The show opened with Ryan Seacrest announcing that an American Idol contestant had been eliminated due to information they had learned “with the help of law enforcement.”
What. The. Hell.
And, of course, Ryan Seacrest is going to keep us in suspense for a while. Damn you, Seacrest!
This week, the American Idol contestants have to sing a song from the year they were born. That means songs between 1983 and 1995. Will. I. Am. (is that even how you write it out?) is this week’s mentor.
Phillip Phillips was up first, apparently fresh off of kidney surgery. What. The. Hell. Between that and the footage of his dad telling the story about how he almost died as a baby…he just moved up a few notches in my book. Oh, and he’s a great musician. That doesn’t hurt. He did very well.
I hate that I’m about to say this, but Steven Tyler looks so damn cool, it’s ridiculous. What is he, like 67? I’m not a groupie or anything (give me Nikki Sixx any day, I say) but he looks good, plain and simple.
Next up: Jessica Sanchez, 16, with a Gloria Estefan song. That was insane. This girl is light years ahead of the rest of the American Idol competition. Strangely, the judges were not over the moon for her performance. Boo.
Heejun Han then hit the stage. He sang a Richard Marx song and, unfortunately, didn’t put forth his best performance. His voice seemed weak and scratchy and he was “breathy.” Randy Jackson said he was “pitchy all over the place” and seemed to be out of breath. This does not bode well for him.
Time for Elise Testone, with “Let’s Stay Together.” Before her performance, American Idol did a little “sing off,” comparing Barack Obama and Elise singing the opening. (I still want to hear Obama sing the whole song.) She did great, the judges loved it, and I predict she’ll make it through the elimination round.
Deandre Brackensick then sang “Endless Love.” I liked it — wasn’t blown away, mind you — but the judges were insistent that it was a poor song choice (on the part of Jimmy Iovine and Will. I. Am., so why must the judges keep saying it?). Ugh. That’s real useful advice.
During the mentoring session with Shannon Magrane, Jimmy Iovine very cleverly squeezed in a full-on ad for some HTC phone by AT&T. Seriously. I’m not making this up. I was kinda bored with Shannon’s performance, as I usually am. The judges thought she did great. So, once again, one of us is way off base.
Colton Dixon was up next (we’re running out of options for who was eliminated…which is basically my focus for the episode). He did well but he tends to look better than he sings. But, hey, Mark McGrath turned that into a career, didn’t he? So, there’s definitely a market for this talent.
And then there was Erika Van Pelt. She sang “Heaven,” a Bryan Adams song (one that I love) and I thought it was pretty darn good. I did not like the break with the band — the arrangement that was orchestrated by Jimmy Iovine — nor did the judges. That’s really fair that the judges hold that against her, when she was coached to do that. Randy Jackson basically told her that she shouldn’t have listened to him. Um, OK. Try telling Jimmy Iovine no.
So, it turns out that Jermaine Jones was eliminated from the competition because he has four outstanding warrants. We were treated to footage that showed him meeting with American Idol producers who confronted him about police reports, his giving false names to police, and basically withholding all this information. Come on, dude. Like no one was gonna tell on him?
Skylar Laine sang a Bonnie Raitt song. I don’t know what happened but it seemed like she was drowned out by the instruments and the background singers. The judges thought she did great. Here we go again.
Josh Ledet then performed “When a Man Loves a Woman” (the Michael Bolton version). I really, really like this kid. And wow…he killed it! I literally (yes, I’m using that correctly) got chills. That was truly an emotional moment.
Hollie Cavanagh ended the show and she did well but, again, I wasn’t blown away. The judges were pretty pleased, though.
So, who do you predict will get eliminated Thursday night?