01 Von Smith performed "You're All I Need to Get By" made famous by Marvin Gaye-- There were parts of this performance that were a bit shouty. I loved the final 30 seconds because he improvised, did his own thing, and it sounded great. I think he knows how to work a stage, and is a seasoned pro. Kelly Clarkson sang this on Season 1 like a pro, check her out--- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aM5LEO1WcqE
02 Taylor Vaifanua performed "If I Ain't Got You" made famous by Alicia Keys-- I think it was an ok performance; it was a little too safe. I disagree with Kara's comment about us not knowing what it is like to go shopping with Taylor. I don't think that at this stage of the competition we expect to know the contestants that well; we will later. I do agree with Simon though, the performance was generic. I watched Syesha Mercado from last season sing this same song live on stage and she sounded angelic--- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8He0ScuRAiE , and as I remember, the judges agreed!
03 Alex Wagner Trugman performed "I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues" made famous by Elton John-- I like Alex's personality; he seems super fun! He has a good voice overall but he messed up the performance with the throat growls that he did about half way through.
04 Arianna Afsar performed "The Winner Takes It All" made famous by Abba-- The song choice was terrible, the arrangement was terrible, and most of it sounded terrible vocally. She tried to act too old, and the whole performance was totally depressing, I tuned out about half way through.
05 Ju'Not Joyner performed "Hey There Delilah" made famous by Plain White T's-- I absolutely loved this performance; he took a rock alternative song and turned it into this smooth R&B song. There were so many small changes throughout the song; it was like he put his own personal stamp on it. I hope that Ju'Not gets through and continues to show us who he really is because not only do I love who he is but I can see that he wants this dream to come true.
06 Kristen McNamara performed "Give Me One Reason" made famous by Tracey Chapman-- This is one woman that belongs on Broadway for sure (she is like a young Kristen Chenoweth, small but packed with a personality and a voice). I have liked her since she first auditioned; I liked her version of this song because she changed it up just enough to show her voice range.
Jordin Sparks actually sang this in Season 6-- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8g7Fn5Ywkho
07 Nathaniel Marshall performed "I Would Do Anything For Love" made famous by Meatloaf-- Nathaniel sounded a little bit like Clay Aiken to me in this performance. I don't really quite understand his song choice, but he is just such a fun person and that is clear to me. Nathaniel's vocals were solid but solid enough to put him in the Top 12; I'm not so sure.
08 Felicia Barton performed "No One" made famous by Alicia Keys-- I liked her performance but I didn't love it by any means. Felicia has a definite presence, and I do like her raspy, husky rock voice.
09 Scott Macintyre performed "Mandolin Rain" made famous by Bruce Hornsby-- Scott is passionate and has a gift, and it's a blessing that there are still pure performers out there like him. He has a definite shot at making the Top 12.
10 Kendall Beard performed "This One's For The Girls" made famous by Martina McBride-- I have to totally agree with Randy, in this performance Kendall told us exactly who she is. The only issue is, was it a great vocal performance, it was good but not great.
11 Jorge Nunez performed "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me" made famous by Elton John-- I agree with quite a few of the statements that the judges made about Jorge: Simon said that he should continue being who he is and Kara says that when he sings it comes from his heart. He was really really great, and I don't even know him but I was so proud of him. He was so happy with his performance, and he said when I get all emotional I think in Spanish. Way to go Jorge, you may be Top 12 bound.
12 Lil Rounds performed "Be Without You" made famous by Mary J. Blige-- I felt like the real competition started when she took to the stage and started singing tonight. Her performance was brilliant; she was confident and she never once lost sight of who she is. One of the judges said it best; she kept her swagger.