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"American Idol" Fifth Judge: Inspired by Carrie Underwood, but fan favorite gets the semi-final

Carrie Underwood the show's most successful alum, returned to the house, which led her to serve as the mentor for the Top 5 as well as the category for one of the two rounds of the competition. It's the semi-final episode of "American Idol" and two contestants will not make it through the night.

After participating in the contestants for a rousing rendition of "See You Again," where they outsang each one of the remaining five contestants, the night began with Ryan Seacrest, letting us all know that " This is & # 39; American Idol & # 39 ;. " In the spirit of Mother's Day, the second round of the contest is dedicated to songs for the motherly fighters

Good warning, since I'm safe at home, I'll probably be a little harder than my colleagues Lionel Richie Katy Perry and Luke Bryan . But I could also be nicer. Could be. With two singings tonight, I'll classify them into each category and then averaged that ranking to get to my overall results.


Before we look at how the contestants did it She picked up Carrie's huge hit library and was on stage herself for an absolutely stunning performance of "Cry Pretty" that rocked that she sounded in the closing note like Axl Rose. Carrie is just getting better, and it's just a good thing she performed after the contestants in this round because she was singing circles around her. It shows that you never stop growing and learning as a singer and performer. She absolutely had that level from the first note to the last howl.

Michael J. Woodard

Michael J. Woodard (20) Flat on the floor, "Carrie Underwood

Natural Michael loves country music, too, and the most versatile actor in the competition has been rocking Soul, R & B, Rock'n'Roll, Broadway so why not country music? It was a high-energy performance, but I'd like to more dynamic from this performance, his stage presence was the strongest we've ever seen of him.

Caleb Lee Hutchinson

Caleb Lee Hutchinson (1

8 ) "So small," Carrie Underwood

I was expecting great things from our resident country singers, Carrie Underwood oversaw them and their classic country catalog was represented, and I was not disappointed Country music can be about pulling heart strings but mostly it's about storytelling. Caleb would probably have picked a song that better fit his softer side, but I appreciate his stepping out of his comfort zone in the middle of the big moment. Still, he brought it home with intimacy. That was not his strongest voice, but it was a nice little performance.

Maddie Poppe

Maddie Poppe (20) "I told you so," Carrie Underwood

Maddie touched the heart this song and pulled out the emotion. I'm not sure she took Carrie's advice to stop thinking and feel through, but it seems to be exactly what she did. I did not like the way she came out of her falsetto, but the overall performance was fantastic. Maddie brings a folksy sensibility to her performances, and for the most part of this song, she's absolutely attracted to me. She has nailed the country's narrative aesthetics in a way many country singers should be jealous of.

Cade Foehner

Cade Foehner (21) "Undo", Carrie Underwood

Carrie gave Cade advice that he should have gotten earlier in his career. She told him about stories in music. He has to learn to take the listener on a journey, and that means he is not always with his vocal performance with an elf. We know that he has it, that's great. Now let us feel it. At Cade's credit he took the news and we traveled with him through a rock anthem. He still has to work a bit on his lower register, but his voice was so great throughout the song – and he's so adorable – he has a real chance to win the whole thing.

Gabby Barrett

Gabby Barrett (17) "Last Name", Carrie Underwood

This song is about attitude , She looked like an absolute star up there, rocks and has a great old time. I loved the gritty in her voice as she told the story. Gabby impressed week after week, but taking her personal idol clearly took her to another level. Not only that, she was determined to impress Carrie on her own song, and she provided the strongest voice of the season so far. A great song choice and a brilliant cast have secured their place in the final.


Gabby Barrett

Gabby Barrett (17) "I have nothing," Whitney Houston

Damn you, girl, go for it! After a fantastic voice on one of the greatest voices of the modern era, Gabby resorted, fighting almost one of the greatest voices of all time. She was overwhelmed only a few times by the sheer size of this song, but she managed to bring her into an affective homage to the genius of her mother and Whitney. I loved the different layers of her voice that had put her in the limelight and the deep guts needed to make that song in the first place.

Michael J. Woodard

Michael J. Woodard (20) "Still I Rise", Yolanda Adams

Michael went with a lesser-known song, but that might have been in his favor because he was able to do it's more his own than when people compare him to the original one. So silky was he at this song that Luther Vandross possessed his body for a moment. He massaged the verses and hovered on the choir to heights we have not seen for weeks. These participants really feel inspired by the categories this week, which shows how important they can be for the success of the singers and the entire show.

Maddie Poppe

Maddie Poppe (20) "God knows only," the Beach Boys

Maddie is back in returned to her unique approach of reinterpreting song classics through her folk filter. She took a classic Beach Boys song and gave it a haunting, ethereal quality that was contagious from the first note. It's the kind of accomplishment that sticks to your thoughts in the next few days when you least expect it. Like everyone else in this round, Maddie took her mother's inspiration and climbed to new heights. She became so emotional that she could not even tease out the last sound.

Cade Foehner

Cade Foehner (21) "Simple Man" Lynyrd Skynyrd

And there it is. Cade Foehner is a southern rocker and damn good! Interestingly, he was even stronger in the tenderer verses of that time than when he offered the chorus. Obviously, this song means something to him (and his mum), and the feelings he felt as he performed it performed that performance and elevated it to another level. This was the strongest we have seen in Cade for some time, and when it reaches its peak, it does it at the right time.

Caleb Lee Hutchinson

Caleb Lee Hutchinson (18) "Stars in Alabama", Jamey Johnson

How Michael went Caleb with a song that was less known to mainstream America. For her, that was Caleb's story and he told it very nicely. He's just an absolutely natural country music and I really do not think it matters what's going on in this show. I'm not sure if Caleb will connect with enough of America to win an "idol" victory, but I do not see that slows his musical dreams. He's such a polished country music singer and he's ready to take Nashville by storm.


With only three candidates able to make it through the night, things could not get any closer. My two-lap ranking left me with a tie for third place between Gabby and Maddie, with Michael falling to the ground. But we are talking about the narrowest margins between these candidates.

Honestly, any combination of them would be worth the final as this is one of the most talented top 5 groups American Idol has ever seen. Gabby and Caleb are now ready to take over Nashville, while Cade could lead a rock band tomorrow. Maddie is a very unique kind of performer who could build a niche everywhere, and Michael is a chameleon ready to accept everything and everything at once.

Caleb was the first candidate to make his way to the final, followed by Gabby as country music has strongly represented this week. I have to admit that I was a little surprised to see Maddie in this third place, which forced us to say goodbye to Cade and Michael.

I suspected that Michael's lack of a clear artistic vision made it difficult for America to connect with him, and he did not have as strong a night as the other participants. As far as Cade is concerned, he simply falls into the same category as other great rock voices in the series (Adam Lambert, Chris Daughtry, Bo Bice), which ultimately came up short.

Next week, it's all over with the two -night "American Idol" finals, live from coast to coast on Sunday at 8pm ET and Monday at 9pm ET on ABC.

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