American Idol XIV: 20 Best Performances (Wrap-Up)

On my list, there are 45 live performances this season that stood out for me. So pardon me if I really had a hard time narrowing down this list to the 20 Bests and 7 Honorable Mentions.

This season is a rollercoaster ride but I will always say that this is probably one of the strongest crop of Top 12 American Idol has ever had.

The list is comprise mostly of live performances from Top 24 up to the finale. I would love to put performances from House Of Blues but then that was pre-Top 24. Nonetheless, this list is completely subjective and as much as possible, I tried to keep it from being bias and give out a very compelling list.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

TIGHTROPE
Tyanna Jones
Top 11: Party Songs
Watch it here.

SHAKE IT OUT
Quentin Alexander
Top 5: Arena Anthems
Watch it here.

RUNAWAY BABY
Adanna Duru
Top 11: Party Songs
Watch it here.

WINGS
Tyanna Jones
Top 12: Audition Songs
Watch it here.

MY IMMORTAL
Jax
Top 3: Hometown Dedication
Watch it here.

ONLY THE GOOD DIE YOUNG
Nick Fradiani
Top 6: American Classics
Watch it here.

WIDE AWAKE
Rayvon Owen
Top 12: Audition Songs
Watch it here.

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20. I WON’T GIVE UP
Nick Fradiani
Finale: Simon Fuller’s Choice

– It is a refreshing sight to see Nick behind the piano. For him to pull this trick at the right time is a genius move in my book. Not to mention, his vocals here were solid and spot on. There is a delicate quality in his lower register that we rarely hear and the verses sounded beautiful. Watch it here.

19. ALWAYS ON MY MIND
Rayvon Owen
Top 6: American Classics

– Rayvon’s voice has this quality that is both soothing and exciting. The way he caressed each and every verses of his performance is like butter melting. It’s such a beautiful performance and this just showed a vulnerability that we haven’t seen from him before. Watch it here.

18. IT’S A MAN’S MAN’S MAN’S WORLD
Clark Beckham
Top 12: Audition Songs

– Clark continued his streak of solid to great performances and there is no stopping this guy. Sure, this is yet another old song choice for him that is inevitable because of the theme but then should we really complain if it is this good? I mean, his control with his voice is admirable. The vocal choices were beautiful as well. Watch it here.

17. BRIGHT LIGHTS
Nick Fradiani
Top 4: Judges’ Hometown

– Nick’s upward trajectory in the competition is real people. He has been having real solid performances for a couple of weeks now and if this continues, we might find him at the top. This is yet another solid performance from Nick. His voice sounded gorgeous. His stage presence is strong and the vocal choices were spectacular. Watch it here.

16. IN THE AIR TONIGHT
Quentin Alexander
Top 9: Songs From 1980s

– Quentin mastered the art of drama in his performance. Sure this is yet another dramatic, melancholic arrangement but it just worked perfectly as a whole performance. His voice sounded nice with the song. A couple of pitch issues but the performance is simply enticing. Watch it here.

15. MAKE IT RAIN
Clark Beckham
Top 7: Billboard Hot 100

– See, Clark is capable of doing something current and he nailed it beautifully. His vocal choices were spectacular. His voice sounded divine with the track and the way he navigated the verses of the song is effortless. This guy is serious and with his body of work, he just solidify his rally for this season’s American Idol crown. Watch it here.

14. BELIEVE
Rayvon Owen
Top 4: Soul Songs

– Who would believe that a Justin Bieber ditty would sound this beautiful? Yes, on paper, this looked like a mismatch but somehow the arrangement of the song worked well on the type of artist Rayvon wanted to be. His vocals were not perfect as he crack in the middle but then that actually made it even more beautiful. It was passionate, genuine and gorgeous. Watch it here.

13. BACK HOME
Nick Fradiani
Top 3: Hometown Dedication

– Yup, Nick is in a quest of getting in that finale. He is just peaking at the right time. His song choices were always spot on. This Andy Grammer hit is a perfect fit for him. His vocals sounded great. His phrasing is lovely. There is a quiet confidence in his delivery that is just oozing with so much charisma and star power. Nick is a serious threat and I won’t be surprise if he sneak in on that final 2 showdown. Really good job. Watch it here.

