The first half of the best 24 American Idol competitions that performed solo on Sunday night performed celebrity shows on monday night. Judge Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan then eliminated five singers based on both performances. The other half of the top 24 will go through the same process next week.
Catie Turner collaborated with pop songwriter songwriter Andy Grammer to sing a duet of Grammer's own song "Good to Alive." It was a very strong start to the evening of duets, with Turner and Grammer working together to take on an entertaining show. But Turner also sounds good all the time and shows off its unique indie sound. "You're so natural," Perry said.
Young country singer Layla Spring collaborated with country music duo Sugarland. "She is a young child who has control over her instrument," said Jennifer Nettles, impressed by the teens of the rehearsal. They gave a fun and peppy country performance with a lot of personality, the spring again shows that she is seasoned over her years. "We are looking at a child here that we will see entertaining people for a very long time," says Bryan. "You are the bravestest I know," said Richie.
Dominique was up next and sang with the soul and fun star Aloe Blacc. They sang "Wake Me Up" and while they started singing it quite straight, they ended up making more interesting songs towards the end, boosting performance. Dominique is another very natural artist, but he is also incredibly versatile. "This is an American idol here," said Blacc just after their performance. "This will be very difficult," Perry said, adding that everyone delivered too well to make incoming cuts.
Brandon Diaz joined the Latin pop singer Luis Fonsi to sing Fonsi's hit "Despacito". It was Diaz's best achievement so far, and although Spanish is not his first language, he seemed very comfortable singing in it. "Good song," Bryan said. "You've shown us so many different shades of you," Perry adds, adding that singing in Spanish is something that gives him a challenge in the competition.
Kay Kay and train singer Pat Monahan were up next, singing "Drive By". Kay Kay usually sings a chapel, so she was a little nervous about singing with a band and struggling for repetition. But she came through in the playoffs, and while it was not as good as her performance on Sunday night it was fixed. "Energy was fun," said Bryan.
Briggs took the scene again, this time with Trevor McBane. They sang "River", and McBane definitely showed another, softer side of his voice. It was a unique achievement for him, and it worked and demonstrated his versatility. "It was the real deal," Richie said. "We love your atmosphere," says Bryan, adding that he is consistent.
Fonsi came back for a duet with Michelle Sussett, sang "I can not make you love me". The song selection gave them the opportunity to deliver a powerful and displacement of lyrical interpretation, and because Sussett tends to be more optimistic, it was interesting to see her show another side of her song. Bryan said he felt like a fan and Richie said that their voices blended perfectly together.
Grammer came back to sing with Jonny Brenn's, who performed "Back Home." The song selection matched Brenn's tone, even though it was not the most dynamic song. Bryan said he wanted to polish him on his stage work, but also added that he has shown that he is learning a whole week of the week.
Dennis Lorenzo was paired with soul singer Allen Stone to sing a duet of the song Lorenzo auditioned originally with, "Unaware." They gave a scaled-up performance that really lets Lorenzo show off his voice, which sounded particularly strong in his falsetto. "It was spectacular," said Richie. Bryan said he continues to show so many new things in his arsenal.
Monahan returned to sing a duet of "Angel in Blue Jeans" with Michael J. Woodard, whose wonderful, beautiful tone was full screened. His technical skills were at the forefront, but he also once showed that he is a good performer. "You're just a beautiful chameleon," Perry said promising her heart and authenticity.
For the last night cloth Nettles collected Gabby Barrett to sing Sugarland's "Stay." Together they gave an emotional performance that solidified Barrett as a strong narrator. Bryan said she spiked it from top to bottom.
With the performances it was time for the judges to announce which seven artists would go to the next round to sing for America's vote. Foehner, Sussett, Lorenzo, Barrett, Brenn, Woodard and Turner made all the cut; Spring, McBane, Dominique, Diaz and Kay went home.
The remaining top 24 will perform their soles and duets next week. What did you think about Monday's results?