Rebel Wilson brings the mentoring as the Top 10 channels Disney classics from "Moana" and "Toy Story" to "A Goofy Movie" and "Robin Hood."
Is it crazy that we're having a Top 10 show and there are only three weeks of "American Idol" left? The cuts are coming fast and furious, with two more going home by the end of the night.
That two could become one, though, as the judges again have their save, but it can only be used once per season. That means the person booted would have to be a bona fide front runner for them to ever consider using it tonight.
Rebel Wilson joined the show as a special guest mentor as the contestants headed to Disneyland and a Disney-themed week. That meant we got expected songs from movies like "Moana," "Tarzan," "Toy Story" and "Pocahontas," as well as surprising choices from "Robin Hood," "Pete's Dragon," "Robin Hood" and "A Goofy Movie."
As a singer/actress/comedian, Rebel was able to come at the contestants with all kinds of advice from boosting confidence to emoting with the face to just learning how to project and be louder. She was actually a fantastic mentor.
The contestants proved once again what a talented group of singers have been assembled this season, with even the worst songs of the night being pretty solid. We're just looking at a caliber of talent where pretty solid isn't nearly good enough.
And when things got a little dull -- as a few singers did with safe performances -- there was always Katy Perry, who went all out with an incredible Ursula costume complete with tentacles that got into absolutely everything throughout the night.
Only ten will survive the night, so we're going to rank the Top 14 from bottom to top to see which four didn't make our cut and see if you agree with us, i.e. get it right.
"I 2 I," "A Goofy Movie"
Doing such an obscure song was a risk, but it allowed Uché to make this performance his own. It actually sounded somewhat like a track you'd hear on the radio today. The only thing that didn't quite work is that his stage presence didn't quite match up to the tone of the song. He was bringing all of his Uché energy, but it was somewhat misdirected as if he didn't care what he was singing, this was going to be the performance behind it. Also, his vocals weren't as strong as we've seen in the past. Still, he's a bona fide entertainer.
""When She Loved Me," "Toy Story 2"
Walker didn't try to embellish that piece at all and it turned into a treacly ballad that was very sweet and earnest. The problem is that it might not have stood out enough in this type of competition to score enough votes. He might scrape by this week, but if he continues down this path, it might not always pay off. It really needed a "moment" to connect with the audience and it never quite did that. It was pleasant throughout and enjoyable, but it also felt safe.
""Colors of the Wind," "Pocahontas"
She kind of lost control of it a little toward the end, but Alyssa was rock solid up until that point. Even better, she was emoting properly to the and sadness and simmering anger of the lyrics. That is, until she tried to show off and did some weird things that totally threw us out of the mood she had so well crafted to that point. Her voice was smooth and clean and pure through most of that song, though, and it is a crowd pleaser, so she should be fine.
""You'll Be in My Heart," "Tarzan"
Considering his journey with his mother, this is a song he should have felt completely connected to, and yet there was a disconnect through the first half of it. It wasn't until he really upped his energy and power that it felt like he was really feeling the lyrics he was singing. Even then, it turned into a vocal showcase rather than an interpretation of a beloved song that really has a lot of heart. He could have nailed this one and instead it was just very good. It's crazy because he was actually feeling all of that for his mother, but it didn't completely come through.
"Remember Me," "Coco"
A rare hiccup for Alejandro, his vocals were not strong on this at all during the first half. Thankfully, he was back on the guitar, and his signature play style keeps his performances exciting and unpredictable. He showed off a little more vocal range on this performance, but there was an unexpected inconsistency in the strength and effectiveness of his voice. He pulled it together about a third of the way through and made it truly his own, redeeming most of his early troubles.
Laci Kaye Booth
"I See the Light," "Tangled"
Laci still has a one-in-a-million voice, but it didn't work on every facet of this song. The problem is that Disney Princesses have an ability to belt it out from time to time, and Laci just doesn't. Her voice is more tender and timid. It's truly remarkable and sweet, but it felt like she tried to do something her voice doesn't do. It's great for her to strain herself creatively, but don't lose what makes her special and unique.
"Oo-De-Lally," "Robin Hood"
This was a good-time song, which normally wouldn't seem to work on a show like this, but Laine absolutely made it work. He basically put on a show like he was a special guest rather than a contestant. Honestly, this would have been a great opportunity for him to step out from behind the guitar and really have fun with the piece, connecting more with the audience. He sounded great, as usual, and clearly had a lot of fun with it, but he needs to expand what he's doing on stage at least a little bit.
Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon
""Candle on the Water," "Pete's Dragon"
Leaning into Sam Smith territory, Jeremiah really showed off his impressively ridiculous and strong vocal range on a song that many people probably didn't recognize. Nevertheless, he was able to sell it through the earnestness of both his vocal performance and his stage presence. It was simple, but he used his body presence to help the audience know how to feel. He did have to push a bit into that final note, but his talent is undeniable.
""How Far I'll Go," "Moana"
Madison didn't need to wail at the end of this performance because she had us from the beginning. This is a song that is hard to mess up if you at all put forth the effort to connect to it, and Madison was all in. It's also a perfect song choice for a young girl as she can understand that longing to find herself and her way in the world. The judges have been on the Madison train since the beginning and we've finally come around. These last few performances are just getting stronger ... though again, she didn't need all that nonsense at the end.
"You've Got a Friend in Me," "Toy Story"
Wade is a very genuine performer and he gave a sincere and heartfelt performance. His stage presence was pretty straightforward, with him just kind of wandering around the stage, but it worked for this particular performance. More intentional stage direction would benefit him, but as long as he keeps that gravelly authenticity, he should go far. Loved the "ANDY" on his foot and even the IPN ("Idol Power Note") worked here.
By our math here, the news is not looking great for Uché and Walker, but America doesn't always seem to be watching the same show we are ... so is Dimitrius out, too ... not saying, just saying?
Plus, while we're basing our rankings on the performances we saw tonight, while America is voting on past performances as well, plus how they feel about the contestants in general.
Of course, Ryan Seacrest likes to build the drama, so rather than booting two he's instead sending people through to the Top 8. That kicked off with Laine, followed by Madison, Alejandro and Jeremiah.
After a break to build tension, Ryan sent to safety Walker, Laci and Wade. We will say nothing that the three people of color are standing up there at the end of America's vote because there were issues with all of their performances and they were three of our bottom four, too.
They were also all three the judges' picks from last week, which means this is the second time America has rejected them. But not all of them as America put through Alyssa, sending Uché and Dimitrius home.
The judges still had their one save, but this is two weeks in a row that America has made it clear they don't want these guys in the competition so it would essentially be a waste as whoever they pick will simply go next.
The bloodbath continues every week as "American Idol" airs Sundays and Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
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