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Semifinalist Round (2) - Guys Perform - Recap

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Sudden Death rounds continue and this time the first group of guys from the Top 40 is going to perform. Judges Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban, Randy Jackson and Mariah Carey are going to give their critiques and choose only 5 to move on to the Live Shows. Mariah says that there was so much raw talent and says that she loves the guys, but she would be concerned if she was them. Singing tonight are: Paul Jolley, Johnny Keyser, JDA, Kevin Harris, Chris Watson, Devin Velez, Elijah Liu, Charlie Askew, Jimmy Smith and Curtis Finch, Jr.

First up for the night is Paul Jolley. He says that he is from a small town and says that his grandpa passed away recently and says that he has to share this with the world. He comes out and sings. Afterward, Keith says that the crowd loved it. He says that it is a huge honored to hear his song. He says that he doesn’t need to compensate with over-performing. Nicki says that other performances wowed her over more. She says that she thinks that he needs to watch his eyes and not over-performing. Randy says that he likes that he has the potential and the power to sing anything. Mariah says that she agrees with Randy and says that it is refreshing that he can have flexibility.

Next up is Johnny Keyser. He says that he was cut last year and is back. He says that he is there to show that he deserves to be there. He sings and afterward, Keith says that was good and says that is the best he has sung. He says that he could see moments where he was lost in the song. Nicki says that he came out really relaxed and says that the vocal wasn’t the best, but girls are going to love him. Randy says that he doesn’t know if he’s got the greatest voice and says that there were not enough moments for him. Mariah says that she loves his commitment to music. He says that he is giving them the sexiness and that the lower register was good.

Up next is JDA. He says that he is his own producer, director and star of his own life. He comes out and sings. Afterward, Keith says that he was right at home on the stage and says that it was a great show. He says that he didn’t want to feel the counting. Nicki says “work it girl” and JDA says that he loves the gays. Nicki says that he is a superstar performer. She says that he showed the audience love. She says that the vocal was not stellar. Randy says that he was focused on the performance and that is why the vocal was not great. He says that the problem was that it wasn’t original. Mariah says that she felt that he didn’t waver from the vocal and says that the confidence was great.

Kevin Harris is up next. He says that he is there for his sons to show them that the sky is the limit. He comes out and sings. Afterward, Keith says that he loves that song and says that it was a good song for him. However, he had mixed feelings about his great range, but says that it was really good. Nicki says that every choice was perfection and says that he seemed relax. She doesn’t know if people will connect, but the vocal was 100% tonight. Randy says that he was bored and says that he needed a new song for that. Mariah says that she would have loved to hear something more from him and says that she still feels that he is a professional though.

Next is Chris Watson. He says that he says that he is a waiter and singer and is trying to get the big checks. He comes out and sings. Afterward, Keith says that in a lot of ways this is a connection competition too. He says that tonight, the voice wasn’t the best, but the there was so much confidence. Nicki says that he is the prettiest man she has seen and says that she wants to marry his vibrato and says it kept her. She says that she loves her and says that she hears soul. Randy says that he loves him, but he is waiting to get something great from the guys and says that he was bored. Mariah says that she was surprised by his choice, but says that there is pain and triumphant. She says that he had a connection to the crowd.

Up next is Devin Velez. He says that he grew up with a lot of hurt, but his mother is his role model. He comes out and sings. Afterward, Keith says that is the way to do it. He says that he has a voice that makes the connection and says that it was great. Nicki says that they love him and tonight he made a smart choice to sing in Spanish too and to be marketable. Randy says that he loved it and says that it was amazing. He loved how he took his time with it and says that it was a great arrangement. Mariah says that she saw him critiquing himself and says that he needs to avoid that. She says that it was a great choice for him.

Elijah Liu is next up. He says that he is half Mexican, half Chinese. He says that it is natural to be a thing for the ladies. He comes out and sings. Afterward, Keith says that was a perfect song choice, but says that it was a shaky performance. However, he looks like a Pop Star. Nicki says that he is a super duper star and says that she wants to have his babies and says that she is obsessed with him and says that she would sign him today. Randy says that he loves him, but it was not a good vocal. He says that he is capable of it though and says that he has to have moments. Mariah says that there were moments in the song and says that she liked the control he had.

Up next is Charlie Askew. He says that he has always been socially awkward. However, with music it is great. He comes out and sings. Afterward, Nicki gives him a standing ovation. Keith says that if Freddy Mercury had a child out of Woodstock. He says that he loved how he made that song work. Nicki says that he has made the most interesting song choice of the night and says that it is rock star and says that she wants to cradle him in her arms. Randy is confused and says that his originality was great, but it was a bit stage school. Mariah says that she lives for the song choice and says that it is nostalgic for her. However, there have been other moments where he showed his style of singing though.

Jimmy Smith is up next. He says that he has seen what this show can do for Country Music and says that he wants to be part of it. He comes out and sings. Afterward, Keith says that it is hard to critic someone who just sang his song. Nicki says that she was bored despite the good vocal. Randy says that it was boring and says it didn’t come together. Mariah says that there is a quality about him that is great, but feels that there is a lot of pressure on him. However, there is still something about him that America should be able to see him.

Last up before results is Curtis Finch, Jr. He says that he was raised in a church and says that he communicates more when singing Gospel. He comes out and sings. Afterward, Keith says that he feels clense of his sins and says that there were parts that were over-perfomed, but wanted to hear more. Nicki says that he is well on his way and says that it is his time. Randy says that his voice is unparallel and says that it was great. However, he needs to keep it young. Mariah says that he knows that what he needs to do and says that he is great and says that he can relax a bit though.

The results are in and the judges have decided on who they are going to pick which 5 are going through. Randy says that they are split on one tonight. Curtis Finch, Jr. is up first for his results. Nicki says that he knows damn well he is going through. Jimmy Smith comes out and is told by Randy that it is the end of the road. Next is Kevin Harris. He comes out and Mariah says that it is a no from them and says that he was one of her favorites. Elijah Liu is next for his results. Keith says that it is a strange night and says that he is through to the next round. JDA is next up. Nicki says that she loves him and says that they can’t keep him in the competition. Paul Jolley is up for results. He faces the judges and it is a split decision. Jimmy says that it is a good singer with the wrong song. He is safe in the competition.

After a break, so far Curtis Finch, Jr., Elijah Liu and Paul Jolley are safe. Next to hear his results is Chris Watson. He comes up and Randy says that tonight it didn’t go in his favor and says that he didn’t make it. Charlie Askew is next to face the judges. Mariah says that tonight they have been focusing on the vocals. She says that he is staying in the competition. Johnny Keyser and Devin Velez are the last up for the last spot. Nicki says that they both have gotten so far and says that they had to debate and go back and forth. Nicki tells Johnny that the journey ends. This means that Paul Jolley, Devin Velez, Elijah Liu, Charlie Askew, and Curtis Finch, Jr. are through to the next round of the competition.

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