Thursday, April 16, 2015

Top 6 Revealed and Perform: American Classic Songs

Welcome back.This week marks the first time this season that the contestants will sing two songs. The theme this week is American Classic songs. The home audience tweeted out suggested songs for each contestant and then from a select list the contestants picked out the ones they wanted to sing.

With Qaasim's elimination last week we are left with only 7 contestants and no one other than Rayvon has been in the Bottom 2 since the Twitter-Save was introduced. Luckily for him, for the second straight week Rayvon was reprieved through the Twitter-Save. We chose him and Jax as our Bottom 2 and believe that Rayvon will be eliminated this time around. But anything can happen. Let's get started:

Top 7 Weekly Rankings
1. Clark Beckham (Same As Last Week)
2. Tyanna Jones( Up 2 From Last Week)
3. Joey Cook (Down 1 From Last Week)
4. Jax (Down 1 From Last Week)
5. Quentin Alexander (Up 1 From Last Week)
6. Nick Fradiani (Down 1 From Last Week)
7. Rayvon Owen (Same As Last Week) Officially Bottom 2 Last Week

Top 6 Perform & Bottom 2 Revealed Round 1

Tyanna Jones
(Why Do Fools Fall in Love-Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers)
Scott is the only mentor this week. He tells Tyanna to be present at every important meeting or engagement with people because he has seen her with industry people and she doesn't seem engaged all the time.This song was selected by the audience that saw her really do a great job with Rockin Robin, which is of similar energy and style. I think if we compare that performance to this one it lacked energy. Her voice was on point, but it was kind of boring in terms of everything else. Not overly impressed with this one.
Judge's Comments= Keith-Interesting song choice. Good song, not great one for her. Asks her give more edge, get in the moment and get traction on. Jennifer-That was a taste of fun Tyanna, but needs to get back to the place of not thinking. Harry-Finds similarity to Frankie Lymon that had the ability to sing and groove and be easy. Would have loved to see her move around. Suggests she did more movement, even subtle ones.
Our Grade= B-

Clark Beckham
(Superstition-Stevie Wonder)
Scott encourages Clark to keep doing what he is doing. Clark wants to find his full potential.  The beginning of this performance was cool, he just jammed on his electric guitar on his own and did some "doo wops" and scatted a little. Clark's eyes are wide open for this performance and he seems like he wants to connect more with the audience. I think this song was a good choice for Clark and he did a lot with it to make it his own. He really put out a good effort with this one.
Judge's Comments=Jennifer- Lookin good, starting to look like a star. Funky, sounded amazing, all coming together. Harry-Knows he was frustrated last week with the guitar but killed it this week. No critique. Keith- Harmony scatting, guitar solo was cool. Wants him to move more even with the guitar in hand.  
Our Grade=A-

(Piece of My Heart-Janis Joplin)
Scott encourages Jax to be herself, even if she is polarizing. This is a really great song choice. She stays with the original melody, unlike what she did last week with her song. She brings a lot of emotion, vocal control and stage presence to this performance. If Jax continues to do these kinds of performances and stays more consistent she can be a real contender, because this was a very easy, comfortable looking performance. Really nice job this time around.  
Judge's Comments= Harry-This was somewhere in between the original and another version. Impressive. Sings in the beat and is aware of the rhythm, strong. Keith-Sings really well with the band. Jennifer-Strong performance. Feels like this was her element. This was no small task and she did her thing on it.
Our Grade=A-

Nick Fradiani
(American Girl-Tom Petty)
Scott thinks that last week was the most energetic, and he has a nice arc going. This was another strong pick by America for Nick. I wish he stayed on the mic a little more, he was stylistically doing a thing where he was on and off the mic and it lost me for a second here and there, but overall it was fun, energetic and he really did a solid job out there. 
Judge's Comments= Keith-Such a good song for him. Engaged the whole time. Jennifer- Loved it. Has a radio ready voice, it's familiar but his own. Watching him grow is so awesome. Harry-Whatever just happened for him needs to be remembered. This is precisely the right thing for him. That's all everyone thinks he should be.
Our Grade=B+