12. MISS INDEPENDENT
Joey Cook
Top 8: Kelly Clarkson’s Playbook

– This is like “Fancy” all over again. There is a genius body of work in here. The arrangement thought leaves a lasting impression and Joey is in her element. Her vocals sounded pretty awesome and her pitch is almost on point. After that disastrous performance last week? Joey manage to pull herself back in the running. Watch it here.

11. BANG BANG (MY BABY SHOT ME DOWN)
Jax
Top 24: Open Theme

– I admit, there are pitch issues here but I just didn’t mind after her performance. It was just a dramatic yet passionate performance from Jax. The way she navigated the verses of the song felt like she meant every single word of the song. It’s like she welcomed us in that bubble of drama and you loved drowning on it. This seems to be polarizing because Jax is, but there is a right balance of quirk and contemporary that perfectly worked. Watch it here.

10. WHAT HURTS THE MOST
Nick Fradiani
Top 4: Soul Songs

– Who knew? For weeks, Nick has been depicted as someone playing it safe, sounds like he is doing the same thing every week and even if he hasn’t really had any bad performance, he never really had that stand-out. But Nick surprise us when he dropped that guitar and sang the soul out of this Rascal Flatts hit. It was just vocally outstanding. I never knew he had that range. The quality in his tone surprisingly work in here and the whole thing was just riveting because of that dynamics play he did. Watch it here.

9. I PUT A SPELL ON YOU
Quentin Alexander
Top 24: Open Theme

– Quentin broke out of the pack when did an interesting but riveting performance of “I put a spell on you”. It was dramatic, intense and surprisingly engaging. The vocals weren’t perfect but he managed to pull off something exciting even if there are no bombast on the vocals and production. It was something magnifying at its best and dramatic in its own. Watch it here.

8. THE TROUBLE WITH LOVE IS
Clark Beckham
Top 8: Kelly Clarkson’s Playbook

– Clark, again, managed to pull some incredible vocal acrobats, sing that high notes effortlessly and put on a dynamic, compelling performance like he has been singing the song for years. It was just magical and the vocals here are ridiculously fantastic! He is making it hard for the others to catch him in a race that is clearly in his hands. Watch it here.

7. SINCE U BEEN GONE
Rayvon Owen
Top 8: Kelly Clarkson’s Playbook

– I thought Clark won the night with that performance but here comes Rayvon and he sang the hell out of this Kelly Clarkson hit. The slow downed arrangement works perfectly well with Rayvon’s voice. His vocals were gorgeous. The phrasing is lovely. This is like a ball of cotton and the vulnerability in his delivery is simply fantastic. Watch it here.

6. STAY
Tyanna Jones
Top 7: Billboard Hot 100

– Tyanna this week laid it all on the line. Her performance spoke so much emotions. Her delivery is such a beautiful and emotional moment. Her vocals were top notch. This is her best performance to date. Watch it here.

5. MAMMA KNOWS BEST
Sarina-Joi Crowe
Top 24: Open Theme

– Sarina tonight just came out with guns and blazing. Her bombast stage presence showed how much she wanted this and how the hell she missed the chance 4 times prior this. But I think those “No’s” that she had before made her stronger and now, she is an all out performer. Her vocals sounded great. Her phrasing was marbelous. This is a solid and strong start for the comeback kid. Watch it here.

4. WHITE FLAG
Jax
Top 5: Arena Anthems

– For an arena anthem theme, Jax pulled a sincere, honest, genuine water cooler performance that proved how powerful she can be as a performer when she’s behind the piano. There’s a sense of musicality from her here. No drama, no bizarre stage movements – just her and her voice. That quiet quality in her delivery is just beautiful. Really good job. Watch it here.

3. SUNDAY MORNING
Clark Beckham
Top 11 Redux: Movie Themes

– Who would’ve thought that this summer California vibe track from Maroon 5 would sound soulful and gritty? Yup. Clark just turned this song into another cover that is compelling and spectacular. It is current, vocally powerful and gorgeous. This is such a nice job from Clark. Another one great performance from Clark. Watch it here.

