What you didn’t see or hear during the Week 3 performance episode
By Minh Nguyen
Special to MSN TV
MSN TV was in the audience last night as the stars performed dances that symbolized the most memorable year of their lives. There were a lot of tears on and off the dance floor as the stars shared their special stories with the judges and the audience. We’re not sure who will be going home Tuesday night but Jack Wagner, Gladys Knight, Melissa Gilbert, Sherri Shepherd and Gavin DeGraw all received the same low score of 24, putting them in a five-way tie for last. By the way, we're still confused by Jaleel White’s comment to Brooke Burke after his performance, "Stefan Urquelle and Steve Urkel, that's my Mickey Mouse." Can anyone explain this to us?
Our early prediction is that it will either be Gladys Knight (without her Pips…and because unfortunately, she just hasn't been that memorable on the floor) or Jack Wagner (because all the female votes are going to hunk, William Levy). One thing for certain so far this season was best summed up by Judge Bruno Tonioli who said,“I think this (season) will turn out to be the battle of the hunks."
The stars (we're using this term loosely) we spotted in the audience last night included Ricki Lake (who is keeping her weight off), Chaz Bono (who never got the weight off), Robin Antin (the Pussycat Dolls troupe founder), “Happy Endings” actors Eliza Coupe and Damon Wayans Jr., "Community" actress Yvette Nicole Brown (who was rooting for friend, Sherri Shepherd) and veteran actress Florence Henderson.
Top Ten Things Seen and Heard at “Dancing With the Stars”
1. Carrie Ann Inaba lifted her dress up so the audience could see her beautiful silver rocker shoes as she walked out. Bruno Tonioli was gyrating down the stairs to "I'm Sexy and I Know It."
2. When Jack Wagner blew the kiss after he got off the judges' table during his performance, Carrie Ann Inaba caught it.
3. During one of the breaks, the Warm Up Guy (WUG) was advising the audience how to cheer: “If the judges give the dancers a 9, you can cheer, below 7 you can start booing, if it gets lower than 5 just throw stuff.”
Judge Len Goodman pointed to himself, laughed and said, “Why are you looking at me?”
4. Karina Smirnoff standing on the dance floor and yelling to a random audience member right before her performance: “How are you?”
Audience Member: “Good! How are you?”
Karina Smirnoff (Smiling): “We'll see in about a minute.”
5. The WUG was talking to a six year old African American boy named Jeffrey from New York. When the WUG asked who he was there to support, Jeffrey said “Mommy.”
WUG (jokingly): “Your mom’s Melissa Gilbert? No, mom is…?”
Jeffrey: “Mom is great.” (He was referring to Sherri Shepherd)
6. Marc Ballas was hugging and holding Katharine Jenkins on the dance floor while her package about her dad was playing on the screen. She was covering her hands over her ears to block out the sad story.
7. Sherri Shepherd had her fingers in her ears and was smiling before her performance and was dancing with Val Chmerkovskiy jokingly. After her performance, she was crying as she walked up the stairs with friend and fellow actress, Yvette Nicole Brown standing up and cheering her on.
8. Before William Levy’s dance, the female members of the audience were standing up and cheering him on.
WUG: I don't know if you guys know this but William hasn't danced yet.
Carrie Ann Inaba was still fanning herself off with her hands after the dance.
WUG (After William Levy’s performance): Bruno didn't watch the whole dance... The minute he (William Levy) took his shirt off; Bruno just gave him a 10.
9. WUG: Who wants a "Dancing With the Stars" shirt?
Yvette Nicole Brown (who is as cute as you can imagine) raised her hands and signaled to the WUG.
WUG: You know people! You don't need me to get you a t-shirt Yvette!
10. WUG (to the audience): Fix your hair! Your lip gloss! You’re about to be on camera.
Tom Bergeron turned around to the audience, licked his forefinger and pretended to fix his eyebrows and hair in a comical manner, then did a perfect golf swing.
