It’s another exciting night of American Idol on FOX with an all new Thursday March 12, season 14 Episode 20 called “Top 12 Perform” and we have your weekly recap below. On tonight’s episode, the top 12 will perform
On the last episode, the top 12 finalists were revealed. Did you watch the last episode? If you missed it, we have a full and detailed recap right here for you.
On tonight’s episode as per the FOX synopsis “the competition gets even fiercer when the Top 12 perform LIVE in a special, two-hour event.” Also on tonight’s episode Empire stars Jussie Smollett & Bryshere Gray will be performing.
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 finale right here for you. Do you have a favorite to win? Hit up the comments and let us know who you really like!
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Tonight’s episode of American Idol kicks off with the Final 12 contestants walking the red carpet, preparing for their live performances in Hollywood. American Idol host Ryan Seacrest takes the stage and introduces the judges: Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr, and Keith Urban. Empire’s Taraji P Henson joins Ryan on stage for a surprise appearance, and delivers the live vote results from America. One by one Ryan will call up each singer that is safe tonight to sing. The last contestant to not have their name called tonight will be eliminated.
The first safe singer to sing tonight is Rayvon Owen. He takes the American Idol stage and performs a rendition of Ellie Goulding’s hit song “Burn.” Keith Urban kicks off the critiques and says, “Hey, first of all that was a killer song choice for you. So good! What I love about Idol is watching everyone progress from week to week.” Jennifer adds, “When I heard you were doing “Burn,” and I thought it was going to be good, but it was better than I thought it would be. Keith is right, your best performance yet!” Harry Connick says, “I thought it was one of your stronger performances. But I just want to challenge you to not have the same arc on every performance. Give us that fire and that energy from the first note, don’t make the end the climax every time, because that’s your arc.”
Up next is Maddie Walker, she performs Jason Aldean’s hit song “She’s Country,” for the live audience and American Idol judges. Jennifer kicks off the critiques for Maddie, “That was a great job and a really good performance for you. I’m always kind of surprised by how strong your vocals are. I know you’re a good singer, but I’m always taken aback.” Harry adds, “Yeah Maddie, you really can sing. What I want to tell you is that you realize the difference between emulating and imitating. This version was exactly like the record, I want to get to know you.” Keith says, “You gotta stop stealing Harry’s wardrobe. You’ve been taking chances Maddie. Right now I think you are getting a little overwhelmed by what what you are wearing and how you have to move for the camera. You got an amazing voice and an amazing talent and I think it is going to come out more and more.”
Joey Cooke is the next contestant to sing for America’s vote tonight, she climbs up on the American Idol stage and sings “Fancy” by Iggy Azalea. Keith Urban gives Joey a standing ovation, and the fans begin cheering her name. Harry begins the critiques, “I have to give you an A+ on a couple different things. It was a brilliant arrangement, and you sang it brilliantly. If you made it this far Joey, someone out there thinks you are a star. That was phenomenal.” Keith agrees, “You just have this thing about you, you pull people in. It is extraordinary the way you pull people in. You made it your own, and you got your thing. Really good Joey.” Jennifer says, “I actually like that you picked that song, you took a mainstream song and put your own spin on it. I could see you doing a whole album like that one day, just taking songs and making them your own.”
Clark Beckham is the next contestant to sing on the American Idol stage tonight, he plays “Takin It To The Streets” by The Doobie Brothers, and sings along. Keith Urban kicks off the judges’ comments with, “It was really cool to see you play the piano tonight. I’m glad you played piano. All I have to say is be really careful not getting confused with what you can do as a singer, and what you must do express yourself. I want to be inspired and you got that in you.” Jennifer adds, “I think youre awesome, and I like when you’re behind the piano. Everything else just needs to catch up to your vocals, you have charisma already but you need to build on that.” Harry disagrees and says, “I like the fact that you don’t perform and I like the way you are trying to get the audience to go along with the wheels in your head. Just keep doing what you are doing.”
Next up on the stage to sing for America’s votes is Jax. She performs ‘Blank Space” by Taylor Swift. After Jax is done the judges aren’t impressed. Jennifer comments, “Blank Space is one of my favorite songs, I’m not sure it was the right choice for you. I didn’t get that special quality that you have in your voice. Next week I would be careful o what you choose.” Harry adds, “I think one of your many talents is taking a new song and making it different. That to me sounds like a carbon copy of Taylor’s song. I think that you were maybe lost at sea in the groove.” Keith comments, “What you wanted to do was Jax in there, you were struggling. Choose a different song so that you can be Jax – I think it help you hack a little bit.”
