The Top 7 performed on the April 16 episode of ‘American Idol’, and the theme was ‘Competitor’s Pick’, where each contestant had their songs chosen for them by their competition.
For the performances on the April 16 episode of American Idol, the contestants sat down with Randy Jackson to give their best song choice ideas for their fellow competitors. Then, with their list of seven possible choices in hand, it was left to each individual Idol to make their final decision. Caleb Johnson messed up big time by giving Jena Irene the choice to sing “Creep” by Radiohead because she totally killed it — as she always does — and made herself the clear frontrunner of the competition at the same time. Click through to watch it!
‘American Idol’ Recap: Caleb Johnson, Jessica Meuse & CJ Harris Perform
1. Caleb Johnson, 22, “Family Tree,” by Kings Of Leon
We thought that this started out suuuper weak, and while Caleb got into the groove midway, it really didn’t seem to land for us — but the judges seemed to be into it. Harry Connick Jr. told him that it was a great way to start the show. What do we know? Whatever, Caleb is a good dude and rocks the house every other night, in our opinion.
2. Jessica Meuse, 23, “Gunpowder And Lead,” by Miranda Lambert
Alex’s choice for Jessica was Alanis Morissette‘s “You Oughta Know” which would have been amaaazing, but instead we got this song, which was Sam’s choice. She may have done a good job — it’s so hard to tell when the wind machine was going full blast, smoke was coming from the stage, and what looked like to be confetti was coming from the ceiling. It was bonkers. Jennifer Lopez told her that it was the first time she had ever heard her “off” vocally and that it “didn’t seem natural.”
3. CJ Harris, 23, “Gravity,” by John Mayer
This was Caleb’s choice; he thought that CJ would “take people to church” with this song — and he was kinda right! We think he did a great job. Keith Urban agreed that it was well done, but that he wants to see more of an “arc,” literally whatever that means. CJ seemed to understand though, since the judges praise him weekly for how much he takes in. ALSO: we totally forgot that CJ has a kid. His little boy was in the audience with giant headphones on to block out the noise and now we want him to win and feel bad for ever saying he should go home, because: tiny adorable baby. Ah!
‘American Idol’ Recap: Dexter Roberts & Alex Preston Perform
4. Dexter Roberts, 22, “Muckalee Creek Water,” Luke Bryan
This was a very good performance from Dexter, even though we still have literally no idea what he is saying at any given time. The judges, however, insist that he needs to kick it up a notch. Gosh, what do we know? Nothing, obviously. We dislike CJ’s performance, the judges love it. We like it, they hate it. We can’t win.
5. Alex Preston, 20, “The A Team,” by Ed Sheeran
What is there to say about Alex? He’s just the best. We loved him, the judges loved him. He’s a good egg.
‘American Idol’ Recap: Sam Woolf & Jena Irene Perform
6. Sam Woolf, 17, “Sail Away,” by David Gray
This was Sam’s best performance in a while — he was relatively high energy, and even Jennifer made a kind of “huh” surprised face once he finished. Also, hilariously, at one point the camera panned to a group of girls in the audience who were clapping slowly as if in a trance, hands not even fully meeting, staring blankly at nothing. Sam, you’re too cute — you’re compelling young girls like a vampire in The Vampire Diaries! The judges all told him that he is making excellent progress as a performer, in connecting with the audience. The camera closes up on his face more than anyone else’s, we swear. Is it just us? He has a very cute face — sorry, not sorry.
7. Jena Irene, 17, “Creep,” by Radiohead
This was a song that bestie Caleb chose for her. And, are we weird? Are we the only ones that cried a teeny bit when she finished this off? When she sang, “I’m a creep, I’m a weirdo, what the hell am I doing here? I don’t belong here,” she looked like she was going to burst into tears. This performance was absolutely incredible, and so honest, and so emotional. Harry told her that it was unquestionably the best performance of the night. Agreed.
‘American Idol’ Recap: Duets
1. Sam Woolf & Alex Preston, “Let Her Go,” by Passenger
It’s our two best boys again! They performed Michael Jackson‘s “The Girl Is Mine” last week and here they are performing again. Their performance was super cute, but Harry thought it was too much so — that it was “saccharine.” Whomp. We still love you, boys.
2. Caleb Johnson & Jena Irene, “Gimme Shelter,” by The Rolling Stones
In the taped segment before their performance, Jena and Caleb told the cameras that they’re each other’s best friends in the competition. It showed — they were really, really fantastic, and the judges agreed. Jennifer told Jena that “it’s happening” for her, and Harry made a good point to the rest of the contestants — they’re all cast members, and they need to act like it. They’re there to perform, to entertain, and that when the camera is on them, they need to act like it. Jena and Caleb act like it.
3. Dexter Roberts, CJ Harris & Jessica Meuse, “Compass,” by Lady Antebellum
“Guys, it just wasn’t good,” said Harry, and also our hearts. Sorry, y’all. Keith, thinking that this is better, said, “there was a bit of everything! Like a shish kebab!” Demi Lovato, 21, guest judge for the night — but only for the duets — also agreed that this performance was not great, and that their individual performances have been fantastic.
And that’s it! So, HollywoodLifers, what did you think of the performances tonight? Did Jena kill it or what? Alex used to be our favorite along with Jena, but Alex — nor anyone — seems like they stand a chance against this girl. Let us know!
— Amanda Michelle Steiner