'American Idol' judges make it clear Rayvon Owen and Jax are the contestants to beat
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 04/23/2015
Rayvon Owen and Jax have emerged as the ones to beat inAmerican Idol's fourteenth-season competition.
Although Rayvon has landed in the bottom-two four straight weeks in a row, his performances during Wednesday night's show blew the judges away and probably made home viewers realize he shouldn't go home just yet. Jax's energy, artistry and consistency is also what makes her a clear frontrunner.
In a night of "Arena Anthems," Rayvon sang "I'm Not The Only One" by Sam Smith. Harry Connick Jr. called it a "fantastic" vocal performance and "flawless." Keith Urban said he's the "dark horse," if that was his own song that just got released, it would be amazing and a huge hit.
Jennifer Lopez then dropped a bomb by saying if he keeps singing like and keeps making perfect song choices, he will be "the only one" left.
Rayvon later sang "Go Your Own Way" by Fleetwood Mac. The audience went crazy for a high note. The judges admired the fact he's such a fighter and has loosened up onstage over time. His vocals were undeniably great.
Jax sang "Are You Gonna Be My Girl" by Jet and was told she's ready for the tour because she knows how to have a good time onstage.
After singing "White Flag" by Ditto, the judges raved about how she held their attention throughout the entire song and has great instincts as an artist. Harry admitted it was riveting, beautiful and phenomenal. The judges' choice of words were surprisingly complimentary.
The remaining Top 6 artists had an excellent night as well.
Nick Fradiani sang "Harder To Breathe" by Maroon 5. He's become so comfortable onstage and is getting better with every single passing week. He's found his lane vocally but needs to concentrate more on his performance quality.
Nick later took the stage with "Maggie May" by Rod Stewart. He was told it was a really great song choice, but Jennifer explained he needs "a moment" in order to get to the finish line doing what he's doing.
Clark Beckham got the best feedback for "Yesterday" by The Beatles. The song had structure and just made sense. The judges called it terrific and beautiful. Keith just advised him to release more when performing in the future.
Clark's rendition of "Boyfriend" by Justin Bieber, however, didn't go over as well. The stripped-down performance wasn't sexy, raw or dangerous enough, according to Keith. Harry even tried to explain how Clark had done himself a disservice by setting the bar so high because he's a great melody singer.
Tyanna Jones first sang "Party In The USA" and the judges loved her cool, fun and comfortable side. Harry said it was a very smart song choice. Tyanna later performed "Heaven" by Bryan Adams. It was different but not perfect. The judges, however, still commented on her beautiful voice and elegance on the stage.
Quentin Alexander, who ended up getting eliminated from the competition, took the stage with "Light My Fire" by The Doors first. He was instructed to deliver more "vocal pow" because he sang the song conservatively against the rocking band. Harry said he still "dug it" though. Keith told Quentin he swims against the current, which would be "anti-plankton."
Quentin then performed "Shake It Out" by Florence And The Machine. He really dug into the vocals that time but Harry couldn't help but point out he still sings out of tune a lot. Keith advised Quentin to just "stay on the course" because he's doing just fine.