American Idol 2015: Top 9 Performances Recap [VIDEO]

Top 9 hit the American Idol 2015 stage tonight on FOX when your votes decide not one, but two more eliminations and the remaining contestants are vying for your support. Prepare for a return to the 80’s with your American Idol Hopefuls.

Clark Beckham performs on American Idol 2015
Clark Beckham performs on American Idol 2015 – Source: FOX

This week’s American Idol theme is set in the 80’s with Boy George visiting to give his guidance and mentoring. The contestants know they can’t falter in their song picks and deliveries anymore with the Judges Save used for the season. Will the higher stakes raise their games or just their anxiety?

We’re recapping tonight’s American Idol 2015 show right here so refresh this page for the latest performance videos, voting details, and results throughout the show. Check out our Idol chat room for more discussions with other fans.

Daniel Seavey performs “You Make My Dreams Come True”

We get mention that the judges had been a little tough on Daniel, but mentor Boy George thinks he has “good chops.” This performance is probably better than his past few, but it still wasn’t great by any means. It was fun and sweet, as Daniel always is, but the vocals were all over the place, and for every good moment, there was a bad one. The judges were nicer this week, at least about the vocals. Harry Connick Jr., however, let him know he’s not a fan of his choreographed dance moves.

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Quentin Alexander performs “In The Air Tonight”

Quentin says he’s shocked he’s made it through this double elimination and so am I. As for the performance, it was a little weird and eery at first, but it was a risk that I think paid off. His vocals were stronger than usual and the arrangement was pretty solid as well. I think this was a good idea for him. The judges seemed to really enjoy the performance as well. Harry mentions that he has a tendency to do low-tempo songs, though.

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Joey Cook performs “Girls Just Want To Have Fun”

Thank you, Boy George, for calling Joey out on that one-note thing she’s got going. Well, his advice worked for the most part. But since when does one say “girls” like that? Anyway, is this gimmick every going to wear thin for anyone other than me? Wait. Now it’s reggae? Oh, it’s back to a jumbled mess. What is this performance? Like can anyone actually like this? Please let us know in the comments section below if you did. Even the judges noticed it was off. But Boy George came out to offer her some support.

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 Tyanna Jones performs “I Wanna Dance With Somebody”

I’m very glad Tyanna made it through. People on other sites were predicting her elimination tonight, so I’m glad they were wrong. That was a good performance. I don’t see many criticisms from the judges this week. The vocals were tight and she had a lot of fun. I didn’t love what the band did with the song, but Tyanna handled it very well. JLo reminds Tyanna that no one is perfect, referring to her slight flub last week. Harry has no actual criticism this week, either.

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Jax performs “You Give Love a Bad Name”

Jax going for a big risk with this Bon Jovi song. But it actually turned out pretty cool. I thought the arrangement was really cool and her vocals were strong. And she had a lot of fun with it too. And anytime a contestant plays the piano during their performance, I’m a fan. This was a good week for Jax.

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Nicki Fradiani performs “Man in the Mirror”

Michael Jackson is a big task, so I’m surprised Nick went for this song. But I thought it was pretty solid. The arrangement almost got away from him a few times, but he held his own. It was nice to hear him do something with some energy, but I feel like the confidence everyone mentioned earlier was still slightly lacking. But the performance itself was good.

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 Clark Beckham performs “Every Breath You Take” 

Clark can basically do no wrong. He has a tendency to pick boring songs, much like this (well in this case, it’s not a boring song, but a boring arrangement), but his vocals always make up for any sort of draggy song. His talents are undeniable. His only worry will ever be him boring his audience. But he didn’t bore the judges. They dug it. JLo even finally got the goosies.

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 Qaasim Middleton performs “Addicted to Love”

Well the save worked like charm. It always does. Now two people who shouldn’t go home this week are going to go home. But anyway, back to the task at hand. This performance was not great. The vocals were all over the place and a lot of it seemed unrehearsed and lazy. Not my favorite performance.

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Ryan Seacrest actually announces that the Bottom 3 are Adana Duru, Maddie Walker and Rayvon Owen. The final person performing tonight is Ryvon Owen. Maddie and Adanna are eliminated.

