Thursday, February 4, 2016

Top 51 Showcase & Top 24 Revealed

Welcome back. Tonight we will see the live showcase that was taped awhile back of the remaining Top 51. This will help the judges determine the Top 24 that will be performing Live for the home audience starting next week. So it's a very important night, we will try to get through all the performances and results that are shown in as efficient way possible. So let's get right to it:

Final Judgement
For this episode we will (most times) see snippets of the performance that the contestants did, and then we will get the judges results, aka The Green Mile, where they walk up that long pathway to where the judges are sitting to get their results. 

Stephany Negrete-We see she performed Girl on Fire for the "live" audience. She can sing, but I didn't love it. She seemed comfortable on stage, but I feel she has sounded better. Jennifer tells her she was amazing, calls her one of her favorite performances.
Results=Top 24

Shelbie Z- We have seen a good amount of Shelbie in the past few weeks. Keith tells her that she has a real strong stage presence. Shelbie sang "Barracuda" at the performance. It was pretty awesome. She's a good live performer.
Results=Top 24

Michelle Marie-She hasn't really stood out for me, other than her very feisty personality. Just haven't been too excited about her voice. She is very young, and though she really does have attitude on stage, it doesn't seem Top 24 or really Top 12 female ready.
Results=Going Home

Collette Lush-We really didn't see anything from her since her outstanding audition. We see her sing "Like I'm Gonna Lose You" and she sounds nice. I guess her Hollywood performances weren't so good, and this one was just alright, so that's not a great combination.
Results=Going Home

Going Home Montage-Jessica Cabral. This is shocking. We didn't even get to see her sing her live performance to know how she did. I thought Jessica had one of the best voices in the competition. Pretty shocking. How do they not show us how she did? I don't get it.  Jessica Clark, Ameet Kanon and Terrian also were eliminated.

Mackenzie Bourg-He is very Ed Sheeran like. He sings a super acoustic version of "Can't Help Falling In Love (With You)". He has a really sweet voice and connects to the female audience, which is a big perk for him.
Results=Top 24

Trent Harmon-He was the guy that had mono and sang solo for group rounds, pretty memorable. I like his perseverance, I like his voice. He makes some strange facial expressions when he sings, but that hopefully can be fixed. I think he deserves a spot.
Results=Top 24

Moving On to Top 24=Jenna Renae, James VIII, Kory Wheeler, Adam Lasher

Jeneve Mitchell-We have seen a lot from Jeneve. She sang "Ring of Fire" in her very country way. Some of her theatrics on stage were unnecessary. I really could have done without it. It was good, but I might just not get her, I don't get the big appeal, but Keith really enjoys her.
Results=Top 24

CJ Johnson-I have liked CJ's intensity on stage over the past number of weeks. I think he would be a nice addition to the Top 24. He has to be one of the best guys left. He is always full throttle, so if he moves on it would be nice to see a different dynamic, but so far so good.
Results=Top 24

Amelia Eisenhauer-She is also one that had a pretty memorable audition but kind of disappeared in Hollywood Week. She sang "New York State of Mind" and did a nice job with it. She played her violin with it, it is a nice trick to be able to sing well and play that instrument, makes her stand out.
Results=Top 24

Lee Jean-He is a really nice guy, with a nice voice, nice personality and cute. He has been good every time we have seen him. Two times during his performance he told the audience to quiet down so he could sing a certain part of the song. Jennifer calls him out that his lack of maturity showed, and that if people wanna clap, let them clap. Good point by her.
Results=Top 24

Avalon Young-She has had an up and down journey thus far. Good at times, but kind of foforgettable at others. She is a self-declared tom boy. Her statement "[I] don't wanna be the next anything, wants to be the first me".That's a great statement. She just does what makes her feel comfortable and wears what makes her feel comfortable, that's a nice, fresh of breath air to hear from a young girl on TV. She has a real cool groove and vibe.
Results=Top 24

