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‘American Idol’ Recap — Clark Beckham Blows The Judges Away

Thu, March 19, 2015 10:05pm EDT by Dory Larrabee 9 Comments

It was movie night on the March 19 episode of ‘American Idol’ and the top 11 sang for your votes — see who soared above the competition below!

On the March 19 episode, it was all about the top 10. Who sang for survival? Was the save used? Read our full recap below and warning: spoilers ahead!

‘American Idol’ Top 10 — The Finalists Sing For Survival

Rock legend Niles Rodgers helped mentor the contestants this week.

First up, Adanna Duru sang a Jennifer Hudson song from Dreamgirls. I commend her for taking on such a difficult song — I think she did a pretty good job overall! The judges thought so too. Judge Keith Urban said: “You sound great. You look amazing. That was a really good song choice for you.” Jennifer Lopez wanted to see more emotion, but thought she sounded good on the high notes.

Daniel Seavey sang “Lost Stars” by Adam Levine while playing the guitar. Unfortunately, the super young contestant was definitely off-key and seemed pretty uncomfortable overall, especially in the beginning. J-Lo said: “It wasn’t your best one.” Harry Connick, Jr. agreed, saying it wasn’t strong. At least Keith praised his melody and gave him some constructive criticism about connecting with the audience.

Next, Rayvon Owen slowed down “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees. I liked the arrangement but was hoping for a little bit more substance! Harry asked: “How do you remain interesting in this competition?” A little harsh, Harry. Keith offered some advice on stage presence. J-Lo complimented his amazing voice.

More Movie-Inspired Performances

Nick Fradiani performed an upbeat version of “Danger Zone” from Top Gun and killed it! Keith said he seemed more comfortable and was better than last week. Jennifer said he was hot! (I’m sure he’ll be bragging to his friends about that!) Harry said he loves artist Kenny Loggins, but that it was the wrong song choice.

Joey Cook brought her usual weird charm and sang “Mad World.” She started the performance with her back to the audience, reminding me of Sia. It was low-key and understated, but I thought it was good. Trippy but good! “I really enjoyed that. You were giving me Sia vibes” J-Lo said. THANK YOU. J-Lo and I are on the same page. Harry said it was a great song choice for her to branch out. Keith praised her unusual depth.

Tyanna Jones then took center stage to sing “The Circle of Life” from The Lion King. I love that movie and that song but I wasn’t blown away with her performance. I liked her green hair, though! Harry said she was trying too hard and that she sounded like she was yelling. Keith said she “had serious pitch issues.” Jennifer said it was a challenging song, but told her “no worries” and that she would be amazing next week.

Then, Jennifer performed her hit song “Feel The Light” from the new movie Home. She looked stunning with a blue smokey eye and a top knot. She wore a white ball gown that reflected different scenes from the movie — it was so cool!

Quentin Alexander performed a dramatic version of “You’re The One That I Want” from Grease. I loved it. It was mesmerizing! Keith said it was an interesting performance. Jen said it was haunting and beautiful. Harry told him to focus on the technique of the performance.

A Discombobulated Performance

Maddie Walker sang “Let’s Hear It For The Boys” from Footloose after a health scare last week. It wasn’t very believable to me. It seemed way too rehearsed and not in a good way — too stiff. “It was good, it was cute, it was sweet,” J-Lo said. Harry didn’t like it. He said: “I don’t know who you are.” Keith blamed it on the song choice.

Then Kenny Loggins sang “Footloose,” which was super awkward since Harry just dissed him and his silly “Danger Zone” song! Soooo uncomfortable.

Clark Beckham showed his sensitive side singing “Sunday Morning” by Maroon 5. It was my favorite performance of the night, by far! Harry said he knocked it out of the park. Keith loved it too, but said he should smile more. Jennifer said it was beautiful.

The last person guaranteed safety was Jax. She sang “Grow Old With You” from The Wedding Singer. I thought it was cutesy and fun but I don’t see Jax as a superstar selling out Madison Square Garden. Keith loved the song choice and thought it was beautiful. J-Lo loved that it played to her quirky voice. Harry said it was lovely and sweet.

Singing For Survival

Finally, Qaasim Middleton was forced to sing for survival. He sang “Come Together” by The Beatles. It was intense, to say the least, ending with a powerful MIC DROP. Harry broke the news: “That was arguably the best performance of the night, but unfortunately, we have to talk about the save. We get one save….and we’ve come to the conclusion that you deserve the save.”

Watch next week for a double elimination!

Who do you think will be in the top 9, HollywoodLifers? Who had the best performance tonight? Tell me in the comments.

— Dory Larrabee-Zayas