The Blogging Dead: American Idol – Episode 15 (Top 7 Reveal)

Last week, I wasn’t able to watch the episodes until later in the week. Up until I saw them, I was confused because Catie had been tweeting from Disney World. Turns out that the next episode, this one, was going to be aired from Disney, and the contestants will be singing Disney songs. Once again, I am doing this from my phone as I watch it, and the only result I know is Catie’s because of her Twitter.

The episode starts with a short musical number featuring Katy Perry and the Top 10. By short I mean they stand in a row, walking forward in front of Cinderella’s Castle, and sing When You Wish Upon A Star.

Elsa herself, Idina Menzel, acted as their mentor. Maddie Poppe went first, singing The Bare Necessities. It’s such a fun rendition!

Next was Jurnee singing How Far I’ll Go from Moana. For some reason, her version feels like an ’80s or’ 90s song. That’s not a bad thing. She didn’t try to copy the original, which is good.

Cade Foehner sang Kiss The Girl from The Little Mermaid. This is much different from what he normally does. He turned it into a ’90s ballad.

Ada Vox performed Circle Of Life. Another epic performance from her.

Michelle Sussett sang Remember Me from Coco. I loved the original, but I think I prefer her version. There was more emotion in her version.

Gabby Barrett sang Colours Of The Wind. I like her, but I don’t like her version of this song. Hopefully it doesn’t stop her from going through.

Michael J. Woodard sang Beauty and the Beast from…I forget what movie it’s from. He said prior to preforming that his voice was harsh, but even with that he still rocked this song. I feel like he can do anything. Thus far he has done anything.

Caleb Lee Hutchinson sang You’ve Got A Friend In Me. It’s basically the country version of the song. And since it’s Caleb, I like this version.

The incredibly talented Catie Turner performed Once Upon A Dream from Sleeping Beauty. That was truly an amazing performance. Each time she sings it’s better than the previous time.

Dennis Lorenzo finished the performances by singing Can You Feel The Love Tonight. His daughter surprised him at Disney World, which was an emotional moment. Then he performed and it was emotional again. Which is very different for him.

After the performance, Ryan walks with Dennis to the lounge (the actual name of what I called the waiting room the other day). There, he stresses that three of them were about to be voted off. He then pointed out something I’ve been loving about this season. In previous years, there’d be alot of fighting and drama amongst the contestants. This year, they’ve all become friends. I was on Instagram a couple days ago and Maddie Poppe was doing a live stream. She was in some sort of lounge area (I think), and she was hanging out with Ada Vox (and maybe others, I asked but she didn’t see my comment). They were just hanging out and answering random questions people asked in the comments live. Kind of a fun, laid back, “unofficial” thing (meaning it wasn’t set up by ABC, she was just bored so started a live stream).

We can see on Twitter all of the contestants interacting and bonding. Even when they get sent home they’re still friends. I’m always seeing Layla Spring and Noah Davis in the mentions of the contestants still in the show. So they’re not just friendly towards each other because they have to be, they’re actually friends. It’s not to see that, and it makes it that much harder to see them leave.

So like I’ve been saying, while the contestants in the earlier seasons were also regular people off the street, they were still just people on TV. Now we have social media and can interact with the contestants (I’ve tweeted with Catie, Marcio, Ada, and Noah) and see them interacting with each other. It makes the connection to the contestants that much stronger. They’re not just people on TV, they start to feel like friends after awhile. It actually hurts seeing them get sent home. You want them all to win.

But unfortunately, there can be only one. Yes, I realise that is a Highlander reference, and no, I didn’t think about it until I was typing it.

Caleb is the first to make it into the Top 7

Gabby is the second

Michael is third

The fourth to make it into the Top 7 is Cade

The fifth is Maddie

Catie made it, but I knew that

Jurnee was the final to make it into the Top 7

Which means we’ve lost Dennis, Ada, and Michelle.

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The Blogging Dead: American Idol – Episode 14 (Top 10 Reveal)

Figured out why the computer wasn’t working. My roommate had unplugged it and moved everything to thoroughly vacuum and forgot to plug it back in. It somehow never occurred to me to check the plug. But I’m glad it happened, because I think I prefer this new method of reviewing on my phone while I watch. It both makes it faster and easier.

With this episode, we find out the results of the voting after the previous episode. Four people will go home.

Starting things out, Maddie Poppe was randomly selected to go first. When she walked out, Ryan Seacrest let her know that she’s moving on to the next round. Once again, she surprises me by continuing. Then she sang Walk Like An Egyptian by The Bangles. It was an interesting rendition of the classic song, but I liked it. It’s amazing that she could concentrate after getting such great news. She started singing like ten seconds after he told her. I’d probably be too excited to focus on the song. I’m curious how someone will perform after getting the bad news. Guess I’ll find out four times tonight.

Next was Michelle Sussett. Apparently they’re not told they’re not going through on the spot. Ryan told her that America didn’t vote for her, but she could sing and convince the judges. There will be ten people going through, six voted by America, four by the judges. So I guess it’s basically the people who don’t make it by America voting will have one last chance to make it through.

