On American Idol tonight, the 12 finalists left will compete, and you, America, will determine which one of them will be sent home sometime during tomorrow night’s episode by your votes! Also, will be the guest performer. The stakes are high, and all of the performers must be on their A games, or they could risk being sent home! Philip Philips will be performing tomorrow night.
The host of American Idol, Ryan Seacrest, said that “Home is where the heart is,” because tonight’s theme is “Home.” He said it’s definitely one of the show’s most emotional themes.
American Idol is in Hollywood tonight, Ryan said; then he introduced the three judges, Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick , Jr., and Keith Urban.
Harry: “We need to applaud Ryan’s suit.”
Ryan to J-Lo: “How has your home, New Orleans, Impacted your career?”
Harry: “I would not be here if it wasn’t for my city. I owe everything to the city of New Orleans.
Then, we get to learn more about the contestant Jena Irene, 17, from Detroit, Michigan — her home. She will be singing “Suddenly I See.” The audience has their hands over their heads clapping along as she sings during the entire song. She has a melodious voice, and a great vocal range. The audience gave her a standing ovation as she finished.
Keith: “I like your stage presence. It’s really coming alive for you.”
J-Lo: “You’re right there, right on the precipice. You’ve been really good about choosing your songs, and making them your own.”
Harry: “I enjoyed how you showed energy, but I wanted to see more.”
Ryan: “If she is your favorite, you need to vote right now.” Then, American Idol went to the first commercial break of the night.
After the break, we see Alex Preston featured. He’s from New Hampshire. He will be singing “I Don’t Want to Be” by Gavin DeGraw.
Alex plays an electric guitar as he sings “I Don’t Want to Be.” He has a very cool, quirky voice. He ROCKED the song out! I think he might go all the way — he did an AWESOME job!
J-Lo: “You looked like you belonged on stage! I have to say, though, it wasn’t my favorite vocal performance from you.”
Harry: “I like how you ended on a 9 again. I think you’re pretty special to sing an intimate, soft song. You were a little bit overpowered. I admired the fact that you tried to do something different this time.”
Keith: “The word instability hit me. The song was around you. You seemed to be nervous. I always applaud your originality, man.”
Jessica Meuse, 23, from Slapout, Alabama, will be singing “White Flag” by Diamond. She accompanies herself on the guitar. She is another one of my favorites, and she does a mellow but cool version of this song.
Harry: “When you walked out, it felt a bit understated and like you were blase. You were so off I think people could honestly hear that.” He was roundly booed by the audience.
Keith: “With pitch and things like that, I don’t always agree about the pitch thing. If you have something that you believe in and sing it, everyone will cheer.”
J-Lo: “This is a tough one. What we want is superstar performances. You were so sharp, it just didn’t happen today.”
Ryan said that when American Idol comes back, Dexter Roberts will be performing.
Dexter Roberts is featured after the break. He will be singing “Lucky Man” by Alabama. He sings it with a lot of passion and emotion, and made it his own. The audience clapped and the females cheered at various points during the performance. He did FANTASTIC!
Keith: “Firstly, I just want to say, that was the perfect song; it just was. I liked that you took certain liberties with the phrasing, and make it your own. Really well done, Dexter.”
J-Lo: “I feel that we’re being a little hard on everyone tonight. But we liked your song.”
Harry: “It was unquestionably the best performance of the night. It was great!”
Emily Piriz, 18, was on the stage next, and Ryan asked her a question that a viewer had emailed, wondering if she had a boyfriend of was married. Emily answered that yes, she did have a boyfriend. She will be singing “Let’s Get Loud” by Jennifer Lopez. She says that she is Cuban, and that J-Lo’s song really reminds her of that heritage.
She had the audience on their feet from the very start of the song, and she really got the audience into it with her great performance! I thought it was one of the best of the night so far.
J-Lo: “It makes me happy to hear that you are listening to this and it influenced you. I always close with this song. I loved it, but I’m biased.”
Harry: I thought it took a lot of courage to sing that song right in front of Jennifer Lopez. You need to match the intensity of the song. The song and the production were too big for you tonight.” Again, Harry was booed.
Keith: “I loved the song, Emily.”
Ryan reminded everyone that they could vote right now. Then, he introduced Caleb Johnson, 22, from Austin, Texas. He has chosen to sing “Working Man” by Rush. It’s a great song — we’ll see how ell Caleb can pull it off.
Caleb showed he can hit the high notes — not as high as the original singer of “Working Man,” but he did a TERRIFIC job, and had the audience on their feet clapping the entire song. The electric guitar a the end threatened to drown him out, though. The audience was PUMPED UP!
