‘American Idol’ Returns With Its Strongest Night Yet
Now things are heating up. We are down to the top 14 on American Idol and America, yes you the fans, can now vote on who you think should stay on the show. It’s no longer totally up to the whims of Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and Luke Bryan. So, who is looking like they are going to make it and who do I think is going home? Let’s find out.
Caleb Lee Hutchinson
Good ‘ol Caleb. He is as country as they come and has the banjo pluckin’ skills to prove it. He sang Midnight Train to Memphis and it was golden. Caleb is a consistent singer but will that bore America? They want more than just consistency.
Michelle is a good performer but she’s a bit much if you ask me. Katy called her “Shakira in the beginning stages”, in other words that she isn’t there yet. I fear for the Latin diva.
I’m not sure why Marcio, who is one of the best singers on the show, chose to sing a Barry Manilow song. Only Lionel was really enthused because it reminded him of his glory days. Marcio may be going home.
Mara is not only the youngest singer on the show, she’s also a fan favorite. But her take on The Greatest Showman’s This is Me was shaky, probably due to nerves. I think she’ll make it through but she needs to be careful.
I think Garrett is very cute and a serviceable singer but sooner or later he’s going to go and now may be that time. Underwhelming is the word.
OK. Listen, if you want to sing Freddy Mercury, you had better be able to hit impossible notes. Lucky for Ada that she can. I have to say she consistently blows us away.
Our girl Catie KILLED Take Me To Church. She kept her quirky girl vibes more under wraps this time and is really showing growth as an artist.
Cade is a rock god in the making. He did Santana’s Black Magic Woman and he not only can shred the guitar like Santana, he can really belt it out. Plus Katy likes him in the mommy/daddy sense.
Man, this guy can sing. Who knew a Shawn Mendes song could sound like that? Lionel called it his “breakthrough moment” which is lucky because American is voting.
One thing that American Idol has never had, not really, was any rapping. Jurnee brought her hip hop game rapping part of her song Bang Bang. Versatility is always a good thing to show. I wonder how America will react?
Don’t sleep on Maddie Poppe, y’all. She’s soooo good. She sang Simon and Garfunkle’s Homeward Bound and it was just beautiful. I heart this girl.
Oh, Jonny. A cute smile and pleasant performance style will only get you so far. His singing just wasn’t…there. Katy called it “fun”. Kiss of death.
Michael J. Woodward
People need to stop singing Titanium…but Michael annihilated it. Backed by a string quartet it made a song I’m frankly sick of into something really terrific.
Gabby closed out the show with a Miley Cyrus number, The Climb. I think the producers are trying to create a new Carrie Underwood situation with her. They could just do it.