Anyway, Michelle sang an original song she wrote called I’m A Dreamer. It’s amazing watching her, because even though she didn’t get the best news, she still smiled and happily sang her song. I was expecting her to get emotional or nervous or something, but she reacted as though she got the good news. In fact, when she went to sit in “the Danger Zone” (where the contestants who didn’t get America’s vote wait for the judges’ decision), she looked really happy.

Since I’m reviewing this as I watch it, and I’m sure the judges will decide at the end, I’ll save those for the end of the review.

Marcio Donaldson was next, and he joined Michelle in the Danger Zone. This obviously effected him, and he’s an emotional person. Unfortunately I think it hurt his performance of Jealous by Nick Jonas, because it was the worst I’ve seen him. But he’s always been amazing, so it still wasn’t awful, just not to the standard he always does. Hopefully the judges see past it and let him go through.

Cade Foehner was next, and they did his reveal in a unique manner. Instead of Ryan being on stage, calling him out of the waiting room, and telling him on stage, Ryan started out in the waiting room with the contestants, chatting with them. Then he asked Cade to come with him. The two of them casually walked from the room to behind the stage, chatting as though they weren’t live in front of millions of people. Then Ryan told him to celebrate because he made it to the Top 10. He ran on stage and sang Bright Lights by Gary Clark Jr., obviously excited.

Garrett Jacobs is in the Danger Zone, and he performed Have You Ever Seen The Rain by Creedance Clearwater Revival. Wasn’t his strongest performance. I’m predicting that the judges won’t choose him.

Gabby Barrett made it to the Top 10, and she performed Little Red Wagon by Miranda Lambert. That was a very energetic performance, and the song was catchy.

Dennis Lorenzo is in the Danger Zone, and he sang This Woman’s Work by Maxwell. He’s my second favourite contestant, so my heart sank when Ryan said he didn’t make it, but then Dennis said, “Time to change their mind” before he sang. Hopefully the judges pick him!

Jonny Brenns is in the Danger Zone, and he performed Demons by Imagine Dragons. He seemed a little emotional while singing, but I hope the judges pick him. I basically hope they pick everyone in the Danger Zone, even though I know they can only pick four. This part of the show is going to be emotional basically no matter what, because everyone who has made it this far are household names at this point. They’re all main characters, so it’s going to hurt no matter who goes home.

Caleb Lee Hutchinson made it into the Top 10, and he performed Getting You Home by Chris Young.

Mara Justine is in the Danger Zone, and she’s singing Love On The Brain by Rihanna. As per usual, she did a fantastic job, and I know without doubt that the judges are going to pick her. She’s going to be in the Top 5 for sure in a couple of weeks.

Jurnee is in the Danger Zone, and is singing Never Enough from The Greatest Showman. Last night I said that Mara singing a song from The Greatest Showman was the newest song performed on the show. Does it count if this is from the same movie? It’s not newer than the other one, so it’s tied. Amazing movie, amazing song, amazing performance.

Michael J. Woodard made it to the Top 10, and sang Believe In Yourself from The Wiz. Even though the song was a slow one, he still somehow made it feel energetic.

The amazing Catie Turner is the final contestant to have been voted into the Top 10 by America! I was honestly worried that once America voted they’d find her too weird, but clearly they find her as impossible not to love as I do. She was the only one I knew in advance made it through, because of her Twitter. I know she tweeted separate messages to the four people who were sent home, but I deliberately avoided looking at any of those tweets so I wouldn’t have it spoiled. I want to find out as I watch like everyone else did. Anyway, she sang Havana by Camila Cabello. As always, she did splendidly, and I loved her performance. By now I think it’s safe to say that I’m biased when it comes to her. She’s clearly my favourite by a long shot. Also, I think I should clarify something… One of my coworkers read my last review and asked me about Catie and I tweeting back and forth. She asked if we were friends and private messaged and all of that. No, we’re not actually friends, I’m just a huge fan of her’s. She regularly responds to fans, and that wasn’t even the first time I’ve received a response from her, and she’s liked a few of my responses. But she does that to alot of her fans, so I’m not saying “WE’RE BESTFRIENDS” like my coworker assumed. I wish… 😃

Ada Vox is the final performer, and unfortunately that means that she is in the Danger Zone. She sang And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going by Jennifer Holiday. I’m actually speechless here, and don’t know what to say. She’s so unbelievably talented, the judges would be mad to send her home. I feel they’d lose their credibility if they did that. Heck, the audience is chanting her name right now after she finished her song. It was an epic performance to end the show on. But unfortunately there’s still one more section left. There are nine minutes remaining in the episode, and they’re not going to be happy minutes.

Ava Vox didn’t have a chance to sit in the Danger Zone. Katy stood up and said that the three of them know talent when they see it and made an executive decision to send her to the Top 10. Ada is the first of their four choices.

Jurnee is the second choice.

Michelle is the third choice.

The final choice was Dennis Lorenzo.

This means that we’ve lost Marcio, Mara, Jonny, and Garrett. As I said, painful no matter who goes home.

I can now go back and read what Catie wrote to the people who went home. It’s heartbreaking and really shows how close these people have become over the course of the season.

