Photo: AMERICAN IDOL: Contestants Cover the Beatles, Devin Velez Impresses
On Wednesday night’s American Idol the singers took on songs from The Beatles.
Chicago’s Devin Velez, 18, sang “The Long and Winding Road” and left judge Mariah Carey grasping for words.
“Wow,” she said. “Devin, you really never cease to amaze me. Oh. That was… I-I-I…I don’t have words for this.”
She was finally able to get out that she loves how he sings in both English and Spanish, adding, “You’ve sung so many different types of music for us here, in the auditions and onstage; you have done almost every genre there is to do, and I don’t feel like you’ve disappointed us ever … I feel like it would be a travesty if you did not go through.”
The other judges mostly agreed, with Keith asking for a heart-to-heart connection with every song and Randy only critiquing Velez’s use of runs. Though delivered well, Randy cautioned he not use too many in one performance.
Lazaro Arbos, the lovable Cuban-born Floridian with the stutter, did not have as good a night as Velez and many are speculating he will be the one sent home in Thursday’s elimination.
Arbos’ rendition of “In My Life” was fraught with pitch and tempo issues and the judges did not fail to notice. The last minute song change likely made him a bit unsure on stage, and judge Nicki Minaj expressed her annoyance with Arbos’ mentor, producer Jimmy Iovine, saying, “I need them to stop putting you in the room with Jimmy, I can’t take it any more. Your confidence is different now. You used to come on the stage and were owning it honey child, and working it, but now I don’t know.
“You know what you do, don’t let anyone else tell you what to do. Where is your mind? Something is bothering you and I need you back.”
In this competition there are rarely second chances.
One of the rare second chances however, went to last season’s Jessica Sanchez, who did not receive enough votes, but was saved by the judges . On Thursday, she will return to the American Idol stage to perform.