My wife had the perfect summation for tonight:
A whole lot of “ok”.
That was really it. Not too many horrible performances, but not a lot to love either. Let’s look at the specifics.
Love Song by Sara Bareilles
I’ve liked Jasmine since seeing her initial audition and all the way through Hollywood Week. She’s consistently performed at a high level.
Her rendition of “Love Song” was nice, but rather boring.
Viva la Vida by Coldplay
I loved his rendition of “Georgia” in Hollywood Week, but this performance was very pitchy and he seems to have some sort of strange thing going on with his vibratto.
This Love by Mroon 5
She was all over the place with this song. It was very pitchy and she oversang much of the song.
Nick Mitchell/Norman Gentile
One of the songs from Dream Girls, I think
Oddly, at this point, his was the best performance of the night.
Still, he needs to go home. Or to Vegas, which is where he truly wants to be, I expect.
Alone by Heart
Great song choice, but is her voice big enough for this song? Yes, it is! Not as solid as Alexis Grace last week, but really good.
It’s also good that the actually performances have finally started, but was one of the backup signers off key in this performance?
Man in the Mirror by Michael Jackson
Why does someone always pick an MJ song? It rarely ends well.
Kris actually does a decent job. Nice tone and he resists the urge to oversing it.
Put Your Records On by Corinne Bailey Rae
I really like this performance. Soulfull with a cool vibe. The wife thought it was better than the original, but that her outfit was atrocious. Her dancing and arm movements seem rather awkward to me, but I guess they work for her.
If You Could Only See by Tonic
I really liked the opening, but he just doesn’t have enough rocker in him for the faster parts of this song. He has a nice voice and stays in tune (somewhat rare tonight), but it started to get dull.
I did like the ending, however.
Betty Davis Eyes by Kim Carnes
Nice performance, but something wasn’t quite there. Not good enough to get her through.
What Becomes of the Broken Hearted by Jimmy Ruffin
I really wanted Kai to do well in this performance. Unfortunately, it was nice, but rather karaoke. The performance was oddly flat, with what energy there was seeming forced.
Drops of Jupiter by Train
Nice vocals, but nothing exciting about it.
Satisfaction by the Rolling Stones
Loved the beginning. Absolutely loved it.
The faster, second part didn’t seem as genuine to me, but it still worked. He changed the song up nicely.
The wife loved it, and I would agree that it’s the best performance of the night.
So, I predict that the top two spots go to Adam Lambert and Allison Iraheta, with either Kris Allen or Megan Corkery taking the last spot.