It's back to Vegas folks as our last 10 guys vie for one of five final slots in our Top 20, tonight on AMERICAN IDOL!
First up was Mathenee Treco, who gave us a bit of the King with "A Little Less Conversation." While Keith liked the theatricality and performance, the panel pretty much gave him a so-so grade, noting that singing has to come through the performance. More sing, less zing!Next on stage, was the Big T! Yeah, I'm talking Gurpreet the Turbanator and his version of "Nothing Ever Hurt Like You." While many noted they preferred his quieter, guitar-based performances, to Randy, the T was just plain terrible. And despite the fact that Gurpreet was wearing Nicki yellow, her answer was a big "hell no!" Uh, oh!
Then Al Roker's doppleganger, Vincent Powell, sang "Cause I Love You" and dang did the crowd love him. Right there with them? The entire panel, a standing ovation, and Nicki said the performance could have provoked "panty throwing." Randy LOVED him, but luckily the Dawg's panties stayed put. And then we hit a streak of weak.
Next up was Nick Boddington with "Say Something Now" by James Morrison. The judges generally thought, nice voice but no real connection to the song or the performance. Josh Holiday followed Nick with an original tune while playing the piano. Keith thought he was "too careful," Randy was "not wowed" and sheeeesh, our would-be Elton John, might end up being Elton gone.
David Willis came out with his guitar and his version of "Fever." He too got a mixed bag of comments from the judges who were intrigued but didn't connect with what David brought to the stage. Randy disagreed to some extent, but, still, tepid as best.
Then Hawaii native Bryant Tadeo, took us much farther east into "New York State of Mind" by Billy Joel. While Mariah thought that parts of the song were "beautiful," Randy and the rest gave him a pretty lukewarm response.
But the middling judgments were no mo? when Burnell Taylor took the stage.The New Orleans native sang "This Time" by John Legend. Burnell's natty NOLA style brought the house down and the judges to their feet. Keith loved his originality, Nicki said she'd "pay to see him sing," and Randy was his Baton Rouge bud with an exclamatory "Yo!." Mariah noted how moved she was when Burnell first sang for us, but said that tonight Burnell took it to a new and amazing level of fantastic.
Lazaro Arbos brought his non-stammer singing soul to "Tonight I Wanna Cry" by Keith Urban. Applause and a screaming crowd gave their immediate approval. Keith wasn't crazy about the song, but loved his spirit. Randy agreed with Keith to some extent, but noted that he loved that Lazaro nailed the chorus. Mariah loved the purity of emotion, despite the weak song choice.
Our final contestant, Cortez Shaw, performed "Titanium" by David Guetta feat. Sia. The crowd loved them some Cortez, as did Nicki and the rest of the panel despite some question of his song choice. So, here we go. Will poor song choice be the big slayer tonight? Time for tough decisions and the final five in our Top 20!
One-by-one the guys came before the judges. Despite a lot of debate, the judges had reached their decisions. Moving on? Lazaro Arbos, Cortez Shaw, Burnell Taylor, Nick Boddington, and Vincent Powell!
Your Top 20 is set. Next week, it's another round of cuts, and you will meet our Season 12 Top 10! Don't you miss it, Lady Bugs!