Will the Top 7 be able to impress judges Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler or will some of our old favourites finally fall flat? Stay with Digital Spy from 8/7c to find out!
Randy actually loves it, proclaiming, "Elise is back!" and saying that it was the perfect song for her and the perfect vocal. He particularly appreciates her "crazy" releases. Jennifer loves that she did exactly what she wanted to do and says that she's at her best when she lets go and gives herself over. Steven agrees, saying that she took a song that is so simple and made it "effortless and genius".
The performance is... mediocre. Enough said.
Steven thinks that the more serious Phil takes the competition, the better he is able to hit notes. He also admires Phil's fashion evolution, comparing him to a mix of Steve McQueen and Johnny Cash. Jennifer, however, finds it underwhelming and wants to see him "break out" in the songs he's choosing so that he can showcase all that he is as an artist. Meanwhile, Randy agrees with Jennifer, admitting that it was not his best performance and it didn't really go anywhere.
Jennifer compliments her on how beautiful she looks and can feel Hollie fighting to stay in the competition. "You sang beautifully tonight, you should be proud of yourself," she adds, before saying that "we'll see how it pans out". Wow, thanks for the support. Steven was not a fan either, it seems, saying it was far from perfect for him and lacked a certain something.
Randy thinks it was a lot better than last week and that she managed to redeem herself this week. He knows that she can sing and hit big notes, but he would like to see a little more feeling. Still, he insists that it was a major improvement.
He's singing Bruno Mars. I already couldn't stand Joshua, and this certainly didn't help.
Randy loves the arrangements she did with the song and thinks that she set the bar really high and showed off the talent level she has. He calls it "superb" and thinks it was at "the highest degree" of talent. Jennifer calls it "really beautiful" and appreciates that she "started digging deeper" in the middle of the track. Jennifer also thinks that she has more of an opportunity than anyone else to "take American on a ride". Whatever, okay. However, she wants to see a more "impactful" performance, like Joshua Ledet gives. What? Just... stop talking, Jennifer.
Steven forgets where he is every time she sings - again, I don't think that's the performance. He appreciates the "beautiful melody" she had in the song and jokes that she also had the nerve to wear Jennifer's shoes. Steven, a comedian you are not.
The song is terrible for Elise's voice, by the way - I quite like her but she can't hit any of the right notes and it sounds awkward as hell - not to mention she is skipping over all of the words and blending them all together. Phil fares slightly better, but in general, just... no. Make it stop.
Randy applauds him for giving a more subtle performance and never going over the top, which allowed him to show the "sensitivity" of the track. "I love where your mind and your heart goes," he adds of watching Colton sing.
The actual performance is good - very Colton, if you know what I mean. He's quite talented and will do well as an artist, without a doubt, but I'm not blown away. It's a nice song choice for him, as it's not particularly expected but it still suits him and is good for his voice. I could see him actually recording an album, which I suppose speaks quite a lot for him. He also reminds me of someone I can't quite put my finger on yet, but I do like him.
Randy thinks that she's "definitely back" and that it is the kind of music she should do as it's believable. "That was crazy hot and crazy good!" he adds. Jennifer agrees, saying that it was nearly pitch perfect, which is never easy in a song like that. She adds that Skylar was "beautiful" up there and that the performance was a perfect way to start the show. Steven says that when she sings, it's a "complete package" and praises the way she sings as "just great".
Skylar Laine is up first and is going back to Brandon, Mississippi. The residents there seem super supportive, and I'm not even going to say anything snarky because I love her. Shut up. She's singing Kellie Pickler's 'Didn't Know How Much I Loved You'. While Jimmy Iovine wonders at first if the song is big enough, both he and Akon eat their words once she starts rehearsing it. "When she sings, I believe it," Jimmy says after. "She is a pro!"