It gets weird tonight, you guys. Just be warned. Tonight is about American Classics in terms of songbook and, of course, the #idolfansave. Let’s get to it.
Tyanna Is the first to be named safe. (She looks amazing.) We don’t have any guest mentors tonight, and I’m curious to see our Idols interact closely with Scott, because we haven’t really gotten enough of him this season. (He still reads a little creepy, no?)
Anyhow, our girl is singing “Why Do Fools Fall in Love” for her first number (everyone gets two tonight), and she’s on point. She’s in her pocket—sweet, strong, playful. I love it, but it could definitely use a bit of grit, which is the exact critique the judges have. They want a bit more style, a bit more edge. Totally fair, but Tyanna is, without much question, one of our top three (possibly top two) contestants, so at this point we need more from her.
Second through is Clark. (Who almost never gets to perform early in the show, right?) Let’s see if they’ve managed to make him slightly cooler tonight. Again, for anyone who has forgotten, I don’t care if this kid is cool at all, I’m obsessed with him no matter how many button-down shirts and pleated pants he wears. His song choice for the evening is Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition” and from the moment he starts, I feel like Clark is here to prove something. The song? Slightly cooler than we’ve seen from him. The attire? Still a button down, but coupled with a slightly undone tie. It’s improvement! I’ll take what I can get. “He’s being fun, it’s so weird!” says my roommate. Exactly.
Jax is, of course, the next to go through. (They’re teasing their hopeful top final right now, right?) “Piece of My Heart” is pretty much the song I’ve been waiting to hear all season from Jax, and she sounds good. Like, REAL good. She always reads as very comfortable on stage, but this takes it up a bit. She’s at ease, completely. An old pro. Which is an impressive feat for a teenager.
Nick is through (obvs, haters), and again I will say: He can do this, if he just finds his moment. He selects “American Girl” for his first song, and the kid sounds good. He’s covered in denim and his weird haircut is curly tonight and it all works for me. (A surprise to no one, I know.) But in all seriousness, I do think he found himself a bit last week, and tonight supports that. He’s owning it. Applause, my dear Nick. One of your best.
Quentin gets good news next, and his first song is Lenny Kravitz’s “Are You Gonna Go My Way.” We’ve gotten a lot of soulful performances from Quentin. This amped up rock show suits him, for sure, but it’s not shining a spotlight on his vocals like the slow jamz have. (J.Lo says, “The pitch thing is all over the place.”) But he wraps up, and here’s where it gets real weird: In the midst of his critiques—all of which were deserved—Quentin is visibly upset. “This sucks,” he says. “This whole thing is wack,” he continues, with respect to his friends Joey and Rayvon being in the bottom two. And Harry immediately calls him disrespectful (fair), and Quentin kind of gets in Harry’s face and explains that he’s not down with seeing his two friends in the bottom. He’s being super indignant. Quentin, you 21-year-old idiot, honestly. This show is built on dreams and hope and fairness, but we all know this is corporate America. Know your (real) audience.
Of our final two, Joey is the first to take the stage tonight. “My Funny Valentine” is a smart choice, and Joey is looking sleek. She’s relaxed, looks amazing, sounds fantastic.
NEXT: Can Joey take Rayvon out?