Top 12 Guys
Original Air Date: Feb 25, 2015
Patricia Morris Buckley – Sr. Staff Writer
From Detroit, Michigan, the guys are the first to perform for votes. The women follow on Thursday. But next week the Top 24 becomes the Top 16. The contestants get to sing any song they want.
Here’s an interesting fact: It’s not live. In some ways that’s good. It’s edited so well that they fit 12 singers in one hour. The judges keep their comments short and on point – what a shocker. It’s a bold and excellent choice.
Here’s how they did:
ADAM EZEGELIAN – “I Wanna Rock” by Twisted Sister
He’s pretty good and gets the house rocking. JLo calls him “everyone’s everyman.” Harry thought it embodied what rock and roll is about.
MICHAEL SIMEON — “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You” by Michael Bolton
He takes it so slow that it’s sleepy except for the abundance of unnecessary runs. That’s especially noticeable after Adams. Harry pointed out he didn’t sing in tune. JLo really enjoyed it. Keith loved it.
SAVION WRIGHT — “Hey, Soul Sister” by Train
There’s no denying he has a great voice, but the cut he used of the song seemed to be the same phrase over and over. Harry thought he started unfocused. JLo loved his unique style, but tells him to remember the camera. Keith didn’t love the song choice.
MARK ANDREW — “The Weight” by The Band
It’s too sleepy and the performance is nothing special for this frontrunner. But Keith thought it was a perfect song choice. Harry agreed and JLo said his vibe is “so right now” that he has a real chance.
TREVOR DOUGLAS — “Best I Ever Had” by Gavin DeGraw
Pitch issues aside, he certainly livened things up. Keith thought the song got on top of him but liked his stage presence. JLo thought it was OK and not his best, vocally. Harry thought his performance was better than his vocal.
CLARK BEKHAM— “When a Man Loves a Woman” by Percy Sledge
It’s a white guy with soul. He misses a few notes but sells it. JLo had “goosies all day.” Harry thought he’s very talented, Keith gave a standing O, adding it was killer.
RAYVON OWEN—“Jealous” by Nick Jonas
He has stage presence and gives a great vocal performance. Harry said there’s something about him that’s elegant, like a classic Motown singer. JLo encouraged him to show more attitude and edge. Keith said his voice and falsetto were good.
DANIEL SEAVEY—“I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz
He plays a mandolin. The song seems a little low for him and it’s not his best. Keith loved his look, his mandolin and thought his performance was fascinating. JLo encouraged him to be consistent through the song. Harry thought he did a nice job.
RILEY BRIA—“Homeboy” by Eric Church
He has pitch issues and his nerves show. JLo thought he combined sweet with edge. Harry said Riley reminds him of Keith calls him “Keith Sub-Urban.” Keith thought it was cool and can’t wait to hear more.
QUENTIN ALEXANDER—“I Put a Spell on You” by Screamin’ Jay Hopkins
It started sleepy but he brought it home. Harry liked his “different presentation” and said he’s a real artist. JLo said that was a performance to her and it was perfect. Keith called it a Grammy performance.
NICK FRADIANI—“Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran
He is living up to his early promise with a rock solid performance. Keith called it a good song choice. JLo said he was one of the best. Harry also thought it was strong.
QAASIM MIDDLETON— “Uptown Funk” by Mark Runson featuring Bruno Mars
He’s a hot dancer, although he goes off key a few times. It’s more performance than vocal. JLo said he makes her want to get up there and dance and sing with him. Harry said he went up and gave all he had. Keith praised his charisma.
So how did the guys do? Were you impressed by someone new? Did anyone disappoint? Give us your TwoCents…