Sunday night during the Carrie Underwood-themed Top 5 performance episode of “American Idol,” 21-year-old Cade Foehner was eliminated after singing “Undo It” for judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan. This Shelbyville, Texas resident also took on Lynyrd Skynyrd‘s “Simple Man” as his Mother’s Day song during Sunday’s two-hour episode. America voted live coast-to-coast to send home both Cade and Michael J. Woodard, but did viewers make the right decision? Watch the “Undo It” video above and then read the “American Idol” judges’ comments below.
Luke Bryan: “How does it feel to make Carrie Underwood blush, by the way? Listen man, I’m up here smiling watching you deliver this performance because ‘American Idol’ has pushed you outside your comfort zone, man. I mean, you’re up here making a Carrie Underwood song your song. Way to roll with the punches. She’s right about your tone in those lower [notes]. You don’t have to be full on the throttle all the time.”
Lionel Richie: “I’m sitting here actually just thinking from the beginning when we laid eyes on you, when we first heard you, you have grown in confidence so much. I’m trying to be as hard as I can, but you have to understand, you are exactly what I was talking about. You are your authentic self. This is who you are. And you actually Katy-ized Carrie, how did you do that? But you did a great job, I’m very happy.”
Katy Perry: “I think that Carrie was smart to give you that advice because you don’t just have one lane to steer in. I think you’ve put a lot of attention on the big, the gritty. But I think actually that one time when you did show us on the acoustic how well your vocals are, that was really great and showed the dynamic of who you are. So I think sometimes focus a little bit more on that subtlety and building upon it because if you lose it, it gets a little shaky sometimes and then you just have to go into rock-ville. You have to know that you have more to play with.”
In his “American Idol” live blog, our recapper Denton Davidson declared, “Underwood advised him to hold back a bit because he tends to stay on ‘Level 10’ the entire song. On stage, Cade does make this feel like a rock anthem as he belts it out and slays on his feathered guitar. I give him props for making this sound like his own song rather than an obvious cover.”
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