What an episode! We went from 8 contestants to 7 on this week’s episode of ‘American Idol’ and, as usual, the drama was high and the performances were amazing– well, some of them.
On the Apr. 8 episode of American Idol, we said goodbye to one contestant, while 7 others made it clear that they were in it to win it. Clark Beckham kept up the incredible work after last week’s stellar performance, and Tyanna Jones got back on track. Check out a full recap!
‘American Idol’ Recap: Top 8 Perform
First up is Jax, and she’s taking on Lady Gaga‘s “Poker Face.” She hasn’t sung a note yet and already I know my reaction is going to be somewhere along the lines of “yaaaaas.” She’s emulating Gaga a bit too much as far as her outfit, but the song is so different than the original. It’s jazzy, it’s quirky, it’s Jax.
Next to make it through, Nick Fradiani, who is looking better than ever, I must say (though, I always say). He sings Katy Perry‘s “Teenage Dream” and just like Jax, it’s very much his own interpretation of a widely known song. Like last week’s performance, Nick’s voice doesn’t sound its best here, but his ability to make a song fit himself is just superb.
Back from break, just in time for a Jason Derulo performance! I mean, he does kinda shine a light on how green some of these contestants still are.
Okay, back to the competition. Quentin Alexander is next, singing “Latch.” The song doesn’t necessarily have a lot for Quentin to sink his teeth into, but it’s a really great interpretation of a chill song. Quentin does sound more current than many of this season’s contestants. I wish he would’ve refrained from the falsetto, but when he’s grooving, he is grooving.
Another performance break for Florida Georgia Line. Again, ya know, that‘s a pro. But hey, we all gotta start somewhere.
Back On Track
Moving on. Joey Cook is next, singing Miley Cyrus‘s “Wrecking Ball.” Sans wrecking ball, Joey stood center stage surrounded by eery smoke. I have to say, this might be my favorite performance by Joey so far. Her voice has never sounded so pure and she’s never sounded less schtick-y. Awesome.
Clark Beckham, obviously, makes it through. Is he still riding that wave of success? He sings Ed Sheeran‘s “Make it Rain.” Clark has figured it out. He knows what he’s doing, he knows what songs to sing and he knows how to work a performance. Woah. He is getting better and better. It is effortless.
Next to make it through, Tyanna Jones singing Rihanna‘s “Stay,” and she’s singing the song to her grandma who recently passed away. So yeah crying already. Tyanna’s voice is just beautiful. She has such a maturity to her entire demeanor and this song just gives her the perfect opportunity to show off her chops.
The Bottom 2
And this takes us to the bottom two! Returning after last week is Rayvon Owen, and joining him is Qaasim Middleton. As we remember, we as the audience now have the opportunity to decide who of the bottom two goes home.
First up singing for our vote is Rayvon, singing Adele‘s “Set Fire to the Rain.” I must say, Rayvon is getting me with these recent performances– which is a bummer because he keeps finding himself in the bottom two. This song selection was unexpected and the arrangement is really unique and just skillful. Rayvon has my vote.
So it comes down to Qaasim’s performance. He takes on the risky– very risky “Hey Ya.” I applaud his bravery to pick an unexpected song but, again, this performance is not great. I have said for weeks that I think his performances compensate for not so great vocals, and this is a prime example of that.
So who will it be? Drum roll please… Qaasim leaves us tonight!
What do you think of tonight’s episode? Are you sad to see Qaasim go?
— Casey Mink