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Get your phone finger ready and let the voting begin
Blake Shelton said it best at the outset of this first of the live shows: "It's up to America now." My daughter took it from there about twenty minutes later by saying "Girls rule, boys drool." You know what -- the girls did have a better night than the guys.
Let's look at it Team versus Team...
Jermaine Paul "Livin' on a Prayer": The Alicia Keyes back-up singer worked the stage, but I thought it was a clumsy take on the Bon Jovi hit. Xtina wondered the same as I-: "How does this song fit Jermaine?" The results show will obviously reveal if we're alone.
RaeLynn "Wake Up Call": The absolute surprise of the night. This tiny little blonde growled as she turned the Maroon 5 tune into a country rocker worthy of Carrie Underwood. Again Xtina and I shared a page: "You're a sassy little thing!" she exclaimed, adding she was impressed. I suspect America was, too.
Naia Kete "Turning Tables": With guitar in hand, the reggae street performer went a different route with Adele's song, and here's where Aguilera and I began to disagree. Xtina (looking stunning, by the way) wasn't having this one, and said as much. Awkward.
Jordis Unga "Alone": I am constantly surprised by singing competitions tackling Heart. Ann Wilson has, arguably, the strongest female voice in rock, and pop star wannabes across the country have been singing this song it since "American Idol" began ... and to typically lackluster results. Still, Unga declared it "redemption." We'll see.
Erin Willett "Livin' for the City": Willett brought it, again. She brought the house down, first from behind the piano, and then out front. Great performance, even if all was well in her life. The fact that her father just passed during all this only makes her performances that much more dumbfounding.
Charlotte Sometimes "Misery Business": Levine, sitting next to Cee Lo, who was in a Gladys Knight-meets-Elvis costume, called the performance both unique and flat.
Chris Mann "Bridge Over Troubled Water": The 29-year-old opera singer merged "Phantom of the Opera" with Josh Groban for the Simon & Garfunkel classic.
Moses Stone "Stronger": Stone found his groove in the second half. Levine reiterated that he thinks singing suits him more than rapping, which no one else seemed to agree with. We'll see if America does.
Lindsey Pavao "Somebody That I Used to Know": The Cirque de Soleil shenanigans continued, but Pavao stood out in the midst of it, whereas Stone was leaping around. Levine gave an honest criticism, which Pavao was clearly devastated by. She stared at the floor for the remainder of her time on stage, with Carson Daly finally asking if she was all right. Kinda comical.
Sera Hill "Find Your Love": Flanked by what Shelton called "male strippers," Hill's nervousness was apparent on the Drake ditty. Maybe the strippers were the reason.
Ashley De La Rosa "Right Through You": Assigning Ashley an Alanis rocker was a good move by Aguilera. The band being spot-on helped, too.
Jesse Campbell "What a Wonderful World": Christina kept the fitting song assignments coming, forgoing the crowded stage silliness. Cee Lo told Campbell his voice was "as beautiful as my hair." Of course, Green had a wig on so ... was it really a shot? I doubt it.
This is everyone's shot.
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Katherine Jenkins holds on to her lead with a nearly perfect waltz
It was an emotional week as the stars danced routines to commemorate the most memorable year of their lives. Most of them cried at some point during the show, which was honestly kind of weird. That said, all of the stars danced well, and it was a good show. Katherine's waltz was the standout performance. It was beautiful, moving and deceptively simple looking. Roshon's Michael Jackson-inspired samba brought the crowd to its feet and Maria's sexy rumba was a nice surprise.
This could be a tough elimination week as absolutely no one turned in a bad performance and we've got a five-way tie for last on the judges' leaderboard. I hope you all voted!
Here's a quick look at how the stars did this week:
Jack's happy-go-lucky samba was a bit more toned down than last week's jive, and that was a good thing. He and Anna moved beautifully together and Jack really had the choreography down pat. His knees were a bit stiff during some of his spins, but his hip work was great. Len praised Anna's choreography and called the routine Jack's best. Bruno praised his rhythm and Carrie Ann called the routine "effervescent." After a tough second week, Jack is back in the game.
