April 6th, 2011
08:00 PM ET
9:22 p.m. – Paul closes out the show with Johnny Cash's "Folsom Prison Blues."
Jimmy tells him he needs to sing it crazy. I'm not sure how crazy he got, but it was rockabilly fine with him on that guitar. I felt like I was for real at a concert.
Wait, did Paul just bring it? I'm going to have to rewind the DVR and peep that again.
Steven Tyler says he "rocked the house" and J-Lo thinks he was "right in his lane." He even gets Seacrest dancing a little bit as he leads into the numbers to call.
9:11 p.m. – Todd Rundgren is so rock 'n' roll that he doesn't even have to take his shades off inside.
Do you, Mr. Rundgren?
Next up we have Stefano singing Percy Sledge's "When A Man Loves a Woman." He's got a nice falsetto.
And he can hold some notes! Well alright Stefano. You came to play baby!
Nice to see him connecting a bit with the emotion of the song. Randy wanted him to let the song "marinate."
9:00 p.m. – Come on Christian Slater, you know you brought your daughter to "Idol" as an excuse. You are a fan.
I'm glad someone apparently told Pia she needs to show some personality. She can blow, but I'm getting sleepy.
She goes with Tina Turner's "River Deep, Mountain High." That song is all about the attitude and Pia tries to turn it on, bless her heart.
My friend points out that J-Lo has more energy watching the performance than Pia brings to the song. Still, her pipes are amazing. Steven Tyler calls her a "murderer" cause she "killed it."
Jennifer keeps it real by telling her she really needs to study the art of performing. I agree.
8:52 p.m. – No country Scotty this week?
Surely you jest!
The teen tackles "That's Alright Mama" by Elvis Presley and it was alright. I felt like I was at a honky tonk.
Nice touch to have a bunch of girls rush the stage at the end. Scotty quipped, "I don't mind."
I bet he didn't! Jennifer sees what I see with the little bit of hip-hop swagger Scotty shows on stage.
Watch out for that youngster. He could. Go. All. The. Way!
8:40 p.m. – We must be running fast because Ryan takes a few minutes to ask the judges how they think the show is going.
They are digging it.
James sings George Harrison's "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" and it was so soft. Totally unexpected on a night like tonight and I love that!
He's all emotional and looks like he is about to break down. Way to go James!
8:32 p.m. – We may have a new category of music thanks to Lauren.
Will says she has a "Countroul" flavor which is country blended with soul. She shows a little bit of that on Aretha Franklin's "Natural Woman" and she is reminding me more and more of Kelly Clarkson every week. She was soft, yet strong and held her own.
Love her. And Steven and Jennifer do, too. Randy wasn't wowed, but he thought she did well with such a difficult song.
And there's Christian Slater doing the fist pump in the audience.
8:25 p.m. – Poor Casey is nervous in front of Will.
I feel ya on that Boo. It ain't easy to sing in front of a Black Eyed Pea.
Here we go with the song swap again. Instead of "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" by The Police, Casey goes with "Have You Ever Seen The Rain" by Creedence Clearwater Revival. He rocks the upright bass and I feel like we have the old Casey back.
He seems much more comfortable than he was the past two weeks. J-Lo said she would pay top dollar to be in the front row for him.
8:15 p.m. – I will admit that I have yet to board the Haley train.
Will.I.Am thinks she sounds like a straight up artist on Janis Joplin's "Piece of My Heart" and she does the gravely voice thing to death. I'm sorry, I just don't get what is so amazing about her.
What am I missing? She brought energy, I'll give her that, but I was not blown away by the performance. The judges loved it, though.
8:05 p.m. – I am disappointed that Jacob decides not to sing Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get It On."
This week's coach Will.I.Am and Jimmy both feel like he is incredible on it. But Jacob feels like it's just not him and instead goes with Michael Jackson's "Man in the Mirror."
Let's start with what I loved: He was joined on stage by Siedah Garrett, who wrote that song, and that chick can blow. Awesome songwriter and singer.
Jacob wasn't at all shabby either with the vocals. But MJ is so sacred to me that it's hard for me to really embrace covers of his song. Plus, Jacob stated in the video that if he's in the bottom three this week it's because America wasn't ready to look in the mirror.
That might annoy some folks, Mantasia. Viewers like a humble contestant.
8:02 p.m. – I sense that Steven Tyler is going to have a blast tonight.
He takes us through the history of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, singing snatches of songs by James Brown and Paul McCartney. I was a tad bit freaked out, though, when he kissed the statue of his face and said "That's the prettiest bust I've kissed all day."
Cleveland is getting some serious love this week, first with Charlie Sheen's tour and now "Idol."
8:00 p.m. – Love the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame so tonight's Top 9 are going to have to amp it up to impress it. Can't wait to see what everyone sings.
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