American Idol Season 13 Top 5 – AMERICA’S CHOICE!

American Idol

 

Tonight was just awesome.  Jessica really stepped up to the plate and delivered her best night of the whole competition, while Sam didn’t seem to really be in it.  I am pretty sure Sam will be going home tomorrow.  Caleb, Jena and Alex all had awesome nights…

The biggest issue I am having is that only 1/2 of the performances are available for download.  WAKE UP PRODUCERS!!!!!!!

And now for the reviews:

Jessica

JESSICA MEUSE – SUMMERTIME SADNESS (LANA DEL RAY) – I absolutely loved how she didn’t have the guitar and really sang the song way better than the original. FOR ME THIS WAS PERFECT!!!!  GRADE = A+

Alex

ALEX PRESTON – SAY SOMETHING (A GREAT BIG WORLD) – This was perfect.  GRADE A+

Caleb

CALEB JOHNSON – STILL OF THE NIGHT (WHITESNAKE) – Hello 80′s!!!!  I don’t like the song but he nailed it as usual. That is his cup of tea. GRADE = A

Jessica

JESSICA MEUSE – HUMAN (CHRISTINA PERRY) – This was such a great vocal performance from her. She really got the emotional connection right. GRADE = A

Alex

ALEX PRESTON – SWEATER WEATHER (THE NEIGHBORHOOD) – I feel Alex stepped it up a bit this week with an upbeat song. I liked this a lot. His vocals were great. I could hear him doing this for his album. GRADE = A-

Jena

JENA IRENE – VALERIE (AMY WINEHOUSE) – This girl knows how to perform. JENA owned the stage on this. She sounded great also. GRADE = B+

Caleb

CALEB JOHNSON – I DONT WANT TO MISS A THING (AEROSMITH) – I think Caleb sang this song very well but I don’t feel he connected with the song and the audience. GRADE = B

Jena

JENA IRENE – MY BODY (YOUNG THE GIANT) – I am not too familiar with the song but she sounded very good. GRADE = B

Sam

SAM WOOLF – HOW TO SAVE A LIFE (THE FRAY) – This started out a bit shakes as the judges said but it did better as it went on.  GRADE = B

 

SAM WOOLF – SING (ED SHEREEN) – Sam kinda lost it on this one for me. I’m sure it was better live than what came through on the tv. GRADE = C

 

 

 

THE DUETS:

 

ALEX JENA SAM – THE BEST DAY OF MY LIFE (AMERICAN AUTHORS) – These three have a cute chemistry. This was good. GRADE = B

 

JESSICA CALEB – BEAST OF BURDEN (ROLLING STONES) – This was a fun performance. They seemed connected with each other and they sounded great. GRADE = B+

 

 

 

American Idol Season 13 Top 6 – ROCK N ROLL & COUNTRY

 

American Idol

Another great night of solid performances from most of the contestants.  I am pretty sure CJ will be going home as he continues to struggle with being in tune and picking the right songs…. Jena is looking like the winner more and more but my favorite continues to be Jessica.  I feel she won the night!

 

Jena

Jena Irene – BARRACUDA (Heart) – Jena really rocked it. This girl has really punched herself as a front runner in the contest.  This was great. GRADE = A

Jena Irene – SO SMALL (Carrie Underwood) – Jena had a rare misstep with this song. She sang it without the melody and it was hard to follow. That said her voice sounded great. GRADE = C

 

Sam

Sam Woolf – ITS TIME (Imagine Dragons) – Sam sounded confident and convincing with this. The first chorus was just a little weak but he corrected it throughout the performance. GRADE = B+

Sam Woolf – YOU’RE STILL THE ONE (Shania Twain) Sam sang this so smoothly and almost too perfectly like Harry said. He seemed a bit stiff at times but this was pretty good. GRADE = A-

 

C.J.