2. FANCY
Joey Cook
Top 11: Party Songs

– It took me awhile to decide if this is the best performance of the season or not. For me, it holds that ranking not until the #1 outshines Joey’s marvelous take on this Iggy Azalea hit. Yes, it was an original from Postmodern Jukebox and for me, Joey did justice with it. Her vocals were gorgeous, quirky and strong. Watch it here.

1. BEAUTIFUL LIFE
Nick Fradiani
Finale: Coronation Song

– Joey holds this spot not until this happened. Yup, Nick suddenly burst out of his comfort zone, delivered one of the best coronation song this show has ever had and his performance was just strong. Aside from the fact that the song sounded tailor-made for him, there is a new found confidence in him. His stage presence is just very charismatic and he is oozing with star quality that at this moment, we saw how much growth he had. He had the perfect story of an underdog who is just safe and uncomfortable when performing to the guy who managed to control the stage, to sing great and engage the audience like he is in his own concert. Such a shining moment from Nick and because of that I will reward him in my list – aside from him winning the American Idol crown in a come from behind fashion. Watch it here.

American Idol XIV – Finale & Winner Announced

NICK FRADIANI is AMERICAN IDOL XIV WINNER!!!

It was the season of the underdog and come from behind dark horse contestant. The guy who not even one would expect to come out and potentially overran front runners like Jax, Joey Cook and runner up and season-favored, Clark Beckham.

In a season where variety scored a great promise to a season that is both up and down but in the end, the total body of work of the season is simply great. I enjoyed this ride to be honest. We had varieties artists that gave us some spectacular performances.

In the end, Mr. Consistency who people relegated on the sides because well, Clark was just performing covers with not enough confidence but not bad as well. But then something happened along the way where his confidence picked up, he became the solo artist from just a front man of a band and his charisma and how he worked the stage is just admirable. Not to mention, Nick has this voice that is malleable to different sounds that I am sure Scott is very much happy. He can do pop, folk, rock yet maintain that radio ready quality that appeals to a mass of viewers.

Congratulations to Nick Fradiani! I must say, this is a well deserve come from behind win.

FINALE HIGHLIGHT PERFORMANCES:

Adanna Duru sang with Janelle Monae.
Jax performed with the great Steven Tyler!
Clark Beckham did what he does best with Michael McDonald.
Nick Fradiani performed with his “twin”, he does look like him, Andy Grammer.
Joey Cook sang “Cool Kids” with Echosmith.
Quentin Alexander nailed that Vance Joy duet!
Rayvon Owen, OMG! that duet with Jamie Foxx is golden.
Tyanna Jones started the show with a performance with The Jacksons.
The Top 6 girls performed a medley of songs with and by Nile Rogers and Chic.
The Top 5 Boys on the other hand performed with Ricky Martin!

Other performances include:

*Jennifer Lopez with Prince Royce and Pitbull.
*Pitbull also performed with Chris Brown and idol finalist, Qaasim Middleton.
*Youngest Idol contestant, Daniel Seavey performed a medley songs of NKOTB with New Kids On The Block themselves.
*The judges also performed and another special performance of Keith Urban and his new song.

American Idol XIV – Top 2 Showdown (Finale)

As we all know, coming on this week, we still have three (3) artists remaining on the contest but the harsh reality of this season’s format is that at the top of the show, one will bid his/her goodbye making it an almost finale slot.

And tonight America has spoken the eliminated artist that will settle in third place is…

JAX

Yup, Jax who has been a front runner is the least vote getter after last week and I feel bad for her because she spends days preparing for her 3 songs to perform, only to found out that she will not even sing, even at least one of her songs. Booo.

It is an hour long finale showdown between front runner, Clark Beckham and peaking at the right time underdog, Nick Fradiani. Surprisingly, this was an entertaining and solid cases of performances that I am not sure who will eventually get that confetti shower tomorrow night. I can see this to be a close fight.

Now let us see how the night went..