The Blogging Dead: American Idol – Episode 13 (Top 14)

I’m a few days late doing this. That’s because my Hulu subscription expired and I had to wait until I got paid before I could watch the two episodes that aired this week. Also, my computer will not turn on at all, so for the first time I’m doing one of these reviews from my phone, so this might be really short. Also, I’m going to try something different as a result. Instead of watching the episode then writing it, I’m going to write the review as I watch it. That way it’ll essentially get my initial thoughts on a performance instead of me having to watch it on YouTube and having to try to remember what I was thinking. Finally, I’m probably going to have to go back later when my computer is working again and add the links I usually include. I’m not sure how to add links on the WordPress mobile app, but I might be able to figure it out. There just might be less than usual.

They started the first live episode of the season with Caleb Lee Hutchinson (I figured out the links!!) singing Midnight Train To Memphis by The Steeldrivers. That was a fine way to open the episode. I don’t know what it is about him. I’m not a fan of country, but I’m a fan of him.

Michelle Sussett sang FRIENDS by Marshmello & Anne-Marie. She’s so adorable, with all her expressions and reactions and everything. It was nice seeing her talking with her family. That’d be even better if ABC could somehow fly them from Venezuela to see her live.

Marcio Donaldson was next and performed It’s A Miracle by Barry Manilow. Marcio has definitely come a long way. When we first saw him during auditions he was in tears and whole time. Now he was so energetic that it was infectious and I couldn’t help dancing to the music.

Mara Justine sang This Is Me from The Greatest Showman, which probably makes it the newest song ever performed on the show. That movie only came out a few months ago. Considering a bearded lady sings the song in the film, I’d have expected Ada Vox to sing it. I really like Mara, she’s one of my favourite contestants, but I don’t think this song was right for her. Not because of the “bearded lady” thing, it just didn’t sound right. She was advised to cut back on the theatrics and hair flips, and she cut it out entirely. She’s best when she’s being herself.

Garrett Jacobs sang Raging Fire by Phillip Phillips. I’m ashamed to admit it, but while is heard Phillip Phillips’ name around, I’d never really listened to him. His song Home was performed twice in the same episode awhile back, and I knew that song. But it wasn’t until listening to Garrett singing this one I was thinking, “Hm… I should probably check out his music”. Which I will after I post this.

Ada Vox was next and sang The Show Must Go On by Queen. To be honest, while I’m a huge fan of Queen, I never knew they originally sang it. I only know the song from Moulin Rouge. When I saw the title I went, “Oh, they also did a song called that?….wait, those are the same lyrics as……ooohhhhh…”. As always, she was awesome!

Next, we have by far my favourite contestant; Catie Turner! She performed Take Me To Church by Hozier. She and I were actually tweeting back and forth for a minute a couple of days before the episode…

…and luckily she didn’t fall. Even though I knew she didn’t (because she’d have tweeted about it had she done so), I was still a little worried about it while I was watching. As for the performance itself, she casually nailed it! I still maintain that she will win this season! In fact, American Idol released official merchandise for the contestants, and I bought Catie’s shirt.

If Cade Foehner doesn’t come in second, he’s still going to go far. I see him starting some sort of rock revival. He did Black Magic Woman by Santana, and he once again was awesome.

Dennis Lorenzo is still my second favourite contestant after Catie. He performed In My Blood by Shawn Mendes, and it was probably my favourite performance of his. Which is seriously saying something because they’ve all been good.

Maddie Poppe sang another classic, this time Homeward Bound by Simon & Garfunkel. I know this will sound very negative, but I mean it in a good way; she seems like she should have gone home long ago. Like, every time she makes it through another round I’m like, “…*peeks around my hands covering my eyes*…really? She made it again? Weird. Great! But weird…”. I think she said it best before her performance this time. She said she might not look like a typical Idol winner, but that’s what you want. I love that she’s making it far, because she really is very talented.

Then things got very fun when Jurnee came out and sang Bang Bang by Jessie J., Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj. I’ve never seen that song done as a solo, but she did everyone’s part, including Nicki’s rapping and Ari’s high note.

Jonny Brenns sang This Is Gospel by Panic! At The Disco. He’s definitely came a long way since his audition, but I didn’t really like that performance too well. Not sure if it’s because I know the original so well, but I’ve heard better from him.

Michael J. Woodard has been the most unpredictable contestant the whole season. That didn’t change this time. He sang Titanium by David Guetta & Sia. The original is this dance heavy EDM track. His version was soft and used alot of stringed instruments, and it worked just as well as the original. I don’t know how he does it, but he never fails to surprise and impress.

The final performance of the episode was Gabby Barrett singing The Climb by Miley Cyrus. I actually didn’t care much for her version. She’s talented, and I like her, but I didn’t really like this performance of hers. I know she can do better. I did very much love the video presentation during. Up until then I hadn’t noticed that not just the wall behind them but also the floor, walkway, other walls, and ceiling were video screens. That’s really cool. They used all of them on this song to display a full room sunset. It looked awesome.

Next episode will be the results of the voting from the live show. I was working Sunday night but I still opened the app and voted for Catie the allowed ten times. I’ll do the next episode tomorrow. It’s 1am and I have to work in the morning.

