of 12: Year Of Your Birth
the road to Idol glory claimed its first casualty in
Jeremy Rosado. Now that the playing field is even again,
will.i.am is going to channel their inner Idols to bring
out the best in ... SONGS from the Year of Your Birth...
we're looking at from 1983 to 1995.
But there's an additional
hitch. As has been stated in the past, the integrity of the search for a
superstar comes into question when a contestant is less than honest.
This show has not been without its fair share of controversy, and
tonight, we add to that, as Ryan starts the show thusly...
"With the cooperation of law
enforcement, we discovered information that left us with no choice but
to eliminate one of our finalists from the competition. When you're
doing a live show, anything can happen." We all know who it is... ahem,
Jermaine... but we won't know how it went down until LATER in the show.
BUT as is also oft repeated... the show must go on.
As was stated before, this
week's mentor is will.i.am, a hip-hop legend in the making and one of
the founding members of the multi-platinum Black Eyed Peas. He also has
made a name for himself as a talented producer. The show glosses over
his STELLAR role in "Wolverine"... and so will we.
1. Phil Phillips - Hard to
Handle (Black Crowes, 1990)
Yes, Yes and Yes. This is a
great way to open. This is a statement song as to what he is. I liked
the vocals and I liked his attitude. SAFE.
2. Jessica Sanchez - Turn the Beat Around
(Gloria Estefan, 1995)
Has a lot to live up to from
last week and for the most part she did. Her pipes are killer and her
attitude is amazing. Mark it down...if she doesn't falter, she is going
to be in the final four. SAFE.
3. Heejun Han - Right Here Waiting
(Richard Marx, 1989)
Yet another off key ballad
from Heejun. His breathy vocals just didn't fit this. He is in TROUBLE.
4. Elise Testone - Let's Stay Together
(Tina Turner, 1983)
Started off slowly but the
rasp brought me in. I liked this. SAFE.
5. DeAndre Brackensick - Endless Love
(Luther Vandross & Mariah Carey, 1994)
This isn't baby making
music, this is putting the baby to sleep music. I was bored. He should
have stuck with his original choice - "Can You Feel The Love Tonight?".
6. Shannon Magrane - "One Sweet Day"
(Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men, 1995)
Oooh, scary choice. One of
the seminal ballads of our age. And I was right. OUCH on the money notes
and yes I am comparing this to Mariah. Not good at all. TROUBLE.
7. Colton Dixon - "Broken Heart" (White
Obscure choice. While the
performance is very very good, this is OBSCURE. But his performance
outshines the obscurity. SAFE.
8. Erika Van Pelt - "Heaven" (Bryan
Something about this version
I didn't like...I can't put my finger on it. It felt very very
disjointed. She didn't know what she wanted to be. TROUBLE.
At this point, we get the
nitty gritty on what we've already known to be true. Due to information
from law enforcement, American Idol producers had to eject Jermaine
Jones from the competition. All of this went down YESTERDAY at the AI
offices with EPs Ken Warwick and Nigel Lythgoe at about 4:56p PT/7:56p
ET. He would have sung "Somewhere Out There". We are treated to his
dress from shortly before the events transpired.
But it is business as usual.
Tomorrow, someone WILL have to sing for their life.
9. Skylar Laine - "Love Sneaking Up On
You" (Bonnie Raitt, 1994)
This is the 2nd person
tonight who really picked a great song for herself. This is another
finalist right here. SAFE.
10. Joshua Ledet - "When A Man Loves A
Woman" (Michael Bolton, 1992)
While the vocals and
performance were WAY over the top...and I mean WAY over the top, this is
not even close to being in the bottom three. SAFE.
11. Hollie Cavanagh - "The Power of Love"
(Cèline Dion, 1996)
Great way to close the show. She was one of the few females to recreate
and even top the vocalist she chose. SAFE.
So my four in TROUBLE:
Deandre, Erika, Shannon, Heejun
Deandre, Shannon, Heejun
Out: Shannon (IF they do a double elimination).