New Music Friday: February 12

Happy Lunar New Year (Year of the Ox) to those celebrating this weekend! If not, happy Friday nonetheless. We have brand new tracks coming from pop stars Taylor Swift, P!nk featuring her daughter Willow Sage, Dua Lipa, country pop icon Carrie Underwood & actress/musician herself, Victoria Justice. All that and more in this week’s edition of New Music Friday for Friday, February 12, 2021…

“Love Story (Taylor’s Version)” by Taylor Swift

Pop superstar Taylor Swift announced on ABC’s Good Morning America on Thursday that her next single, “Love Story (Taylor’s Version)” will be out today. On her socials, she also hinted when her re-recorded album, Fearless (Taylor’s Version) will be out. And for those who haven’t figured it out, it’s going to drop April 9th!! As in 4/9 or 4+9 = 13 ๐Ÿ˜‰

She explained in a letter to her fans that she will also include six unreleased tracks from the vault, bringing the album’s track list to a whopping 26 songs, a.ka. a multiple of her lucky number 13!! ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‰

I’m not sure if it was fate but it’s also been 13 years since the original “Love Story” was released. I’m pleased to report that this new version is exceptionally made. I can’t really detect any major changes, but I do think this new version is crisper than the older one. I dig this new version.

In the above lyric video, you can see some throwback memories of Swift and some of her adoring fans as well as Taylor on stage in various Fearless era outfits. So sweet!

I commend her once again for undertaking a huge project in re-recording her original six albums in her efforts to own the rights to her music. She’s 1/6 complete!

I don’t know about you but I’m excited to go aboard the nostalgia train and re-listen to her classic songs like “Fifteen”, “White Horse,” & “You Belong With Me,” now produced and recorded her way! Share your thoughts in the comments below. Will you be buying the new album?

“Cover Me In Sunshine” by P!nk feat. Willow Sage Hart

2020 and now 2021 has been challenging for everyone! Multi Platinum winning pop singer-songwriter P!nk sought music as a way to cope with the pandemic. She recorded a new song with her daughter, Willow Sage in their home and it’s called “Cover Me In Sunshine.” This song follows her 2020 collaboration with Keith Urban in “One Too Many.” It’s also her first new song since her eighth studio album, Hurts 2B Human was released in 2019.

She said in a video message, “it made us feel happy, so we’re going to put it out for no other reason.” She hopes the song makes you happy too! And it certainly did for me! ๐ŸŒž ๐ŸŒž

In the music video, we see the two of them tending to their farm, riding horses, goofing around, and laughing and enjoying each other’s time. They just puts a big smile on my face.

Overall, I thought this new single was very wholesome through and through and will provide a glimmer of joy for those feeling stressed, confused, angsty, or scared in this crazy world we’re living in right now. It has the power to turn that frown upside down! Boost your mood with some positivity by hearing this song and adding it to your playlists this week. You won’t regret it!

I have a good feeling Willow will be following in her mom’s footsteps one day. Thoughts? Meantime, here’s hoping you enjoy this latest track. Can’t wait for more new P!nk songs in 2021!

“We’re Good” by Dua Lipa

25-year-old pop songstress, Dua Lipa is back with some new songs including “We’re Good” in what’s billed as her reissued Future Nostalgia album. It’s called Future Nostalgia: The Moonlight Edition and it’s available now to stream.

According to the singer, she says this new single is about an amicable breakup. “I think a lot of people wish and hope for those especially because it can be such a difficult process to go through that at some point you just hope it’s a very easy break and you can both just move on with your life. So in a perfect world, this is ‘We’re Good’.”

So if you’re on the brink of a breakup and want to end things on good terms, then this song is for you. You can also play it for your soon to be ex so that potentially things won’t get awkward between the two of you.

Sonically speaking, I feel this is going to be another mainstream hit. It has a cool arrangement to it. I love in the chorus section where she splits the lines up into several chunks: Not gonna judge / you when you’re with / somebody else / as long as you swear / you won’t be pissed when I do it myself. It has an nifty flow to it in my opinion.

While it may be a B-side song, I feel like it could’ve fit well on the main original album. What do you guys think?

Watch the official music video seen above for a Titanic-esque tragedy, Lipa owning the cruise ship stage while wearing elegant dress attire, lobster trauma, lobster heartbreak and eventual lobster freedom. Don’t worry she also makes it out alive!

Additional collaborations on the latest iteration include her song, “Prisoner” with Miley Cyrus, “Un Dia” with J Balvin, Bad Bunny & Tainy, and “Not My Problem” with JID.

“Softly And Tenderly” by Carrie Underwood

Country hitmaker Carrie Underwood is planning on releasing her first gospel covers album on March 26th. It’s called My Savior and one of those songs that I would love to highlight is “Softly And Tenderly.” That single, out now was originally composed by Will L. Thompson in 1880. It has gone on to be covered by other famous artists like Pat Boone, Amy Grant, and Reba McEntire with Trisha Yearwood and Kelly Clarkson just to name a few.

