American Idol Season 14 Top 16 Girls Recap: Some Surprising Eliminations And Some Bad Singing


The American Idol 2015 Top 8 girls took to the stage Thursday night, meaning that four did not get to compete another week and were eliminated.

Let’s take a look back at the night as I will be assigning each performance the letter grade I think it deserves.

Tyanna Jones, “Rockin Robin.” I knew this theme was going to be great for her. She basically could’ve picked any song and sounded like she was right from the time it was recorded. And this song did just that. She had so much fun with it and she really made an old song sound young and fun. Tyanna is the real deal. Performance Grade: A

Lauren Lott, “I Wanna Be Where You Are.” Lauren was as surprised as I was when she was called to the stage. I wasn’t expecting it at all. And after that performance I’m still very surprised. That wasn’t a an American Idol winning performance. Some of the notes were great, but overall, it was just odd. Performance Grade: B-

Maddie Walker, “I’ll Be There.” I’m so glad someone picked this song. And I’m really glad it was her. She really nailed it. I’m also slightly surprised she made it through based on our polls, but I’m glad she did. But back to this song. It was perfect for her. She had like one rough spot, but other than that, it was a great one for her. Performance Grade: B+

Joey Cook, “Shop Around.” Hated it. I appreciate the effort of trying to take a classic song and make it your own, but this was pure murder. I want to say really mean things right now, so I’m going to just stop now. Performance Grade: D

Sarina-Joi Crow, “You’re Really Got A Hold On Me.” I didn’t expect America to make this choice, but I’m very glad they did. She’s one of the best singers in this competition and she proved that with this performance. Unlike Joey, she made this her own but didn’t destroy it. I really, really liked it. I like how natural she is. There’s no pretense there. Just pure talent. Performance Grade: A+

Adanna Duru, “Hello.” This was another great performance. It wasn’t perfect as Harry pointed out because it wasn’t exactly in tune. But the emotion was perfect. She really owned the stage even if she didn’t own the song. I still liked it a lot. Performance Grade: B+

Jax, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.” OK the start of the song was almost as offensive as Joey’s. But then it got better. The difference between Jax and Joey is I think Jax’s quirky style is more natural and less forced. And she also was wearing THE DRESS. So she gets bonus points for that. Performance Grade: B+

Alexis Gomez, “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch).” I must say, she’s another I didn’t expect to make it though, but after this performance it’s still unclear why she did. I mean did you hear that, America? She’s got the country twang that a lot of American looks for, but also that pop-rock angle that allowed Taylor Swift to genre hop. So maybe that’s what you guys responded to?Performance Grade: D+

So that means Shi Scott, Lovey James, Shannon Berthiaume and Katherine Winston have been eliminated. I expected Shannon and Katherine to go, but I’m quite surprised by Shi and Lovey. What did you think of the Top 8?




  1. I really can’t take Jax or Joey, at all. That being said, I wouldn’t call this year’s crop of hopefuls [guys or girls]very interesting. I believe Maddie is a fave of Harry’s due to her resemblance to Harry’s wife Jill Goodacre. I enjoyed Adanna’s performance, but thought the lights and camera work made her look old and a bit creepy. Alexis was plain awful. No one blew me away.

  2. This method of elimination does not make “Good TV”. It makes for an uncomfortable audience and poor performances. Most of those girls were too stressed to perform well. Never do this again, Idol.

      • Producers have the top two men & women go next to last. However, Jax was too original and ruined Ain’t no mountain high enough by Diana Ross.

  3. These girls are a snoozefest. The boys are the only saving grace for this season.

    • Jax is the best girl but she needs to take off the fingerless gloves, stop with the arm waving dramatics, arrange the song so it resembles the original, and stop with the Jazz bit and sing pop because that’s where the money is-just ask T. Swift.

  4. I started watching from the beginning. Last show was it for me. Snoozefest is what someone else wrote and that is how I feel. Sadly, just not feeling it at all from any of them. Uninterested fr the 1st season ever since I started watching it form the very 1st show.

  5. Not to happy with ones that made it through, except for Jax,Tyanna,Clark and Adam and Middleton. Very very disappointed that Shi didn’t make it through. This is very quickly turning into every other season. I thought this year was going to be the best because of talent. Wrong…. Getting bad so quick makes you wonder if it will be last season

  6. What is it about Joey that makes her so popular? In my opinion, she was a joke last week and butchered Keith’s song. She took a spot from someone else who deserved it more than she did. I just don’t get it at all.

    • I think people like her from her originality and her voice sounds like someone famous to me can’t think of her name. She’s getting alot of hate which i don’t understand really shes not the best competitor but i can’t say for Qassim jokester over here. To be honest hes the worst of them all.

      • I completely agree with you about Qaasim. He does act as though everything is a joke and I don’t think his voice is that great. I’d rather have one of the four eliminated guys there than him.

  7. American Idol top 16 Power Rankings:

    Top 8 Guys:
    1. Clark Beckham
    2. Daniel Seavey
    3. Rayvon Owen
    4. Quentin Alexander
    5. Nick Fradiani
    6. Qaassim Middleton
    7. Adam Ezegelian
    8. Mark Andrew
    Top 8 Girls:
    1. Sarina-Joi Crowe
    2. Jax
    3. Tyanna Jones
    4. Joey Cook
    5. Adanna Duru
    6. Loren Lott
    7. Maddie Walker
    8. Alexis Gomez
    So Who’s safe? Clark Beckham, Daniel Seavey, Rayvon Owen, Sarina-Joi Crowe, Jax and Tyanna Jones.
    Who’s at risk? Quentin Alexander, Nick Fradiani, Qaasim Middleton, Joey Cook, Adanna Duru and Loren Lott. (Two of these people will probably be saved as a wildcard)
    Who’s Probably Going Home Next Week: Adam Ezegelian, Mark Andrew, Maddie Walker and Alexis Gomez

    • Do you think Daniel will be safe because of his performance or his looks/tennyboppers, etc.? Based on voice, he doesn’t deserve to move forward. PERIOD.

      • Based on Performance Quality and Social Media Following, Daniel Will Be Safe. He was not the WORST and has a solid fan base. The ranking is as objective as possible, so yes the reason he is ranked second ahead of some of the other guys with arguably much better vocal ability is strictly because of his fan base.

      • Daniel needs more time to let his voice mature. He should have waited another season or two.

  8. I agree. I think of the tone of when a cat howling/moaning sounds like a baby. & raunching a classy classic song, didn’t work for me at ALL. It was though easier to take than Shi sounding like Jennifer Jason Leigh in Georgia. Maybe it’s a toss up. It just feels good when you listen to Sarina & she gets it right but only 2 have both a great live sound as well as a perfect recording voice. Tyanna & Rayvon.
    Wild cards need to be Jelly & Savion.

  9. Harry said that Sarina should sing in-tune, meanwhile he praised Loren Lott’s performance without reminding her about that, when actually there were many out-of-tune spots in hers. Hope Harry just thought that Sarina will go through far in this competition so he gave her such an advice, though I think Sarina did very well.

  10. I thought this show was canceled after losing 5 million viewers in one show with that mean spirited airport hanger stunt last year. I havent watched since

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