American Idol recap: The final cut is made ahead of the live shows
The time has almost come for the voting to be handed over to America (scary, I know), but before that, the other ten contestants make their case for a spot in the Top 14 by attempting to hold their own next to an all-star professional. We’ve got Ben Harper. We’ve got Lukas Graham. We’ve got CYNTHIA ERIVO. It’s truly a show. Since Ryan Seacrest is under the weather, mentor Bobby Bones will be leading us through the highs, the lows, and the drama. Let’s see how our kids did and which three will not make it through to the next round.
Alyssa Raghu with Julia Michaels
“Issues” by Julia Michaels
After showing her dancing pop star queen side, Alyssa is ready to slow things down and show off her vocals. Thankfully, she gets handed an emotional Julia Michaels song, so that’s no problem. This song sounds good on Alyssa. Katy particularly likes how Alyssa took a risk and sang some alternative melodies, it shows bravery and smarts. Somebody’s growiiiiiing.
Eddie Island with Lukas Graham
“Seven Years” by Lukas Graham
This is such a perfect song choice for Eddie, who at the exact right moment, is showing off a more vulnerable side of himself. The judges think so too. Luke thought Eddie did exactly what they’ve been wanting him to do with a song like this and Lionel is always happy to be reminded that yes, Eddie’s a good time, but Eddie can sing. Mission accomplished, dude.
Wade Cota with lovelytheband
“Broken” by lovelytheband
If Lionel yells out “My man!” before you’ve finished your song, you know you’re doing something right. Wade looks like he’s having the time of his life out there leading lovelytheband tonight. I still prefer emotionally-gut-you Wade to dancing Wade, but either way, it’s nice to see someone so comfortable up there on stage.
Ryan Hammond with Cynthia Erivo
“Hold On, I’m Comin’” by Sam & Dave
Um, I’m sorry, what have we done to possibly deserve a visit from the queen herself, Cynthia Erivo? WE ARE NOT WORTHY. I’m honestly surprised they didn’t tackle a big ballad together, but it is nice to see Ryan having fun with something a little more uptempo. And hello, that belt off at the end? Yes, please and thank you and more.
Evelyn Cormier with Chris Isaak
“Wicked Game” by Chris Isaak
As you probably recall, “Wicked Game” was Evelyn’s audition song. So to say this is her dream duet is a bit of an understatement. The usually super cool and casual Evelyn is geeking out. It’s kind of a dream duet for all of us — Evelyn and Chris Isaak sound gorgeous together. Luke tells her he feels like he “has a front row seat to something really special.” That’s a good sign right there.
Logan Johnson with Julia Michaels
“What A Time” by Julia Michaels featuring Niall Horan
Logan is nervous. Not only is he singing with Julia Michaels, not only is he stepping into Niall Horan’s shoes, but after a rather disappointing solo round, this is do-or-die for the kid. No pressure or anything. And although Luke wants Logan to push his vocals and provide a little more power, overall, he doesn’t seem nervous at all. It’s a quiet, intimate song, and he does a nice job of showcasing that. Julia is impressed afterward, which is really all that matters. Well, except for the judges who hold Logan’s fate in their hands. Again, no pressure.
Raquel Trinidad with lovelytheband
“Tiny Dancer” by Elton John
We’re not allowed to dock points for a contestant never having heard a song they’re about to sing, but not to know “Tiny Dancer” seems criminal. It’s “Tiny Dancer” people! I will, however, add half a point back for Elton John flair in outfit choice. BUT THAT IS IT. Their voices don’t meld together as well as some of the other duets, but Raquel is making those runs work. Katy is happy to hear some new things from Raquel’s voice, but did those tricks appear too late in the competition? Perhaps.
Alejandro Aranda with Ben Harper
“There Will Be a Light” by Ben Harper & The Blind Boys of Alabama
Ben Harper wins this show. YOU GUYS. He basically comes on and informs everyone that like Roger Murtaugh, he’s “too old for this shit” but heard Alejandro and showed up specifically for him. Alejandro and Ben live one town away from each other and Ben remembers hearing Alejandro come into his family’s music shop and playing on the guitars there. I mean, what a dream. Also a dream, this duet. As if there was any doubt, these two sound perfect together and now I would very much like to buy tickets to a Ben Harper and Alejandro Aranda tour. Make it happen, world!
Dimitrius Graham with Lukas Graham
“Love Someone” by Lukas Graham
Okay, I know they were joking about starting a boy band called “The Grahams” but after this duet, can we make that happen? The harmonies are insane. I had goosebumps throughout. We deserve The Grahams! Lionel’s a fan, too. He thought they were both in such control and that it was a perfect a duet. Katy calls it the “best sounding duet [she’s] heard today.” It was subtle but lovely. America needs to get behind Dimitrius, please.
Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon with Cynthia Erivo
“Time After Time” by Cyndi Lauper
Cynthia. Jeremiah. Together. I wept at the mere thought of it. I wept at the actual performance. American Idol should probably just end here because this is it, folks. It doesn’t get better than this duet. “It was like your guys’ souls were singing to each other,” says Katy. She isn’t wrong. In other news, where might one procure Cynthia Erivo’s pants?
Compared to the previous group, selecting three people to cut from these ten feels like a harder job. The three who will not be moving on to America’s vote are Raquel Trinidad, Logan Johnson, and Ryan Hammond. Those are some tough goodbyes. But friends, we’ve got ourselves a Top 14. Now the rest is up to America. DO NOT SCREW THIS UP.
Ryan Seacrest hosts as Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and Luke Bryan guide aspiring singers on their way to superstardom.