The Blogging Dead: American Idol – Episode 12 (Top 24 – Duets 2)

This is the final pre-recorded episode. Starting next week, The episodes will be live and we’ll be able to vote for who we want to move on to the next round. For this final pre-recorded round, the contestants performed with stars, like the previous twelve did last week.

We started things off with Caleb Lee Hutchinson singing a duet with Bebe Rexha, her song Meant To Be. He said before the performance that he’s glad they didn’t just pair him up with another country singer. Not only would that have been predictable, but I think is the opposite of what they were going for this time. Pretty much everyone performed outside of their comfort zone, and it really showed which ones have what it takes by who still shined through. Caleb was one of them who did, and he made it through.

I’ve been a huge fan of Glee since it premiered, so it was awesome seeing Lea Michele performing twice this time. She sang Defying Gravity with Ava Vox and Run To You with Jurnee. Both performances were two of my favourite of the evening. Not just because I’m just a fan of Lea, but because both Ava and Jurnee are outrageously talented. Jurnee was so amazing that she Lea away, and she’s a legend! Both Ava and Jurnee made it through.

It’s a pretty popular story that I hear shared that Colbie Cailatt auditioned for American Idol long ago with a song she’d written called Bubbly, but didn’t make it through, only to get a record deal and Bubbly becoming a classic. Last night, she performed it on stage on American Idol with Maddie Poppe. So it seems she’s come full circle here. Maddie made it through.

Ron Bultongez sang Someone To You by/with Banners. Like I said yesterday, it feels like he lost all motivation and stopped trying, I know he has the talent, but out of nowhere he sounds like he doesn’t want it anymore. Sure enough, he didn’t make it past this episode.

Bebe Rexha performed again, this time with Amelia Hammer Harris. They sang Me, Myself, And I. While I love Bebe’s voice, I think Amelia did a better job at the song. Unfortunately she didn’t make it through the episode. Bebe said that she also auditioned years ago but didn’t make it past auditions, so there’s two people in tonight’s episode who didn’t make it on Idol but still made it anyway. the judges used that to encourage the people who didn’t make it at the end of the episode.

Shannon O’Hara and Cam sang Burning House by Cam. She unfortunately didn’t make it past the episode.

I said yesterday that I kept forgetting about Alyssa Raghu. Only reason I didn’t this time was because she performed Yellow by Coldplay. Chris Martin didn’t sing it with her, that would have been awesome. No, Banners sang it with her. She didn’t make it through, though, so I don’t have to feel too bad about not remember her. I also hope she never reads this. If she does… You’re a good singer, but there’s too many contestants to remember everyone! You’re still just 15, so maybe it’ll happen later on.

Marcio Donaldson‘s duet partner got sick and couldn’t perform, so it looked like he wasn’t going to have anyone to sing with. But at the last minute, Allen Stone agreed to help out. They performed What’s Going On by Marvin Gaye. Allen did duets last weeks, so I’d seen him a little. To be honest, I’d never heard of him before, but he seems really cool, just because of what he did for Marcio, I went and followed him on Twitter. There’s “contractually obligated”, and then there’s “I’m going to help out someone just because it’s the right thing to do”. I don’t know the arrangements they had with the guest singers, but I doubt an extra performance was part of the agreement. So that was awesome on his part. Marcio made it through to the next round.

One of the best moments of the night was when Garrett Jacobs performed Lucky with Colbie Cailatt. He’d said he was going to be thinking of his girlfriend back home while he sings it, and while he sang he looked into Colbie’s eyes (like she instructed, because it creates a connection or something), and he kept looking directly into the camera, and you know that’s when he was singing to his girlfriend. nut the reason this was one of the best moments of the episode is that after he performed, and while Ryan Seacrest was talking to him, he covered his mouth in shock. His girlfriend was in the audience, there to surprise him!! She got on stage and they hugged, and it was an awesome moment. Garrett made it through.

Rachel Platten joined Mara Justine to sing her song Fight Song. Just as I said yesterday, she performed in a way that was a total departure from the wild girl we’ve come to know and love, but this version it also impossible not to love. She is overflowing with talent and personality, and I was not surprised when she was the first name called to make it through to the next round.

The episode ended on both a happy and sad note. Effie Passero sang Diane by/with Cam, and the performance was haunting. Even though the genre was outside of Effie’s comfort zone, she nailed it flawlessly. But unfortunately, she didn’t make it through the episode. That one was a huge blow to me because she’s always been one of my favourites. But I looked on her Twitter and she tweeted that she has an album coming out, so this isn’t the last we’ve heard of her!

The link doesn’t work, but she says in a comment that it’s to an Instagram video. I’m assuming she deleted the video. But the point is she has an album coming out!

Anyway, next week starts the live shows, and four will be sent home. This is when it really gets intense, because it’s not the three judges deciding, it’s America. So be sure to tune in to ABC on Sunday at 8/7 Central.

The Blogging Dead: American Idol – Episode 11 (Top 24 – Solos 2)

The last half of the Top 24 performed their solos in this episode. Tomorrow they’ll duet with stars, just as the first half did last week. No one was sent home this episode. That’ll be tomorrow.

