Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Top 9 Revealed and Perform: Songs From the 80s

Welcome back. Last week Qaasim Middleton was the lowest vote getter but was saved by the Judges. We'll see if Qassim's gain is potentially a front-runner's loss, because there is no more Saves for the rest of the season. So if someone is eliminated they are gone. Maybe this will put a new drive into some of the contestants to not only perform well every week but to really try to win the whole thing.

The use of the Save last week also means that this week 2 contestants will be sent home. We made our Predictions last week and think that Daniel and Maddie SHOULD be Sent Home, but Maddie and Quentin WILL be Sent Home. Tonight the contestants that don't receive the lowest votes will perform songs from "The 80s" with Boy George (yes, I said Boy George) as the Mentor of the week along with Scott Borchetta. We also have included our Power Rankings and indicated if we think the contestant has risen or fallen week to week. So with all that, let's get started:

Weekly Power Rankings:
As a reminder, the criteria is based on 1. their success on the show, 2. personality, 3. judges & audience response and 4. belief that they could win.

This week is based on last week's performances and previous reactions and performances. So with that:

Top 11 Weekly Rankings Redux
1. Joey Cook (Up 1 From Last Week)
2. Tyanna Jones (Down 1 From Last Week)
3. Clark Beckham (Same As Last Week)
4. Nick Fradiani (Same As Last Week)
5. Adanna Duru (Up 1 From Last Week)
6. Jax (Up 1 From Last Week)
7. Quentin Alexander (Up 2 From Last Week)
8. Rayvon Owen (Down 3 From Last Week)
9. Qaasim Middleton (Down 1 From Last Week)
10. Maddie Walker (Same As Last Week)
11. Daniel Seavey (Same As Last Week)

Guest Performance #1: 80s Medley with David Hasselhoff 
Yep. To pay "tribute" to the 80s is the one and only David Hasselhoff. It's such a crazy few minutes. Not sure why he was the one deemed the representative of the 80s but there it is, I know he is still singing and performing overseas and is huge over there, but here in America his performance was pretty bad and corny. In only a few minutes he sang parts of "Crazy Little Thing Called Love", "Walking On Sunshine", "Never Gonna Give You Up", "Do You Really Want To Hurt Me", "Let's Dance", and "I Love Rock n Roll".  Not sure how David Hasselhoff starting the show is gonna bring in the new young viewers, but there ya go.

Top 11 Perform= They do one of Culture Club's biggest songs with Boy George, they sing "Karma Chameleon". It's not a terrible rendition, very 80s, so they got that going. But if they didn't perform this I wouldn't have minded.

Top 9 Revealed and Perform

Daniel Seavey
(You Make My Dreams-Hall & Oates)
This kid had a brutal week last week and still is the first one saved this week, yeesh. I've said it before, and I'll say it again, this kid is here to stay. He is a sweet kid, but compared to people that have been eliminated and will most definitely be gone after tonight, he doesn't really belong up there. Boy George tells Daniel to look past the criticism and don't let it get to his performance, he also thinks that Daniel has a strong voice and has got the "chops". Tonight his first note goes a stray, but he does okay to rebound, but those high notes are bad or he backs off of them. People are voting for Daniel no matter how he has sounded, or the criticism he has received, so it almost doesn't matter what he does. He didn't do anything different than any other time, it's a bit of a mess. But I am sure he will be here next week.
Judge's Comments=Keith-Loves that song. Looks good on camera. Towards end of song he got into it, but still needs to get more comfortable quicker. Jennifer-Audience loves him, loves this song for him, sat in the right spot, sang better than last week. Harry-He is an entertainer, vocal was better than last week, but needs to take the choreography away, everything is so planned, everything was moving by numbers. Just act natural.
Our Grade=D+

