American Idol, 1st half of top 24: Alyssa Wray, Wyatt Pike, Grace Kinstler, Anilee List , and Willie Spence. The rest can slug it out for 6th. You can’t beat these 5. (Pike is country cross-over, saw some Keith Urban there). My personal faves: Grace and Alyssa
For the others... Andrea Valles made me forget for a moment my hatred of “Carless Whispers” and she’s got ‘tude. Love Deshawn’s voice but he didn’t show half of what he’s got.
Alyssa’s solo: that smooth glide from power note to lyrical whisper was the best. Few can beat her for presence. She’ll need to show more vulnerability to win loyalty. As for Grace, goddess! Joss Stone gave advice (like Katy gave Alyssa). Glad she took it.
Willie Spence has a gorgeous voice. They should stop with the over praise and push him to plunge emotive depths. No one, except Grace and Alyssa, can touch his vocal dynamics. But, Willie, we want some grit and a lil bit of yowling, please.
I didn’t include Graham because really, there’s Wyatt and the kiddos and the country moms are gonna offer their hearts. But Graham is the kind of singer I’d keep on my playlist.
*careless whisper (see, I really hate the song haha

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