Sunday night during the second Top 24 solo performance episode of “American Idol,” 18-year-old Garrett Jacobs sang Shawn Mendes‘s “Treat You Better” for judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan. This Bossier City, Louisiana resident has been called to task for his dancing skills, but this time around the judges were hard on his singing abilities. Was Garrett’s performance good enough to send him through to the Season 16 live shows, which begin April 22 on ABC? Watch the “American Idol” video above and then read the judges’ comments below.
“You bent down and you got sexy — what was that?” Lionel inquired about Garrett’s penchant for singing to the girls in the audience. “I’m telling you, there’s a point in your life when you’ve gotta concentrate on singing. You were concentrating the other way. You have to understand something: this is a lot of distraction, a lot of pressure. But you’ve grown quite a bit, my friend, take that bow.”
Luke was harsher on the teenager, saying, “So, um, Garrett, you’re not the best singer on the stage. But, man, you’re such a dagum heartthrob. You’re not trying to do that, it just happens. We want you just digging in and singing and singing and singing. That was a good song choice for you. Just try to accelerate and get the vocals knocked out of the park as fast as you can.”
“Which mood am I in today?” Katy asked Luke and Lionel before giving her critique. “Garrett, I agree with the sentiment of my friends here. You are fun to watch and fun to see grow, ’cause I think you’re really taking all of the advice to heart and you’re applying yourself and we really appreciate that. Something to do for the next time you sing, which would be the duets, is to keep in mind just to let it flow, stop thinking about it. You actually have a good voice, it’s just you become a little bit insecure about it, you think about it too much. It was just a bit rocky road, and we need it to be smooth and classic.”
The Top 24 artists have been divided into two groups, with the second 12 performing April 15 and April 16. Besides Garrett, the other singers in this second group are Amelia Hammer Harris, Maddie Poppe, Ada Vox, Caleb Lee Hutchinson, Effie Passero, Alyssa Raghu, Marcio Donaldson, Mara Justine, Jurnee, Shannon O’Hara and Ron Bultongez. Which artists from this group do YOU think will make it through to the live shows?