Maria's sexy rumba was full of tricky spins and dips, as well as a maybe kiss? Derek really put his all into choreographing this one. Maria did an amazing job both keeping up with him and selling the emotion of the dance. Bruno compared Maria to Aphrodite, the goddess of love, and praised her for dancing to a very difficult song. (A breathy slow-jams cover of Madonna's "Material Girl.") Carrie Ann praised Maria's flow from step to step, and Len called the routine fabulous. This was easily Maria's best performance.
Gladys' foxtrot was stately and elegant, if a bit simple. Her stage presence continues to impress, and her footwork was clean and precise. As always, Gladys' rhythm was perfect. Carrie Ann praised the improvement to Gladys' frame that was evident in this routine. Len was quick to point out that he and Gladys are the same age, which seemed like a precursor to some nasty criticism. Turns out he just wants to be a Pip. Gladys really showed us what she's made of this week -- let's hope she can keep it up.
Roshon's samba was nonstop fun. He brought a ton of swagger and style and honestly looked like he was having the time of his life. His hips were open, his knees were loose, and his spins were right-on. Honestly, I can't think of anything bad to say about the routine. The judges weren't much help there, either. Len grumbled a bit about a lack of "traditional samba content," but you could tell by the glint in his eye he loved it. Carrie Ann did feel there were some timing issues with the routine -- and got booed when she said so. Roshon really knocked it out of the park with this one.
Gavin's rumba was slow and sensual, but still a bit clunkier than a rumba ought to be. His hip work was excellent, though he had some trouble with transitions. He totally sold the dance emotionally, which is key with the rumba. Bruno pointed out that Gavin had a bit of an issue with some of his pivots, but the other judges were quite positive about the routine. Carrie Ann praised his attention to detail and saw a sensual tenderness in the routine. Len praised his hipwork and musicality and noted that Gavin has improved every week. One more good dance could make his disastrous Week 1 foxtrot fade from our collective memory.
Katherine's emotional waltz was close to flawless. She was completely caught up in the music and turned in a performance worthy of one of the pros. Her elegant carriage and gorgeous footwork were classic waltz, though there were a lot of fancy spins that set Len off. His criticism was all for Mark, though. He found no flaws in Katherine's performance. Carrie Ann was moved to tears by the routine and Bruno called the routine sensational. This was the best dance of the season so far.
Sherri's rumba was absolutely beautiful. It was an open question whether a slow dance would suit energetic, wacky Sherri. Well, it did! She moved beautifully and turned in some downright gorgeous legwork. Len praised the routine's triple spins and added a very emphatic "Well done!" Bruno praised Sherri's commitment to the routine and the emotional resonance of her performance. This was a truly moving dance.
The jive is a tough dance, but Melissa really put her mind to it and turned in amazing performance. Maks' routine was supercharged with tricky spins and kicks, but she mostly held her own. Her posture left a bit to be desired and she lost the thread of the song for a few beats in the middle. Bruno praised her mastery of the tricky opening sequence Maks crafted, and Len declared her a contender. This is definitely a comeback for Melissa -- but has it come too late?
Jaleel's suave rumba was a breath of fresh air during a round of intense emotional routines. He played it cool, but there were some tough spins and lunges in there. Carrie Ann declared Jaleel "back in the game," and praised his gliding steps. Len thought he was a bit stiff in the arms, but the crowd did not agree. Bruno seconded Len, though, and told Jaleel to work on his upper body movements. All in all, a good performance for Jaleel following last week's so-so jive.
William's open-shirted salsa was absolutely electric. His energy was incredible, and his feet were flying. The choreography was very intricate – so much so that William actually grazed the top of Cheryl's head with his thigh during a tricky spin – and never let up for a second. Len called him "William the Conqueror," and Bruno simply shook his hand and told William he hated him. Carrie Ann called the routine "ridiculously hot," and who am I to argue? This was a coup for William!
