So these are the kids who will be touring the nation come summer, singing billboard hits (which means you will be able to find information about all of these, including whether or how often they’ve been performed on Idol before, in our database). Woo. hoo.
My subjective guess is M.K., Dexter, and C.J. M.K goes home.
Yeah, Handsome Sam is just excruciatingly young
Keith: You’ll be here next week
Jennifer: I loved it.
Harry: I still feel like you’re timid.
Sam probably needed another year before he was really ready for this. I thought this was ok, but the difference between him and Alex is stark.
This kid just doesn’t ever emote, does he?
I guess we’re about to test the hypothesis that if I hear this song again I’ll scream.
I hate fun. so much. It’s a stupid band name that made that stupid song that you couldn’t escape for, like, MONTHS.
Sam is singing We Are Young by Fun.
Harry: You challenge audiences with a new version of the song. Nice job.
Keith: I like you, but for me it doesn’t work. I didn’t care for the arrangement.
Jennifer: I felt fear. Halfway through I heard the Majesty we know.
I’ve never heard that song before, so it seemed good to me
Probably enough to keep her safe. There were 3 or 4 glory notes, and she hit them.
Ehhhhh that wasn’t great.
Not really sure what Majesty is focused on, but it doesn’t seem to be this.
This is more along the lines of what she’s good at. But she sounds kinda shaky in a way that doesn’t seem entirely intentional.
Majesty is singing Wake Me Up! by Avicii
Sing to your strengths, Majesty
I can see this was kind of polarizing. I suppose it comes down to whether you think that Jessica is sophisticated enough to have been deconstructing the song by smiling on it, which is kind of a double-hipster thing. I dunno. I had low expectations and they were met.
Jennifer: I was really happy with that performance. Felt really good.
Harry: You have a one-dimensional kind of performance.
Keith: I thought it was good.
I dunno. I always feel so disappointed by Jessica. Maybe I just misremember how good she ever was?
This part is better
I feel like you can see this at any karaoke bar in Atlanta.
Lost in the mix. Just as well, maybe.
Jessica is singing Pumped up Kicks Foster the People
It feels “creepy”? It’s about mass murder.
I’m a little more positive than they were. Every third note was way off, but the song also had some nice moments. Kind of a tough one. Could be at risk.
Keith: Tonight it was really shaky with staying in tune.
Jennifer: This wasn’t what it should have been. I hope you’re here next week.
Harry: I know you can hear pitch. You have a tendency to sing sharp. You must get the pitch in check.
I thought it was mediocre at best. Definitely some pitch problems.
This just gets worse and worse. CJ, no!
It’s unquestionably a bad performance
I think this might be kind of a bad song choice?
C.J. is singing Invisible by Hunter Hayes
Kudos to Caleb for taking the criticism. M.K. rejecting them was brattish.
Weird how much the judges agree with me this week.
Harry: A for originality. I didn’t think it was your best. It was loud.
Keith: You have killer tone. I didn’t dig the half-time feel of it. It felt unbalanced.
Jennifer: I’m in between them. You sound great, I liked the half time, but it lacked feeling.
He was really pushing every note, but then the chorus was just whatever.
I expect better from Caleb
Also the quieter parts didn’t really sound that good.
This is kind of karaoke for Caleb. Not a hit with me.
This is so 80s
Caleb is singing The Edge of Glory by Lady GaGa.
So, is Dexter finally going to show signs of cracking? His numbers have been horrible, but he’s been safe every week. Other than him and M.K., everyone’s been really good.
Jennifer: I was ready to hate it. It was awesome.
Harry: You really felt the lyrics. Learn which notes to sing over the chords.
Keith: Knocked it out of the park. Really controlled. Great job.
Oh yes, definitely Malaya’s best. Great.
I think this might be the best she’s done so far
Malaya is on point. Great pitch, very clear elocution.
Well that’s pretty. She’s doing quite well so far.
Malaya’s jacket is fantastic
Ok. So only women have sung this song on the show.
Malaya is singing When I Was Your Man by Bruno Mars
Alex is just interesting and natural. He’s really does seem like he’s always been doing it.
Keith: Well done. You made it your own. Really good.
Jennifer: I loved it. You owned the stage. You evoke greatness.
Harry: You just hit the bulls-eye.
Yeah that was great. His awkward little white-boy step-dance was, um, awkward, but everything else about that was awesome
Terrific, amazing. I loved that.
But will he be messed up by having his ankles covered? Is that like cutting Samson’s hair?
Alex is just good at this
Alex is singing Story of my Life by One Direction
I do not care about “the directioners”
Jena was ok. What I could hear of it sounded pretty good. I thought the song was boring, but she did fine with it.
Harry: I can see you living in the world. I thought you made it exciting. I felt like I was at Ultra
Keith: Best of the night so far, easily.
Jennifer: Perfect for you. I wish it was longer. You didn’t really own the stage. Great job.
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This seems kind of hard to hear. She sounds on pitch, but her mic technique isn’t good, and the sound mix is typically maladroit.
Oh true, Dexter is terrible
Jena has never sounded worse
I say Dexter.
Jena is doing Clarity by Zedd
MK. Also I smell a new poll!
If Votefortheworst was still on, who would it be?
Jennifer: Really good. I felt like you could have got the crowd up more.
Harry: I do not think that was good. It was bereft of joy, I felt it was meandering.
Keith: Good song choice. Why didn’t you stay where it was in the beginning? It lost me at the end.
Did Dexter just sneer at Harry? Do NOT sneer at Harry.
I don’t know if there was one right note in that.
This is flat as hell.
I guess I’m impressed at how many damn words he had to memorize for this song. It’s like he’s reciting a novella.
Dexter is singing Cruise by Florida Georgia Line
After she totally flubbed a lyric, she kind of walked around the stage like she was dazed. By the very end she almost recovered, but not quite.
That was really really bad. Those reviews were quite kind.
M.K. sang F**kin’ Perfect by Pink
Keith: You recovered, but you still aren’t dominating the stage.
Jennifer: I loved the first part. You didn’t recover well when you messed up.
Harry: I didn’t think that was one of your strongest. This just sounded like the Pink version.
MK hasn’t had a really strong performance since the voting started, sadly
Oh hell and she messed up the lyrics
This is inspirational and whatever, but the singing is kinda mediocre
MK will be opening with “BLEEEEP Perfect”
omg there was an earthquake in california! that like never happens!
Oh yes, let’s read some signs.
These asinine intro videos are great for when Reuben isn’t quite home yet