Alrighty, another one of these things
I also wouldn’t be surprised to see CJ in the bottom three
I think if they don’t make voting enough of an effort, people will vote for everyone. That said, Kristen is almost certainly not safe, right?
I wouldn’t bet against Kristen O’Connor going home tomorrow night
Keith: Killer! Such a great song. Find a twist to put on songs.
Jennifer: You’re so ready for a rock star life.
Harry: You killed it.
Agree. He does kinda border on self-parody though.
I thought that basically worked. I liked it. Way over the top, but definitely rockin.
It’s hizzouse, I’m fairly certain
Taylor Hicks in the hissouse
Also I want to fire whoever is in charge of the graphics on that giant screen behind the kids. SO ANNOYING.
Caleb Johnson is singing Pressure and Time by Rival Sons
I want to take away Caleb’s mic stand just to see what he’d do without it
Harry: I thought it was good, I didn’t think it was great.
Keith: The tempo was too slow.
Jennifer: You just have to come alive more. Your voice is amazing.
He’s certainly not what I would call charismatic
This is a great song, but this is not a great performance. Sorry. I’m sleepy now.
He’s performing this song perfectly well. And he’s such a cutie-pie.
Sam Woolf is singing Unwell by Matchbox 20
Handsome Sam does a Matchbox 20 classic
Keith channeling the insobriety of Paula Abdul.
Jennifer: You did it so beautifully.
Harry: I’m proud of you.
Keith: Beautiful vocal performance. It was too yin.
I have sort of an impression that that was pretty and nice, but evidently nothing about it captured my attention. Because of tabbed browsers. A blessing and a curse.
Oh crap I forgot to pay attention to Emily
Kinda treacly, but nice.
Emily Piriz is singing Glitter in the Air by Pink.
Kids. No one’s eyes actually change color.
They shouldn’t high-five so much, since getting sick can be so disastrous for them. I would keep hand sanitizer in my pocket at all times if they made me do that. Luckily I can’t sing at all so it won’t come up.
Jesus, this is a marathon.
Keith: Reminded me of the dark quality we saw in you.
Jennifer: My favorite so far. Dope.
Harry: Nice job.
Jessica Meuse is singing The Crow and the Butterfly by Shinedown
I really dig Jessica’s voice. Enough that I forgive her Stevie Nicks vibrato.
How do you fail band? Cut class every day?
Is there anything JLo has not loved so far?
Pitch wasn’t perfect, but it was a good choice and I thought more than competent.
Harry: Try to sing in tune. It didn’t serve you well.
Keith: It pulled me in.
Jennifer: I was caught up in the mood. I loved it.
Some big notes, though, competently executed. Super weak ending.
I kinda think this is terrific.
Alex has chosen a rather boring song, but he’s singing it reasonably well
Alex Preston is singing A Beautiful Mess by Jason Mraz
Jennifer: I was worried for you, but at the end I loved it.
Harry: You made good melodic choices.
Keith: It was pitchy at the beginning. You owned it after that.
At least she found a key, mostly, as the song went on. But, yuck.
This is amazingly like a female Clay Aiken performance.
Jena needs, like, a dialog coach or something. She has a good strong voice, but the way she delivers the lyrics is just… unfortunate.
I do not enjoy this.
Jena Irene is singing The Scientist by Coldplay
Everything about this is horrible
Keith: Killer song choice. Just get more confident.
Jennifer: I love your individuality. That was a great performance.
Harry: That was terrific.
Majesty was a little shaky, but otherwise I thought it was good.
Did they actually fix the sound at some point? If so, sucks for the earlier contestants this episode.
Majesty York is singing Tightrope by Janelle Monae
Majesty is doing a creditable job of singing as well
Stop being so heteronormative, maaaaaan
It makes me a little uncomfortable that Harry complimented MK’s deliberately feminizing makeup. I wonder how she feels about the makeup herself. I mean, she was pretty androgynous before, and if that’s her style, I don’t see why she should have to change that.
Harry: I thought it was really cool. I enjoyed it.
Keith: A little bit deer-in-the-headlight. Your voice is consistent.
Jennifer: It was really smart. I loved it.
I think that was really good though; I think MK will make some fans with that. She made a fan of me. I had a vague impression I liked her before, but that was pretty great.
That being said, I thought it was good. Not great, but good.
Another song that never charted. I’m not sure of the wisdom of doing deep cuts from artists I’ve never heard of.
I mean other than the asinine screen behind her
I am actually liking this
M.K. Nobilette is singing Satisfaction by Allen Stone
A strong start from MK
Maybe CJ’s slight country flava can help him conquer the Black Man Bias. Or it will work against him. Or neither.
Jennifer: I think you did really well.
Harry: I want to hear the cry in your voice. I thought it was an ok song choice.
Keith: Good song choice.
C.J. did pretty well, I think, overall.
That was ok. Again, not entirely in tune. Sigh.
Darius Rucker, better known as Hootie
C.J. Harris is singing Radio by Darius Rucker
I too hate icy roads in the winter, CJ. And deer hunting, though that comes up less often. In that it comes up never.
Keith: It was particularly brisk. Be careful when you sacrifice artistry for performance.
Jennifer: I liked the tempo. I loved it.
Harry: It was unquestionably the best of the night. I really loved it.
I didn’t like the frantic tempo, but the singing didn’t sound bad. Unlike the previous kids. I can call them all kids because I’ve been older than all of them for like three years now.
This is at least in tune. I ain’t mad at it.
I guess one way to make sure you do the whole song in 90 seconds is to speed it up 3x.
Ben Briley is singing Folsom Prison Blues by Johnny Cash
Ben Briley shot a man in Reno just to watch him die
Ben Briley misses Polaroids, is 100 years old apparently
Ben Briley looks super uncomfortable getting powdered by the makeup lady. That makes me happy. Because I’m a jerk.
Harry: I didn’t feel like you were singing what the song was about. You sang it out of tune.
Keith: You did the song well.
Jennifer: Start thinking about what the song is about.
Kristen ain’t really in-tune either. Bring back Marc Anthony to help them with their ear monitors. Never mind that JLo divorced him; that was helpful.
This song never charted. Why do this song?
Kristen O’Connor is singing Beautiful Disaster by Kelly Clarkson
Jennifer: It wasn’t your best vocal performance. It went a little off the rails.
Harry: Jitters made you out of tune.
Keith: Figure out how to get on top of the song.
Harry apologizes for Malaya
This is amazingly out of tune.
Can we really characterize what Malaya is doing as singing? I kind of don’t think so.
Malaya Watson is singing Runaway Baby by Bruno Mars
Neil Degrasse Tyson promises to educate you in the most gratuitous and flashy way.
Looking up the lyrics, um, is that song entirely about drinking? Is Dexter trying to tell us he’s an alcoholic?
Keith: Good, but you need to make it more Dexter.
Jennifer: Same as Keith.
Harry: You have a pitch issue.
Dexter Roberts is singing Aw Naw by Chris Young
Dexter’s mom(?) sure has big hair
I can understand like 10% of Dexter Roberts’ words.
Does anyone still vote by phone?
Hmm. The whole extended internet voting thing might prove an interesting wrinkle.
Huh. The whole 1-number all season thing is an interesting and possibly good idea.
Keith’s new haircut is half-way toward the villain from The Fifth Element.
“This is me” is a terrible theme. Whose whole life can be summed up in one song? That Idol can get approval for?
I’ll learn their names eventually
I didn’t know men wore capris. Maybe Band Geek is blazing trails.
I get a serious “Running Man” vibe from this new set, for some reason.