Tonight the AI kiddos will be singing Songs From the Cinema. This traditionally is a little bit of a snooze-fest of a show, but I have high hopes that this group can pummel the last few!
The judges are introduced. Randy wears a navy cardigan, white dress shirt, and a blue and yellow striped tie. Jen is wearing a silver tone on tone striped dress, and her bangs pulled to the right side with an oval clip. Steven has on a leopard print and white unbuttoned dress shirt, and Mr. T chains. Ryan has on his signature black suit and white shirt. Snore.
First, we discover that our very own Jennifer Lopez has been named Most Beautiful Girl in the World. She is a beauty...I agree!
Paul is the first of the kids to perform. He'll sing Bob Seger's "Old Time Rock and Roll" while playing tamborine and dancing a fool like usual! He wears his black wild rose covered suit, a black dress shirt, red ascot and black boots. A cute blonde saxophone player joins him onstage. It's a fun performance, but the singing is not the best. This song doesn't have a great vocal range, and his interpretation is pretty loosy-goosy. Steven wants his suit and loves his crazy wild abandon. Jen calls him a diamond in the rough, and Randy says this could be the first number at the Paul McDonald concert. Clearly, they liked it more than I did.
Lauren Alaina is next up with Miley Cyrus' "The Climb". Jimmy tells her she could bury Miley with her version of the song. I would be surprised if she didn't! The electric guitarist starts it off. Lauren has her 2 toned hair pulled back into a clip. She has on a silver and black zebra top, thick black belt and flouncy skirt, cowboy boots and long feather and silver earrings. She countrifies the song, and sounds GOOD. I like it a lot. Jennifer loves the "cry" in her voice. Randy says, "The Lauren that we first saw is roaring back." He also says she sounded like the song was written for her. Steven says he loves what she brings to the song, and what the song brings to her.
Stefano will sing "End of the Road", a personal favorite of mine by Boyz to Men. Jimmy told him to forget about being in the bottom 3, and the possibility of going home. Good advise, when you've been there too often.....start to psych yourself out! He wears a striped v-neck layered over a short sleeved dress shirt, jeans and white tennies. He is in great voice--this song is PERFECT for him! Lots of runs, but I'm not annoyed by them like I usually am. Randy says he slayed it. Tells Stefano he is back & that he made the right move. Steven states the obvious with, "This is SO not the end of the road for you!" I agree, Stevie baby.
Next on stage is Scotty McCreery. He teases us with Harry Nilsson's "Everybody's Talkin", before deciding on the the much-countrier "Across My Heart" by George Strait. I have a feeling he could've connected with more people with the first choice. I hope it doesn't hurt him this week. He wears a grey leather jacket over a brick red graphic tee, his cross chain, black pants and boots. He does a good job with the song. The judges rave about it.
Casey Abrams talks with Jimmy and will.i.am and sings snippits of two choices for them. He is trying to decide between Nat King Cole's "Nature Boy" and Phil Collins' "In the Air Tonight". Jimmy and I prefer the latter. He chooses the former. He has a side part in his hair tonight. Interesting. He wears a grey suit and white dress shirt, and sings into an old-time style mic, playing a white upright bass. The bongos and piano on the stage are also white. Good look. The song does sound incredible, and he scats after the instrumental interlude. Nice. He gets a standing "o" from the judges. Randy says he's a real true artist, and that we've never seen a contestant like him. Steven likes how he stuck to his guns, and stayed true to himself.
Next we have Haley. Jimmy says he loves where Haley is right now--growing from where she was in the competition. She sings Blondie's "Call Me" in very strong voice. She is wearing a cool slipdress straight from "Laugh In", with purple above the knee boots. She has on green eyeshadow and a great oval ring. There are 3 backup singers and an awesome electric guitarist. It's a very sexy effect, and I personally liked it. Haley would wish I were the judge, because they tore her up. Randy calls it karaoke; Steven does add that this song is all chorus, which is a good place for her. Jen didn't really like it, but is afraid to say anything bad about a girl, because she doesn't want anymore to leave! Silly me, I liked it.
Jacob sings Simon and Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water" at the advice of Jimmy and will.i.am. He has on a tan suit, white check dress shirt, jewel cuff links, brown dress shoes, and an aqua pocket hanky. He sings with a lot of vibrato, has one very flat note, but saves it at the end, and finishes very strong. The judges go nuts, as usual. Steven calls him angelic. *eye roll* Jennifer says he gave her chills. I liked it maybe more than usual (save for the flat note), but not more than other performances tonight.
James is last and ends the show with a bang. He wants to sing "Heavy Metal" by Sammy Hagar. He tells the advisors that he will not be changing his mind, telling us, "Give metal a chance, America!" He gets the assistance of iconic guitarist Zakk Wylde. Together, they pull off an amazing version of "Heavy Metal". He is dressed as James is always dressed. Rock all the way. Jennifer says he sounded really real. She's glad he brought heavy metal to Idol! Randy says, "Durbin ROCKS!". And Steven just says, "Excellent". Yep.
So, that's the show. What'dya think? I predict Jacob, Paul, and either Haley or Stefano (only bc they end up there a lot, and don't seem to have the votes). I would pull for Jacob to leave us, but who knows at this point!
Weigh in and let me know what you think! Thanks for reading!
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