Amelia Harris got things started with Believer by Imagine Dragons. Which I found kind of funny because I’ve literally been singing this song everyday the last week or so. But I have a feeling it won’t be a good enough performance to keep her on. I’ve enjoyed her on the show, but There were a bunch of stumbles vocally. At least one time while she performed I’m pretty sure she just mumbled the words because she forgot them. But we’ll find out tomorrow if she makes it through.

Next was Garrett Jacobs, who sang Treat You Better by Shawn Mendez. They’d tried focusing on his dance moves leading up to his performance. But then he tried focusing too much on his dance moves and not enough on his singing. I think he has talent, but he can’t seem able to focus on too much at once. He’s either singing or dancing, but not both

The first performance this episode I actually liked was by Maddie Poppe. She sang Brand New Key by Melanie. I agree with what Luke Bryan said. I’ve never heard the song, but she makes me want to look it up. It’s such a catchy tune, especially with her singing it. I also love what Maddie said before she performed. Her goal had been the Top 24, not #1, because she didn’t want to set her goals too high and be disappointed when it didn’t pan out. If that’s not the most relatable thing ever! We’ll find out tomorrow if she continues. She’s already reached her goal of Top 24, so hopefully she progresses.

Ada Vox will most definitely go far into the competition. Listening to her sing is bizarrely haunting, as though we’re watching a memory from the past making an appearance to sing one last song. That said, it’s only fitting she sang Feeling Good by Nina Simone.

I’ve said before, I’m not a fan of country. At least not modern country. Anyway, I like Caleb Lee Hutchinson‘s voice. He sang Die A Happy Man by Thomas Rhett. If he wins I probably won’t listen to him because, again, country. But still… He’s good.

Next was one of my favourite contestants. Effie Passero sang Barracuda by Heart. Another Heart song for her, but I hope she keeps it up. She’s awesome, and I look forward to seeing her go far in the competition.

Alyssa Raghu was next, and I have to admit…..I had no idea who she was. It showed the judges saying that she has a forgettable voice, and then showed clips of her performing in past episodes, and I have no recollection her. She must be entirely forgettable. I only remembered her just now because they link to her performance on YouTube. She sang Stay by Rihanna. (It’ll be awkward if she wins in the end and they call her name and I am like, “…who…?”)

Marcio Donaldson did an awesome job as always, this time singing Inseparable by Natalie Cole. They judges actually left their seats and joined him on stage after the performance, which I’ve never seen them do this season.

Mara Justine is quickly becoming one of my favourite contestants. Personality is a huge part of the competition, and she is overflowing with it. So much so that when she decided to tone it down, she did so by singing Whitney Houston. She sang Run To You, and I can only say what the judges said. In her past performances, she was all over the stage and was very energetic. This time She stood still and just showed off her voice. In doing so proved she is for than just a little talented. She can do pretty much anything. She’ll definitely be in the Top 10 for sure!

Jurnee is another one I know will go far. She sang Flashlight by Jessie J.

Shannon O’Hara is the one who made Katy cry by singing her song Unconditional. This time she sang All I Ask by Adele. I was honestly afraid she was going to try to recreate what happened last time, but luckily she didn’t sing another Katy song.

The last one of this episode was Ron Bultongez. He sang Dancing On My Own by Robyn. Honestly, he was pretty much emotionless during the performance. It felt like he felt he didn’t stand a chance so he just stopped trying and just wanted to get it over with. I will be surprised if he makes it through to the Top 14.

Which we will find out tomorrow on ABC, when the twelve here duet with stars, and five will be eliminated.

Next week we start the live episodes.

The Blogging Dead: American Idol – Episode 10 (Top 24 – Duets)

In this episode, the twelve contestants from the previous episode sang duets with professional singers.

For the first time since the very first episode of the season, they opened with Catie Turner. She performed Good To Be Alive by Andy Grammar with Andy Grammar himself. All I can really say is what the judges said. She’s a natural on stage. Lionel Richie said that she’s doing things she shouldn’t even know to do,  which is exciting. She made it through. But they called her name last, making it almost a tense moment. I say almost because after the episode aired she tweeted this:

I watch the episodes the following morning on Hulu, so I already knew she made it. Which just means that when it got down to six remaining to be called I felt sad for one of my new favourite people. But I’ll get to that later…

Next, Cade Foehner and Bishop Briggs sang Never Tear Us Apart by INXS. I said it yesterday and I’ll say it again, I want to see him in his own band making albums. Also, he made it through. In fact, he was the first name called.

Layla Spring sang Stuck Like Glue by/with Sugarland. Layla’s talent has most definitely grown since her audition, and I’m excited to see what she does next. Yesterday I said that I wasn’t really following her until yesterday’s episode. Watching her today she became one of my new favourite contestants and I was assuming she’d be in the top five at least. But unfortunately, she’s the one I was talking about above. Because I knew Catie made it through, when it got down to six people in the line up, I knew who was going to be picked, so I felt sad for Layla. Hopefully she comes back in a later season, or someone signs her.

Dominique sang Wake Me Up by Avicii with Aloe Blacc, the guy who not only sang the vocals in the song, but actually wrote the song itself. So it was basically an acoustic duet of the song I know all the words to. An interesting change, but both singers are great. But unfortunately he didn’t make it through.