Quentin Alexander
(In The Air Tonight-Phil Collins)
Boy George loves how Quentin dresses.  Quentin says he needs to continue to work on his pitch. Boy George tells him to control his breath and just ease up. I love this song and Quentin mentions that it is one of his favorite songs. The song is very mesmerizing and intense and that's who and what Quentin is. He is right on the pitch this week. He was easy to listen to. I can't even explain what Quentin is wearing, but his vocals were on this week, you can see he really practiced this week to get them down, and I think it worked.
Judge's Comments= Jennifer-That performance made his cool factor go up to 1,000. The mood, the drama, everything worked. He is who he is. A home run. Harry-Digs as deeply into lyrics as much as anyone. Last 5 out of  6 songs were pretty slow. Nice to see something more up-tempo in the next couple weeks. Keith-A killer song choice, the weight and majesty of it suited him. The higher octave blew him away. Needs even more authority and a little work on the phrasing because it's all in him.
Our Grade=A-

Joey Cook
(Girls Just Wanna Have Fun-Cyndi Lauper)
Boy George wants to hear more dynamics because her song in rehearsal becomes too linear and contradicts everything about her. Her voice makes every song different and unique to her, because she is unique and different. I don't know if I liked some of the choices she made in this rendition. It sounded a little clunky at times. Towards the end it gets a little reggae-sounding and she sounded good, I almost wish it stayed funky like that the whole time. It was really all over the place tonight. After such a fantastic week last week it was disappointing, she's still a top contender on the show, but tonight she dropped.
Judge's Comments= Harry-Seemed distracted tonight. Looked down a lot. Felt like she was trying, but something was holding her back. Has been able to capture people's attention but tonight didn't do that. Keith-Good, but her bar is set so high that it was a little inconsistent. Guarantees that his wife and children are dancing at home. Jennifer- Looks adorable. In theory it was a perfect song choice, but vocally didn't match, couldn't find the groove. Fit the image, but didn't find the vocals. 
Our Grade=B-

Tyanna Jones
(I Wanna Dance With Somebody-Whitney Houston)
Boy George tells Tyanna that taking on a Whitney Houston song is like going in the ring with Tyson. Is afraid that Tyanna will "show-off" too much. The song comes out a little electronica, so not just a carbon copy of the original. Tyanna is much more in her wheelhouse this week than last time out. She puts her own spin on some of the phrasing and high notes, which she hits pretty flawlessly. It was a great rebound from last week.
Judge's Comments= Keith-Now that she is at this point she needs to loosen up and ease into it, got a little worried at times. Jennifer-Can't get in her head. Can't be perfect all the time. Do what she is born to do. Harry-Cool arrangement, made song into what can be heard today. Feels like she is in the driver's seat and was strong. Doesn't want her to be complacent, fight for it every time.
Our Grade=A-

(You Give Love A Bad Name-Bon Jovi)
Scott's biggest concern is that Jax executes. Boy George loves the drama of her performance, has the bones of a great performer, but can lose it and not get there at points, needs to not think it, just feel it. Jax performs the song on the piano to start and it's pretty amazing for about a verse, then the band comes in and makes the song super angry and intense. I like the stops of the band and Jax playing at points and just her lyrics. It is a very dramatic performance, very cool and creative. Never heard that song played like that and I really enjoyed most of it. I love when she is at the piano, more piano and less band would work too, but she is so good, another strong outing.  
Judge's Comments= Jennifer-Giving us all that 80s punk attitude and loves it. Loves how she started it. In the middle when it got into the guitar she got lost, but she ended it really strong. Harry-Originality is what brought her here, and intrigue is what keeps her here. Wonders if it would have been stronger with her just on the piano, because she was swimming in a lot of sound, but liked the beginning and end. Keith-Tells her if in rehearsal she ever feels dwarfed by everything don't hesitate to change it. Loves that she is so original, conceptually and visually, tonight it just wasn't put together right, but still so great.
Our Grade=B+

Nick Fradiani 
(Man In The Mirror-Michael Jackson)
Scott wants Nick to connect more. Boy George wants Nick to get into his hotness and masculinity and confidence. This was a very tender yet strong performance that showcased Nick's voice real well. Nick has an amazing voice but it gets lost sometimes. I think there were a few choices that could have been better tonight, maybe hold the higher notes a little longer, get a little more intense at certain moments, especially the climax of the song, but overall it was pretty good. There's always things to nitpick, but it was solid.  
Judge's Comments=Harry-Perfect song choice, fantastic vocal. Figured out that he is just sweet and is a kind soul and doesn't want to be the "hot" guy. Keith- Has a million dollar smile. Thinks that smiling would help him loosen up. Jennifer-Got caught up at the end, when he thinks about anything else it becomes something else, no connection, but when he got caught up in the lyrics and the swell it became what it was supposed to be.
Our Grade= B

Guest Performance #2: Salt-n-Pepa
Singing their classic "Push It", Salt-n-Pepa do what they know how to do, sing this song. If you don't know this song it has lyrics "Push It", "Push It Real Good" and then it repeats a lot. This song is part of a current Geico commercial that you might have seen. So good for them for taking this song and bringing it anywhere and everywhere.

