Let us know your own grades below. Kate is far more natural. As always, he knows exactly who he is as a person and as an artist. JUST SAM (Fantasia’s “I Believe”) The 20 remaining singers, as formally revealed last week, were sent special packages — each contained three iPhones for multiple angles, as well as professional microphone and lighting kits — which they used to convert their homes into makeshift performance venues. No disagreements here. Richie especially enjoyed Merico’s performance, which is saying a lot, considering he literally hated him the first time they met this season. NICK MERICO (Plain White T’s “Hey There Delilah”) She’s got that magic to her. This was definitely the most mature she’s sounded yet, and those lamps were an excellent touch. Even Katy admitted that she didn’t recognize her at first. The judges wanted more growl in his voice, but they loved his confidence and energy. Inspired by Richie calling her a “young Whitney,” Jester chose to tackle this classic ballad from the Bodyguard soundtrack, delivering a performance far beyond her 19 years. She has that little but powerful voice like Dolly Parton, so this really worked for her. Anyway, West definitely put his own spin on this timeless standard, spinning it in all the right directions. With his Christmas tree still shining bright, Crocker got the holidays started early, putting an even funkier spin on this get-up-and-dance classic. Grade: A-Click here to watch! April 26 2020, 7:00 PM PDT. He’s a country guy, but that’s not what he’s focusing on. Drenched in the sauce, we were. Vote for Jeremiah when the time comes. I’ve been kind of ho hum (haha) on Eddie so far, but this really worked. And then when it started with whatever it was he did I was like WHAT WHAT? She’s really comfortable at the microphone, and I feel like she’s among the more current-sounding contestants. Jessica Sanchez: "I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston/Dolly Parton. I have no criticisms. He’s flawless. His entire future in this competition will depend on how America responds to him as a person — and I feel like they’ll respond well. I’ll give him a shot now because of this one. I love that Laine isn’t tryin to be the token country guy. Below are my reviews of each performance and I’ve included the letter grade I think each earned. But her voice is just really cute. All rights reserved.PMC Entertainment. ARTHUR GUNN (Wynonie Harris’ “Lovin’ Machine”) Which answers the big question “Is she the next Kelly Clarkson?” That would be a No. RELATED STORIES Seeing him in his element also helped me put his whole picture together, and I liked what I saw. I didn’t even love the song, but she’s so captivating it worked for me. Grade: B+Click here to watch! So I’ll give it a C- instead. And it’s just a great song so it’s hard to not enjoy it. 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(James Brown’s I Got You (I Feel Good)” Plus, I’ve always associated “Greedy” with one of RuPaul’s Drag Race’s most uncomfortable lip syncs of all time, so this performance also doubled as a palate cleanser. There were some more powerful moments, though, so she definitely has a solid range. I’d give that performance a B- actually, which shocks even me. That said, since Bryan believes this was the best rendition of “River” he’s ever heard, can we finally retire it from the competition? Wade Cota “All I Want.” I’m sorry, I can’t do it. It was just very, very weird. It kicked up a little bit in the middle, but was still a really pulled back version of this song. From the cool hair to the casually unbuttoned shirt, he has an image that works. American Idol 2019 is not playing around. He’s so smooth and rich. As the song went on and he worked in a falsetto I got it a little more. Vote for your 10 favorite performances from Sunday’s episode in our poll below, then drop a comment with more of your thoughts. Becnel may be one of the more petite contestants, but she consistently brings one of the biggest sounds, and this week was no exception. I’m a big fan. Eddie Island, “Ho Hey.” I never thought we’d ever hear this song on American Idol, but here it is. I don’t think we are ever going to get anything bad from him. Anyway, this was another great one from him. Which of Idol‘s Top 20 should make it through to the Top 10? FAITH BECNEL (Bishop Briggs’ “River”) Truthfully, I don’t actually know how (or if) he could possibly grow from here. LAUREN SPENCER-SMITH (Jessie J’s “Mamma Knows Best”) That being said, I did miss her ballad voice because I don’t think this is quite her wheelhouse. Grade: B+Click here to watch! The Top 20 took to the stage to perform solos ahead of next week’s Top 14 announcement, and I was very impressed. Madison VanDenberg, “Domino.” I think it was smart for her to do an upbeat song to show she’s not all just ballads. Grade: A, Alejandro Aranda, “I Fall Apart.” First of all, I have to say this: He is clearly the best guitar player ever on American Idol, right? First of all, I loved the way she arranged the lights in her fire place. Alyssa Raghu, “Ain’t It Fun.” I was a bit bored with the song choice, but she’s got a great natural sound and she really did learn how to work the stage. Grade B+, Ashley Hess, “Dreaming With A Broken Heart.” She is so good. This kid is 19 years old, and he looks like the forgotten sixth member of One Direction. Grade: AClick here to watch! She gave us so much attitude, so many little nuances — I’m just really impressed. American Idol stayed true to its name on Sunday, broadcasting from nearly every corner of the country as the Top 20 contestants of Season 18 performed for viewers’ votes from the comforts of their own (occasionally stunning!)

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