The theme, if you can call it that, for this week is “sing the same song you auditioned with.” Or, as many suspect, “remind us why we liked you, again?” week. Well, let’s see how it goes.
Dexter’s popularity puzzles me. He’s so shlubby! But what do I know, I hate country music.
Malaya, Sam, Dexter is my guess of bottom 3.
JLo: You stayed true to yourself since the beginning. You’ve grown and gotten so comfortable.
Harry: I enjoyed it. You were shaking that vibrato out!
Keith: Half these guys [the other contestants] were singing it with you—that’s a good sign. Great job.
Harry is LOVING this.
Alex is singing the crap out of it, though
This is the same song?
Alex is performing his original song, “Fairy Tales”
Keith: Killer! You just deliver every week. You are a rock and roll viking.
JLo: It’s like you’ve been waiting all your life to get up there and do this. Well done.
Harry: Your stakes are so firmly planted in this competition. I would love if you did something that wasn’t so loud. This was a great performance.
A down-tempo version of this song. It was a little bit like the 5th song from a Tom Jones concert.
Caleb is singing “Chain of Fools” by Aretha Franklin
Oh yeah, Caleb never could have beaten out Jovany Barretto
This is not “Alright” *rimshot*
This is torture.
CJ and Dexter singing a Hootie* song. Gee, who went out on a limb and chose that one?
*Ok fine “Darius Rucker” whatever.
Could we not have Jena talk quite so much?
Harry: What I thought was a speech impediment is a really cool idiosyncrasy. Great job.
Keith: You made that your own, and you never let that go. I thought that was incredibly bold and I loved every second of that.
JLo: Every week blow everybody away. Just destroy everybody else’s performances. I think that you can do that.
Another awkward and annoying break before the reviews. So stupid.
I agree. Adele via Portishead. Sorry Jena haters, that was terrific.
This is almost trip-hop. I kinda dig it.
Well this is an… interesting rendition
Jena will be singing Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep“
That was a hot mess.
But I don’t think this “Lucky” duet was… let’s face it, it was just mean to do this to Sam and Malaya.
Sam’s eyebrows are getting a workout anyway
JLo: I got to hear so many nuances in your voice. That was a beautiful thing that you did. Allison [Iraheta] was amazing. Good job!
Harry: You sang the crap outta that song. It was great to hear you sing. I was touched by it. Fantastic job.
Keith: That’s a great song. Work on paying less attention to the sound of your voice; think about the lyric and communicate that lyric.
That was … kinda the best of the night.
Whoa, Allison Iraheta is a backup singer on Idol now?!
This is surprisingly not terrible
Dexter has all the charisma of an oyster
According to the Idol DB, this wasn’t even a hit
Dexter is performing “One Mississippi” by Brett Eldredge
Ryan Seacrest is setting the old against the young. Attention old people: confiscate your children’s phone and change the wifi password.
Imagine what Simon would say about tonight. “Not exciting, not great, we need to get this competition back on track.” And he’d be right.
Keith: You had this voice from day 1. You just had to Be With It. You were so with it tonight. Fantastic.
JLo: You’re blossoming into this start right before our eyes. You have so much more control and poise. You’re gonna run away with this competition.
Harry: You’re doing everything right. Strong performance. You’re presenting, entertaining, performing. Get the band, Randy, et al to teach you to sing all 12 notes in your runs. Make them perfectly in sync with the chords underneath. That was great.
This just doesn’t hold a candle to Aretha Franklin, I don’t get it.
It started out really dull, but it’s gotten better
Whose drug-addled brain came up with tonight’s show? It’s a random arrangement of worthless karaoke duets, repeats of songs that we’ve seen before, with the judges’ comments coming at random times. Why? Why do this?
Malaya is performing “Ain’t No Way” by Aretha Franklin
I think Jessica really didn’t want to touch Caleb, which made him really want to get all up in her grill. I liked it.
Having Jessica Meuse do Stop Draggin My Heart Around is a little obvious
Harry: Tip: when you hear these people scream, acknowledge them. Nice job. That was the best performance of the night
Keith: You’re getting looser. Just let it be soulful. I’m happy with where you’re headed.
JLo: A glimpse of the magic that is Sam Woolf
They practically shoved a camera up his nose. I’m not sure how much choice he had.
Most of the song he was way under pitch. He did start looking at the camera, which … I guess is good.
No reviews for Sam!
As a chick and a representative of chickkind, I really dug that
This is not good. Flat, karaoke, boring.
I hope Sam has enough lamps there
Sam is singing “Lego House” by Ed Sheeran
This might be the most I’ve ever wanted to turn this show off.
This is no Haley-Casey duet. These kids are both good singers but they have no chemistry. Then again I don’t know that Alex would really, er, have chemistry with anyone.
And now… a duet? With Jena and Alex doing a Pink song?
I think part of the entertainment factor of crappy themes in previous seasons was that you knew the songs, but the singer was wildly inappropriate (e.g. Kelly Pickler doing Bohemian Rhapsody). This week is the worst of both worlds: we don’t know the songs, and they’re just what the person has been practicing forever.
My dad owns several Allman Bros. records. Like for real vinyl. Though I can’t recall an instance of him actually listening to them.
Not trying to be cheeky, but has anyone in the entire world ever heard of that song before? I thought Allman Bros was one of those bands that people say they like but nobody listens to.
JLo: You touch people (in a good way apparently)
Harry: You are special enough to be here. You’ve been working on your pitch and intonation; infinitely better. Really nice job.
Keith: That’s the reason you got here. You reined it in way better than in your audition. Good job.
I think this is better than CJ’s been doing thus far
I guess Soul Shine was never a hit, because I can’t find it in the db. I’m dumb, it was in the db as Soulshine, all one word.
CJ is performing “Soul Shine” by the Allman Brothers
Oh my. CJ’s parents “spent a lot of time in prison.”
This whole song is just I IV. Songwriting is not Jessica’s forte.
Keith: Great start to the show. Sounds like Grace Slick. Love the ferocity. But move your feet.
JLo: I thought it was really perfect. Love the whole thing.
Harry: It reminded me of Cher in the 70s. Keep your feet still if you want. There was a dead space at the end of the song. But great way to open the show.
Jessica’s song is called “Blue Eyed Lie.” The bug is still alive. It’s really big, you guys.
There is a giant bug flying around in my house. Stand by while I murder it.
Jessica will be performing an original song, as she did in her audition.
Jessica informs us that eating ice cream while driving is illegal in Atlanta. Good to know.
Actually she’s probably not. She probably has even more formal nightgowns than that.
JLo is wearing her most formal nightgown