Clark Beckham
(Every Breath You Take-The Police)
Boy George thinks Clark has a beautiful voice,  feels that when he gets to the high part it doesn't work, so he wants the song to be dropped a key. But during rehearsal Clark decides to stick with his original decision and ultimately not listen to Boy George. Clark is on the piano and sings without the band completly. His voice is so pure and easy, but the performance gets a little sleepy at points. When the song goes to the bridge of the song it becomes a bit more dynamic. He took this version to another place and made it his own and did it gently and with care, sort of how I wash my clothes. But seriously, it was a great job by him. 
Judge's Comments= Keith-Showed a much more heart side of him, beautiful, took him on a journey, brought out the melancholy and pain of the song. Jennifer-Loved it. Got the goosies. Everything he did was beautiful, showcased his voice. Harry-Bad news is that the remaining group has big performers that run around the stage but good news is that he doesn't have to do that.
Our Grade=B+

Qaasim Middleton
(Addicted To Love-Robert Palmer)
Boy George wants Qaasim to put more belly into some of the lines, I am thinking this means weight and strength. George loves his voice and thinks Qaasim is a great storyteller. Qaasim does bring another element to the show that no one else does, his performance skills. For the duration of the song Qaasim wasn't moving around at all, he was just singing and standing basically in the middle of the stage. In the taped package he said he wants to focus on his vocals and he did. It was a stronger vocal than a couple weeks ago. I think given his strength is performance he should do more of that and try to improve his vocals as he goes deeper in the competition, because right now his vocals aren't gonna be as strong as Joey or Clark or Quentin, it's not gonna happen, so he should focus on what works and while that is going on tinker with what doesn't.
Judge's Comments=Jennifer-Liked seeing him all reserved. Great storyteller. A really good vocalist. Harry-Strength is ability to perform, but weakness is his unwillingness to forgo some of that. He stood there, was sexy and still good. Keith-Liked his voice in rehearsal, but doesn't seem he believes in his voice as much, he wants him to be more vulnerable. 
Our Grade=B

Bottom 3
1. Maddie
2. Ravyon
3. Adanna


Rayvon Owen
(Everybody Wants To Rule The World-Tears For Fears)
Boy George thinks that Rayvon is singing too pretty. Knows he can sing in his sleep and is technically good, but needs to have more moments, looks like he doesn't want to mess up and it's coming out wrong. Scott wants Rayvon to break out of his shell. Boy George couldn't tell if Rayvon was just placating him and will just do what he always does. Like always Rayvon has a very smooth voice, but the performance was lacking. He adds a little more intensity to his vocals and a lot less falsetto than last week. It seems that Rayvon really is going for it this week. It was good, but not spectacular.
Judge's Comments=Harry-Every single time he sings he does a strong vocal, the interpretation isn't as strong, but tonight was better and connected more, could do without the falsetto sometimes, but pretty solid performance. Keith-Beautiful song for him, showed strengths in all right places. Needs to ease in. Jennifer-Don't be afraid to go out of his comfort zone, but only when we grow is when we push ourselves and wants him to have an open-mind.
Our Grade=B-

Adanna and Maddie. I am dissapointed that Adanna is gone, she was growing every week and getting to be a stronger performer and vocalist. Maddie never found her groove and it was just a matter of time.

Best of the Night
Quentin. I think his performance was a combination of a perfect song choice mixed with a perfect performance. He worked hard to ensure his vocal was much better than last week and he did. I think Tyanna and Jax also improved week to week, but Quentin was one of the most memorable performances of the week. 

Going Home Predictions
Should Go Home=Daniel Seavey
Will Go Home=Rayvon Owen

Final Thoughts

*Tonight I saw a lot of the contestants try to push themselves and get into their performances even more than they have prior. I think Jax, Quentin, Clark and Tyanna really showed that they want to win. They each have their own style but are growing every week and taking in the advice and constructive criticism.

