Five singers. Two performances each. Only four will remain for next week’s finals. Let’s go.
The only real padding in the show (besides the video packages of trips home for the semifinalists) was a performance from Nate Ruess of his new single, “Nothing Without Love.” Based on his performance, the song will have to grow on me a bit. See what you think:
So, breaking down the performers and performances (unfortunately, only videos of the first performances were available at the time of publication):
Joshua Davis performed “I Can’t Make You Love Me” by Bonnie Raitt and “When I Paint My Masterpiece” by The Band. The second song was better than the first by a long way. There was not enough emotion for me in his Raitt cover, while his upping the tempo in the second song gave him a bit more energy it seemed. Based on tonight’s performances, I think he will makes the finals, but it might be close.
Koryn Hawthorne’s two performances were “One” by U2 and “Oh Mary Don’t You Weep” made famous by Aretha Franklin. The more I hear Koryn sing, the more it sounds painful to me when she brings the power. That said, once again the second song was better than the first. I didn’t really like her version of “One”, but her gospel cover, while never making me forget Aretha Franklin, was pretty good.
Meghan Linsey performed “I’m Not The Only One” by Sam Smith and “Tennessee Whiskey” by George Jones. What else can I say that I haven’t already said—give her a ticket to the finals. If she isn’t the front runner, she definitely second choice. She has been consistent throughout the competition. Even as there are cracks beginning to show in her voice, it’s not enough to knock her out. Though I suspect there will be increased grumbling, after her video package showed off some of her famous friends.
India Carney’s two performances were “Gravity” by Sara Bareilles and “Earth Song” by Michael Jackson. The Bareilles cover didn’t do much for me; time and again we’ve seen that India can perform a ballad, and this one while good, just didn’t move the needle for me. Her “Earth Song” though, showed India letting loose a bit. She has always been a very controlled singer, but on that performance she seemed to let go a bit more, and I think it helped. I just don’t know, after being saved two weeks in a row, if she has anymore luck left in this competition.
Sawyer Fredericks finished the performances with “For What It’s Worth” by Buffalo Springfield and “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri. If Linsey isn’t the front runner, this kid is. Two more good to great performances with these songs pretty much means he should sail through to the finals.
To these ears, it sounds like Meghan and Sawyer are easily through; Joshua is likely through and Koryn and India are battling for the last spot in the finals. Perhaps you see it differently. If so, leave your choices in the comments.