Dedicating Sunday’s performance of Foreigner’s “I Want to Know What Love Is” to his hometown of Amory, Miss., which was recently ravaged by a devastating tornado, Smith presented a refreshingly mature version of himself, both vocally and in his toned-down (but still energetic) stage presence. Voice and personality considered, I absolutely see him making it to the finale.
There are a lot of talented people this season, but personally I’d love to see a finale with We Ani & Kaeyra. That would be a powerhouse of a finale!! If the 2 of them don’t end up having careers even if they don’t win, I would be shocked! But again, lots of talent this season, but those are the 2 to beat IMO.
I don’t agree w the top 20. There are few that shouldn’t be there. Dwason Wayne should be on the top 20 he is already an artist w a lot of talent.
We Ani, Marybeth, Kaeyra, Hannah, Iam, Tyson, and Megan were the best tonight!!!
Four singers I voted for went home: Dawson, Elise, Emma and Elijah. So frustrating!!!!
I’m dreading tomorrow night, but I voted for: Wè, Iam, Tyson, Kaeyra, Hannah, Michael, Nutsa, Oliver, Warren, and Zachariah.
I think the finale will be Wè vs. Iam.
I also wanted to say the original songs tonight were very good. Kudos to AI for allowing them to showcase their songwriting skills!
Argh, I thought we were done with the swaybots! That said, my money’s on Iam.
Tonight wasn’t live, their twitter said tomorrow is the first live show.
I was gonna say…the timing was off with Lionel Richie’s daughter’s wedding in France this weekend.
6 hrs. of TV, & going from 26-12 contestants in just 48 hrs….this is a bit much. lol. But anyway… (1) I’m not surprised, but sad to see Elijah go. I think he & Emma made poor song choices last week, & it seems Elise may not have connected that well with the audience. (2) Poor Paige: “Go home. Come back. Go home. Come back.” Unfortunately, tomorrow, I think she might be going home again. (3) I’m surprised Lucy made it through. (4) My top 12 might be: Megan, We, Kaerya, Iam, Warren, Olivia, Naeliyah, Zachariah, Oliver (tonight wasn’t his best, though), Colin, Marybeth…and either Matt or Michael.
(5)..I think Iam might have this in the bag. If not, I think it’s high time for a girl to win. If it isn’t Iam, I’d love to see Megan, We or Kaerya win.
Some great voices in the competition. Congratulations to the guys & gals that made it thus far.
persononally I think WE’ ANI & IAM TONGI should walk away with it ALL >
Would be a great “look at me now” performance for both of them.
I agree 200%
love We’ but I cant understand a word that comes out of Collins mouth, especially when its an original song
Iam made a great choice with the ABBA song…he is just a dude with a guitar & he brings so much emotion! 💕
are you kidding me…they picked lucy love over Elise Kristine ………WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE…….lucy love is terrible….and some of the other ones are not as good as Elise
I hate that they pick out these back stories to identify the contestants with! These singers are there to win a singing competition, not make people feel sorry for them!
Now that my rant is over, Iam won my heart with his first song Monsters (and not because of his back story either), and every song he’s sang since! I hope he wins.
I also find it upsetting that Emma Busse was eliminated just 6 hours after doing her ABC News interview, showcasing her as one of the only 2 British Columbians in the top 24. They shouldve done this when she made the top 24 or waited until she didn’t make the top 20 to show her support; bad timing in my opinion.
And lastly, I really wish Megan wouldn’t limit herself to Christian music. I’m thinking her grandpa was probably referring to her outfits and song selections she sang in the bars, and sure! U can certainly change ur style to some degree, but there are a lot of songs out there that are both tasteful and respectful she could sing as well, and not just limit herself so early in her career and especially when in a singing competition!
I agree with you about the sobby back stories (and Megan) stuff. Emma may still have a chance. (read my comment below yours) we will find out tonight.
This is tough because there were a lot of outstanding performances. I guess the top 3 for me would be Iam, We Ani & Kaeyra. Following 2nd to them (In a tight race) would be Megan (kind of has that Bonnie Raitt grit goin’ on), Tyson, Nutsa & Olivia. Note: And as much as I like Lucy’s voice I think she can be much better than she’s coming across. I can’t shake the feeling that her singing sounds too “desperate.” If she could just lay back in a little bit, I think she would be much better.
My only big disappointment was that Emma didn’t make it into the top 20. But there’s still hope because the judges get to choose 2 more (as wild cards) from the 6 that were eliminated. I’m keeping my fingers crossed!
Other than my top 3 (they will get recording contracts, despite whether they win or not, imho), I’m curious to see how the performances from all the others evolve over the rest of the season.
The wild cards would’ve happened during the episode so that’s not happening. Also, I think the days of that many people getting contracts from the show are over.