*With more eliminations means more guest performances and silly bits. I really don't miss the Idol results show because it only takes about 4 seconds to say if someone is safe or not, and Idol was stretching that show to an hour for many seasons. They were putting so much filler and nonsense in that show that you almost forgot what you were there for. These 1-episode a week shows are much more compact. And although it's tough to be the last one saved and then perform for your life, it's better than being eliminated. So no big complaints about the 1-episode a week format thus far.

*The eliminated contestants just vanished. As soon as Ryan said they weren't safe they were rushed off the stage, which is fine, but what's the point of the red chairs if they don't sit in it? The whole ending aspect of these 2-hour/1 episode-a-week show has been so strange, I don't think the producers have it down yet. I know they are short on time and the focus should be on the performers continuing on, but a moment from the judge's to say something to them wouldn't hurt. They are just shewed away like they were never part of the show. Not cool American Idol, not cool at all.

*Did anyone else notice, or was frustrated like me that the camera panned to the person saved a half second before Ryan announced it and the chair turned green? So we (the home audience) knew who was safe even without him saying it. So basically they are taking away the big part of Ryan's job. I don't get the necessity of the green chairs, but if they are there then don't show us the saved person until we hear and see who is safe. Jeez.

That's it. Next week the Top 8 will perform Kelly Clarkson songs.It'll be interesting how the 5 guys remaining will do with the theme, could be interesting. So until next week, see ya!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Top 10 Revealed & Perform: Songs From the Movies

Welcome back. This week begins the new format of only one Idol episode a week, although the show will be it's regular spot Wednesdays starting next Wednesday 3/25. The show will continue to be 2 hours with the format of one-by-one the contestants will find out if they are safe and then perform right away. The result of who is going home will not be revealed until right at the end. The Judge's Save is in play until Top 5 and the contestant's have a chance to save themselves.

This week's theme is Songs From The Movies. In recent years the contestant's have been getting around the fact of using widely connected songs to movies. They basically find a song and then hope it's been in a movie. Last year's "movie songs" included The Beatles "Come Together" from Across the Universe,  Elton John's "Benny & The Jets" from the classic Katherine Heigl movie 27 Dresses and who could forget "Make You Feel My Love" by Bob Dylan from the most famous movie of all time Hope Floats. Let's hope that the songs the contestants choose tonight are actually tied to movies, ya know, given the theme is Songs from the Movies.

We predicted Daniel as the contestant that SHOULD be eliminated, but Quentin as the contestant that WILL be eliminated. We hope we are wrong. Let's see how it all turns out, let's get started:

Weekly Rankings
This is a segment we added a couple years ago and will continue this week with this season's Top 11. Each week before the contestants perform we will post our rankings of the contestants. The criteria is based on 1. their success on the show, 2. personality, 3. judges & audience response and 4. belief that they could win. Each week we will do a new weekly ranking and let you know if they have risen, fallen or stayed flat in the rankings. 

This week is based on last week's performances and previous reactions and performances. So with that:

1. Tyanna Jones  2. Joey Cook   3. Clark Beckham  4. Nick Fradiani  5. Rayvon Owen  6. Adanna Duru  

7. Jax  8. Qaasim Middleton  9. Quentin Alexander  10. Maddie Walker   11. Daniel Seavey

Top 10 Revealed and Performed
Nile Rodgers is helping to mentor the contestants with Scott Borchetta. He was from the band Chic. Their famous song was Le Freak along with several others, but after that group disbanded he went on to produce people like Madonna, Bob Dylan, Slash, Mick Jagger and many more. 

