I thought the women really brought it in this episode. I think Allegra’s performance was my favorite, but Toneisha, Tayler, and Arei were all pretty great.
I did find what Micah did with Graveyard quite interesting, but also kind of agree with the coaches that it's just not a great choice for a singing competition. Meanwhile, Tayler gave an almost perfect performance in every way, even if on an old classic that has been done to death. It's a pity that she got sent home.
I think Micah himself recognized this given that he posted the following on YouTube:
"Tayler should have won. I think we all know that. I knew that from the moment I found out what I was singing. But Kelly chose me for some reason and I can’t help but be grateful. Thanks for your kind words and support. I definitely have something to prove in the lives."
I did get a kick out of the way James Taylor almost immediately fell in love with Graveyard (with which he clearly was unfamiliar). This is a great compliment to Halsey, who's strength as a song writer is often overlooked.
For the first time I was a bit disappointed with Thunderstorm. I would probably still have picked him over Mandy (even though she did give a technically good performance), but it just wasn’t up to level he’s shown in previous rounds.
The 4-way comes down to Michael and Samantha. I might give it to her by the smallest of margins, but will not be upset if he gets more votes.
At this point, Nick's team suddenly doesn't look so weak after all. With Allegra, Arie and now Thunderstorm, he's got some real stars on his team.
Anyway, it sounds like they are going to follow Idol's lead and have the supposed live rounds performed from everyone's homes. It will be interesting to see how they handle it. I guess we'll find out on May 4.