CJ Harris – AMERICAN WOMAN (Guess Who) – CJ started out shaky but it got better as it went on. He didn’t look comfortable on stage though. GRADE = C+

CJ Harris – WHATEVER IT IS  (Zac Brown Band) – CJ kinda lost me in this. I was a bit bored. Not a good song choice and was very blah. GRADE = C

 

Alex

Alex Preston – ANIMAL (Neon Trees) – This has to be Alex’s weakest performance to date.  That said I loved him showing this side. GRADE = B

Alex Preston – ALWAYS ON MY MIND (Willie Nelson) – Alex couldn’t have done better with this song. He sang this so tenderly and believable. GRADE = A

 

Caleb

Caleb Johnson – STING ME (Black Crowes) -  Wow. What can I say?  You don’t have to like hard rock to appreciate this guy. GRADE = A

Caleb Johnson – UNDO IT (Carrie Underwood) – A very surprising song choice but of course he pulled it off. He sang this very well. GRADE = A

 

Jessica

Jessica Meuse – SOMEBODY TO LOVE (Jefferson Airplane) – I just love love love Jessica’s voice.  Once she learns how to use her eyes when she sings she will have performing down pat. GRADE = A

Jessica Meuse – JOLENE (Dolly Parton) – Vocally she was perfect but she still had that deer in the headlights look in her eyes. Overall this was very good!  GRADE = A