Donald's elegantly brooding rumba really showed us his emotional side. His knees were a tiny bit stiff, but his hip work was excellent and his movements flowed well. Carrie Ann called the routine mesmerizing, though she pointed out that there were "a few little lifts" thrown into the choreography. Bruno praised Donald for pushing himself to the limit, and commented on his excellent control and precision throughout the dance. Donald has been steadily climbing the leaderboard, so look out above.
Who won over the judges: Katherine, William and Maria
Who won over the crowd: William, Katherine and Roshon
Who needs to step it up: No one at this point!
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The Scottish poser on the great divide, missing her kids and what's next for her
MTV's twin reality staples continue into their 20s
Resident jokester Heejun Han is the latest contestant to be sent packing
By Carla Patton
Scotty McCreery is back in the house, y'all, holding his microphone all weird and singing about young-boy things with an old man voice. Also, someone will be eliminated for choosing the wrong personal idol. Wouldn't it be great if their personal idol could eliminate them in person? Like, if Deandre goes home, Eric Benet would come out of the audience and wink at the camera. Cut to commercial! I think Deandre could be going home tonight, even though he may have reached a personal best with his performance.
After all the tears shed and all the standing and sitting the judges did last night, someone will have to go home. It's the same every week: Someone's gotta go! It's time to let Jesus and/or the voters take the wheel.
This week's results show introduction argues that "everyone has their favorite," and I just don't know if that's true. I am not sure I have a favorite yet. Wednesday night I was in quite the mood, so everyone was my least favorite. I wanted everyone to lose and go home and be sad like me! The life of a blogger!
Scotty McCreery and Nicki Minaj are performing -- hopefully together! That would be fantastic. But first, some "breaking" Aerosmith news: They're going on tour! The tour is called the Global Warming tour, evidently because they had to be warmed from their cryogenic freeze.
Then Ryan displayed some tweets from their personal idols, and brought Eric Benet out on stage. My dreams are coming true! I guess Eric Benet is really not that busy. He said everyone, specifically Deandre, did an incredible job. Deandre cried.
But you haven't cried for real until you've seen the Ford Music Video. The kids are trying to move a bunch of old TVs into their Fords. Then, they're stacking them up and watching themselves on the wall of TVs. What a fun party. Bye, Eric Benet. Thanks for watching that special video with us.
Next, another special video. The contestants are moving from the hotel into the Hollywood mansion, all to Lana Del Rey's "Video Games." Ugh, this song! The kids go tearing through the mansion, except Elise and Phillip, who handle the situation like adults. The mansion is absolutely sick, though. It's a shame these kids will soon be ruining it and leaving their dirty Tommy Hilfiger clothes all over the floor.
So, who has to move out of the lap of luxury this week? Results comin' at us hard! Elise, Hollie and Phillip hit the stage first. My guess is Hollie from this group. Jimmy Iovine says Elise did herself and "American Idol" a lot of good with her performance: She deserves to stay. Jimmy also dropped the hint that next week's theme is the 1980s. Awesome!
Jimmy says if Stevie likes Phillip, we all should. Phillip is a big, big star and flawless. They can't get enough of this kid! Jimmy thinks Hollie lacks experience and is a bit behind the pack, specifically Jessica, who is her direct competition. Love you for keepin' it real, Jimmy! Hollie is in the bottom three. Phillip and Elise are safe.
Nicki Minaj performs next, sans Scotty McCreery. But they really should collaborate at some point. She's giving Old Navy-commercial realness on this night and cleavage visible from space. This choreography certainly has a lot of jumping, doesn't it? Nicki Minaj looks uncomfortable at times and keeps tugging at her clothes. If you can call them clothes. Not to be out-creeped by me, Ryan comments on the "high-risk" nature of Nicki's choreography and costuming in tandem.
