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This concept is actually pretty interesting.
Tonight, the Idol hopefuls took the stage for America's votes and the show decided to do something different for this round of the competition. They would be backed by the band tonight, but would be performing their original audition!
Not only that, we would be getting a round of duets from the hopefuls.
1. Jessica Meuse - "Blue Eyed Lie" (Original)
Funny thing about looking back at Jessica's audition is that I REALLY enjoyed her. She may have dropped a little bit in the standings for me, but with tonight's performance, I was hoping she would take me back there.
Performing her original track gave her the moment to really shine and I absolutely LOVED it tonight. Jessica definitely found her niche again, and if she were to release this as a single tomorrow, it would do VERY well on iTunes.
Great start to the show!
2. CJ Harris - "Soul Shine" by The Allman Brothers
CJ did have a few vocal troubles with his first audition, but the tone and ability was there, and thankfully, the judges thought so too. Would he be able to impress them tonight though?
The judges unanimously agreed that his performance tonight was miles better, and yours truly thinks the same. CJ's emotion POURED through this vocal and it was a vast improvement over the past few weeks.
It was time for our first duet of the night though, as Jena Irene and Alex Preston took on the Pink/Nate Ruess "Just Give Me A Reason".
I found this a very interesting combo, but went into it with an open mind.
I have to admit this blew my mind. Their passion, emotion, and the way they looked at each other? Everything just worked. Great choice after all!!
3. Sam Woolf - "Lego House" - by Ed Sheeran
Our little boy Sam has grown up!!!
The past few weeks, Sam's vocals have been great, but the performance as a whole keeps falling short. His nerves are still taking over him. That all changed tonight. Not only was it one of my favorite performances of the night, it was Sam's best performance YET.
Harry mentioned he's still not completely connecting, but he also called it the best performance of the night!!
And now an AMAZING duet:
Jessica Meuse and Caleb Johnson taking on Stevie Nicks/Tom Petty "Stop Dragging My Heart Around" and this was incredible. Their voices just meshed, and it was absolutely KILLER. Loved it.
4. Malaya Watson - "Ain't No Way" by Aretha Franklin
This is my favorite Aretha song. And another confession?
Malaya took us to church. That's all I can really say. This performance was completely ridiculous, in the best way possible. She commanded the stage, her vocals were insane, and I believed EVERY SINGLE WORD.
5. Dexter Roberts - "One Mississippi by Brett Eldredge
Okay, allow me to be frank:
WHERE THE HELL HAS THIS BEEN!?
Dexter decided to really show off for the judges tonight, and we heard parts of his voice that were completely new to everyone. He sat there on that stage and SANG his face off. Just amazing.
Time for another duet, and this time it came from a very mismatched pair:
Sam Woolf and Malaya Watson!
Luckily, the producers picked "Lucky" by Colbie Caillat and Jason Mraz. I have to admit to not loving this. While they were singing solo, they sounded great but their harmonies were a tad off. At least for me.
6. Jena Irene - "Rolling in the Deep" by Adele
Jena took to the stage tonight with a powerful rendition of the Grammy winning song, and definitely put her own twist on it. The vocal was so controlled, and she commanded the stage. I'm not really sure what else to say about it.
Guess I wasn't completely speechless right?
Time for another duet.......COUNTRY VERSION!!
Dexter and CJ teamed up to take on Darius Rucker's "Alright.” While it wasn't my favorite duet, their harmonies were fantastic.
7. Caleb Johnson - "Chain of Fools" by Aretha Franklin
I will never complain about an Aretha track.
And, we've never heard the Queen of Soul like THAT before!! Caleb rocked the stage this week, and that should really be no surprise to anyone who's been watching. I will agree with Harry though:
While it was once again a GREAT performance, I do want to see a softer side to Caleb. Just once. I want to see that side of him.
8. Alex Preston - "Fairytales" (Original)
Performing his original audition track was great because I remember loving the song the first time. His runs were not over the top, but subtle, and his guitar playing was fantastic. Alex has this knack of just connection no matter the song, and obviously, with one he wrote, it's an even bigger advantage.
Another fantastic performance.
This was a really good show tonight, and it pains me that we're going to lose someone tomorrow...
That is unless the judges use the save. They only have 2 weeks left!!
What was YOUR favorite performance tonight? Least favorite?
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