Brandon Diaz sang Despacito by/with Luis Fonsi. This surprised everyone, especially the judges, who didn’t realise he could sing in Spanish. But it wasn’t enough, apparently, because he didn’t make it through.

Kay Kay sang Drive By by Train with Pat Monahan (lead singer of Train). She didn’t make it through, but I kind of feared that was going to happen while watching the performance. Before they went n stage, it showed clips of them during rehearsal and she was having trouble singing the song right, saying she couldn’t hear herself over the band. During the performance, she kept trying to sing louder than the band and Pat. She is a good singer, but she didn’t do so well this time.

Trevor McBane sang River by/with Bishop Briggs. He also didn’t make it through, and once again I suspected that would be the case during the performance. Bishop was very energetic on stage and you could tell she was into it (I mean, it is her song that she wrote). While that was going on, Trevor was pretty much just standing still and singing plainly. It’s not that he is a bad singer, but seeing the contrast between the two, I wasn’t surprised he didn’t make the cut.

Looking at the videos on YouTube I just noticed that not only did the five who were eliminated this episode perform back-to-back, they make up an entire row of videos.

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I would have thought it weird if Michelle Sussett didn’t duet with Luis Fonsi. Yesterday’s episode, she said she was wanting to sing in Spanish more. You’d think she’d have sang Despacito. But instead she sang I Can’t Make You Love Me by Bonnie Raitt with Luis. I’m not complaining, though, because she did an awesome job at it. She showed that she can do calm, slow songs. She made it through, and I wish the YouTube channel uploaded the video of that part of the show. Her reaction when her name was called is priceless.

Jonny Brenner sang Back Home by/with Andy Grammar. I’ll be honest, I was afraid he was going to be sent home this episode. He was good and I like him, but I don’t think he did he usual best this time. But I was pleasantly surprised when his name was called and he made it through.

Dennis Lorenzo should just share the rights to Unaware by Allen Stone now. He performed the song with Stone. and even Stone himself said afterward that he doesn’t know if he’ll ever be able to perform the song along again. Dennis made it through, and I’m calling it now…the top two are going to be Dennis and Catie. Well, technically I called it weeks ago, but I’m officially calling it now.

Michael J. Woodard joined Pat Monahan in singing Angel In Blue Jeans by Train, a song which Monahan wrote about his wife. I’m running out of things to say about Woodard. He’s a surprise every time he performs, to the point where it’s not even a surprise anymore how surprising he is. If that even makes sense. Also, he made it through.

Finally, we’ve got Gabby Barrett singing Stay by/with Sugarland. Don’t get me wrong, she’s good, but if they wanted only one “country girl” to go through, I think it should have been Layla. I don’t know if that’s why she was cut, so Gabby could go through, but that’s my opinion. I guess I’m not always going to agree with the judges.

Well, at least the judges took the time to try to encourage the five eliminated. They basically told them to remember that they made it this far and to not give up. So hopefully we do see them all again. either on a later season or they get signed some other way.

Next Sunday, the remaining twelve contestants do their solos. Then the next day, they performs their celebrity duets, The week after that, on 22 April, that’s when they finally start the live episodes, where we get to vote for who we want to be the next American Idol.

The Blogging Dead: American Idol – Episode 9 (Top 24 – Solos)

We’re down to the Top 24, and they’re now splitting them up into two groups of 12. The did the first 12 this episode, and tomorrow those 12 will be doing duets with celebrities. Next week we’ll see the other 12.

We started things off with Dominique singing Ain’t Nobody by Rufus and Chaka Khan. To be honest, he was one of the contestants I hadn’t really paid much attention to up to this point, but it was hard not to with this performance. It was a strong opening for the episode. A little hard not to dance to this one.

Layla Spring is another one I hadn’t paid much attention to, but I followed her enough to know her story. Her little sister also auditioned, and she was given a golden ticket. But because she was too young, they told her to come back when she’s 15. Layla is good, but I didn’t really like her style too much. But she when she performed A Broken Wing by Martina McBride, it was clear that she has improved drastically.

Third we have my absolute favourite contestant, Catie Turner, singing Call Me by Blonde. She says her dad chose the song. It was better than her previous performance, where she sang Bad Romance. That one was good, but just didn’t quite feel like her. As usual, she made an impression with her otherworldly uniqueness. I have it to where I get notifications when she tweets, and I can vouch that she’s not just playing a character on stage, that is literally her and who she is. She is like that all the time, and I sincerely hope that she wins this. I highly doubt she could go back to a normal life now, even if she lost. She has fans internationally, and a personality that can’t be contained to a quiet life. Anyway, I think I’d like to hear her doing a Heart song.

Dennis Lorenzo changed things up by singing Rude by MAGIC!, and I agree with the judges on this. While the song doesn’t display his vocal talents, it was a fun departure from his usual style, and does prove that he can branch out and do something else. It wasn’t his best, but it was still an amazing performance.

Speaking of changing things up, Michelle Sussett sang a song in both English and Spanish. They said in the introduction to her going on stage that she would be doing that, and I automatically assumed she would be doing either Shakira or Selena. But she instead did If I Were A Boy by Beyoncé. She sang the second verse in Spanish. Like the others, it shows she can branch out and do more than their usual style.