With Underwood’s version, we hear a powerful yet delicate vocal performance. The attached audio video would make for a calm listening session, perhaps for meditation too. I felt at ease listening to her sing the verses. Feel free to play this if you need some spiritual healing. It also works for destressing and for those listening before bedtime sessions!

Fun Fact: She sung this during the 51st Annual CMA Awards back in November 2017 for the In Memorium segment. Check that out here to relive that moment.

The 37-year-old artist expressed on her socials that the songs on My Savior “set the foundation for me and I hope you love them as much as I do.” She wanted to sing these classic hymns because they’ve been a part of her life for as long as she could remember.

Per her website, My Savior has been dubbed as a “spiritual companion” to her Christmas album, My Gift which was released last fall. You can expect her versions of songs like “Amazing Grace,” “Blessed Assurance,” “I Surrender All,” and “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” which features Grammy winning gospel singer, CeCe Winans.

“Stay” by Victoria Justice

27-year-old artist, Victoria Justice follows her 2020 single, “Treat Myself” a.ka. her triumphant return to the music scene with “Stay,” out now!

This ballad is about convincing your lover to stay the night, to keep you company and get to know you more. Perfect for Valentine’s Day, date night, snowed-in days, movie nights, what have you, etc.

Aurally, I love her angelic vocal performance. It matches well with this soft and light arrangement. What do you guys think?

I hope she releases a music video for this new song. I also hope it receives radio airplay. I expect this to be a hit amongst her adoring fans regardless.

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New Music Friday: February 5

It’s Friday again which means I got FIVE brand NEW tracks for you to go check out this weekend! While February is the shortest month of the year, that doesn’t mean we’ll be short of new picks! We’re loaded with talent this week. Rising artist Sam Fischer teamed up with chart topping pop artist Demi Lovato, Dutch DJ Martin Garrix collaborated with Swedish hitmaker Tove Lo, pop artist Sia joined up with French DJ David Guetta for a feel good song, American Idol alum Francisco Martin brings his latest to the world, and last but not least an all new track from actor/musician Aidan Alexander. All that and more in this week’s edition of New Music Friday here at Philip’s Music Corner for Friday, February 5, 2021!

“What Other People Say” by Sam Fischer & Demi Lovato

Yesterday, Australian singer-songwriter Sam Fischer released his duet collaboration with 2x Grammy-nominated artist, Demi Lovato. It’s called “What Other People Say,” and the two in my opinion made an incredibly powerful anthem.

Lovato’s strong vocals really illustrates the emotionally revealing lyrics which talks about losing who you were once were. You’ve become more attached to what the critics have to say or what your haters have to say. You’ve reached a really low point in your life. You’re not the same person as you were when you were an innocent child.

Fischer joins her on the second verse and later sings together through the remaining parts of the song which all in all makes for an amazing well-balanced single. It shows that when two artists come together to acknowledge their similar paths of changed hearts, perhaps things can turn around for the better.

In the music video, we see a Guess-Who styled game depicting the two musicians. In Lovato’s case, we see several descriptive words like “Aloof, Confident, Stubborn, Angelic and Naughty.” For Fischer, words like “Humorous, Touchy, Nervous and Impatient.” When the two sides of the board game starts spinning, it gets dizzying to watch but deep down I felt like that highlighted the confusion one might experience when they realized their current state of mind.

Listeners will get chills listening to this vulnerable song, so definitely go check this song out! Fischers and Lovatics will love it! I predict this track will be therapeutic and cathartic for them if they’re brave enough to reveal their own insecurities in life on social media platforms like TikTok or Instagram Reels. Hopefully you will have a strong support system in your life just like Fischer and Lovato does when everything is said and done.

Did you enjoyed this amazing collab? Share your comments below and let me know how you felt after hearing it. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

“Pressure” by Martin Garrix feat. Tove Lo

24-year-old DJ Martin Garrix dropped his first song for 2021 with Swedish singer-songwriter, Tove Lo doing the vocals. I thought this was an interesting sound/vibe. “Pressure” seems to be about a relationship that is like a game of cat and mouse. Depending on your significant other’s mood, you could be experiencing moments of deep passion with one another or you could be left in an tumultuous state where your lover might not be the lover you once thought they were towards you. You’re left wondering during times of tension but can also still be craving that attention from them while awaiting your next date (or hookup.) That’s the ups and downs of dating I suppose. It can be a double-edged sword for certain people.

Another interpretation of the song could lead you to thinking this song is just a passionate, hot and heavy love making song. The yearning of each other’s caress is high! If you’re in a healthy sexual relationship, and you need a song to dedicate to your lover, then this is a track you need to add to your shared playlists! For example, it would make for a great Valentine’s Day date night playlist addition. Let the hearts feel all the love! ๐Ÿ’ž

Sonically speaking, I thought it had a cool flow to it. Very groovy to the ears. Tove Lo’s vocals matched perfectly over the beats of the song. I don’t know about you but when she sings “ah-ah” at 2:05, it reminded me of the same “ah-ah” in her 2014 smash hit song, “Habits (Stay High).” It’d be interesting to see if they perform this track together in concert once the pandemic ends. Overall, if you’re fans of either artist, you’ll likely enjoy this track!

