April 13th, 2011
08:01 PM ET
9:22 p.m. – Here we go again.
James is refusing to listen to Jimmy because he knows what is best for himself as an artist.
I'm sorry, how many records have you sold James?
He follows his heart and goes with "Heavy Metal" from the film of the same name. He goes so far as to stand up on the judges table while he is performing. This kid has got some serious chutzpah.
The performance was loud, and James hits his infamous high notes. He gave it his all, and Zakk Wylde on the guitar was all that and a bag of chips.
I have to say one of my favorite things about James' entire segment was Will.I.Am. nailing his impersonation of Iovine. That made me giggle.
9:10 p.m. – Hank Azaria, Rob Reiner and Elvira are in the audience.
I love the randomness every week.
And OMG, I love how Jimmy Iovine keeps it so real. He takes Jacob to task for "preaching" to the viewers with his "If I end up in the bottom three speech" from last week, and I fully support him.
It had to be said to Mantasia.
Jimmy also says Jacob doesn't need to be corny and suggests he sing "Bridge Over Troubled Water." Come on now! Jacob was born to sing that song, and he blows it up.
This time around, Tyler gets bleeped with his comments. Amazing voice and an awesome Mantasia finish with the last notes.
Love him. Love, love, love him.
9 p.m. – Haley chooses Blondie's "Call Me." I forgot that song was in the movie "American Gigolo. "
Again, I don't get this girl. To rip off a phrase from Randy, "It was just a-ight for me."
Randy did love it either. Steven didn't either, but he manages to make a joke about looking up her dress. I wouldn't be mad if Haley was in the bottom three this week.
8:58 p.m. – Casey is tearful about standing his ground. Hope that works out for him.
8:46 p.m. – Casey is going to regret not listening to Jimmy, I think.
He decides to sing "Nature Boy" instead on "In the Air Tonight" because he doesn't want to "lose himself as an artist."
When will these people learn?
You don't sing a song just cause you love it. He gets a standing ovation from the judges, but I don't know if the voters are going to get it. It was a lovely jazz performance, but I don't know if it will play as well as he was feeling it.
The judges are trying really hard to make the case that he is an "artist." Randy says, "The world cannot live by pop stars alone."
Tell that to the charts Dawg.
And before you start roasting me, I love Casey. I really do. But our "American Idol" has to be versatile and wiling to stop outside of the comfort zone. I'm looking at both of you, Casey and Scotty.
8:41 p.m. – OK, so the throwing the spotlight on Jennifer and playing "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World" is clearly going to be a running gag all night.
She brings up that everyone wants the judges to be tough, but the contestants this season are so good. Yeah, I think that's a cop-out.
Not a single one of them is a professional, and they all could do with some constructive criticism. This is what makes fans miss Simon. He was brutal at times, but he spoke truth and gave guidance.
8:36 p.m. – Scotty needs to stop holding that mic like a flute.
He is singing "Cross My Heart" from the film "Pure Country." Of course he is.
He originally was going to sing "Everybody's Talking," and Jimmy thinks he should have stuck with that. But our boy stays in his country lane.
And of course it's good cause it's Scotty. But I'm not really feeling any growth with this kid. Someone just give him a Nashville contract already and be done with it please.
8:24 p.m. – Stefano says he is focused on being a great performer.
You are going to have to keep your eyes open then Boo.
Will.I.Am is all about the drama saying Stefano is all in agony after last week's elimination. He picks "End of the Road" by Boyz II Men from "Boomerang." Love that movie and the song.
I'll say this about Stefano: That kid is scrappy. He sings his heart out, and it's his best performance yet during the competition, I think. So good that Jen has to be bleeped in her comments.
Someone hand her Tyler's curse bubble please.
8:14 p.m. – Jimmy tells Lauren that she's a much stronger singer than Miley Cyrus.
She chooses to sing Cyrus' "The Climb," and Jimmy tells her she is in a perfect position to grab the Pia votes. Wow, that's hardcore. I do appreciate how he advises her that there is no way she can let folks say she didn't sing the song as well as Miley.
Will.I.Am launches into some Paula Abul-like speech about how she can get Pia's fans and sell them anything be it cupcakes or pasta. Huh?
Lauren sings the song really well, and J-Lo tells her she doesn't need to steal anyone's votes. Steven Tyler sort of confirms that Lauren was the one he referring to when on her audition day he thought they may have found this year's "American Idol." She moves him beyond tears he says.
Nice shot of Lauren's mama with her big hair.
8:04 p.m. – First up is Paul, who is singing Bob Seger's "Old Time Rock & Roll" from "Risky Business." I am officially freaked out because I just used that song as the opening for my story on why we love singing competition reality shows.
I feel like Paul and I are vibing! Except, I don't love his performance. I dug the chick on the sax, but his singing – not so much.
And "Idol" loves them some Will.I.Am because he is back AGAIN in the studio with Jimmy offering tips. But back to Paul and his singing. The judges seemed to have enjoyed it, and Paul is all toothy grin.
Seacrest says if you liked "sax with Paul," you should vote for him. *Groan*
8:02 p.m. – Ryan congrats Jennifer on being named most beautiful by People magazine and Marc Anthony looks so proud!
8 p.m. – Does everyone have their popcorn ready for movie- themed night?
This is one of my favorite "Idol" evenings, and I look forward to seeing what everyone sings.
We're treated to a replay of last week's dramatic elimination (cue Randy yelling "Noooooooo), which included J-Lo in tears over Pia. We are off and running!
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