with the American Idol Just a week after the end of Season 20, the judges described the top-five show that heated up on Sunday as an “evil fest”. None of these five talented singers seemed to have the ability to follow in the footsteps of Cowgirl winner and guest mentor Carrie Underwood, but it was still a shock when Troubadour rocker Fritz Heger and Nicolina Pozzo, both apparent firsts, were eliminated at the end of the night.
And no one was more shocked than Leah Marilyn, who literally fell to the floor when she learned that she had passed Fritz and Nicolina to the finals. But while Leah deserved it – I think she had the best overall performance of the night – I was already expecting Fritz to win the entire show.
Although Judge Luke Bryan once suspected Fritz and didn’t even want to take him to Hollywood, Fritz’s rapid growth this season has been impressive, and he was soon hailed as the next Phillips (due to his singer-songwriter style) or Alejandro The Next Aranda (Like Alejandro, Fritz often took chances by composing original songs, and those risks always paid off). Katy Perry has compared the “effortlessly cool” and “consistently amazing” Fritz to hipsters like Bright Eyes and Bon Iver, and even this week she said he looked like he’s in strokes or ramones. Perhaps it was the fact that Fritz he did not do The performance of the originals this week was this one to undo.
On Sunday, the top five contestants performed twice — Carrie Underwood songs, plus another song of their choosing — and while Carrie tuned Fritz, the mysterious duo “I Want to Remember” with Needtobreathe, a great choice suited to his folk style, didn’t pack the emotional punch of ” ocean” or “all my friends”. Fritz went on with boy band “Youngblood” 5 Seconds of Summer for his number two, And He ditched his guitar for the first time this season, so maybe he’s simply out of the brand tonight. But considering that Fritz’s previously released indie EP took first place on iTunes just two weeks ago, it appears he has a bright future, regardless of his life. Idol beats.
Based on just this week’s shows, Nikolina’s elimination was even more surprising. The only classic Idol Left out in competition, this singer left a very epic, next-level rendition of Carrie’s big, heart-wrenching Blown Away, with a wind instrument and header that would impress Stevie Nicks. “Everyone’s great tonight, obviously, but I feel like you always come in and you’re like, ‘Can I use some wind? Can I have a robe? Give me some smoke. Give me some fire! You’re looking for the whole package,” raved Katie. Nicolina followed up that powerful tour with a stylish, emotional, and 100 percent connected version of her idol Adele’s “All I Ask,” dubbed Lionel Richie.” American Idol dear moment. So, that seemed like a strange literal high note for Nicolina to come out. But the judges assured her, as they assured Fritz, that her career was in its prime.” Stay in that pocket. Whatever you’ve been doing in the last three or four [performances]This is your path,” Lionel promised her.
Of course, opponents and conspiracy theorists will likely argue that this week’s Carrie Underwood theme favored country singers who advanced to the finish, Noah Thompson and Huntergirl—especially the latter, the country golden girl who earned the series’ first platinum ticket. . Huntergirl has definitely been promoted as The Next Carrie Underwood, or at least The Next Gabby Barrett, since the first episode, and while I’ve always seen her commercial appeal, I never thought she’d get Superstar potential (as opposed to, for example, the Branson Matteini potential). This week, Huntergirl “brought Sass up” to perform Carrie’s uptempo “Undo It” – a performance that Katie called a “party” – but her powerful and strutting performance didn’t quite come with a solid performance. My voice.
I actually saw more potential when Huntergirl did “Girl Crush” from Little Big Town, which showed a slightly softer side of her personality. This was cute and honest, and she looked amazingly radiant too. “I’ve I got a girl crush,” Katie is annoying. “You really turn out to be star mode, and it looks good on you.” I think if Huntergirl capitalizes on more of her weakness like this, she could crush the competition next week.
As for Huntergirl’s country competitor, Noah, last week he tested positive for COVID-19 and had to perform remotely from his hotel room, and while he’s recovered enough to perform live in the studio this week, he hasn’t been well enough to travel to Vegas in the meantime to attend Personal mentoring session with Carrie. The poor man had to meet with Carrie via Zoom. Ironically, the inexperienced Noah had a penetrating moment last Sunday because he was more comfortable playing the vocals in his hotel room, and once he got back on the main stage this week performing Carrie’s song “Too Young,” he seemed very far from his element. He valiantly tried to turn the stage/crowd on and hit those strong notes, but the song just didn’t fit.
Obviously, Noah was in his comfort zone during his second stripped-down song, “Working Man” by Larry Fleet. “You’re on a guitar with a chair that’s enough to fit any room in whatever world you’re in,” Locke noted. “What makes you so attractive is that you are real. You are actually a real person. On top of that, you have the ability to tell stories. You are on believableLionel said.
But it’s very likely that Huntergirl and Noah will eliminate each other in next week’s final vote and pave the way for the aforementioned Leah – especially if Leah continues to play IdolGeneral X/Boomer base and stick with ’80s songs, as I did this week. (Her dad played in the Honeymoon Suite, after all, so she’s got pedigree!) She cleverly broke the rules on Sunday, and for her song Carrie, she performed Pretenders “I’ll Stand by You” (a song Carrie once performed that is a private charity). “Idol Gives Back”). While I wasn’t crazy about the radical arrangement and wording that required too many liberties with the melody, it was an effective display of Leah’s lovable and lively personality.
It was Leah’s totally predictable and totally sexy cover of Journey’s “Separate Ways” that really separated her from the pack, proving that she’s the most versatile singer of the season (or certainly one of the top three). From Pepto’s pink jumpsuit to a rock-star ensemble, this one was for sure American Idol dear moment. All that was missing was Chris Polly’s house band simulating along the wind instruments in a sidewalk alley. “I want to see you and Steve Perry go back and forth, back and forth. A way to educate young people with a song from the ’80s and give them a new breath and a great life. And it was great seeing your teeth, because you recently made some stories, but you’re like, ‘I’m going to do a song and I’m going to show fangs.'” “I loved it,” Katie declared.
Tune in next week, when all the fangs come out and the geek reaches another level of intensity in the season 20 finale. In the meantime, we can feel a little sad that Fritz, Nicolina and Idol They went their separate ways.
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