Adanna Duru 
(Love You I Do-Jennifer Hudson/Dreamgirls)
Nile and Scott tell us that Adanna was a little nervous in rehearsal because she felt that the song may be at the edge of her range. They want her to nail the first line of the bridge because she is being tentative. The song starts in that Jennifer Hudson low range and it takes Adanna a second to get to her own voice, but once she does it sounds pretty. I feel she was a little hesitant on some of the notes. She has been criticized for going out of control before and because of that I think she made sure it was straight down the line, so she didn't belt it out like I know she can. The last note was a prime example of that, it was supposed to be big but wasn't, like she backed away.
Judge's Comments= Keith-Hard to hear her in the beginning. Sounds great, song suited her. Jennifer-Sounded nice on the high notes, but she needs to worry about the low notes. Didn't want fake excitement, could have had more. Harry-Looks like a movie star. Everything was strong and good. But notices she looks right down barrel of the lens, but recommends she sing to the audience in house and it will translate to homes across the country.
Our Grade=B
Daniel Seavey
(Lost Stars-Adam Levine/Begin Again)
This kid is in it for the long haul, despite how bad or weak he is, he just won't go anywhere now that he is here, I need to just accept it I guess....Anyways, Daniel starts rehearsal on the piano, but Nile thinks that Daniel playing the piano might not work because he is looking down while playing, which eliminates the audience making a connection, so Daniel decides to change it to a guitar.  Adam Levine has a notoriously high voice and falsetto, and Daniel has had major issues with his falsetto. Tonight it starts pretty rough. The song is pretty, in fact it was nominated for an Oscar this past year, but Daniel can't hit the falsetto. The note he tried to hit could wake up sleeping dogs in different countries. His voice goes pitchy at several points during the song and then goes flat to recover from the high notes. It was an uneven performance, it was pretty, but so very weak.
Judge's Comments= Jennifer-Such a cutie. Did an OK job, wasn't his best one, felt the emotion, but wasn't his best performance. Harry-Sounded from opening notes that rehearsal is imperative, it sounded like he was in a practice room. Keith-Loves the song and suited him, clever to not hit the falsetto in points. Thinks it was good, but needs to dig in.
Our Grade=D+

Rayvon Owen
(Staying Alive-The Bee Gees/Saturday Night Fever)
Rayvon is the opposite of Daniel, where he relies heavily on the falsetto and delivers most of the times, therefore, doing a Bee Gees song is a smart choice by Rayvon. During rehearsal Rayvon tells Nile that he wants to do the song in a Prince-like way.  The whole song was pretty much all in falsetto. It was a cool arrangement. It fit Rayvons voice and his groove really well. It wasn't all happy and light but he still didn't kill it like his voice indicates he should. Rayvon's voice is one of the best, but he is getting lost on stage.
Judge's Comments=Harry-Really admired the arrangement, cool way to reinterpret the song. Biggest question is to how he remains interesting? One way to help is to get a set of lyrics to chew on, it was fine and pleasant, but not a tremendous amount of substance. Keith-At this point that he needs to do something big. Performance wise he shouldn't loiter on stage and it looked lost. Jennifer-When he played in the back he couldn't find everything, when he came forward it was better, he captured the audience. Needs to do things that makes everyone excited.
Our Grade=C+
Nick Fradiani
(Danger Zone-Kenny Loggins/Top Gun)
Feels he has been playing it safe, the mentors feel he isn't selling the performance and is just singing. For the first time (ever?) Nick is without his guitar and is out there on his own with just the microphone. He completely reimagines this song, it is very 2015 not 1980s at all. He is a little stiff at points, but he really puts himself out there and his voice rips through some of the lyrics. This interpretation of the song could be a hit today, really cool. He makes the song really current and his last note was amazing. Really strong outing.
Judge's Comments=Keith-Getting more comfortable up there, even without the guitar, keeps moving ahead. Jennifer-He is the resident cool/hot guy, the tone was perfect, it was really well suited, still a litle in his head and should own his head. Harry-Huge Kenny Loggins fan, but that song doesn't give him anything to work with. The lyrics are really silly words. Should pick songs that make him more sexy. Wrong song choice.
Our Grade=A-
Joey Cook
(Mad World-Mark Andrew & Gary Jules/Donnie Darko)
If anyone knows their Idol history this song was famously sung by Idol alum Adam Lambert. He owned this song. I love the fact that Joey is so different than Adam and is attempting this song. The mentors and Joey mention in rehearsal that she needs to work on eye contact and not closing her eyes, so the audiences feels what she feels. She takes this song a lot less dramatic than Adam's version, but it's still haunting and beautiful. It's kind of like Lady Gaga meshed with Sia mixed with Joey and that's a great thing. I liked that she kept it simple and pretty. It really engaged the audience and was powerful. Amazing.
Judge's Comments=Jennifer-Enjoyed that, so beautiful. Gave "Sia" vibes. Really perfect. Harry-Stays in her lane, but able to widen that lane. Great song, great choice, allowed her to do something different and chew on some lyrics. Keith-Such an artist. See more depth of her artistry, brings something unusual, loves that she brings attention to the lyric of the song.
Our Grade=A
Tyanna Jones
(Circle of Life-Elton John/Lion King
Nile wants Tyanna to nail the melody and to glide with the modulation. Again, if anyone knows their Idol history Jennifer Hudson famously sang this song during her season. Tyanna has had a lot of fast-paced songs in the past few weeks, but this was the most slowed down than she has been, but that doesn't mean that she lacked anything in her voice. Her voice is really powerful. She is a very energetic performer and this song didn't allow her to run around and play with the audience or the band, and because of that her performance came off a little boring. She hit some crazy high notes, but overall it wasn't Tyanna's best.
Judge's Comments= Harry-Has had the ability to achieve the greatest results with seemingly the least amount of effort, until tonight where it seemed she tried really really hard. Missed the mark a little. There was some intonation issues, seemed like she was yelling the whole way through. Keith-Didn't think it was yelled the whole way through, may be the best singer left, but she had serious pitch issues. Jennifer-Very challenging song, has a powerful choice, no worries she'll do amazing next week.
Our Grade= B

