American Idol Season 14 Episode 14: City of Angels

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The auditions continue at the House of Blues as the journey to find the American Idol Season 14 Top 24 continues. 

Who made the final cut and who took a final walk home? Let's recap the night and find out.

American Idol Season 14 Judges at the House of Blues

Some guy named Josh Sanders whom we've never seen before this very minute walks into the room with the judges and finds out he won't be moving on in the competition which starts this night off in a weird place. 

Harry delivers the news and Jennifer says it would've been a yes from her. Harry thanks her for throwing them under the bus.

When we actually left off yesterday, Hollywood Anderson was awaiting his fate. He walks into the judges chambers with his guitar and says he was antsy in the waiting room. Keith says he gets it, Hollywood is a gifted musician, but this isn't his year. 

So that's two depressing reveals to start the night. And now everyone in the holding room is looking for a barf bag.

Joey Cook needs one. Bad. She gave an excellent performance at the House of Blues and covered an old song that sounded totally new again. Very well done, Joey! She seems barely capable of breathing, must less paying attention to the fact that the judges are calling her kiwi and telling her she's made it. She comes back out to the holding room and no one's waiting on her which is kind of sad, but she doesn't let that get her down.

Katherine Winston hopes to have a little of Joey's magic. She sang "Rhiannon" during the showcase and all I can think of while I watch her is American Horror Story Season 3. Katherine says she has no backup plan if this doesn't work out. All of her eggs are in this basket. And this basket is going to the Top 24.

With only three spots remaining for the girls, the tensions are high for those still waiting. Up next is teenager Maddy Hudson, who should never, ever, ever wear blue lipstick again. Or purple. Or whatever color that is. She has immense talent, but the judges want her to get a little more stage experience under her belt. It's a no for her.

Alexis Gomez took the note not to be a one trick pony and performed a song from The Band Perry half in Spanish for her showcase song. Quentin Alexander also took a risk. Keith tells Quentin that they want to put him in front of America to see what they'll think. Alexis finds out that her risk paid off too.

No stranger to the Idol holding room, Savion Wright talks to Ryan about where he is this year versus where he was the year before. This year he's full of positive vibes. He put a Bluesy little spin on John Mayer and if he can gruff up John Mayer, that's saying something. Keith wonders if he's up for the challenge and then says we'll be finding out. He's in!

Jaq McKenzie and Hunter Larsen get cut. Jaq was a tiny bit too theatrical for this competition.

Mark Andrew is 29 and this is his last chance, at Idol and music. He has a son and a wife and he's past the point of being able to chase the dream indefinitely. He sings "Take Me To Church" for his showcase and then makes the walk toward the judges. Harry tells him there are only 12 spots and that's a narrow margin and then wonders if he's different enough to stand out. Mark just kind of sits there and then Harry says he's in, "bro."

Hoping to swipe one of the remaining guys' spots is Trevor Douglas. He totally changes an Elvis song and it's pretty amazing what he's able to do to it. It sounds like a totally new song! Harry and Jennifer think it's crazy that he's only 16 and Harry says that it's also crazy that his House of Blues vocals weren't as good as some of his previous performances and then calls him unpredictable. But Trevor's getting a spot in the Top 24 anyway.

Emily Brooke has been singing since she was 9 (so, 6.5 years) and she took on Keith Urban for her House of Blues showcase. Jennifer tells her that the showcase showed the judges how many phenomenally talented people they have this year and she's one fo them but this isn't her year.

Nick Fradiani is also at the end of the line for Idol competition. He ditched the guitar for House of Blues and sang Train and within seconds of walking into the judges chambers Harry's welcoming him to the Top 24. 

Sarina-Joi Crowe is on her fourth time through Idol and she's never made it past this final round of auditions. She's hoping this will be her year as she makes the long walk to the judges. Harry says this year there are a lot of people who are in her lane and says that they are picking people who best represent that genre. She's one of those people. Finally.

Qaasim Middleton hoped to wow the crowd with more than just a song. His mom stayed up late sewing the final touches on his Michael Jackson-inspired outfit. His performance was a little nutty, but Jennifer loved it. (His mother is a total oversharer, btw. Her son is a virgin and she's menopausal.) Brooklyn is the in house, though, and Qaasim is in the Top 24. Keep Jax away from him or he wno't be a virgin for much longer.

Riley Bria and Ricky Dale Hendricks are the final guys in the competition. Riley has already played with Keith and Ricky does a mean Garth Brooks. At the House of Blues, Ricky ditched the guitar, but Riley Bria did his thing, playing and singing. Riley has the better voice for now, but with a little more practice, Ricky can be a star, too. Harry says that today, Riley's going to the Top 24. 

Only one spot remains in the 14th season of American Idol. Either Shi Scott or Jelly Joseph will take it. Before going on stage at the House of Blues, Jelly Joseph had a wicked case of nerves that sent her running for a trash can. Shi Scott channeled her inner rock goddess at the House of Blues and made her dad cry. 

Jelly says this has been the best opportunity of her life and Harry gives her props for representing their city. Shi says she didn't look at the judges at all while she sang because she was too spooked. 

Jelly got cut and Shi's moving on, but Jennifer says it doesn't feel right. There won't be a Top 25 this year, though. 

So, say hello to the official Top 24 of American Idol Season 14.

Guys:

  • Michael Simeon
  • Adam Ezegelian
  • Clark Beckham
  • Daniel Seavey
  • Rayvon Owen
  • Quentin Alexander
  • Savion Wright
  • Mark Andrew
  • Trevor Douglas
  • Nick Fradiani
  • Qaasim Middleton
  • Riley Bria

Girls:

  • Loren Lott
  • Lovey James
  • Adonna Duru
  • Maddie Walker
  • Tyanna Jones
  • Shannon Berthiaume
  • Jax
  • Joey Cook
  • Katherine Winston
  • Alexis Gomez
  • Sarina-Joi Crowe
  • Shi Scott
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American Idol Quotes

Brooke White's tears come from the authentic, good soul that she is. Her heart was breaking because she was overwhelmed with the experience she had with the show and the gift that it brought.

Paula Abdul [after Brooke White was eliminated on season seven]

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Ryan Seacrest [on rumor of Paula Abdul being drunk on the show]