It remains to be seen what’s next for Garrix but I predict he’ll drop more singles later this year. Likewise for Miss Lo! Thoughts?

“Floating Through Space” by Sia & David Guetta

Sometimes just getting through the day is an accomplishment. That’s what pop hitmakers Sia & David Guetta are conveying in this song called “Floating Through Space.” It follows the recent single “Hey Boy,” her collaboration with Burna Boy. It also follows her collaboration with Guetta from last year, “Let’s Love” which already has over 70 million streams on Spotify.

You can hear this song on Sia’s upcoming soundtrack album, Music, out February 12th. Those songs will appear in said movie of the same name. The film will also be releasing in select theaters on that same day and on digital/DVD in March.

This latest track serves us a reminder that we’re all humans, we make mistakes, we fail at times and we should always exercise kindness. While we won’t see good days every single day, the fact that you’re alive and well should still be applauded. At the end of the day, we’re still “grains of sand,” a.k.a. tiny beings on this planet that’s “floatin’ through space!” Makes sense, right? So don’t sweat over trivial things, you can still persevere!

Watch the music video seen above for some cool skateboarding scenes done by three actors donning Sia-styled wigs. I love the slow-mo shots of them launching off the boards. It really captures the “floating energy” of the song’s lyrics. You fall and laugh it off, and you get back up. Overall, it looked like a fun session despite the falls! I give props to the actors, Bryan McGowan, Cory McMillin & Janthavy Norton who “suffered” for their craft. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

“Wild Girl” by Francisco Martin

American Idol alum, Francisco Martin has an up-tempo song out now called “Wild Girl.” It follows “Swollen” which was released last fall and has kicked off his professional career with great fanfare especially among his fans who’ve supported and voted for him when he was singing on the hit competition show.

Now as a signed artist to 19 Recordings, he’s taken the initiative in creating the sound you hear right now. I commend his authentic artistry thus far and for giving us another taste as to what’s to come — perhaps a full album later this year!

His bio might still say he “makes sad boy pop” but this is definitely a departure. He teased on his socials snippets of the music video production with actress Keana Marie (Dash & Lily) prior to today’s release.

In the music video, we see Martin and Marie having the time of their lives driving around through the desert and around town, sightseeing, goofing off in a bookstore, throwing shoes up on powerlines, even sharing a kiss by the shoreline. If they’re truly dating IRL, I support and ship it!

Martin shared that, “we spent the first few days of 2021 traipsing around SoCal filming this video and Iโ€™m obsessed with it.” You can tell they really enjoyed making the video, for sure! Major props to the crew members who brought Martin’s vision together beautifully.

“the end of the world” by Aidan Alexander

When the world seems like it’s crumbling down, all you need is a “friend for the end of the world according to social media influencer/singer-songwriter, Aidan Alexander. The 20-year-old artist’s latest tune should not go unnoticed. It follows his 2019 single, “Guts.” This new one will likely give you chills and goosebumps after hearing it in my opinion. Play the visualizer seen above for an even more dramatic impact!

Feel free to share it with your friends whether they need it or not. Let them know about this song if they’re pessimistic about the world or their own future or if they just need some human connection during this crazy pandemic! Hopefully this song will inspire you to reach out to your family and friends more often.

Overall, I thought the song had a great arrangement. When the strings enter around 1:00, that felt great to the ears. It really added to the surrealness of the song’s vibe.

If you’re a fan of Charlie Puth or Lauv, and haven’t heard of Alexander before, then you’ll be in for a treat! He has a similar sound to theirs and would make a great discovery/addition to your playlists this week and beyond.

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New Music Friday: October 9

Hey everyone! Thanks for taking the time in reading this week’s New Music Friday post here at Philip’s Music Corner! For this week’s picks, we have all new music from alt-rock artist YUNGBLUD, legendary rock band AC/DC, English girl group Little Mix, EDM group Cash Cash with featured artist, Georgia Ku & American Idol finalist Francisco Martin. Let me know what you think of these picks in the comments below. I’ve added a new thumbs up and thumbs down feature under each song so you can vote how you feel.

“cotton candy” by YUNGBLUD

23-year-old alternative rock singer-songwriter YUNGBLUD (real name: Dominic Richard Harrison) released his latest single titled “cotton candy.” This song is about him hooking up with multiple people but also about his infatuation with this one person whom he compares to cotton candy. He just wants to get stuck and be in love with this girl just how cotton candy were to get stuck in between your teeth.

I enjoy the vibes in this track. It’s a feel good track, for sure! If you’re looking for a new love song to add to your playlists this week then look no further to this one. The lyrics from the chorus which goes, “I’m losing myself in you/in you, in you, in you, I know.” will literally be stuck in your head after hearing it. This song will definitely be playing on loop this weekend! Give it a listen!

“Shot In The Dark” by AC/DC

After the sudden passing of rock legend Eddie Van Halen this week, we could all use a pick-me-up more than ever right now! Fellow Australian rockers, and journeymen in the music industry for nearly five decades, AC/DC are back and ready to rock!

