Lovey James – “Love Runs Out” by OneRepublic
Lovey – I loved that you used the entire stage during this performance. However you lower range was problematic. Very poorly supported. And, as a result, you encountered intonation problems. You need to remember to create energy and support within in your lower range as you certainly can do so in your upper range. However, I applaud your visual power and enthusiasm during this performance. Good job!
Adanna Duru – “Rather Be” by Clean Bandit and Jesse Glynne
Adanna – this song performance was loaded with dimension – from the quiter moments to the more powerful. Good for you. And you were very committed throughout this showcase. However, like Lovey, you need to lend more energy and support in your lower range. Articulate your words crisply while sustaining the melodic line on the pure vowel. Think British! I applaud you for using the stage – it allows for a more interesting performance no, certainly, establishes stronger communication with your audience. Good work!
Alexis Gomez – Gunpowder and Lead” by Miranda Lambert
Alexis – our Latino Country Gal! You have such a great look and this counts for great deal in this competition. I loved that you moved throughout the stage and didn’t stay planted behind the microphone, strumming your guitar. I am not sure if this song selection was the best at this stage of the competition. You have a good voice but I was aching to hear more range from you. However, your confident demeanor throughout this number was excellent and you certainly came to the show to entertain.
Joey Cook – “Somebody Like You” by Keith Urban
Joey- our singer/accordionist. Now, that’s what I call unique and certainly a first for American Idol. I can’t remember seeing a female singer play an accordion on this show. I love the whole quirky nature of your demeanor and voice. What a hoot! This song was loaded with personality and, even better, surprises! You are a phenomenon in the making. Seriously, from the dance steps to the accordion to the blue hair and the distinctive vocal sound, you are totally unforgettable and unque! And totally what this competition needs.. Brava!!
Katherine Winston – “Safe & Sound” by Taylor Swift
Katherine – you encountered some pitch issues during this number, probably from nerves. Make certain that your diaphragm guides and supports your voice. However, that being said, loved the quiet demeanor you created for this number and the gentle way you used your head voice. Your voice has an angelic quality that sets you apart from some of the other girls I heard up to this point. I am actually happy you sang a ballad – it creates a special emotional bond between the singer and listener. It is not always about singing loud and jumping all over the stage. Good for you. Congratulations!
Shannon Berthiaume – “Who Knew” by Pink
Shannon – you need to learn to enunciate your words more clearly, especially in your lower range. And this would assist you with your problems with intonation. Your voice, unfortunately, lacked direction and support. You need to gather some good technical advice from a vocal teacher or coach so that you can gain more confidence in your vocal performances. You are very talented and have an indie sort of style – which I love – so make absolutely certain you home your vocal skills with the proper technical skills.
Loren Lott – “Note to God” by JoJo
Loren – you created a beautiful presence on stage. But, oh my, your vocal performance ran away from you. Your intonation was off throughout the entire showcase. You carry a great deal of chest voice In your vocal mix and this would, in fact, emphasize your poorly centered vocal line. You need to discover the ringing quality of head voice, the purity and the beauty of this very necessary vocal element. However, that being said, you gave a very passionate performance and, despite the pitch problems, I appreciated the passion and verve your brought to this performance.
Shi Scott – “Umbrella” by Rihanna
Shi – you are one beautiful presence on that stage.
Maddie Walker – “Love Gets Me Everytime” by Shania Twain
Sarina Joi-Crowe – “Mamma Knows Best” by Jessie J