American Idol Performance
Ryan Seacrest starts things out with a staple introduction. Seacrest welcomes out the judges of American Idol, Luke Bryan, Lionel Richie and Katy Perry. Idol has a new stage and it looks really good. Seacrest then explains the rules. The top 14 perform, America chooses 6, and the judges pick 4 for the top 10.
Caleb Lee Hutchinson
Caleb came on the stage with a banjo and had a spark of confidence singing “Midnight Train to Memphis”. It was a good performance, but not great.
Katy Perry started out the critic. She stated that she can’t believe that he’s here but believes in him. Luke Bryan comments on Caleb’s growth as a performer. Criticized his song choice. Lionel Richie jokes that the girls screaming distracted Caleb. Richie asked for more of Caleb.
Michelle is singing “F.R.I.E.N.D.S.” by Marshmello. Terrible. I don’t see what people see in her other than she is a good looking girl. She can put on a show but her voice is terrible. She’s all over the stage, which is a good thing.
Towards the end of the song, she did hit a very high note and it sounded good. I think she needs a lot more training on her voice.
Luke says that Michelle became a pop star. I disagree. Lionel says that she owned the performance, which she did. Katy Perry told her that she didn’t think this was a bad song choice for her to use to display her talents. Michelle said that she chose the song because she had a friend fall in love with her, and she only wanted to be friends.
Marcio is doing “It’s A Miracle” by Barry Manilow. His levels weren’t mixed very well. However, he sounded in credible. I think that Marcio could be Idol’s break out star. He has an incredible stage presence.
Lionel called him “old school”, but in a good way. Side note: Someone tell Lionel that he doesn’t need to stand every time he talks. Katy Perry said that Marcio has arrived. Perry said that the contestants need to just sing.
Luke Bryan said that he wasn’t sold on the song. Seacrest asked him what he wanted to do and he said he wanted to entertain. I like this guy.
Mara takes the stage with “This Is Me” from the Greatest Showman. This girl is fierce. She chose a song that allows her to showcase her vocal rang and also showcase her showmanship. She also made a bold statement saying that this was who she is supposed to be.
Katy Perry complimented that she has come a long way as a performer. Perry said that she didn’t nail it vocally until the middle of the song. Mara is in tears at this point. Luke Bryan says that she needs to deliver her vocals. Lionel Richie said that she’s rising above her trials.
I truly think that Mara could win this entire contest. She needs to do a better job at picking more relevant songs.
Garrett is channeling his American Idol victory by performing a Phillip Phillips song, “Raging Fire”. It was an okay performance. It’s the typical WGWG (White Guy With Guitar) from Idol.
Luke Bryan said he looked comfortable. Lionel Richie says that he went in and out of consciousness. Katy Perry agrees with Luke Bryan.Katy Perry is too worried about the rest of the people.
Seacrest asks Lionel Richie if he talks to himself while he performs.
Ada is performing “The Show Must Go On” By Queen. She his a bit pitchy, but is bringing a very passionate performance. Not a fan of her singing but she is putting on a show.
Lionel Richie said that what he loves the most about Ada came to stop the show. Katy Perry said that she started the show while also stopping the show. Luke Bryan said that Ada has the biggest voice he’s ever heard.
Catie is taking a chance, in my opinion with “Take Me To Church” by Hozier. Catie looks great from the Idol glam team. And she sounds great. She’s showing off her showmanship as well. This is a winners performance.
Catie got a standing ovation form all three judges. Katy Perry said that she wants to sing with Catie. Luke Bryan reminded her not to read the stuff online. He also said that she can win the whole show. Lionel Richie says that he agrees with Luke and that he likes how authentic she is.
I really enjoyed her performance.
Cade is breaking out with some Santanna and “Black Magic Woman”. Cade can put on a show, but he isn’t American Idol winning material.
Luke Bryan said his wife loves Cade but really liked his performance. Lionel Richie says that Cade has “the package”. Katie Perry says that her mom loves Cade and asks for a piece of his hair. Seacrest brought out kale from a fan and says that some get fan mail, he gets fan kale.
Dennis is picking a very contemporary song with “In My Blood” by Shawn Mendes. The downside of picking a song from someone who is a great singer is that you have a lot to live up to. He was very pitchy (shoutout to Randy Jackson), but there is definitely something there.
Lionel Richie says that Dennis broke through the ceiling and was introduced to his new self. Katy Perry thought it was a shaky performance in the beginning and compared him to Chris Cornell. Luke Bryan complimented him on being able to break barriers.
Maddie takes on Simon & Garfunkel with “Homeward Bound”. It was a slow performance but really highlighted her voice and gave her the chance to play guitar on it. I really like Maddie, I think she has the ability to ousting and perform everyone if she continues to choose her own songs.
Katy Perry compares Maddie to Joan Mitchell. Luke Bryan said that he hopes the people felt that performance and really enjoyed her vocal. Lionel Richie said that she has a career ahead of her.
What I like about Maddie is that she isn’t fazed by the lights and stars.
Jurnee picks “Bang Bang” by Ariana Grande, Jessie J and Nicki Minaj. Jurnee has some serious talent that she needs to channel. She picked a contemporary song that showcased her performance. She nailed the Nicki rap. She has superstar in her.
Luke Bryan thanked her for showing another side of her performance. He said that she brought it. Lionel Richie says “Oh yeah!”. Katy Perry called her an artist.
Johnny does “This Is Gospel” by PANIC! At the Disco. A very underwhelming performance. He has a decent voice, but the bad song choice and lack of a performance really hurt me.
Lionel Richie says he loves to hear him sing. Seriously, someone tell Lionel to stop standing. Katy Perry thought it was a fun performance. Luke Bryan talks about how Johnny is transitioning into a new singer.
Michael J. Woodard
Michael chose “Titanium” by Sia. Good choice, good performance from Michael. Not sure where he wants to end up as an artist.
Katy Perry said that she is hanging out with Sia and is going to tell her that she met a star. Luke Bryan says that he thinks America is going to love him. Lionel Richie says that he a martian and he took his performance to another level. He also called Michael a star.
Gabby is taking on Miley Cyrus with “The Climb”. A simple performance from Gabby, but she showcased her vocals extremely well. Less is more. She got the second standing ovation from the judges.
Luke Bryan has two notes for her. He said that this performance was his favorite of the night. Luke also said that he feels that Gabby isn’t playing around anymore. Katy Perry said that Gabby went through the star wash and that she looked and sounded like a star. Lionel Richie said that her performance was something magical.