Last night, the American Idol Top 10 took on the songs of Billy Joel. While they'll all be going on tour this summer, one of them will be going home tonight. The nine who remain will be moving out of the hotel and into the Idol mansion, which is maybe a better gig than the Idol tour, if you ask me.
Jimmy Iovine, perhaps the only sane person involved with this show, will give us his critiques and we'll have performances from Lana del Rey and Season 10 contestant Haley Reinhart.
Up first tonight are Elise Testone, Skylar Laine, and Hollie Cavanagh. Jimmy said Hollie was a "sweet diva caught in the headlights" last night and that it was her worst performance so far. He also thought last night wasn't Skylar's best night and that she's going to have to grow and get creative if she wants to stay. Jimmy also said something transformed in Elise last night and even HE got "goosies" after listening to her sing, even though he doesn't know what "goosies" are. Jimmy, not shockingly at all, is right about all three.
Hollie, Skylar, and Elise are all movin' on up to a mansion in the Hollywood Hills. All three are safe.
Lana del Rey's performance nearly put me to sleep. Adieu, indeed, Lana. Please. The girls in this competition are well-versed in how to sing slowly and stand in one place. And maybe this performance is supposed to be for us and not for them, but this is doing nothing for me.
Especially when you consider Joe Perry shows up to play guitar while the audience and contestants sing "Happy Birthday" to Steven. Even Ryan sang! Steven will be 63 on Monday. Happy birthday, Steven!
Deandre Brackensick, Joshua Ledet and Jessica Sanchez are up next. Jimmy didn't think DeAndre had a great night last night. (He didn't, Jimmy.) Jimmy felt Joshua oversang his song last night and tried to channel James Earl Jones when he reached into his bottom register. I could tell that something wasn't quite right with Joshua's performance, and while I don't think he necessarily oversang it, it wasn't his best week. Jimmy was nothing but complimentary of Jessica's performance and really, what more is there to say. It was a great performance.
Billy Joel himself complimented Jessica on her performance and she's safe. So is Joshua. DeAndre is the first to head to the bottom three.
Haley Reinhart looks like she took notes from Snooki on the best way to turn one's self into an Oompa Loompa. Seriously. Lay off the spray tan, lady. I don't like her any better than I did last year.
Erika Van Pelt, Heejun Han, Phillip Phillips, and Colton Dixon are the final four of the night. Billy Joel emailed someone at Camp Idol last night and said Colton did a great job. That's a true statement if I've ever heard one. Jimmy is annoyed that Phillip didn't take the advice he and Diddy and Tommy gave. So annoyed he can't even critique Phillip's actual performance. Jimmy thinks Erika deserves to be in the top of the group after her performance, and he called Heejun's performance a joke that made fun of the entire Idol process. I took some flack in the comments on yesterday's review for my extra points to Heejun for having a personality.
While I don't think he was making a joke of show and genuinely think he was just trying to have a good time, I'm willing to concede that his performance last night wasn't even close to spectacular. However, what Heejun IS doing right is making a connection to the audience and showing who he is as a person which is something I think quite a few of our contestants this season are lacking.
Colton's safe again. Erika isn't. Phillip is safe. Heejun isn't.
DeAndre looks like he might cry while he's listening to J.Lo say that one of them has to go home. Or maybe it's throw up. Maybe that's the look on his face. In order to keep the poor kid from losing his lunch, Ryan sends DeAndre back to the couches. He sends Heejun next which means Erika's singing for the save.
She sings "I Believe In You And Me" from Whitney night for the judges. It's not enough. Neither is the hair cut. Mobile DJ and wedding singer Erika Van Pelt is headed back to Rhode Island.
I totally think America got this one right. Erika's time was up. What do you think? Did the right person go home? Would you rather it have been Heejun instead?
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