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American Idol Season 13 Top 7 – Their Competitor’s Choice

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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

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

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

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

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

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

 

C.J.

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

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….

American Idol Season 13 Top 8 – The 80′s

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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

 

THE DUETS

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….

We’ll see….

 

AMERICAN IDOL SEASON 13 TOP 8

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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

DUETS:

 

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…

AMERICAN IDOL SEASON 13 TOP 9

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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…

Caleb

Caleb -
Dazed And Confused – Led Zepplin -
What a sexy airbag! Caleb did what he needed to do with this. I am personally not a fan if the song but he did it perfectly.
GRADE = A

 

Jessica

Jessica -
Rihannan – Fleetwood Mac -
I really feel the judges are pretty rough on her and congrats to Jessica for openly accepting the criticism. Jessica sounded so good with this song and she looked confident on stage.
GRADE = A

 

Majesty

Majesty -
Shake it out – Florence and the Machine -
I personally thought Majesty was incredible with this song. She owned the stage and sounded awesome. She just needs to work on keeping in tune with the high notes.
GRADE = A-

 

Sam

Sam -
Hey There Delilah – Plain White Ts -
Ok first of all, what is with that shirt?? This is by far Sam’s best vocal performance. I love this version. Great job.
GRADE = A-

 

C.J.

CJ -
If it hadn’t Been For Love – Steelroad Drivers -
What a fantastic song choice. CJ struggles with keeping in tune and that seems to be his biggest problem. I did however really like the performance.
GRADE = B

 

Jena

Jena -
Bring Me Back To Life – Evanesence -
I’ve never been a fan of this song but Jena performed it very well. I just joke this isn’t the route she is going to take.
GRADE = B

 

Alex

Alex -
Don’t Speak – No Doubt -
This was a very chill version of a power pop song which didn’t quite do the song very well. That said, Alex sounded great and gave it his own spin. He does need to change up his act a bit.
GRADE = B-

 

Dexter

Dexter -
Boondocks – Little Big Town -
He sounds great but he needs to change it up like now. I want to see him take a non country song and make it his own. I’m getting bored with him.
GRADE = C+

 

Malaya

Malaya -
The Long And Winding Road – The Beatles -
For me Malaya always sounds like she screeches through her performances. Tonight is no exception. I didn’t like this at all.
GRADE = D

 

Who will be going home?  I have a feeling it will be Dexter….

AMERICAN IDOL SEASON 13 TOP 10

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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…

 

Alex

ONE DIRECTION’S “STORY OF MY LIFE”
GRADE = A
Alex did awesome with his indie style version of this soon to be classic. His voice was spot on, the arrangement was perfect and he got the crowd going!

 

Jessica

FOSTER THE PEOPLE’S “PUMPED UP KICKS”
GRADE = A
Jessica nailed this. The arrangement was awesome and I feel (and disagree with Harsh Harry) her voice was dynamic enough to make the song soar. LOVED IT!

 

Caleb

LADY GAGA’S “THE EDGE OF GLORY”
GRADE = A-
Caleb is becoming one of my favorites even without me liking hard rock too much. He did a great job in making this pop song into a classic rock jam. Vocals, again, spot on.

 

Jena

ZEDD’S “CLARITY”
GRADE = B+
Jena ‘s voice tends to struggle with her lower registry but shines when the song really gets going. I think Harry is right, this might be the direction of style in music she needs to consider for a career…

 

Majesty

AVICCI’S “WAKE ME UP”
GRADE = B
Majesty rebounded a bit tonight and she needed it. She did look as though she was concentrating a little too much on her guitar playing. She should have left the guitar and sang the whole song like she did at the end of it.

 

Sam

fun.’s “WE ARE YOUNG”
GRADE = B-
Sam’s cover of this ear worm of a song was actually pretty decent and strong. There is still something so stiff about his face when he talks and sings but I can’t put my finger on it. Vocally, he was pretty good though.

 

Malaya

BRUNO MARS’ “WHEN I WAS YOUR MAN”
GRADE = B-
This was clearly Malaya’s best performance on the show ever… She sounded clear and in tune but it didn’t move me like I had hoped it would. I still don’t know what type of artist she wants to be though…

 

Dexter

FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE’S “CRUISE”
GRADE = C+
I totally agree with Keith, Dexter should have kept this an intimate song like how he began it, rather than trying to pump it up towards the end. I do feel him singing the word “cruise” was always out of tune…

 

C.J.

HUNTER HAYES’ “INVISIBLE”
GRADE = C
CJ sounded good for the majority of the song but it felt little off and out of tune in parts. It kind of dragged a bit for me.

 

MK

P!NK’s “PERFECT”
GRADE = D
MK’s not so perfect version of “Perfect” started out great and seemed to escape her half way during the song. The song is way too big for her to pull off…

Bottom 3 – MK, Dexter, and CJ

Most likely MK will be going home.

American Idol season 13 Top 11

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!!!!!

Caleb

Caleb -
Skyfall -
For the first time he showed restraint and he proves what a fantastic vocal range he has. I absolutely loved this. Flawless. GRADE = A+

 

C.J.

