American Idol RECAP 3/26/14: Season 13 “Top Nine Perform” #IdolTop9

American Idol RECAP 3/26/14: Season 13 “Top Nine Perform” #IdolTop9

It’s another exciting night for AMERICAN IDOL on FOX. Season 13 is really heating up and the remaining 9 singers  perform their favorite tunes with Rickey Minor and his band.

On last week’s performance show the Top 10 – Caleb Johnson, JessicaMeuse, MK Nobilette, Alex Preston, Dexter Roberts, Majesty Rose, Malaya Watson and Sam Woolf, C.J. Harris and Jena Irene – performed songs on the “Top 10 Sings Top 10” - themed performance show.  Song selections had to be a Top 10 song from 2010 to the present.  Did you happen to catch the last episode and see which cast member was sent home? If not we recapped who got the boot and it’s all right here for you.

On tonight’s episode the Top Nine – C.J. Harris, Jena Irene, Caleb Johnson, Jessica Meuse, Alex Preston, Dexter Roberts, Majesty Rose, Malaya Watson and Sam Woolf – will perform on the “(I’m With The) BAND!”- themed performance show. The IDOL hopefuls will act as the lead singer for Rickey Minor and his band, performing their favorite songs.

On the season’s first half-hour live results show airing Thursday, tune in to find out who will be sent home. Plus, for the very first time, Grammy Award-nominated pop star Janelle Monáe will perform her new single, “What Is Love,” from the album “Rio 2: Music from the Motion Picture.”

Tonight’s show is going to be an exciting one, which I’m not going to miss and neither should you. Tune in tonight at 8 PM EST! Celeb Dirty Laundry is your go to place for all the up-to-date American Idol News and we’ll be recapping the performances right here for you. Do you have a favorite so far? Hit up the comments and let us know who you really like!

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Alex Preston is singing “Don’t Speak” by No Doubt. [VIDEO HERE]

Judges Comments: Keith“Hey man, personally I love that you got your thing. You got a particular style, I do feel like the one thing I want you to do a little more of is give a little bit of edge somewhere. If you give it a bit of edge in the vocal delivery it will grad me a little more. I’m glad you’re here.” Jennifer“The song so kinda kicks butt, and that was the soft version of the song, which is very much you. It kinda sucked the energy out of the song. Your voice is undeniable, you have all of us in the palm of our hand and that is a beautiful thing about you.” Harry“This is such an exciting time for you as an artist. Here’s what I really admire about you, you have your feet very firmly planted in this competition and you can afford to move things around. What I would like to see you do is physically move around. I think you would probably like to move. I would love to see you move around and engage the audience. Maybe that’s where the edge you need is.”

Majesty Rose is singing “Shake It Out” by Florence + The Machine. [VIDEO HERE]

Judges Comments: Jennifer“That’s the Majesty that I love and the Majesty I miss. Vocally it was all over the place, but performance wise I thought it was a 10. It felt so good.” Harry “You’re so talented, from the first day I remember you. I’ve been waiting for you to connect. I think you’re so close to breaking through in this competition. You’re so different every week I think it’s hard for people to latch onto you. All you did was jump around four times, and the audience went wild. If you are lucky enough to stick around in this competition, you are so close to owning the stage. I’m really proud of you.” Keith“We always talk about song choice, and I think that was a great choice for you. I think what happens is when the adrenaline of the crowd kicks in, it could feel like a really energized performance and then you watch it back it looks kinda out of control. The way you sing and the goods you got, you can just bring us to you. I know you can.”

Dexter Roberts is singing “Boondocks” by Little Big Town. [VIDEO HERE]

Judges Comments: Harry – Watching that footage of you fixing that tractor, it reminded me of how much I hated it when my dad made me fix the John Deere. When you sang “Lucky Man” a couple of weeks ago I really enjoyed it. A lot of times you pick these big anthem songs and if you don’t make them your own, they sound generic. I just wish you would sing a song to show us your voice, every time you pick a song it’s a rhythmic song. You gotta be so big to pull it off, and I just didn’t feel it tonight.” Keith – “I think Harry needs a gummy bear. You know what’s interesting, on one hand I hear what Harry is saying it’s hard for you to tell us who you are. I would say if Little Big Town hadn’t recorded that song and had given it to you and you sung it just like that I think it would have been a hit on Country Radio. What I want to see is another side of you. Give us something we haven’t seen yet.” Jennifer- “You know Dexter you’re our resident country guy. I hear what they are saying though, you could do something else. But, I liked it I think you did a great job.”

