Cortez Shaw performs Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out of Heaven” in American Idol 2013 guys semi-finals.
Keith Urban wants to know how Cortez feels about the performance, and he says he feels pretty good about it. Keith says for him, he’s not sure this was really the best song for Cortez’s voice. Nicki Minaj says Cortez seems like he had his mojo back tonight and really enjoyed it and didn’t seem nervous. She says Elijah’s stylist needs to get ahold of him and sex him up some more. She liked his charisma, but sometimes thinks he sounds like he’s straining. Randy Jackson agrees that he does sound like he’s straining and he’s just not sure Cortez is there yet for this kind of song. He also agrees Cortez needs some more fly styling. Mariah Carey says she has really enjoyed his ballads. While it was positive to hear him do something more uptempo, she agrees with Randy that he should have maybe been down a half step or something so he could use more of his range.