Rayvon Owen performs “Everybody Wants to Rule the World”

Well that wasn’t a great performance. Definitely not one to close out the show with. But I did like that they let us know those three were in the bottom. I don’t think the vocals were bad, but that performance was just very robotic to me. But Harry seemed to not think so. Harry thought he was very connected to the song and that the performance was solid.

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What did you think of tonight’s results and the Top 9 performances? Who were the standouts for you and deserves a spot in the Top 8? Those American Idol results will be revealed next Wednesday but we’ll have our predictions before that. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, and by Email for more Idol coverage.




  1. Be prepared for a shock elimination within the next 2 weeks. My money’s on Jax.

    • Gone before F5 with another mediocre performance IMO. To bad she’s gone horribly wrong. hated the arrangement and song selection. 3 mediocre weeks in a row. she’s fading fast.
      For the love of all that is holy can we get rid of Daniel please lord please! Qaasem this week. Then Daniel

    • Matt, I feel for ya.. this year is another one of those mediocre seasons. I doubt you’ll have an easy time writing up the reviews.

  2. Seriously needed an extra shot of espresso after tonight’s lame show. The Hoff started it off well, but then the show just died..

    I thought Cyndi Lauper was annoying in the 80s. Joey out-did her with an off tune performance that was just uncomfortable to watch.

    How the heck did Rayvon out-survive Maddie & Adanna???

    About the only memorable performance in my mind were Jax and Nick.
    + Nick’s was the only one without pitch/tune issues. A mediocre performance, but a solid one.
    + Jax was memorable only for her outfit and kicking the bench-finally-at the end. I so wanted much, much, much more from her. She never should have sat down at that piano.

    Qaasim, way to take a save one week and ruin it the next.

    Daniel? Why is he still here? Do A.I. Producers really hope to turn him into the next Beiber?? Puh-lease… .

    Of all the singers that should have gone home tonight—Maddie and Adanna were in my top 4 from last week.

    This season has almost 0 pizazz left to it. Jax REALLY needs to kick it up a notch or three, but she has no one pushing her competition-wise. Last year, if she was paired with Jena, Jax’d be that much better.

    Welcome to Yawnsville. Population 9.

    • No, that was me, crying at JLo saying she had goosies. For cryin’ out loud, Clark and Nick were the only two that didn’t have either pitch or performance issues last night.

      Freaking good? Hardly. It only appears that way in relation to the lack of performance from the other 7.

      Two of the season’s strongest vocalists quietly exited into the annals of A.I. history.

      How Rayvon, Daniel, Joey, the double-Qs, Tyanna, and even Nick continue on is a surprise to me.
      – Rayvon, has to have the ‘XX’ chromosome carrying him for his clean close shave. What else does he have other than lady-charm? The hat???
      – Danny-boy — Teen-‘XX’ votes? No.. both my teen daughters hate him. I’m betting its the elder ‘XX’ crowd voting him on… (and that the A.I. producers are trying very hard to find the next Beiber to save their ailing show) .. the same crowd that kept Mr. Sam in the competition for far too long last year.
      – Tyanna. For the past 2 weeks, her vocals have been just .. off. She seems to have lost her center and cannot, to me, define who she wants to be as an artist.
      – Joey. Who was strangling the chicken last night?? What was that?!?!
      – Quentin. Nice throw carpet. Why was he sitting? Barely remember what else he did .. or sang.
      – Qaasim. After a nice save the week prior, what a train wreck of a performance that was.
      – Nick. Aside from the charm he’s putting on JLo—did you see her eyes piercing him??—where’s the pizazz? For a guy who’s supposedly got plenty of experience, he’s far, far from where Daughtry was. Daughtry knew what he wanted to be. Nick? Top it off with a fresh layer of grease? His vocals are just not spectacular nor .. artistic.
      – Clark. He comes off as a mediocre-great only because the rest of the pack is so .. un-stellar. He doesn’t even have the charm / artistic nature of a Scott Macintyre (Season 8).
      – Jax. Last night was a disappointment. I kept yelling at the t.v. in a vain attempt to get her away & off the piano. Why bother kicking the piano bench with 3 bars left to sing? The whole performance would have been so much better with her singing with just a mic-in-hand and doing the stage thing.

      Still voting for Jax, but, boy does she need a Jena Irene to give her some competitive push.

      • wow wow Adanna was pretty good but Maddie one of the strongest vocalist. No offense that’s ridiculous. I like the girl but at best middle of the pack.

