‘American Idol’: Finale Top Two Perform Night [Recap & Video]

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Tonight on American Idol, it was a special Tuesday night edition, the first night of the two-night season finale, and the Top Two musical artists remaining performed live. Record producer, Scott Borchetta, had stated that the Top Three musical artists would be performing tonight, but he later revised that to be the Top Two, as the third musical artist would be eliminated close to the beginning of the show.

The basic format of tonight’s American Idol episode was that, following host, Ryan Seacrest, mentioning the name of the musical artist who would be eliminated, the remaining two finalists took the stage and sang three songs. The first song was a repeat song from earlier in the season, the second one was a song that Simon Fuller, the creator of American Idol, chose, and the third one was called a “Coronation Song.” It would be a song that might be on their first album, if they won on American Idol.

Ryan Seacrest introduced the three judges on American Idol and recapped last week’s episode. Not very long after that, he announced the name of the musical artist who had received the fewest votes from the viewers of America, and who would be eliminated. He said that Joshua Davis and Clark Beckham will be singing for the votes of America tonight, and Jax, sadly, was the one who was eliminated, in a close vote.

The first song that Clark Beckham sang on American Idol tonight was Georgia On My Mind. Beckham sang it originally this season during the House of Blues Showcase Week. He did a terrific job then, and he delivered another effortless and beautiful rendition of it, tonight, and the audience was mesmerized by his performance.

Not to be outdone, Beckham’s competitor on tonight’s American Idol Finale Top Two Perform Night, Nick Fradiani, chose to sing for his repeat song Bright Lights. Somewhat of a problem in Nick’s choosing this song was that it is not as well-known as other possible song choices that he had. However, he did an awesome job reprising it, and he gave an energetic performance, rocking the song out and getting the studio audience involved, clapping along and cheering for him. He gave the performance his all, and sounded like he was realizing, finally, that he might very well win and be named this season’s American Idol.

American Idol host, Ryan Seacrest, announced that Clark Beckham’s second song, one chosen for him to sing by Simon Fuller, would be Ain’t No Sunshine by Bill Withers. Beckham’s a great singer, but this was not a very lively or upbeat sort of song for him to sing tonight, at least not at the start of it, which might prove to be a drawback for his chances of winning tomorrow night. His vocal performance sounded great, though, and Beckham WAILED on it! As he continued singing, his voice grew more and more powerful and confident-sounding.

The second song that Nick Fradiani sang on American Idol, chosen for him to sing by Simon Fuller, was the Jason Mraz song, I Won’t Give Up. Though it, also, is somewhat of a sad and slow song, Nick cranked up the volume and he OWNED it, playing the piano as he sang, leaving his heart on the stage. His voice kept on building in intensity, and he KILLED this song!

Next on American Idol, it was time for Clark Beckham to sing his third song of the night, his “Coronation Song,” which he said he would include on his first album, if he was the winner. The title of the song Beckham sang was Champion, a fitting title if Beckham gets declared as the season’s champion, at any rate.

It sounded pretty terrific, actually, which might make the decisions of voters that much more difficult. Beckham belted the song out, and definitely gave his most lively and energetic performance of the night so far. The audience erupted in applause as he finished singing.

Nick Fradiani, once again, answered back with a great song and performance. He sang for his “Coronation Song” a pretty cool song, Beautiful Life. It sounded like it could be a hit for him, if he is chosen as the winner tomorrow night and it is on his first album. The audience clapped and cheered at various points during his performance.

The race to the end of the season — and, it turns out, to the end of American Idol, itself — is shaping up to be a close one. Both Clark Beckham and Nick Fradiani are terrific, talented musical artists, and probably they both will end up getting a recording contract, regardless of who wins tomorrow night. It was an entertaining episode of American Idol, and for all of the fans of the series, the show will be greatly missed.

Written By Douglas Cobb

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