Last night was the 3rd Showcase round for American Idol, and we can politely say that last weeks rounds got off to a better start. It was a slow night. Very few stood out, and most were out of tune. It will be interesting to see what judges Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez, and Harry Connick Jr decide for eliminations tonight after the 12 hopefuls take the stage with former Idol alumni contestants for a duet.
We start our night off with Shelbie Z. She has a playful and sassy personality that you can’t deny, and her vocals are fantastic. Her performance of ‘Work Hard, Play Harder’ by Gretchen Wilson was spot on, and perfect for her. She kicked off the night on a high note.
After the performance from Shelbie, it had seemed that the rest of the night was slow, boring, and a little off with the exception of a couple. Manny Torres followed Shelbie taking the stage with a Coldplay song. Bold move, and not the right song choice. The judges like him but they weren’t too enthusiastic about this performance in particular.
Kory Wheeler was next, and we must admit that we don’t remember him. He did a rendition of “Let It Go’ by James Bay. It was a nice song choice, but it wasn’t memorable to say the least. We think he might be heading home tonight. Amelia Eisenhauer, who follows suit with Wheeler. She does an okay version of “Wake Me Up,’ but EDM doesn’t suit her voice, and the judges agreed.
Jenn Blosil does a quieter version of Justin Bieber’s “Sorry.” It was a quirky, and unique performance. Harry thought most of it was out of tune, and Keith commended her originality. Blosil has enough artistry and talent to make it through to the next round. We’re not worried. With that, C.J. Johnson took the stage, and we must say, he was better than some. The judges praise the song choice, but Harry is patient while explaining notes and how they work.
Lee Jean comes out and does what he does best, which is an Ed Sheeran song. He did a great job, but the judges unanimously agree that it wasn’t the right song choice. He’s got great talent, and we hope his vocal was strong enough to carry him through to the next round. Unfortunately, he couldn’t hold a candle to Trent Harmon. Harmon covered “What Are You Listening To” by Chris Stapleton and nailed everything. He’s good at portraying emotion, and has a great vocal with good pitch. We predict that we’ll be seeing a lot more of him.
Tristan McCintosh is a season favorite. She ran out on stage singing Carrie Underwood’s “Good Girl,” and even when it’s just a fine job, you can still tell that she has incredible talent. The judges don’t believe it was the right song choice, but she has a greater potential to go through to the next round then many of these contestants thus far.
Adam Lasher wasn’t memorable this week. Again, it was another boring, and slow performance that wasn’t strong enough. We aren’t sure what was happening with the contestants last night, but it didn’t gear up until the very end when Dalton Rapottoni, and Olivia Rox took the stage. Rapottoni’s performance was slowed down and My Chemical Romance’d, and it was perfect. His vocal was strong, emotional, and powerful enough to show the judges that he belongs in the competition. He’ll make it far, along with the last performer of the night, Olivia Rox.
Rox took the stage and the audience on a wild ride with her rendition of Demi Lovato’s “Confident.” The song suited her well. It was a great song to end with, and according to Keith, the show should have started with her. We couldn’t agree more.
What did you think of the solo performance last night? Did anyone stick out to you? Sound off in the comments below.
Don’t forget to watch more Idol duets, and eliminations tonight at 8 ET on FOX.
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