Category Archives: American Idol Reviews
THEME : THEIR COMPETITOR’S CHOICE
OVERALL – The song choices, although different, were a little odd, but I like the theme’s idea. Decent night of performances and one kinda bad threesome….
Jena Irene – CREEP – RADIOHEAD – Jena rocked this song tonight. She sounded absolutely brilliant and was by far the best performance of the night. This was flawless. GRADE = A
Sam Woolf – SAIL AWAY – DAVID GRAY – Mr Shy is becoming more comfortable on stage and it showed big time tonight. His voice was clear as a bell and he really connected with the song. Bravo kid! GRADE = A-
Caleb Johnson – FAMILY TREE – KINGS OF LEON – This is a very good fit for Caleb and he sings it very well. As a performer and singer this kid has it all… How marketable is he at this point? Not sure because I don’t really see his stuff getting downloaded much on i-Tunes so I am unsure… GRADE = B
Jessica Meuse – GUNPOWDER AND LEAD – MIRANDA LAMBERT – As usual Jessica sounded awesome and can really sing anything from Country to Rock to ballads. Her problem for me tonight which is more obvious now because she nails her vocals, is her stiffness on stage and not being “in” the song and feeling it. She may feel it but it doesn’t show. This girl can WIN if she just expresses herself better in her face and body talk. GRADE = B
Alex Preston – THE “A” TEAM – ED SHAREEN – A rather obvious choice of song picked for Alex but he did what he does best… Makes a song his own. Vocals were great, but the arrangement we have heard before from him. GRADE = B
CJ Harris – GRAVITY – JOHN MAYER – For one of the first times CJ sang the entire song in tune! The bad thing for him, this was snoozeville for me… Good vocals and he always feels the songs he sings but this was boring for me. GRADE = B- (only for the vocal performance)
Dexter – MUCKALEE CREEK WATER – LUKE BRYAN – Dexter has such a country voice, I would love to hear him really change it up. He nails every country song he sings but it always sounds so close to the original that I am wonderfing if there is anything original about him… Come on Dexter, countryfi a NON country song. GRADE = B-
DUETS & MORE:
SAM & ALEX – LET HER GO (PASSENGER) – I really liked this version of the song. Their vocals blended perfectly. The judges didn’t like it, but I sure did. GRADE = A-
CALEB & IRENE – GIMME SHELTER (THE ROLLING STONES) – This was an OK performance, they didn’t blend together like one would think… I just remember how much I don’t like this song…. GRADE = C
JESSICA, CJ AND DEXTER – COMPASS (LADY ANTEBELLUM) – Jessica sounded awesome as usual, Dexter was good, CJ was a bit out of tune and there was NO chemistry. They all were very stiff in the performance. GRADE = C-
Going home? It’s either CJ or Dexter… My Guess? CJ….
What a great night! 80′s makes such a great theme and a great opportunity for young artists to make some well known songs their own. Caleb and Sam had the best performances while Malaya stays at the bottom for me after she screeched her way through a tender Chaka Kahn song… Everyone else did pretty well…. and the Duets were awesome. I wish they would release studio versions of them!!!!!
