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Round of 10: Billy Joel
March 21

The most eventful week in American Idol history ended with TWO eliminations. Jermaine Jones was eliminated by virtue of his contestant invalidation, and Shannon Magrane was kicked out on the back of the vote. Now 10 remain in the hunt, and the playbook tonight? The songs of Billy Joel.

Helping them with their image and style is noted fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger. Helping them with their vocals is noted hip-hop raconteur Sean "Diddy" Combs. How that has to do with Billy Joel... who knows, but let's go to the set list...

1. Deandre Brackensick - Only the Good Die Young

OOOH, Houston we have a problem. Deandre is singing this song "happy and peppy" while this song should be "angry and almost begging". That absolutely sucked and  this clash of styles puts him in TROUBLE.

2. Erika Van Pelt - New York State of Mind

I didn't like this either. She was singing this like Whitney Houston while it should have been sung more straight up. All these runs were tricks, and didn't enhance the  song. TROUBLE.

3. Joshua Ledet - She's Got a Way

Great song choice here. This is a more personal song that's fits Joshua's style. I liked the Gospel twinge to this version. SAFE. I didn't see what the judges saw here.

4. Skylar Laine - Shameless

Smart smart choice. Staying in her wheel house and using the Garth Brooks version will get her into next week without a problem. Her performance wasn't the best I have seen her, but it's the best this week so far. SAFE.

5. Elise Testone - Vienna

LOVED this. Simplistic performance. Straight up Rock and Roll, although I didn't like the run at the end. If she kept it simple throughout, it would have been perfect. SAFE though.

6. Phillip Phillips - Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)

This performance was a middle finger to everyone involved. And while I love him, this performance DID not help him at all. He needs to do something different and change it up. Or else we may have someone else besides him moving up and him moving out. SAFE.

7. Hollie Cavanaugh - Honesty

Very very good performance....this was in the exact same vein as last week. And I have zero problem with that. SAFE. The judges were WAY WRONG on this.

8. Heejun Han - My Life

WHAT? THE? HELL? is this? I didn't understand a word of this performance and this is a SANJAYA like crash and burn. TROUBLE.

9. Jessica Sanchez - Everybody Has A Dream

I had to look this one up, as it is a non-single from "The Stranger". While this performance was great, Simon Cowell would have called this "indulgent". No problems however at all. SAFE.

10. Colton Dixon - Piano Man

An Alt rock version of this? Interesting. Did I like it? Not really. But was this the worst thing I heard tonight. Not by a long shot. SAFE.

TROUBLE - Heejun, Deandre, Erika
Bottom Two - Deandre, Heejun
Out - Deandre.


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