So I was partially right on the wildcard thing. Here is a quote from the article that I read from, “On Monday (April 24) in another 3 hour episode, Host Ryan Seacrest will declare TEN singers safe. The Top 10 will sing a song of VICTORY. The remaining TEN singers will perform for **TWO wildcard** spots, chosen by judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan. The show ends with a Top 12. Ahead of Monday’s show, vote for the EIGHT contestants YOU believe voters and the judges will eliminate. Then vote for the Top 26 eliminated singer YOU believe got ROBBED. Or maybe nobody was robbed! Finally, vote for your TWO favorite Top 20 performances.” (From MJSBIGBLOG.COM) I originally thought it was from the six that were eliminated first (making it 20). But actually it’s two wildcards from the ten that were eliminated Sunday night.
And I suppose I should’ve broadened my comment from “contracts” to however one might define big success. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. :-)
American Idol – Final 20…
3 Black women
9 White Women
1 Black man
5 White Men
1 Asian man
REALLY! Is that a good representation of American?
What would you want? Does it all have to be about race and gender?
What a confusing comment. There is perhaps an intelligent and interesting discussion to be had about the inclusion of contestants from outside the US (Nutsa, Tyson, Emma). However, how could you possibly have a problem with the inclusion of an ‘islander’? Iam is from Hawaii. Hawaii is part of the United States of America. Furthermore, being a citizen or resident of the USA (or of any other country) is not contingent on being a specific race; Americans come in all shapes, sizes, and colours.
This is a singing show. The goal is not to represent American demographics but to display the best singing talent that the country has to offer.
These talented singers were voted for by the American public and the American public alone. I would personally always rather see the best singers advance than have contestants put through based on their race. Let the voice and the performances be the most important considerations. Otherwise, why tune in to a singing competition?
My take on the top 20: I was pretty shocked that Emma did not make it as she was/is in my top 3 and her vocals have been consistently top-notch. Hoping for a wildcard spot for her. I loved Kaeyra, Megan, Oliver, Iam, and Lucy (controversial last pick it seems, based on this poll).
Megan, Kayera, Oliver, and Iam are all ready to go. With all four, I like some performances more than others (this wasn’t Oliver’s week, that’s for sure) but overall I think their talent is undeniable and I feel that all four of them really know how to make a song their own, have control over their voices, and have gorgeous tones. I love the tone of Lucy’s voice and loved her original song, but she needs to relax a bit and cut back on the over-singing and slight desperation in her voice. However, she just feels it so deeply that I’m backing her.
I think We has an incredible voice, but I’ve not yet connected to one of her performances on AI in the same way I did with her performances on the Voice. Just a personal thing though, clearly, as everyone else is going crazy over her. Definitely a contender for the top 3, regardless.
Zachariah & Nutsa both impress me with their vocal and performance abilities, but they both need to take a song that means the world to them and make me feel something more. If they can dig a bit deeper emotionally then I would be happy to see either in the top 3.
I would round out the top 12 with Marybeth Bird (gorgeous control and emotion), Tyson (the voice is there but he needs to connect with the lyric better and watch his pitch), Warren & Nailyah.
I love both Mariah and Hannah’s tones but they are so inconsistent. I think we will get some great records from them in the future, regardless of the competition, though.
I though Matt, Haven, Colin, and Michael were all quite weak. Paige and Olivia have strong voices but I feel nothing when they sing, and I think in 2/3 years they might be more ready for primetime.
What a talented top 20, whichever way you slice it.
I pretty much agree with everything that you said! i’d like to add that Nutsa is a fantastic singer and showperson. However, she feels a little too “Las Vegas” for me, instead of a real artist. (or songwriter, if she even does that)
I agree with you about Nutsa! I personally want her in the top 12 because she’s so entertaining, and I think there’s certainly a place for singers like her in the music industry. She definitely sings much better than many stars whose primary appeal is the entertainment factor (looking at you, Jlo). My hope for her is that she finds a way to really emote and connect with a song. Stripping it back this week was needed, but I still didn’t really feel it as much as I would have liked. She needs to avoid cheesy ballads and instead pick a song which means the world to her. Or completely change up a song and put her own emotional perspective on it.
I’m hoping the backstage crew of vocal coaches, song arrangers, and producers give her this feedback, because if she could combine her stage presence and vocal talent with a genuine emotional connection she could be a real success in the industry, which would be great for the show.
She definitely can’t (no hometown voting support) and shouldn’t (her voice doesn’t match the top-tier contestants) win the season, though, having said that.
I googled what percentage identify as Black in US. It’s only 11%…so yes. A good representation.
If it’s honestly the viewing public voting, what more can anyone do but to vote for who they want, Currently there are more white people in this country than people of color. Nothing wrong with that in an of itself
Color or race don’t sing so American
Ldol did great representation!
Fantastic singers with so much Talent! God bless you all
May the Lord continues to bless you all. Congratulations!
I have truly enjoyed all of your voices! Loved and your stories o f your life and how you have overcome them!
Great job all of you!!❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️