This week, the 2nd batch of Top 36 American Idol hopefuls vie for America’s vote to get one of 3 spots for the Top 12. Tonight, these twelve battled it out with songs from the Billboard Hot 100 on the Idol stage:
Nick Mitchell/ Norman Gentle
Megan Joy Corkrey
Jasmine Murray opened the show with her rendition of Sara Bareilles’ “Love Song“, something that didn’t impress judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, Kara DioGuardi, and Randy Jackson.
Next up was Matt Giraud who sang Coldplay’s hit “Viva la Vida“. Cowell commented that “it was verging on being horrible” and that the performance looked “jerky and uncomfortable”. The rest of the judges were in agreement that it wasn’t the right song for him.
Jeanine Vailes’ version of Maroon 5’s “This Love” was also not well received by the judges. Cowell ‘s feedback was “terrible and painful”; Jackson said the best part was the end because it was over. Probably the only good feedback Vailes got were for her long bronze legs which she showed off with a very short pair of shorts.
Garbed in typical “Norman Gentle” attire, Nick Mitchell a.k.a. Norman Gentle sang “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” from Dreamgirls. Cowell, while chuckling, commented “I pray that you don’t through to the next round…Why are Mom and Dad looking at me like that? I’m doing you a favor.” To which Mitchell firedback “sassy-pants”. Randy Jackson said it was the most memorable performance in Idol history. Abdul and DioGuardi both agreed.
Up until this point in the show, there still wasn’t a performance that wowed the judges.
Until 16-year-old Allison Iraheta took the stage with Heart’s “Alone“. She rocked the song in classic rock style, something that the audience and judges loved. It was all praises for Iraheta. Jackson said ” You blew it ouf the box!” DioGuardi commented “you’re great and with the right song, you could be a hit.”Abdul said “this girl can sing the telephone book” and even compared her style to that of Kelly Clarkson; Jackson said it was the best performance so far, to which Cowell followed up with ” you’re the best tonight by a clear mile.”
Mixed feedback was what Kris Allen received for performing Micheal Jackson’s “Man In The Mirror“. DioGuardi expressed her disapointment, saying it wasn’t as good as his Hollywood week performance. Abdul and Cowell disagreed.
Megan Joy Corkrey performed “Put Your Records On” by Corrine Baily Rae. Abdul’s feedback was ” You did everything right” and that she was hip and relevant, to which Cowell concurred. Jackson compared her to Amy Whinehouse and Duffy, and Abdul chimed in that she also had a Nelly Furtado vibe about her. “You are a packaged artist.” is what DioGuardi called Corkrey. “With the right song, you could be a breakout artist on the radio.”
Matt Brietzke didn’t fare well with Tonic’s “If You Could Only See.” Cowell absolutely hated the song and said it was boring and that it didn’t suit him. “it didn’t show us any side of you.. It fell flat,” was DioGuardi’s critique.
Jesse Langseth’s performance didn’t make an impression on Simon. He said she was forgettable. Langseth performed “Betty Davis Eyes” by Kim Carnes. DioGuardi liked that she took some risks with this song.
Jimmy Ruffin’s hit “What Becomes of the Broken-Hearted?” was Kai Kalama’s song choice. DioGuardi felt tht it was too old fashioned. Cowell called the performance “corny” and followed up with ” It was nothing distinct, nothing original… I think you’ll make a good back-up singer.”
Mishavonna Henson performed “Drops Of Jupiter“. Abdul said that the song “just didn’t excite her,” to which Cowell added, “It’s a pretty song…but something about it left me really cold.” Abdul comically suggested “Maybe it was the drops of Jupiter?” This is Henson’s second chance; it can be remembered that she was cut from last season’s Hollywood week.
Rounding up the performances was early crowd favorite Adam Lambert. He chose “Satisfaction” by The Rollingstones, and gave a rocking performance. Abdul was so impressed, she went ” I feel like i’m not watching American idol. I feel like I’m watching and Adam Lambert concert.” While he thought some parts were terrible, Cowell expressed he thought Lambert will go through. Jackson loved it and said “it was the bomb.” DioGuardi found his vocal range very impressive.
All of tonight’s songs are available for download for iTunes.
Last week, Michael Sarver, Danny Gokey and Alexis Grace were voted into the top 12. Who will make it this week? Find out tomorrow at the live results show.