America's Top 5 Perform

I wasn't going to blog about the show tonight because, 1) I'm sort of blogged out with 4 nights of posts every week about The Voice & Idol, and 2) I've got a friend visiting this weekend and need to finish cleaning the downstairs kitchen & bathroom.  But, how can I resist a post when I see that Silvio from The Sopranos is mentoring this week?  Yes, it's Little Steven Van Zandt, all in purple.  He and Jimmy apparently go way back and are great friends.  Jimmy says Steven is the friend that tells him he's wrong the most.

The kids tonight are singing 60's tunes, and then Brit Pop.  Seems like they could have covered those two themes in one pop, but no, they'll each sing twice, plus two group performances.

No time for a full rundown of the show, but here's who sang what:

60's - "River Deep, Mountain High" by Ike & Tina Turner - probably her best to date. Steven (Tyler) said it's the first time she used her blues and added "Thank you, Lord."

Brit Pop - "Bleeding Love"* by Leona Lewis.  Hollie found her stride this week. 

60's - "The Letter" by The Box Tops - I don't really like the way he changed it up.  The original song is fine the way it is. 

Brit Pop - The Zombies - "Time of the Season."  (See?  The 60's AND Brit Pop.)  He did okay.  Didn't quite hit the high notes when needed.  The tide is turning for me on Phillip.  He's no longer a favorite.  I like this song better than his first one though. 

60's - CCR's "Fortunate Son" - typical energetic Skylar performance.  It was good, but nothing new.

Brit Pop - Dusty Springfield's "You Don't Have To Say You Love Me."  One of my favorites--she did a great job.

60's - Jessica sings "Proud Mary."  Last week they told her to channel Tina Turner, so that's what she's trying to do.  She was great. 

Brit Pop - Joe Cocker's "You Are So Beautiful."  She sounded beautiful.  Judges loved it.

60's - "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" by The Temptations.  Great performance--loved seeing some choreography.  Choreography is required when singing The Temptations.  Interesting...Randy said Josh reminds him of Terrence Trent D'Arby.  I can see that.  Randy said Josh could bring R&B back in a different way because it's been missing from the musical landscape.

Brit Pop - "To Love Somebody" by The Bee Gees.  In rehearsals, Little Stevie said it was the best performance he'd ever seen.  Josh did a GREAT job.  Standing O from the judges.

Joshua & Phillip duet - "You've Lost That Loving Feeling" by The Righteous Brothers.  Not good.  The opening lyrics are too low for both of them.  It improved toward the end.

Hollie, Skylar, & Jessica - "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher" by Jackie Wilson.  Good performance.  MUCH better than the guys.

My rankings for tonight:  Joshua, Hollie, Jessica, Skylar, Phillip.  
* Of course, I can't hear "Bleeding Love' without thinking of this:

In case you don't know, the guy, Mark, now performs with Lady Gaga.
SYTYCD will be back soon!!   Can't wait. 

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