Vocal Masterclass Discussion For American Idol Season 12: Las Vegas Rounds -Group Two Guys
Weren’t the girls absolutely stellar last evening? Much better than last week’s gals and they were very good. Just goes to show that talent pool runs deep in the music business.
Thursday night, the second and final group of ten guys are on the chopping block. I seriously hope they are better than least week’s group. Not one guy jumped out at me, except Curtis Finch Jr..
Performing this week (courtesy of MJsBigBlog) are:
Guys Thursday Air February 28th
I am set to live blog the performances tonight and tomorrow, so check back often and add your views in the comments section.
Mathenee Treco is up first. He is a very busy choreographer in real life. He performs A Little Less Conversation with vocal energy and drive. He is very confident on stage – his presentation is rock solid. And he has some exciting vocal skills – very flexible and soulful and jazzy. Great head voice. I love this guy.
Gurpreet Singh and Vincent Powell are up next after the commercial break.
Gurpreet Singh is 22-years-old and is in computer science. Maybe he can help me with my GrannieTheGeek website. I love his smooth vocal style and, although he looks relaxed, I wish he wasn’t glued to one spot. Very musical guy but sort of a safe performance.
Vincent Powell is 29-year-old vocal teacher. And he has sung back–up for many stars including Whitney Houston. He has a passionate soulful style but it borders on the screaming gospel style which I do not like. ‘Nuff said.
Nick Boddington has a clear tenor voice but he sounds pretty shaky at the outset of this James Morrison number. Love his falsetto – his voice is finally kicking in. But it was, overall, a very tentative performance.
Josh Holiday is up next with an original composition. Good for him. I like him already.
Josh Holiday is 24-years-old and is seated at the piano as he performs his original composition. It is such a beautiful composition and his voice is beautifully expressive – as is his face. I do like that he stands up in the second half of this song and works the audience. It adds visual dimension to this showcase. He sings this song extremely well, beautiful head voice and wonderful charisma
David Willis and Bryant Tadeo are up next after the commercial break.
David Willis is a 22-year-old mission leader. He performs a funky version of Fever as he accompanies himself on the guitar. He has a pretty decent voice, nicely nuanced and he shapes his phrases very musically. This is a very unusual version of this classic number. Nice strong ending. I like him!
Nikki and her “Are you married or have a girlfriend” routine. Eye roll city here.
Bryant Tadeo selects New York State Of Mind and, I have to tell ya, it like a breath of fresh air. This is a very soulful performance and his voice just embraces the melodic and lyrical line. He takes his time, he communicates and renders a very sensitive and meaningful performance.
Burnell Taylor is up next after the commercial break. And, all I have to say is this: “Thank heavens for Mariah Carey for being the most lucid judge of the evening”.
Burnell Taylor is a passionate young performer but his voice needs some work. Very musical kid and the audience loves him.
I have to admit I was distracted during Burnell’s performance so I welcome the opportunity to listen to this young man again. Such a genuine performer.
Lazaro Arbos is up next.
Lazaro Arbos has an absolutely gorgeous voice, very rich and lush. And he is a very handsome young man. He caresses this Keith Urban number. Beautiful!!
Cortez Shaw closes the performance segment of the show after the break.
Cortez Shaw sings Titanium and it is a pretty potent performance. Strong range and presence. Very nuanced and expressive.
David Willis is eliminated. Really? Too bad. Bryant Tadeo is eliminated? Oh no. This is totally unfair. Totally! Vincent Powell moves on to the Top 20. Whatever.
Mathenee Treco is eliminated. What the? Every guy I liked has so far been eliminated. Lazaro Arbos moves on to the Top 20.
Cortez Shaw moves on to the Top 20
Josh Holiday is eliminated. Honestly. They really want a girl to win, don’t they? Burnell Taylor moves on to the Top 20.
Gurpreet Singh is eliminated and Nick Boddington moves on to the Top 20.
Next Tuesday, the Top 10 girls perform, Wednesday, the Top 10 guys and Thursday is the Results Show. All live!