It’s another exciting night of American Idol on FOX with an all new Wednesday April 15, season 14 Episode 24 called “Top 6 Perform” and we have your weekly recap below. On tonight’s episode, the Top 6 vocalists perform.
On the last episode, the top 7 performed for a chance to make it to the top 6. 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 votes are in! The Top Six will perform live and one finalist will go home. Also tonight the Idol Fan Save is back! “
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 host Ryan Seacrest taking the stage, he introduces the American Idol judges: Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, and Harry Connick Jr. On tonight’s episode the Top 6 contestants will be performing, and we will learn which contestant will be saved by America on Twitter.
The first person through to the Top 6 tonight is Tyanna Jones. Tyanna is singing “Why Do Fools Fall In Love” by Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers. After Tyanna’s performance Keith Urban kicks off the critiques and he says, “That was an interesting song choice, it’s a good song but I don’t know if it wa the greatest song to show off your vocals. I was actually wanting a little bit more edge, anything to be in the moment and make it edgy and more something I can get traction on.” Jennifer agrees, “Yeah something we can feel, that was a taste of the Tyanna we all fell in love with in the beginning. I feel like you are beginning to get back in your groove. That’s where you need to get back where you aren’t thinking as much.” Harry comments, “Have you seen the Frankie Lymon performance of that song? He was 13 years old when he wrote it, he had this unbelievable ability at 13 to sing and groove with the lyric – which you did really well. But, go back and watch that video and see how he moves. I would have liked to see a little bit more movement.”
The next contestant to sing for America’s votes is Clark Beckham, he performs Stevie Wonder’s hit “Superstitions.” Jennifer kicks off the critiques and comments, “Baby you look good, I see you took a little bit of my advice. The hair and the whole outfit, you are starting to look like a star. It was funky, it was good, the band sounded amazing, you sounded amazing. It’s all coming together for you.” Harry agrees, “I know how it feels when you try to play a solo and it doesn’t sound how you’d like. I thought that was as good as you could have done that song. I have no critique.” Keith laughs, “I love that we told you to ditch the guitar and you were like nope, I’m playing it again. I would tell you to drop the guitar about six inches, you will find that you move differently. I’m telling you.”
Up next is Jax, she performs Janis Joplin’s hit “Piece of My Heart.” After Jax’s rendition Harry begins the critiques with “I only know two version of that song, Janis Joplin and Aretha’s sister Uma. This was in the middle but I liked it. What was really impressive with yours is your time and being aware of your rhythm. I thought that was good and strong.” Keith agrees, “You sing really well with the bad and I love having them on stage now. It was great Jax.” Jennifer agrees, “I thought it was a really great performance for you as well. Especially taking on Janis, that is no small task. Tough song, and you did your thing on it.”
Nick Fradiani takes the American Idol stage next and sings Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers hit song “American Girl.” After Nick’s performance, Keith critiques, “That was such a great song for you, I was engaged the whole way through. I really really loved it.” Jennifer agrees, “you know what occurred to me? You have a really radio-ready voice, I can hear you with a hit on the radio. And obviously your arc and listening to everything we have been trying to help you with, it’s so awesome. Great job.” Harry adds, “Whatever just happened for you, I would advise going back to the hotel and trying to remember that feeling. To me, this is precisely what you need to do – dead on. The song choice, the feel, how you presented yourself, that’s how we all knew you should be throughout this competition.”
Up next is Quentin Alexander, he heads up on the Idol stage and performs Lenny Kravitz’s hit song “Are You Gonna Go My Way.” Jennifer screams, “That was, listen! The whole entire thing really worked, it was a perfect song for you. The outfit, you know, the pitch thing is all over the place but at the end of the day you get the crowd moving. It was a good job.” Harry comments, “I love your artistry and your individuality, but sometimes people can be more captivated by the band than they are with you. The band kind of – you got to figure out what you can do to push them. If you are going to deal with Ricky Minor and those guys, you got to come out swinging.” Keith disagrees, “I thought you held your own in the sense that your whole thing is laid back. I liked the idea of you kind of laying back while the band went full blow, and that whole 51 Shades of Gray thing you have going on.” Quentin tells Ryan Seacrest that he is upset because his two friends are sitting in the booth still, Joey and Rayvon, and one of them are going home. He announces that American Idol is “whack.” Harry Connick Jr gets offended and demands to know why he would call the show “whack” and informs him that he shouldn’t “bite the hand that feeds him.” Quentin marches back up to the judge’s table and argues that he wasn’t calling the show “whack” – he was saying that it was “whack that one of his friends were going home.
Joey Clark and Rayvon Owen are in the bottom two this week – they will sing for America’s votes on Twitter to see which one of them will be going home. Joey takes the stage first and sings “My Funny Valentine” by Frank Sinatra. Harry comments, “Hey Joey you look lovely tonight. The hardest part about being a judge is you can’t mentor, there are 15 different things that I wish I could discuss with you. But, you are very smart and you thought about those lyrics and you sang it appropriately and I thought you did a damn good job.” Keith adds, “What is interesting to me is I feel like your reach is above your grasp artistically. I love that you do that. I don’t know if that was perfectly executed, but the fact that you go there artistically is to be commended.” Jennifer closes with, “I thought this would be a perfect fit for you because it was your kind of song, but it didn’t move me the way that I thought it would. At the end of the day I just got to feel something, and with this one I didn’t.”
