So, the rumors were swirling around today that Jermaine Jones was being eliminated from Idol tonight. Turns out his sob story about being estranged from his father was untrue. Hey, that's no reason to kick someone off the show. But, lying about your criminal past and having two outstanding warrants for your arrest is. Scandalous. Ryan's all mysterious in the beginning, hinting that someone had to be eliminated, but he doesn't say who right off the bat. As if America didn't already know. Way to keep people watching the show, Ryan! Scandal is always good for ratings.
But, the show must go on.
the contestants are singing songs from the year they were born. Songs
will range from 1983 to 1995. Will.i.am is the guest mentor.
is up first. We learn from his parents that he was a premature baby
with big health issues when he was born. Last week we heard that
Phillip has been to the doctor. Now we learn that he's got kidney
stones and has to go to the have surgery that night of the rehearsal
with Jimmy & Will.i.am. Will was impressed that he sang so well
seeing as he's on his way to the hospital. Phil's singing "Hard to
Handle," originally by Otis Redding, but redone by The Black Crowes in
1990. He looks and sounds great! Great song for him. I'd buy this.
Great way to start the show! Randy said that's a great song for him to
do as a single. JLo said it was perfect. Steven likes that he picks
songs that match his voice & character.
next. She was born in 1995 and is singing Gloria Estefan's "Turn the
Beat Around." She's got on some hot metallic, sparkly, sequin pants--I
love them! She can belt out anything. I just love her. Fun
performance. Steven told her not to stray too far from the ballads she
does. He and JLo said her rhythm was a little off. Randy agreed. He
felt the song didn't allow her to show off her big voice.
will be singing a Richard Marx tune from 1989. Uh-oh...I got burned
out on R.M. back in the day. His parents were so sweet--his mom got
choked up when she said he always would wake up with a smile in his
face. He's singing "Right Here Waiting." Man, if I got through my life
without hearing this song again, that'd be just fine with me. HeeJun
does an okay job with it, but I just can't get excited about it. Randy
said it was pitchy, and that it felt like he was out of breath the whole
time. Randy thought it was the wrong song. He was missing the urban,
R&B swag that Heejun's shown before. JLo and Steven basically
agreed, but JLo still loves his tone, and says he has a special voice.
was born in 1983 and will be singing Tina Tuner's "Let's Stay
Together." She sounds great this week. Good call for the judges to
keep her over Jeremy. Steven loves her voice and loved it. Jennifer
said she showed America who Elise is. "It was a beautiful, beautiful
thing." Randy said, "America, Elise is back!" He said this is why they
loved her at her first audition.
born in 1994. He had a hard time with song choice--he started off with
Can You Feel the Love Tonight, but then changed to Endless Love. Didn't
someone do this last year? I don't like making a duet into a solo
song. The hair is out this week, but it's a slow song, so hopefully
there won't be too much flipping of the hair. I think this was a
terrible song choice for him. No me gusta. Plus he's pitchy.
He ended strongly (well, except for that high note), but it wasn't
enough. Jen said he can sing anything, and he sang this beautifully,
but she didn't think it was the right song. Randy said it was boring
and safe. He needs excitement every time he comes out.
Here comes Shannon
who was born in 1995. Jimmy suggests No Doubts Don't Speak. Don't
know if he really wants her to sing that, or if he just wanted to show
off some AT&T phone. (Actually, I *know* it was just to show
advertise. She's singing "One Sweet Day" by Mariah and Boyz II Men. I
can tell during rehearsals that it's a bad choice. Will says he
shouldn't hear her breathing during the song and suggested she practice
while laying down to get more control of her breathing. To me, it
sounds like she started off on the wrong key. She's all over the place.
I don't care for it. JLo said she did a beautiful job. Really??
Steven said she did a good job too.
born in 1991 and he's singing "Broken Heart" by White Lion. Jimmy and
Will point out that no one knows this song. Will said it needed to be
edgier. They did it with just the piano, and supposedly it improved. I
don't like this song. I wouldn't have liked it in the 90's and I don't
like it now. I guess he does okay, but I just don't care for it. JLo
liked it. Steven didn't. Randy liked it.
next. She was born in 1985 and is singing Bryan Adams' "Heaven." What
the hell...she's got some kind of movie going on behind her. Where'd
that come from? It's making me dizzy. I didn't like her pacing. It was
just okay. Steven said she was too busy with it, but he likes her
voice. (My sister wonders if someone told Steven he was too nice
because tonight he's come with a bunch of criticism.
And now comes the Jermaine drama. They are
putting all this out there on camera for all to see. Nigel Lithgow and
another guy met with him about his criminal charges. Fake name to the
police one time, then arrested again, and another fake name. Four
active warrants out for him. The fact that he didn't disclose these
things is why he's off the show. WHY are they doing this?!? It's SO
unfair. They've never called anyone out on camera before. The show
wasted so much time with him...they added him as the 13th contestant,
and now look what happens. And then they have the nerve to tell him
they just heard him sing and it was the best they've ever heard him.
THIS IS SO WRONG.
Skylar was born in 1994.
She's doing Bonnie Raitt's "Love's Sneaking Up on You." Jimmy &
Will try to suggest a bunch of other songs, most of which she's never
heard of. Will wants her to sing Coolio's "Fantastic Voyage." And says
it'd be Ghountry - Ghetto Country. She stuck with Bonnie Raitt. She
did a good job. Steven & Jennifer liked it. So did Randy.
is singing Michael Bolton's version of "When a Man Loves a Woman" from
1992. Will predicts that Joshua is going to tear the roof down. And he
does. He took his jacket off toward the end, or as my sister put it,
"He got a little sexy, sexy there." That was phenomenal! I will
definitely buy it! Judges LOVED it.
Last up is Hollie
who was born in 1993. She's taking on Celine's "Power of Love." And
she knocks it out! What a voice! Randy said she blew it out the box.
tonight were Joshua, Phillip, Elise and Hollie. My least favorite
performances tonight were DeAndre and Colton. Since we're down one
contestant this week, I imagine at some point in the future, there will
be a week where no one has to go home, and then the following week, two
will go. Will it be this week and next, or will they save it?
Tune in tomorrow!