FOXThursday's edition of American Idol featured the top 12 girls taking the stage in the Motor City at The Fillmore Detroit Theater, where they sang for judges Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick, Jr., as well as America’s votes. The top 12 guys performed on Wednesday. The top 16 contestants, based on America’s votes, will be revealed next week.
Lovey James, the 16-year-old rock singer from Portland, Oregon, opened the show with “Love Runs Out,” by OneRepublic. Lopez called the performance “awesome.” Connick noted James took a risk with the song choice, but it paid off. Keith believed the performance got better and better as it went on.
Student Adanna Duru, 18, changed the pace with her version of “Rather Be,” by Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne. Urban praised the singer for squeezing so many of her vocal capabilities into such a short span of time. Lopez noted that Adanna was “going for blood.” Her only critique was that Adanna needed to learn to control her excitement. Connick said the performance was Duru’s strongest so far.
Alexis Gomez, the 22-year-old who calls herself a “singing Mexican hillbilly,” tackled Miranda Lambert’s “Gunpowder and Lead.” Harry loved the performance, but cautioned her against adding a fake twang to her voice just because she’s singing a country song. Keith said the strongest part of Gomez’s performance was when she got rid of the guitar she was playing for part of the song. He suggested she lose it altogether for future performances. J-Lo praised Alexis for “playing around” with her style.
The Accordion-toting Joey Cook of Woodbridge, Virginia, put a Cajun spin on Urban’s “Somebody Like You.” It brought Keith to his feet and he praised Cook for taking the song and making it her own. Jennifer thought Joey did a good job of showcasing who she was. Harry remarked that if he and Keith ever had a kid, “that’s what the music would sound like.”
Next up, Massachusetts native Katherine Winston, performed Taylor Swift’s “Safe and Sound.” Urban thought it was a good choice, but advised her to “feel” the song more. Connick, on the other hand, questioned the song choice, explaining that he didn’t think it was right for the competition. Lopez called the Idol hopeful’s voice “magical.”
Shannon Berthiaume, a 17-year-old student from St. Paul, Minnesota, tackled Pink’s “Who Knew.” Harry noted Shannon appeared “green,” compared to the other acts in the competition -- a great quality now, but it would probably wear off in time. Keith thought Shannon was a great singer, but made a bad song choice. Jennifer also told Berthiaume she was a talented singer and urged her to believe in herself.
Loren Lott took the stage next, singing Charice’s “Note to God.” Lopez applauded Lott for giving a “brave performance.” Connick added that it was “powerful,” as well. Urban declared Loren is “giving everyone one a run for the money.”
Model Shi Scott delivered a soulful performance of Rihanna’s “Umbrella" that Keith called “powerful” and “gutsy,” but unfortunately was the wrong song choice. Jennifer agreed, explaining that the song didn’t really show what Scott could do. Harry thought going with a well-known song was a smart move, but agreed with the other judges that “Umbrella” a poor choice.
Maddie Walker, 17, tackled Shania Twain’s “Love Gets Me Every Time.” Connick called it a “good, solid performance,” but Urban once again questioned the song choice, as did Lopez.
This is Sarina-Joi Crowe‘s fourth attempt at becoming the next "American Idol" and she made the most of it by belting out Jessie J’s “Mamma Knows Best.” J-Lo thought Sarini-Joi's performance rivaled the original. Harry noted that Sarini-Joi’s look and sound were great, as well as the arrangement. Keith added that the performance was “the perfect balance of loose and tight.”
Jax’s changed the mood 180 degrees, taking on Nancy Sinatra’s version of “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down).” Urban loved Jax’s “artistry and originality,” adding, “It was killer.” Lopez declared, “We’ll definitely be seeing you next week.” Connick agreed.
Tyanna Jones, 16, closed the show with “Lips Are Movin,” by Meghan Trainor, which, according to Connick, safely put her into the “ridiculously talented category.” Urban agreed, but also urged the teen not to be afraid of singing in even higher keys. Jennifer said Jones’ voice was “from God himself” and told the singer to “just be you.”
American Idol continues next Wednesday on Fox at 8 p.m. Eastern time.
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