Group two of the top 24 performed their duets last night with former American Idol superstars, Kellie Pickler, David Cook, Haley Reinhart, Chris Daughtry, Constantine Maroulis, and Jordin Sparks. They all had their shot to sing with the American Idol hopefuls, and give them some advice before taking the stage. After the duets, the judges deliberated on who will be going on to the next round, and who will be going home. It was a tough decision last night seeing as every contestant seemed to have an off day on Wednesday. But before we get to the verdict, let’s have a quick recap of the duets:
Amelia Eisenhauer had her shining moment last night while singing Sara Evan’s “Suds in the Bucket” with Pickler who sang the song 10 years ago in Season five. Eisenhauer played the fiddle during the performance, and stepped up her game, making it an improvement from her solo the night before. The song was well in her wheelhouse, and had a great time playing with Pickle. “You stepped up to the plate in a big way,” Urban said.
Next, Kory Wheeler teamed up with Reinhard singing Elton John’s “Bennie and the Jets.” It was a good song choice for Wheeler. “I have nothing negative to say,” Connick told Wheeler. Following Wheeler was Lee Jean and Chris Daughtry. They sang Daughtry’s original song, “Home.” Both played guitar, and made it yet another strong performance. Jean sounded incredible, and is well deserving of being in the competition.
C.J. Johnson and Cook sang “The World I know” by Collective Soul, which was the last song Cook sang on the seventh season. It was a lacking performance, and Johnson was struggling to keep up with Cook. Overall, Connick thought that their voices blended well together.
Manny Torres and Sparks teamed up to perform Sparks hit single, “No Air.” Sparks really pushed Torres to connect with the lyrics, and that showed after they took the song to the stage. There was chemistry with the two, but we believe it could have been better. The judges loved how well they worked together.
Next up was Jenn Blosil and Maroulis. They both chose “My Funny Valentine” for their duet. They both gave a sultry performance, which highlighted Blosil’s quirkiness. Lopez and Urban loved it, and thought it was the perfect embodiment of a duet, while Connick thought it turned into a shouting match.
Tristan McCintosh and Pickler were up next performing “The Best Days of Our Lives” that Picker wrote with Taylor Swift. It was another great performance, and the two definitely had chemistry on stage. They were followed by Olivia Rox, and Cook, singing Cook’s “Light On.” Rox had a great performance on Wednesday, and last night she continued to perform astoundingly. She has strong vocals that will carry her far into the competition. “Your voice is phenomenal,” Lopes said. “You sing like you really know music,” Connick added. Rox gave one of the best performances of the night.
Adam Lasher was up next with Haley Reinhart for a performance of Elvis’ “Can’t Help Falling in Love.” It was a gorgeous performance, and it made for a captivating duet. “It looked like you guys were falling in love in front of my eyes,” Connick said.
Daughtry and Dalton Rapattoni also had one of the best performances of the night. They were up next singing “Higher Ground,” which Daughtry sang during season five. The first CD Rapattoni ever owned was Daughtry’s, so for him this duet was a dream come true. He kept up with Daughtry and made yet another great performance. The guy can sing just about anything.
Rapattoni was followed by Trent Harmon and Sparks. It was another strong pairing, and Harmon really held his own. Closing out the night was Maroulis and Shelbie Z. They had picked “Bohemian Rhapsody” for their duet, which is a risky move for anyone. Shelbie did the best she could but she failed at connecting with the audience. “You didn’t seem to have a point of view,” Connick said.
After the duets, the judges deliberated to find out who was staying, and who was going home. After a commercial break of making decisions, they came back knowing who they would be sending through. The first person to make it through was Jean. He was followed by Rox, Blosil, Rapattoni, Torres, McIntosh, and Harmon. Lasher, Eisenhauer, Shelbie, Johnson, and Wheeler were sent home.
The top 14 of the Farewell season is:
Jeneve Rose Mitchell
Next week it is up to America to decide with their votes. What did you think of last night’s performances?
Tune in next Wednesday for the first live show on FOX at 8 ET.
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