Michael J. Woodard always surprises, so I can’t say he changed his style because he has such a wide variety about him that I don’t know if you could really say he actually has one. In a good way, of course. When they said he would be singing a Beatles song, I assumed it’d be something like While My Guitar Gently Weeps or Hey Jude or something like that. Something everyone knows. He sang Golden Slumbers. Even with me being a lifelong Beatles fan and knowing song of theirs that the average person doesn’t know, I was like, “What’s that one?”. It’s one of the last song on their last album.  Anyway, as always he did an awesome job.

Trevor McBane has this “Amish Johnny Cash” thing going for him, and it honestly works. I like his style. He sang Way Down We Go by Kaleo, and it was an emotionally charged performance.

Jonny Brenns is another one that has come a long way. At his audition he was kind of this shy kid not wanting his family to know he was there incase he failed, and now here he is with his family in the audience (except his mother, visiting his sick grandmother), and grabbing the hands of the girls in the audience reaching out to him as he sang Georgia by Vance Joy.

Kay Kay sang Love On The Brain by Rihanna. She actually looked so different that I had to look up her past performances. Yes, she was one of them I hadn’t been following. I heard her named, but I didn’t really pay attention. But she has my attention now, because that performance was really good. It kind of helps that I rewatched her past performances, because I can see that not only has her looks changed, but like the judges said, she has grown in such a short time.

Brandon Diaz took a huge change and sang Hello by Lionel Richie to Lionel Richie. While he was good, the highlight of this performance is actually after the performance. Ryan Seacrest had Lionel come on stage to sing a duet with Brandon. This video starts seconds after the first one in the paragraph ends. I actually couldn’t help feeling bad for Ryan. Lionel let him sing a couple of lines (and he actually wasn’t bad), and he kept trying to sing the song, but was also left out. You could see him start to sing a line, then stop. To the point where at the end of the song he practically throws himself at the mic to sing the last line. Ryan has been a huge part of the show since the beginning, but I feel he’s been unfairly pushed to the side over the years.

Gabby Barrett sang My Church by Maren Morris. Like with Layla, I’m not a fan of her style, but I’m also not a big fan of country. But I can’t deny she’s good at what she does. It’s just not my thing, though.

The final performance of the night was by Cade Foehner, who performed All Along The Watchtower by Jimi Hendrix. Just as Dominique was a great way to start the episode, Cade’s performance was a great way to end it. This guy is a true rocker, and he always picks the best songs. Even if he doesn’t win, I want to see him in a band and make it anyway.

Next, these 12 will sing duets with professional singers. That will air tonight on ABC.

The Blogging Dead: American Idol – Episode 8 (Showcase)

This season has been very good thus far, but this is the episode where it goes from “Yeah, this show is good” to “I’M NOT CRYING!! YOU’RE CRYING!!”. It got more than a little emotional. This time, they weren’t just performing in front of the judges, but a live audience.

I figured they’d start things off lighthearted, not kicking people off immediately. Sure enough, the first two to perform were Layla Springs and Michael J. Woodard, and the judges were quick to tell them they were going through. But the third performer, Trevor Holmes, was sent home. Which shocked everyone because that’s when it hit them that no one is safe. Unfortunately they didn’t even put his performance on the YouTube channel.

When the judges give you advice, it’s probably a good idea to listen to them. They told Gabby Barrett not to sing Carrie Underwood, because she was comfortable there and she needed to be her own person instead of trying to be Carrie. What did she do? She sang Church Bells by Carrie Underwood. The second I found out what she was singing, I knew she was going home.

I only knew the fates of two of the contestants before watching the episode, and that’s because I follow Catie Turner on Twitter. Last night, she tweeted this:

So I knew right away that Thaddeus Johnson wasn’t going to make it. Which is a shame because he was amazing.

I haven’t really talked about Michelle Sussett much, but that will likely change much. I’ve been wanting to put her in my top ten, but there were other people. Now most of them are gone, so she is now in the revised top ten, which I will put at the end of this. She just has so much energy. During solo week, when it was her time to perform they had this long intro about how she’s losing her voice and showed her barely able to talk. So I was getting nervous when she got on stage. But when the music started, she was suddenly perfect, and it reminded me of John Belushi. Reports say that when he was on SNL he’d be high out of his mind back stage, but when he went on stage he’d perform like nothing was wrong. Granted, that’s not exactly the same situation, but she was still able to perform under not-so-ideal conditions.

Now we’re onto the performance I was looking forward to the most. The previous episode ended with it looking like Catie Turner was getting sent home. But I guess that’s a testament to how loved she is, they knew to do that. But I already knew the outcome because, again, I follow her on Twitter. Last night she posted this video:

So I went in already knowing she makes it through. And yet I found myself crying watching. Probably because of her reactions. They also tricked her like they tricked us, making her think she was going home. The clip they showed in the preview, of her walking out of the door, collapsing, and crying, was because they had scared her and when they told her she made it they all got up and hugged her. Yeah, I’d feel bad for doing that to her as well.

There were two contestants with people who have been missing in person. The first is Jurnee. Her wife is in the military and has been unable to attend her performances. Well, she was in attendance last night. The other is Jonny Brenns’ father. When Jonny auditioned, he did it secretly. His family didn’t even know about it. During Hollywood Week his family came to support him, but his father wasn’t there, and he said he wished he was. He was there last night, and it was obvious how happy it made him. Both Jurnee and Jonny made it through.

