Tonight each contestant is doing two songs (instead of the idiotic duos and trios we’ve been sitting through): one country, one rock. Alrighty then.
Nevertheless, I think C.J. and Sam are the bottom 2.
These songs must sound different in the hall, because the song I just heard didn’t match the description they just gave.
Harry: You stood there and sang the song. You delivered it in a strong and convincing way.
Keith: Good job. I hated the arrangement, though.
JLo: Your vocal was really strong. I felt that. It was a good job.
Yeah that was a mess
This is the first time I can think of where Jessica was off pitch. This is maybe her worst performance.
Historically this song has not worked out well for Idol competitors
Jessica closes out the night with Dolly Parton’s Jolene
JLo: This is more your style. I expected a tiny bit more from you.
Harry: It wasn’t your best performance. Pick a song and find things you know will kill.
Keith: I love you as a guy, but you really need to choose these songs carefully. This song pulled you down.
This is extremely out of tune. I can’t imagine C.J. lasts another week.
CJ is singing Zac Brown Band’s Whatever It Is
Keith: You are such a good singer. This is like the best journey to watch you.
JLo: It’s almost like the band goes away; the power of the vocal takes over. I had the goosies again.
Harry: I didn’t really know where you were going; the ornaments that you chose to sing didn’t match what was going on underneath you.
That was a nice, understated performance. A bit maudlin, but overall quite good.
Jena has taken all the country out of this. I mostly approve. I have no idea what the original sounds like, though.
White leather (or pleather or whatever) pants weren’t the best choice for Jena
Jena is performing Carrie Underwood’s So Small
Harry: I feel very lucky to have heard you do that in the competition tonight. You sang it beautifully. You’re an artist.
Keith: You have a really strong style. You really dig into what that song is about. I would’ve liked a little more heartbreak.
JLo: It was really beautiful. This was the perfect balance of Alex and a great beautiful song that everybody loves.
Buckley did gravitate toward open intervals like that. It was definitely supposed to be like Buckley would do that song. It mostly worked, I guess.
This sounds kinda Jeff Buckleyish, at least the guitar stuff he’s doing does. To me. But what do I know?
Alex is performing Always On My Mind by Willie Nelson
JLo: This was a great performance too, it’s just hard to compare [to the first song]
Harry: The magic really happened in the first song; this one felt kind of forced. It was still an extremely strong performance.
Keith: I thought it was great. I can’t wait to hear what country song you do later [that was a joke]
But he got to touch Grumpy Cat!!!
Caleb is getting to be kind of predictable.
Caleb sure did turn this song into a rock anthem
Caleb is performing Carrie Underwood’s Undo It
She’s so cute and tiny!!!!!
GRUMPY CAT OMFG
Don’t vote for Sam. Just don’t. Stop now. That was really bad.
Keith: Perfect song choice. You should just relax more
JLo: You’re so cute it’s crazy. My favorite parts are when you’re having feelings.
Harry: Have more dynamics in your singing
And it’s awful
Sam is singing Shania Twain’s You’re Still the One
Oh boy country time! And I don’t mean powdered lemonade!
Harry: You have a great voice, and you just presented that voice in the strongest possible way. You delivered it, and it was strong.
Keith: It played to your tonal strengths. I would like to see more release.
JLo: There has to be a freedom to a performance. You have to just feel; think about the words of the song
Ok. That was virtually identical to the original.
Am I the only one who gets a Stepford Wives thing from Jessica?
I hate her earrings so much
Well this is an obvious Jessica song. Man it really sucks for her that it’s not the 70s, nor even the 80s.
Part of the verve of this song is that it starts with the singer. She undercut that by waiting for the band for 2 measures.
Jessica is singing Jefferson Airplane’s Somebody to Love
I don’t get the acclaim. There were 4 notes in that “melody”. He sang each one really loud, and he ran around like a mad person. So what?
JLo: That was some real rock and roll. You did an amazing job
Harry: Virtually impossible to beat. Congratulations.
Keith: Despite that big crack in the performance you just spackled right over it
He’s the anti-Sam that way
Caleb certainly owns most of the charisma
Yeah, out of all the great rock songs ever, or even the great rock songs likely to be approved, why did Caleb choose this?
Man, think of how great this would be if it were actually a good song.
I don’t like The Black Crows, I don’t think
Calen is performing The Black Crows’ Sting Me
Keith: I just wanted you to release a bit more
JLo: There was something missing for me from you
Harry: You sounded out of breath or something. It wasn’t your best.
He was singing an uptempo song but he was behind the beat every measure. Does that count?
Is CJ some kind of pitch vampire, and he’s been stealing Alex’s ability to sing actual notes?
This is a really good song, but he’s just muttering parts of it. Is he sick or something? That was borderline awful.
Is it just me, or is Alex having kind of an off night, pitch-wise? Which is really unusual for him, historically
Oh, this song
Alex is performing Animal by Neon Trees
That’s some jacket Alex has on
Harry: I thought it was a good performance
Keith: If you’re not “that guy,” pull that emotion from somewhere else
JLo: You look the part. I think you did pull it off.
That’s not at all what the song is about.
Out of all the songs, why are these kids picking songs we’ve heard thousands of times? Can’t they find anything rocking that is a bit fresher?
By CJ standards this isn’t bad, though. It’s reasonably in-tune, inasmuch as this song has a tune
Here’s the thing, Lenny Kravitz can’t sing, so this will always be as good as that was. And it is.
CJ Harris is singing American Woman by The Guess Who
I still this song doesn’t make sense sung by an American. It’s a criticism of US foreign policy by a Canadian.
Yeah, Sam just oozes sex appeal.
Hear that, cougars? Sam is legal!
JLo: I got goosies on that one
Harry: That was a perfect song choice for you. You’re blossoming.
Keith: That was a good performance for you. Tap into your emotion.
JLo got “goosies”? I thought that was a pretty flaccid performance, myself
I don’t think I’ve ever heard a Sam performance that I really liked. Sometimes he’s competent. Mostly he’s a robot with less-than-perfect pitch and no character to his voice. I don’t get the love.
Although I am very sick of this song
This is really karaoke.
This is reasonably competent
Sam is performing It’s Time by Imagine Dragons
How did Ryan find such a locus of d-bags to stand in?
Keith: Just release a bit more
JLo: You need to push yourself
Harry: Think about what you could do…
That was really similar to the original. If you came looking for Jena to do something new with it, you didn’t get it.
Eh, that was enjoyable. I don’t know if I was blown away, but it was fine.
Jena Irene is performing Heart’s Barracuda
18 minutes of music out of 84 minutes doesn’t seem like a lot?
Wall-to-wall music my… eye. Some music interspersed with a whole lot of BS, they mean.
If there isn’t a Donnie and Marie reference within 1 minute I’ll eat my hat.