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[American Idol-izer] Top 9 Perform

[American Idol-izer] Top 9 Perform: Part 2

Nick Fradiani

Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror” is definitely the go-to song for boring white guys, and since Nick constantly bores, this was the perfect choice. Surprisingly, this wasn’t as boring as I’d thought it’d be. It was only a straight interpretation, but this was the first time Nick actually emoted during the performance. Thanks to some welcome criticism from Boy George, Nick has finally opened up just a little bit and his performance this week was much better than it’s ever been. I won’t mind seeing this Nick make it through.

Clark Beckham

It looks like the response Clark got last week to his quieter, more emotional performance really struck a chord as he did the same this week. With The Police’s “Every Breath You Take,” Clark returned to the piano and really dug into the lyrics. Keith marveled that it took it away from the stalker-y lyrics and said it was “beautiful.” And Jennifer claimed that she “finally got goosies.” I dug the performance overall, but that final note hit a weird spot. Maybe he should’ve listened to Boy George and took it down a key after all. It was a shame that all I remember of his great performance was that last wonky note.

Qaasim Middleton

After his save, I figured Qaasim had at least another week. But I was wondering where he could’ve gone after completely destroying the stage last week. His subdued take on Robert Palmer’s “Addicted to Love” was certainly a breath of fresh air after weeks of seeing nothing but loud and wacky performances, but it feels like Qaasim has peaked. But the difference between Qaasim and the other contestants is that he knows exactly what he has to work on in order to get better. And that drive to get better might put him through to next week.

Rayvon Owen

I’ve been giving Nick Fradiani a hard time for being boring, but Rayvon completely flew under my radar. After sending both Maddie Walker and Adanna Duru home, Rayvon completely blew it. Using the same, now tired, falsetto he always does, Rayvon somehow made “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” boring. He’s a technically sound singer with a beautiful voice, but there’s no passion in it. It’s lacking fire and that’s sure to send him home next week.

As for next week, I’m sure Clark, Quentin, Nick, Jax, Tyanna, Joey, will move on through with Qaasim, Rayvon, and Daniel in the bottom three. Daniel should be the one going home, but I’m sure Rayvon will go instead.

Next week is an Idol first as it celebrates Kelly Clarkson’s career as she returns to the show as a guest mentor. It’s a nice reminder of what Idol could really do given the talent, and though the impact will never be the same as when Kelly won, a truly talented individual can make it work.

See you next week!

Nick Valdez is a second rate beauty queen who’s dreaming of the bar scene. From graduating college, finding Bigfoot (by taking off his shoes), to writing about movies, he’s been looking for that one special thing. Or cute girls. Whatever comes first, really.

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