Caleb Johnson – FAITHFULLY (JOURNEY) – Absolutely flawless. GRADE = A
Sam Wolff – TIME AFTER TIME (CYNDI LAUPER) – This was the best he has sounded all season. He seemed like he really connected with the song. Awesome job! GRADE = A
Alex Preston – EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE (THE POLICE) – It took me a bit to figure out where Alex was going with this but I actually found myself liking it. It certainly is one of the most original takes on any song I have heard. GRADE = A-
Jena Irene – I LOVE ROCK N ROLL (JOAN JETT) - I like what she did with the song. Jena sounds pretty good but the beginning was a little difficult to hear her. I do like her confidence she shows on stage. GRADE = B+
Jessica Meuse – CALL ME (BLONDIE) – I was hoping Jessica would bring a bit of rock to the song but she didn’t. She sounded good but I was hoping for a little bit more. GRADE = B
CJ Harris – FREE FALLIN’ (TOM PETTY) – The performance started out a bit slow and choppy and out of tune. CJ really struggles in his lower register. GRADE = B
Dexter Roberts – KEEP YOUR HANDS TO YOURSELF (GEORGIA SATELLITES) – This is the perfect song for Dexter. That said, he really isn’t doing much to it and he does need to sing more clearly! GRADE = B
Malaya Watson – THROUGH THE FIRE (CHAKA KAHN) – I’m sorry but this sounded screechy and over dramatic. I did not like this. GRADE = D
DUET – Jena Irene & Caleb Johnson – ITS ONLY LOVE (BRYAN ADAMS & TINA TURNER) - This was perfect! GRADE = A
DUET – Jessica Meuse & Dexter Roberts – ISLANDS IN THE STREAM (DOLLY PARTON & KENNY ROGERS) – Their voices blend beautifully. Great duet! GRADE = A
DUET – Sam Wolff & Alex Preston – THE GIRL IS MINE – their voices blend very nicely! Good performance! GRADE = B+
DUET – Malaya Watson & CJ Harris – KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (ARETHA FRANKLIN & GEORGE MICHAEL) – CJ was great but Malaya was trying way too hard especially with her facial expressions. GRADE = B
Since there was the save last week, I figure we will be losing TWO on the results show…
I have a feeling it will be….
and but I think will be in the bottom 3….
THEME : AUDITION SONGS – THE SONG THAT GOT THEM INTO THE COMPETITION
OVERALL – The BEST performance night yet this season. For the first time, the contestants could perform an original song for the competition if that is what they sang in their first audition. This night was full of talent!
Jessica – BLUE EYED LIE – This original song proves what a great song writer Jessica is. She sang this with such conviction. The only what seemed to be flub was the uncomfortable silence of vocals at the very end of the song. Harry called that perfectly… GRADE = A
Alex – FAIRYTALES – This original song shows what type of artist Alex will be, and I am thankful he is in this competition. Alex sang this with heart and soul. GRADE = A
Jena – ROLLING IN THE DEEP (ADELE) – Jena completely changed the arrangement of the song giving it more of a rock vibe which actually works and her voice is spot on for this. GRADE = A-
Dexter – ONE MISSISSIPPI (BRETT ELDREDGE) – Another moment for Dexter. This was sung so beautifully. Flawless and very heartfelt. GRADE = A
Sam – LEGO HOUSE (ED SHEREEN) – Mr. Shy’s vocals are clearly getting better but he still seems very stiff on stage. I don’t know if it is just the way his mouth moves or what. That said, he sounded great. GRADE = B+
Caleb – CHAIN OF FOOLS (ARETHA FRANKLIN) – I totally forgot he sang this song for his first audition. Caleb brought some blues with him tonight and it worked OK. He sang well, just wasn’t the best arrangement. GRADE = B+
CJ – SOUL SHINE (ALLMAN BROTHERS) – I think this is the first time CJ didn’t slip out of tune during his live performance. I’m not a fan of the song, but he sang this VERY well! GRADE = B+
Malaya – AIN’T NO WAY (ARETHA FRANKLIN) – I feel really bad in saying I just don’t get what the judges see in her. Malaya still sounds so screechy in her higher register. GRADE = C
CJ & DEXTER – ALRIGHT (DARIUS RUCKER) – All this duet showed was that Dexter has a more powerful voice than CJ… This song is just “Alright” for me… GRADE = C
JESSICA & CALEB – STOP DRAGGING MY HEART AROUND (STEVIE NICKS & TOM PETTY) – The chemistry was oozing in this performance… Great pairing. LOVED it! GRADE = A
JENA & ALEX – JUST GIVE ME A REASON (P!NK & NATE REUSS) – They sound absolutely beautiful together. Awesome! GRADE = A
MALAYA & SAM – LUCKY (COLBIE CAILET & JASON MRAZ) – There really wasn’t anything good about this. They both sounded rather weak and unconvincing. GRADE = D
Who I think will be in the bottom 3:
Malaya CJ Sam
I think Malaya SHOULD home, but I think CJ WILL go home…
THEME: I’M WITH THE BAND
Tonight was a pretty good night. I enjoyed ALMOST all of the song choices, aside from “The Long and Winding Road”…. I still don’t have a clear favorite yet…but I am seeing clear improvement from a few…
Here is tonight’s best to worst…
Who will be going home? I have a feeling it will be Dexter….