Guest Performance #1= Tonight Jennifer Lopez sings her new song called "Feel The Light" from the new animated  movie Home. It obviously was taped another time because there was no way. There was some really cool graphics with her dress and the stage, it blended together. This song is the opposite of her song "Booty", so for most people, that's a good thing. I know some people don't care for JLo's voice, but she can deliever some really nice songs, this was a pretty song, and her voice was nice and tender.

Quentin Alexander
(You're The One That I Want-John Travolta & Olivia Newton John/Grease)
The mentors thought the way that he flipped the song was amazing and important.  Quentin can only do his own version of songs and this was no different. He takes this song as far removed from the original than one can do and still call it the same song. It's an amazing arrangement and reinterpretation of the song, I liked the creativity. There were some pitch problems and he went off a little, but it's very him, and I liked that it focused on the lyrics and not just the performance. 
Judge's Comments=Keith-Have heard that version before. Interesting performance because he has an amazing voice that is still being worked on. Jennifer- It was haunting, but doesn't know that the reinterpretation translated that well. Harry-Very adventurous interpretation, but if he is gonna feature his voice so prominently it has to be in pitch. It was horrible out of tun.
Our Grade=B-
Maddie Walker
(Let's Hear It For The Boy-Deniece Williams/Footloose)
Due to her health issues from last week she wasn't able to get mentored with Nile. Scott tells her to get to the high notes gradually. There are a million songs from movies, I don't know if I would have chosen this one. It's fun and light, and that's what Maddie is obviously is going for. She goes off the beat a little, but she seems more comfortable on stage and sings the song well. I didn't like how the song ended so abruptly.
Judge's Comments= Jennifer-Glad she sang that song. It was good and cute and sweet. Wasn't a knockout, but she is adorable. Harry-Didn't think it was good. Doesn't know who she is? When she is singing country she has an incredible country twang, but then on other songs she doesn't. Doesn't know if she is a country singer or pop? Keith-Needs to find the song that plays to her strength. Would have killed with a ballad. 
Our Grade=C

Guest Performance #2=Kenny Loggins comes out to perform his classic "Footloose". Harry kinda said that the lyrics of Kenny's other song "Danger Zone" were weak, and now he is performing in front of him. Kenny Loggins sounds pretty good, it was a fun performance. At the end Kenny kiddingly asks Harry "is this a good song?". I am glad he said something to call back from earlier in the night.

