Top 12 tonight and the theme is "Songs From The Year You Were Born". This has been a rough theme in past seasons, so hopefully tonight is better. People that really need to step it up tonight : Karen, Stefano, and Hailey. I just looked and saw what year they were all born in and only 2 were born in the same year and the rest were all born AFTER me. Goodness I'm getting old!!
For the intro, Steven Tyler sings for a second and then Jennifer lets us all know that the contestants songs will be available for download after the show tonight, with all profits being donated to the relief efforts in Japan. Also during the results show tomorrow, you will be able to text with donations. Hopefully they can raise a lot of money!!
Naima Adedapo-"Whats Love Got To Do With It" by Tina Turner. Naima was born in 1984 (October, therefore she is younger than me also). She says it is hard being away from her kids, who are 3 and 1 years old. Starts off pretty good in the beginning. Sounds a little flat, but not too bad. Second half is better than the first half (in my opinion). I appreciate that there was no weird reggae rap thrown in the middle this week. Steven loved it, called it beautiful. Jennifer says she seems to be consistently pitchy, she is worried about her. Randy agrees with Jennifer, says the vocals were kind of a mess. Hmmm guess it wasn't as good as I thought. It did sound flat though.
Paul McDonald- "I Guess That's Why They Call it The Blues" by Elton John. What year did "Forever Young" by Rod Stewart come out?? For some reason I can totally see Paul singing that. Paul was also born in 1984. Same as me :). He sure was a cute little kid. Okay I am going to say this most likely every week, but Paul has the weirdest tone to his voice, but not in a bad way. His "dancing" cracks me up too. Poor Paul was hoarse during his rehearsal and he sounds hoarse tonight too. Yes very hoarse, so he's not as good as he normally is. Poor guy just looks like he is trying to get through it as quick as he can. He still has those nice white teeth though! Yea not great, but I won't hold it against him too much. Jennifer said she could see that he knew he was struggling , but he has so much soul and star quality that he overcame it. Randy isn't giving him a pass because he is sick. He says he had pitch issues, but he likes that he tries to make everything he sings his own. Steven agrees with Randy. He says he defines a "cool dude in a loose mood" though. He likes his distinctive voice though. I think the fact that Paul was sick will actually GAIN him votes, so he should still be safe.
Thia Megia- "Colors of The Wind" by Vanessa Williams. Okay seriously this girl was born in 1995! I feel so old when I watch this show now. WTF! :). Cute little baby and I am SO glad they didn't subtitle her family! We then get to hear itty bitty 6 year old Thia singing a song she wrote HERSELF when she was only 6! Impressive! Starts off nicely. She kinda looks like Pocahontas with her long dark hair too. She does a pretty decent job with the whole song. Kinda slow, but I guess that's because of the song choice. This girl could totally be a Disney star if this Idol thing doesn't work out. Randy says the vocals were okay, but he felt like he was at a pageant somewhere. Tells her to take some chances next time, it was too safe and boring tonight. Steven asks if that's who she thinks she is and she said it was the best song out of the choices she had, especially with what is going on in the world today. Jennifer says she needs to break out of the safety zone, but her bravado needs working on. Hmm she may be in trouble tomorrow night.
James Durbin- "I'll Be There For You" by Bon Jovi. During James Coke sit down, Ryan apologizes to Kate Hudson for her nose bleed seats and she covers her eyes with bags of Cheetos. Seriously. Apparently James, Stefano, Casey, and Paul have formed their own little band. James was born in 1989. There's video of him singing his ABC's while trying to get out of his crib when he was maybe 2 years old. Okay just a little side note, I TOTALLY used to sing this song in my backyard while standing on my Little Tikes picnic table when I was 4 or 5 years old. Nice choice James! Starts off great! James is becoming one of my faves. The tail is back! Chorus is my favorite part (partly because that's the part of the song I would always sing :)). He does his infamous Adam Lambert scream, but it actually fits in the song so its good. Nice ending too! Great stage presence by James, he moves all around. Steven says he has leftover sandwiches under his bed older than him. He also tells him to not get too "poppy" on him. WTF is wrong with Bon Jovi?? Jennifer says she was singing along with him and she gets so much joy every time he sings. Randy says he always figures out how to make it his own. He also says he figured out how to do the high note, but not overdo it. Agreed! Wow Ryan looks really short next to him! Steven says he will perform with James (I think if he makes it to the finale). He will be SAFE!
Hailey Reinhart- "I'm Your Baby Tonight" by Whitney Houston. She was born in 1990. Goodness they keep getting younger! Her parents are both in a band (together). This girl must've forgotten that its not smart to do Whitney on this show. Let's see if she can pull it off. Yea I'm not liking the beginning at all. The middle is a little better with her little "growling" thing she does. Yea this was not the best choice for her at all. I think she loses her place towards the end when it gets really fast. I didn't quite understand it much. Yea she might be in trouble again. Jennifer says she looks beautiful. Says she seems unsure with her movements though. Ryan then tries to wipe the lipstick that she has on her chin off. Awww how nice Ryan. Randy says he is a little confused by her variety of song choices. Says the vocals were ok, it wasn't a great performance. He's confused by her. Steven says it was sweet and tough, but he wants to hear more blues from her.