ROUND 1: REPRISE PERFORMANCE

CLARK BECKHAM
Georgia On My Mind

– I’m glad he chose to do this performance once again. When he first did it i. House of Blues round, Clark captured the soul of the song. His vocals were soaring as usual and the strong conviction he put is what made him the perennial front runner of the group. In here, he showcased that same magic that made people root for him. Good Job! 8

NICK FRADIANI
Bright Lights

– It was a great contrast from Clark and a smart choice for Nick! It is again a solid performance from Nick, which is something admirable with Nick. He is ridiculously solid! Haha. This had enough grit, wonderful phrasing and the way he worked thatconfidence is not offending but charming! 8

ROUND 2: SIMON FULLER’S CHOICE

CLARK BECKHAM
Ain’t No Sunshine

– It is so hard not to compre this from Kris Allen (Season 8 winner) but looked, the idea of Clark taking it in an acoustic guitar, his vocals front and center and the soul that he put, just worked perfectly. This is yet another strong showing from Clark and I am glad he manage to show this at this point because in the recent weeks he has been failing to deliver. Realky good job! 8.5

NICK FRADIANI
I Won’t Give Up

– I must admit. I loved this! It was refreshing to see Nick do something different. And his playing the piano is the welcoming surpise. But what really worked for me is the fact that he took a pop ballad, delivered it beautifully and his vocals were not perfect but I didn’t mind because all things just came all together!! This is such a lovely moment and he draws me naturally! 8

ROUND 3: WINNER’S SINGLE

CLARK BECKHAM
Champion

– For an original song, this isn’t bad. Actually it had that coronation song quality that could really sell. Not to mention, this is not the kind of music that you would actually think Clark can deliver but somehow he made it work for himself. That glory note in the end is beautiful. My only problem though is that Clark seems to be tentative on stage. I’m not sure if he is not feeling his song or he is just really anxious about everything, but it is quite obvious with his awkward stage movements. 7.5

NICK FRADIANI
Beautiful Life

– Clearly, for me, hands down… Nick won this round! Yes he doesn’t have the perfect vocal acrobats like Clark but this song and his delivery is golden! You can see him enjoying, and that passion was just lively and real. That genuine feeling you feel that he really wants this so bad and it shows and translated beautiful! The song also is very radio friendly, current and perfect fits in Nick’s sound and voice! 9

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

American Idol XIV: Top 4

It’s the top 4! Wow the end is near and I can’t wait to see who will take the idol crown. Tonight, Martina McBride performs, as well as judge Harry Connick Jr. Another idol will be eliminated and this time they held the elimination in the middle part of the show and it’s a poor taste of idea because they even ask the eliminated contestant to sing. I mean, the person is way too emotional for that. Yikes. Anyway, the remaining idols will sing two (2) songs: Judges Hometowns and Soul songs. Hmmm. Another vague theme huh?

Here is how the night went..

ELIMINATED:

TYANNA JONES

RUN THE WORLD
– This is hard to critique. Of course, I would love to see her go out in fashion but the emotional state of her provide a shaky performance with so much flats and sharp notes here and there. Hmm. And she only sang 1 song so yeah. 4.5

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8. LIVING FOR THE CITY
Clark Beckham

– While there is energy behind this performance, Clark failed to connect fully and drawing us out to an almost messy delivery. The whole thing isn’t focused if that is the right term and the vocals here proved my theory in the previous weeks that his register in the recent weeks sound shrieky and thin when he tries to reach those high notes. The weird transition from the middle singing to him suddenly going a bit for a piano breakdown is jarring too. There are parts that he sounds really good but as a whole, this is a performance not as clean and focused as it was visioned for. 6

7. YOUR MAN
Clark Beckham

– Yup! Clark delivered his weakest performances in this crucial night and this is by far his weakest week. While I like the idea behind this performance, the risky moves from Clark and the bluesy, almost pop twist of the song would be a home run if only Clark put some connection in this performance. There is something missing in this performance for it to completely work. Maybe that sexy vibe that Harry was talking about is the missing link. But then, to be frank, the idea could work if it was executed spot on – even Clark’s vocals here are underwhelming. 6.5

6. EMPIRE STATE OF MIND
Jax

– If only she stayed on the piano the whole time, this could 100% be another great performance from Jax. The first half sounds great but the second half is messy. Her vocals were weak as well and the phrasing here is a little muddled. Oh, her voice sounds hoarsed too. 6.5