Colton, Joshua and Heejun join Ryan onstage. I think it will be Heejun from this group. Jimmy says Colton was "good but not good enough." He then adds, "This is not the end of your concert where you can lose it and cry and your fans will be with you." Haha, Jimmy is so harsh! Jimmy says Joshua delivered 85 percent of the song, but his emotion got the best of him. And he loved Joshua in the Michael Jackson medley. Jimmy says it was great to see Heejun come back, but it wasn't enough: "He doesn't sing as well as the other eight contestants." Colton is safe. Joshua is safe, and Heejun is in the bottom three.
Scotty McCreery! They put the mic on a stand so he couldn't hold it like a flute. He sure is trying, though! His song is about water towers and football and living in the South. Bless his country-lovin' heart! He seems a lot more confident now that he's on the charts and not auditioning for the judges' approval. This kid has some real stage presence now. Good for him. The song was just OK, but at least it wasn't that god-awful song about how boys like peaches or whatever Lauren Alaina was singing about.
Jimmy Iovine brought out Scotty's platinum record, which was pretty cool. I know you might not like him, but I feel like Scotty is the son I never had because I would have been way too young to bear children at the time.
Deandre, Skylar and Jessica get their results last. Jimmy says Skylar always gives something that makes him want to vote for her, but the song was too much of a "character song." He thinks she will be in the middle of the pack. What did Jimmy think of Deandre (man of the hour)? Jimmy is right in the middle: He's not going crazy for Deandre or disliking him, but he thinks Deandre needs more experience. Jimmy says Jessica is, as ever, a professional with skillful vocals and says we need a little "girl power" this season. Alrighty. Jessica is safe, and Skylar is in the bottom three. Say what?! Deandre is safe? Well, I never. Maybe it's backlash from last week? Backlash that didn't exist for Heejun, evidently.
It appears Heejun knows he's going home next to these two girls. Ryan sends Skylar to safety (where she belongs). And the singer at risk is Heejun. No! I mean, yes. But alas! The judges won't use their save on him: He's just too far behind. And he disrespected the competition, evidently. Man, this sucks. I'm going to miss the Heejun we didn't get to see this week -- the funny one! His personality was one of the main reasons I enjoyed this season. At least he'll have the best farewell clip package of all time!
Heejun thanks the crowd, knowing full well he is going home. Jennifer cries because Heejun was delightful. Steven lowers the boom: "You saw this coming yourself after last week ... We're gonna have to let you go, man." Oh, my god. It sounds like they're putting him down. Heejun's farewell tribute video reminds us of his hilarious feud with Richie the Cowboy -- his legacy.
What do you think of Thursday night's results? Did America get it right?
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Latest castaway to be sent packing says he's not surprised he was this week's target
Elise Testone rocks the house and judges on night dedicated to personal idols
By Carla Patton
Another week, another theme, although this week promises to be much entertaining than Billy Joel week. This week's theme, songs from your idols, is much broader and allows the contestants to sing pretty much whatever they want. If they pick a bad song this week, it's completely on them. Seriously, you could say pretty much anyone is your idol just to sing a certain song. And many contestants have gotten away with it in past seasons.
So, it's open season here on "American Idol," and the Top 9 had best take advantage of it! If it's a bunch of ballads again this week, I will eat my hat. That is a very real threat, and I hate the taste of hat.
Oh, but the best part of this week? Stevie Nicks! This episode opens with "Landslide" by Fleetwood Mac, and I am reminded that Stevie Nicks is the mentor. Ryan tells the Top 9, "May the odds be ever in your favor," in a blatant, forced nod to "The Hunger Games." That movie came out this week, and Ryan knows it. He just wants us to know that he knows.
Ryan introduced a useless Tommy Hilfiger segment just to remind us who is providing the clothes again. But more importantly, look at young Jimmy Iovine with Stevie Nicks! Back before he was dried up and codger-y!
