In the world's ultimate talent
search - where the eyes of a nation are upon the best
undiscovered singers in the country, where the audience has the
power to make or break you, and where a million-dollar recording
contract is on the line, there is only one rule: If you can sing
it, bring it.
Recaps by Chico Alexander, Jason Block, Don Harpwood & Gordon
Judges: Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson
Simon Fuller (based upon "Pop Idol")
EP: Nigel Lythgoe, Ken Warwick, Cecile Frot-Coutaz, Simon
Packager: 19 TV, FremantleMedia North
Origin: CBS Television City, Los Angeles, CA
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Round of 4
- Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Two words. Final Four.
Six more words. Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
One word... Goodbye. That's what one person will be hearing
Meanwhile, we hear that no one is safe and nothing is guaranteed.
This is the dread round of four, so... yeah, safe assumption.
The Rock & Roll story begins with a Cleveland DJ named Alan "Moondog"
Freed. The story continued through Woodstock, Ike Turner, and
through to 1983, when the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame was established
in Cleveland. Tonight, the Idols will deliver from the 500 most
influential rock songs of all time.
We're back to the original judging format with David Cook first and
Duran Duran's "Hungry Like the World".
What they say: Randy thought it was an OK choice and a solid
performance. Not amazing. Paula is left with a big appetite. "Almost
makes me tolerate being the only girl in the boys club." Simon
agrees with Randy, but says it's good enough to get him to next
What we say: I was half expecting him to bust out Les Paul.
Altogether, this performance is kinda... there. It doesn't go one
way or another, and that's pretty much a dangerous position to be in
in this part of the contest. Lucky for him, he has another go at it.
Syesha Mercado is next on the block, and she's just excited about
"meeting her fans". She's believing her own hype. Meanwhile, she
starts with "Proud Mary" by Tina Turner.
What they say: Randy says Syesha's in the zone. "You're showing the
heat late in the competition." Paula says that she's looking like a
star. "Magic happens, and you made it happen." Simon thought it was
a bad shrieky impersonation of Tina Turner.
What we say: Too concerted with her dancing and not concerned enough
with her singing. I don't care how many fans you have. If you don't
deliver on all fronts, you're going to the house. But again, you
have one more shot at it.
Next up is Jason Castro, who sings Bob Marley... go figure. Here's
"I Shot the Sheriff."
What they say: Randy thought it was a "real karaoke bomb." Paula
says he performed to the audience, but she wasn't crazy about the
performance. Simon: "That was utterly atrocious. This was like a
first round audition massacre. I don't know what you were thinking."
What we say: I'd like to quote Lily Allen here... "Oh... dearie me.
My baby brother's in his bedroom smoking weed." 'Cause seriously,
that's what it felt like.
David Archuleta goes with "Stand By Me" by Ben E. King, a song he
sings to his dog. His words, not mine. He ends up channeling both
Bill Withers and Sean Kingston in the process.
What they say: Randy thinks he's the ONLY guy left to put it all on
the line every time. Paula thinks that he's way beyond his years.
Simon: "You could've whistled and it would've been better than the
last song." He calls this the best so far.
What we say: His dog must be proud. He took a couple of creatives
and they paid off. Round 1 to Archuleta.
Halfway through and we're back to the start with David Cook. He was
excited about this week, but the first round brought him crashing
back down. He tries out the Who's "Baba O'Reilly" next.
What they say: Randy says David is back. "Just be you, because you
were great." Paula wants more. Simon: "Welcome back, David Cook."
What we say: Redemption on all fronts. I wanted him to do a little
bit more with that song, but it was scores better than his first
Next up, Syesha with "A Change is Gonna Come" by Sam Cooke.
What they say: Randy says that she didn't need to do anything more
to the melody to take away from it. Paula gives it a standing O.
Simon agrees with Paula.
What we say: trademark Syesha performance. She's got the tone down
right, but there's a bit of a power issue. She's definitely
believing in her own press, and it would not surprise me one bit if
she's on the bubble tomorrow.
Two performances, two redemptions. Will Jason Castro make it a
turkey... or will he just be one? He sings "Mr. Tambourine Man" by
What they say: Randy: "Jason is not in the zone tonight." Wag in the
audience: "Yes you are." Chico: "No he's not!" Paula was blown away.
Simon: "Jason, I'd pack your suitcase."
What we say: Remember that scene in "Intolerable Cruelty" when the
guy had an inhaler in one hand and the gun in the other, and he
ended up shooting himself in the mouth and spraying George Clooney?
That was Jason Castro tonight. That sound you just heard was the
America getting buttraped. Sorry, Jason, but "Don't Forget the
Lyrics!" airs on THURSDAYS.
And finally, the closer... David Archuleta... Elvis... "Love Me
What they say: Randy likes the way he caressed all of his words.
Paula felt his heart. Simon: "You crushed the competition tonight."
What we say: It's a little sharp, but David's stylistics more than
make up for it.
So here's where we stand.
Rockin' in a free world: David A.
Bridge over troubled waters: David C., Syesha
They sold your soul for rock'n'roll: Jason
Jason's going to need a miracle to stick around another week. Will
he get one? Find out in 24.