CJ -
Can’t You See -
Very strong performance from cj tonight. I really liked his growl in his voice. He stepped it up this week big time. GRADE = A

 

Jena

Jena -
Decade -
Cant say I am crazy about the song but she sang the hell out of it. It was so moody and intense. GRADE = A

 

Jessica

Jessica -
The Sounds Of Silence -
Jessica killed it. She sounds awesome and very strong. The band was clearly off and that might have shook her up a little. GRADE = A-

 

MK

MK -
To Make You Feel My Love -
Holy cow she actually stepped out of herself tonight and showed confidence and that she really wants to win. I absolutely loved this and it shows the most growth of anyone on hone show. Great job! GRADE = A-

 

Dexter

Dexter -
Sweet Home Alabama -
Dexter sounds great. My only issue with it was that he sang the same notes throughout the whole song. He needs to change it up a bit. GRADE = B+

 

Alex

Alex -
Falling Slowly -
Alex keeps changing the melody and I don’t think it works with this song, however, his voice is excellent. GRADE = B+

 

Malaya

Malaya -
I Am Changing -
Perfect song for her. She finally is singing and not screeching! There really wasn’t anything wrong with it except she needs to just pull it back a bit during the performance. GRADE = B+

 

Sam

Sam -
Come Together -
Sam is starting to come out of his shell but it felt a little forced and awkward. That said his voice was pretty strong. GRADE = B-

 

Ben

Ben -
Bennie & The Jets -
First of all, I love the transformation. His voice seems strained in some ways. Ben seems so quirky and I agree with the confusion that the judges had. Not sure what kind of artist he wants to be. But that is the fun of this show. GRADE = C+

 

Majesty

Majesty -
Let It Go -
Her voice sounds a little shaky and she totally missed the big note. She is much better than this performance. GRADE = C

 

American Idol season 13 Top 12

THEME : HOME – SONGS THAT REMIND THEM OF HOME

OVERALL – Dexter had the ONLY outstanding performance tonight.  Otherwise, it was a rather dull performance night.

Dexter

Dexter – LUCKY MAN (MONTGOMERY GENTRY) – Dexter had a moment with this performance. He sounded so convincing like this was his own song. He was in perfect pitch, looked effortless and quite frankly, nailed it! GRADE = A

Sam

Sam – JUST ONE (BLIND PILOT) – Great song choice, fits him perfectly! I think he might have the most potential of all these contestants. He sounded great. I really liked it. GRADE = B+

Jena

Jena – SUDDENLY I SEE (KT TUNSTALL) – Love the upbeat change. Jena has great stage presence and works the crowd pretty well. At points however, her voice got lost in the music. GRADE = B

Caleb

Caleb – WORKING MAN (RUSH) – Hello 80′s… I am thinking the hard rock 80′s style is going to get a little stale after a few more of these performances. For now, it’s good but I’m not sure how serious this guy is… GRADE = B

Majesty

Majesty – FIX YOU (COLDPLAY) – Yikes, she was way out of tune on that high note…. Everything else was very nice. GRADE = B

C.J.

CJ – WAITING ON THE WORLD TO CHANGE (JOHN MAYER) – Good song choice, he brings a little “grit” to the song. I was hoping there would be a little more to it… GRADE = B-

Emily

Emily – LET’S GET LOUD (JENNIFER LOPEZ) – Emily sounded good but she didn’t stand out from the band and kind of got lost in the music. For me it was a bit Karaoke. GRADE = C+

Jessica

Jessica – WHITE FLAG (DIDO)- She started out a little bit lazy… I don’t feel it was as off as Harry said but there was definitely something lacking. GRADE = C

Alex

Alex – I DON’T WANT TO BE (GAVIN DEGRAW) – It started out good but when the chorus started, the song started to drag and sounded weak. I think Alex should have gone without the guitar for this one and worked the crowd more. GRADE = C

Malaya

Malaya – TAKE ME TO THE KING (TAMELA MANN) – I liked how the song built up, but at the end she started screaming again. This was way better than last week though but I think she will be back in the bottom 3. GRADE = C

Ben

Ben – TURNING HOME (DAVID NAIL) – I liked the song until the chorus. He shouted the whole ending and almost changed his voice to a not so pleasing pitch. GRADE = C-

MK

MK – DROPS OF JUPITER (TRAIN) – She looks like she is thinking too much…Mk just never looks comfortable on stage. Harry got it right, she looks like she doesn’t want to be there. GRADE = D+

 

 

American Idol season 13 Top 13

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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

AMERICAN IDOL SEASON 13 RUSH WEEK

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AMERICAN IDOL – RUSH WEEK

THE GIRLS

THE BOYS

AND YOUR AMERICAN IDOL SEASON 13 TOP 13 ARE….

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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
Jasper, AL

 

Jessica Meuse
Slapout, AL

 

Alex Preston
Mount Vernon, NH

 

Caleb Johnson
Asheville, NC

 

Kristen O’Connor
Sebastian, FL

 

Jena Irene
Farmington HIlls, MI

 

Dexter Roberts
Fayette, AL

 

Majesty Rose
Goldsboro, NC

 

Ben Briley
Gallatin, TN

 

MK Nobilette
San Francisco, CA

 

Sam Woolf
Bradenton, FL

 

#12
Malaya Watson
Southfield, MI

 

Emily Piriz
Orlando, FL