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.