‘American Idol XIV’ review: Nick Fradiani, Riley Bria, Rayvon Owen, Clark Beckham lead top 12 boys

American Idol -Remember when “American Idol XIV” told you that we needed two hours to feature a total of 12 singers perform? Well, this is the new age! The show crammed in all of the top 12 boys tonight in the span of one hour, and did so straight from the Motor City in Detroit.

Of course, the one disadvantage to having 12 contestants in one hour is that it gives us a whole lot less time to actually sit here and write out our take on some of the performances. Therefore, consider these our quick takes on a group of guys that has some serious potential. This, at least right now, is our favorite group since season 11.

Adam Ezegelian, “I Wanna Rock” – It’s Caleb Johnson all over again! Adam’s good, but how exactly does he stand out?

Michael Simeon, “How I Supposed to Live Without You” – Hokey song, and remember that this is a guy who slow-danced with Jennifer Lopez earlier this season. He can sign, but his range is more limited than some other people we’ve seen over the years.

Mark Andrew, “The Weight” – Hey, it’s someone singing a new song! He’s got the best voice out of the first three or four performers, but he doesn’t have great stage presence.

Savion Wright, “Hey Soul Sister” – Smooth and soulful. A breezy take on what was already a breezy song. For a guy who’s been through so much, he still finds a way to make us smile.

Trevor Douglas, “Best I Ever Had” – Not the best performance in the world. As a matter of fact, kind of a mess. Quirky kid, but not ready for prime time.

Clark Beckham, “When a Man Loves a Woman” – Tired song choice, very good vocals. Clark IS ready for prime time.

Rayvon Owen, “Jealous” – He’s one of the best. Great falsetto, fun personality, and musicianship for days.

Daniel Seavey, “I’m Yours” – He gets the “awws” thanks to being the youngest kid in the competition. He’s very talented, but should have auditioned in a few years.

Riley Bria, “Homeboy” – A solid performance from Riley, even if this is not a country song everyone will have heard before.

Quentin Alexander, “I Put a Spell on You” – Really, really fun. Hopefully, Quentin does something like this all season.

Nick Fradiani, “Thinking Out Loud” – While he hasn’t quite had a top 3 “Idol Moment” this season, he has been consistently strong throughout. Another highlight here.

Qaasim Middleton, “Uptown Funk” – One of the best performances of the night. Great song, great energy, and great vocals!

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