MUZICBUFF CHARTS UPDATED! Charts of 4-18-2014

TOP 100

LW TW WEEK ENDING APRIL 18, 2014 Artist Genre Wks on Cht High Pos
1 1 Breakaway (3 Weeks No. 1) Celine Dion Pop 14 1(3)
3 2 Love Revolution [feat. Q Boy] Levi Kreis Dance 21 2
4 3 Make It Wonderful Erasure Pop 12 3
2 4 Cried Candice Glover R&B 18 2
6 5 Pompeii Bastille Alternative 14 5
7 6 The Art Of Letting Go Mariah Carey Rock 21 6
12 7 Somebody 4 Everybody (Moto Blanco Radio Edit) Matt Zarley [feat. Mark Picchiotti] Dance 9 7
9 8 Survive You New Kids On The Block Pop 24 8
5 9 Story Of My Life (Radio Edit) One Direction Pop 23 1(5)
10 10 Walking On Air Katy Perry Pop 26 10
11 11 Release You (Radio Edit) Johnny Hates Jazz Rock 14 11
8 12 High Hopes Bruce Springsteen Rock 17 8
14 13 I Hope You Find It Cher Pop 14 13
18 14 Let Her Down Easy George Michael Pop 5 14
17 15 Into the Blue Kylie Minogue Pop 9 15
16 16 That’s My Kind Of Night Luke Bryan Country 26 16
23 17 Parachute James Durbin Rock 16 17
20 18 Grace (Radio Edit) Casey Stratton Pop 11 18
19 19 Feel the Love (Cahill Radio Edit) Cahill & Kimberley Locke Dance 23 19
22 20 Amen For My Friends Crystal Bowersox Pop 11 20
26 21 Thursday (Radio Edit) Pet Shop Boys Pop 18 21
25 22 Happy (Pop Edit) Pharrell Williams Pop 8 22
15 23 Say Something A Great Big World f.; Christina Aguilera Pop 22 4
29 24 Shine My Shoes Robbie Williams Pop 6 24
27 25 Young Girls (Single Edit) Bruno Mars Pop 10 25
28 26 Hard Out Here Lily Allen Pop 19 26
32 27 Crying Bonnie Tyler Pop 13 27
31 28 You Won’t Let Go Michael W. Smith Spiritual 15 28
13 29 Top of the World Jay Brannan Rock 30 1(1)
34 30 All Of Me (The Voice Performance) Ray Boudreaux Rock 12 30
36 31 I’m A Freak Enrique Iglesias f.; Pitbull Pop 7 31
24 32 You Set Fire To My Life Tina Arena Pop 23 5
37 33 Cannonball Lea Michele Dance 13 33
39 34 Signed On My Tattoo Army Of Lovers Rock 10 34
38 35 Let Me Go Gary Barlow Pop 15 35
21 36 5th Avenue Elton John Pop 23 15
30 37 Everything To Me Shane Filan Pop 19 29
41 38 Whoops! The Overtones Pop 8 38
40 39 Gasoline and Matches LeAnn Rimes & Rob Thomas Country 7 39
43 40 Artpop Lady Gaga Pop 6 40
42 41 We Own The Night The Wanted Dance 16 41
45 42 Show ‘Em (What You re Made Of) Backstreet Boys Pop 7 42
46 43 Raging Fire Phillip Phillips Rock 5 43
49 44 Can’t Get Nothin’ Done Tate Stevens Country 9 44
44 45 Dark Horse (Radio Edit) Katy Perry Pop 11 44
54 46 Can I Get an Amen (feat. Martha Wash) RuPaul & Martha Wash Pop 5 46
33 47 Waiting For Superman Daughtry Rock 28 2
35 48 Demons Imagine Dragons Rock 26 2
53 49 Let Her Go Passenger Rock 10 49
52 50 Head Over Feeling Taylor Mathews Rock 13 50
55 51 Team Lorde Alternative 7 51
66 52 You’re Mine (Eternal) Mariah Carey Pop 6 52
