American Idol XIV: Top 3

The hometown packages were emotionally and the best! I love this part of the competition, as always. We see and understand all of the remaining contestants. I also love the fact that they held the results at the end of the show when everybody got to perform. It leaves the stress of not knowing out of the window and quite frankly the remaining 4 got their performances elevated to more ease and worry-free deliveries. Real good stuff tonight!

The contestants are singing 3 songs tonight. One is picked by Scott Borchetta (in house mentor), the judges also got their pick and lastly a hometown dedication.

So we’ll do it differently tonight. I will rank the artists per round and that includes the eliminated one tonight.

ELIMINATED:

RAYVON OWEN

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ROUND 1: SCOTT’S CHOICE

4. RAYVON OWEN
Want To Want Me

– He started with falsetto already and that missed the dynamics within the song. He sang it decent with a couple of pitch problems here and there but the overall delivery is quite nice. Except for that strained high note, Rayvon was able to keep the vocals pretty. 6.5

3. JAX
My Generation

– This was fun and quite a performance from Jax. I mean, nothing here is soectacular or groundbreaking but she managed to keep that concert feel here. Her vocals were pretty with some pitch issues but it was actually an entertaining performance more than a vocal performance. 7

2. CLARK BECKHAM
Beautiful Day

– I thought this was good. Yes, this is not the strongest vocals from Clark but ut was a refreshing side of him. I hated it when he wailed towards the end but the overall impact of the performance is quite good. 7

1. NICK FRADIANI
Because The Night

– This was right in Nick’s wheelhouse. Again, there is nothing really groundbreaking he did but that confidence and stage presence is something that he was able to master week to week. He is actually very riveting on stage and his vocals were once again, solid and consistent. And I think that is Nick’s biggest advantage out of the 4.. he is simply consistent. 7.5

ROUND 2: HOMETOWN DEDICATION

4. CLARK BECKHAM
Sitting On The Dock Of Bay

– While this is Clark back in his comfort zone, there is something strained in his vocals that I wonder if he was actually having vocal issues or he is pushing too hard because of the pressure of delivering those big notes. But then parts of this is actually wonderful. Clark managed to keep his vocals quite gorgeous. 7.5

3. RAYVON OWEN
As

– Rayvon looked really comfortable with the song and the fact that he has been performing this many times showed. His vocal choices were wonderful as well. Lovely delivery. 8

2. NICK FRADIANI
Back Home

– I can see Nick in this kind of tune. His vocals soared in this beautiful rhythmic track of Andy Grammer. The confidence is yet again there and he has mastered that pretty well. The vocals here are also spot on and I love how he connected with the audience quite well. This is a very charismatic and great vocal performance from Nick! 8.5

1. JAX
My Immortal

– This is Jax in her element. The overall impact of this is lovely. Her vocals were strong albeit some pitch issues. The drama is perfect. That soothing, haunting quality in her tone provided the perfect quality in this song and arrangement. Really nice! 8.5

ROUND 3: JUDGES’ PICKS

4. JAX
Misery Business

– While I love the fact that it was a stripped down performance, her verses were barely understandable. She really has a problem with intonation when she sings fast verses. She jumbles her words badly. But again, this is still quite lovely but a miss. The song choice seems to be perfectly fit for her but she didn’t really took advantage of that. 7

3. NICK FRADIANI
I’ll Be

– I love this song but seriously judges, Jick is better than this. The vocals here were fine but nothing spectacular or memorable. He did still have that consistent vocals that is his winning advantage eversince. 7

2. RAYVON OWEN
You Are So Beautiful

– Gorgeous! The lovely vocals sound like butter melting in you. It was soothingly gorgeous. A little over the top in parts but it was really a lovely vocal performance. 8

1. CLARK BECKHAM
Earned It

– I felt uncomfortable with his high register but I didn’t mind, this is Clark letting go and just performing! His vocals were soaring gorgeously. And this just proves that Clark can do current. He needs to listen and be open to the suggestions no? This was like really good from him! 8

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