Twelve of the Top 24 performed solos in front of the judges and a live studio audience on Sunday’s (April 8) American Idol. Now, it’s time for you to vote for your favorite performances, grade the episode and weigh in on how Bobby Bones performed as mentor to the contestants. Tonight, the same twelve are back to perform celebrity duets. At the end of the show, five singers will be eliminated from the competition.
Overall, I’d say it was a solid night of performances, although in many cases, the singers didn’t perform their personal best. Exceeding expectations for me were Jonny Brenns and Cade Foehner, and to a certain extent, Gabby Barrett (Gabby still has a few rough edges to smooth out).
Michael J. Woodward didn’t exceed expectations, but he continues to surprise week after week. It’s like a regular thing! At this point, he’s going to have a hard time topping himself.
I’m wondering if Catie Turner is going to flame out singing covers every week. She doesn’t seem to know how to choose songs. But when she performs her own compositions, she soars. Michelle Sussette’s emphasis on performance has been at the expense of her vocals. I have a feeling there’s a singer in there. She needs to let her out once in awhile.
If I were interviewing Brandon Diaz, my first question would be about his song choice. Why did he choose to cover an iconic Lionel Richie song? Or was hit not his choice at all. Hm.
I went on and on about the uselessness of Bobby Bones as a mentor in my recap. But C’MON. I guy that’s worked in radio for years should have advice that goes beyond a bunch of generic suggestions. Maybe the good stuff was left on the cutting room floor? In any case, the dude is a super popular syndicated country radio DJ. The cross-promotion was good for American Idol regardless of his on-screen usefulness.
Favorite Top 24 Solo (Part 1)
Grade the Episode
Bobby Bones as Mentor – Yay or Nay