Quentin Alexander
(Are You Gonna Go My Way-Lenny Kravitz)
Scott agrees that Quentin needs to rock out and identifies that in himself. Quentin definitely rocks out on this song. This is unlike what Quentin has done in many of his past performances. He rocks out, is very energetic and moves around the stage. In the past he does that super sultry, intense stuff, but this was a nice change. It wasn't spectacularly original or different, but he sang the hell out of the song and really rocked out. I'm impressed at the different facets Quentin has. His pitch still is not great,and it not being original made it not as good as past performances, but it was still a nice job by him.  
Judge's Comments=Jennifer-The whole thing worked. Perfect song, the outfit. The pitch thing is all over the place. Harry-Loves his artistry, but sometimes people can be captivated by the band more than his performance. Nothing different than the original. It was good, but the band really was pushing him around. Keith-Held his own. Liked that he laid back while the band took over. 
Our Grade=B+

I hate hate hate awkward moments, but because I do this blog I need to record what happened right after Quentin's performance. Right after Quentin performed and got his critiques Ryan noticed that Quentin didn't look right. He asks him what's wrong. Quentin tells him that "[the bottom 2/his BFF Joey] is whack" Basically that they are great and it's messed up they are there. Ryan reminds him that the Twitter save is available for his friend. Then Harry jumps in and says that if he thinks it's whack then he could go home, because it's highly disrespectful that he is talking about the hand that's feeding him [American Idol]. Hold up, Harry thought Quentin was saying that Idol was whack, but in fact he was just talking about the Bottom 2.

THEN, Quentin pops back onto the stage, really close to Harry, maybe a foot apart, maybe closer. He then says that he isn't disrespecting American Idol, he is upset that 2 people that he is super close to are in the Bottom 2 and 1 will  go home. Harry reminds him that this is a competition. Quentin and Harry shake hands, but Quentin is just super angry as he walks off the stage. WOW. Harry took what Quentin said wrong, but I do agree that Quentin shouldn't have been that upset and said anything, even if Ryan was trying to get something out of him.  This is a competition show, if it wasn't Joey or Ravyon who would Quentin have chosen? Someone that isn't his friend? That's not how things work. It was weird, awkward and I didn't really need to see it to enjoy the episode.

Bottom 2 Perform
Joey Cook
Rayvon Owen

Joey Cook
(My Funny Valentine-Frank Sinatra)
Scott wants her to continue to be an artist and be who she is. It's a little surprising that Joey is in the Bottom 2. I mean, she was ranked pretty high for us. But the general audience's tastes and opinions don't always match ours. She has had some fantastic performances, last week was okay, but this again proves that any off week can put you in jeopardy, what you did 3 or 4 weeks prior doesn't necessarily make a difference. Tonight Joey gets a real standard from the American audience. It didn't knock me out, but she put a lot of emotion in it, and it was all in tune and on point.Not sure if this was a great song choice for her, but she did her thing.  
Judge's Comments=Harry-Was a very good performance. Is smart. Really thought about the lyrics. Sang it appropriately. Did a damn good job. Keith-Sometimes reach is beyond her grasp, but goes for it anyways. Doesn't know if that was perfectly well suited, but it should be commended. Jennifer-Such a unique voice. Thought the song would work for her, but it didn't move her. Not sure why, but didn't feel it. 
Our Grade=B

Rayvon Owen
(Long Train Runnin-Doobie Brothers)
Scott applauds him for still sticking around week after week and fighting.  Tonight's song allowed Rayvon to groove and smile again. The last couple weeks he was in the Bottom 2 and he was really intense, this one he moved with the backup singers and have some energy. I don't think this song did him any favors for the majority. I liked the ending when he slowed it down and made it his own. It was good, not great.
Judge's Comments=Keith-Performance wise it was killer, but didn't feel enough. Needs a little edge. Jennifer-Keeps fighting with those vocals. Stepped it up. Harry-Must be hard to be in Bottom and keeps fighting. Thinks he needs a better song. When he gets the perfect song, he'll shut the room down. 
Our Grade=B

