Judgment: Part 1
the decision becomes America's as to who is worthy of a
shot at superstardom. But right now the contestants have
ONE more chance to prove their mettle and earn one of 24
spots in the semifinals.
Wynn Las Vegas
First, the final 42 are
treated to a performance of "Le Reve". After that, they took that same
stage... One musician, one song, their choice. And then the next day,
the judges will decide who gets to sing for America... and who's going
First, Jen Hirsh sings "Baby
I Love You". Randy thought it was okay; he's seen better out of her. Is
it good enough for a spot in the semis? Jen is... IN! One down, 23 to
Creighton Fraker went from
starving artist to Idol hopeful via the Pittsburgh audition. From there,
he went to "New York State of Mind" from Billy Joel. Will he get a trip
to Hollywood from New York? Creighton is... IN!
Lauren Gray has thought long
and hard about her father while singing "I'd Rather Go Blind" by Etta
James. Would the judges rather go deaf? Lauren is... OUT. And then
reality sets in.
Joshua Ledet handled his
nerves in stride with "Up to the Mountain", giving it all he's got. And
the judges give him.... ANOTHER shot. Joshua's in. On the bad end of
this good news: Blaire Sieber and Naomi Gilles.
Will that leave more room
for Haley Johnsen? That... would! She's in!
Next up, Neco Starr, whose
road to Hollywood went through Savannah. His final judgment is on "The
Lady in My Life" by Michael Jackson. He says he's ready. The judges
say... otherwise. He needs a little more time. Devastation continues
with Clayton Farhat and River St. James... and Caleb Johnson, who fell
apart in his final sing.
Elise Testone has waited
years for this moment. That moment came with "It's a Man Man Man's
World". But is there a place in this man man man's world for Elise? YES
Five singers down, and Reed
Grimm hopes that he's number six. Not bad for a guy who auditioned with
the "Family Matters" theme and had to pull a performance out of his butt
in Hollywood Week. His final judgment on "It Don't Mean a Thing If It
Ain't Got That Swing"... needed a little more movement and a little more
vocal. But Reed'll get another shot at it. He's IN!
Hoping to follow him is
Erika Van Pelt. She misfires with Adele's "Don't You Remember"... but
her body of work was more than enough to make up for it. Erika will sing
for America next week.
Hour #2, and we have seven
of the final 24 seats filled. Next up, Chelsea Sorrell and Baylie Brown,
survivors from the same Vegas group. Chelsea is... IN. Baylie, who sand
Rascal Flatts' "Here Comes Goodbye" is... ALSO IN. A step up from that
fateful season 5.
Richie Law laid down the law
to anyone and everyone he came in contact with. His final performance
was "Ring of Fire" by Johnny Cash... Will he be cast into that same
ring? Unfortunately so. He will not sing for America.
Is his loss Heejun Han's
gain? He gives it up to his hometown of "New York State of Mind". It was
a little so-so, but is enough? He's a better star than a singer, so he's
Ten spots are filled. Will
#11 go to Jessica Sanchez of San Diego? She's gone from one strength to
another, and she continued it through "The Prayer" by Josh Groban. She
did a really great job throughout.... and she's going to be rewarded for
that. Top 24!
Next is Phillip Phillips,
going "Nice and Slow" on his guitar for his final sing. He is... not....
So the roster for next week
is halfway up and halfway home.
Colton Dixon has been here
TWICE before, having shunned an audition this year to support his
auditioning sister. The two began another journey, but they were since
separated. His final audition... dedicated to her, "Fix You" by Coldplay.
It's MORE than enough to get him into the Top 24.
Brielle Von Hugel was cut
LAST YEAR, but she came back this year with a vengeance. She tries to
put it all together with "Killing Me Softly with His Song" by Roberta
Flack. That says it all... She's IN!
Ten spots remaining. Will
Adam Brock join up after his performance with "You Don't Know Me" by Ray
Charles? The decision is not unanimous. We will find out...