On the March 12 episode of ‘American Idol,’ the theme is ‘Songs From The Cinema’ — and if you were hoping that someone would sing ‘Let It Go,’ you’re in luck!
After last week’s lackluster performances, the Top 11 really brought it this week for the theme “Songs From The Cinema” on the March 12 episode of American Idol. And isn’t it just our fabulous luck — one of our favorite performers, Majesty Rose, sang one of our favorite jams, “Let It Go,” by the Wicked-ly talented Adele Dazeem! Sorry — we mean Idina Menzel. (Has that gotten old yet? Just kidding — we know that it could never get old.) Anyway, read on for our full recap and to find out how Majesty fared!
‘American Idol’ Recap: Sam Woolf, Jessica Meuse, CJ Harris & Dexter Roberts Perform
1. Sam Woolf, “Come Together,” by The Beatles, from Across The Universe
Pre-performance, some behind the scenes footage showed the Idol hopefuls doing their best Sam Woolf impressions. Mostly, they involve being super quiet and adored by girls. We also saw some clips of the ladies going bananas over our #1 Idol boyfriend — he has got to be getting so much play right now. Anyway, right, his singing: it was not great. The judges agreed that it was refreshing to see this side of him, but that his performance was “average,” as Harry Connick Jr. put it.
2. Jessica Meuse, “The Sound Of Silence,” by Simon & Garfunkel, from The Graduate
This was probably our favorite performance from Jessica. However, right before her performance, she told Ryan Seacrest that she has had “The Sound Of Silence” on her setlist for tons of the shows that she plays in smoky bars in Slapout, Alabama, etc. etc.. Maybe she could have taken a bigger risk? Also, mid-performance, she biffed her guitar-playing so bad that you could see Harry wince. During judging, however, he put it on the band. Sounded like Jessica to us, but we’re not the experts — and Harry’s not shy. They agreed that this song was definitely in her wheelhouse but that she still needs to step it up.
3. CJ Johnson, “Can’t You See,” by The Marshall Tucker Band, from Blow
CJ did a fantastic job on this song. Harry told him that he pulled his way to the front of the competition, and Jennifer Lopez agreed with the sentiment, calling him a “frontrunner!”
4. Dexter Roberts, “Sweet Home Alabama,” by Lynyrd Skynyrd, from Forrest Gump
First of all, Caleb Johnson does the best impressions and is generally hilarious. In his behind-the-scenes impression of Dexter, he said that he literally can’t take his hat off because he’s missing the top part of his skull. Perfect. To prove Caleb wrong, we suppose, Dexter came out hatless and singing “Sweet Home Alabama,” because obviously. He did a great job — the audience, judges, and even contestants were jamming along.
‘American Idol’ Recap: Ben Briley, Majesty Rose, Caleb Johnson & MK Nobilette Perform
5. Ben Briley, “Bennie And The Jets,” by Elton John, from 27 Dresses
Firstly, all props to Ben Briley for choosing a song from this cinematic masterpiece starring Katherine Heigl. Second, my gosh, easily the best performance of the night so far. His cover was original, his vocals were on point, and he owned the stage — which we haven’t really seen from him so far. Jennifer made a good point, though, that it didn’t really seem true to who he was as a singer, as he’s been super country so far. Maybe that’s why we like him so much now? We’re sorry — we just don’t love country!
6. Majesty Rose, “Let It Go,” by Idina Menzel, from Frozen
Oh my gosh, you guys. A performance of “Let It Go.” The stakes literally could not be higher. In an incredibly disappointing turn of events, because we love this song and we love Majesty, she… could have done better. Harry, the toughest of critics, told her that her performance was strong but that he’s starting to lose sight of her style as a performer. Jennifer told her, however, that her being all over the map is more of a positive; that she can be a singer, actress, theatre performer, anything! But — she definitely missed a few of those notes, right? Are we crazy? Please let us know!
7. Caleb Johnson, “Skyfall,” by Adele, from Skyfall
Jessica’s impression of Caleb: “I’m like if Jack Black and Meatloaf had a baby.” That is so spot-on, wow. Nicely done, Jessica. Anyway, the judges have been telling Caleb for a little while now that he needs to branch out from his retro choices, and singing “Skyfall” was the perfect way for him to showcase his amazing vocal talents while captivating his audience.
8. MK Nobilette, “Make You Feel My Love,” by Bob Dylan, from Hope Floats
This was a great showing from MK. Last week, the judges told her that she had problems connecting with the audience, and she totally listened and brought it this week. Keith Urban told her that she lost herself in the song; in doing so, the audience was right there with her and totally connected to the performance.
‘American Idol’ Recap: Alex Preston, Jena Irene & Majesty Rose Perform
9. Alex Preston, “Falling Slowly,” by Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova, from Once
You know we’re into Alex Preston singing a beautiful love song. Sure, we’re biased — but the judges agreed that his performance was really special. What else can we say? We take it back — sorry, Ben, but Alex is definitely the MVP of the night for us!
10. Jena Irene, “Decode,” by Paramore, from Twilight
The Top 11 is super talented right now, but we just have to say it: as interesting as all of the other performers are, Jena is by far the most consistent, most talented vocalist of the bunch. If she gets voted off any time soon, it will be a crime. She got a standing ovation from the judges table! Well, except for Harry. Keith was spot-on when he told her that when she’s on the piano, there is a “ferocity” to her performance. Hey, and Jennifer agrees with us — “America, get on board!” Also — sorry to my BF Alex because we’ve changed our minds again — Jena for the win! Best of the night, for sure.
11. Malaya Watson, “I Am Changing,” by Jennifer Hudson, from Dreamgirls
The contestants’ impressions of Malaya are strongly influenced by a) jumping around a whole lot, and b) using a tuba as a prop. Um, they’re pretty great. What’s even better is Randy Jackson holding the tuba and standing next to Ryan when he introduced Malaya. So that’s where Randy has been all night! Holding a tuba. Well, OK! Anyway, holy crap, Malaya was a powerhouse singing this song! Another standing ovation! Can’t Malaya, Alex and Jena share the title of American Idol? Honestly!
Just a quick thought before we wrap this up: I, personally, think that it’s very unwise to display the live voting results during the show. Not only is it a self-esteem crusher — especially mid-show when some have not even had the chance to perform — but it must be skewing the voting. If you see that one of your faves is in the top, you may be disinclined to put all your votes on them, feeling confident about their place in the voting food chain. Therefore, you may decide to place your votes on your second favorite, leaving your first favorite to fall — and possibly to the bottom! Are you feeling me on this? Anyway, trust me — this whole thing is a bad idea.
Anyway, what did you think, HollywoodLifers? This was definitely a fantastic bunch of performances, but whose was your favorite? Be sure to VOTE and comment below!
— Amanda Michelle Steiner