Another day, another American Idol dream crushed.
Tuesday's episode kicked off Rush Week, in which only 10 of the Top 15 girls were chosen to sing live in their bid for the finals. Judges Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick, Jr., based their decision on previous performances and input from Randy Jackson, who held workshops in his capacity as mentor this season.
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How did the lucky chosen do? Let's take a look:
Majesty Rose York
Song: "Happy" by Pharrell
The performance: Majesty brings her relaxed but fun personality to an energetic performance that combines grooving, guitar-playing and getting J.Lo to move in her seat. She completely takes it home and made us feel the "Happy."
The judges say: Both Jennifer and Harry feels that Majesty did right by as the first performance. Keith says her style is easy and breezy, but also shows off her vocal range.
Song: "Turning Tables" by Adele
The performance: There's no denying she has a "sick" voice (so says Chris Daughtry), but we're a little underwhelmed. The song choice doesn't do her any favors.
The judges say: Both Keith and Jen can feel the nerves at the beginning of the performance despite her killer range. For once, Harsh Harry has nothing negative to say.
Song: "Warrior" by Demi Lovato
The performance: She's good at taking advice and loosens up really well eventually. She totally kills the end, which is a relief, because most of it is adequate but not great.
The judges say: Keith loves the clarity in her tone and thinks she finds her zone in the end. Jen thinks she has a privileged voice but needs to work on her performance. Harry cautions her from over-using high notes to make a statement.
Song: "Paint It Black" by the Rolling Stones
The performance: Her phrasing is so affected that it's distracted from her performance. She doesn't seem to find her groove until the last note.
The judges say: Jena is one of Jennifer's favorites for her sultry quality. Harry doesn't feel Jena's connection to the song, but Keith thinks she is cool and poised and has the vocals to back it up.
Song: "Wrong Side of a Love Song" by Melanie Fiona
The performance: Her glittering lips, nails and pants reflect her sparkling personality. This girl sings from her hair to her toes and makes us exhausted just watching her. She's great and doesn't waste her chance to shine.
The judges say: Harry thinks her passion is way too shout-y (and he gets the first boos of the season), and Keith agrees and tells her not to oversell her natural talent. Jen says, "You have star written all over you" and thinks she's one of the competition's best singers.
Song: "Roar" by Katy Perry
The performance: Marrialle has the stage presence, but should definitely slow down. We thought she'd own this song, but the melody gets lost and doesn't showcase her vocal talents. Is she losing her voice? Kudos for taking the shoe mishap in stride and working it though!
The judges say: Keith says, "Good save!" but thinks her performance doesn't do credit to her abilities. Jennifer wishes that Marrialle played her guitar and kept it simple. Harry tells her to watch her intonation and singing out of tune, and doesn't think she brought her superstardom tonight.
Song: "Drink a Beer" by Luke Bryan
The performance: Daughtry makes a good point: The song is so simple, and her vocals are so good that the guitar distracts from her performance. We wish she just stood there and emoted.
The judges say: J.Lo loves her tone and hopes she gets a chance to show off her vulnerability. Harry says she tends to go sharp, perhaps because of her nerves, and wants more from her emotionally. Keith also thinks there's a disconnect between the song and performance, but she has potential to really be a storyteller.
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Song: "Paris (Ooh La La)" by Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
The performance: We believe her rock vocals, but she's a bit too hammy in her performance. Can she do another simple song again?
The judges say: Harry once again brings up the lyrics and asks about the appropriateness to her age. But how about her singing? Keith wants her to do away with some of the theatrics. Jen loves Emily and all of her moves.
Song: "All of Me" by John Legend
The performance: Gorgeous tone and a song choice that's very savvy because it's simple but effective. It doesn't blow the doors down, but it wrenches our hearts, which is even more dangerous. We admit it; we got choked up. Watch out for MK!
The judges say: Keith loves her simple vibrato, her humanity, her vulnerability. Jennifer loves the directness of the emotion. Harry says she's an elegant, articulate singer. "You belong here!" he assures her.
Remember the cliff-hanger vote between Ben Briley and Neco Starr? Well, America has spoken and Ben is among the Top 15 guys. That was anticlimactic. And now for the final girl of the night...
Song: "Hard Times" by Ray Charles
The performance: She's a little out of tune to start but settles into the song really well. She's quirky but her voice is fantastic. And there's something very natural about her. Nice way to end the night.
The judges say: Jen says she's epic and a powerhouse singer. Harry wants to stress-eat a donut and more on topic, loves Malaya's energy. Keith thinks it's a bit over the top, but also digs her glasses-braces combo.
That means that Brandy Neely, Kenz Hall, Austin Wolfe, Jillian Jensen and Andrina Brogen are out of the running without even getting a chance to sing. Sorry, girls, but at least you got to go to Hollywood and visit the new Idol mega-stage.
Did you faves get a chance to sing? Who were the best and worst tonight? What are your predictions for the Top 5 girls?
American Idol's Rush Week continues Wednesday and Thursday at 8/7c on Fox.
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