Philip Phillips, Elise Testone and Colton Dixon delivered a Fleetwood Mac medley during Top 9 week on American Idol 11. This was the first time contestants did any kind of group performance on the actual performance show. In the past, group performances only took place on the results show.
On this night, I felt that these three had the best group performance, which is not surprising since Philip and Colton are likely in the Top 3 in the entire contest.
The songs performed included “Landslide,” “Don’t Stop,” and “Edge of Seventeen.”
Below, you can see the official YouTube video of this performance:
So far, Skylar Laine has avoided the bottom 3 on American Idol 11. For this performance, she went 2nd in the Top 9 and got so-so feedback from the judges. Skylar is in some trouble of being in the bottom 3 this week.
She sang Miranda Lambert’s “Gunpowder and Lead” and did a good job. However, the judges more or less said that she could be more consistent throughout the song. This was also a very good night of performances overall, so just doing okay may not be enough.
Colton Dixon was the first singer out of the starting gates for American Idol 11’s Top 9. He sang Lifehouse’s “Everything,” which Dixon said was his favorite Christian worship song of all time.
Colton got a standing ovation and rave reviews from the judges for this performance. Normally, it is a big problem going first on a performance night. But Dixon should easily avoid the bottom 3 and be here for the Top 8 next week.
Below, you can see the official YouTube video of Colton’s Top 9 performance:
Below, you will see a video of Luke Edgemon and Tori Kelly singing Adele’s “Someone Like You.” Instead of the piano, Tori is playing the guitar. While the guitar playing is certainly not mind blowing (I don’t think it’s supposed to be, anyway), Tori’s vocal are sick amazing from start to finish. The subdued notes, the power notes, the transitions.
Tori Kelly is a world-class singer who was cut by Simon and his minions in Season 9 of American Idol. Luke Edgemon, who did try out for Idol at some point but was reportedly cut in Hollywood, had a cold during this performance. But some commenters noted that the increased rasp might have actually improved his performance. This is an incredible duet that captures the emotion of the song just like Adele’s original “Someone Like You.”
The part from about 2:40 to 3:15 is insanely awesome and makes the whole performance worth watching. I personally feel that Tori’s performance is better than Adele’s live vocals. In fact, Tori sang the parts in the radio version that even Adele typically does not sing live. Yes, there is a lot more to being a star, and the glory typically goes to people like Adele who write their own songs. But if we are just talking about the vocals, Tori nailed it like no one else I have seen, and it’s not even close.
Chris Daughtry, leader of the band Daughtry, returned to American Idol on the American Idol 11 Top 12 results show. He sang “Out of My Head.” This was a great, hard-rocking performance that contrasted well with his excellent slow songs, such as “Home” and “What About Now.” This song reminded me of when Chris sang “Hemorrhage” in the early rounds, clearly one of his best performances.
This is the Daughtry that I liked on Idol. Other than Adam Lambert, nobody in the history of Idol can sing rock songs like this. James Durbin is also a good rocker, but he is more Heavy Metal and does not fit the type of rock song that Daughtry excels at (and Daughtry is better on the slower songs). Bo Bice and David Cook are also good rockers, but they don’t have the kind of edge you need to sing “Out of My Head.”
Although Daughtry’s album sales appear to be declining with each album, he is still the 3rd most successful in album sales coming out of Idol even though he finished in 4th place and was considered the shock elimination of Season 5.
Check out a YouTube video of Daughtry performing “Out of My Head” on American Idol: