‘American Idol XIV’ review: Quentin Alexander, Qaasim Middleton, Clark Beckham do Motown

American Idol -Tonight on “American Idol XIV,” the remaining eight guys all took the stage! Aretha Franklin is the mentor, and Motown is the theme. Yep, it’s a theme that we have all seen on the show a million times before. Some of the song choices are bland, but we don’t blame the contestants for that. Instead, we just go ahead and blame production for their role in picking the same-old themes the majority of time.

We’re going to create a separate results article to focus on the contestants who were sent home tonight. The focus here is going to be strictly on the performances first and foremost.

Daniel Seavey – “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You).” We like the song choice for him, given that he is so young, and this is the sort of song that a kid his age should do. It’s a heck of a lot better than “I’m Yours” from last week. It was cute, but still, we argue that he shouldn’t have been put through to this round.

Mark Andrew – “Papa Was A Rolling Stone.” Once again, we question the result here, but not in terms of talent. Mark’s issue is not his vocals; he just needs to become a more dynamic performer. He’s not that exciting.

Rayvon Owen – “My Girl.” This was very good, and it shows that Rayvon can make almost any song into a big, rousing performance. It wasn’t our favorite thing he’s ever done, but the best of the entire night by far.

Adam Ezegelian – “I Want You Back.” There’s no doubting that Adam can really sing. The question is whether or not he is actually distinct enough to be a real warrior in this competition. There’s almost a little too much growl in it at this point.

Clark Beckham – “Tracks Of My Tears.” Really, really lovely. Clark can make even the most subtle note into something special, and make it seem like it is almost easy.

Nick Fradiani – “Signed, Sealed, Delivered.” Nick is a really great performer, but the one concern that we have after this was that it was a little bit of a safe performance. It would’ve been cool to see him shake it up even further.

Qaasim Middleton – “I Wish.” He’s not the best singer in the competition, but he may be the best overall stage performer. The guy can move! Sooner or later he will be tested with a ballad, but he may be able to wait a week or two for that.

Quentin Alexander – “Master Blaster.” Quentin is just so much fun to watch. He moves around the stage well, and has probably the most impeccable style of anyone. With this performance. It means that four other contenders are gone.

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