Thursday, February 26, 2015

Top 24: Top 12 Women Perform

Welcome back. After a super-fast paced episode of the Top 12 men performing last night, the ladies perform tonight. The Top 12 women will perform just like the guys did in a taped performance. The voting is live but everything else was pre-taped last week.  The results of last night's and tonight's episode will be revealed prior to the Top 16 performances. There is a lot of singing to get to in only an hour. I am excited to see which ladies will step it up, and which ladies' journey will end after this performance. A lot riding on tonight, so without further ado, let's get started:

Top 12 Women Perform

Lovey James (Love Runs Out-OneRepublic)- The song starts off a little too low for her. When she starts to get louder and her voice opens up a little she sounds nice. She does go out of tune in several instances, but the parts that are good are really nice. It was an uneven performance.
Judge's Comments=Jennifer-Off to a great start. Harry-Risky to start off so low, nice strong job. Keith-Got better and better as the song went on.
Our Grade=C

Adanna Duru(Rather Be-Clean Bandit)- I liked that she took a really current song and changed the tempo to slow it down and showcase her voice. It was a little pitchy in a few spots, went sharp and flat at a couple moments, but when she goes for some runs it's real nice. The band then steps in towards the middle-end and she goes hard and has a moment out there, she puts it out there. When it was good it was real good,  just needs to do that the whole time.
Judge's Comments=Keith-So much capability. Jennifer-Going for blood, went for it. Needs to stay in control whole time. Harry-Went for it but then got out of control, first half of song was really strong. 
Our Grade=B
Alexis Gomez (Gunpowder & Lead)-She starts the song a little low also and it takes a few seconds to get her voice in the groove. She calls herself a mix of Mexican, hippy and country.  While her last performance combined all three, this performance leaned all on country. She sounded pleasant, though not entirely exciting. In tune the whole way, but not so memorable.
Judge's Comments= Harry-So lovely and talented. cautions her about having a twang, imitates the record. Keith-Not comfortable playing the guitar get rid of it. Jennifer-Love it, love you. Plays around with things she does because she is latina and loves country. Encourages her to mix things up.
Our Grade=C

Joey Cook (Somebody Like You-Keith Urban) We haven't seen Joey play her accordion since her audition, so she decides to bring it out tonight. She completely takes Keith Urban's song and turns it into whatever she usually does. In her super-retro, kooky kind of way. It's really imaginative and creative. It was a chancy performance but she delivered. Keith gives her a standing ovation.
Judge's Comments= Jennifer-All best things about her. Taking one of Keith's song and making it her own showcased who she is. Harry-If Keith and him ever had a kid that's what it would sound like. Keith-Made song her own. Perfect.
Our Grade=A-

Katherine Winston(Safe & Sound-Taylor Swift)- In a real cool way Katherine is a mix of Kree Harrison's voice(Season 12) and Crystal Bowersox's looks(Season 8).  She did a lovely job on this song. Katherine hasn't had a ton of screen-time thus far on Idol, but her voice warrants her to have plenty. She is right on the money throughout the whole thing. It wasn't the most entertaining and energized performance, but her voice is pure and beautiful.
Judge's Comments=Keith-Beautiful song, gorgeous tone, feel as she is singing. Jennifer-Blessed because it's captivating. Magical quality to her voice. Harry-Phenomenal vocalist, questions the song choice with what's going on tonight.
Our Grade=B

Shannon Berthiaume (Who Knew-Pink)-She slowed down this Pink song a lot to be a more subdued version. The song does go into the traditional pace at one point and it showcases some flaws in her voice and on stage persona. She gets a little off course. Pink is a tough artist to sing because she makes it so easy to hit certain notes and runs, but it's not easy and Shannon proved that. It was pretty boring also, so that's a bad combination.
Judge's Comments=Harry-Seemed most guys had lot of polish on stage. She iss so green and it's great,  but novelty is gonna wear off, Needs to get more energetic. Keith-Not a good song choice. Needs to pick songs that play to her strengths. Jennifer-A phenomenal singer but needs to believe that.
Our Grade=C-

Loren Lott (Note to God-Charice)- There were a lot of key changes in the beginning of the song that didn't sound great. By the middle of the song Loren got to showcase her big powerhouse voice. I don't know if I like the song choice for her, but it did accomplish her goal of putting her big voice out there. She was energized and went for it. Did what she could with a bad song choice. The last note was pretty fierce.
Judge's Comments=Jennifer-Very brave performance. First night singing for America. Great job. Harry-Powerful. Keith-Giving everyone a run for their money.
Our Grade= B

Shi Scott (Umbrella-Rihanna)- I don't know if I liked what she did to the song. She made it try to fit her voice, which I give her credit for, but it didn't actually enhance her voice at most points. It felt like she was screaming at me during the louder parts of the song, when the band got loud she felt it was time to scream and push herself, but I don't think it landed quite right. I was pretty bored with the arrangement. SHE did not do a good job. Sorry, I had to make a "She versus Shi" pun.
Judge's Comments=Keith-It was brave and gutsy, bold performance about it, but didn't really get me with song choice. Jennifer-America didn't get best of her. Poor song choice. Harry-Talented, good news that everyone loves the song, but not the right song for her.
Our Grade=D+

