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American Idol Goes Rock and Country

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This week on American Idol is Rock and Country week. Each contestant in the top 6 have to perform a rock song first and then a country song. This is the first time contestants have to sing two solo songs during live shows.

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Jena Irene

“Barracuda” by Heart- Jena started the night with another killer performance Keith loved the performance thinks she can get more lose and open up more. Both Jennifer and Harry agreed with Keith. Jennifer told her she told win the competition.

“So Small” by Carrie Underwood- Jena sounded great. Keith said Jena is “everything Idol is all about.”  Jennifer liked the performance as well. Harry disagreed with the two and didn’t know where she was going and the performance didn’t work for him.


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Sam Woolf

“It’s Time” by Imagine Dragons-  The judges loved the performance. Jennifer thought he finally came into his own as an artist. Harry thought it was the perfect song choice. Every season on American Idol there’s one adorable teenage boy who gets the teen girls to keep them in the competition.

“You’re Still The One” by Shania Twain- Keith told Sam he needed to relax more during the performance. Jennifer commented on how cute he was and then agreed with Keith.  Harry said the performance was all the same volume and that Sam finally made connection with the fans, but now needs to connect with the lyrics


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C.J. Harris

“American Woman” by The Guess Who- Harry liked his performance and thought it was a great song choice, but once again told him to focus on staying in tone. Keith and Jennifer both said rock wasn’t his thing, but Jennifer thought the performance came together.

“Whatever It Is” by Zac Brown Band- This performance was more C.J’s style, but it was a bit boring. Harry told him to pick song that he knows he will kill and songs like this one might not continue to get him by. Keith agreed with Harry.


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Alex Preston

“Animal” by Neon Trees- Alex performance did not compare to the original and left fans wanting more. Keith thought the band was playing over him. Jennifer thought, “there was a little something missing.”

“Always On My Mind” by Willie Nelson- Alex  put his spin on the Nelson hit. Harry said he is an artist and did a terrific job. Keith would have like to see more heart break in the performance. Jennifer thought it was very beautiful and a perfect balance of Alex and the original.


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Caleb Johnson

“Sting Me” by Black Crowes- Caleb gave a true rock n roll performance. He got so into it  the performance he lost the microphone, slid to pick it up, and then sang the song right on key. Harry thought the performance was “virtually impossible to beat.” Randy said it was so reckless and wild, it was real rock n roll.

“Undo It” by Carrie Underwood- Caleb made the song his own be turning it into a rock. Harry thought it was a good performance, but not as good as the first. Keith thought it was great and can’t wait to hear another country song from Caleb.


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Jessica Meuse

“Somebody to Love” by Jefferson Airplane- This performance liked like a karaoke performance. Jessica look as lost a ever.  Harry said she has a fantastic voice and thought is was a strong performance. Keith thought it was vocally strong, but needs to release and there was a disconnect. Jennifer said her voice is so powerful and “they want to everything to match, the energy and body to match” her vocal talent.

“Jolene” by Dolly Parton- Jessica did better than the first performance, but not where it should be. Harry commended Jessica on her efforts to improve. Keith hated the arrangement and thought it was too dark. Jennifer thought her vocal was very strong and she thought Jessica listen to them from the first critique.

Ashley Rae, new media journalist, beginning her career in television in 2007 at Comcast Television. She started freelance writing in summer of 2013 for local newspapers and is a video journalist for Lareena Larue. Ashley Rae has a B.A. in Communication/Electronic Media from the University of Michigan and a M.A. in New Media Journalism from Full Sail University.