Going Home Montage=Chynna Sherrod, Mary Williams, Zach Person

Dalton Rapattoni-He did a stripped down version of N'Sync's "It's Gonna Be Me". I give him credit for being super creative, and flipping a song on its head, but he had a little too much theatrics at times. I wanted him to just sing, and sometimes it was a little too much. Harry calls him inconsistent, but likes not knowing what's gonna come next.  
Results= Top 24

Manny Torres-He has been up and down over the past number of weeks, sometimes he sounds amazing, sometimes it sounds like he is missing something. Not sure what to make of him.
Results=Top 24

Going Home Montage= Laurel Wright, Anatalia Villaranda, Isaac Cole, John Claussen, Cassie Levels, Andrew Nezerbekian

Thomas Stringfellow-I have been up and down with Thomas. At times I think he has sounded cool, but at other times he annoys me with the little things he does at the end of notes, like little hiccups somehow, but musically. Tough to describe. But it's not the best sounding thing.
Results=Top 24

Sonika Vaid- I have liked Sonika throughout the entire competition, thus far. She has a nice tender side to her voice, but also a lot of power at times as well, and always in control. Jennifer wants Sonika to come alive more on stage, feels something is missing right now.  
Results=Top 24

Malie Delgado-Lost her voice at times during Hollywood Week. But during the live performance it came back and she has a great personality. Not entirely sure of her voice and tone at times, but it was a strong performance nonetheless.
Results= Going Home

Olivia Rox-We saw Olivia here and there during Hollywood. Sometimes we just heard a small snippet or just saw her face, but haven't heard a ton from her. Olivia is only 16, but she has a mature voice, and has artistry, so that's a big positive.
Results=Top 24

Emily Brooke-She got cut at this point last season, and the judges did tell her to come back this season, and she has shown she has grown in one season. It would be tough if the judges cut her at this exact point again.
Results=Top 24

Going Home Montage=Sara Sturm, Jordyn Simone, Tiffany Lemae, Kayla Michelson, Mionne Destiny

Gianna Isabella-As we recall every-time we see Gianna, her Mom is Brenda Starr. We see during rehearsals that Gianna is speaking to her after her performance.Ricky Minor, the musical director get upset and speaks to Brenda Starr and tells her to let him help her daughter. He tells Gianna he's got this.Gianna sang (obviously) her Mom's song "I Still Believe". I didn't really enjoy what we heard of it. There were a couple nice notes, but overall it was lacking. Keith loved it.  
Results=Top 24

Jenn Blosil-If Sia had a sister it would be Jenn, because her voice is really close to Sia's, like I hear her so much. It's not that she is copying Sia, it's just the same tone, and qualities that she possesses. Jenn is her own person, and she has done well in this competition, despite being a super quirky person in real life.
Results=Top 24 

Going Home Montage=Christian Eason, Ariel Sprague, Kelsie Watts, Shevonne Philidor

Tristan McIntosh-It has been such a crazy roller coaster ride with Tristan. She has been good, she has been bad, she has been dramatic. She's just too much for me. I don't know, she has the checklist of things that are probably Idol contestant worthy, but I haven't really enjoyed some of it.
Results=Top 24

Kayce Hanes and Jordan Strasser- They go in together as they are the last men left. Pretty different from one another. We haven't seen a ton of Kayce since his audition, but have seen a good amount of Jordan. We'll see how that goes.
Results=Jordan in Top 24. Kayce Going Home

LaPorsha Renae and Lindita- They both have been featured over the past number of weeks, and although Lindita has a strong voice and power, LaPorsha is (now with Jessica Cabral gone) the strongest girl voice in the competition. I wish we could see both girls in the Top 24. I can see Lindita overdoing it sometimes and LaPorsha just has a lot more control. If both of the women made it, I would take out a couple girls that did make it out, but unfortunately we can't do that.
Results=LaPorsha in Top 24. Lindita Going Home

Final Thoughts

*If it wasn't apparent that Idol producers want a girl to win the show it was tonight, because out of the 12 men that made it through we saw 3 of them montaged, and didn't see their performance or really their Final Judgement, and in the last maybe hour of the show we didn't see any guys in the Final Judgement, they were done early in the episode until the Final 2 guys at the end. The women were much more featured than the girls. Even several girls that didn't make it to Top 24 had more screentime than guys that ended up going through.