Round 2
Clark Beckham
(Moon River-Frank Sinatra)
This is a very old song, it just has to be said. I mean you won't hear this version on your local radio station, but it's super sweet and delicate. Clark plays the piano and has very light band accompaniment.  It's sweet, he sings everything in tune, it didn't have me jumping up and down, but it was lovely.
Judge's Comments=Jennifer-Loved that. Really well done. Harry-Incredibly talented, but instead of sounding like a cocktail sound, but needs to make the song current, use the chords, he is talented. Keith-It was warm and fuzzy. 
Our Grade=B+

Tyanna Jones
(Proud Mary-Creedance Clearwater Revival)
She stands on a little platform in the middle of the stage, and her presence for the first part of the song is great. This song allows her to have the first part of the song super slow and lovely, but then it kicks up and Tyanna moves and gets a lot of energy. That's where she really shines. She looked comfortable, sounded great and hit some crazy notes. This was a great job by her, the song fit her strengths really well.
Judge's Comments=Harry-That was as close to perfect as you can get. Moved, understood how to move the stage, started slow. Keith-That's as good as she is now at only 16. Jennifer-Really good. Got to stretch her vocals. Should always do that, keep picking songs that do that.
Our Grade=A-

Nick Fradiani
(Only The Good Die Young-Billy Joel)
Nick completely flips the song on its head.  He takes the song and makes it more of a ballad. I obviously love the original Billy Joel version, but I like that Nick was being creative and tried something different. He sang the song really well, not sure if I loved the arrangement, but for what it was it was real good.
Judge's Comments=Keith-Loved the arrangement. 10 out of 10. Jennifer-Loved it the whole wait through. Waited til he got up and then loved it. Harry-Applauds him for trying something different. The arrangement threw him off. It was a little self-involved.
Our Grade=B

Quentin Alexander
(The Sound of Silence-Simon & Garfunkel)
This is more typical Quentin, it was slow and more intense. He stares into the camera and into our TV's like he sees us, it's crazy. This is a real classic song. The beginning is quite beautiful, when the band kicks in he goes off tune a little, or his pitch, or the key or something goes astray. I am no musician, but it was off. When it was good it was real good, but there were some off elements to his performance that were distracting.
Judge's Comments= Jennifer-Dramatic and moody. There's a lot of pressure out there, but he needs to control his emotions. Needs to put his heart out there first, over the emotions. Harry-Likes how he is tremendous at interpreting lyrics. When he holds notes it's a beautiful thing to hear. Needs to focus on pitch, but it's part of being a singer, needs to stay in tune. Keith-Is in him to be a great artist. The way he interprets songs is commendable.
Our Grade=B-

(Beat It-Michael Jackson)
This song was chosen by America.  As everyone knows, it is a very fast song and has a lot of aggression and rock to it. After being criticized for straying too far from the original last week, Jax again stays pretty close to the original. She sang it well, but it wasn't spectacular. Loved her energy and the fact that it was as fast, as the other one was so mellow. Gave a nice balance for her night.
Judge's Comments= Harry-Favorite part was the static electricity in her hair. Wanted to see her run around the stage and act like an idiot. Loved that. It was really fun. Keith-Loved she showed 2 sides of her. Jennifer-Made running around like an idiot look cool.
Our Grade=B

Bottom 2-Twitter Save Songs

Rayvon Owen
(Always On My Mind-Willie Nelson) 
Rayvon has been in this spot for the third consective week, and he has delievered each time. He takes this song and makes it full on ballad. Rayvon always has a beautiful voice and delievers great emotion. Obviously, he has not been connecting to the audience fully, given his place in the Bottom week to week, but there is no denying that this was a spectacular vocal. He couldn't do much better.
Judge's Comments= Keith- Right song, sang it beautifully. Jennifer-Felt something, goosies everywhere. Harry-Is a ballad singer, and when he sings a song as much heart behind it, he stacks up there with the best in the competition.
Our Grade=B+

