‘American Idol’ 2014: Shelby Miller’s Top 9 recap, ‘I’m with the band’ – MLive.com

AMERICAN IDOL XIII: Jena Irene performs on AMERICAN IDOL XIII airing Wednesday, March 26 (8:00-10:00 PM ET / PT) on FOX. CR: Michael Becker / FOX. Copyright 2014 / FOX Broadcasting.

It was “I’m with the band” night on , and it was a raucous affair for the Top 9.

How did our other Metro Detroit contestants do? Sam Woolf of West Bloomfield, Jena Irene Asciutto of Farmington Hills and Malaya Watson of Southfield all turned to some classic rock tunes.

And it was Jena who closed the show with a tune by Evanescence.

I was busy wrapping up my Michigan’s Best Doughnut Top 13 list, which comes out Thursday morning.

So, recapping the show is Shelby Miller, a Season 13 contestant from Portland, Michigan.

Shelby made it to Hollywood week and even survived the Group Round.

Follow Shelby’s career on her Facebook page.

One contestant will be eliminated on March 27 (9 p.m., Fox).

shelby-miller-american-idol.jpgShelby Miller of Portland, Michigan, made it to Hollywood Week of “American Idol” 2014 and even survived the Group Rounds. She just missed the Top 15 girls this season. 

“I’m With the Band” night on American Idol would show America who could perform like a real artist, but who would rise to the occasion?

In preparation for tonight’s episode, the Top 9 were able to meet with Fall Out Boy and get some tips on how to connect with the band they will be singing with and entertain the audience.

The contestants started out the night with a medley of popular rock anthems. Although the contestants looked comfortable on stage, the vocals were definitely lacking and did not start out the night on a good note for me.

Alex Preston was the first to take the stage for his individual performance of “Don’t Speak” by No Doubt. As always, Alex performed with true artistry and character. Although this was not my favorite performance by Alex, it was a good song for him to do. When he sings, the audience cannot help but get pulled into whatever Alex is doing.

Majesty Rose was next to perform with “Shake It Out” by Florence and the Machine. I think Majesty did a really great job with this performance. Some of her high notes were a bit sharp, but her energy made up for any vocal issues that she had. Majesty showed America what she can do when she enjoys her time on stage and takes control of the moment.

The performances continued with Dexter Roberts who sang “Boondocks” by Little Big Town. This was a great song choice for Dexter. It showed great vocal control while keeping the crowd jumping and singing along. I really liked how Dexter ended the song on a simple note. As he thanked the band, Dexter’s true character showed.

Malaya Watson took the stage next. Performing the song “The Long And Winding Road” by the Beatles, Malaya kept it simple and clean-cut. Her big notes were spot on and sounded beautiful. She showed great emotion throughout this song. Judge Harry Connick Jr. gave some great advice as he explained that “we must focus on our crafts as singers and the stardom will come with time.”

Sam Woolf performed the song “Hey There Delilah” by the Plain White T’s on tonight’s episode. I liked this performance more when Sam was joined by a few of the band members, but it did not have much strength to it. I would like to see Sam look like he is in control of the performance more in the coming rounds; overall this was a good performance though. I did agree with the judges in that Sam needs to connect emotionally to the lyrics in order to connect better with the audience.

Jessica Meuse sang “Rhiannon” by Fleetwood Mac. This was an excellent song choice for Jessica; it fit her tone perfectly. I really enjoyed this performance and think it might have been her best yet.

The next to take the stage was CJ Harris with his rendition of “If It Hadn’t Been For Love” by Steeldrivers. The beginning of this performance was good, but CJ still had trouble with some pitch issues. This was a good song choice for him tonight. I did like the soulful side that CJ showed in this performance as Judge Keith Urban said. I also agreed with Keith’s advice to remember not to confuse the sound of emotion with the feeling of emotion.

The last guy to perform tonight was Caleb Johnson. Caleb sang Led Zepplin’s “Dazed and Confused.” This was a wonderful performance. Caleb showed attitude, passion, and control throughout the entire performance. This was one of the best of the night in my opinion. Caleb showed America what “I’m With the Band” night is all about on American Idol, but Keith Urban hit the nail on the head when he said that Caleb made the band say “I’m with the singer.”

The last contestant to perform tonight was Jena Irene. Jena sang her rendition of the song “Bring Me to Life” by Evanescence. This was my favorite performance by Jena so far in the competition. This was a great song choice that showed her artistry, range, and passion. I loved this performance.

As the night came to an end, it is hard for me to pick the bottom three. The contestants gave it their all tonight and showed America that they were meant to be on that Idol stage.

Only the votes of America will show who will be moving on to the next round in the competition but if I had to chose, I would have to say CJ Harris, Sam Woolf and Majesty Rose may be in trouble in tomorrow’s results show.

John Gonzalez is a statewide entertainment writer for MLive.com. Email him at gonzo@mlive.com or follow him on Twitter, Facebook or Google+.

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