*The Top 24 is finalized and live rounds will begin next week. I think despite the horrible mistake of not putting through Jessica Cabral into the Top 24, there is some talented people out there. I can see at least 5 or 6 of them with the potential to be outstanding, and a couple more than might be able to step it up. We'll have to see.

*In the more exciting news of the night we learn that starting next week the Top 24 will feature 12 perform solos by the guys and girls, but also feature duets. The contestants will sing duets with former American Idol winners and contestants. The ones that flashed on the screen were, Jordin Sparks, Constatine Maroulis, Chris Daughtry, Kellie Pickler, Hailey Reinhardt, David Cook, Lauren Alaina, Scotty McCreery, Ruben Studdard, Fantasia, Caleb Johnson and last year's winner Nick Fradiani. Should be amazing. So glad past notable Idol contestants and winners will be featured like this.

* Next week 5 contestants out of the Top 24 will go home, and this will continue until we have our Top 10.

That's it. It was a long night, but we hope you enjoyed learning about the Top 24. Can't wait to see how this all shakes out and to see some past Idol contestants. So come back next week for more Idol coverage. Until then, see ya!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Hollywood Rounds: Part 3

Welcome back. Last week featured some really great moments, and then we had some questionable moments as well. That's Hollywood Week for ya. Tonight we will get a little more performance and hopefully a little less drama with some solo performances. These performances are big in that they will help shape the Top 24 that will be revealed tomorrow and will perform next week.

Last week we named our Personal Top 20 these 18 contestants remain:

Audition 1=Lee Jean, Sonika Vaid
Audition 2=LaPorsha Renae, Tristan McIntosh
Audition 3 =Jenn Blosil, John Wayne Shultz
Audition 4=Amber Lynn, Chris "CJ" Johnson
Audition 5=Mackenzie Bourg, Jenna Renae, Emily Brooke, Adam Lasher
Audition 6=Jessica Cabral,  Chynna Sherrod, Zach Person, Collette Nash, Stephany Negrete, Manny Torres

So with all that said, let's get started:

Solo Round

Stephany Negrete- I like how she jumped right into the middle of the song "Set Fire to the Rain" and the big part of the song. She has a natural, easy voice that is so powerful yet doesn't seem like she is doing much to get it to hit certain notes.

Thomas Stringfellow- He does so many weird cuts of lyrics, like little noticeable weird things. It's tough to describe, but if he does it once or twice it'd be alright, but given he does it, on almost every note it gets a little irritating.

Avalon Young- Didn't sound great. She has sounded better at other points that I have heard her.

Olivia Rox-She chose to sing an original song, it was ballsy but from the few seconds we heard it seemed like a good song, not sure of the voice at this point.

John Wayne Shultz-He is sans his lucky black hat, which he lost. He is a big strapping, country dude. If you like pure country then this guy really is for you. He seems like a good guy so that helps his whole persona.

Tristan McIntosh Drama- So we learn that under Idol rules each song that is sung in front of the judges can only be selected by 3 contestants. Tristan was the 4th, she selected the same song that 3 other contestants earlier on the sign-up board chose. She gets pretty emotional about how the song means a lot to her and her mother that was in Kuwait. I feel like Idol really wants me to love everything about Tristan, and I respect her whole family situation, and it's hard having a parent in the armed forces, but Tristan has underwhelmed me many times over the course of the past number of weeks. Her audition was good, but since then, not as impressed. 

Mackenzie Bourg-I enjoyed his original audition, but he disappeared last week. Tonight he sings an original song called "Roses". It's pretty, and he obviously is a good song writer. He has a really nice quality to his tone and really enjoyable.

Shelbie Z- She has a really strong country song. They didn't show much from her tonight, but you can tell she has a lot of power, even in small doses.

Kory Wheeler-We only see a small snippet of his performance, it's nice.

James VIII-I didn't like his voice that much here, thought it was very one dimensional.