5. NEED YOU NOW
Rayvon Owen

– I like the pop ballad twist he bring out here albeit some theatrical moments making his delivery too much. The vocals were fine but it lacks that connection that could elevate this to another great Rayvon performance. 7

4. HUMAN
Jax

– Whoever that back up singer is, she screwed herself and Jax’s overall performance. Haha. That back up singer’s pitch is really off. I like Jax here. Her subtle moments were sublime. Her vocals sounded beautiful despite some pitch issues. Yeah. This was fine. 7.5

3. WHAT HURTS THE MOST
Nick Fradiani

– For third week in a row, Nick had a solid night! And this performance showed us a more rock ballad of Nick. Keeping his vocals tight, maybe need more loosening up, and the strong range that he displayed is really beautiful. This could’ve been his moment if only there are parts that he was a little stiff but he is going there. This is quite beautiful! Good job! 8

2. BELIEVE
Rayvon Owen

– This could pass as a potential coronation song if ever Rayvon will reach the finale no? The lyrics itself can speak volumes for a coronation song. But other than that.. this is actually a fantastic vocal performance from Rayvon. Sure, his phrasing is a little muddled but the overall impact is passionate and gorgeous. Really strong! 8

1. BRIGHT LIGHTS
Nick Fradiani

– This is an absolute treat. Yes, there is nothing really changed or unique from here but his vocals sounded so good. His pitch was on point. The stage presence was impeccable. His charisma is undeniable. The overall vocals were strong, solid and beautiful! Nick knows what kind of artist he wants to be and his delivery on this Matchbox 20 ditty is spot on gorgeous and compelling! 8.5

American Idol XIV: Top 5

It’s the final night of Twitter Save!!! Yes!!! And tonight’s theme is “Arena Songs” and it is so vague, I bet it is just an excuse theme to allow the contestants to sing whatever they want. Lol. We need better themes!

Okay after last week awkward moment, will that affect Quentin’s chances to make it on tour? We’ll see.

ELIMINATED:

QUENTIN ALEXANDER

LIGHT MY FIRE
– This was pretty decent. His vocals started little shaky but once he picked up, it was actually a lovely vocal performance. This is good. 7

SHAKE IT OUT
– This is fantastic! While his vocals were not perfect, this is miles improvement from his usual inconsistent vocal performance. His phrasing sounded beautiful. The tone worked so well. The dynamics were lovely. This is probably one of his strongest vocal performance of the show and I am glad he went out with flying colors. This is really good. 8

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10. HEAVEN
Tyanna Jones

– I have no words. This has some potential of her having yet another moment but it fell flat, like seriously. The vocals were fine but it was a sleepy performance all in all. 5

9. GO YOUR OWN WAY
Rayvon Owen

– He really isn’t that good with uptempos no? This was vocally strange with hints of pitch issues here and there. When he tried to stretch his vocals towards the end, I felt desperate and unnecessary. Really. This isn’t not as good as I wish it was. 5

8. ARE YOU GONNA BE MY GIRL
Jax

– It was fun, yes! But it felt more like a throwaway performance than an actual competent one. The vocals were shaky and messy in times as well. Plus she enunciates so bad, I hardly understand her lyrics. 5.5

7. YESTERDAY
Clark Beckham

– Probably one of Clark’s weakest performance. Yes, the vocals were fine with some pitch problems here and there but the real problem here is the overall impact. It was boring, dragging and just flat. 6

6. PARTY IN THE USA
Tyanna Jones

– Again, just like Jax.. it was fun! But she had better vocals than Jax. And I thought this will not completely work but it did. At the end of the performance, I was satisfied enough. 6.5

5. I’M NOT THE ONLY ONE
Rayvon Owen

– On paper, this is a homerun. Well it should be especially on how well he did with that other Sam Smith song before. But somehow, his vocals here were inconsistent and towards the end it faltered shakily. There are moments that sounded pretty good but some moments were messy. 7

4. BOYFRIEND
Clark Beckham

– I really find his phrasing on those high registers unpleasant. It sounds more like squeal which is unusual since Clark sounded better before. With that being said, this sound current and hip. A couple of pitch issues and wobbly notes, but the overall is simply decent. 7