Clark Beckham
(Sunday Morning-Maroon 5/Cheaper By The Dozen 2)
When someone thinks of this song I doubt they think of it being connected to the 'classic' Steve Martin movie "Cheaper By The Dozen 2". C'mon. Nile and Scott loved the notes that Clark was hitting in rehearsal. Clark goes out there with his guitar to show off his sensitive, vulnerable side. This might be the first song that's from the 21st century that Clark has sung and he sings it really well. I loved that it was just him and the guitar and no band. He hits some crazy, gritty notes that only he can make look so easy. The last note is completely on pitch and in tune. He stepped it up tonight.  
Judge's Comments= Harry-Put his arrangement on that song and knocked it out of the park. Keith-Such a good singer, all he needs to do is put a little bit of smile into that. Jennifer-It was beautiful, so him. 
Our Grade=A

(Grow Old With You-Adam Sandler/The Wedding Singer)
She had a shaky week last week, and actually hasn't been strong in awhile, but she has delivered a lot of great performances, so it is in her. Nile wants to make sure that the audience is glued on her because the song is kind of quirky and cute. I loved the Wedding Singer and this song, so I give Jax credit for going out of the box with this song choice. I liked some of the things she did with this song to fit her voice and style. It was a sweet performance.
Judge's Comments=Keith-Made it! Loved that song, and hearing a girl sing it. Jennifer-Played into the quirkiness of her voice. Nice choice. Did great on that one. Harry-High risk, high reward performer, it was lovely and sweet and personally and makes sure she stays in time. 
Our Grade=B+

Eliminated Unless Saved By The Judges=Qaasim Middleton. His "Save" Performance is "Come Together" By the Beatles from the movie Across the Universe. For several weeks the judge's told Qaasim to really focus on his vocals and not just focus on the performance aspect. Well, last week he focused on his vocals and it showed off a ton of flaws. Qaasim's performance skills are at a high level, probably more than anyone left in this competition but his voice is towards the lower end of the contestant's left, and that's probably why he is in this situation. This song has been done on the show many times, it was actually done during Movie Week last year. Tonight Qaasim starts the song with a little shtick with some of the lyrics. Qaasim's vocal are much stronger than last week, but that song choice last week was pretty bad for his voice. Qaasim gets super into this performance, and goes around the stage and gets into it. He gets super intense and even drops the mic. Much better than last week.

Was The Judge's Save Used? Yep. Harry calls it a tremendous performance, but they needs to talk about the save and they only get one. It's all performance and vocal lacks sometimes, but he deserves the save!

Thoughts About Judge's Save? I don't like the fact that it was used so early. I am now nervous for some of the more consistent, more overall performers like Tyanna, like Nick, like Clark(who had a rough week last week). There are no second chances and using it on Qaasim, who's vocals are still lacking despite his unbelievable stage presence is not the best thing. But there's no going back.

Best of The Night=Clark Beckham. He has been one of the more consitent vocalists on the show, but he has only shown one side of his personlaity, until now. He deleivered on all fronts and really showed a whole new side to himself. Joey Cook also was amazing, but Clark's resurgence put him over the top.

Going Home Predictions
(Next Week due to the Judge's Save 2 contestant's will go home)
Should Go Home=Daniel Seavey & Maddie Walker
Will Go Home=Maddie Walker & Quentin Alexander

Final Thoughts

*Qaasim getting the save was huge on many levels.  But here's my question/comment, I know the contestant's are close and it's nice they are so supportive, but don't they know that because Qaasim was given the 1 save of the season that any of them can screw up and that it, it's over for them? The non-eliminated contestants were going crazy for Qaasim like he won the lottery and was going to give them part of his million dollars. Qaasim won the lottery, but because he did there is nothing left for them. They are on their own. No contestant that has received the Judge's Save has ever won the show. Jessica Sanchez received the Save and got runner-up in Season 11. But that was as close as someone has come. The majority of the contestant's that received the Save went on for a couple more weeks then were eliminated again. We'll see where Qaasim lands.

*Tonight's main issue was song choice. I liked that the contestant's at least picked songs from movies and didn't pick songs that happen to be in movies. Unfortunately, some of the choices they made were not strong. There are so many classic movie songs with great lyrics that have the ability to reinterpret and put a fresh spin, but a lot of the contestants did not do that. Tonight was one of the weaker night's in the competition so far.

That's it. Next week will be Top 9 with 2 eliminations. No more Judge's Save, and no more Thursday nights. The show will begin it's new schedule of being on Wednesdays. So come on back here after the next new episode. Until then, see ya!