This week's theme was “Songs From The Cinema,” and most of the artists picked perfect songs to showcase their talents.
Between each act, the Top 11 gave their 'audition' for the artist about to take the stage. While it was amusing to some level, I kind of feel it was an inappropriate message to be sending, especially to the younger viewers. For me, it sent the message that it is okay to make fun of or mock other people. Granted, it was all in fun and harmless, but will the younger, more impressionable viewer understand the difference between 'having fun with' and 'making fun of.'
Sam was first up and chose to do “Come Together” from Across The Universe. He wanted to show another side of him and felt a more upbeat song could do that. I, however, did not see a “more upbeat” version of Sam. He did a fine job of singing the song, but I still saw no 'performance' from him. His vocals were there, but he still needs to loosen up more and put more into his stage presence. I do have to say, though, it was better than last week.
|Jessica - Credit: Michael Becker / FOX|
C.J. really impressed me last night. Singing “Can't You See” from Blow, he showed more of his true self. The song was a perfect fit for him, and I finally saw what the judges saw in him from the beginning. His bluesy sound was filled with the right amount of grit, and he gave an amazing performance.
Performing “Sweet Home Alabama” from Forrest Gump, Dexter also gave a great vocal performance. There was some minor audio issues, but he never missed a step. It was a good song choice for him, and he had fun with it. My only issue is that he never really took the song and made it his. It was a good performance, but it was a familiar performance... there just didn't seem to be any 'Dexter' in it.
Ben came on with “Bennie And The Jets” from the movie 27 Dresses. He began at the piano and just sang. Granted, it was vocally solid, but very plain. A bit into the song, he got up from the piano and tried to work the stage. While he is a talented singer, he does still need to work on his performance. Last night, it seemed a little too much like an amateur musical theatre Aside from the stage presence, I thought maybe it would have sounded a tad better if he sang it in a lower key. The notes seemed too high and took the focus away from him too much.
|Majesty - Credit: Michael Becker / FOX|
|Caleb - Credit: Michael Becker / FOX|
|MK - Credit: Michael Becker / FOX|
Alex came on with his guitar and gave us his rendition of “Falling Slowly” from Once. It was a slow and almost spoken performance, which I really didn't care for. It was very well controlled and beautifully sung, but I just didn't connect to him or his song choice last night. The judges thought it was very well done, but it was lost on me.
|Jena - Credit: Michael Becker / FOX|
Malaya picked “I Am Changing” from Dreamgirls. Malaya has a very powerful voice and more energy than I think she knows what to do with. While she has a great voice, I found her energetic personality distracts from her vocals. I could she her struggle to keep the energy in check last night, but again it overtook her and overshadowed the song. I admit, I was surprised by how much the judges loved her performance. Even Harry said that it was “a pleasure to watch.” Keith loved it, but he did note that there were some places she needed to reign in a little. Personally, I thought there were many places she needed to reign in.
After last night's performances, it is tough to predict the Bottom 3. All did well, and it's hard to know who America connected with. I'm guessing, with a high amount of certainty, that Majesty, Caleb, and Jena are safe. I'm also going to say with a fair amount of certainty that Jessica, Sam, and C.J. are safe. I think Dexter and MK are strong enough vocally and are the ones showing continuous growth that they should both be safe as well.
So, my Bottom 3 predictions, based on last night's show, are Ben, Alex, and Malaya. Alex will be called safe, so it will either be Ben or Malaya to be sent home... I think it will be Malaya, but have a feeling the judges will use (not wisely, in my opinion) their only save on her.
Tune in tonight 9/8c on FOX to see who gets sent home.
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