Rock fans or anyone who just want to tune out the depressing news cycle will be craving this song. The first line in the song goes, “I need a pick me up,” and don’t we all!?! With the ongoing pandemic and all the other crazy events that have happened so far in 2020, sign me up for a good ‘ol time!

I love the fact that this song dropped in 2020. Even though it could have literally been released in the 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, what have you, it will still have that classic rock feel to it! Having growing up listening to a lot of classic rock like the aforementioned Van Halen, Journey, Pink Floyd, The Eagles, The Who and U2 on the radio, I appreciate the rock genre.

Finally in 2020, we get a pure standout rock song that makes for a timeless track for years to come! There’s no modern twist, no genre-blending, no random trap beats, no featured artists. Instead, we have good old fashioned guitars and drums, and Brian Johnson’s iconic lead vocals on this track. This jam needs to go on your playlists this week! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

“Not A Pop Song” by Little Mix

Hey Mixers! The hit British girl group, Little Mix, just dropped their third single from their upcoming sixth studio album, Confetti and it’s quite the banger. It appears they are sticking it to the man, in this case their former boss, Simon Cowell. They left his label, Syco Music in 2018 after they had wrapped up their fifth album, LM5. Leigh-Anne Pinnock sings in the pre-chorus, “I don’t do what Simon says/Get the message ’cause it’s read/That’s just life it never plays fair/Said to follow any dream/Be a puppet on a string/Works for you but that isn’t me.”

Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson & Jade Thirlwall join Pinnock in the anthemic chorus, declaring that this song is not going to be the clichรฉ typical pop song about love, heartbreak, or party song about drinks and drugs. They are breaking away from pop music norms and doing it their own way now with their new label RCA U.K. Hopefully they got to have more creative freedom with the new record which will be releasing next month. I’m excited to hear the rest of their new album which will undoubtedly showcase their powerhouse vocals and amazing songwriting abilities. Share your thoughts about their new song and album in the comments box below.

“Love You Now” by Cash Cash feat. Georgia Ku

New Jerseyan EDM group, Cash Cash has a new collaborative effort out now with English singer-songwriter Georgia Ku. It’s called “Love You Now” and it’s about a breakup that still has lingering feelings. You start wondering who will love your ex. Who will hold their hands? Who will be the new person in their life who will hug them?

A tough subject for many for sure and if you’re feeling conflicted with your relationship status or love life in general, then this song is for you! I thought Ku’s vocals really captured the essence of Cash Cash’s production in this single.

Watch the lyric video seen above for some cool hands animation set against the night sky. Props to whoever designed and executed that. It really fits the theme of the song. The hands never touch. Close but never in full grasp. It’s a perfect illustration of lost love. The shooting stars going at different directions and the glowing auras/energies from the hands fluctuating different colors, so you can tell the emotional and physical differences in a relationship that took place.

“Swollen” by Francisco Martin

American Idol alum, Francisco Martin who finished in the top 5 in this year’s competition, just dropped his debut single with his new record label, 19 Recordings today! It’s called “Swollen” and according to the demo version of this song, it’s about a girl he met last year that he no longer talks to anymore, however he still wishes she is doing well these days.

Shot in a tranquil and wide open field, this beautiful music video has some gorgeous drone shots. Martin is seen walking along a trail as the drone drifts further and further away high above all the trees. What a perfect metaphor illustrating the separation from someone you thought could be your significant other (or best friend.)

Overall, this is a lovely acoustic song that makes you want to hug someone after hearing it, it may even make you a little teary-eyed. The chords to this song are soothing and sweet to the ears. I thought Martin chose a perfect song to kickoff his major label debut. I’m intrigued as to why him and his team put “Part 1” in the above video’s title. Could there be more versions of the song down the line? Or perhaps a continuation of the theme of this song in another song soon? We’ll just have to wait and see!

UPDATE 10/16/20: Part 2 is the Official Music Video!

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New Music Friday: May 15

Can you believe it’s the middle of May already!?! Happy May 15th edition of New Music Friday. This week we have all new music from pop artists Katy Perry, OneRepublic, and the Jonas Brothers w/ Karol G, rising musician Lennon Stella featuring Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, Charlie Puth, and lastly but certainly not the least, singer-songwriter Stephen Puth with his latest single.

“Daisies” by Katy Perry

Katy Perry’s first official single off KP5 (releasing August 14th) is here! This is another one of those power anthems that will boost your confidence. This is a delicate, beautiful reminder that we’re really are one in 7 billion. We’re unique beings who shouldn’t follow a strict set of rules or pathway that others tell us to do and follow. If you have a crazy dream, and feel like it isn’t going to happen after people tell you so, then don’t listen to them. There IS no crazy dream in life. So go out there and chase it!

On her social accounts, Perry revealed that she made this song a few months ago “as a call to remain true to the course youโ€™ve set for yourself, regardless of what others may think.” She also added that due to the world changing and evolving due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the song has taken on additional personal meaning for her. What that really means, remains unknown. But I have a hunch it could mean she wants to branch out and take more risks trying to cross out something off her bucket list in the coming months and years. Now that she’s expecting to give birth to her first child, a girl this summer, perhaps a children’s book may be authored by Perry in the near future or a podcast for expecting moms could get made, or maybe even an infant/toddler clothing line will be in the works?!? The world eagerly awaits!

