Wednesday, April 9, 2014

American Idol Season 13: The Top 8 Part 2, It's the Big 80s!

Yay! Season 7 Winner David Cook coached the final 8 this week.

01 Jena Irene sang I Love Rock n' Roll by Joan Jett-- David said he was initially confused but then really started to dig what she was doing with the song. Jena was sounding a little bit like Gwen Stefani in this performance. It's like a slowed down punk rock version of the song, and I actually found myself liking it too. Keith loved the originality she brought to the performance. Jenn wanted it to sound a little more amped up in the middle but thought she did put her stamp on it. Harry thought it felt choreographed in terms of her stage movements, and wanted her to go with what she was
Score: 8 out of 10

02 Dexter Roberts sang Keep Your Hands to Yourself by Georgia Satellites-- David told him to remember to enunciate! The pointers David gave Dexter should help to make his performance sharper. I loved the guitar solo, thought the performance was fun, and it looked like Dexter thoroughly enjoyed himself, it was a party! Jenn said it felt good today, and she felt he had a personality this time around. Harry thought he did a nice job, rocked out, and earned it. Keith said feel free to do something completely unexpected.
Score: 9 out of 10

Alex Preston and Sam Woolf sang The Girl is Mine by Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney-- Keith liked how their voices sounded together. Jenn said she felt Sam connected better.

03 Malaya Watson sang Through the Fire by Chaka Kahn-- David thought Malaya was a firecracker. He asked her to bring more focus to her performance. Malaya had several impressive moments in that performance. She hit some high notes and hit them right on. Keith agreed with David calling her a firecracker. Jenn said you're our baby, relax up there. Harry said she sacrificed the beginning of the song because she was thinking about hitting that high Chaka note which Harry said he was impressed with.
Score: 8 out of 10

Jena Irene and Caleb Johnson sang It's Only Love by Bryan Adams and Tina Turner--

04 Jessica Meuse sang Call Me by Blondie-- David told Jessica that although all her notes were spot on, she didn't seem to be enjoying herself. I am so happy David mentioned this to her. Harry said she has a great voice, but felt she needs to be in the pocket more. Keith is waiting for her to release. Jenn said she needed it to exude the sexy cool that Blondie exudes, and she needed "call me" to be "CALL. ME!". I am feeling Jenn's comment and I totally agree. This could have been better. I even understand Harry's shuffle and groove comment.
Score: 7 out of 10

05 Sam Woolf sang Time After Time by Cyndi Lauper-- David told Sam to own the stage while he is up there and said he is so so talented. Keith said your vocal ability is there. Jenn thought he did a good job and she watched him intently. She thinks Sam and the guitar is his strength. Harry said he is getting better every week, and he saw him looking into the camera the whole time but it is okay for him to look at the girls. I saw Sam connecting much more, and I agree with all the judges comments. He is one of my favorites, and when you grow every week, it means your potential is limitless.
Score: 9 out of 10

Malaya Watson and CJ Harris sang I Knew You Were Waiting For Me by Aretha Franklin and George Michael-- Jenn said I thought you two were cute together. Harry thought it was like regional theater, and Keith said you would know Harry.

Alex Preston sang Every Breath You Take by The Police-- David thought Alex felt nervous because he was rushing the song. Not sure I like how much this strays from the original. It was a good vocal, and it sounded very John Mayer-ish. The only thing is I was waiting for that build up to when Sting belts out.... "since you're gone, I've been lost without a trace....". Harry liked how it was original and sounded like a totally new song. Harry says he is a performer more than he is an entertainer. Keith said when you started singing you grabbed my attention like that. Keith said David was right in his push and pull of the tempo. Jenn said she missed the tempo of the song, and it was too different.
Score: 7 out of 10

Jessica Meuse and Dexter Roberts sang Islands in the Stream by Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers--

CJ Harris sang Free Falling by Tom Petty-- David said everyone is so good this season. He and CJ worked on tempo which I think is important for CJ. Only thing I didn't like was how it ended and the fact that it ended. Jenn said she routes for him with every note. Harry said when you hit the high notes in that performance you were much more in tune. You have such a great connection with people. Keith felt like it was a great rendition of that song. CJ said David was an unreal person, and really helped him on the song. He added that he helped every one of them. He didn't know what he was going to do with the bridge of the song and David helped him.
Score: 9 out of 10

Caleb Johnson sang Faithfully by Journey-- David wants Caleb to give this song more reverence and this is the 80's song that takes it to church. Amazing vocal by Caleb. I just loved this performance, it encompassed what the 80's were all about. Harry said people anticipated your consistent vocal and something that was more subtle, and you did it. Nice work! Keith said it was killer, perfect song for you, I had my lighter up; I loved it man. Jenn said Steve Perry is one of the Gods. I thought it was amazing.
Score: 10 out of 10

Who is in trouble? Will two be sent home instead of one? Alex and Jessica followed by Jena and Malaya could be in some trouble tomorrow night. I think Jessica might be going home.

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