Harry: “So, Caleb — you are unquestionably the most consistent performer on American Idol. Rock ‘n’ Roll was brought out of turbulence and strife — how will you change it, and make it not predictable?”
Keith: “You’re one of the best performers I’ve heard. What you did at the end — that’s your thing. You have to figure out how to do it without a band around you.”
J-Lo: ” I LOVE you! Great job tonight!”
The first six have performed. Ryan said that after the next commercial break, we’ll see how the voting is going so far on the American Idol Facebook page.
Ryan took a look at the results so far. Dexter and Jessica currently led int he voting tonight.
MK Nobilette will be singing “Drops of Jupiter” by Train tonight. She is adopted, and has two moms. She has two stepmoms, and “a bunch of step siblings.”
MK accompanies herself on her guitar singing an acoustic version of this cool song. MK ROCKS it out, IMHO! She packs every word with a lot of heart-felt emotion. It’s a great song choice for her, and she makes it her own. The audience goes wild with applause!
Keith: “I like that song choice.”
Harry: “I suggest working on the things that are hard. Try to sing in tune.” Harry got booed for the third time tonight, though to a lesser extent.
CJ Harris is now up — he will be sings “Waiting On the World to Change” by John Mayer. He plays his guitar as he sings.
I love the soulfulness his voice has, and the raspiness of it. The audience clapped along as he sang. The audience gave him a standing ovation!
J-Lo: “I have to say, you looked great tonight, and I really loved your performance of the song tonight.’
Harry: “That there’s an example of a person who can sing sharp but with a lot of emotion, and did a great job.’
Keith: “Where are you in this? What’s your artistic take?” Keith doesn’t want him to sound as if he’s singing a cover version of the song. I think that CJ did GREAT, but that’s my personal opinion. What do you say, America?
Sam Woolf says a few words about himself, and he has chosen “We are the Tide” by Blind Pilot. Sam says he likes the message of the song, and says that it reminds him of Michigan.
Sam has a great voice, and he accompanies himself on the guitar as he sings. It was a really cool, subdued performance.
Harry: “I really liked the lyrics of the song. There has to be emotional dynamics to the song. I think you need to try something else.” Harry was booed for the fourth time this episode of American Idol.
Keith: “I guarantee that you will be here next week. The tone of your voice is like butter. If you made a record tonight of original songs, I’d buy it tomorrow. I would.”
American Idol went to yet another commercial break.
After the commercial break, Malaya Watson performed on American Idol. She will be singing “Take Me to the King.” She has a BEAUTIFUL voice, and packs so much emotion in her performance. Her voice soared to the rafters! The audience gave her a standing ovation, ‘natch.
Keith: ‘Did you get goosies, Jen?”
J-Lo: “I DID get them, all over.”
J-Lo: “It was like you were telling a story to us. I had goosies by the end and tears in my eyes.”
Harry: “I’m really proud of you. You didn’t go off the rails. There were a few problems, but it was great.”
More commercials ensued.
Ben Briley is featured next on American Idol. He will be singing “Turning Home.” He said he is a simple man and grew up in a simple town, and he’s proud of it. He is, I think, the only competitor so far who hasn’t come out with a guitar to play or has played the piano.
Ben had the audience on their feet for the entire performance. He showcased his vocal range with this song choice, and sang an emotional version of it, giving a rock-solid performance.
J-Lo: “That’s what I was looking for all night.”
harry: “I did not connect with it, and it felt shallow to me. It was ‘okay’ but it wasn’t great.” He’s booed for the fifth time.
J-Lo: “I disagree. It struck me.”
Keith: “I lost the emotion from you.” Blah. I very much disagree with both Harry and Keith’s assessment of how Ben performed this song — what do you think, America? Will you vote him on, or send him home?
Majesty Rose was the last performer of the night. She sang “Fix You” by Coldplay, and she gave a TERRIFIC performance, though a little bit low key.
J-Lo: “That was the zone for that song.”
Keith: “I know one thing — we will see you next week.”
Ryan checked the Facebook voting once again, and said: “CJ is in the lead, the Ben and Malaya and Majesty.” I think that’s the order he gave, at least.
American Idol “12 Finalists Perform”was a great episode, filled with fantastic performances. Which one of the remaining 12, though, will get the lowest amount of votes by you, America, and be sent home tomorrow night on the “Results” show? What is your opinion — who will stay, and who will go? Please watch tomorrow night’s one hour long episode of American Idol and check back here to read my recap/review of it!
Written by: Douglas Cobb