The American Idol 2014 Top 9 studio performances are now out on iTunes. We’re always amazed at how much different the finalists can sound in the studio. While the voices of the contestants generally always sound better in the studio versions, sometimes they just lack the passion and emotion of their live performances.

American Idol 2014 Top 9 perform

American Idol 2014 Top 9 perform – Source: American Idol / Facebook

We know some of it is the skillful manipulation of sound engineers that usually produces better quality songs in the studio. However, we also know it’s probably not easy to sound your best when you are dealing with the stress of a live performance.

Some of the American Idol 2014 finalists obviously thrive under the pressure of singing live. Others seem to wilt under the spotlights and shine best when they are in a more controlled environment.

Take a listen to the American Idol 2014 Top 9 studio performances below and tell us who you think sounded better live or better in the studio version. (Check our recap from last week’s performances show for the live versions.)

Alex Preston – “Don’t Speak” by No Doubt

Majesty York – “Shake It Out” by Florence And The Machine

Dexter Roberts – “Boondocks” by Little Big Town

Malaya Watson – “The Long And Winding Road” by The Beatles

Sam Woolf – “Hey There Delilah” by Plain White T’s

Jessica Meuse – “Rhiannon” by Fleetwood Mac

CJ Harris – “If It Hadn’t Been For Love” by The SteelDrivers

Caleb Johnson – “Dazed And Confused” by Jake Holmes / Led Zeppelin

Jena Irene – “Bring Me To Life” by Evanescence & Paul McCoy

Which songs would you be willing to buy on iTunes for your music collection?


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