The Blogging Dead: American Idol – Episode 16 (Top 5 Reveal)

In this episode, two contestants will be sent home. I already know who got sent home because of Twitter, but I’ll save that for when I get to it. As usual, I’m writing as I watch.

The contestants will be performing two songs. A song from the year they were born, plus a song by the late Prince. There was even a short tribute video to him.

Starting things off, Jurnee performs Kiss by Prince. I almost didn’t recognize her at first because she removed her now iconic braids. But I forgot about that pretty much immediately when she started singing. It feels pointless to say that she’s good, because everyone who has made it this far is spectacular. So I’ll just say that I enjoyed her performance and try to think of something original for each of the other performances.

Next is Gabby Barrett, singing a song from 2000, the year of her birth. I Hope You Dance by Lee Ann Womack. I…might have to take back my previous paragraph. I mean, she’s good, just not this time. Most of it she’s nasally, and the last minute or so she’s off beat. Definitely not her best performance.

Michael J. Woodard did I Would Die 4 U by Prince. When Ryan announced that, I got excited because I’ve yet to see a bad performance from him. That’s still true.

Cade Foehner sang a song from 1996, Who Will Save Your Soul by Jewel. He turned that song into a rock anthem. I hope he does a studio recording of that someday.

Catie Turner met Nick Jonas! Also, she sang a song from 2000, Oops…I Did It Again by Britney Spears. She somehow took that song and made it her own, making it sound like a Broadway version.

From 1999, Caleb Lee Hutchison sang Amazed by Lonestsr. In the opposite of Catie’s performance, this was basically the original note for note, beat for beat. I sang along and everything. That’s both a good thing and bad. He didn’t make it his own and just copied, but at least he didn’t miss a note and sounded good.

Maddie Poppe sang Nothing Compares 2 U by Sinéad O’Connor (which was written by Prince, so it counts). She is a true talent. Her version is actually better than the original, which is hard to do. On top of that, she was playing the piano. As I said, a true talent.

From 1997, Michael J. Woodard sang My Heart Will Go On. Which is basically the exact opposite of the other song he did this episode. And he nailed it! I shouldn’t even be surprised anymore, but I can’t help it. He’s like a rabbit hole of talent.

Cade Foehner sang Jungle Love by The Time (written by Prince). It was a totally awesome performance, but the only thing missing was him doing the dance from the film. I tried finding a clip of the scene, but only found the music video and it’s not the same. But even without the dance, I absolutely loved it. Sheila E., who was with Prince through most of his career, is there as drummer on all of these performances and they ask her opinion after each one. This time she had this awesome drum solo. It’s nice having her there.

For her Prince song, Gabby Barrett sang How Come U Don’t Don’t Call Me Anymore. This one was definitely better than her other performance. Massive improvement!

From 1999, Jurnee sang Back At One by Brian McKnight. Instead of copying the original, which would have been easy to do, she made it her own. It honestly felt like a new song, even though I knew all of the words to it.

For her final song, Catie Turner sang Manic Monday by The Bangles, which I just found out a few seconds ago was written by Prince. You learn something new every day… I will discuss this performance down below.

Next is Maddie Poppe singing If It Makes You Happy by Sheryl Crow from 1997. Once again, her version is better than the original. I don’t know what else to say about it.

The final performance of the episode is Caleb Lee Hutchinson singing When Doves Cry by Prince. He somehow made it slower and darker than the original, which I didn’t think was possible.

Which means now it’s time for the elimination.

The first person to make it into the Top 5 is Caleb.

Maddie is second

Cade is third

Gabby is fourth. And the final person to make it into the Top 5 is Michael.

Which means we lost Jurnee and Catie.

After the episode, Twitter exploded in outrage. I always check Twitter after an episode airs and it never trends, which I always found weird. But last night it was #2 trending. Pretty much all of the tweets were people outraged that Catie Turner was eliminated.

But Catie is amazing and a couple hours after the episode aired, she uploaded a video to Twitter of her laughing and eating pizza, saying that she’s happy to have even made it this far.

As for the Manic Monday performance;

Within seconds of starting, she forgot to lyrics and stopped singing for a few seconds, then tried picking it back up. But you can tell throughout the rest of the song that she’s seriously doubting herself, half-mumbling lyrics and making up new ones. But like the judges said afterward, it happens to everyone eventually and she has nothing to be ashamed of.

Shortly before I sat down to watch the episode, she uploaded another video to Twitter. She, Maddie, Cade, and Caleb made a mock reality show, and it is hilarious!

Finally, people started saying some awful things about the Top 5, out of anger of Catie being eliminated. So she tweeted this…

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