Joey Cook
(Somebody To Love-Jefferson Airplane)
Joey takes the song and makes it super quirky in her own quirky way. It was as if all you needed was a jar and some spoons and maybe a banjo, whatever it was it all worked. This was a much stronger performance than the earlier one. She was much more comfortable and in her groove. She hit some great notes and made the song completly her own. Joey and Rayvon couldn't be any more different. It's really however the audience feels on a given night. Tough call.
Judge's Comments=Jennifer- Gave the colors of all Joey Cook is. Made it her own. Just perfect. Harry-Hard to groove to or dance to, but she still impressed with her arrangement and presentation. Keith-Shows two extreme edges of who she is tonight. Saw what she did before, and with this and it's nice to see.
Our Grade=A-

Twitter Save Results/Who's Going Home?

Saved?=Rayvon. He is the luckiest guy on the show so far.

Going Home=Joey Cook. Joey had a really good run, but she was maybe too quirky for the general audience. I enjoyed her artistry and creativity. She probably went home a little too earlier, but with the Twitter-Save this kind of thing was bound to happen.

Best of the Night? N/A  Tonight every single contestant had one good performance, and one not that great performance. No contestant really stood out to be the best of the night. It was evenly good, and evenly not so great.

Bottom 2/Going Home Predictions
1. Quentin
2. Rayvon (Should & Will Go Home)

Final Thoughts
*So, Rayvon is safe to sing at least one more time. This is the third consective week that someone facing Rayvon went home. So that means one of two things. 1. That Rayvon isn't the worst every week, but is second worst and his fans come out to support him when they see him in trouble, OR,  2. (and this is more likely) Rayvon knows how to fight at the right moment despite being Bottom  or second worst every week. He sang the right song at the right time. If he sang his first song as his last performance he would have went home. Sometimes it's all about timing and thus far he has it. Joey being eliminated was unfortunate. She was easily one of the more interesting and artistic contestants left in the competition, it's a shame we won't hear more creative performances from her.

*Tonight was a very strange night. No one was bad, no one was extra good. Each contestant got to sing twice, and that was either lucky for them or unfortunate for them. No contestant was able to have back to back great performances, either their first song was great and second one not as good, or the first one was off and they redeemed themselves. I think having to sing two songs was a lot for some of these contestants, we will see how they do for the rest of the season.

*There have been some awkward, weird moments on Idol, but it's been awhile. The moment between Harry and Quentin was so odd. Quentin shouldn't have said what he said, but Harry was actually wrong in interpreting what Quentin was saying. So the whole thing was just weird. That's really the word for it.

That's it. 6 people remain, 4 guys and 2 ladies. Joey's elimination proves that anyone could go home at any point if they have a slightly off week. We'll see what happens next week. So until then, see ya!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Top 7 Revealed & Perform: Billboard Hits Week

Welcome back. Last week was sort of crazy with the introduction of a new twist and the elimination of a contestant we thought wouldn't leave that soon. For those that didn't read our blog (and where were you...just kidding...not really) and those that didn't watch the actual show, the Fan-Twitter Save was introduced by American Idol. It works as follows: The Bottom 2 contestants are revealed, they sing their song of the week, and then for the last 5 minutes of the show the audience tweets for the contestant they want to save with the hashtag of that person's name. Last week Rayvon and Daniel were Bottom 2 and Rayvon was saved and shockingly, Daniel was eliminated.  Idol hasn't revealed how long this Twitter Save will be in effect for, but if it's a ratings ploy it sort of worked, the show didn't lose any ratings week to week and got about 8.5 million people to watch. It's not great, but it's far from bad. Daniel absolutely deserved to go home, but his "adorableness" and being told he is "cute" all the time was seemingly unstoppable, that is until he was stopped. 

