April 20th, 2011
08:01 PM ET
9:20 p.m. – Hey Rock Mafia!
They are Miley Cyrus' producers and it was funny to see Jimmy back pedal a little bit on his comment to Lauren that she can sing better than Miley. He says he just said that to "motivate" Lauren. Riiiiiight.
He brings Rock Mafia in to hear Lauren sing and she freaks a little bit. For someone who the other contestants say loves to talk, she looks like she can barely speak.
But all that goes away when she takes to the stage to sing "Born to Fly" by Sara Evans and it was grand. The judges are so right in that she needs to believe in herself more. She could go all the way.
I love this little country chick!
9:08 p.m. – Stefano is a flirt.
He can flirt with me anytime.
He goes with the Ne-Yo song "Closer" and I feel that he really wants to have some swagger as he tries to bust some dance moves. It was more sweet for me than sexy, I thought.
Or maybe I was distracted by the blond backup singers who look like twins with the big hair. Stefano gets points for trying really hard.
9:02 p.m. - And the potty mouth of the night award goes to Steven Tyler, who had to be majorly bleeped.
Kudos to Seacrest for peeling off his Casey beard and joking "So this is what it feels like to be a man!" You know he's going to catch it for that one.
8:55 p.m. – Casey gets the "he's weird" critique from the gang and I love that they all don fake beards. Cute.
He selects "Harder to Breathe" by Maroon 5 and it's not the choice I expected from him. But it works. Casey is rocking it!
He stalks across the stage like a madman and appears to be slapping away the hands of folks in the audience. But he saved the best for last by singing the last line softly in Jennifer Lopez's face before he plants a kiss on her cheek.
Oh no he didn't!
8:44 p.m. – Happy birthday Luther Vandross!
Jacob is called a diva by his fellow contestants and he selects "Dance with My Father" by Vandross. It's an emotional tune for Jacob since he lost his dad when Jacob was just 12 years old.
It seems like he was having problems with the ear thingie which allows him to hear himself. He sounds great and Steven Tyler calls him "Luther Lusk." I thought it was a good performance. Randy says he needs "the church kid back" and that he needs to totally let loose. I'm afraid of that.
Sidebar, Steven Tyler has a pair of lips drawn on his face for some reason.
8:33 p.m. – Seacrest just had to have those drummers play him in didn't he?
Soooooooo, Haley and Stefano have a love/hate relationship that she says is more hate. Wow.
She gets teased for her signature growl and arm movements. She works them both with Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" and she really showcases her vocal dexterity. The song was not as hot as Adele's version, but I liked it. That stuns me because it was a risky choice given how popular that song is right now and how strong the original version sounds.
8:21 p.m. – We get to see Scotty heading back to the green room and the other contestants have love for Scotty. Lauren says "15 million little girls are pointing their fingers at Randy right now." Lauren, you ain't never lied.
Next up it's James' turn to be teased about his screeching high note with the back bend. He selects "Uprising" by Muse and right away discusses with Jimmy his "vision" for the song. I love how this season everyone is so self-aware about their careers/image/style even though they haven't really been launched yet.
Nice use of the drummers leading the way in for the song. James hits some wicked high notes and J-Lo looks like she is completely in love with him. She adored the theatrics and so did I.
The singing wasn't half bad either. The judges are prepared to call it the performance of the night and we are only the second one in. Way to work it James!
8:10 p.m. – Ha! The other contestants joke Scotty for holding his microphone like a flute. I so totally agree with that.
Scotty sings "Swinging" by LeAnn Rimes and it wasn't my favorite performance by him. And yes he held that mic like a flute.
Seriously, he's been strong so far and I didn't think it was the best song choice. Jennifer says she agrees with Jimmy that he needs to push past his comfort level and Randy found it "safe" and "boring."
What? Have the judges heard our pleas and decided to actually step up and judge?
8:04 p.m. – The former contestants are back to sing Pink's "So What."
Why can't we get Paul out of those same crazy suits? And ooooo look who is in the audience cheering Ms. Pia on? Mark Ballas from "Dancing with the Stars." He's rumored to be dating Pia and there he is grinning super huge.
8:00 p.m. - Welcome "Idol-"ators.
I'm anxious to see what contestant selects which song. The theme is songs of the 21st century and we start with a retrospective of the auditions.
We've come a long way peeps. Let's continue the journey, shall we?
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