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Live Update Of Performances At The End Of The Post
Over the next three weeks, the Semi-Final Rounds of American Idol Season 14 will feature the Top 24 Singers.
On Wednesday, February 25th, the Top 12 Guys will perform, with the viewing audience deciding via voting who will advance to the next Semi Final Round.
There are a couple of things that I find strange this season.
Previously, under the Top 24 Semi-Final format, two males and two females were eliminated each week.
However, this season, four males and four females will be eliminated the first week, thus shortening the semi -final segment of the show. I am not a fan of this decision but it is set in stone so that, as they say, is that.
Additionally, twelve singers will be performing in a one-hour show. One hour? How is that even possible? Will there be any input from the judges? Talk about rushing the process!
Also, I believe this show was pre-recorded live. Another disappointment. I want to see live performances at this stage. This is becoming more and more like The Voice.
Live shows add excitement and verve to the performances and the viewers can really see which singers can handle the pressure of a live show.
Performing for your votes on Wednesday, February 25th at 8:00 PM on Fox is:
Clark Beckham (May 15, 1992) White House, Tennessee
Rayvon Owen (June 27, 1991) Richmond, Virginia
Quentin Alexander (December 11, 1994) New Orleans, Louisiana
Savion Wright (March 13, 1992) Jasper, Texas
Qaasim Middleton (January 13, 1995) Brooklyn, New York
Trevor Douglas (January 19, 1998) Fort Worth, Texas
Nick Fradiani (November 15, 1985) Guilford, Connecticut
Daniel Seavey (January 15, 1999) Portland, Oregon
Riley Bria (September 30, 1996) Spring Hill, Tennessee
Adam Ezegalian (October 7, 1993) Wantagh, New York
Michael Simeon (September 20, 1993) Lumberton, Mississippi
Mark Andrew (October 30, 1985) Eden Prairie, Minnesota
I love all these guys but have a soft spot for Savion. I felt that he was unjustly eliminated last season so I am happy to see that the judges and producers brought him back to the fold. He is very, very talented.
Okay Idol fans – what are your thoughts about this season? Are you excited? Have you spotted any favorites yet? Let’s get this party started.
Also, I will be live blogging the show so refresh this post after each performance for updates.
Live Update Will Be Delayed Because Of My Schedule.
Adam Ezegelian – “I Wanna Rock” by Twisted Sister
TBA – I missed the performance
Michael Simeon – “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You” by Michael Bolton
TBA – I missed the performance
Savion Wright – “Hey, Soul Sister” by Train
Savion – I love this number and I love how you stamped it with your signature sound. Even with the guitar in hand, you managed to reach out to your audience in a very smart way. You stopped playing, let the band carry on and easily released your vocals in a soothing reggae – inspired style. Therefore, you emphasized not only your musicality but also your artistry. Very good. And, you took it even further, moving easily on the stage and then having everything come full circle by finishing this song while strumming the guitar. This is one of the smartest things I have ever seen by any performer this early in the competition. The judges comments were confusing to me. Did they not see what I saw? Oh well. Rock on, Savion. See you next week.
Mark Andrew – “The Weight” by The Band
Mark – you remind me of a former American Idol contestant, Casey Abrams. That being said I loved your song choice and the relaxed manner you conveyed through your vocal and performing style. However, you seemed pretty locked behind the mike stand – I was hoping that you would take the risk and move away with the mike in hand. You have a great voice but the song performance was a little too one-dimensional for my taste. I was hoping to see and hear more dimension to this song. It just sort of “lay” there, if you know what I mean. Explore your creativity when you research your repertoire and try to adapt it to suit your individual performing style.
Trevor Douglas – “Best I Ever Had” by Gavin DeGraw
Trevor – oh dear your pitch! You had some problems out of the gate. I love your look and style. You were really “giving” it on that stage but the pacing of this number was off from the start. Darn those nerves. I can see and feel the potential in you, but you have to make absolutely certain that you rehearse the movements and vocals extremely well. You cannot leave anything to chance. Trevor. Make sure your song is under technical control and then add the movements. Never allow the movements to overpower the vocals. The choreography should enhance the vocals.