This week the Idol contestants will be singing Billboard Hits. That is a very broad theme and could lead to almost anything. We chose Rayvon and Qaasim as the Bottom 2, and believe that Qaasim SHOULD go Home, but Rayvon WILL Go Home. Though, anything can happen with this twist.

As a side note, since the beginning of Top 12, the contestant that sang first in the night was eliminated the following week, first Sarina-Joi, then Adanna, and 2 weeks ago it was Daniel. Last week Nick sang first, now we aren't predicting him to leave the competition, but it is an interesting fact to look out for.

Country artists Florida-Georgia Line and Jason DeRulo are the mentors for the week. Each of them will mentor 4 of the contestants, chosen by permanent mentor Scott Borchetta. So without further ado, let's get started:

Top 8 Weekly Rankings 

1. Clark Beckham (Same As Last Week)
2. Joey Cook (Up 1 From Last Week)
3. Jax (Up 2 From Last Week)
4. Tyanna Jones (Down 2 From Last Week)
5. Nick Fradiani (Down 1 From Last Week)
6. Quentin Alexander (Same As Last Week)
7. Qaasim Middleton (Same As Last Week)
8. Rayvon Owen (Same As Last Week)  Officially Bottom 2 Last Week

Top 8 Revealed and Perform

(Poker Face-Lady Gaga)
Scott and Florida-Georgia Line mentored Jax. Florida Georgia Line wants her to nail the song and make a connection. Scott needs to find a strong performance to make it her own over just being a Lady Gaga copy. The song has a burlesque sound to it. She flips the song into her own thing, it has some of the signature aspects of the original but it's pretty different. I think Jax might have done too much to change it up though. It's not that it was unidentifiable, but all the changes weren't needed to make it a good performance. It really wasn't one of her stronger performances. 
Judge's Comments=Keith-Interesting arrangement. Loves her artistry. Jennifer-All for changing things up. But there is a line that it gets dangerous, wouldn't hear that on the radio today. One of the favorites, it is hers to lose. Couldn't relate to that song at all.Doesn't want her to go too left. Harry-Has magic in her voice. No problem taking the arrangement to the left, but has problem with not owning the performance. Didn't inhabit the whole stage. It's more than just rearranging the song. Need to completely inhabit the song. 
Our Grade=B-

Nick Fradiani
(Teenage Dream-Katy Perry)
The mentors want Nick to feel comfortable and relaxed. They give him a tip to look into a mirror while playing. They want to add a different beat to the song so people can vibe to the song. I kind of like this choice for Nick. He changes the lyrics up to fit him and the small pronoun changes are big. He actually does look more comfortable on stage. His voice is on point. He has a very Rob Thomas of Matchbox Twenty thing going on with his voice an stage presence, and that's a great thing. Very nice job by Nick. After the comments Harry was asked, actually forced, guilted into singing Teenage Dream, and somehow it ended up with Harry basically chasing Keith around the stage and not knowing any of the words, except the ones that Nick graciously fed him. It was pretty silly and a little out of control. Not sure really what happened.
Judge's Comments=Jennifer-So good. Changing the song and making it your own in the best way. Could hear that song on the radio today. Harry-Things were good, especially the energy, but likes when he sings more intense, grittier songs. It was fine. Keith-Killer song choice. The spirit of the song was right and played to his strengths. Sounded like him.
Our Grade=A-

Guest Performance #1
Mentor of the week Jason DeRulo is singing "Want To Want Me". I guess we shouldn't mention that Jason is now the ex-boyfriend of Season 6 Idol winner Jordin Sparks. So because we aren't talking about their seemingly awful breakup we can talk about his performance tonight, and it was alright. Jason's dance moves are far better than the song itself, but it was what it was.