63 53 Move (Single Edit) Little Mix Pop 7 53
58 54 Peace & Love & Happiness PeterGail Williams Dance 8 54
57 55 Save Rock And Roll Fall Out Boy w/ Elton John Rock 11 55
56 56 Say Something (The X Factor USA Performance) Alex & Sierra Pop 14 56
62 57 Something Wicked (Marc JB Radio Mix) Spencer Day Pop 20 57
59 58 Everybody 2013 DJ BoBo Dance 27 58
64 59 Go Down Singing Michelle Chamuel Pop 12 59
72 60 FallInLove2night Prince f.; Zooey Deschanel Dance 3 60
73 61 Like A Drum (Radio Edit) Guy Sebastian Dance 3 61
47 62 Angie Baby Wahl Collins Pop 25 1(4)
67 63 Life Is Better With You Michael Franti & Spearhead Pop 12 63
50 64 Perfume Britney Spears Pop 22 19
65 65 Marry Me Jason Derulo Pop 14 63
69 66 Back To You (Radio) Mandisa Spiritual 4 66
71 67 You Don’t Know Me Lee Dewyze Alternative 7 67
51 68 Love Is A Bourgeois Construct (Claptones Radio Edit) Pet Shop Boys Dance 30 6
78 69 Best Day Of My Life American Authors Pop 4 69
68 70 Crucified 2013 (Soundfactory Radio Edit) Army Of Lovers Electronic 5 68
76 71 Blackbird Song Lee DeWyze Alternative 3 71
74 72 Nothing Else Better To Do David Archuleta Pop 6 72
77 73 Look At Me Carrie Underwood Country 5 73
60 74 Love Me Again John Newman Pop 13 58
79 75 Long Black Road Electric Light Orchestra Rock 9 75
81 76 Hope In Front Of Me (Radio Edit Mix) Danny Gokey Spiritual 4 76
86 77 Rhiannon (American Idol Performance) Jessica Meuse Alternative 2 77
NEW 78 Blue-Eyed Lie (American Idol Performance) Jessica Meuse Alternative 1 78
80 79 Stay This Way Jason Castro Spiritual 10 79
82 80 Long Live Rock & Roll Daughtry Rock 2 80
85 81 Bonfire Heart James Blunt Pop 4 81
NEW 82 Aftermath (Here We Go) [feat. Andy Bell] [Radio] Dave Audé Pop 1 82
61 83 Hurt You Toni Braxton & Babyface R&B 32 25
84 84 After the Disco Broken Bells Alternative 3 84
87 85 Rest Your Head Tonic Sol-fa Pop 3 85
90 86 Come With Me Now (Radio Edit) Kongos Rock 3 86
88 87 Time After Time (Bent Collective Radio Mix) Cyndi Lauper Dance 2 87
93 88 Closer To Nowhere Kellie Pickler Country 2 88
NEW 89 Play It Again Luke Bryan Country 1 89
89 90 You Can’t Make Old Friends Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton Country 10 89
96 91 Down In The Willow Garden Billie Joe + Norah Rock 2 91
NEW 92 Healed Paul Jolley Country 1 92
NEW 93 Better at Night Tate Stevens Country 1 93
NEW 94 Uprising Of Love Melissa Etheridge Rock 1 94
70 95 Do What U Want (feat. R. Kelly) Lady Gaga Pop 24 15
95 96 Neon Lights (Radio Edit) Demi Lovato Pop 8 76
75 97 Tonight Is Alright Bryan Finlay Rock 35 9
NEW 98 A Miracle, My Love (Single Edit) Ryan Aderrey Pop 1 98
94 99 We Remain Christina Aguilera Pop 25 55
83 100 Timber (Radio Edit) Pitbull f. Ke$ha Pop 16 34