In the meantime, you can download and stream “Daisies,” right here. Tune in to the season finale of American Idol this Sunday, 8/7c for Perry’s television debut performance of this new single.

“Lose Somebody” by Kygo & OneRepublic

Renowned DJ/record producer Kygo teams up with Grammy-winning singer-songwriter and producer, Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic for their second collaboration. “Lose Somebody” focuses on the pain someone has to feel in order to find clarity in a previous relationship.

Sonically, this is another amazing track from Kygo. It’s upbeat and runs parallel to the sad verses of the song. Vocally, Tedder channels the emotions of a confused and hurt person who just wants to figure out what went wrong.

If you loved their previous collaborative effort, “Stranger Things” off Kygo’s 2017 album, Kids In Love, you will likely find this song to be just as great, if not better.

This is the fourth single off Kygo’s upcoming third studio album, Golden Hour due to release May 29th. You can pre-order that, right here.

Also as a bonus, go check out OneRepublic’s live quarantine performance of “Better Days” which recently got added to streaming platforms this week.

“X” and “Five More Minutes” by Jonas Brothers

The Jonas Brothers are back with new music. These are the next two new singles to drop as part of their upcoming sixth studio album following January’s release of “What A Man Gotta Do.”

This first one is produced by veteran hitmakers Ryan Tedder and Swedish songwriter/producer, Shellback. The Jonas Brothers sing about a single person who meets somebody for the first time and they passionately click with one another, causing them to not feeling so lonely anymore.

This is a song for those who find instant love or connection, a “love at first sight” kind of song if you will. Colombian singer-songwriter Karol G offers her vocals on this spicy track and to be honest she complements the track really well. I predict this will be a song of the summer candidate this year.

The second single, “Five More Minutes” is the more subdued of the two. Nick and Joe offer a tender vocal effort in this song about somebody seeking more patience from a relationship. This relationship may appear to be one-sided but the person who still seeks another person’s love and affection is willing to woo him or her back.

This is suitable for those listeners in a relationship who feel that they deserve a second chance at love. With a new approach at love, and a whole lot of convincing and proper two-way communication, things might turn out better in the long run for couples around the world. Good luck if you use this song in your efforts to do so! ๐Ÿ˜

Download both “X” and “Five More Minutes” by the Jonas Brothers today!

“Summer Feeling” by Lennon Stella feat. Charlie Puth

Rising pop artist Lennon Stella collaborated with chart topper Charlie Puth for this song off the soundtrack for Scoob!, the new animated Scooby Doo movie which is out now on digital home release.

This song is pretty exuberant for the ears. Play it if you want some sunshine on a cloudy day, for loving vibes outside while you take your solitary walk around the block, or for your feel good beach hangout playlist(s), once the beaches are opened of course.

Get the song, right here. Listen to the whole film soundtrack which contains songs from the likes of Anne-Marie, MKTO, The Chainsmokers, OneRepublic, Tiรซsto w/ Jonas Blue and Rita Ora, and the late Avicii just to name a few, right here.

“Watching You Walk Away” by Stephen Puth

Up and coming artist Stephen Puth, brother to Charlie, is back with a new single called “Watching You Walk Away.” It’s a song about somebody who once had a relationship, but couldn’t save it as he/she sees their love leave the relationship hence the “walking away.”

It’s a bit tragic in the sense that this person who can no longer stay in a committed relationship anymore with the other person because he/she can’t even attempt to talk things through with said person who walked away unlike in the Jonas Brothers’ new song “Five More Minutes” which boasted a second chance at love.

Overall in sound, it’s an entertaining and soothing soft pop track that you should put on your playlists this week. Looking forward to hearing more singles and hopefully a full length album (his first) from the younger Puth brother in the near future. I think he has what it takes to be as successful as his brother, Charlie.

Get the new single, right here.

That wraps up this week’s edition of New Music Friday. What’s your favorite track this week out of these picks? Comment below to let me know. Visit again next week for another batch of songs you need to put on your pandemic playlists! Happy listening!

‘American Idol’: A New Winner Is Crowned

Season Finale 5.19.19

Another season of “American Idol” just wrapped up and the winner is…




The night kicked off with judge Lionel Richie performing his song “Dancing On The Ceiling” with the Idol Top 10!

There were plenty of feel-good moments made tonight from special guests Kane Brown, Dan + Shay, Andra Day, Kool and the Gang & Jon Pardi just to name a few plus past Idol contestants Carrie Underwood, Adam Lambert and Maddie Poppe all returned to the Idol stage too!

Judges Katy Perry and Luke Bryan also performed their hits as well. It was simply a spectacular grand finale for “Idol” season 2 (or 17 if you count all the seasons since it’s inception.)

