American Idol Contestants Channel The Soul Of Motown Greats

american idol2 American Idol Contestants Channel The Soul Of Motown Greats

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The top eleven finalists on American Idol were on FIRE last night for the Motown themed performances. Everybody brought out a whole lotta soul we didn’t know they for many of the classic hits we play on K-EARTH 101. Hear the best and the worst of Motown night on American Idol!

Here’s a breakdown of each contestant’s performance last night. The results show tonight will determine the top ten hitting the road for the American Idol Summer Tour!

Casey – “Heard It Through The Grapevine” by Marvin Gaye: All the judges agreed that there’s no one else like Casey, he’s a complete original. Steven Tyler called him the “perfect entertainer.”

Thia – “Heatwave” by Martha and the Vandellas: We saw the youngest contestant cut loose during her performance, J. Lo wants her to dig even deeper next time!

Jacob – “You’re All I Need To Get By” by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell: Wow, this was definitely Jacob’s night! There’s no one better to sing Motown than him and all the judges agreed that he delivered a perfect 10! Steven Tyler even jumped up on stage to give him a hug, followed by the whole front row!

Lauren – “You Keep Me Hanging On” by The Supremes: Jacob was one tough act to follow, but country girl Lauren held her own delivering one of her best performances so far.

Stefano – “Hello” by Lionel Richie: He has the look, the voice, but what the judges said Stefano was missing was the connection and feeling in his performance.

Haley – “You Really Got A Hold On Me” by Smokey Robinson: She was in the bottom three last week, and I fear she might be headed there again this week. Steven was the only one who liked her performance calling her “a day over fabulous.”

Scotty – “For Once In My Life” by Stevie Wonder: This country boy put his own little twang on this classic Motown hit giving the judges chills hitting those low notes.

Pia – “All In Love Is Fair” by Stevie Wonder: Another ballad from this star. Steven said she’s the biggest star this season, but the other judges want to see something different from her.

Paul – “Tracks of My Tears” by Smokey Robinson: Armed with his guitar, Paul rocked a Smokey Robinson hit that will most likely keep him safe for another round.

Naima – “Dancing In The Streets” by Martha and the Vandellas: She blew the judges and audience away with her authentic African dancing and drums for a phenomenal performance!

James – “Living For The City” by Stevie Wonder: James’ breathtaking rendition of the Stevie Wonder hit left J. Lo speechless when he belted out those high notes with his Steven Tyler-esque scream.

Who do you think is headed to the bottom three this week? Watch the results show tonight to see who gets eliminated this round.

  • RainbowRay

    “For Once In My Life” by Stevie Wonder is my favorite Motown song and is what I consider to be one of my “LIFE SONGS”. What’s that? A series of songs that I have collected and played over not only to motivate me, but to remind me of how life was, is and dreaming of being one day. Everyone should make a list of their own life songs to remind themselves (bad or good) and to motivate themselves.

    Love my life songs and I keep building on it now and then. I must have at least 10 or 11 now. Special songs with meaning!

    Try it?


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