Tristan McIntosh-One of the girls that selected the song that Tristan was getting emotional about "What Hurts The Most" by Rascal Flatts, decided to give up her spot for Tristan. That's a solid, great karma move right there. Anyways, Tristan does a pretty nice job, I didn't find it hit the emotional punch that I think she wanted to give, given how invested she was into the song. It was good, not great for all that drama.

Sonika Vaid-Her voice seems just like what you hear on the radio, like Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez, not as seasoned, but that's still a good comparison. She has talent there, that's for sure.

Lee Jean- He has a very sweet, gentle voice. It doesn't fill the stage or make a big presence, but it's a real nice voice. 

Sara Sturm-Her voice is also very sweet and tender. Lee Jean and Sara have a nice little friendship going, it's cute. Sara does a nice job with her song, not amazing, but not bad.

Jenn Blosil-She really is super quirky, but her voice is really quite good. She has been compared to Sia, and she really kinda does, like Sia Jr.

Emily Brooke-Even though this is the second go around for Emily in the process it still takes a toll on her, at least emotionally, because her voice sounded quite good. There were a couple choices that were a little off, but for the more part it wasn't bad at all.

Malie Delgado-So I mentioned before that the girl who gave up her song for Tristan would be getting good karma, well, I was wrong because Malie was the one who gave up her song and she has laringytis and basically has no voice. It goes in and out, when she tries to go for the higher notes, but she tries her hardest to get through, and it didn't sound really bad.

Mionne Destiny-She also was losing her voice over the course of the past few days in Hollywood and it was noticeable. It was okay.

Jessica Cabral-I think she has one of the best voices in the competition, but even she was a little under the weather here, and you can tell. She still has an amazing voice and it would be an injustice if she didn't make the Top 24, she deserves that spot.

Joshua Wicker- I think he did not sound good at all, I also find it super awkward when he went all the way up to the judges and sing right in their faces. Not so good.

CJ Johnson-He has a great intensity in his voice, is a good looking guy,and is enjoyable to watch.

Jeneve Rose Mitchell-We have seen a lot of her the past few weeks, it's sweet, but I didn't enjoy it too much tonight.

Dalton Rapattoni-I like how he takes songs like the one he did tonight "Hopelessly Devoted to You" and makes it into a soft rock kind of thing, it's creative and enjoyable.

Three Room Decision/Results
This is an Idol staple. Correct me if I am wrong, but I don't think we have seen the 3 Room Decision in at least a couple years. This process is that there are 2 rooms that have contestants in that will move on, 1 room has the eliminated room, the question is, which rooms are safe, and which one is not?

Room 1-Notable Contestants (that we saw)
Tristan McIntosh, Mackenzie Bourg, Stephany Negrete, Shelbie Z, LaPorsha Renae, Jessica Cabral, Dalton Rapattoni, James VIII, Lee Jean, Chynna Sherrod
Results=SAFE to Next Round

Room 2-Notable Contestants
Joshua Wicker, John Wayne Shultz

Room 3- Notable Contestants
Malie Delgado, Trent Harmon, Jenn Blosil, Avalon Young, Manny Torres, Adam Lashner, Emily Brooke, Thomas Stringfellow, Sara Strum
Results=SAFE to Next Round

Final Thoughts
*Tomorrow night 51 contestants will perform at the Showcase. This was a live performance, now taped, they did for the judges so they can make their decision on which contestants move on. 51 will sing, but only 24 will make it to the Live rounds where the home audience will vote ultimately for the Top 10. It's gonna be a big show tomorrow.

*The 3 room decision results was great, I loved seeing it, even though the first room was stacked with several contestants that actually can be the winner. It was a no doubter.

*There is a lot of good talent on this show, I feel we haven't seen some notable audition faces in awhile, which gets me nervous on if they made it or not. People like Collette Lush, Jenna Renae, Amber Lynn, Zach Person, Chynna Sherrod are some great voices that have been missing. Let's hope we see them tomorrow, or at least find out their fate on the show.

That's it. Tomorrow we are getting to the nitty gritty, the Top 24 will be revealed and live shows start next week. It's going fast. Can't wait to see how it all shakes out. Until next time, see ya!