'American Idol' Top 7 Recap: Jena Irene Wowed Judges With Radiohead's 'Creep'
The April 16 episode of "American Idol" featured top 7 singing "Competitor's Pick" as well as collaborations. Each finalist had to choose from a list of material selected by the other contestants.
Caleb Johnson kicked it off with Kings of Leon's "Family Tree". Harry Connick Jr. thought it was a great way to start the show. "You're just such a consistent, dynamic performer week after week," Keith Urban said. Jennifer Lopez added, "You did it again. It's dangerous for us to put you first in the lineup."
Jessica Meuse sang Miranda Lambert's "Gunpowder & Lead". She got the bad reviews from the judges with Lopez saying "You just seemed a little uncomfortable." Urban loved her voice but advised her, "If you want to stay in this competition, baby, get centered, get serious and really commit to that lyric."
CJ Harris sang "Gravity" by John Mayer. "Your voice, every time I hear it in songs like that, it's a bull's-eye," Urban commented. Lopez wanted him to make his performance exciting but called it his best performance so far.
Dexter Roberts sang a Luke Bryan song, "Muckalee Creek Water", and failed to impress. "We're getting down to the wire. The performances need to be spectacular," Lopez said. Connick was impressed with how he changed the original arrangement but said "I just want to hear you sing other sings rather than you singing along to the radio."
Alex Preston stole the show with Ed Sheeran's "The A Team" which was picked by Roberts. "You should thank your boy Dexter, because it was a perfect song for you," Lopez commented. Connick said it was his favorite show of the night, saying "You realize that there's great beauty in small performances."
Sam Woolf sang "Sail Away" by David Gray which came from Meuse's list. The judges thought that he was making a progress in his performance in the way he started to connect to the audience. Connick didn't like the song choice, considering he's only 17 year old. "Familiarity is your friend," he said.
Jena Irene closed the solo performances with Radiohead's "Creep" on piano. Urban and Lopez gave her standing ovation. "I love your fearlessness, and I love how bold you are," Urban gushed. Connick called her phenomenal, adding "Unquestionably the best performance of the night. ... I think you did some major damage tonight."
In the duets section, Demi Lovato appeared as the guest judge. Woolf was paired with Preston again this week to sing Passenger's "Let Her Go". Connick thought it was too much that he called it "saccharine." Johnson and Irene belted out The Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter". Lopez thought that it was happening for Irene, adding "That was a moment!" As a trio, C.J. Harris, Dexter Roberts and Jessica Meuse tackled Lady Antebellum's "Compass". Connick straightforwardly told them, "Guys, it just wasn't good." Lovato complimented them individually but said they were not good as a combo.
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