It’s finally time! After weeks and weeks of weaving through the talent on ‘American Idol,’ we’ve now got our top 12! So, who made the cute?
On the Mar. 11 episode of American Idol, we finally found out who the final 12 contestants vying for the crown would be! We went down from 16 singers– eight guys and eight gals– and the pressure was ridiculous as four singers were cut. Who went home? Who made it through? We’ve got a full recap!
‘American Idol’: Meet Your Top 12
The format for the evening was nail biting!
All 16 contestants were out on stage, but only 12 of them would be called on stage to perform. The theme of the evening was really cool actually: each contestant performed the very song that they auditioned with!
So, let’s get down to business. First to make it into our top 12 is…
Sarina-Joi Crowe! This is not surprising considering she had one of the best performances of the top 8 girls week. She sings “Til the Love Runs Out” and she really proved why she made it through– as well as set the bar high for the rest of the evening’s performances. Keith Urban said it was “a really great way to start.” Agreed. Her massive voice is just as incredible this week as it was last week.
Rayvon Owen brought the energy down. Way down, singing a slowed down “Wide Awake” by Katy Perry. It was pretty cool and certainly a different arrangement but a bit of a snooze fest. His vocals were incredibly strong, though and you guys know I love a reworked song arrangement. “You sounded terrific today,” Harry Connick Jr. told him. I’m excited to see what Rayon will continue to bring to the table.
Daniel Seavey is next to make it through. You guys know I love Daniel. I mean I think everyone loves Daniel. He’s adorable and talented as can be. But wow. This was terrible. He sang “Straight Up,” and it was honestly excruciating. He messed up and it was just really bad to the point that I don’t even want to dwell on it because it’s bumming me out. “You’re young and you’re inexperienced and as cute as you are, your inexperience is really showing,” Harry said. Ouch.
Maddie Walker is next singing “Suitcase.” I’ve not been a major fan of Maddie, well, ever. But I have to say, her performances keep getting better, and tonight’s was no exception. According to the judges, her performance was the first of the evening that actually felt like it belonged on the Idol stage. “If you love a song, just sing it and it will come out exactly the way you want it to come out,” Jennifer Lopez said.
And then, in a special treat, we get a cameo from Empire stars Trai Bayer and Kaitlin Doubleday, enjoying themselves in the audience. Ryan Seacrest makes some small talk with them, asking how it feels to be on the number one show in the country. After a beat he adds, “I remember those days.” A humbled Idol is a better Idol!
Back to business, though! Next to make it to our top 12 is Tyanna Jones singing “Wings are made to Fly.” Her voice is just so strong. She, as a performer is strong. She is confident and she knows how to navigate a stage and that, even more than her powerful voice, is what will get her ahead in this competition. “You’re a star,” Keith summed it up.
Nick Fradiani is next–moment of celebration because he’s just so great and continues to prove himself. Case in point, his performance tonight of “In Your Eyes.” It was so good that the judges actually singled him out as a potential winner of this competition. We can see that. We can definitely see that.
Next up, Jax. No one was more of a surefire thing than the fiery New Jersey blonde, right? She sang “I Want to Hold Your Hand” while accompanying herself on the piano. Jax is the bomb, honestly. “You’re just as compelling now as the first time you walked in.” Agreed.
Qaasim Middleton is called on stage next. He sings the Stevie Wonder classic “Feel it All Over,” and it’s as swaggerific as usual. Qaasim is still not my style, but I am at least starting to get the appeal more. Somewhat. “Your energy is so contagious,” JLo said. Eh, not sure I agree with that, but America voted him through so he must be doing something right. I’d like to see Qaasim step up his vocals and step down the spectacle of his future performances, but that may just be wishful thinking.
Clarke Beckham makes it through next. Um, yes! Even though I don’t really think Clarke has a chance of winning this thing– his voice is great but it’s not gives me chills great– he is just such a dreamboat, I need to have him around for at least a few more weeks. He sings “Man’s World,” and I swoon. I mean a man who respects a lady through song? Done.
Our favorite blue haired lady Joey Cook is next to gain top 12 status and she sings “King of Spain.” I think I like Joey more and more every week. She is just so unique and different from every other Idol contestant of the past, and she is so sure of herself every time she steps onto that stage. No one has a more established identity this season. “One of your best performances,” JLo said. “After what I saw today, maybe you might be finding a real spot up there” Harry added.
So that was our top 10– but now! The judges will pick two wild card contestants! SAY WHAT?!
So, who will be the lucky recipients of that prize?
First up, “one of my faves,” JLo said. Quentin Alexander! He sings Lorde‘s “Royals,” and it honestly makes me thrilled that the judges chose him. He brings something to the competition that no one else has and his talent is so in tune with his artistry. “You brought a real spirituality to that song,” Keith said.
And finally, the last contestant making it into the top 12 is…
“This is really, really tough,” Keith said. “We can only choose one.” So, who does it go to? Adanna Duru! She sings Lady Gaga‘s “You and I,” and it’s really good, albeit slightly unremarkable. I don’t know that anyone else would have been more worthy of her spot, but I wasn’t completely wowed with this performance. Still, she can definitely hold her own with the rest of the top 12.
Adam Ezegelian, Lauren Lott, Alexis Gomez and Mark Andrew were, sadly, sent home.
And there you have it! This is your top 12! Did the right people make it through? Who are you upset to see go home?
— Casey Mink