TOP 50 CHARTBOUND

LW TW WEEK ENDING APRIL 18, 2014 Artist Genre
NEW 1 Sing (Single Edit) Ed Sheeran Pop
8 2 If It Hadn’t Been for Love (American Idol Performance) C.J. Harris Country
6 3 I’m Blue, Skies Cheyenne Jackson Pop
NEW 4 I Wish We Were Leaving (Severino Radio Remix) Bright Light Bright Light & Elton John Pop
9 5 Dedication To My Ex Robin Stjernberg Pop
NEW 6 Birthday (Single Mix) Katy Perry Pop
13 7 On the Weekend (Radio Edit) Kimberly Caldwell Pop
50 8 You & I (Single Mix) One Direction Pop
NEW 10 Faithfully (American Idol Performance) Caleb Johnson Rock
10 11 Music To Make Boys Cry Diana Vickers Pop
12 12 Land Of The Blind (Album Version) Information Society Dance
17 13 I Believe in a Thing Called Love Glee Cast  [feat. Adam Lambert] Pop
31 14 Story of My Life (American Idol Performance) Alex Preston Pop
14 15 Risk It All Blue Pop
16 16 Bitchcraft Drake Bell Pop
20 17 Howling at the Moon Midas Whale Alternative
15 18 Sky Is Falling Glenn Coulson Pop
19 19 Love You And Leave You Ronan Keating Pop
22 20 Don’t Make Me Laugh (Paul Statham Radio Edit) Right Said Fred Dance
21 21 Let Me Hold You Josh Krajcik Rock
NEW 22 Stay With Me (Darkchild Remix) Sam Smith Pop
45 23 I Would Die For You Asia Rock
18 24 The Man (Single Edit) Aloe Blacc Pop
24 25 Everything Beautiful (Short Radio Edit) Groove-State Dance
27 26 Don’t Mind If I Do Chris Wallace Pop
36 27 Stay (feat. Dia Frampton) Tydi Dance
23 28 Love Don’t Die The Fray Pop
25 29 Shut Up and Hold On Toby Keith Country
32 30 Classic (Single Edit) MKTO Pop
26 31 Sleeping With A Friend Neon Trees Rock
28 32 Do Something Matthew West Spiritual
29 33 Later On The Swon Brothers Country
NEW 34 La La La (Naughty Boy vs. M4SONIC Radio Edit) Naughty Boy f.; Sam Smith Dance
35 35 Bette Davis Eyes Milk Inc. Blues
37 36 Coming Of Age Foster The People AlternRock
41 37 Hey There Delilah (American Idol Performance) Sam Woolf Pop
48 38 They Won’t Catch Us Alive Ola Pop
40 39 Love to Last My Life Alena Wu Rock
39 40 Rewind Rascal Flatts Country
43 41 Changing Of The Seasons Two Door Cinema Club Alternative
30 42 Gravity (The X Factor USA Performance) Alex & Sierra Pop
34 43 You Say You Will David Glasper A/C
38 44 Midnight Memories One Direction Pop
42 45 Lay Me Down (featuring Adam Lambert) Avicii Dance
47 46 Sun Up Sun Down (feat. Christian Campbell) Brooke White Pop
49 47 Tightrope (Reddfield Deep Radio Edit) Matt Alber Dance
NEW 48 Raindrops Sharon Corr Rock
NEW 49 I Choose You Sara Bareilles Pop
NEW 50 Peace O.A.R. Rock

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….