3. HARDER TO BREATHE
Nick Fradiani

– The beginning fell a little shaky but once Nick picked up, he never really looked back. Again this is a competent and solid vocals from him and his tone actually sounded beautiful with the track. 7.5

2. MAGGIE MAY
Nick Fradiani

– At first I wasn’t sure but once Nick opened his mouth and the energy levels up to a more fun, solid and strong quality, I thought this was fantastic! Sure he didn’t changed it up, but it was vocally solid and entertaining. 8

1. WHITE FLAG
Jax

– It’s official, Jax needs to stay in the piano for her whole run with Idol if she wants to take that crown. This was beautiful. A couple of uneven vocal choices but even with that I thought it was gorgeous. The vocals were lovely. Her phrasing was great. Her enuncuation was better. Good job! 8.5

PS: None of these songs are Arena Anthems. Haha So wtf?

American Idol XIV: Top 6

Wow. This was all sorts of awkward moments and I don’t want to go on details about what just happened.

The contestants performed twice tonight, tackling some “American Classics”. Also, another idol is eliminated tonight.

ELIMINATED:

JOEY COOK

MY FUNNY VALENTINE
– At first I thought this will work perfectly but somehow, the tone in Joey’s voice and the quirk and how she delivered put me like in a death spot. It sounded very unusual and tentative. The vocals here were also messy. 4.5

SOMEBODY TO LOVE
– This is very pleasant. the arrangement worked perfectly with Joey. It is like in her wheelhouse and the vocals sounded fine. I wish though, there are stronger moments here but I love the vibe of it. 7

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12. BEAT IT
Jax

– This was frantic and too much of an energetic performance. Her pitch is nowhere to be found and the overall performance is just a mess for my taste. 5

11. LONG TRAIN RUNNIN
Rayvon Owen

– Cheesy. Vocally it was fine but it was a decent karaoke version with so much cheese and corny-ness. 5

10. WHY DO FOOLS FALL IN LOVE
Tyanna Jones

– The track is pitch under her and there is something about her delivery that is tentative and unsure. Her nerves seem to get the best of her. 6

9. ARE YOU GONNA GO MY WAY
Quentin Alexander

– This was decent but the lack of vocal support and his pitch uneven in his delivery marked a decent to a vocal flawed performance. 6.5

8. PIECE OF MY HEART
Jax

– Her intonation sounded weird. Her enunciation is a little messy. Her phrasing is a bit problematic. I didn’t like this that much. Even her vocals didn’t have that enough support and power to pull this totally well. 7

7. PROUD MARY
Tyanna Jones

– I like the energy here but it served a decent purpose. It was almost karaoke but her youthful delivery and great stage presence made it more compelling than I expected. 7

6. MOON RIVER
Clark Beckham

– This is not perfect. In fact, there are parts where his pitch messed up. But Clark was able to convey strength in subtlety and power in his restraint. This was lovely albeit missing some dynamics. 7.5

5. CLARK BECKHAM
Superstition

– The beginning showed promise. His vocals were strong. I hated the song choice but to be fair, Clark delivered a pretty outstanding and not karaoke version of this track! Pretty good. 8

4. THE SOUND OF SILENCE
Quentin Alexander

– Lovely! While I hate another dark, moody and melancholic version, I thought it perfectly worked in this version! The dynamics was fine. His phrasing was lovely. This is pretty good! 8

3. AMERICAN GIRL
Nick Fradiani

– There is confidence in his delivery that I thought worked really well. While he never really do anything artistic about the song, he manage to pull a solid vocal performance with enough charm, comfort and appeal. This is impressive from Nick! 8

2. ALWAYS ON MY MIND
Rayvon Owen

– The way he caressed those notes and verses were lovely. His tone is like butter and his delivery is simply smooth and gorgeous. This was yet another strong performance from Rayvon which totally saved his butt once again. 8

1. ONLY THE GOOD DIE YOUNG
Nick Fradiani

– This worked perfectly. And I don’t know what Harry was ranting about, but I thought this is Nick at his best to date. The arrangement was brilliant. His delivery is lovely. His tone was beautiful. His vocals were front and center. Wow, this is his best performance yet. 8.5