Here we are again, folks! Somebody's favorite will be going home tonight! So, let's jump in~
Ryan, dressed in a light blue shirt under his black suit (whoop!), tells us that there were 53 million votes cast for these 8 kids.
He introduces the judges. Randy wears black jeans, black jacket, and a tee. Steven is in a Rock 'n Roll-ified black suit with a grey graphic tee. Jennifer has on a gold dress with tassle embellishments on the front, teardrop earrings, and a tight braided ponytail.
Scotty and Lauren take the stage with Lady Antebellum's "American Honey". I wonder if these two have a "thing" yet? They are cute together and have such a nice blend....all of those hours working on a song together. Hmmm. Anyway, Scotty wears a tan suede jacket, black graphic tee, jeans and brown boots. Lauren looks adorable in her cute yellow ruffle dress, gold jewelry, thick brown belt and brown heels. They sang good country with great harmonies.
Bring on the Ford Video of the week. The tune is "Animal" by Neon Trees. Great song! Haley, Scotty, James and Stefano are zombies who come to disturb the picnic that friends Jacob and Lauren are enjoying. Paul and Casey are playing in the park. The zombies end up dancing in the Ford Mustang nearby. Cute!
Next we have the adorable pairing of Haley and Casey with the jazzy "Moanin". Casey wears a black suit over a graphic tee. Haley looks great in her messy updo, black and silver short corset dress, nude heels and chandelier earrings. These two are amazing together. This is one of the best songs we've heard yet this season! Casey sounds great, and Haley brings more to this song than normal, and it really pays off! The judges give them a standing "O", and loads of compliments. Well done!
Ryan calls the 2 duets to center stage. Someone is in the bottom 3. Scotty is pronounced safe; Lauren is safe also. Haley is in the bottom 3, and must take the first Stool of Shame. Casey is safe with the others, and can join them on the couch.
Rob Reiner gives the kids funny advice. And Kelly Clarkson and Jason Aldean duet with "Don't You Wanna Stay", a country ditty, which has gone platinum without me ever hearing a single word before tonight! Hubby, Kevin, mentions that Kelly is great. "She was meant to do this. She would've done this somehow, even if there had been no Idol." I agree. But, what a great platform for discovering new talent. She was the first, and arguably the best.
Next to the stage are the foursome: James, Jacob, Paul and Stefano to sing Simon & Garfunkel's "Sounds of Silence/Mrs. Robinson" as a medley. Jacob wears jeans and a black short sleeved cargo shirt. James wears a black jacket, burgundy graphic tee and jeans. Stefano wears a black jacket, black pants, and a black and yellow tee. Paul wears a green graphic, jeans and tennies. Paul and James are playing acoustic guitars. They really sound good together.
James is safe. Jacob is safe. Stefano and Paul are both in the bottom 3. We have to wade through one more performance before we get the results.
Rhianna and her flaming red hair sing "California King", which I have not heard before. I liked "Umbrella", but I'm not generally a giant fan of hers. But, I do enjoy this one--voice, dancers, lyrics, and all. There are 6 floor to ceiling white panels of fabric and Rhianna appears from behind them to sing in a mauve velvet ruched floor length dress. The dancers start on the floor, and then dance with the white fabric while a smoke machine fills the stage.
Finally, we get what we tuned in for: Kieran, Dim the Lights.
The three on the stools join Ryan. Haley is safe. Stefano is safe. Paul is leaving us. Jennifer stands in his honor, then the boys stand. Jen asks him to sing "Maggie May" one more time. This is his best song, by FAR! I'm glad he gets to go out on a good note.
Thanks for recapping with me!
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