Ada Vox performed Creep by Radiohead, but she made it her own. I know the guys in Radiohead hate the song, so maybe they’ll consider giving it to her.

Caleb Lee Hutchinson sang I Was Wrong by Chris Stapleton, and did a great job, and made it through.

They ended the episode with two double judgements. The first was Maddie Zahm and Effie Passero. Maddie sang What About Us by Pink, while Effie sang The Dance by Garth Brooks. Effie made it through, Maddie did not.

The second of the doubles, and the final of the episode, was between Marcio Donaldson and Dennis Lorenzo. When they went in, they were told there was one spot left. Which really sucked, because both of them are on my top ten list. No matter what they choice was, it was going to hurt.

Marcio sang If You Really Love Me by Stevie Wonder, while Dennis sang A Song For You by Donny Hathaway. Both did awesome jobs, and I can imagine that the choice would have been a tough one. It would have been, but it turns out it was another trick. After letting them sweat it out for a minute, Katy says there’s actually two spots left, and they both get to go through. Which is a great way to end the episode!

Below is my revised top 10 list of the top 24 contestants on American Idol.

10) Mara Justine

9) Ada Vox

8) Shannon O’Hara

7) Garrett Jacobs

6) Jurnee Siani

5) Michael J. Woodard

4) Michelle Sussett

3) Effie Passero

2) Dennis Lorenzo

1) Catie Turner

 

Everyone listed above is verified on Twitter, except for Ada Vox for some reason. As I was typing this, Catie tweeted about getting her checkmark. She was…

 

 

…slightly excited.

 

Update: Ada Vox has now been verified. I actually found out just now because of Catie. Not only that, but I responded and Ada actually liked my tweet!

Ada

The Blogging Dead: American Idol – Episode 7 (Hollywood Week 2)

For the third round of Hollywood Week, the contestants did solos, complete with a band. For some of them, this is the first time we’ve heard their voices to music alone.

The first two contestants, Marcio Donaldson and Gabby Barrett, both sang Aretha Franklin Songs. So we got things started with a double dose of the Queen of Soul, which is always a good thing. Both made it through.

I don’t know if Effie Passero was making a pun with her choice, but for her solo she sang Alone.  That sure took some heart. . . . . . . . . . . (she made it through)

Harper Grace performed an original song she wrote called Rest In Peace. If she makes it, I want to hear more of her original music. She made it through.

Two of my favourite contestants, Catie Turner and Noah Davis performed back to back, and their even on the same video. Noah sang Piece By Piece by Kelly Clarkson, amazingly I might add. He should definitely make it to the top ten, easily. Catie sung another one of her original songs, Pity. Once again it’s not an empty song about nothing. When she writes a song, she has something to say, and it’s an important message. Of course, Catie being Catie, she had to make it precious by forgetting the ending (to her own song) and making something up on the spot and making everyone laugh. She’ll easily be in the top two, if not the top one. Both made it through.

Dennis Lorenzo and Brandon Elder both sang Home by Daughtry. Dennis’ voice sounded perfect for the song, even though it’s a different style than he normally sings. Brandon’s voice sounded very rough. While it sounded closer to the original version of the song, it just didn’t work here. for me. They intercut the two performances, which really highlights this. Dennis made it through, Brandon did not.

Speaking of two people singing the same song called Home, Ron Bultongez and Trevor Holmes both sang Home by Phillip Phillips. I honestly can’t decide which one of the two I like better. They both did great jobs on the song. Which I guess is why they didn’t intercut them like Dennis and Brandon. Both made it through.

Jurnee sang One Last Time by Ariana Grande. This wasn’t her best performance, and I honestly got nervous listening to her sing because I was so sure that she was done, and I really like her. But fortunately she made it through.

Maddie Zahm sang Up To The Mountain by Patty Griffin, unsurprisingly did an awesome job at it. To the surprise of no one, she made it through.

Thaddeus Johnson sang Rise by Katy Perry to Katy Perry, and she said he sang it better than she did. He made it through.

Caleb Lee Hutchinson is probably about as country as you can get. He sang Your Man by Josh Turner, and actually sounded like a country singer you’d hear on the radio. I’m not even a fan of country, but I find myself liking him and hoping he makes it far, both in the show and career-wise. He made it through this round.

Michael J. Woodard was the final contestant to perform (I left a few out of this review for time). He sang Maybe This Time from Cabaret. I, and probably a bunch of other people, know the song mostly from Glee. Michael actually does the song better than Rachel Berry and April Rhodes. Watching him sing I knew he’d make it through, which he of course did. That was an awesome performance to end the solo round on!

They should have ended the episode on it, too. Or at the very least I should have stopped the episode the second the credits rolled. At the end of the credits they showed a sneak preview of the next episode, airing to night on ABC, and it showed Katy Perry talking to Catie Turner. She said, “You’re not going to like what I have to say”. Then it cuts to Catie leaving the room, collapsing on the floor, and crying.

So…. I’m probably not going to like the next episode. Just a heads up.