 

MUZICBUFF’S TOP 100 CHART – WEEK ENDING APRIL 4, 2014

LW TW WEEK ENDING APRIL 4, 2014 Genre Wks on Cht High Pos
6 1 Breakaway (1 Week No. 1) Celine Dion Pop 12 1(1)
3 2 Cried Candice Glover R&B 16 2
2 3 Story Of My Life (Radio Edit) One Direction Pop 21 1(5)
7 4 Love Revolution [feat. Q Boy] Levi Kreis Dance 19 4
10 5 Make It Wonderful Erasure Pop 10 5
9 6 Pompeii Bastille Alternative 12 6
1 7 Top of the World Jay Brannan Rock 28 1(1)
8 8 The Art Of Letting Go Mariah Carey Rock 19 8
4 9 Say Something A Great Big World f.; Christina Aguilera Pop 20 4
11 10 High Hopes Bruce Springsteen Rock 15 10
13 11 Survive You New Kids On The Block Pop 22 11
5 12 You Set Fire To My Life Tina Arena Pop 21 5
14 13 Walking On Air Katy Perry Pop 24 13
16 14 Release You (Radio Edit) Johnny Hates Jazz Rock 12 14
15 15 5th Avenue Elton John Pop 21 15
18 16 I Hope You Find It Cher Pop 12 16
21 17 Somebody 4 Everybody (Moto Blanco Radio Edit) Matt Zarley [feat. Mark Picchiotti] Dance 7 17
19 18 That’s My Kind Of Night Luke Bryan Country 24 18
20 19 Feel the Love (Cahill Radio Edit) Cahill & Kimberley Locke Dance 21 19
27 20 Into the Blue Kylie Minogue Pop 7 20
26 21 Grace (Radio Edit) Casey Stratton Pop 9 21
34 22 Let Her Down Easy George Michael Pop 3 22
12 23 Demons Imagine Dragons Rock 24 2
29 24 Amen For My Friends Crystal Bowersox Pop 9 24
17 25 Waiting For Superman Daughtry Rock 26 2
28 26 Parachute James Durbin Rock 14 26
33 27 Happy (Pop Edit) Pharrell Williams Pop 6 27
31 28 Young Girls (Single Edit) Bruno Mars Pop 8 28
30 29 Everything To Me Shane Filan Pop 17 29
32 30 Hard Out Here Lily Allen Pop 17 30
37 31 Thursday (Radio Edit) Pet Shop Boys Pop 16 31
22 32 Perfume Britney Spears Pop 20 19
24 33 Angie Baby Wahl Collins Pop 23 1(4)
36 34 You Won’t Let Go Michael W. Smith Spiritual 13 34
44 35 Shine My Shoes Robbie Williams Pop 4 35
38 36 All Of Me (The Voice Performance) Ray Boudreaux Rock 10 36
41 37 Crying Bonnie Tyler Pop 11 37
23 38 Love Is A Bourgeois Construct (Claptones Radio Edit) Pet Shop Boys Dance 28 6
40 39 Let Me Go Gary Barlow Pop 13 39
42 40 Cannonball Lea Michele Dance 11 40
46 41 Signed On My Tattoo Army Of Lovers Rock 8 41
48 42 I’m A Freak Enrique Iglesias f.; Pitbull Pop 5 42
25 43 Hurt You Toni Braxton & Babyface R&B 30 25
45 44 Dark Horse (Radio Edit) Katy Perry Pop 9 44
54 45 Gasoline and Matches LeAnn Rimes & Rob Thomas Country 5 45
51 46 We Own The Night The Wanted Dance 14 46
55 47 Whoops! The Overtones Pop 6 47
52 48 Oscar Wilde Gets Out Elton John Pop 9 48
59 49 Show ‘Em (What You re Made Of) Backstreet Boys Pop 5 49
62 50 Artpop Lady Gaga Pop 4 50
35 51 Do What U Want (feat. R. Kelly) Lady Gaga Pop 22 15
57 52 Head Over Feeling Taylor Mathews Rock 11 52
61 53 Can’t Get Nothin’ Done Tate Stevens Country 7 53
64 54 Raging Fire Phillip Phillips Rock 3 54
43 55 Tonight Is Alright Bryan Finlay Rock 33 9
60 56 Let Her Go Passenger Rock 8 56
58 57 Say Something (The X Factor USA Performance) Alex & Sierra Pop 12 57
65 58 Love Me Again John Newman Pop 11 58
39 59 Timber (Radio Edit) Pitbull f. Ke$ha Pop 14 34
67 60 Everybody 2013 DJ BoBo Dance 25 60
74 61 Team Lorde Alternative 5 61
79 62 Can I Get an Amen (feat. Martha Wash) RuPaul & Martha Wash Pop 3 62
66 63 Marry Me Jason Derulo Pop 12 63
71 64 Save Rock And Roll Fall Out Boy w/ Elton John Rock 9 64
70 65 Something Wicked (Marc JB Radio Mix) Spencer Day Pop 18 65
75 66 Peace & Love & Happiness PeterGail Williams Dance 6 66
77 67 Move (Single Edit) Little Mix Pop 5 67
47 68 In and Out of the Dark Katrina Parker Pop 30 31
49 69 Gorilla Bruno Mars Pop 27 14
72 70 Go Down Singing Michelle Chamuel Pop 10 70
53 71 Best Song Ever (The X Factor USA Performance) Alex & Sierra Pop 18 10
82 72 Life Is Better With You Michael Franti & Spearhead Pop 10 72
86 73 You’re Mine (Eternal) Mariah Carey Pop 4 73
50 74 Hold On We’re Going Home Drake R&B 31 28
80 75 You Don’t Know Me Lee Dewyze Alternative 5 75
56 76 King of Everything Boy George Pop 27 5
76 77 Neon Lights (Radio Edit) Demi Lovato Pop 6 76
85 78 Back To You (Radio) Mandisa Spiritual 2 78
NEW 79 Like A Drum (Radio Edit) Guy Sebastian Dance 1 79
NEW 80 Blackbird Song Lee DeWyze Alternative 1 80
83 81 Long Black Road Electric Light Orchestra Rock 7 81
87 82 Nothing Else Better To Do David Archuleta Pop 4 82
89 83 Crucified 2013 (Soundfactory Radio Edit) Army Of Lovers Electronic 3 83
84 84 Stay This Way Jason Castro Spiritual 8 82
88 85 Look At Me Carrie Underwood Country 3 85
69 86 We Remain Christina Aguilera Pop 23 55
NEW 87 FallInLove2night Prince f.; Zooey Deschanel Dance 1 87
92 88 Best Day Of My Life American Authors Pop 2 88
90 89 You Can’t Make Old Friends Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton Country 8 89
68 90 Breakfast Can Wait Prince R&B/Soul 28 6
73 91 Love Will Save The Day Boyzone Pop 13 60
NEW 92 Rest Your Head Tonic Sol-fa Pop 1 92
93 93 Bonfire Heart James Blunt Pop 2 93
94 94 Hope In Front Of Me (Radio Edit Mix) Danny Gokey Spiritual 2 94
63 95 Go Gentle Robbie Williams Pop 23 7
NEW 96 Come With Me Now (Radio Edit) Kongos Rock 1 96
78 97 Back Together Jesse McCartney Pop 27 39
81 98 Brave Sara Bareilles Pop 38 25
96 99 See You Tonight Scotty McCreery Country 38 72
NEW 100 After the Disco Broken Bells Alternative 1 100

AMERICAN IDOL SEASON 13 TOP 8

American Idol

 

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

American Idol

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

American Idol

 

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