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I was disappointed to see the elimination of Savion and Riley on Wednesday. They both brought considerable musical skills to this competition and I felt had depth and potential that we did not have the chance to see and enjoy.
To eliminate 4 instead of 2 singers this week was not a good thing. In fact, it hinders and defeats the whole Top 24 process as we have come to know in previous seasons. We need to slowly eliminate singers, allowing the voters time to familiarize themselves with the Top 24
The American Idol Top 8 Female Performance Show begins on Thursday, March 5th at 8:00 PM on Fox.
American Idol will be celebrating the iconic period of music from the Motown era of music. They will be performing at the Filmore Detroit, with mentoring assistance from the great Aretha Franklin. I can already visualize which singers will advance or no. Can you?
I am on vacation until the end of March but will provide updates – if not live, but delayed. But they will be there.
How about you? Do you have any favorites from this Group of 12? Who do think will be eliminated this week?
MasterClass away everyone in the comments section.
Tyanna Jones — Bobby Day/Michael Jackson’s “Rockin’ Robin”
Tyanna – I am in love with your smooth, unaffected, seamless style of performing. And this translates to your singing voice. What a gem of an instrument! You are blessed with a golden vocal instrument that has been carefully honed via the correct technical skills. What a great song choice for you! You inhabited the fun-loving emotion of this song, moving and engaging the audience with carefree abandon. I loved the little melodic change ups you added to the mix – giving us a glimpse into the vastness of your range. Love you!! Brava!
Loren Lott – Michael Jackson’s “I Wanna Be Where You Are”
Loren – you are a very strong vocalist. A major contender in this competition. You created a very glamorous look on that stage and appeared confident and rather sultry throughout this performance. Be careful that you do not push the sound too strongly from your throat. At times, the balance between the head and chest voice was super and, yet, at times, the chest voice got in the way of a ringing vocal sound. However, overall, this was an absolutely solid performance. Excellent work!
Maddie Walker — The Jackson 5’s “I’ll Be There”
Maddie – you created a lovely, peaceful ambience throughout this number. You sang this song with heart and sincerity. However, your upper notes – during the “I’ll Be There” refrain – sounded very constrained, very tight. Make sure you add more of the ring and clarity of your head voice when sustaining in your upper register. Keep the throat open and relax, allowing the diaphragm to guide your vocal sound to the front of your vocal masque. Never push and remember to sustain on the pure vowel of each and every lyric.
Joey Cook — The Miracles’ “Shop Around”
Joey – this was a great song choice. And, as you are a very innovative artist, I was interested to see what you were going to do with this song. Right off the bat, you owned the stage and added your signature to this iconic song. It had an almost retro big band feel – it was truly unique. Your voice oozed with expression and nuance and you gave an engaging, entertaining performance. You remind me of a young Bette Middler – so that can’t be a bad thing can it? However, I will be interested to see how you will interpret a ballad – that will be key to your future success on this show.
Sarina Joi-Crowe — The Miracles’ “You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me”
Sarina – I loved the gentle way you paced this number, allowing your vocals to blossom with nuance and inflection. Be careful of that shaking jaw – a sign of underlying tension in your vocal delivery. Also, as a beautiful as this performance was, I was hoping for more dimension to this performance. However, it took courage to sing an acoustic version of this song and, that alone, should be a powerful testament to your potential in this competition.
Adanna Duru — Lionel Richie’s “Hello”
Adanna – this is such a beautiful song and you have the perfect vocal gift to successfully deliver this song. The aching poignancy in your voice was just the ticket. You really felt the words and used your body, especially your arms, to deliver the emotional message of this song. I loved the ascending vocal pattern you added at the end of this song. It was excellent. Now you need to work on your intonation and this will only improve once you strengthen your diaphragmatic support muscles. It is great that you can lose yourself in the song, but the technique has to be front and center, providing the foundation for a solid vocal performance
Jax — Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell’s “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”
Jax – what an innovative Intro to this song. For a moment I thought – is she singing a big band song? That’s what it’s all about though – adding your personal signature to a song. Now, how I wished you had moved around the stage! I felt that the song lost some momentum and verve in mid stream. As a result, you voice became wayward – as if you were singing inward instead of outward. It did not project, I feel, the way you intended so be careful that you rehearse your numbers thoroughly, paying close attention to the projection of your voice.
Alexis Gomez — The Four Tops’ “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)”
Alexis – this is just a fun – loving number. Like Tyanna’s Rockin’ Robin! Great way to bookend this Top 8 show! You had such a great time on that stage and moved with ease. However your voice really encountered major intonation issues – and you had problems getting it back on track. It is wonderful to move and groove and have a great time on that stage, but, honestly, you need the technique to support your vocal sound. Practice the song first – solidifying it with solid technical skills – and then add the movements. You do NOT have to move constantly. It should compliment the performance, not diminish it. Less is more.
Top vocalist Of The Night Was Tyanna Jones. (MCL PICK)