But in terms of the three rounds tonight, here’s a brief recap:

Round 1: (Laine, Madison, Alejandro)

My initial prediction: Madison won round 1, with Laine a close 2nd and Alejandro in 3rd.

Comments: I really thought Madison did a great job in this first round. Best song choice out of the 3 for the most recognized song out of the bunch. Alejandro sang yet another original which I respect from a songwriting perspective but I wasn’t totally wow-ed by his performance. And Laine sang another song suited to his style which should help him get into the top 2 later.

Round 2: (Laine, Madison, Alejandro)

My initial prediction: Again, Madison and Laine are neck and neck with Alejandro after them.

Comments: Laine had a fun performance in round 2, was definitely a good jam to listen to. Madison channeled her inner Kelly Clarkson and I thought she killed it again! Alejandro sang another original. I think at this point he should put out all his originals from this season into his debut album. Still rooting for Madison and Laine after round 2.

Top 3 Results Prediction: Madison and Laine will be safe and Alejandro will go home.
Actual Top 3 Results: Madison is eliminated!! Still shocked she only got 3rd! She was my original pick to win week after week. After that moment, my focus on who to root for the win was Laine.

Round 3: (Laine, Alejandro)

My initial prediction: Laine wins round 3.

Comments: Laine sang Sam Cooke’s classic hit, “Bring It On Home To Me” with such fanfare. At that moment, I thought he sealed his fate as this year’s winner with that rendition! Alejandro, props to him for singing the song he auditioned with. This is the only original so far that I actually enjoy. His guitar skills are on point but alas I still think he will be the runner-up.

Actual Result: Laine WINS! He sang his coronation song “Flame” which I dig already. It’s going to be this year’s “Home.”

Put your light up for Laine Hardy!

Did America get it right in picking Laine as this year’s winner? Will you be supporting Laine’s post-Idol career?

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American Idol: Top 5 Performances + Results Recap

Since tonight was the penultimate episode of the season, the top 5 had to sing THREE songs each. Also, no past Idol contestant came back this week to perform. But the top 5 did get a special screening to see “Rocketman” which is about the life of round 2’s theme , Elton John! They also got to meet its star Taron Egerton who plays Sir Elton in the upcoming film releasing May 31st nationwide.

So it was down to business with the first round being mentor “Bobby Bones’ Picks.”

Wade Cota — “You Are The Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne

I thought this was one of his personal best performances of the season and out of the three rounds tonight. But overall it was just satisfactory at this stage of the competition. Katy Perry wanted him to continue to “let it go [and] shake it off.”

Initial Prediction: In Jeopardy

Laci Kaye Booth — “The House That Built Me” by Miranda Lambert

I thought it was another decent performance from the 23-year-old Texan. Luke Bryan thought it was one of her best performances of the season and I agreed. This was a nice soulful rendition of Miranda Lambert’s hit song.

Initial Prediction: In Jeopardy

Alejandro Aranda — “No Woman, No Cry” by Bob Marley

Alejandro sang another hit song but with his own flavor. Lionel Richie simply “loved it!”

Initial Prediction: Safe

Laine Hardy — “Can’t You See” by The Marshall Tucker Band

The Laine Train continues this week with another stellar performance. The judges continued to praise his efforts and style again. The only slight critique the judges gave for him was to “keep scaring himself” and “give more attitude” even more for rounds 2 and 3. I agree, if he continues to loosen up a couple more notches he will have the complete package as a performer and entertainer.

Initial Prediction: Safe

Capping this first round was Madison.

Madison VanDenburg — “What About Us” by P!nk

Such a great moment when she sang this song. She hit all the notes perfectly and I thought she was a clear favorite of round 1.

Initial Prediction: Safe

Round 2 was songs from Elton John’s catalog of hits.

Wade Cota — “Rocketman”

I liked his humor in this round for trying on the shades. Luke wished he had worn it throughout the entire performance. Overall a fun performance but still I don’t think it’s enough to advance into the top 3 after that attempt.

Initial Prediction: In Jeopardy

Laci Kaye Booth — “Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting)”

This was her fun song of the night. Great energy and country version of this classic song. After that performance I thought she exuded more confidence. The judges all enjoyed her upbeat attempt.

Initial Prediction: Still in jeopardy based upon the stronger performances of her competitors.

Alejandro Aranda — “Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word”

He’s still a darkhorse to win this year in my opinion but I still don’t think he’s going to win. Another typical Alejandro effort where he takes a classic song and put his own spin on it.

Initial Prediction: Safe

Madison VanDenburg — “Your Song”

10/10! Again she killed it! Katy Perry made a funny comparison calling her the “ketchup and mustard” and later also the thousand island dressing in a burger. ๐Ÿ™‚

Initial Prediction: Safe

Laine Hardy — “Something About The Way You Look Tonight”

I think it’s a neck to neck tie in this round between Madison and Laine. Both did an amazing job this round. Glad he just showed his vocal chops and not used a guitar in this arrangement. Luke noted his singing abilities have improved thanks to some vocal lessons this week.

Initial Prediction: Safe

Wade kicked off round 3 which was all about tributes to their real life heroes.