Rayvon Owen sings for America’s votes next and performs “Long Train Runnin” by the Doobie Brothers. Keith Urban comments, “It was good, I liked what Scott said about your killer instinct. I still feel like I want to feel something a little more. It’s the same thing I said before – a little bit more edge.” Jennifer adds, “America keeps making you fight, and you keep fighting with those great vocals. Way to step it up, it’s growing it’s good, it’s there.” Harry agrees, “I like that about you two, I really admire that you keep coming back and keep fighting. You’re so sweet and handsome and you have an amazing voice, I think it all boils down to really specific song choice. When you get the perfect song – you are going to shut the room down. It’s coming though..” At the end of the show they will have the Idol Fan Save on Twitter – and we will learn who will be eliminated, Joey or Rayvon.
Clark Beckham returns to the American Idol stage to perform his second song “Moon River” by Frank Sinatra. Jennifer critiques, “I was thinking to myself smooth and creamy. When I closed my eyes I felt like I was in a movie. It was really nice, really well done.” Harry adds, “I like to be as honest as I can – you are an incredibly talented young man, again it is tough to be a judge. What would separate you from sounding like a cocktail singer. Learn more chords! You are a musician Clark, you might be the only musician left in the competition.” Keith agrees, “It was warm and fuzzy like an epidural. It was great Clark.”
Tyanna Jones takes the American Idol stage and sings her second song of the night, “Proud Mary.” After her performance, Harry Connick Jr kicks off the critiques with, “Right before you were singing I looked at Jenny and said she really has to nail this. And, I am telling you, that was as close to perfect as it gets. It’s overwhelming to me that you are only 16 and you can do that stuff.” Keith agrees, “As good as you are now and you are only 16, you’re going to be astronomical from here forward – I guarantee it.” Jennifer closes with, “That was really good. See, we got to really hear some of your vocals, and that is where you live and where you wow the audience. That is what you should do every single time.”
Now it is time for Nick Fradiani’s second song, “Only The Good Die Young” by Billy Joel. Keith comments, “I don’t want to run out of tie. Who’s arrangement was that? That song is amazing done like that, and it played to every part of your strengths. 10 out of 10 man.” Jennifer agrees, “I was really loving it the whole way through. I was waiting for you to get up, and then you did and I was really happy. That’s the thing about performing, you can’t plan things. When you start feeling it, you got to go.” Harry closes with, “I applaud you for what you did with that song. I always felt when he was singing with it that he was pleading to a girl, I didn’t feel that – I thought it was an adventurous interpretation. That arrangement threw me off.”
Quentin Alexander is up again, he performs “The Power of Silence” by Simon & Garfunkel for his second song of the night. Jennifer Lopez begins the critiques, “That was very dramatic and moody, I feel like you are a little sensitive this evening. There is a lot of pressure, that is part of being an artist. I know that inside you have a good heart, what you displayed earlier you kind of threw everybody. You always have to know how to control it and always put your heart out there.” Harry adds, “I think you take a lot of time interpreting lyrics, I think you are incredibly good at that. I just want to remind you, try to focus on pitch, maybe people get tired of hearing me say it but it is part of being a singer. That way you can sing more in tune and it will be a great performance.” Keith agrees, “It is doable and I love the way you interpret these performances and whether you nail them or not, I commend you for that.” After his critiques Quentin explains to the judges that he didn’t intend any disrespect earlier, he was “just feeling a genuine emotion and he had to let it out.”
Jax is up again, she performs “Beat It” by Michael Jackson on the American Idol stage. Harry Connick Jr begins the critiques with, “My two favorite parts about that is number one the static electricity in your hair. I have always wanted to see you do what you just did – that is run around the stage and act like an idiot and have fun. Nice job.” Keith agrees, “I love that you get to do two songs tonight because you get to show two sides of you, and that was contagious.” Jennifer closes with, “When he says you are running around like an idiot, we all do that, it’s just that we make it look cool. And, you made it look cool. Good job.”
Rayvon Owen returns to the American Idol stage and performs his second song, “Always On My Mind” by Willie Nelson. Keith raves, “Beautiful, you sang beautifully. Absolutely fantastic.” Jennifer agrees, “It’s like we said we need to feel something, and I did feel something I had gooseys everywhere.” Harry adds, “As the competition goes on I think we all start to learn more about you as individuals and I think what you really do is you are a ballad singer. You really are a ballad singer. And when you sing a song as lovely as you just did it really stacks you up with the others. I only pity the people who have to vote because this is an extremely close competition.”
Now, Joey Cook gets one last chance to sing before America decides whether to send her or Rayvon Owen home, she performs “Somebody TO Love” by Jefferson Airplane. Jennifer shouts, “Just let it all out! Joey I said your first performance I didn’t feel it as much, but that gave us all of the colors of Joey. It was really Joey Cook! The intensity, the vocal, the feeling, I really loved it.” Harry agrees, “That is one of those grooves that it is really hard to groove to and move to so it puts a lot of pressure on you because it is hard for people to dance to that, and that is where you impressed me – is the inventiveness with your arrangements.” Keith closes with, “I think what you and Jax did really well tonight was show real extreme edges of what you did. It’s really good to show both sides. Really good.”
Now, it is up to America to vote on Twitter and decide whether or not they will save Joey or Rayvon. America’s votes are in…the person who gets the fan save and remains in the competition is Rayvon. Joey Cook is officially eliminated from American Idol.
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