      • Dude it’s an opinion, and can you say anything good about the contestants? Jeez if this show is such torture why are you watching it? Jeez. I can tell your favorite singers left but really?

      • Of course its an opinion.. but, I’ll be a bit more reserved about what I deem to be freaking good.

        To me, those are the performances that transcend the seasons. Season 8, Top 8. Mad World. (Try comparing that to Joey Cook’s version 2 weeks ago.) Always tops my list. I often find myself replaying many of Jena’s and Caleb’s performances from last year.

        To date, the only performance I sorta remember is Qaasim’s SAVE episode.. where he actually put on a show.

        A majority of the performances to-date have been utterly forgettable. Granted, one cannot hit a home run every time, but certainly we should have a sense of where our singers want to go by now with their passion.

        I may come off as particularly harsh on Nick, Clark, & Jax, as they’ve had, supposedly, performance experience. And, I do compare them to seasons past. Go look at some of Jax’s indie videos; you’ll see what I mean. She performs / has performed far better than what she’s showing us on A.I. Yes, she’s out of her comfort zone, but I would counter that no one is pushing her to be better. She has no competition pushing her to ever better than before.

        And, yes, I do think both Maddie and Adanna offered the show far more potential than some of the bozos left in the Top 9.

  3. Ugh i can’t even finish listening to Qassim’s performance, talk about no energy, boring as heck, like can you seriously like sing like you mean it?

  4. Well if last night confirmed anything for me then it is this, this is probably going to be my last season watching this show. I should have known it was going to be bad when they had David Hasslehoff opening the show with that awful medley. I don’t know who thought that would be entertaining. Then boom Sanjaya no I mean Lazaro, no I mean Daniel is safe. Really who keeps voting for this kid!
    I believe that we are in for a shock elimination with them having used the save to early but I am beyond caring right now. While Tyanna, Jax, Clark and Nick all have potential they haven’t done anything that really makes me excited to see them take the stage. They have failed to find contestants that can excite the audience and they don’t have anyone there that pushes the contestants to giving those exciting performances like Simon did.
    I was drawn into this show in season 10 when they had a very talented group of people. Pia, Haley, Durbin, Scotty, and he rest and like everybody else I watched that season with excitement. I couldn’t wait until the following week to see what my favorites that survived would do the next week. Season 11 proved to be a very good season too with Phillip Phillips, Jessica Sanchez, Joshua Ledet, Hollie, and the rest. Even the weakest singer in that bunch Heejun Han had a decent voice. I was one of the few that sat through the trainwreck of season 12 because they found good talent like Candice, Kree, and Angie. Yes season 12 they fixed it so the guys that made the live shows wouldn’t be potential winners however the girls they put through were outstanding. Last season the talent wasn’t as good however Jena and Caleb kept me watching.
    I will finish out this season but I am not sure I will be watching next season especially if they keep finding subpar talent. Over on the Voice the talent is great so why can one show find great talent and the other(which has been around much longer) put through people who the majority of which wouldn’t get a chair to turn on the Voice?
    Like I said I will finish out this season but there is very little that will want to come back for in January.

    • Obviously, you can’t appreciate WhitneyHouston Vocals that Tyanna nailed, or were you in the frig?

    • Well, you wouldn’t be excited, if say, Whitney Houston sang for you? Therefore, you don’t appreciate great vocals, singing or Dancing!!!

      • Ok if you paid attention to my post you’d clearly see where I said that Tyanna has potential. Her performance this past week was good but not exciting. I was introduced to music at a very young age and for you to say that I don’t appreciate a great vocal is insulting. What is happening on Idol this year is that the contestants are failing to grab my attention and making me want to watch. Also remember that people have different tastes in music while I have considered Tyanna’s performance good whereas you thought it was great. It’s a matter of opinion and my opinion is this is a group of mediocore contestants where only a few are showing potential to be great.

  5. American Idol Top 9 Power Ranking:
    1. Clark Beckham
    2. Jax
    3. Joey Cook
    4. Nick Fradiani
    5. Rayvon Owen
    6. Quentin Alexander
    7. Tyanna Jones
    8. Qaasim Middleton
    9. Daniel Seavey
    So, Who is the Most Likely Elimination? Daniel Seavey
    Who is at Risk? Qaasim Middleton and Tyanna Jones

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