Wade Cota — “Hard Luck Woman” by KISS

I thought it was just okay but wasn’t enough to convince me that he deserved a top 3 spot.

Initial Prediction: Eliminated
Actual Result: Eliminated

Laci Kaye Booth– “Dreams” by Fleetwood Mac

I enjoyed her performance of “Dreams.” I think she should continue to sing songs like these in her post-Idol career. Katy Perry was emotional after that as she felt proud of her efforts tonight and overall for this season.

Initial Prediction: I would love for her to make the top 3 but sadly I don’t think America will vote her in.

Actual Result: Eliminated

Madison VanDenburg — “Make You Feel My Love” by Adele

I felt she connected to the song excellently. She definitely deserves to be in the top 3 after that! A true powerhouse!

Initial Prediction: SAFE!!
Actual Result: Safe

Laine Hardy — “Hey Jude” by The Beatles

Laine solidified his spot into the top 3 after that final round performance. Nothing much else to say other than he will contend for the win next week against Madison. This round I feel belonged to Laine.

Initial Prediction: Safe
Actual Result: Safe

The final song of the night was another original from Alejandro.

“Blesser” by Alejandro

Alejandro separated himself even more from Wade and Laci in terms of this round and he will be in the top 3. Exceptional piano playing in this round. With that said, I still think he will finish in 3rd next week.

Initial Prediction: Safe
Actual Result: Safe

So the top 3 will be Madison, Laine & Alejandro as we’ve finally reached the end of the season! See you all next week as past Idol alums Carrie Underwood and Adam Lambert return to the stage and we will find out WHO will WIN American Idol season 17!!!!!!

American Idol: Top 6 Performances + Results Recap

The top 6 performed songs from Woodstock which celebrates its 50th anniversary this summer and showstopper tunes. Christian contemporary and past Idol contestant, Lauren Daigle was this week’s mentor.

Here are my thoughts:

Madison VanDenburg — “Piece Of My Heart” by Janis Joplin
“I Surrender” by Celine Dion

Once again, she killed it!!! Madison continued to showed the judges she wants to WIN this whole thing! And we got to see the ponytail swaying about as she performed her 1st song, a Janis Joplin classic. She also incorporated the guitar playing too which was an added bonus. For her 2nd song, she sang Celine Dion’s “I Surrender” which was another home run for her! Happy her family got to be in the audience tonight as they RV-ed across the country from their NY hometown to root for her. With that said, I really hope she makes it to the top 2 and I predict she will and WIN!

Initial Prediction: Safe
Actual Result: Safe

Laine Hardy — “I Don’t Need No Doctor” by Joe Cocker
“Johnny B. Goode” by Chuck Berry

Laine performed strong tonight! Everything from his look and style to his song choices and movement, he’s quite the entertainer. Katy Perry continued to fan girl over him especially in his second performance of Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode.” Lionel and Luke had to playfully pull her back from running on stage mid-performance!

Overall, he’s getting more and more comfortable with his presence on stage week in and week out. I think he will be safe through to the final 2 with Madison.

Initial Prediction: Safe
Actual Result: Safe

Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon — “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” by Joan Baez
“Somewhere” by Barbra Streisand

I really thought Jeremiah would be safe this week. He also knocked it out of the park with his vocals tonight in song #1 and song #2. In the first song, the Joan Baez hit, he started off on the piano then finished the rest standing sans the piano and he impressed all 3 judges as they all high-fived each other in agreement. He really did it “for the lordt” as Katy exclaimed during her critique. In the second performance, it started off very theatrical in my opinion. He put up another solid effort and he hit those high notes excellently in the second half of the song.

Initial Prediction: Safe
Actual Result: Eliminated

Laci Kaye Booth — “To Love Somebody” by Janis Joplin
“Open Arms” by Journey

Laci’s voice is so unique and it has helped her survive another week in this competition. Just when you think she’s out, she fights back even though her confidence levels may not be up high like Madison’s. With that said, I still enjoyed both of her performances tonight. Loved her Woodstock inspired looks in the first song! Her take on Journey’s “Open Arms” was very soothing to listen to. Beautiful job! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

Initial Prediction: Safe
Actual Result: Safe by the judges’ save

Alejandro Aranda — “White Rabbit” by Jefferson Airplane
“Poison” (An Original)

I really thought he would be the one who got eliminated tonight but be saved by the judges’ save but he survives another week! I didn’t really dig the first song’s vibe but in his showstopper, his own original helped him win enough votes including mine. He’s better off doing more originals at this point since he knows what he’s comfortable with rather than trying to spin off something that’s he’s likely not a fan of. Great guitar skills overall in his original.

Initial Prediction: Eliminated (but judges will use save)
Actual Result: Safe

Wade Cota — “With A Little Help From My Friends” by Joe Cocker
“Through The Valley” by Shawn James

Wade continued to make strides in this competition by picking great songs which I think has helped him with the votes. I really thought this was the week he was going to be eliminated but America begged to differ putting him safely into next week’s show.

Overall, Wade performed with a lot of passion and energy in his first performance and in his second performance it was very raw and gritty. Luke called it a “Johnny Cash” moment and his efforts were “so believable!”

