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American Idol Season 15: March 31, 2016

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Top 4 – Hometown Visits: March 31, 2016
1.Mackenzie Bourg – “Hallelujah” (Leonard Cohen) A-/B+ The more cynical will point to just how many times this song has been covered on Idol – Jason Castro, Lee DeWyze, Tim Urban –  and say that its popularity should prohibit its inclusion on the show. But this was a perfect song choice for Mackenzie, who sang Leonard Cohen’s classic like a lullaby. Mackenzie sang it in a Jack Johnson style - lilting, light, gentle – and beautiful.
2.Dalton Rapattoni – “Calling You” (Blue October) B A very smart decision by Dalton to pick a song he could truly make his own. It seemed a little bit of a left field choice at first but when Dalton highlighted the line “I can’t believe you actually picked me”, I got it. He came across as humble, self-effacing, and strategic. [Side note: Blue October is an incredibly underrated band and their 2006 minor hit “Hate Me” became a defining song of my college years.] Dalton may not have the strongest voice but he might just be…

American Idol Season 15: March 24, 2016

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Top 4 - March 26, 2016

LaPorsha Renae – “Wanted Dead Or Alive” (Bon Jovi) B How can it be lost on Scott Borchetta that “Wanted” is not a literal song about a cowboy? The song is a metaphor about life on the road as a touring musician, comparing it to the uncertain future of a restless cowboy. La’Porsha actually could relate to the song’s message more than Scott, as the only way to make money through music these days is by touring relentlessly. That said, I wanted to love La’Porsha’s rendition more than I did. While her voice sounded powerful, she lacked the emotion and weary desperation of the song’s lyrics. At one point it sounded like she forgot the lyrics “on a steel horse I ride”. I wanted to be jumping out of my seat and running to download the iTunes rendition. Instead, “for me, for you dawg it was alright”.
Mackenzie Bourg – “I Want You To Want Me” (Cheap Trick) D+ There’s not much to “I Want You To Want Me”, not lyrically anyway. It’s the quick, frantic pace of the song that evoke…

American Idol Season 15: February 25, 2016

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Top 10: Contestant's Choice - February 25, 2016

The Top 10 finalists compete tonight with a double elimination next week.

Olivia Rox - "Unconditionally" (Katy Perry) B/B-
The beginning was beautiful, but the second Olivia took the mic off the stand, her voice veered into this terrible "froggy" sound. She has that in common with Tristan although (unlike Tristan), she has moments of beauty. Olivia is obviously this year's Jax, but without a lot of the edge and daring that made Jax such an interesting contestant.

Gianna Isabella - "Listen" (Dreamgirls musical) C
Not sure why Gianna would decide to tackle such a huge song, most famously sung by Beyonce. Gianna comes off as such a Mariah Carey impersonator in a pageant or a high school talent show. I don't feel anything when she sings. It's all very "Point A to Point B", look here, make this hand gesture, hit this note, do this run. Gianna kind of mangled the ending - not sure she hit t…