‘American Idol’ Recap: Top 8 Girls Perform Motown Hits
American Idol revealed its top 8 girls for season 14 last night – who all performed Motown classics – and said goodbye to Katherine Winston, Shi Scott, Lovey James and Shannon Berthiaume.
‘American Idol’ Recap
Tyanna kicked off the night with a rendition of Michael Jackson’s “Rockin Robin.” Though she went flat on a few notes, her upbeat performance ended up being one of the best of the night. The 16-year-old has a powerful voice and impressive stage presence.
Next up was Loren Lott, who did the second Michael Jackson number of the night, “I Wanna Be Where You Are.” Loren undeniably enjoyed herself onstage, even throwing in some dance moves, but at times her voice went into a scream during the lesser-known Jackson number. “Good vibes, beautiful vibes, flowery, pretty vibes,” she said to host Ryan Seacrest after hearing mediocre reviews from the judges.
Performing Jackson 5 hit “I’ll Be There for You” was Maddie Walker. Throughout the performance, Maddie’s voice was strong, delivering a solid rendition. The overall arrangement could have benefited with a few more risks – but not in the form of more big notes. Keith Urban advised her to take a deep breath in order to reach them.
Joey Cook‘s jazzy take on “Shop Around” by The Miracles was predictably theatrical. Unlike past performances, Joey seems to have added just the right amount of quirk to the Motown song. However, Harry Connick Jr. warned her that her performances are in danger of wandering too far into the theatrical.
Sarina-Joi sang “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me” by The Miracles and started off a bit shaky and flat but grew more comfortable with the song as it went along. The best part of her performance was when she hit the high notes towards the end. Jennifer Lopez told Sarina-Joe that she just might be the best singer in the competition right now.
Adanna Duru put on a somewhat cheesy performance of Lionel Richie‘s “Hello.” Overall, Adanna was somewhat uneven, but did hit a number of the song’s high notes, potentially making it her best vocal of the season.
Jax made a bold choice with Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell duet “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” while wearing the black and blue dress that went viral on the Internet last week. She definitely made the song her own, giving it a bit more of a jazz feel. J.Lo points out, though, that if she rearranges another popular song, she’d be wise to keep it sounding a little bit more like the original.
Alexis Gomez brought her fake country twang to “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch) by The Four Tops in an effort to bring it into her country wheelhouse. She even stayed barefoot. From the start to the finish, Alexis was off-key, leading the generally amiable Jennifer Lopez to say, “That was really out of key. It even bothered me.”
Shi (I will shed no tears over this),Shannon (meh), Katherine, and Lovey