Finally – the live shows begin! On Tuesday evening, the American Idol Season 11 Top 12 male singers plus a mystery singer chosen from Wild Cards David Leathers Jr., Jermaine Jones, Richie Law and Johnny Keyser will perform for the public votes.
Personally, I feel the live shows should have started sooner. The preliminary auditions drag on and on and on. I start to lose interest after a while. Don’t you?
With pretty heavy competition coming from NBC’s The Voice, American Idol will have to rethink it’s audition process next year. If the live shows had already begun, the viewers would have been more invested in the singers and, perhaps, the ratings would have been higher as a result.
It’s all conjecture, I guess, but that’s just my personal opinion.
Here is a list of the confirmed male semi-finalists:
Aaron Sanders: Pittsburgh
Adam Brock: Pittsburgh
Chase Likens: Pittsburgh
Colton Dixon: Savannah
Creighton Fraker: Pittsburgh
Deandre Brackensick: San Diego
Eben Franckewitz: Pittsburgh
Heejun Han: Pittsburgh
Jeremy Rosado: Savannah
Joshua Ledet: Houston
Phillip Phillips: Savannah
Reed Grimm: Pittsburgh
We wish all of the singers the best of luck, with a special rabbit’s foot tossed to all four Wild Card choices. Who do you think will make the lucky 13 spot – David Leathers Jr., Jermaine Jones, Richie Law or Johnny Keyser? I’m going with Jermaine, although David and Johnny deserve it as well. Live Update follows.
Reed – this was a smooth, jazzy version of this song and you added multiple dimensions to this performance. Your smooth vocals, stage movements and your rhythmically precise drumming skills added a high entertainment value to this number. You need to work on adding more depth to your reedy (sorry) voice so as to incorporate a higher dynamic contrast in your performances.
Adam – this was a great song choice for your soulful voice. I love the husky quality in your vocal sound. And, like Reed, you energized the crowd through your strong performing skills. I really appreciated your relaxed and circular mouth position on your upper voice. However, be careful that you enhance your louder dynamics via the diaphragm , keeping that throat relaxed and open.
DeAndre -you started this song with your signature falsetto. And, I have to say, I have never seen a performer quite like you. Although your pitch was a bit unsteady, I really respect that you are staying true to your vision as a performer. You exude charisma – your signature vocal style and distinct vocal quality make you stand out from the crowd. Now, make sure that you harness your vocal energy and gorgeous falsetto via the diaphragm. Think pure, uncluttered vowels.
Colton-loved watching you at the piano. Nice way to start and it added contrast to the remainder of this performance. This was a strong, memorable showcase and your vocal skills really surprised me. There was strong evidence of control and focus at the heart of your vocal sound – really impressive. The dynamic variation was just stellar -you poured your heart and soul into this indie number. I am a fan!
Jeremy – I loved the quiet ambience you established with this song. You have a very light voice, it just carresses the listener’s ear. Beautiful. Now you have to work on adding more depth to the vocal mix. Make sure that the diaphragm adds strength and direction to your vocal sound and don’t forget to breathe, allowing the breath to support and enhance your vocal sound.
Aaron – you moved energetically along the perimeter of the stage, establishing nice contact with your audience. You have good control over your voice and incorporated some excellent vocal skills. This was a pretty
flawless performance. Your ending melisma, that last upper, upper note, your rhythmically secure presence created a memorably strong performance. Outstanding.
Chase – so, you’re a country boy studying theatre? I love it! And I love your voice even more. It is a crisp, focused sound and nicely tuned throughout this performance. You do love the stage, don’t you? Totally relaxed and loaded with charming charisma. Try to maintain a circular mouth position when sustaining your vowles and relax that jaw. This will enhance your voice even more and lessen the tension in your throat. This was a great performance. Loved it!
Creighton – you have a light, pure voice which I just love. And so expressive. Love how you added a rustic dimension to your naturally pure vocals. Your head voice is exceptional. The performance was exceptional. And exceptionally genuine. I want to hear more from you!! Unbelievable.
Phillip – well, this was a interesting take on this song. You are quite the inventive singer, aren’t you? And, I have to say that I loved it like crazy. And your vocals were passionate and expressive. Extremely unique. You are this season’s David Cook. You know how to expose your soul via your voice. And I loved the whole remake of this song – rewritten melody and all. Bravo!
Eben – I love your voice and the mature approach you have to your music. I thought, however, that the background music overwhelmed your light, lyrical voice. Be careful of your song selections – find songs that are suited to your youthful vocal sound. There is some solid vocal technique happening here – good for you.
Heejun – you are quite the character. I love you to death. And, guess what? You can also sing like a pro. I loved your sustained approach to your vowels – the round mouth, relaxed jaw and obvious diaphragmatic breath support. This was a very sensitive performance but, like the judges, I didn’t enjoy this particular song for your voice. Choose carefully, researching songs that accentuate your particular vocal strengths and that speak to your distinct artistry.
Joshua – what a great, powerful, song choice. This song just grabbed the listener’s soul. Your voice is a passionate wonder. It is not a perfect instrument but this will get better with time and technique. You truly wear your heart on your sleeve. You will have to work on your technique in order to preserve your voice’s longevity. Scream from the diaphragm not the throat. Keep that throat relaxed and open. However, no one can deny that this was a meaningful performance.
And the wild card is… Jermaine Jones
Jermaine – I was so thrilled to see that you were the Wild Card Choice. Your voice is crazy beautiful and a sound that has never been heard on the American Idol stage. You have such control over your vocal delivery and your passion and sensitivity are truly inspiring. Voting public – please put this young man through. Please! Congratulations Jermaine.