Vocal Masterclass Discussion For American Idol Season 12: Las Vegas Rounds -Group One Guys
If last night’s show of talent is any indication of what lies ahead for American Idol Season 12, then we are in for a great season.
I thought the first group of Top 40 Females were splendid, although I did feel that Isabelle should have remained in the competition. Her voice is glorious and her technique sublime. I was very disappointed to see her leave. Very!
The new line-up of judges have proven to be a very cohesive and intelligent group and I found their comments are informative, generally objective and quite insightful.
Thursday’s show will feature the first group of guys. Performing this week (courtesy of MJsBigBlog) are:
Curtis Finch Jr.
Josh Davila (JDA)
Our Top 20 will evolve from these singers and they will indeed perform live in a couple of weeks, giving the viewers a chance to vote through their Top 10.
Now, I hope to live blog these shows, but, once again, I may not be home in time for the early part of this show. I will do my best.
But, hey, that doesn’t mean you can’t get started over in the comments section, does it? Of course not! Live blog away and then I will play catch-up with you when I connect with the TV.
Paul Jolley was up first and he sang a Keith Urban number with a lot of feeling. He was a little shaky and, perhaps, that accounted for the constriction in his vocal sound. I like his persona though. Very genuine. And a lovely vocal tone.
Johnny Keyser is 23-years-old and from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. What a great charisma – very relaxed and the camera sure does love his eyes. I have no idea what he singing but it is a ballad and he is singing quite well. His vocal sound is a bit too spread for my liking, however. He needs more depth in his vocal timbre. Overall, I think he could have selected a better song.
Josh Davila (JDA) is next and is 27-years-old. Well, he is distinctive – I’ll give him that. And now he is crawling on the floor. The guy is tres theatrical and has a gutsy vocal sound. Now, the clothes are coming off. Haha way too much fun!
Missed a couple of singers because I was away from the television. Sorry everyone.
Kevin Harris just performed and it was just okay. He was very, very nervous and his vocal sound was quite hesitant. The falsetto was shaky and unfocused. Not the best night for him.
Just an aside – Nikki has to stop making faces at Mariah. Honestly. So high school. Chris Watson is up after the break.
Commercial break is over and Chris Watson is in the spotlight. He is singing and wiggling through Sittin’ On The Dock Of The Bay. His voice is unfocused and poorly centred but he has style – I’ll give him that. But just that!
Devin Velez and Elijah Liu are up next after the commercial break.
Devin Velez is 18-years-old and selects Listen as his number. He is a very confident vocalist with solid technique. He adds some Spanish lyrics – nice touch. For me, he was the strongest male vocalist so far. A little shaky but has loads of potential.
Elijah Liu is 20-years-old and is a real cutie. He hasn’t opened his mouth and I already like him. But when he starts to sing, although I hear a clear tenor sound, he is very green. His voice is still so youthful sounding and he needs technical help in a huge way.
Nikki needs a reality check. Seriously. How can you market someone who cannot , well, sing? There is a voice there but Elijah is very inexperienced.
Charlie Askew is an enigma, isn’t he? Really different. I like different and I like this kid. He sings Elton John’s Rocket Man with a nice current edge. Working the microphone – the whole nine yards. His voice needs technical help – it is unfocused and undisciplined. Hmm lots of excitement surrounding him here but the voice, for me, is so young and green. No guts to the sound. However, given all that, he intrigues me. He should move on.
Jimmy Smith is the second last singer this evening. He has a great look and that translates into instant marketability. But can he sing? Well, sort off. He starts a bit on the soft side when singing through his lower range. And, overall, his voice is too closed for my liking. And the song never really goes anywhere. Oh boy, not a great night for the guys.
You know it’s a bad sign when you don’t care who is selected for the Top 20. But, that’s how I feel after tonight’s performances
Curtis Finch Jr. is the last singer tonight and he is 24-year-old gospel singer. So, this should be good. And it is. He has a gorgeous, resplendently rich voice. Almost classical. He is in a league of his own and all the other singers have disappeared off my radar. He is very, very, very good. Neat falsetto surprise at the end. Love him.
Deliberation time. Results after the commercial break.
Curtis Finch Jr. moves on to the Top 20. Jimmy Smith, not surprisingly, is asked to leave the competition. Kevin Harris is eliminated as well.
Elijah Liu moves forward to the Top 20. JDA is eliminated.
Paul Jolley’s fate was a split decision and Jimmy Iovine had to intervene to break the tie. He recommends that Paul move on to the Top 20. Good I like him. Awesome!
Chris Watson is eliminated. Charlie Askew moves forward to the Top 20.
Johnny Keyser and Devin Velez are left. Devin moves on to the Top 20 and Johnny is eliminated.
That’s it until next week when we meet the second group of Top 10 Girls and Top 10 Guys.