Did the ladies crush the boys on night two of top 24 week on ‘American Idol’? Well, yes and no! Just like the boys, some of the girls really stepped it up, while others cracked during their first live show. Overall, it was an intense evening full of emotion– and some amazing performances!
After seeing the boys kill it (for the most part) on American Idol, it was the ladies’ turn to deliver on Feb. 26. We’re on the road in Detroit, and some of the girls rose to the occasion– Jax we’re looking at you. On the other hand, Loren Lott and Maddie Walker‘s performances left quite a bit to be desired. Check out a full recap!
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Ladies, you’re up!
Lovey James kicks off the night with One Republic and it’s high energy but her vocals aren’t great. The judges liked her song choice and energy– yup they dropped the “e word” with the first contestant. Let’s just move on.
Adanna Duru sang “Rather Be” and it was pretty amazing, actually. She totally changed the arrangement, slowing it down and letting her vocals shine. Keith Urban said it was “a really good performance,” which showed her talent in a condensed time. Keith and I are on the same page for once!
Next, Alexis Gomez sang Miranda Lambert, which is certainly risky considering the latter’s ridiculous talent, but Alexis showed the song what’s up. I’m not sure it was her best so far but it was still really great. Keith, again, said he loved it, though urged her to maybe ditch the guitar. Well, I loved it, Alexis, so Keith can just shhh.
Joey Cook was next, and she took probably the biggest risk of the top 24. She sang Keith’s own song– and accompanied herself on the accordion! It was weird and different, but kinda amazing. Am I crazy guys, or was that really awesome? So, did Keith like it? “It was fantastic– that’s what artists do!” A risk worth the reward!
Katherine Winston sang “Safe and Sound” by Taylor Swift and it was hauntingly beautiful. One of my favorites of the night so far. She didn’t change the song much but who cares when it’s so gorgeous to begin with? Jennifer Lopez said her voice was both “captivating” and “magical.” I actually agree.
Can we pause for a brief moment of reflection here for how much the judges and I are agreeing tonight? It’s a rarity and I’m not sure it’ll ever happen again to this extent. Okay back to the recap.
Next, Shannon Berthiaume, who is singing live on television for the first time despite the fact she’s never performed for anyone before this competition, sang a Pink song. It was pretty good, her voice is definitely unique but her uncertainty and greenness felt awkward. Harry Connick Jr. took the words right out of my mouth and said she might be “too green,” literally as I typed the same word. I’m not sure Shannon is ready for this.
Loren Lott hits the stage next, and she sang a Charice ballad. As we know at this point on American Idol, giant ballads can really make or break you. They can be chill-inducing or incredibly cheesy. With Loren, she falls somewhat in the middle, I’d say, but leaning more towards the latter, unfortunately. The judges liked it more than I did, though (back to the status quo I guess).
Next up, Shi Scott sang “Umbrella” by Rihanna and immediately, I love how she’s changed the song to make it something completely unique. Actually, this is by far my favorite performance from Shi so far. Her voice wasn’t perfect, but perfection is overrated. But again, the judges and I disagree: they didn’t love it, but still think she’s incredibly talented.
Song Choice Is Key
Maddie Walker sang Shania Twain and, I’ll just be blunt, it was not good. It felt like I was watching Shania Twain Barbie out on the town for a night of karaoke. Keith and JLo agreed, saying it wasn’t the best song to showcase her voice. “Song choice is key,” Harry said. Yeah, I don’t think Maddie is long for this competition.
Sarina-Joi Crowe sang “Something’s Goin’ Down” by Jessie J and her confidence was immediately felt. She sounded incredible, she looked incredible– she just felt comfortable, especially following Maddie. JLo gave her the ultimate compliment, saying, “you just rivaled Jessie J.” And Harry, again took the words out of my mouth: “You looked great, you sounded great.” Yup!
Jax— our girl Jax!– is up next. Not gonna lie, this is the performance I have been waiting for. She sang “Bang Bang” by Nancy Sinatra, not a common selection for American Idol. She sat still on a stool to kick things off then tore the stage up when the tempo picked up. What is there to say about Jax, that hasn’t been said already? She’s dope, she’s confident, her voice is unique. I just love her. The judges agreed. “We’re so lucky to have you in the competition,” JLo said.
Tyana Jones finishes off the night. She sang “Lips are Moving” by Meghan Trainor, a song I don’t love to begin with so I might be a little prejudiced here. It was fun but I truly think Tyana could’ve done so much more with a song that allowed her to show off her voice better. The judges all agreed that she has an incredible voice and she needs to just “be you.” Gotta love that specific Idol advice, right?
And that’s the ladies!
Who was your favorite? Did the girls outshine the boys?
— Casey Mink