American Idol 2014 Top 7 Perform

Happy Passover. It’s a busy week.

This week’s theme is “Competitor’s Pick” – Each constestant gets a list of songs picked by the others, from which they chose the song they sung last night. Caleb seems especially happy.

And Caleb goes first. He’s singing “Family Tree” by Kings of Leon, which Alex chose for him. Seems they went to a Kings of Leon concert together and this song got them. This is the first KoL song ever sung on Idol.

Of course he rocked it.  He did exactly what Caleb DOES – makes a song great. He’s too professional at 22. No growth arc. I wonder, if he’d taken some chances and sung slower songs and improved, as he so would have, would it be better for him?

KU liked the choice and how consistent he is.

JLo thought he was amazing.

HCJr thought it was great that he did his own thing and made it very bluesy.

Jessica is next. (She believes she was abducted by aliens, btw.) She’s singing “Gunpowder and Lead” by Miranda Lambert. Sam picked it, and I’d think it would be a great choice for her.

JLo thought she was off and uncomfortable.

HCJr thinks she needs to connect with the rhythm of the song.  She needs to go back, put on some hip hop or other rhythmic music and just dance to it in front of a mirror until she absorbs what a beat it.

KU thinks that her energy dissipated on a song that demands concentration.

Demi Lovato walks on, her hair brown instead of blue or magenta. She goes to sit with the kids and she’ll judge the duets tonight.

First duet is Sam and Alex (the indie/coffeehouse guys?) They’re singing “Let Her Go” by Passenger. Since they practiced on a couch, they’re performing on a couch now. Yeah, not really good. Harry doesn’t look happy. The song is nice. Also boring.

Demi makes nice, bland remarks.

CJ is singing “Gravity” by John Meyer, as chosen by Caleb. I love CJ’s gravely, heartfelt voice, and it really works well with this song. Caleb sings along. JLo doesn’t look happy.

KU thought the song was good and a good choice for CJ.  He’d prefer if it had been arranged to make an emotional arc.

JLo agreed, said that CJ had to look for moments to lift the crowd.

HCJr told him he had the gift to connect to an audience, and that it was his best performance to date.

Also, CJ’s baby boy was in the audience. He was wearing big earphones. So CUTE.

Dexter is singing “Muckabee Creek Water” by Luke Bryan, as chosen by CJ.  It’s a dark country song but I don’t understand any of the words, so I don’t really know what’s going on.

KU wants him to watch out when he sings a big song with a low down melody.

JLo is happy to hear him sing something besides a big anthem, so she can see another side.

HCJr liked the arrangement, and was pleased it was Dexter’s plus the vocal coaches.

Just a note – I personally LOVE that Dexter ALWAYS shouts out to the band after his performance. It’s the professional thing to do.

Jena and Caleb (two rockers?) sing “Gimme Shelter” by The Rolling Stones. After Caleb sings “Heaven” with Ryan. It’s hilarious.

It’s…um. The judges and Demi love it, but it was missing something for me. I don’t know.

Alex is singing “A-Team” by Ed Sheeran, as picked for him by Dexter. And it’s really, really good. I’m not familiar enough to know how he changed it, although I’m sure he did. But I do think it was a pleasure to hear.

Jlo thinks the song was perfect.

HCJr agrees with her, and says that he loves how Alex shows great beauty in smaller performances. He wasn’t sure that style would win, but he thinks Dexter might do it. It was his favorite of the night so far.

KU notes that Alex has signature things he does that always make songs his own.

Sam sang “Sail Away” by David Gray (another David Gray song), as chosen by Jessica. No lamps or candles or girls this week. But it’s still just Sam’s pretty, sweet, empty voice.

HCJr says he’s a work in progress who is making progress from one week to the next, but he needs to pick VERY popular songs in order for the audience to connect with him. I see he’s given up on Sam making the connection himself.

KU thinks he’s doing a really good job considering his age.

JLo thinks he’s getting better.

The remaining three, the country singers Jessica, CJ and Dexter, are a trio they’re calling “Alabama Power.” They’re singing “Compass” by Lady Antebellum. They are out of tune and out of harmony, and while the judges and Demi praise their solo parts, they never came together as a group.

Note that all three have already sung that night.

Last singer is Jena, who is singing Caleb’s choice of “Creed” by Radiohead. And, sittting at her piano, she KILLS it. She’s amazing and great.

Judges are out of time (maybe they shouldn’t have spent time on Terry Bradshaw wandering around the stage.) KU loved it, JLo has so much to say and will say it next week, and HCJr proclaims her the best of the night.

 

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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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