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And... it's another standing ovation! Jennifer jokes that she didn't want to get up, but that Elise made her. Steven wasn't sure if she could pull it off because nobody could, but in the end, Elise made Robert Plant proud. Jennifer calls it some "real rock star stuff", adding that it was "crazy". Randy doesn't know what's in the air tonight, but could tell that Elise really wants to win. "Dude, you did an amazing job - congrats!" he adds.
Oddly, he gets... a standing ovation. Oh, whatever. Randy thinks that Mariah would be proud of Joshua, calling it "flawless" and zzz... oh, sorry, I fell asleep. Randy also thinks it was "emotional", but I'm wondering what he was watching. Steven loves how much he pushed himself so far, to the point of an emotional breakdown. "Thanks for pouring your heart out!" he says. Jennifer calls him a "phenom" and an "angel from heaven" and frankly, I'm done here.
It's another standing ovation from the judges, with Jennifer calling it "too much" and saying that it really comes through how much Phillip wants the audience to feel the music. She also praises him for being in the moment and "making everything else go away" every time he performs. Steven feels the same way, saying that Phillip owns every song he sings and that it comes from his soul. Randy is a big Jonny Lang fan (really?) and thinks that he would be proud. He appreciates Phil's individuality and being a real artist in an industry full of generic acts.
Jennifer jokes that Beyoncé should think about trying that rendition, saying that Jessica did a beautiful version and left everyone wanting more. Steven agrees, calling her an absolute star who is consistently great every week. "You really know your notes!" he adds. Randy admires the maturity Jessica has as a singer at only 16 years old, adding that she innately has talent and is one of the best singers he has heard in years.
Steven thinks that it was "100% passion" and loves what he tried to do and was able to accomplish with the runs he was able to do, adding that he gave Prince a run for his money. (I don't think so.) Jennifer thinks that he has one of the most unique voices in the competition and offers something that no one else is able to because it was "so beautiful" and "went straight to the heart". Randy is happy that DeAndre is so focused on becoming an R&B star because it's who he is and what he should do.
Hollie thinks that it's dangerous to have taken on a song by a past winner, but he believes that she did a great job with it. Still - he does nitpick a bit about certain notes in her lower range. Jennifer disagrees with Randy's criticisms, however, calling it one of her best as it's one of the first times she's felt Hollie's heart in the performance. Steven, however, thinks that while she did a great job, she should have sang a different song - he's not into the Jesus bit, apparently.
Steven praises him for 'turning it around', saying that he's such a natural talent that he has never realised how much he could achieve. Jennifer insists that Heejun hasn't made it this far by mistake, but because she knows that he could sing that well. She loves his beautiful vibrato and tone, saying that when he connects to his performance, he moves the audience. Randy agrees, adding that while a few notes weren't perfect, it was good to see Heejun back on form.
Jennifer loves that Skylar has "unbridled energy" and thinks it was the perfect song for her. Steven calls it "over the top", as if she was singing to an old friend. "That was beautiful, good for you!" he adds. Randy agrees that it was a great performance, appreciating what a great storyteller she is as well as her ability to show off an incredible vocal range, dubbing her a "powerhouse singer".
Steven says that Colton has star quality and calls him a "dream come true" for an Idol judge as he is always able to "make a song bleed". Jennifer is also moved, as she believes that he sang it with emotion but still managed to retain his composure and control without resorting to too many vocal acrobatics. Randy has been a fan since Colton's first audition and admires his "believability" and his approach to the performing, which always sees him laying it all on the line.