On the Feb. 18 episode of ‘American Idol,’ it was the ‘Final Round’ of auditions, as the remaining contestants sang for their lives in front of a real audience! Some rose to the occasion while others, painfully, floundered under pressure.
On the Feb. 18 episode of American Idol, the contestants had to survive the “final judgment” if they wanted to make it to the voting rounds. We went from 48 to 24 contestants and each hopeful was given one of two answers: yes or no. However, two contestats had to do a little more work to get that answer, and were forced to enter into an impromptu “sing off” for their spot in the next round. To say it was intense would be a massive understatement. Check out a full recap!
Sing For Your Life
Each contestant sang in front of a live audience at Los Angeles’s famous House of Blues, and the stakes were high .
Michael Simeon was the first to take the stage. He sang the not so classic song, “Classic,” and it was okay, if not trying a bit too hard. He both rapped and undid his tie. Following the performance, he faced the judges. “As far as you’re concerned, we’d like to have you in our top 24,” Jennifer Lopez said. Our first top 24er!
Loren Lott was next to take the stand. She chose a big song–the biggest: “My Heart Will Go On.” Girl can sang, but at this point it’s clear that Loren has very little clue as to her identity as a performer. Harry Connick Jr. agreed saying “it wasn’t one of your best.” Still though, Loren was given another shot and, yeah, she definitely deserves it.
Adam Ezegelian fared less well (I wrote that sentence before hearing the judges’ choice, but I just found his performance to be excruciating). Well, per usual, the judges and I don’t see eye to eye and they gave Adam, who is completely contrived as an artist, a slot in the top 24.
who isn’t making the top 24 at this point?
Well, Cody Fry, apparently. He sang Coldplay‘s “Viva La Vida,” but it fell short. Bye Cody, I would’ve put you in before Adam (and probably Michael, too).
Next up, pageant girl Lovey James put on her best bejewelled headband and sang for her life. She was energetic and talented, sure, but her 17 years showed and she had been inconsistent. However, the judges agreed to let her work on it, because she made the top 24.
Singing A Sad Song
Next, we see a montage set to very sad music of a lot of contestants being sent home. If Idol knows how to do one thing after its 75 years on air, it’s craft a manipulative montage!
Adanna Duru brought the the good vibes back, singing “This is a Man’s World.” JLo, who hadn’t liked her much in audition rounds, gave Adanna a standing O, and she was given a spot in the top 24.
Maddie Walker took on another diva anthem, Fergie‘s “Big Girls Don’t Cry.” It was nice if not completely forgettable. And for once–for once!– the judges agree: Maddie got a no. But then, and I can’t believe this, the judges called her back in to have a sing off!
That’s right: Maddie and country crooner Rachel Hallack would be competing for the same spot via sheer sangin. If it were up to me, neither would make it through (do yo think I’m cynical or something?) but I’d say Maddie has the edge. After Maddie sang, Rachel eve said “that was great.” Props to Rachel.
The Sing Off
Only one blonde country gal can come out on top and, tonight, it was Maddie who made it.
After that intentisty we desperately needed some positive energy and we got that and more from Clark Beckham and, for the first real time tonight, I cared if someone made it through. Will the judges pull their usual stabbing me in the heart? Shockingly, no! Clark made it through and I’m a happy girl.
Next up Daniel Seavey, the 15-year-old boy wonder and the youngest contestant this season, was of course going to fly through to the next round with flying colors, right? Right? Right. He added that he’s been watching this show since he was three and I now hate him (kidding. Kinda).
Tyanna Jones, who was homeless as a child, was not “just doing it for me. I’m doing it for my family.” She sang Beyonce‘s “Love on Top,” and, obviously, she was no Queen Bey, but it was good. Of course, this is Idol and her intro wouldn’t have began with a retelling of her upsetting past if her future weren’t bright. In other words, Tyanna, welcome to the top 24.
Next up, Rayvon Owen and Shannon Berthiaume were shown simultaneously. In my opinion, Shannon was leaps and bounds above Rayvon, despite the fact that she’s never sang in front of crowds prior to this show. Well, it turns out, it wasn’t an either/or: both made it through!
Finally, in the last decisions of the night, we get some straight answers.
Jax, who we know well at this point, sang Lady Gaga‘s “You and I,” and it was amazing. Read more about it here. As for her answer: Yes. Duh. Did I cry? None of your business.
Next up, fellow New Yorker Hollywood Anderson. He hasn’t had enough talent since day one, in my opinion. Well, Idol had enough nerve not to tell us Hollywood’s fate!
What did you think of the judges’ choices? Would you have chosen Maddie or Rachel?
— Casey Mink