Initial Prediction: Eliminated
Actual Result: Safe


Last season’s Gabby Barrett returned to perform her new single, “I Hope.”

The Judges’ Save was also in play once again and the judges finally used their one and only save for the season on Laci!!! What are your thoughts? Should they have saved Jeremiah instead or were they right in using it on Laci? Let me know in the comments below.

Til next week as the top 5 vie once more to be safe another week. โœŒ๏ธ

Top 5 Photo 5.5.19

American Idol: Top 8 Recap (Queen Night + Movie Duets)

4.28.19 Top 8 Perform

It was another electric night as the remaining eight Idol contestants took to the stage to perform songs from the massive Queen collection plus a classic movie hit for some fun duets. Former Idol contestant and Idol alum, Adam Lambert was the mentor this week.

Like last week’s post, I will list my thoughts and reactions of the top 8, my initial prediction as to whether they are safe or not, then the actual result which again was revealed all in one night. Two will go home tonight unless the judges unanimously save one person.

Walker Burroughs — “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”

Walker let loose tonight and I enjoyed his performance. Nice surprise start as he started singing by the judges’ table this week and slowly made his way on stage interacting with the band and backup singers. The judges gave him a standing ovation! Great effort!

Initial Prediction: Safe
Actual Result: Eliminated

Madison VanDenburg — “The Show Must Go On”

Madison nailed it this week and continues to be my favorite female contestant left in this competition. I think she will definitely make top 3, and perhaps win the whole thing this year!

Initial Prediction: Safe
Actual Result: Safe

Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon — “Who Wants To Live Forever”

Good thing Jeremiah followed Adam’s advice and just sang the song sans guitar! Lot of emotion was spilled from his heart in this performance and I commend his efforts. Great to see his parents support him tonight in the audience.

Initial Prediction: Safe
Actual Result: Safe

Alejandro Aranda — “Under Pressure”

It wasn’t his best performance in my opinion but I do give him props for changing the arrangement of that classic Queen song.

Initial Prediction: Eliminated
Actual Result: Safe

Laine Hardy — “Fat Bottomed Girls”

Laine knows how to entertain the crowd. Did he faked it to make it, kinda, but it definitely helped his overall vote count tonight as he was playing to the energy in the audience and he was moving around a lot more this week than in weeks’ past. He should continue to do these half guitar/half no guitar playing performances. Sing. Be loose and have fun!

Initial Prediction: Safe
Actual Result: Safe

Laci Kaye Booth — “Love Of My Life”

Nice solid effort tonight by Laci. Soothing to watch her sing tonight. True emotion was displayed there! The judges gave her a standing O. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

Initial Prediction: Safe
Actual Result: Safe

Wade Cota — “We Are The Champions”

I thought it wasn’t his strongest performance of the competition. He got lucky tonight making the top 6 despite the lyric flub. The song choice helped him garner enough votes as this is one of Queen’s most ubiquitous songs in their catalog.

Initial Prediction: Eliminated
Actual Result: Safe

Alyssa Raghu — “Somebody To Love”

Alyssa got the benefit of going last tonight and I really thought she did a good job this week. I loved her willingness to tackle her songs each week and she showed she could be a future diva. Her voice will continue to get better as she grows up. Overall a fun performance with some cool air guitar playing!

Initial Prediction: Safe
Actual Result: Eliminated

The top 8 also sang some duets as they each got paired to sing a song from a hit movie.

Duet #1: Laci & Laine

I enjoyed their duet of “Jackson” from “Walk The Line.” Their voices meshed seamlessly and this marks the 2nd time they sang together. Katy joked they were dating each other. Are they? We will have to wait for official word from these two. But judging from Laine’s embarrassed look/smile, I think they’re just good friends. But hey, who knows maybe they will be this season’s Maddie & Caleb.

Duet #2: Alyssa & Wade

I felt this pairing was a bit odd but it worked as they belted out “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” with style! This song always gets sung on this show and tonight we can another entry to that list.

Duet #3 Jeremiah & Madison

This was my favorite duet of the night as these two sang “A Million Dreams” from “The Greatest Showman.” Loved how both showed their excellent vocals without making it a +1up competition. Full of power and soul and professional class. Beautiful performance overall!

Duet #4 Alejandro & Walker

These two guys sang “Mrs. Robinson” from “The Graduate.” I enjoyed their efforts and thought it was a nice rendition of Simon & Garfunkel’s hit. Soothing to the ears. Katy Perry thought their voices were like “two peas in a pod.”

So the TWO ELIMINATED tonight were….

Walker + Alyssa!!

I was shocked that Alyssa Raghu didn’t get the save. Wade should’ve went home tonight. I guess the judges are still saving it for when Alejandro gets eliminated.

After tonight’s episode, I still think the final 2 will be Laine and Madison.

Make sure you continue to vote for your faves in this competition folks! Tune in tomorrow night for Idol’s music documentary special about Adam Lambert’s journey on Idol to super stardom fronting Queen at 8pm on ABC! See you all again next week!