Quentin Alexander
(Latch-Sam Smith)
He was mentored by Jason DeRulo. Jason gives a couple suggestions, wants him to go full voice and not lay back and then go falsetto. Scott thinks that if he hits it right then it will be great. Quentin's voice is so smooth when it's in tune, it just glides. He goes for the falsetto, which is different than he usually does. It was just a little bit, but it was enough, I am glad it didn't go on too long, it made it more special. Quentin's voice does go out of tune at parts, but he made up for it in other parts of his voice.
Judge's Comments=Harry-Looks unbelievable. Strong suit is how easy he can fit into a pocket. This was a little lighter, still some pitch issues, but a strong song choice. Keith-Great song choice, particularly the way he brought out his vocal. Jennifer-Drums overpowered in the beginning, but he got into it when he didn't think about anything. Loved it and the song.

Guest Performance #2
Singing "Sipping on Fire" is Florida Georgia Line. It sounds kind of like most of the songs I have ever heard them sing, but I admit I don't know them that well. So we will just say they were fine and move on.

Joey Cook
(Wrecking Ball-Miley Cyrus)
Jason tells Joey she has crab hands, her hands get all claspy when she sings. He wants her to do everything in moderation or it could get boring or off-putting. Joey wants to show that she can be current and on the radio today. Joey's dress is a mess and her hair is kind of a mess and purple, but it somehow sort of works together. Joey leaves the arragement alone and doesn't mess with it too much, she just uses her very unique tone to put her own spin on some of the wording and breaks in the song. I probbaly dig her more noir/old-school kind of performances more than this one, but I like that she is showing different sides to herself and her voice. Not great, but not terrible.
Judge's Comments=Keith-Looks relieved. Always does something different, didn't do anything different and when she got to the chorus she held back a little. Liked it. Jennifer-The epitome of uniqueness. Liked the verses but the chorus was too like Miley. Did a good job with it. The quality of her voice stands her apart. Harry-Even when she does a similar arrangement it was still different. It was an okay vocal, but something needed to happen to change the chorus, and it got a little boring towards the end.
Our Grade=B

Clark Beckham
(Make It Rain-Ed Sheeran)
Jason mentors Clark and tells him to share what he is feeling inside with everyone else and command the stage. Clark wants to be brave and unafraid and show his emotion. This song allows Clark to tap into his emotions very fast. Clark has a great talent of choosing great songs, plus it allows him to have a solo with his guitar, which was very cool. There is no doubt that Clark's voice is one of, if not the best in the competition, but he needed to connect with the audience and look comfortable, and I think he did that pretty well tonight. I think last week was better, but Clark's effort is always there.
Judge's Comments= Jennifer-Effortless for him to sing. Needs everything to work together, the style and image have to fit as well as the voice. Has a finale that he could be at, but he needs to have swag to get him out of his comfort zone. Harry-Has an amazing voice, highly gifted. What would have made it better was he needed to sit in the pocket, he rushed the whole way through. Was good but wasn't great. Keith-The guitar got in his way. The end was a killer.
Our Grade=A-

Guest Performance #3
Iggy Azalea and Jennifer Hudson are performing their song "Trouble". This is a coming home reunion  for Season 3, 7th place finisher Jennifer Hudson and a work reunion for Iggy who worked on the crazy, weird, horrible music video "Booty" with Jennifer Lopez. This song was much more tolerable. Hudson's voice is still one of the best out there, it's just effortless and strong.

 Tyanna Jones
Jason thinks the dynamics of her voice is beautiful, and finds her very mature. Scott thinks sometimes she doesn't put in the extra effort to put in the emotion. There is no doubt that Tyanna's voice is amazing and this song allowed the audience to focus only on the voice, no theatrics, no running around the stage, just pure voice. I said it last week, but I think Tyanna's biggest strength is when she is moving a little more and stays young and youthful, this was definetly a mature performance. I enjoyed that it revealed major strengths in her voice. It's cool that she is showing different sides to herself.
Judge's Comments= Harry-Held her emotions in check, extremely touching. Did a fantastic emotional performance. Keith-Extreme maturity in her voice. Would be a hit song for her. Beauitufl. Jennifer-Lost her way the past couple weeks, but this week everything came together in the right way.
Our Grade=A-

Bottom 2
Qaasim and Rayvon will sing their Billboard Hit song and hope to get saved by the audience.

