Watch Jessica Meuse Sing “Gunpowder and Lead” in American Idol 2014 Top 7 — April 16, 2014
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Watch Jessica Meuse Sing “Gunpowder and Lead” in American Idol 2014 Top 7 — April 16, 2014

Let’s just put it out there: Last week of American Idol wasn’t the greatest we’ve seen so far. Sure, Harry Connick Jr. put an unexpecting teenager on his shoulders, but as far as performances were concerned, most of the contestants could have done better.

Tonight (April 16), the Top 7 will be taking the stage once again, and we certainly hope they kick it up a notch. Now that the one and only save has been used on Sam Woolf, there’s no room for error to keep the hopefuls from that dreaded elimination. We’ve watched as the contestants have chosen their own songs week after week, but this time it’s a first in Idol history. Tonight, the hopefuls have been tasked with choosing songs for the other contenders to perform. It could prove to be one of the most interesting themes we’ve ever seen... or it could go horribly awry if the contestants secretly tried to sabotage one another.

Next to take the stage is Jessica Meuse, who decides to go with Sam Woolf’s suggestion of “Gunpowder and Lead” by Miranda Lambert. It seems like one of the first times we’ve seen Jess perform without her trusty guitar, and that lack of security blanket might have thrown her off.

“I really love your voice, but that’s the first time I’ve heard you off in the verses,” says J.Lo. “You just seemed a little bit uncomfortable. It just didn’t seem naturally to me.”

“Your voice is the thing I’ve always loved about you,” adds Keith. “But what happened tonight was a dissipation of energy on a song that’s really about attitude and revenge. It’s real. But my attention was drawn everywhere else and you were sort of wandering around. You’re way better than that. You need to get centered, get serious, and get committed.”

Do you think Jessica deserves to make it through to next week? Watch the video below and sound off in the comments!

04.16.2014 / 12:00 AM EDT by Jager Weatherby
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