This week found the “American Idol” contestants in Las Vegas performing in front of a live audience and facing elimination right there on the spot! The stakes and the nerves were higher than ever as the contestants came ready to win over the judges.
On Wednesday night, February 20th, 10 of the 20 remaining females took the stage. Country hopefuls Brandy Hotard, Jenny Beth Willis, and Kree Harrison were among the ones to perform. Unfortunately 17 year-old Jenny’s version of the Trisha Yearwood hit “Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love” wasn’t enough to keep her in the competition. However she wasn’t the only country contestant packing up and heading home, Brandy Hotard was also given a farewell from the judges. She had belted out the Travis Tritt song “Anymore,” but according to the panel had trouble connecting to the song. That means for this week’s round Kree Harrison was the only female country infused performer to remain standing. Singing the soulful “Up on the Mountain” Kree blew the judges away with her talent, even bringing a tear to Keith Urban’s eye. She is definitely THE ONE to watch…the girl can S-I-N-G!
Thursday, February 21st, it was the guys’ turn to show what they could bring to the table. They had big shoes to fill because the girls pulled out all the stops the night before. The two country hopefuls for the males were Paul Jolley and Jimmy Smith. Both of them chose to sing Keith Urban songs. Jimmy went with “Raining on Sunday” and Paul went with “Tonight I Wanna Cry.” Keith Urban was kind and told both contestants he was honored they chose to sing his songs, which I thought was a very classy move by Keith. While both of the guys did a decent job on the songs, neither really blew the judges away. However, when it came down to who was staying and who had to go, Paul Jolley was given another chance and Jimmy Smith was sent packing. It is important to note Paul has to step up his game because he was very close to going home. The judges were split two to two and had to go to music producer Jimmy Iovine for a tiebreaker! Luckily for Paul, Jimmy was in his court and wanted to see him continue in the competition.
This week we will have our eye on the ladies again as Janelle Arthur and Rachel Hale will take their turn in another sudden death round on the always dramatic “American Idol.”
Have you been watching? Who are your favorites so far?
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