And then there were 6! But before we got down to that small number on ‘American Idol,’ 7 contestants took the stage. Sadly, someone was sent packing!
We are truly getting down to the wire on American Idol! On the Apr. 15 episode, we went from 7 to just 6 remaining contestants– I know, so hard to believe. And with that dwindling number of contestants, we also got two songs from each hopeful! Clark Beckham is showing America that he is just in it to win it (and he seriously might), and Quentin Alexander proved that he isn’t anywhere near down for the count. Sadly though, one worthy Idol had to say goodbye. Check out a full recap!
‘American Idol’ Top 7 Take The Stage
Here we go!
To make things easy, I’m going to just recap each contestant as one, including both of their performances.
Tyanna Jones kicks things off, singing as her first song Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers’ “Why Do Fools Fall In Love.” It’s upbeat and lovely. It doesn’t really get to me the way some of Tyanna’s past performances have, but it is nice to hear her sing something a bit more uptempo and light. For her next song, she sings Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Proud Mary.” Look, this song has been done to death, so you really have to bring it to make an impression. Honestly, Tyanna– in that bang up gold ensemble– brought it. It’s smooth and it’s just good.
Clark Beckham is next, taking on the very classic Stevie Wonder hit “Superstition.” It seems like Clark really took Jennifer Lopez‘s advice from last week about swag to heart. He looks more chill and, well, swag, than he ever has. Oh and he sounds amazing, but like, what else is new? For his second song, he slows it way down and sings “Moon River” at the piano. Um, swoon. Clark’s pipes have always wowed me, but in this moment I am reveling purely in his versatility. This dude can do it all: guitar God to piano crooner in one commercial break. Clark is in it to win it, and I am on board.
Jax is next, singing as her first song Janis Joplin’s “Piece of My Heart.” I mean, per usual, she sounds amazing, but again Jax is sort of trying too hard to emulate the artists whose song she’s singing, even down to her outfit. But look, I still freaking adore the girl and this performance frankly tears it up. I have pretty similar thoughts for her next performance of Michael Jackson’s “Beat It.” I feel like Jax has gotten a little lost in the competition. She’s still so talented and personable, but where is just Jax? She’s not going anywhere, though.
A Mixed Bag
Up next is Nick Fradiani. He first sings Tom Petty’s “American Girl.” This is one of my favorite Nick performances in a few weeks. He’s back in his wheel house, doin’ his thing. Honestly though, I don’t see Nick winning this competition, he just isn’t special enough. I still love lookin’ at him though! Next, he slows it down with Billy Joel’s “Only the Good Die Young,” singing straight to camera on a lone stool. I like this performance way more than his first. It makes me think Nick needs to try the “boy band” thing a little less, and the insanely amazing vocals a little more.
Next up, Quentin Alexander sings Lenny Kravitz’s “Are You Gonna Go My Way.” I actually love this performance. Quentin’s uniqueness is really starting to place him at the front of the pack now that every remaining contestant is clearly very talented. He felt comfortable with that song. Loved it. For his second song, Quentin sings the haunting Simon & Garfunkel song, “The Sound of Silence.” Woah. Quentin. This just gave me chills all over my body. I genuinely want to download this right now and play it while walking alone in a meadow or something– that’s how moved I am by this. Unrelated to Quentin’s songs, he and Harry Connick Jr. had a totally awkward altercation following the performance after Quentin said the bottom two was “whack.” Play nice, guys!
So we’ve now gotten to the bottom two: Joey Cook and Rayvon Owen. They’ll both sing two songs for our Twitter vote.
The Bottom Two
Joey sings first, singing the classic “My Funny Valentine.” I’ll be honest, I don’t love it. I have always championed Joey’s distinguished talent, but this is kinda feeling too shticky and not authentic enough. She looks better than ever though, which don’t count for nothing! For her next (and possibly final) song, Joey sings Jefferson Airplane’s “Somebody to Love.” I like this one much more than the first. It’s just cooler and more true to who Joey is. She’s playing her little banjo and is kinda just tearing it up. I really do hope she lives to see another week on the show.
Rayvon is next, singing The Doobie Brothers’ “Long Train Runnin.’” Look, it’s solid, but this is Rayvon’s third week in the bottom two. If it’s not tonight, it’s next week. He’s talented and I enjoy this performance, but the talent is just too fierce at this point. For Rayvon’s second performance, he sings Willie Nelson’s “Always on My Mind,” one of the most beautiful songs ever. It’s a great choice for Rayvon because he does have such a pure and lovely voice but, again, this competition is not his to win. Though, to reiterate, he sounds beautiful with this song.
So, who goes home? Drumroll please… Joey Cook leaves us tonight. I’m disappointed to see Joey go, but both are beyond talented.
What do you think of tonight’s performances? Are you sad to see Joey go?
— Casey Mink