Colton Dixon is up first. Stevie Nicks scared him a little when she grabbed his hand and wouldn't let go. "Don't let them cut your hair! It is more precious than gold," she whispered. Sort of. Anyway, Colton is singing his "favorite worship song," "Everything" by Lifehouse. I don't think Stevie knew that it was a worship song and said she wants a guy to sing those lyrics to her. But they're for Jesus! Oh, boy. I think this will win him some big votes, but I just don't agree with the choice to sing a worship song -- especially to start. And whose idol is Lifehouse? I guess you aren't supposed to create false idols ... Colton started crying with the intensity of his very public worship and was brought to his knees to finish the song. I don't know how to critique this.
Jennifer felt his passion, and Randy likes Colton's coat. Randy declared, "There's nine people left! I think I could be looking at a contender for the title! He wants to win! Ryan!" Don't hold up the show for that, Randy. Colton again says that it's his favorite worship song of all time and that's why he cried. I just don't know if it's appropriate, but maybe someone else later down the line will have the freedom to choose their favorite satanic song.
Skylar Laine sings next, and her idol is, of course, Miranda Lambert! She chose "Gunpowder & Lead" by Miranda Lambert. Jimmy Iovine is a little worried because this is a Miranda joint and relies heavily on the singer owning the song. Skylar had a lot of energy and brought it with this song, but I agree with Jimmy that what little melody there is to the song is pretty narrow. It was more fun that it was a demonstration of vocal ability. But she's a little firecracker! The judges loved her energy and Randy complimented her range. I appreciate that Skylar really stayed true to the theme and sang a song from her number one idol.
All of a sudden, there's a trio performance. Not for Thursday night? What is this? Whatever, I'm happy to hear any tribute to Stevie Nicks. Colton, Elise and Phillip sing a medley. You can tell that Elise is consciously remembering to smile. It doesn't seem like the background vocals are live, but they certainly are being lip-synced! The trio was enjoyable enough, but I sure wish it was on Thursday night instead of being jammed into the solo performance night.
Heejun Han has been criticized for not taking the competition seriously, and he has been beaten into submission. Jimmy and Stevie submit their diagnoses for Heejun's new attitude, and I hope they're both wrong. I like Heejun just the way he is. But here is the new Heejun, and he still has his cute hat. He's singing "A Song for You" as performed by Donny Hathaway. It's an interesting choice, but, for the first time in the voting rounds, he is showing off his vocal ability. He really has a beautiful voice! The judges gave him a standing ovation. Thank you, their applause says, for playing by our rules now. "When you go there, when you believe, when you let go of all the other stuff," Jennifer says, "you move people." Randy admits that Heejun is back -- the "real Heejun." It appears that Ryan still does not know how to interact with Heejun, the real one or otherwise.
Jason Derulo broke his neck, but he did it for Coca-Cola. Now he's popping out a song about it and needs you to finish cleaning up.
Hollie Cavanagh is singing "Jesus Take the Wheel" by Carrie Underwood. She made Stevie Nicks cry, but I think it was more about Stevie making Stevie cry. She grabbed Hollie at the end and clutched her small arms in her claws. "It matters what you feel and what is in your heart," she whispers to Hollie's face. Terrifying. Hollie gets fake snow and a snowy, wooded backdrop. She always gets the best backgrounds and lighting effects. The performance was mostly good, with a few off notes. It was a pretty good performance.
"Um," Randy begins, "I don't think, once again, it was perfect. There were a couple notes there ... "And then he was interrupted by booing. But he still managed to get in, "Carrie sang the I-don't-know-what out of it." Jennifer disagreed, thinking it was one of Hollie's best because she connected emotionally. But did the emotion transfer through the screen? Steven said he would have picked a different song, but he's not going to mess with Jesus or Carrie.
After Ryan's failed bit with a snowblower that he could barely lift, Deandre Brackensick performs. He's singing "Sometimes I Cry" by Eric Benet, who I am not familiar with. It's a lovely demonstration of Deandre's voice. He gets to show off that beautiful, floaty falsetto of his. But the song is so old-feeling, and not in a Motown way but a '90s R&B way. And it's too much in the higher range. It felt almost silly at times. But that is my opinion, and it seems like I'm full of sour grapes on this night. The judges loved it! "Vote for him!" Jennifer cries, and Randy uses the performance as an excuse to hype up what's so great about "American Idol."
