David Cook, American Idol season 7 winner, came back to mentor the Top 8. Each artist must sing a song for them 1980s.
Jena Loves Rock N Roll
Jena Irene started off the show strong with a slowed down version of “I love Rock N Roll.” She started on the piano and slowly picked up the tempo. Jennifer wanted more rock n roll, but she did like the performance and how Jena put her own stamp on it. Harry thought it felt choreographed.
Dexter Switches It Up
Dexter finally did something the judges weren’t expecting with “Keep Your Hands To Yourself.” Last week the judges asked Dexter to do something different instead of the popular current country anthems. The thought he did a good job this week. Keith did tell him he was stiff in the beginning and not to worry so much.
Malaya Watson Goes Through The Fire
Malaya attempted the Shaka Khan’s classic. For the first time, Malaya didn’t received praise from the judges. Keith and Jennifer told her to relax because she naturally can sing demanding songs. Harry felt she sacrificed majority of the song to hit the big note at the end.
Jessica Meuse Sings A Blondie Classic
Jessica chose “Call Me” for 80s week. She looked uncomfortable and focused more on her moment then the song at times. Harry said she needed to feel the groove and sing in the pocket. Keith is waiting for her to release.
Sam Woolf Improves
Sam Woolf did a solo acoustic version of “Time After Time.” The judges explained they saved him because of his musical capabilities. Jennifer thought he did a good job. With all the girls in the audience Harry noticed he looked at the camera the entire time. Harry also told Sam to look Ricky Nelson on YouTube so he could learn from him.
Alex Preston Takes On The Police
Alex had the Jennifer in disagreement with Harry and Keith with his version of “Every Breath You Take.” Harry suggests making it more stage worthy because the coffee house approach is going to catch up to him. Keith agreed with Harry. Jennifer thought changing it up as much as he did “lost the soul of the song.”
C.J. Harris Goes Free Fallin
C.J. Tom Petty Jennifer said it started of shaky, but she enjoyed it. Harry thinks he has a connection that is indescribable. This connection is something the others do not have. Keith explained there is a survivor tone in C.J’s voice that he loves.
Caleb Closes Out The Show With A Bang
Caleb Johnson rocked out “Faithfully” by Journey. Keith brought out his lighter app during the performance. Jennifer thought it was amazing and that he murdered it. Caleb started off soft and slow in which is something he hasn’t done before making Harry proud. Harry said he has been waiting for him to do this and liked the performance.
During duets judges are not allowed to critique their performance. Jennifer said she likes what the duets are doing for the contestants and their opening up.
Sam and Alex : “The Girl Is Mine” by Micheal Jackson- They did the song no justice.
Jena and Caleb: “It’s Only Love” by Brian Adams and Tina Turner- Their powerful voices matched well.
Malaya and C.J: “I Knew You Were Watching” by Aretha Franklin and George Michael. They gave a fun performance
Jessica and Dexter: “Islands In The Stream” by Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers: Performance was boring and didn’t come close to the original.Google+