) Of course, everything I wrote in the preceding four paragraphs is assuming that “America” actually chose the songs foisted on the Season 15 Top 6 — and not the show’s producers, regurgitating previously cleared/inexpensive tunes from their recently created, anonymous Twitter accounts. Mac Kenzie Bourg – Cat Stevens’ “Wild World” — Grade: B- | I dig Mac Kenzie’s occasionally tremulous tone — even in cases like “Wild World,” where it signifies a lack of horsepower/breath control more than it does a deliberate artistic decision.Or mentor Scott Borchetta, “curating” the song lists down to three. There weren’t quite as many dubious notes per minute as Dalton hit in “Numb,” but the judges not calling him out on pitch — Keith instead went with a clearly pre-fabricated metaphor about cake batter — activated my side-eye big time.
(How great did he sound on both his performances this week, BTW, and could live on on Fox with a weekly alumni concert series? The way she finessed each word, shading each note with rumbling vibrato or delicate high notes, was, as Harry noted, “all about the feeling” (while managing to be a technical master class at the same time).Sonika Vaid – Demi Lovato’s version of “Let It Go” (from ) — Grade: B | The wind machine helped for sure, but despite a few moments where her focus seemed to drift, Sonika dug in and hit a good majority of the notes on a Disney princess ballad that’s way high on the “technical difficulty” chart (as anyone who’s participated in a road-trip parental sing-a-long can attest).I would love to see Sonika attack a song with what Randy Jackson might call “in it to win it” gusto — she showed way back when on “Bring Me to Life” that she’s got it in her — but at least her “I could maybe finish fourth!— I can’t live in a world where I have to wait three or four days to watch my programs, and let’s not forget the importance of doing our civic duty in the midterm elections in 2018. S., you didn’t just drop the ball with this week’s , you took an anvil, slammed it through the roof and all the way down into the basement. the jam that I’d argue took him from reality singing contestant to household name. C’mon, Harry, did producers ban you from using the word “intonation”? Arie’s “Ready For Love” — Grade: A | The big challenge for La’Porsha at this point in the season is showing “growth” (historically, a major motivation among voters) when everything she’s done since her audition has ranged from “very good” to “utterly mind blowing.” I’d suggest the increasingly self-assured single mom gamble on out-of-left-field song choices, except that the completely-in-her-wheelhouse “Ready for Love” was soul-stirringly sublime.
And before you say it takes a certified chart-topper to succeed in the dome, look no further than tonight’s encore — Adam Lambert’s Season 8 cover of the barely known (in 2009, anyway) “Mad World”… Trent could’ve at least pushed for an arrangement that didn’t force him to deliver two words at the same time (and with Allison Iraehta only a few feet away, he had the perfect partner to help him with some of the heavy lifting, no? But the bigger problem was the way Dalton dropped the ends of phrases and struggled to stay on top of the notes on a song with a very limited range.) Round 2 Dalton Rapattoni – Simon and Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence” — Grade: B | Dalton’s Blink 182-isms are fairly outside my preferred musical stylings, but I liked that he took a risk and brought harder guitars and angstier energy to a tune that’s known for its hushed power. Because on the plus side, Mac Kenzie took the audience on a journey through the “rock star in need of Maury Povich” lyrics with his plinky, acoustic arrangement and subtle vocal breaks.