We were down to just nine remaining contestants on ‘American Idol’ and the pressure was clearly starting to get to some of the contestants. However, as always, a few contestants used that to their advantage!
What an action packed episode! On the Apr. 1 episode of American Idol, the first ever winner, the one and only Kelly Clarkson, was on hand to mentor the contestants for the very fitting theme, “An Evening with Kelly Clarkson.” Jax continued to prove why she is pretty much the one to beat and Clark Beckham stepped it up big time. Meanwhile, Qaasim Middleton proved that it might be time to go. Check out a full recap!
‘American Idol’ Recap
And the competition continues. Tonight, every contestant is singing a song by the Idol herself, Kelly.
But first! An appearance by Reuben Studdard! Talk about a throwback episode!
Nick Fradiani kickes things off with a lesser known song, “Catch My Breath.” Nick’s maturity continues to work to his advantage here. In fact, I see it this week probably mores than ever before. He understands himself and, in difficult situations such as choosing a suitable Kelly Clarkson song, he can play to his strengths because he knows who he is.
Jax sings “Beautiful Disaster” which I think falls so nicely into her range. I love Jax most when she can showcase that big voice of hers and this song definitely allows her to do so. It’s just Jax and a song and her beautiful vulnerability.
Tyanna Jones sings the somewhat lesser known “Mr. Know It All.” It is so good, you guys. Like so good. Each week more and more, I am starting to think that Tyanna could win it all.
Joey Cook takes on “Miss Independent,” a Clarkson classic. Listen. Joey can kinda do no wrong in my eyes. Her voice is so unique that whenever she sings a contemporary song, I just find it to be beyond words intriguing.
Quentin Alexander decides to go with “Dark Side.” I am just not really on board with Quentin’s whole schtick. I still feel like he i just compensating for weak vocals with high energy. Some enjoy it, I know (the judges in particular). It is not for me.
Qaasim Middleton sings “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You).” I have to admit, I got so tired of this song when it came out that I kinda couldn’t stand it anymore. Honestly, Qaasim didn’t do much to help that. It was a cool arrangement, but the pitch was pretty rough.
Clark Beckham goes with “The Trouble with Love is.” I love Clark. And I love Clark even more when he’s singing songs made famous by powerhouse women. I mean, is there anything more charming? He doesn’t have the best voice in this competition, that’s clear, but he makes up for it with stylistic understanding of himself.
So with that, Daniel Seavey and Rayvon Owen round out our bottom two and we now have an Idol twist! Fans have the opportunity to use Twitter to choose which of them will go home. So, who will it be?
Daniel, our one time boy hero, sings first. He takes on “Breakaway.” Look, in the abstract I love this decision. It’s risky and bold. But the actual performance is just…eesh. I’m sorry, Daniel, I know you’re coming off of laryngitis, but even so, this stage is just too big for you and that isn’t going to change.
Rayvon takes on the very risky “Since U Been Gone,” arguably Kelly’s most famous song. Holy moly, it is awesome. Haunting, gorgeous, perfect. I may or may not be voting for Rayvon as I type this right now.
So now, we’ve got five minutes to vote for either Daniel or Rayvon, and one goes through while the other goes home. And the eliminated contestant is… Daniel.
And that’s it! What did you think of the performances? Did the right people make the top 8?
— Casey Mink