Rayvon Owen
(Set Fire To The Rain-Adele)
Florida Georgia Line wants Rayvon to wait and not put everything out there in the beginning. They want him to simplify his falsetto, but don't drop it completely. The songs starts off really small, just a piano and his voice, then the guitar starts, the background singers and when he gets to the chorus it was pretty amazing with the drums. It was subtle and powerful at the same time. I really enjoyed the arrangement. I think his voice was a little all over the place at times but he did keep himself in check.
Judge's Comments=Keith-Crazy. A guy singing for his life. Missed something in the chorus. Jennifer-Applauds that he took the notes. Felt him dig. Not sure if it was the best song choice. Harry-Sees he has what it takes, but just wants to keep striving and pushing.
Our Grade=B-

Qaasim Middleton
(Hey Ya-Outkast)
Florida Georgia tells Qaasim to keep being comfortable and play around with it. Qaasim admits that last week was his worst night of his life. It's been awhile since Qaasim let loose and performed and not just focused on his vocals. This was a fun performance, and I am sure it was fun to perform, but it did lack some originality and creativity. He got to sing last and he got to perform, rather than worry about his vocals this week. He is what he is at this point and the audience will tell us what they feel about him.  
Judge's Comments= Jennifer-Huge fan of his, that was a tough song but he wowed with his performance. Owned the stage. Harry-Groove is incredibly strong. The vocal wasn't dissimilar to the original. It was good. Entertaining to watch. Keith-Played to your strengths. Great song. Killed it. Makes the most of the moment.
Our Grade=C+

Twitter Save Results/Who's Going Home?

Saved? Rayvon Owen

Going Home? Qaasim Middleton. The voice just wasn't there compared to Rayvon. Qaasim was a great performer, but this is a singing show first. Qaasim was saved by the Judges at Top 11, he made it 3 more weeks. That's about or close to average for the Save. It's not my call to determine if the save was properly utilized or not, given Qaasim didn't get that close to winning, but he was a different kind of contestant than anyone else, so that was something.

Best of The Night=Nick. I think Tyanna delivered a really powerful performance, but I liked Nick's song choice more, and I think he performed the song as well as he ever has. He took a risk picking a Katy Perry song but it worked out. Sometimes big risks fail hard, but this risk paid off.

Bottom 2/Going Home Predictions
1. Rayvon Owen Should & Will Go Home
2. Jax

Final Thoughts

*I think tonight was very middle of the line. I think Nick and Tyanna were the best of the bunch. I think Clark and Quentin were good, but not as great as they could have been. I think Jax, Joey and Rayvon each had good parts of their performances, but also could have done more.

*So far I think the Twitter-Save has worked exceptionally well. The two people that should go home went home in the past two weeks. The general audience has done a great job of creating the correct Bottom 2 and then the smaller, twitter using audience has done a nice job saving the person that really should stay. So far so good.

*This is creatively, vocally and uniquely a really great Top 7. Each contestant has something special about them, and on any given night they could be the best. It might really come down to who steps it up that particular night, and who doesn't step it up nearly enough. It could really be that close. That's kind of exciting.

*For those that care, or go to the American Idol tour, only the Top 5 will be going this summer. In the past it was Top 10, I think one year it was Top 13, or Top 11, but this year only the Top 5. The tours just don't sell like they used to, so less people that are on tour less Idol has to pay them.

That's it. After next week we will only have 6 people left, this season is starting to really fly by now. It's getting really down to some great contestants, let's hope everyone keeps stepping it up. We'll see you back here next week, until then see ya!