Maddie Walker (Love Gets Me Every Time-Shania Twain)- I think Maddie's voice is right in the country zone. But she still looks about 10 years older than she actually is (16). Maybe a little less makeup would do the trick, I don't know. The song wasn't that great for Maddie. It allowed her to get in a groove but there were a few different key changes and tempo changes that took her out of the moment several times. Parts were good, most were not.
Judge's Comments= Harry-Voice sounds a lot older than she is, thick sounding voice for her age, good solid performance. Keith-That's not a great Shania song to showcase her voice. Compelling sound. Jennifer-Not right song to wow America. Good luck.
Our Grade= C

Sarina Joi-Crowe (Mamma Knows Best-Jessie J) This is the fourth time she has tried out for the show and has gotten better year after year. This might be her time. This was a performance that was even all the way. It was energized, it had attitude in the right places and was in the right key and zone the whole time Sarina went for the runs like they were nothing. Perfect. Finally a female kills it tonight.  
Judge's Comments=Jennifer-Rivaled Jessie J on that song. Pretty impressive. Harry-Looked great, sounded great, great arrangement. Keith-Perfect balance of loose and tight, chill and right on point.
Our Grade=A

Jax (Bang Bang(My Baby Shot Me Down)-Nancy Sinatra )- Her voice is captivating right off the bat, very haunting and intense. She begins the song by just sitting there on a stool with a guy playing the guitar. Then as the middle of the song hits the band kicks in and Jax gets off the stool and she rocks out a little. We haven't seen a lot of her rocking out, this was great to see. Really outstanding job. Can't wait to see more of her.
Judge's Comments=Keith-Loved it, love her artistry and originality. Jennifer-Lucky to have her in this competition. Harry-Fun thing will be to watch her as she progresses in the competition.
Our Grade= A

Tyanna Jones (Lips Are Movin-Meghan Trainor)-Her hair is blue, or more TV screen is broken, let's hope for the former. Tyanna is so comfortable on stage and her voice just makes it sound like she isn't even trying. I wasn't in love with the song choice, but the way she delivered it was great. Really delightful performance.
Judge's Comments=Harry-Ridiculously talented. Incredible. Keith-Move forward don't be afraid to tell band to sing in higher key. Jennifer-So beautiful about her, that voice is from GOD himself. Crazy.
Our Grade=A-

Top 3 of the Night=  Sarina Joi Crowe, Jax and Tyanna Jones

Going Home Predictions= 1. Shi Scott 2. Alexis Gomez  3. Shannon Berthiaume 4. Lovey James

Final Thoughts

*Tonight's episode was far from as strong as the men were last night. It was tough to narrow down the best 3 of last night because there were probably about 6 guys that stood out, tonight it was easier because only Sarina-Joi, Jax and Tyanna really brought the house down. There were way too many performances that started too low and out of key, there were too many performances that lacked energy and way too many performances that had really poor song choices. A really uneven night. Thankfully Jax, Sarina-Joi and Tyanna saved the episode.

*On a positive note, Sarina-Joi, Jax and Tyanna with a mix of Loren, Joey and Katherine were pretty great. I think so far the guys have a better chance of winning this whole thing, but if the few girls that have been outstanding stay outstanding then they can go a long way.

*So prior to the Top 8 Men Singing Next Wednesday and Top 8 Women Singing Next Thursday we will learn which 4 guys and 4 girls respectively will be eliminated. Hopefully with 8 less people singing in next week's show we will get to hear a little more judge's feedback and learn a little more about these contestants. Because the past 2 days were so fast paced and it was all singing and singing there was no good opportunity or time to get into who these people are. So I hope things slow down a little next time.

That's it. Hopefully you enjoyed the past couple days of the show and this recap. Come on back here next time for Top 16 week. So until then, see ya!

1 comment:

  1. Overall, the men collectively performed better than the women. Daniel needs to be cut from the men's group because he is too young/raw and shouldn't have been selected by the judges to begin with. They would have done him a favor to tell him to come back in a couple years and then he would have had a much better chance to impress. Joey's performance was a mess (sorry, disagree with your rating) and I definitely don't "get it" with her. Also, getting tired already with the show's focus on her drama. The show will be much more enjoyable without the two and it will be a long season with them. I was happy they chose to keep the shows to one hour each night to remove a lot of the filler and to save me time for other things in my life. Not sure why they had to keep thanking Detroit during the after performance interviews. The TV audience is America. Oh well, the overall talent this year appears to be better than last season so the judges did better. I hope they are tough on the performers and should not do standing ovations only because they are the professionals (not the other way around). Thanks for your recaps!