American Idol The remaining eight finalists of American Idol competed against some of Queen's biggest hits on Sunday, and by the end of the night, only six remained for the throne. But eight solo appearances do not constitute a two-hour event, so the last eight of Idol were also put together for a series of (mostly successful) duets by other artists.
Before we get to the results, let's all the performances of tonight collapse …
WALKER BURROUGHS, Queen "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" | After his "hugely awkward" practice with Adam Lambert ̵
MADISON VANDENBURG, Queen "The show must go on" | Lambert immediately embarked on VanDenburg's only notable mistake – her inability to convey emotion in her performances – and she promised it would take his advice to heart. That is, I would not say exactly that she kept her promise when she smiled through a dramatic ballad. Technically, this was an impressive achievement, but if the goal is an improvement, I would not say that VanDenburg hit the bullseye full. (Or as Katy Perry awkwardly put it, "You have a lot to do.") And I'm a little annoyed at the discrepancy between what the judges want (Hair Flips!) And what the show (aka literal) gives us Nails in VanDenburg's hair). Grade: A-
LAINE HARDY & LACI KAYE BOOTH, Johny Cash's "Jackson" | The power was definitely on these two tonight … and by that I mean The chemistry they allegedly showed during their duet could not have been more forced. And Perry has certainly dragged the company's leadership by suggesting that Hardy's broad smile was a result of his singing partner. ("Attention, Maddie and Caleb!") Anything but a shout, the performance was solid – why overshadow the talent with a false romantic look? You are better than that, Idol . (Or not.)
Note: B + (Click here to view them!)
JEREMIAH LLOYD HARMON, Queen "Who wants to live forever" | "I'll sing with my heart, and whatever that may be, it will be beautiful," said Harmon after his rehearsal with Lambert, and he delivered on that promise. This was the first song of the night that really took us on a journey, one that just started and became something really powerful. Lambert was right when he asked Harmon to rethink a guitar; it really felt like he was exposing his soul on this stage. The fact that his parents were in the audience – and loved the performance! – was just the icing on the cake. Grade: A
ALEJANDRO ARANDA, Queen "Under Pressure" | As usual, Aranda has given this classic Queen Jam its own twist in the rehearsal that he's worried about changing things too much. However, at the beginning of the performance time, it was clear that he did not need to worry, which brought us to a surprisingly soothing interpretation of a song in which he was squeezed by the strain of his own stress. He even gave us an indication of a guitar solo, which made this a real Aranda performance. Grade: B +
WADE COTA & ALYSSA RAGHU, Marvin Gayes and Tammi Terrell's "Ain & # 39; No Mountain High Enough" | First how wagon Bobby Bones says that most people know this song from Guardians of the Galaxy ? He had so little time tonight. Why did he have to ruin it by saying that? Anyway, this unlikely pairing gave us a pretty decent performance, even though the background singers completely drowned them during the chorus. Grade: B-
MADISON VANDENBURG & JEREMIAH LLOYD HARMON, "One Million Dreams" by The Greatest Showman | This was probably my favorite duet of the night, and not just because it felt like a premonition of the last two seasons. He overpowered them a bit, which I did not expect, but when they were on they were on . (I'm not sure what "beautiful dance of respect" Perry watched.) Grade: A
LAINE HARDY, Queen "Fat Bottom Girls" | Your voice is good, have fun, "could be the best advice Hardy has given throughout the season. (The actual would be the best advice to drop this "Party with a Hardy" joke.) And I think Hardy has taken Lambert's words to heart with both the audience and the ensemble. (I can not imagine a social event involving these glittering gold shoes, but I want them anyway.) Class: B
LACI KAYE BOOTH, Queen's Love of My Life " | I really only have one word after this performance: YES! … OK, maybe a few more: From those smoky vocals to their close connection with the audience, Booth was at their very best. And do not even bring me the outfit, a fitting look for an aspiring country queen. In fact, I want to work on one of my earlier statements. I would love to see Booth in the last two seasons. (I also appreciate that Booth was considering asking Ryan Seacrest if she was thinking of singing to a certain person, could not a girl just be talented without this show trying to anchor her to a man ?, Bones says she is proud that "all the girls from small towns" was also a nice touch.) Note: A
ALEJANDRO ARANDA & WALKER BURROUGHS, wife of Simon & Garfunkel Robinson " | Assuming it's published, I'd like to hear the studio version of this duet. The voices of Aranda and Burroughs harmonized well, and the bones of a possibly great performance were definitely there, but something prevented it from being truly extraordinary – even if it ended in a nice little harmony. Grade: B
WADE COTA, "We are the Champions" of the Queen | This summer in the book trade: Are you there, falsetto? I am Wade. … OK, now that I had my fun, this performance was not so bad, even if I raised my eyebrow a few times during the arrangement. And even though he has flattened a lyric. (Kudos to break through, I think …?) Grade: C +
ALYSSA RAGHU, Queen "Somebody to Love" | So far, I had the feeling that Raghu really needed a win … and that was not exactly it. Sure, she radiated natural self-confidence on stage, and the vocals were mostly solid. The fact that Lionel Richie's only criticism was that Raghu should not lose her resolve. Condition: B
Result time! Following the American vote, the following participants were considered safe: Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon, Laci Kaye Booth, Madison Van Denburg, Laine Hardy, Alejandro Aranda and Wade Cota. Unfortunately, the judges decided not to rescue any of them, and sent both Burroughs and Raghu home.
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