Jessica Sanchez chose Beyoncé as her idol! Yes, yes, yes. She's singing "Sweet Dreams" by Beyoncé, but a slowed down version with lots of doors and a harp. She's doing a great job, but I wish she had chosen a faster Beyoncé song. I mean, if you're going to do Beyoncé ... But, whatever. Jessica is such a professional. I loved it right up until she awkwardly walked through that doorway and closed the door behind her. That part was odd. Guess who also loved it? The judges!
Deandre, Heejun and Joshua sing a Michael Jackson medley. Or is it a tribute to fedoras? Hard to tell at this point. I much prefer Deandre in this performance than in his solo performance. It was a little slapdash, but bless their hearts for whipping it together. And I had to laugh when Heejun couldn't remember the choreography. He exchanged a glance with Joshua that seemed to say, "Oh, well!" This performance doesn't matter anyway. PYT!
Stevie Nicks thinks that Phillip Phillips is going to be very famous. He has magic, and he's gorgeous. Stevie! Don't grab them anymore. It's the sign of an ineffective mentor. Phillip is singing "Still Rainin'" by Jonny Lang. He did a great job. Phillip, like Jessica, is a professional, and there's not much else you can say. He chose a good song for himself, and it's clear that he knows what kind of artist he wants to be. The judges gave their seventh standing ovation of the night. Randy loved it and loves being friends with Johnny Lang slash everyone.
Dionne Warwick is in the house sitting next to Jordin Sparks and the broken (but bedazzled) Jason Derulo. I haven't seen Dionne since her flawless performance on "The Celebrity Apprentice."
Joshua Ledet is singing "Without You" as performed by Mariah Carey. It is a challenge. But so is capturing that suit jacket on film! Why have they gone to such lengths to set up this imaginary desert around Joshua? There are just way too many fake, dead trees on stage. It's distracting. But let's talk about the performance. Yes! Another great Joshua Ledet moment that will certainly elicit a standing ovation from the judges. Joshua hung on until the end, when he turned away crying, but finished the song. Randy wished Mariah Carey a happy birthday because, you know, they're friends. He also called the performance flawless. Jennifer thinks Joshua is an angel from heaven.
Ryan comments on the emotion of all the contestants, and Randy claims it's because Colton "threw down the gauntlet." He keeps saying that. So once one of them cries, they all have to. Is that it, Randy?
Hollie, Skylar and Jessica are singing a medley of Madonna hits. I love Jessica's opening to "Like a Prayer," and I really want her to sing more Madonna. Though they had a promising beginning, this trio soon goes the way of the other two -- straight into the land of mediocrity. These poor girls are tired. They need a rest.
Elise Testone is last to sing, and she'll be taking on "Whole Lotta Love" by Led Zeppelin. She has sung this song before with her band, so she's comfortable with it. She took advantage of this broad theme to just sing whatever. She even had some extra time to jam out with Stevie Nicks, which must have been just insane. Stevie likes Elise. Stevie didn't even clutch her and whisper at her! They busted out the smoke flumes for Elise in this performance! It was fun and exciting, though. There's a reason they put this one last. This is how Elise does up-tempo. In this performance, she proved not only that she's working on a professional level but also that she functions really well as a band frontlady, rather than a solo artist. Elise and Steven are wearing the same pants, and that's all we heard from Steven. Randy and Jennifer loved it, of course.
So according to Randy, who is friends with every famous person you can name, everyone is in it to win it! They all sang the you-know-what out of their respective songs! Everyone shed a tear and brought the judges to their feet. But if I may play devil's advocate (aka Jimmy Iovine), I thought some were certainly better than others.
What do you think? Who was overrated? Who's next to go?
"American Idol" airs Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on FOX.