hit on something when he warned Briana (and everyone else) that a high note isn't something to throw out for cheap applause. You need to FEEL it and be comfortable with it. I don't think Briana is in trouble, but I found the judges' critiques interesting.
4. Jena Irene - "Paint It Black" by The Rolling Stones
Jena definitely brought it tonight, because her performance of the Stones classic was one of my favorite performances of the night. Her vocals reminded me of Heart front woman Ann Wilson, and you best believe that is a HUGE compliment!!! I have no doubt in my mind that Jena will advance to the Top 13 (I'll explain*).
5. Bria Anai - "Wrong Side of a Love Song" by Melanie Fiona
While I may have agreed somewhat with Harry and Keith (that she was shouting a tad), I have to agree with Jennifer more:
Bria is covered in star quality, and she was the first contestant to really show how comfortable she was on stage. The critiques also had a humorous moment as Connick received his first batch of boo's from the live audience when he insisted Bria was shouting.
6. Marrialle Sellers - "Roar" by Katy Perry
The Miley Cyrus look-a-like took on the Miss Katy Perry track and, while I loved her energy, the performance was a mess for me. The judges echoed my thoughts and tried to remind her of the girl they met during her first audition. Marrialle's vocals were all over the place, and save for the last funny moment when she lost a heel, everything fell flat (Pun intended.)
7. Jessica Meuse - "Drink a Beer" by Luke Bryan
The country rocker slowed things down with her mellow performance of the Luke Bryan song, and while I'm definitely still a fan, I did feel she was slightly off with some of her vocals. The highlights for me though put the minor slips to rest though. Her tone is ridiculously good, and she delivered in my eyes. I truly feel there is a place for her in the competition.
8. Emily Piriz - "Paris Ooh La La" by Grace Potter
Repeating her original audition could have been very risky for Emily, and I think it may have worked against her. Harry called her out on the lyrics of the track again, asking her if this is the musical direction she wants to take. Keith also reminded her that they all fell in love with her in Hollywood even more, because she bared her soul while playing the keyboard. Jennifer still liked Emily's performance and it will be interesting to see if America keeps her around.
9. MK Nobilette - "All of Me" by John Legend
I AM SO HAPPY. Okay, all bias aside, I'm a huge fan of this girl and her performance tonight was proof that she could win this entire competition. Perfect song choice, stage presence, and effortlessness of it all.. Harry hit the nail on the head when he told MK "You belong here".
Before we got to the final reveal, we had to find out whether Ben or Neco would be joining the guys tomorrow night.
That guy iss:
And the final girl to make it to the Top 10 girls is.....
10. Malaya Watson - "Hard Times" by Ray Charles
Emotion. Emotion. Emotion!!! The old school energy of this young girl is crazy, and I can't say enough good things. Her runs were very good and it was a perfect way to close the show.
Tomorrow night, the 16 guys will take the stage for votes!!
What did you guys think of the girls tonight? Favorite performance? Least favorite?
Sound off in the comments!!
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