MANILA – The “American Idol” judges reminded Malaya Watson to just relax on stage after she seemed a bit tense while performing a Chaka Khan hit on Wednesday night (Thursday morning in Manila).
During the “Idol” top 8’s performance night, Watson performed Khan’s “Through the Fire” as the finalists sang songs from the 1980s.
While commending the vocal abilities of the 16-year-old Filipino-American, judge Keith Urban said she should just “chill out and coast through the song.”
“Firstly, there was never any doubt on your vocal ability. It’s absolutely superb. David Cook said you’re a firecracker which I completely agree with. The one thing I would say, because you got that voice and it’s so good, is just try to lay back a little bit more,” he said.
Judge Jennifer Lopez agreed with Urban, saying it is normal to feel nervous but as a performer, Watson should not let the audience see it.
“You just need to relax up there. We all get tense when we all know those moments are coming and the trick that nobody needs to see or know about is to totally relax in that moment and just go for it. Especially with someone who has a vocal ability that you have, you don’t even have to try. It’s going to be there for you every time,” she said.
Judge Harry Connick Jr., for his part, said Watson’s performance sounded like it was all about the high notes.
“There’s not a lot of people who can hit that Chaka note, especially at your age. I was really impressed with that. However, it sounded like the entire performance was geared up for that like you had that at the back of your mind. You’re going to hit it anyway. All you need is to focus right when that note comes,” he said.
On Friday, the contestant with the lowest number of votes would be eliminated from the competition. Last week, Watson found herself at the bottom three, although it was Sam Woolf who got the lowest votes but was eventually saved by the judges.