Tonight's theme was Motown. I wasnt too excited at first, but ended up really enjoying the show overall. Almost everybody was great vocally, and there was only a couple performances that left me feeling kinda "Eh." I didnt think they were going to do "theme" nights this year, but now that I know they are, I'm hoping they''ll do a country night ;-)
Casey performed "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" by Marvin Gaye. Casey may have performed first, but I think he easily had the best performance of the night. Everything about him tonight was so natural - the genre just fit him so well. It was a great choice of song and he's more fitted for Motown than he is singing Nirvana ;) His vocals were spot on. Steven said that he was pitch perfect and a perfect entertainer. Jennifer and Randy both think that he's a true original.
Thia performed "Heat Wave" by Martha and the Vandellas. LOL That song always makes me think of Sister Act :-P I'm so glad Thia chose an uptempo song! She proved that she can actually do something other than ballads. It was a really good performance and the song fit her better than I expected. Jennifer said that she wants to see her bring it even more. Randy was glad that she took a chance and pushed herself and Steven agreed.
Jacob performed "You're All I Need to Get By" by Marvin Gaye. I'm not sure if it's just me, but all his performances are starting to sound the same. I also hated the backup singers, they really did drown his voice out during certain parts of the performance. Overall it was a good performance, but I didnt think it was anything special. The judges gave him a standing ovation though and praised him. Randy told him that it was his best performance yet - Jennifer and Steven agreed.
Lauren performed "You Keep Me Hangin On" by The Supremes. When she started singing the first verse - Wow- her vocals really surprised me! I didnt realize just how good of a voice she has. I thought it was a solid performance. A country girl rocked Motown ;) Steven thought she sounded beautiful, Jennifer thought she looked beautiful and loved her attitude on stage, and Randy said that she has her swagger on high lol
Stefano performed "Hello" by Lionel Richie. It was a decent performance. I think the song was a little too much for him and some of his high notes came out a tad too high. Jennifer wants more intensity and connection between him and the songs he chooses. Randy and Steven agrees, but said he has the chops.
Haley performed "You Really Got a Hold on Me" by The Miracles. As I've stated before, I really like Haley, but the last two weeks have been borderline horrible. She has moments of awesomeness in her voice, but she really needs to work on her singing and not her "sexy." Randy told her that she started rough, but worked it out. Steven felt that she sung her heart out and loves her growl. Jennifer thinks that she has the best control of her voice out of everybody there. I think Haley can do way better than she has been.
Scotty performed "For Once In My Life" by Stevie Wonder" I was really worried about Scotty tonight, but thought he did really well and loved that he stayed true to his roots. He put a little Kenny Rogers feel to a Motown song. Steven actually compared him to Glen Campbell instead, but that's basically the same point :P Jennifer thought it was a great version of the song. Randy loved that he took a chance, while also staying true to himself. It wasnt his best performance, but it was still good!
Pia performed "All in Love Is Fair" by Stevie Wonder. Great vocals, but I was bored. I think Pia is destined for adult contemporary radio at this point cause all she does is ballads. Her song choices always bore me and thats really a shame for somebody that has such great vocals. Jennifer wants to see her performing more, instead of just standing on stage. Randy told her that he was tired of the ballads. Steven think she's the closet one there to being a star based on her vocals.
Paul performed "The Tracks of My Tears" by Smokey Robinson. It was nice to see him perform with a guitar - he looked more comfortable performing with one, instead of the awkward dancing around on stage he usually does lol The performance was actually a lot better than I expected. Randy said that he took the song to a kool place and also loves when he sings tenderly. Steven told him that his voice is different like Willie Nelson - that you can pick him out of 200 singers. Jennifer thinks that he is the most well rounded singer there.
Niama performed "Dancing In The Streets" by Martha Vandella. It was a fun performance and she sounded good, but Wtf?! I wasnt feeling the dancing so much. Steven feels that she is the whole package. Jennifer loves the excitement she brings to her performance and Randy thought the arrangement of the song was brilliant.
James performed "Living For The City" by Stevie Wonder. James is consistently great, but the only thing that turns me off - he has been compared to Adam Lambert so much and Adam was famous for his high notes- James does the exact same thing. I wish he wouldnt do it every performance because it just make him too similar to Adam and I think he needs to distance himself from the comparisons in order to truly stand out on his own. His performance tonight left Jennifer speechless. Steven thought he was great. Randy told him that he started rough, but ended up unbelievable.
My least fave performances of the night were Jacob, Haley, Pia, and Stefano. I think it's too soon for either Jacob or Stefano to be in the bottom. Based on how the votes have been so far, I think Haley will be back in the bottom, but I think Thia and Pia will join her instead of Niama. I think Haley is in the most trouble of leaving.