Our top 12 boys hit the ‘American Idol’ stage on Feb. 25 and there were a few outstanding performances, while others made us question whether they even deserved their spot in the top 24!
On the Feb. 25 episode of American Idol, we finally got to see our top 24 in action. Mark Andrew and Clark Beckham totally stepped up their games, while Rayvon Owen kinda cracked under the pressure. However, one performance had us–and the judges– cheering with excitement. Check out a full recap!
Anyone’s To Lose
We’re taking an Idol road trip to Detroit, baby!.
We’ve made it to the live shows and, as Ryan Seacrest said, we are now in the driver’s seat!
We waste no time starting with Adam Ezegelian, who sang “I Wanna Rock.” Listen guys, I don’t want to start the live shows off with bitterness, but at this point you know I don’t lie to you. It was bad. Like, ears bleeding bad. Of course, Adam hasn’t been my cup of tea since day one. The judges, however, thought his energy was “contagious.” I guess on this competition, that’s a positive word.
Michael Simeon was next, singing a Michael Bolton ballad. It was nice but then, he looked in the camera. You guys, Michael and his cheekbones which look like they’re carved by angels are officially this season’s hearth throb. The fact that he’s got a lovely (albeit kinda boring) voice, makes it all the more “total package.” The judges liked his chilled out vibe, especially following Adam.
Next up, Savion Wright, who we recall has finally made it to the top 24 after a few times trying. He sang a reggae version of “Hey Soul, Sister,” and I was feeling it. He also accompanied himself on the guitar and it was the first time this evening I’d actually consider listening to what a contestant was singing on my own freewill. The judges also noted his unique style but Jennifer Lopez urged him to remember he is on television and, ya know, charm that camera!
Mark Andrew is next, aka the Single Dad. He’s singing “Take a Load Off” and it’s reaaaal nice. Mark is the oldest contestant this season at 29 and his maturity is just really showing here in his entire demeanor and his song selection. The judges all agreed and both Harry Connick Jr. and Keith Urban said his song selection was “perfect.” Yup!
Next, it’s our “nerd” Trevor Douglas singing “Best I Ever Had” and it is pretty rough. Unlike Savion, Trevor is all too aware of the showmanship and his voice suffered because of it. He is cute though. So there’s that. The judges applauded his “energy,” and JLo said it was “an okay day” for him. Color me correct!
Clark Beckham took the risk of singing “When a Man Loves a Woman” (risky because it is basically dripping with cheesiness). Unfortunately, as the crowd swayed robotically, Clark fell victim to the cheese factor. However, when he got further into the song, his superb soul vocals really shone through. The judges liked it more than I did and all JLo could say is “goosies all day.”
Rayvon Owen takes the stage next, and he also took a risk by singing a very current song: Nick Jonas‘ “Jealous.” He doesn’t sound as good as Nick and didn’t really attempt to put his own spin on it. His comfort on stage definitely could be felt, though. The judges agreed: needs more attitude.
Next, boy wonder Daniel Seavey, singing the always gorgeous “I’m Yours,” accompanying himself on the ukulele. Okay, I’m officialy stanning Daniel, guys. He’s just so cute and that voice. I mean, I’m done. The judges liked it, but honestly, I don’t even care what they say about him at this point.
Riley Bria sang “Homeboy,” and it started off very rocky. He got more comfortable as the song went through but, in my opinion, he’s just an average country singer and Idol has already had so many incredible country singers through the years that he’s basically just white noise at this point. The judges liked it, though, and Harry even said Riley reminded him a ton of Keith– a very high compliment. Well, good for Riley.
Mr. Swag Quentin Alexander is next singing “I Put a Spell on You.” Already, I applaud his unique song choice. The performance is haunting and the vocals are on point. The judges loves his unique artistry and the brave choice he took. Yup, yup and yup.
Nick Fradiani is next and like Mark, his age (he’s 29) vastly helped him. He sang Ed Sheeran and the only negative comment I have is that he didn’t really change anything about the song. But then again, it’s a great song so why change what’s not broken? The judges loved it and he made JLo decide she didn’t want anyone to go home.
Last of the night, Brooklyn’s own Qaasim Middleton sang “Uptown Funk.” It’s a fun way to end the night but it doesn’t necessarily showcase his vocals, which is sorta essential at this point in the competition. The judges, again, loved his “energy” so, that’s that.
And that’s it! What did you think of the boys tonight? Are we gonna have any of these guys take it all the way, or will the ladies nail it tomorrow?
— Casey Mink