American Idol 2014 Top 8 Perform

They’re going back to the start – their audition songs.

There will also be duets.

Jessica is first. She was apparently an “evil” baby. I don’t think I like that.

They also make a big deal about how she moves her shoulder.

“Blue-eyed Lies” by Jessica Meuse (original.) I’d like to see her face instead of her hair.

I remember liking this at her audition, and I like this now. Although I find the background singers a bit intrusive.  She knows to write to her strengths, which is a good thing, and so is country rock.

KU: great start. Her voice reminds him of Grace Slick. He wants her to keep working on getting the rest of her (her legs, in particular) to move.  JLo: get a sense of the artistic when they sing their own material. She thought it was really perfect. She could hear HER now.  HCJr: reminded him of Cher or Nancy Sinatra, with a cool presentation. Likes it more now. If the delivery is this intense is that you don’t need to move. There was a dead space, but otherwise, great way to open the show and he loves the song.

CJ is next. Both parents spent time in prison, so raised by grandparents.  He’s singing “Soul Shine” by the Allman Brothers. I like his voice, but everyone says he’s sharp, so I’m just listening.

JLo: you just touch people. HCJr: he and his voice are special enough to be here. You have been working on intonation and it’s a million times better. If you can crack that you’re going to be great. KU: Good job tonight.

Well, I guess I was right to like it. Yay.

First duet is Jena and Alex. (The musicians) “Just Give Me a Reason” by P!nk and Nate Reuss.

And that wasn’t good, Jena. Too high. Alex is good, though.

No judging on the duets. Good.

Sam’s turn. And he looks so nervous. His grandparents are proud of him.

Singing “Lego House” by Ed Sheeran He’s surrounded by tables and lamps. And he doesn’t sound good to me.

HCJr: the wrong word is being thrown around. The word isn’t competence. It’s connection – pick someone and smile at that person. It will change your world. KU:you’re getting better every week. You were soulful. JLo: We got a glimpse of the real Sam Woolf.

Because of a barrage of spitballs or something, Harry intros the next duet.

Jessica and Caleb (the rockers) sing “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” by Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty. Caleb is GOOD at this. He’s maintaining eye contact and singing WITH Jessica. Who is responding beautifully. This was FUN.

Malaya is singing “Ain’t No Way” by Aretha Franklin.  She does do better on the slow stuff.  I’d love to see her when she gets some maturity. I just might, too. This is really good.

Break to cook and eat dinner and write another blog post and sleep and help a friend and shop and now to watch the second half.

KU: great thing is watching the growth from week to week. Fantastic. JLo: blossoming into a star.  HCjr: doing everything right.  But get the available resources to get your runs right because you have the talent to do it.

Dexter. “One Mississippi” by Brett Eldredge. Nice to see him without that backwards cap. Pretty enough song.

Jlo: you showed us.  Could hear many nuances in his voice. And she gives a shout-out to Allison who backed him up. HCJr: perfect song sung beautifully.  KU: great song. Pay less attention to the sound of your voice – think about the lyric and communicate the lyric.

Allison doesn’t remember what year she competed on Idol, but Ryan does. SEASON 8!

Malaya and Sam sing a duet (the KIDS). “Lucky” by Colbie Caillat and Jason Mraz. It’s adorable. But not great. Still, cuteness counts.

Jena is next. She’s singing “Rolling in the Deep” by Adele. They’ve added sound effects. But she sounds amazing. This is, so far, the performance of the night.

HCJr: likes her “speech impediment” now. She was great. KU: made the song your own. You never went to the original versison. Thought that was bold and loved it. JLo: come out every week, blow everybody away and try to win this. Destroy everybody else’s performances.

Dexter and CJ (Country!) Alright by Darius Rucker  They sound good together.

Caleb singing “Chain of Fools” by Aretha Franklin. And he’s as terrific as usual, working well with the backing singers.

KU: rock and roll VIKING JLo: you kill every time. Well Done. HCJr: we know your big and loud and really solid performer, and you know your way around a blues scale. Would love to see him do something not loud. Name checks greats who change it up for soft, and he should, too.

Alex is singing “Fairy Tale” by Alex Preston. I love this song. It’s cool and jazzy and fits him perfectly.

JLo:loves that he stayed true to himself. HCJr: enjoyed it. KU: half the audience was singing with him.

 

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I'm a devoted fan of Adam Lambert, but also of cooking, knitting, science fiction and pretty anything pop culture. I'm @_mamadeb on Twitter.
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