American Idol finished out week two of the semifinals with duets night Idol alum and the judges eliminating five more contestants bringing us to our Top 14. It was really cool to see Chris Daughtry, Jordan Sparks, Haley Reinhart, David Cook, Kellie Pickler and Constantine Maroulis back on Idol and reminding us of some of the great talent that has come from the show. Would duets night be as awkward as last week? Would Harry play the role of Grumpy Cat again with his remarks? Let’s do a quick recap and see how it all went down!
Amelia Eisenhauer and Kellie Pickler
They performed Sara Evans’ “Sucks In The Bucket” and it was great performance by both. Amelia was much better than the night before and held her own with Kellie.
Kory Wheeler and Haley Reinhart
They performed Elton John’s “Benny and the Jets” and we all remember when Haley performed that on Idol and wowed us all. A really good performance that was fun to watch.
Lee Jean and Chris Daughtry
They performed Chris’ song “Home” and although the judges seemed to like it, it was just “meh” for me. Chris sounded great, but Lee’s performance was quite bland.
CJ Johnson and David Cook
They performed Collective Soul’s “The World I Know” and even though the judges liked it (for the most part), it just didn’t do anything for me. David was great and CJ was a bit bland.
Manny Torres and Jordin Sparks
They performed Jordin’s song “No Air” and this was a great duet. Jordan looked and sounded amazing and Manny held his own with her. This was a much better performance from Manny than Wednesday night’s.
Jenn Blosil and Constantine Maroulis
They performed “My Funny Valentine” which we remember Constantine performing when he was on Idol. It was a big improvement from Jenn’s performance the night before, even with Constantine’s lessons on how to flirt with the camera.
Tristan McIntosh and Kellie Pickler
They performed Kellie’s song “Best Days of Your Life” and even though Tristan a little better than the night before, this performance did nothing for me. Again, I know I’m probably overusing this word, but it was kind of bland.
Olivia Rox and David Cook
They performed David’s song “Light On” and this was one of my favorite performances of the night. David’s vocals were very strong and Olivia held her own with him. She is so strong in so many areas and she’s one to keep your eyes and ears on.
Adam Lasher and Haley Reinhart
They performed the Elvis Presley classic “Can’t Help Falling in Love” which Haley blew us all away with when she performed it during her season. I didn’t get the same feeling that I get when I watch the Extra Gum commercial, but this a really good performance. Adam was much better than the night before.
Dalton Rapattoni and Chris Daughtry
They performed the Red Hot Chili Pepper’s version of “Higher Ground” and it was one of our favorite performances of the night. You had great vocals, great chemistry and it was a lot of fun to watch.
Trent Harmon and Jordin Sparks
They performed the Bee Gees classic “To Love Somebody” and it was solid. This was another of our favorite performances of the night and Trent did a great job.
Shelbie Z and Constantine Maroulis
They performed Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” and as much as I hate to see this performed on shows like this, it was a really solid performance and very enjoyable to watch.
That brings us to the eliminations and we were a bit surprised by a few of the picks. The judges sent home Amelia Eisenhauer, Shelbie Z, Adam Lasher, Kory Wheeler and CJ Johnson. We’re shaking our head on a few of these, especially when the judges mentioned their problems in their performances. Were their ulterior motives involved or did the judges just not remember their critiques of some contestants? We hope that Amelia Eisenhauer will continue her musical journey because she was pretty unique and quirky and we loved her. Let’s see how the drama continues next week when the public finally gets to vote……….well, kinda.