Stefano Langone- "If You Don't Know Me By Now" by Simply Red. He was born in 1989. His family was very musical also. Stefano turned down "great" choices by New Kids on The Block, Milli Vanilli, and finally settled on this song. Smart move I think. Okay I think this is going to be my favorite performance by him from these last few weeks. Great beginning, great middle, and great ending. The good thing about Stefano is he always sings with such emotion. Jennifer seems to be loving it too. I might just have to download this song myself. Loved it! Randy says it was the best of the night so far. Agree! Says he SLAYED it. Steven says he had beautiful phrasing. It was over the top beautiful. Jennifer says it was a perfect song for him. LOVED him!!! He better be SAFE tomorrow!
Pia Toscano- "Where Do Broken Hearts Go" by Whitney Houston. She was born in 1988. Video of Pia singing some Whitney Houston when she was little. These kids had great voices even when they were toddlers! Okay I am liking her vocals, but not liking the fast music they have to go with it. Apparently this is the dance remix. Like her Whitney better than Hailey's. She is probably my favorite girl. Great vocals throughout the whole song. Not pitchy at all. She hit all the high notes too. Loved it. Steven says she took the song and nailed it in her own way. Jennifer liked the up tempo remix. Says it was perfect for her. Randy says every week she brings amazing vocals and says she is trying to win it. Calls out all the other contestants to get in it to win it too. She will be SAFE!
Scotty McCreery- "Can I Trust You With My Heart" by Travis Tritt. He was born in 1993. OMG he was the cutest chubby baby! He says he doesn't want to change his country roots which is good because he does country pretty darn good. Okay so his vocals are of course good because this is what he does good. However, he needs to start picking more up-tempo songs and moving around the stage more. Hopefully next week he does, because I can guarantee he will be back next week. Great job by him tonight though. He knows what he can do and he does it good. Jennifer tells him to keep growing. Randy names drops Travis Tritt and tells him to sing songs with more range because he can do it. Steven tells him to keep knowing who he is and he will go places. Agreed! He will be SAFE!
Karen Rodriguez- "Love Will Lead You Back" by Taylor Dayne. Karen's sister wanted her to do the show so she could get closer to Ryan since he knows Nick Jonas. Cute! Karen was also born in 1989. Seriously these people are young! Karen's hair looks a little like Marge Simpson tonight. Why is it so high?! She needs to bring it tonight or else she will be in danger I believe. She has a nice tone to her voice, but she doesn't sing very powerfully. She is bringing a little more power tonight though. She seems like she is putting more emotion into it. Ohh she's bringing the espanol again. Just one bar of it though so that was a little unnecessary if you ask me. Randy says it started rough, but she was on it by the first chorus. He still isn't jumping up and down though. Steven loves when she breaks in to her "ethnic what it is ness". Seriously that's what he said. Jennifer said a lot of stuff, but ended with perform it from your heart (I think). She will be in DANGER I think.
Casey Abrams- "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana. Casey was born in 1991. Casey got a lot of flack about his parents being older when he was younger. As if he can do anything about that. His parents are pretty funny though. He says he's going to be like his parents and not have a kid until he is like 60. LoL! Wow Judas Priest and Nirvana on American Idol in one season. Who woulda thunk. Starts off nice with the guitar. His facial expressions are a bit scary tonight. Wow this is a different Casey than we have seen in the past. Little different for me. Not bad, and I am sure he will get good reviews, just not my favorite. Way to be different though. He does get a standing ovation. Steven says he is so good and crazy and talented. Jennifer says it got a little screamy, screechy and Kurt Cobain never got screechy like that. Randy plays himself up as a musician and producer and everything else he does and then name drops a bunch of bands so we know that he knows who people are. He then tells Casey he loves that he puts art first and that hes fearless even though it wasn't his best performance. He will Be SAFE!
Lauren Alaina- "I'm The Only One" by Melissa Ethridge. She was born in 1994. Lauren is also sick with the flu. See what happens when you make them all live in one house Idol producers!! One gets sick and they all get sick! Her parents look very young! She starts off real low, but picks up as the song goes on. This girl has great stage presence too. Better than last week, but still not my favorite of hers. It is pretty good though. Second half is better than the first. Jennifer says she gave it the country flavor. Very, very good job. Randy says it was very nice and tells her to have a cold every week. Steven agrees with Randy. Calls her a shining star. She then fake coughs all over Ryan, although since she is really sick I think she still spread her germs on him. Goodness what would they do if Ryan missed a show?! She will be SAFE!
Jacob Lusk- "Alone" by Heart. He was born in 1987. This guy cracks me up in his interviews. Great personality! Wow last week he gets the choir and this week he gets the pimp spot. They seem to really like him. I've heard this song many many times on Idol, but never by a male (I believe?). Okay I don't think I like his voice and this song. Beginning isn't that great to me. Of course he busts it out after the first verse though. It does get better after the first verse too. He is trying a little too hard because I do believe he cracked toward the end. Okay he got a standing ovation too. It wasn't my fave of the night, but I did like him better this week than last. Randy says it was a very very nice performance. Says he got a little sharp at one point, but found it again after a couple bars. Says he is in it to win it. Steven said gospel had a baby and they named it Jacob Lusk. Jennifer said he is amazing to watch and we got a competition.
Faves of the night: Stefano, Pia, James, Scotty
MY bottom three: Hailey, Naima, Karen
Performing on tomorrow's results show are Lee Dewyze and Black Eyed Peas!