Malaya Watson is singing “Long And Winding Road” by The Beatles. [VIDEO HERE]

Judges CommentsKeith – “Gosh that was beautiful baby. Wow, you really chose a performance that showed us your voice and I could feel for your voice. That’s where your personality comes through when you hit the right place and we get a sense of your spirit. That performance really showed me your spirit, it was beautiful.” Jennifer – “When you come out here with that kin of control when we know you can be off the rails, your voice really stands out above the others to me. It sounds like the voice of a young Michael Jackson, I hear hints of it. You blow me away.” Keith – “I give you the award for most consistently performing, you really listen to what we say. One night – non-performance related that I heard you say. We were always taught to work on our craft, forget stardom, put it out of your mind, learn every line of every chord. With a voice like yours, ears like yours, and an attitude like yours you can really become something great. Nice job tonight.”

Sam Woolf is singing “Hey There Delilah” by Plain White T’s. [VIDEO HERE]

Judges Comments: Jennifer “You know that song was perfectly suited for you, that’s the exact type of music I think you should be doing. If I could say one thing, it’s did you have anyone in mind that you were singing to? You know, so we really get the feeling that there is a Delilah out there.” Harry – “Who’s idea was it for you to do the stripped down performance? That’s what I wanted to mention last week about being self-assertive, this is how I see you presented in a stripped down, bared bone music environment. That said – I couldn’t agree with Jen more, sometimes I wished you would go inside your head and pull out some feelings.” Keith – “Sam, I’ve always talked about how much I like the tone of your voice, it’s a beautiful tone. That’s a very specific song, with very specific melody, be looser. You can be looser with your voice, loosen up a little bit and like Jen said sing it to somebody.”

Jessica Meuse is singing “Rhiannon” by Fleetwood Mac. [VIDEO HERE]

Judges Comments: Harry“You know how when people start out in their careers they are always compared to someone. When you sing this song, it’s tough. For me this might have been one of my favorite performances you have done. It was a suttle change but it felt focused, I think you may have been thinking of what the song meant to you. This performance seemed different to me. Im proud of you, great job.” Keith – “You look great, I love the way you look. You look comfortable which is good. Part of what you gotta work on now if you want to do this is being as comfortable without your instrument as you are with it. When Stevie does it, I go into Stevie. You gotta do something more like that. Keep that in mind when you choose the song.” Jennifer – “I think what Harry was referring to is your confidence is improving, I could see it in the monitors when you were connecting with the audience. Again, taking on a Stevie Nicks number, your voice is beautiful, I could listen to you sing all day, but you gotta draw us in. You gotta do something that makes us want to watch you, not just listen to you.

CJ Harris is singing “If It Hadn’t Been For Love” by The SteelDrivers.  [VIDEO HERE]

Judges Comments: Keith“How are you feeling tonight, are you missing home? Personally, I think that was a clever choice to do that, it allowed you to tap into the soulful side of you. All I would ask is be careful that you don’t confused the sound of expressing with the feeling of expressing. That’s a big difference, when you pull it from within here to out-the response would be different.” Jennifer – “I also think this was a good choice for you. I never get tired of hearing your voice because you have a unique sound. With you CJ it is going to be about consistency, I wish I had known the song you were doing better, I couldn’t be there with you.” Harry – “CJ when I preform I think of it like being a juggler, you gotta keep the connection with the audience, the lyrics, the intonation going. There’s a lot of stuff you gotta do that the audience doesn’t realize what is going on. I’m going to pound home, you can hear CJ I know you have good ears. Sit down to a piano and pound the notes out, you have to work on your pitch. I think it was a good performance but you have potential to do better next week.

Caleb Johnson is singing “Dazed And Confused” by Led Zepplin. [VIDEO HERE]

Judges Comments: Jennifer“you did your thing on that, here’s something that I didn’t see from you before that was very sexy. The performance itself was sexy. You take it to another level, if you want to be the frontman of a rock band you have to have that. And you have that. Harry – “I also want to congratulate Ricky and the band. You have a great band back there. Caleb, I just don’t know how you could have done that song or that tune any better. What was going on at the end? Something kinda happened at the end, there was something going on, it was 100% and then it dipped a little bit, but you hit it at the end.” Keith – “Caleb, tonight it called ‘I’m with the band.’ But tonight it was like the band is with the frontman. The band has never played like that before. Your whole performance came at me like an airbag in slow motion.”

Jena Irene is singing “Bring Me To Life” by Evanescence. [VIDEO HERE]

Judges Comments: Harry “One of the lines in sherade is we came on next to closing, that was the best spot to do. It was hard to follow that, but you just followed it. When you were singing I got this wave of nice familiarity. I liked that way you used the stage, you worked with the band, it was really strong I hope you’re happy.” Keith – “Every time you do a performance you deliver, you got your own lane. No one is doing what you’re doing baby.” Jennifer- “Your voice is phenomenal. He’s right, its familiar and its soothing. I only wish it would have been messier. You were watching Caleb, you saw. That’s what you need to do when you are singing a song. Great job!”

The end, don’t forget to come back tomorrow to find out who is sent home!