It was going to be a busy night!!
American Idol kicked off tonight with the announcement of guest mentors Florida Georgia Line and Jason Derulo. They would all be performing tonight as well.
Jennifer Hudson and Iggy Azalea would also be hitting the stage.
The Idol Fan Save was also back tonight, and it was anyone's guess as to who would need help from the fans. Who would nab a spot in the top 7?
The remaining hopefuls would be tackling the Bilboard charts this week, which makes the song choices pretty scattered.
Let's get right into this:
1. Jax - Poker Face by Lady Gaga
Okay, so a couple positive things.
She looked like a STAR and sounded amazing as usual. However, I'm going to have to agree with the judges. The arrangement was too different and it really threw everything off. There is such thing as making the song your own, and making it unrecognizable.
Unfortunately, Jax did the latter.
2. Nick Fradiani - Teenage Dream by Katy Perry
VERY happy that Nick is continuing on, and was even HAPPIER with his performance!!
The rocker made the Perry hit his own, just like Jax did, but he also stayed true to the original arrangement with a few tweaks. Nick's voice really pulled the performance as a whole to another level, and yours truly thinks this was his best YET.
3. Joey Cook - Wrecking Ball by Miley Cyrus
Okay, so for starters:
Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr were getting on my nerves tonight, as nothing really seemed to make them happy. They were really nitpicking each performance, to a point where it was noticeable.
Anyways, Joey once again delivered a STELLAR vocal and I could hear that rendition on the radio NOW. Joey kept things simple but threw in her own vocal flare and it really amped the performance. Another standout for yours truly/
4. Quentin Alexander - Latch by Sam Smith/Disclosure
Quentin really brought his A game this week, and challenged himself in the process. It appeared that guest mentor Jason DeRulo was really pushing Quentin to let go and take some risks with his vocal and it paid off. Quentin's falsetto during the performance was spot on, and he nailed the lower register as well. Quentin could be the dark horse of the competition.
5. Clark Beckham - Make it Rain by Ed Sheeran
Keeping this simple:
EVERYBODY GO HOME.
Clark has never faltered with a single performance, and tonight was no different. His take on the Ed Sheeran cut was flawless from the very first note. Every single inflection, key change, run, was met with formidable talent and impressive vocals.
SLAYED from start to finish. Easily the best performance of the night.
6. Tyanna Jones - Stay by Rihanna
Yeah. Yours truly got a little choked up as well!!
Tyanna made a triumphant return after hitting some low marks the past few weeks. Have to agree with Jennifer that this was Tyanna's best vocal in a very long time. The emotion she brought to her performance was so incredibly touching and made it even that much better. Bravo!!
This now meant that Rayvon was once again up for the fan save, this time being joined by Qaasim. They would sing for their survival, but America would only save one of them.
7. Rayvon Owen - Set Fire To The Rain by Adele
8. Qaasim Middleton - Hey Ya! by Outkast
On paper, this should have worked.
Energy wise, Qaasim never lets us down, but once again, the vocal was all over the place. Sometimes non-existent.
He's an immensely talented young man, but I don't think it's right for others to go home over him.
And America agreed with yours truly.
After the fan save, Rayvon once again got a reprieve and will sing next week. Unfortunately, it was the end of the road for Qaasim.
Were you guys happy with tonight's elimination?
Is Clark the front runner? Or is it someone else?