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It feels strange without MK there…
…but America just wasn't behind her. It’s time to focus on who is left, and anyone of their 9 contestants could wind up being the next "American Idol".
Okay, maybe not ALL of them.
kicked off another week with the Top 9 taking the stage to perform songs backed by an additional band that would give them more of a rock vibe. The hopefuls were mentored by Fall Out Boy members Pete Wentz and Patrick Stump.
The Top 9 then kicked off the night with a medley of songs which included Coldplay, The Rolling Stones, and Fall Out Boy. Standout for yours truly during the medley was definitely Malaya. She was all over the stage, whipping her hair and really getting into the performance. Great start to the show, and only made me more excited for what was to come.
1. Alex Preston - "Don't Speak” by No Doubt
Kicking off the night with a No Doubt song made me very wary for my resident acoustic guitar player, and I was pleasantly surprised. His vocals were great, and he completely made the song his own. I was worried with Alex attempting to go "rock", but he made it work. Keith wants to see more of an edge, while Jennifer felt he sucked the energy out of the song. Harry enjoyed the performance, but wants to see Alex move around more.
2. Majesty Rose - "Shake It Out” by Florence + the Machine
The second I heard Majesty was covering my beloved Florence Welch and her mighty machine, I was VERY excited. Thankfully, girl blew it out the box because this was AMAZING. Majesty finally let loose on stage and the energy was infectious. Sure, she had a few little vocal hiccups, but the performance as a whole was CRAZY GOOD. Loved everything about this.
3. Dexter Roberts - "Boondocks" by Little Big Town
You know, the song choice this week had me stumped, and I have to confess to not LOVING this performance. It's not that it was bad, but I just felt it lacked something. I have to 100% agree with Harry's comments, and that's it felt very generic. He didn't make the song bigger, and it never reached a level of something we needed. I'm not saying I need Dexter to give me something completely out of his comfort level, but he needs to deliver some surprises. I'm getting very bored.
4. Malaya Watson - "The Long & Winding Road" by The Beatles
Once again, the girl surprised me.
Malaya took a different approach to the rock vibe of the night, but unlike Dexter, she pulled it off. The control during her performance tonight was out of this world. She is slowly growing up in front of the world every week, and I am loving it. This was a genuinely, GREAT performance.
5. Sam Woolf - "Hey There Delilah" by The Plain White T's
Confession time: I don't like this song.
Sorry ‘bout it.
I really do love this guy. And he delivered yet another great vocal, but I still need a connection. I'm a fan of this guy, and I do believe he will see HUGE radio success if he moves forward, but I still sense nerves. He has NOTHING to be afraid of, because he is that good. To reiterate what Keith has said multiple times:
Sam's voice is MONEY. It's like butter. He needs to believe that.
6. Jessica Meuse - "Rhiannon" by Fleetwood Mac
This was a BIG song, which had me very worried for her. Due to the comparisons between Jessica and Stevie since the competition began, she had massive shoes to fill. That is the exact reason I didn't LOVE it, but I liked it very much. I felt she nailed a lot of it but some parts felt imitable to Stevie. Nobody can touch the magic that Nicks brings to the stage, but Harry was right: Jessica connected more, which is a very good thing.
7. CJ Harris - "If It Hadn't Been For Love" by The Steeldrivers
This was probably the best performance CJ has delivered in quite some time, and I did enjoy it. While I do feel like he lost it during the chorus, this was definitely an improvement. Harry has been on the mark previous weeks, when he tells CJ he's constantly sharp. Whether or not it's something that can be fixed, I'm not sure. Jennifer was the one to call him on it tonight though, saying the beginning and end were good but he lost it in the middle.
8. Caleb Johnson - "Dazed & Confused” by Led Zeppelin
Best performance of the night. And get ready:
BEST PERFORMANCE SINCE THE START OF THE COMPETITION.
Caleb exploded on that stage tonight with his Zeppelin cover, and it was bloody BRILLIANT. His vocals were on point, and the energy was crazy. I don't have any idea what will get Harry out of his seat, but if this didn't, I REALLY don't know what will.
9. Jena Irene - "Bring Me To Life” by Evanescence
Perfect song choice!
Jena may not have topped Caleb's performance, but she damn sure came close. The distinct sound of Jena's voice is brilliant, and she came in to the show tonight to win. Great performance!
Stellar performances tonight, and I can't imagine who's going to be in the bottom.
What are your predictions?