Clark Beckham – “When a Man Loves a Woman” by Percy Sledge
Clark – so I see you are a contender for the prize! What a great performance and an even better song choice. You have a great, soulful voice – your upper range is gorgeous. There were some pitch issues, but, for now, I am attributing it to nerves. Easy on the screaming though Clark! You will burn out. The intensity and the commitment you brought to this performance cannot be overstated. It was exceptional really. However, you need to work on solidifying your upper vocals. Do. To squeeze out the sound – let the diaphragm guide your vocals and keep those throat muscles relaxed. That being said – this was a “noteworthy” performance. Bravo!
Rayvon Owen – “Jealous” by Nick Jonas
Rayvon – this was an interesting and smart song choice. I wasn’t expecting this song, actually. I don’t know what I was expecting, but it wasn’t this. Ha! What a great falsetto – head voice rules! Always keep it as an integral element in your vocal mix. I feel that you need to work on maintaining a seamless quality to your voice. I could hear the breaks throughout your range and, because of this, the vocals sounded lopsided to me. Like it was coming and going depending on which part of your range your were vocalizing. However, you moved easily around the stage and this raised the visual dimension of this song very much.
Daniel Seavey – “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz
Daniel – great song, loved the mandolin! And, you are loaded with charisma! So, you came all bundled up with goodies in that small package. You are incredibly musical – that cannot be disputed. However, you need to work on your vocal technique – relax that mouth and jaw and discover the power and the strength of diaphragmatic support. You need private vocal coaching stat! Stat! Especially because of your age and the possibility of a voice change in the middle of this competition. So, please, pursue this ASAP. You have a gift and you need to preserve it.
Riley Bria – “Homeboy” by Eric Church
Riley – this was a very good performance. You are such a musical singer. I loved your song choice. Also, what struck me was you excellent posture on stage. One foot slightly ahead of the other, the bend in the knee, the forward position of the body – all of these elements increased the forward momentum of the song and the projection of your vocals. I will be honest – I wasn’t 100% sure of you going into this Top 24 showcase but I can honestly now say you are in it for the long run. You are a confident and charismatic presence on that stage. Excellent work, Riley.
Quentin Alexander – “I Put A Spell On You” by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
Quentin – I love this! Right off the bat, you are phenomenal. You were totally immersed in this mysterious performance and your vocals were very, very exciting. Yes oh yes – you is putting a spell on me. This was a well-rehearsed, cohesive and artistically solid performance. You used the camera so well and were not afraid to use your body, especially your arms, to emotionally connect with the audience. This is how you fill a small performing time frame with substance and style. Bravo Quentin!
Nick Fradiani – “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran
Nick – you bring a wealth of experience and confidence to this Top 24 showcase. This was a great song choice and you were grooving very nicely to this number. You have a great voice and you play your guitar with ease. The short time frame of this number is a bit disconcerting and, because of this, I was hoping to hear more dimension to this performance. Nick – you are an excellent singer – just choose your songs wisely next time. We need to see a wider range of performing and vocal skills the next time you sing. The number has to “pop” right out of the gate.
Quasim Middleton – “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars
Quasim – okay, this is how you do it! This! Is! How! You can dance! You can sing! You can do pretty much everything! I am a fan! Way to eat up the abbreviated time frame for your performance. You are going to be an unstoppable force throughout this competition. This was a well-paced, cohesive, meticulously rehearsed number. And you have a rock solid voice and you understand how to choose the perfect number for your voice. Bravo!
It was not lost on me that some of the best singers of the night performed without a guitar in their arms. Lugging a musical instrument around at this stage of the game impedes the performance rather than enhances it.