Qaasim Middleton is next up, he performs “Jet” by Paul McCartney & The Wings, and he plays along with a guitar for the first time in the competition. Harry kicks off the judges’ critiques, “I love that song and I always wanted to know what Paul McCarntney meantz by “suffragette.” I don’t think your performance matched what the song was trying to say. I kind of think you are turning in to a one trick pony.” Keith disagrees, “I loved it. You could have been singing about shampoo or midwives. I have never seen you play guitar and I think it helped you with your singing.” Jennifer comments, “I am still waiting for the moment when I really hear you sing. If you just stand there and do it – we are going to hear something special. Still waiting for that!”
The next American Idol singer to take the stage is Adanna Duru with Bruno Mars’s popular song “Runaway Baby.” Keith Urban kicks off the judges’s critiques and says, “That’s why we saved you, right there! That is exactly why you are our wild card pick. You got cool things like Tina Turner.” Jennifer agrees, “You stayed so much more in control – you now are the master and telling us how to feel. As a performer you are in control up there, then you can explode when you are ready. The vocal was much better. Control is the most important thing.” Harry adds, “I am just going to echo what Jen said, especially when you have a groove that is that strong. There was more control, I asked you to work on intonation and so much better. To me, that was one of your best performances.”
Tyanna Jones is up next, she heads up on the American Idol stage and performs “Tightrope,” by Janelle Monae. Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez give Tyanna a standing ovation when she is done singing. Jennifer raves, “Oh my God! Tyanna! You know when you first started, you absolutely sparkled on camera. You are so in control of everything, your vocals, your style, the people – it was so complete. I want to hate on you but I can’t, there is nothing I can say.” Harry comments, “If I were a judge in the Olympics, after that performance I wouldn’t have clapped or stood up. I would have sat here quietly and given you a 10.” Keith agrees, “In the opening piece you said, ‘I want to do this forever.’ And that was just beautiful. You sing and you say look what I get to do. It’s beautiful baby!”
The next American Idol singer to take the stage and perform is 15 year old Daniel Seavey with Pharrell’s hit “Happy.” Harry Connick begins the judges’ critiques with, “Last night I spent a good half hour going over every single performance you have done and trying to figure you out. You are immensely talented. I’ll be honest with you, here’s the deal, I just want you to know that performance was the most comfortable you have ever done. To me that was your strongest performance.” Keith jokes, “I think we are going to see you next week. You are enjoyable to watch and you are going to improve week by week.” Jennifer Lopez closes with, “It’s impossible not to root for you, because you are just that guy!”
There are only two spots remaining in the Top 11, the next singer that is safe this week is Quentin Alexander. Quentin makes his way to the American Idol stage and performs “Rolling In The Deep” by Adele. Keith Urban comments, “Really cool, I loved the way you started it. Love that you took a female song and made it your own. It’s just a great easy you perform. I’m glad you are still up there man.” Jennifer agrees, “You bring a different flavor than everyone else. I love watching you perform and hearing you sing.” Harry comments, “One of your greatest gifts is being able to dig deep down in a lyric. I thought that it was a relatively shallow interpretation. We didn’t get to see you do what you do every week. You were floating around smiling, I may be wrong, but that song is supposed to be about saying screw you to an old lover.”
There is only one spot remaining in the Top 11, according to America’s votes the final spot belongs to Nick Fradiani – which means that Sarina-Joi Crowe will have to sing for the judges’ save later. Nick Fradiani takes the stage and performs “Wake Me Up” by Aloe Black. Jennifer kicks off the critiques and says “I know it’s hard to control your emotions when you are the last one to be chosen, you got a little screamy at times. It got a little away from you, but again with the emotions it was really good.” Harry adds, “I’m waiting for you to crack open for us. Don’t be so shy, scream it! I know you can do that, I’m just waiting for it.” Keith comments, “I think it’s a strange thing for someone to stand miles away from a band when they are used to singing with a band. Again, I think we are going to see you back next week.”
Sarina-Joi Crowe takes the American Idol stage and performs “Neon Lights” by demi Lovato. It’s up to the American Idol judges to decide whether or not they will use their “save” on her. They only get one save per season – if they don’t use it on Sarina then she will be eliminated and go home. After Sarina sings the judges deliberate, Jennifer Lopez announces that they will not be using their save this week on Sarina – she is officially eliminated and going home.
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