Tonight’s theme, Billboards Top 10 Hits… Proving to be a good theme, the contestants tried to keep the momentum they had during last weeks fantastic night of performances… About half succeeded, and half didn’t…. From my best to worst…
Bottom 3 – MK, Dexter, and CJ
Most likely MK will be going home.
Someone must have gone backstage last week and slapped all of the contestants when they gave us a very ho hum night, because tonight was a COMPLETELY different story! I LOVED tonight’s show for many reasons… 1) THEY LOOKED ALIVE! 2) THEY DRESSED LIKE STARS 3) GREAT SONG CHOICES…. Here are my reviews from best to worst…. I am actually happy to say, NO ONE did really bad!!!!!
THEME : HOME – SONGS THAT REMIND THEM OF HOME
OVERALL – Dexter had the ONLY outstanding performance tonight. Otherwise, it was a rather dull performance night.
What a night! I was very surprised on how many good performances there were and how much potential there is here! Here are my quick reviews from best to worst for tonight!
Alex – Beautiful Mess (Jason Mraz) – this was so intimate and absolutely perfect and totally pulled me in. I completely disagree with Harry. He was totally in tune and his voice is so smooth. GRADE = A
Emily – Glitter in the Air (P!nk) – She struggles with the low notes a little but she really carried the song beautifully. Almost perfect! GRADE = A-
Jena – The Scientist (Coldplay) – she has an Ann Wilson quality. She really made this her own. Her voice was crystal clear and very powerful! GRADE = A-
Majesty – Tightrope (Janelle Monae) – she has a tone that reminds me of Whitney Houston. Massive massive potential! I really liked this a lot. GRADE = B+
Jessica – The Crow and the Butterfly (Shinedown) – I like the rocker chick style for her. She sounded great but looked very uneasy on stage. GRADE = B+
Ben – Folsom Prison Blues (Johnny Cash) – holy crap he killed his song and in a good way. He was so into it and I loved watching him. GRADE = B+
Caleb – Pressure and Time (Rival Sons) – he really rocked it. He does rock very well. GRADE = B
Sam – Unwell (Matchbox twenty) – he has a very clear voice. Started out a little rough and I wish the tempo was up a little more. Seemed to drag a little. All in all it was good. GRADE = B
Kristin – Beautiful Disaster (Kelly Clarkson) – Great song choice but she needs a lot of work. She was shrill at times but that may have been due to nerves. She definitely has potential. GRADE = B-
CJ – Radio (Darius Rucker) – CJ fits right in with country music but again he brought nothing new to the song. I like his voice and really think he will go far. GRADE = C
Dexter – Aww Naw (Chris Young) – Dexter is very country and proves it with this performance. I couldn’t hear him as well as I wanted to as the music seemed a little overpowering. The problem with him is that he sounds like every other country artist out there. GRADE = C
Malaya – Runaway Baby (Bruno Mars) – Malaya has such a great energy. This was not the right song choice and her voice just isn’t there for me. She sounded way off to me. GRADE = D
MK – Satisfaction (Allen Stone) – um this is soooo off for me. Bad song and she didn’t even come close to being in tune. GRADE = D
I will rank them how I feel on who has the best chance of winning… Let’s see how right (or wrong) I will be by the end of the season… SO from what I have seen so far…
- CJ Harris
- Jessica Meuse
- Alex Preston
Mount Vernon, NH
- Caleb Johnson
- Kristen O’Connor
- Jena Irene
Farmington HIlls, MI
- Dexter Roberts
- Majesty Rose
- Ben Briley
- MK Nobilette
San Francisco, CA
- Sam Woolf
- Malaya Watson
- Emily Piriz