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Adriana Latonio next on "American Idol," doing Destiny's Child's "Stand Up for Love." Voice is swallowed up at first, but then she hits the chorus and soars more. Seems a bit nervous and is breathy; will be hard for her to stand out on what's been a stellar night for the women.
Keith Urban wasn't crazy about the song choice, didn't think it was at the level of some...Read more »
Amber Holcomb next on “American Idol,“ doing Whitney Houston's “I Believe In You and Me,“ and I'm telling you, she's got something special going on with her voice — it just grabs you, and makes you smile.
She's so good; audience is whooping and hollering, judges are nodding, and it's effortless. Best performance of the night so far for me; and once again, unexpected. She doesn't look as much...Read more »
Tenna Torres next on "American Idol," going slow and dramatic with Faith Hill's "Lost." She's swallowing the words a bit, not always on key either. Not sure if this is really her sweet spot; good vocal overall, but not memorable for me.
Keith Urban tells her not to "let the camera pull you off your emotion," just be yourself. Nicki Minaj appreciates how well she...Read more »
Aubrey Cleland up next on "American Idol," doing Fergie's "Big Girls Don't Cry" and she's strong from the start -- standing still in the spotlight in all white, looking like a million bucks and letting her voice go. Then nice and tender on the chorus. Seems so at ease; there's no emotional connection for me, but a professional performance. Looks like a star, comes across as a...Read more »
Zoanette Johnson up first as "American Idol" cuts from 10 women to five and fans get to vote for the first time this season. She's doing a growly version of "What's Love Got To Do With It," with her usual energy -- but it seems forced, even angry. She's off key as well; not good.
Keith Urban says, "that was an interesting song choice," thinks her theatrical way...Read more »
Lazaro Arbos, Vincent Powell, Cortez Shaw, Burnell Taylor and surprisingly Nick Boddington make 'American Idol' semifinals
David Oliver Willis up first as "American Idol" cuts its final 10 guys down to five; he'll be cut, and is. Bryant Tadeo next, I'd send him through but don't think the judges will; and he's indeed cut, as some in the audience boo loudly.
Vincent Powell next, Nicki Minaj doesn't even waste any time playing games, just tells him, "you are going through." Mathenee...Read more »
Burnell Taylor on "American Idol," doing John Legend's "This Time." He is just too cool for school -- fantastic song choice, fits his voice, his vibe, his sharp outfit. Voice isn't the strongest but he's so interesting to listen to and watch that you can't take your eyes off him. He is the definition of a cool cat.
"First, you look great, man" says Keith Urban....Read more »
David Oliver Willis next up on "American Idol" with his guitar, singing "Fever," for some reason. He's trying to make it compelling, but to me it just feels forced. Why someone in his 20s would sing a song from the '50s is beyond me.
Keith Urban flatly says "that was not the right song" for Willis' unique voice, but liked it overall. Nicki Minaj says it is as...Read more »
New Yorker Nick Boddington next on "American Idol," lets his sweet tone soar on James Morrison's "Say Something." He's got a cool vibe; relaxed and easy up there, not oversinging or jumping around too much. Doesn't have me on the edge of my seat but it's well-sung.
Keith Urban praises the "timbre" of his voice, but wanted to feel more connected to him, tells him...Read more »
Mathenee Treco up first as "American Idol" sends its final five guys into the semifinals; he's doing Elvis' "A Little Less Conversation," which has had a long, checkered history on this show. His version is aggressively contemporary -- he can definitely wail, and it's a creative take we haven't quite heard before, he's dressed like a rapper and is in full swagger to boot. Didn't...Read more »