American Idol’s Final Season – And Then There Were 6

The blog is back for American Idol's final season.

The blog is back for American Idol’s final season.

Are they really eliminating two contestants again tonight? Is this X-Factor US all over again? If this is the final season (and a really good season at that), why are they rushing through it? Come on FOX!

The contestants will also be doing duets tonight, which is weird when it comes to judging.

Joining me in the discussion again tonight is John, aka @PopMusicNotes.

La’Porsha Renae & Trent Harmon – See You Again by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth

Wait, why is it getting dusty in the room again? Oh, it’s because I just remembered Brian leaving Dom at the end of Fast 7 again. That’s what this song does to me.

My kids were up Charlie Puth way before I’d ever heard of him. We were calling him skinny Sam Smith, but then Sam Smith became skinny Sam Smith.

Though performed well, their version is all sap. It’s really perfect for Trent’s voice and while she could’ve, La’Porsha decided not to destroy him. They’re both strong contestants.

John says it was really good, but not especially memorable. Keith says it was the perfect song and played to both of their strengths. Jenny Lo says it was magical. Harold says you couldn’t ask for a better way to start the show.

Avalon Young & Sonika Vaid – Rise Up by Andra Day

This is an interesting pairing because one of them is big frilly dresses and big voice and the other is cool swag and nice voice, though no oversinging. I feel like neither wanted to step on each other’s toes and pulled back until the end. But there wasn’t much chemistry between them no matter how much they said they get along in the opening video package.

John says it was bit underwhelming for what should have been a soaring performance. Jenny Lo says pushed each other, though their performance wasn’t as inspiring as the song was. Harold says it was too drum heavy (whatever that means). Keith says it was interesting because they both had different strengths.

I don’t think the three judges wanted to tell them that they didn’t bring their game up, but that’s what they basically meant.

Dalton Rapattoni & MacKenzie Bourg – I Want It That Way by The Backstreet Boys

This has Mac written all over it. And I think Dalton took the L for his team here. Dalton couldn’t get into it and Mac looked like he was having the time of his life singing a pop song.

John says it was a big ol mess…and what was up with whole words disappearing when Dalton was singing? Harold doesn’t think that was a good song for them. Keith says it wasn’t the strong suit of either singer. Jenny Lo says it wasn’t the right song.

Lee Jean and Tristan McIntosh – I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing by Aerosmith

They sure as hell countrified Aerosmith for this one. There sure have been some interesting song choices. Then again, I’m sure it’s hard to pick something that works well enough for two people who have different styles. I’m still waiting for Lee to sing, “I Only Wanna Be With You” by Hootie and the Blowfish.

John says that they both sang alright and Tristan was the better of the two, but it lacked a connection. Keith says it’s hard to find a song that was going to bring out the best in both of them. Jenny Lo says it wasn’t right for Lee. Harold says the problem was in the arrangement and it was boring.

The duets were kind of meh, but it’s time for the solos.

La’Porsha Renae – Come Together by The Beatles

I’m not sure that outfit was right for her. It reminded me of the Missy Elliott outfit from “The Rain.” However, I quickly forgot about how much I hated her outfit when she got to singing. This woman is bad (and like LL once said, not bad meaning bad, but bad meaning good). She’s fierce.

John says she committed to the song and he’s glad that she broke out of the ballad habit. Jenny Lo says it was a great performance. Harold says she’s incredible. Keith says it was terrific for her.

MacKenzie Bourg – You Are So Beautiful by Joe Cocker

I said it from day one. I was going to quickly get sick of MacKenzie and I’m almost at my breaking point. If you had pancakes right now, you could just use MacKenzie’s performance for the syrup.

John says that the delivery was fine and he sang in tune, but it fell flat. Harold says it was a much better song for him. Keith says he made it feel brand new. Jenny Lo says when he sings, he makes it feel like he’s singing to everyone. Personally, I didn’t feel that way J. Lo.

Nick Fradiani is on stage singing his debut single “Get You Home” and he’s wearing a white t-shirt.

And like the great Jay Z once said, “He’s alright, but he’s not real.” I’ve never liked him. He comes across as fake cool to me. John says someone is trying too hard to make him into the next Adam Levine.

Trent Harmon – Stand By Me by Ben E. King

Trent’s growing on me by leaps and bounds. He might be my second favorite now. He may need to find some new moves to sway with when it comes to performance, but his confidence is way up and his vocals are good. John says he can modify the melody and really give an overdone song a fresh feel. Keith says he’s really getting strong. Jenny Lo says she loves what he does with his voice. Harold says it was fantastic.

Tristan McIntosh – A Broken Wing by Martina McBride

I think she got the emotion of the performance and she closed it strong. I’m still not sure how much longer she’s going to be sticking around. But hey, she made it through once again.

John says he liked it but didn’t love it and thought her vocals were a little shaky. Jenny Lo says it was the perfect song for her. Harold says he loves when she sings country. Keith says it was beautiful.

Dalton Rapattoni – Eleanor Rigby by The Beatles

I’m very excited to see this one. This seems like it’s right up Dalton’s alley. I think his performance was overly dramatic, but at least it was emotional. And at the very end, he proved that he could definitely sing.

John says it was a return to form, especially the last chorus. Harold says it was a great job. Keith says it was theatrical and it brought out things in that song he didn’t know existed. Jenny Lo says he nailed the end.

The last three to perform are Avalon, Lee, and Sonika. The judges can only keep one.

Avalon Young – P.Y.T. by Michael Jackson

Uh oh. I hope she does something with this. You can’t try and out-cool this song. You have to have fun with this thing, not take it on so casually. This was a mistake of a song choice.

John says it’s not her strongest performance, but still great. Keith says she connects with the live audience, but doesn’t connect with the home audience for some reason. Jenny Lo says she might need to try to go out of her comfort zone. Harold says she might be too laid back.

Lee Jean – Let It Be by The Beatles

Lee is such a likable cat and he’s easy to root for. I’m not sure I love his voice though.

John says he’s been on the show for weeks and the pitch issues should be long gone by now. Jenny Lo says it was a tiny bit shaky. Harold says it was sharp, but he committed to the lyrics. Keith says his tone is gorgeous.

At this point, it sounds like the judges would save Avalon over Lee.

Sonika Vaid – I Have Nothing by Whitney Houston

Uh oh, this is the kiss of death. You can’t sing Whitney on this show Sonika! This wasn’t the performance she needed.

John says she had a shaky start and it was rough on high notes. Don’t take on Whitney unless you can hit every…single…note. Harold says that the song has been performed six times on American Idol. He loved it. Keith says to continue to release. Jenny Lo says she did a good job with it, but it was hard.

Who goes home?

I thought they were going to save Avalon again, but instead, they saved Sonika.

Really, none of the three did great. We say goodbye to Lee and Avalon and Carrie Underwood sings them home sweet home. Okay, she didn’t really do that.

Prediction for next week

I’m so confused with how many people they’re eliminating every week, but I do think that Tristan is still the weakest of the bunch. However, I wonder if there’s anyone out there who feels the same as I do about MacKenzie. He has to be grating the nerves of others, right?

Seacrest, out.

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