Well, it only took one week for America’s votes – 80 million more votes than last year’s first voting show – for me to scream NSFW utterances.
It’s too early for a rant. Five of my Top 6 (so far) did make the top 20. And I found MY winner. So, let’s just get to the grades. At this point in the contest, I am very focused on post-Idol potential which is factored into my musings. To that end, uniqueness is a big part of that potential. And to add nuance going forward, grading will include pluses and minuses.
- A – Superior
- B – Good, often meaning positive moments out-weighed negative ones
- C – Meh, nothing memorable or distinctive
- D – Ugh
- F – A Gots-to-Go Situation
Round 1 (in order of performance)
Zachariah Smith (I Want to Know What Love Is Foreigner) One of my least favorite songs ever and not a good song choice for somebody who basically screeched his way through it. Top 10 material, Katy? Really? F
Matt Wilson (Say You Won’t Let Go James Arthur) His voice is kind of thin. I like him less each time I hear him. C
Nailyah Serenity (Baby Love Mother’s Finest) Lawdhamercy we got some funkupinheah! Loved the updated sound on a late-70s deeeeeep cut. Girlfriend knows her music. A
Warren Peay (Up There Down Here Zach Williams) He’s very listenable but in a meh way. C+
KAERYA (Bruises Lewis Capaldi) Uh, Lew, she OWNED your song! I’m with Katy – the arrangement was amazing. I still would like to hear a bit less of her vocal affectations, but she is a very polished, talented musician. A-
Mariah Faith (Cry to Me Solomon Burke) I thought she would have sounded more soulful given the song choice. The performance was bland. C
IAMTONGI (The Winner Takes It All Abba) He just stands there and simply sings. The purity of his voice is enough to hold his audience captive. A-
Haven Madison (Mean Girl Leanna Crawford) I’m very surprised she survived. Good song choice. Authentic performance. B-
Oliver Steele (original Too Soon) Nice song. The songwriting might separate him from others in the Chris Stapleton-ish lane like Warren Peay and Colin Stough. B-
Lucy Love (Original Boulders) I AM SHOCKED AT THIS VOTING RESULT!!! What a powerful song. Where did that come from? B+
Saying goodbye to Emma Busse (one of my Top Six); and PJAE and Elise Kristine (from my Worth Paying Attention To list).
Round 2 (in order of performance)
Hannah Nicholaisen (Somebody to Love Queen) Nice voice. Didn’t like the song choice. It came off cruise shippy. C
Olivia Soli (I Surrender Celine) Again, she’s a pretty girl with a big voice. Like lots of other pretty girls with big voices. And Katy wants her to keep singing Celine. Sheesh. C+
Marybeth Byrd (original People Pleaser) She can’t compete vocally, but her original song was powerful. B-
Michael Williams (Lose You to Love Me Selena Gomez) He’s got a very current voice and that falsetto is wow. B+
Paige Anne (Say Something A Great Big World) That was her best performance but I’m always gonna struggle with young girls singing big songs. Where is the market for that? But I guess I liked it better than I liked Olivia (above). B
Nutsa (Un-break My Heart Toni Braxton) After uttering some things not fit for print when I heard her name called, that performance wasn’t bad. (That said, I might melt if I heard KAEYRA do that song.) B
Tyson Venegas (original 180) LOVED THIS!!! Very current sound. His staging was fantastic. A-
Megan Danielle (Holy Water We The Kingdom) Her best performance. This is her lane. I hope the Contemporary Christian Music labels are watching. A-
Colin Stough (Pretty Heart Parker McCallum) He’s just not very good. D
Round 3 (The We´Ani Round)
We´ Ani (Skyfall Adele) OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG AAAAAAAAAA++++++++++
Seriously. Nobody is in her class.
Gotta go vote. See you (sometime) after the Monday show which gets us down to our Top 12.
 Prayers up for hometown, though.
 Most people won’t probably recognize this historic but mostly unknown interracial rock/funk band from the 70s.
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