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Qaasim Middleton sings ‘Sir Duke’ on American Idol XIV (VIDEO)

Qaasim Middleton sang ‘Sir Duke’ by Stevie Wonder on American Idol XIV Season 14 in New York City on Thursday, January 15, 2015.

From our live blog:

Qaasim’s father was in the cast of Stomp!, and his mother was the first black woman to win Miss Mississippi. He plays a bunch of instruments, raps, sings, and has a natural sense of rhythm, saying everything he does is set to some sort of rhythm. His mother then embarrasses him by gushing in front of the camera, talking about his Michael Jackson-esque dance moves. Classic mom stuff, and it’s absolutely adorable. When meeting the judges, he notes that he’s actually going to college for music, studying Jazz.

Qaasim sings “Sir Duke” by Stevie Wonder, and while it’s not perfect, this kid has SO much swagger, accompanying himself with stomping percussion and beatboxing, and even doing some popping and locking. His voice has a lot of character to it, with a raspy, easygoing quality with hints of soul. I totally dug it.

J-Lo feels he has a lot of vocal talent, while Harry notes Qaasim has hints of rhythm and soul in his voice. He also likes that Qaasim is going to school and working on his craft. Adam notes that some of the falsetto bits Qaasim hit were wonderful, implying he had shivers. The judges are all in agreement.

Watch the video here:

You might think that Stevie Wonder’s “Sir Duke” is a poor audition song choice given all its musical digressions. But Qaasim’s got those covered, singing and gyrating the whole way through. It’s a fun performance.

Qaasim Middleton sings 'Sir Duke' on American Idol XIV (VIDEO)

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