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American Idol Recap – March 24, 2011

Posted by on March 24, 2011 at 4:50 PM EST

american idol top 11 recapA recap of last night’s episode of American Idol.

Last night the American Idol Top 11 performed songs from Motown.  Here is a breakdown of what they sang and how they did:

Casey Abrams – sang “Heard It Through the Grapevine,” by Marvin Gaye.  The judges liked him. They love his originality and he’s great at drawing the audience in. Good performance.

Thia Megia – sang “Heatwave” by Martha and the Vandellas.  Great Motown song, but Randy wasn’t completely convinced.  He wants her to dig deeper and connect with the lyrics a bit more.  The American Idol judges were happy to see her do something a bit different.

Jacob Lusk – took on a duet!  LOL. “You’re All I Need To Get By” by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terell.  The judges loved it and considered it to be his best performance yet.  This genre is definitely his arena. Another good one for Jacob.

Lauren Alaina – “Keep Me Hanging On” by the Supremes.  The judges were pleased, but by their comments are not completely enthralled with Lauren.  She’ll stay around, for a while anyway.

Stefano Langone – sang “Hello” by Lionel Richie.  The judges were happy with the vocals.  They love his voice, but want to see him connect with the emotion more.  I thought it was a decent performance.

Haley Reinhart – “You Really Got A Hold On Me” by Smokey Robinson.  Judges thought she started out rough, but came through.  They felt this is the girl they remembered liking from the beginning.  My opinion, she just isn’t strong enough to move forward in the American Idol competition.

Scotty McCreery – “For Once In My Life” by Stevie Wonder.  Wow, don’t you think everyone was a little nervous for the American Idol 2011 Country Crooner this week having to perform Motown?  Well, he did and did it well.  The judges were not overly impressed, but loved his performance.  I think he surprised them as well. He’s got my vote to move on.

Pia Toscano – sang “All In Love Is Fair” by Stevie Wonder.  Enough with the ballads already.  This girl needs to desperately change it up or America is going to get bored with her.  If that haven’t already.  She has a great voice, but needs to mix it up a bit.  The judges feel the same way.

Paul McDonald – sang “Tracks of My Tears” by Smokey Robinson.  The judges liked it.  Steven Tyler compared him to Bob Dylan.  J. Lo says he’s the whole package and all he needs is a producer.  I personally like this guy.  I want him to just start making his own records now and forget all of the rest of the competition that can only make him look bad when he’s forced to sing outside of what he should be singing.  His voice is so unique and has its own quality. Sometimes you just can’t throw other genres in and think it will sound great no matter what.

Naima Adedapo – sang “Dancing In The Streets” by Martha and the Vandellas.  The American Idol judges gave her good feedback, and liked her performance, but I’m not convinced.  She is one of the contestants on the bottom of the barrel for me.  I just don’t think she’s got what it takes. Sorry Naima, and her fans. Just callin’ it like I see it.

James Durbin – sang “Living For The City” by Stevie Wonder.  Love this guy.  Love what he has overcome and gets a chance to showcase his talent.  The judges loved it, even though Randy thought he started out a bit rough.  See you in the next round James!



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