With every contestant hoping to earn the approval of judges Jennifer Lopez, Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler - as well as the American public - will a surprise star emerge tonight? Join Digital Spy live from 8/7c to find out!
Randy loves that Hollie was in her "wheelhouse" and thinks that she has "more swag than that", but applauds her for a job well done.
I love Hollie's voice - if anyone could come close to doing this song any kind of justice, it's Hollie. She looks lovely, as well. I dig this performance, definitely. One of the best of the evening, if not the best. She's getting every single note spot on.
Jennifer, meanwhile, calls it "the best thing [she's] ever seen on American Idol". Wow, someone really loved it. Steven then adds that it was the "most beautiful" performance he's ever seen. Everyone is wowed.
Ah right, this is some good singing. I don't know that it's something I'd buy a record of, but it is fantastic. Very effortless, passionate, gospel-influenced... He's definitely taking care of business.
Randy appreciates that she chose a song that wasn't outright country, saying that he loved how well she rocked it and that she was willing to take risks.
Once she gets on stage, you can't help but love her. She's got an infectious energy and really commands the song. It's a perfect fit. The judges better have something nice to say about it.
Poor Jermaine - I really think he was a good guy. He took the news quite graciously, but you could tell he was absolutely guilty. We also see a bit of his rehearsal performance from this week. He would have sung 'Somewhere Out There'. I love that song! Boo all around!
Randy "kinda liked it", giving it an 8 out of 10 because she looks good and made a great choice with the song. He does urge her not to try to make too much out of a classic song, however.
I sort of wish that she wasn't dressed like Morticia Addams and I don't much care for the arrangement of the song, but her voice sounds good. She's a super confident performer and really commands the stage like a true professional. I dunno, I like her. Probably the second best of the night so far behind Colton.
Steven disagrees, though, saying it was totally the wrong song choice for him and he's heard better. "I didn't hear the song go anywhere, man," he adds. As for Randy, he thinks that the song didn't matter because he was paying more attention to Colton than he was to the song and was proud of what he saw.
Hey, but get this - he's good! He's the best of the night by far! I really like this performance, actually. I still feel really bad for his little sister every time I see him, though, 'cos Colton wasn't even going to audition this year! Poor kid. I hope she auditions again next year. In any case, this performance is great (up against all the others), but I still can't think of what else to say about it.
Randy was also terrified since he worked with Mariah (yawn if you're tired of hearing Randy name drop the past), but says that ultimately, she has "mad potential" and he loves that she is so fearless. "Given the mountain you had to climb, good job," he adds.
Predictably, it all falls a bit flat, though I do enjoy her glittery gold get-up. She's really good for 16, sure, but I'm still waiting to be blown away by someone tonight and it's just not happening. Ouch - she tries to hit Mariah's high note, too. Oh, dear.
Steven also loves him as an artist, but agrees with Jennifer that he has yet to discover his true voice. Randy thinks that it was boring and safe - see what I mean?! Randy believes that he needs excitement every time he comes on stage and that wasn't it. Agreed!
Decked out in a cream-coloured suit, he lets out some of his signature falsetto notes and gives a few meaningful glances to the camera, but I dunno... I don't really feel anything about it. It's all very safe and super boring, as if he should be performing at a senior citizens' home in rural Florida. It had to be said!
Randy also applauds the performance, exclaiming, "America, Elise is back!" He loves the runs at the end, saying they are "like butter".
Given this performance, she apparently thinks she is Mariah, too. She's doing far too many runs for my liking, but again, what do I know? I just personally prefer singers that stay on a note longer than a millisecond. You have to give her credit for her confidence on stage, though.
Jennifer loves his "special" tone and admits that he struggled in the beginning of the song, but thinks that he improved. She also admits that she "felt [his] heart" in the performance. Steven is more in line with Jennifer's thinking, saying that while it wasn't a great song for him, he has a really great voice.
I'm pretty torn on Heejun, I have to admit. He's got definite talent, but I can't shake the feeling that I'm just watching a really good karaoke singer as opposed to, say, a popstar. He's doing well with the song, though.
Jennifer agrees, saying that while she's got a great vibrato, it lagged behind on this performance as the song requires rhythm and syncopation, adding that it wasn't her favourite performance of Jessica's but still good. Randy is in accordance, saying that he loves her and her big voice but admitting that he's disappointed that it wasn't a track she could really make her own.
Anyway, Jessica is really good and impressive, though it kind of freaks me out how she looks about 30. I don't really know if this is the best song for her voice, but there's no denying that she's got major talent. She seems to be screaming through a bit of it which is weird, but she's using the stage well enough. Notice how I'm trying to act as if I know what I'm talking about?
Randy thinks that he's like a "fish out of water" for the competition because of how different he is but thinks he's sounding great... apparently he's had some sort of surgery for kidney stones? In any case, Randy also praises his "bluesy but poppy" song choice and thinks it was a good fit.
Jennifer thinks the performance proved what a natural artist he is and also loved the "perfect" song choice. Steven is glad that he picked a song that matches his voice and character, though he advises Phil to "watch [his] melody".