April 27th, 2011
08:01 PM ET
9:26 p.m. – James and Jacob want to take it to church with "Something Tells Me I'm Into Something Good."
They appear to be trying to outscreech each other. They serenade Jennifer a bit, but it wasn't great.
Sorry J & J, but I didn't dig it.9:20 p.m. – Haley, what is up with that headband in rehearsal?
She has a bit of a technical issue with her earpiece, but they work it out in time for her to sing "Beautiful."
I do believe she is growing on me for some reason. Her voice sounds stronger to me, and she is not at all overpowered by the back-up singers. Steven Tyler says he "heard God in her voice," but Randy didn't love the beginning.
It's what the voters think that matters, Dawg.
9:10 p.m. –"Hi-De-Ho" is the perfect some for Casey, and he looks snazzy in his suit and hat.
He's such a throwback to a different era, and I worry that the viewers cannot fully appreciate his artistry. He's definitely not like what they are used to.
Randy loves it for much the same reason I did - it made me feel like I was in a great jazz joint. Casey played the piano and jammed with the band. Steven Tyler said it made his scalp itch it was so good.
9:01 p.m. – Lauren and Scotty sing "Up on the Roof," and they are so adorable.
He tries to get her to hold her microphone like a flute. Just precious.
8:57 p.m. – OK, a friend just told me James sang "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow," and it was amazing. This makes me happy for James, but sad for me.
Tornado warnings are important though, so I shouldn't complain too much.
8:49 p.m. – This stinks, but I totally missed everything about James' performance except the last note. Seriously, my local weather dude talked through the entire thing from the mentoring session all the way to the very last note.
Now I'm mad because Jennifer says he was the star of the night. And Randy says it was one of the best performances in the past few months and that James could win the whole thing. Randy even hugs him.
I cannot believe the timing and that I missed the entire thing. Grrrrrrrr!
8:37 p.m. – Scotty has to leave his comfort zone.
At least that's what they tell him. He's got to shake the perception that he can only do country. I can't comment on what Jimmy and Babyface tell him because we've got some nasty weather about to come through where I am and the local weatherman breaks in with an advisory.
I can tell you that Scott's version of "You've Got A Friend" sounds very country to me. The kid can't help it. I swear that a hip-hop song by him would sound country. Scotty is who he is, and his fans love him for it.
Randy loved it, but says he's got to stop falling off on the high notes. It was a good performance.
8:28 p.m. – Tomorrow night, Bruno Mars and Crystal Bowersox are performing. That should be hot.
We have some duets this evening, and the first one is Casey and Haley singing "I Feel the Earth Move." Their little interview before the song will do nothing to quell rumors that they are dating as they are all giggly and have a bit of a lovefest. Casey says he likes to growl with her.
Well alrighty then!
I like these two together. Very bluesy and soulful. Steven Tyler seems to confirm that they've got something going as you hear him say to the other two judges "Oh really" before he asks Casey "So how much in love with Haley are you ... cause it shows."
8:16 p.m. – Lauren is singing "Where You Lead," and I can't even focus on that because here is Miley Cyrus offering up some advice.
She tells Lauren that people are always going to criticize her and talk about her. She should know as Jimmy slammed Miley a few weeks ago when he said Lauren was a stronger singer than her. He mentions that her fans have said some nasty things online about him, and she tells him he deserved it.
But back to Lauren. She pulls a kid out of the audience to sing to him, and this is the most relaxed I have ever seen her on the stage. She goes for the high notes, works the stage and J-Lo says it brought tears to her eyes.
Randy says she had some "extra swagger," and I agree. I hope she keeps building her confidence because I think she's already a star. She's in tears with all of the praise.
Ryan grills the kid to whom she sang. He's a 19-year-old named Brett. Lauren needs to get that number cause he's a cutie!
8:07 p.m. – Jacob selects "Oh No, Not My Baby" and Jimmy wants him to riff.
Wait, I thought Jimmy said before that he riffs too much. I'm as confused by this advice as I am Jacob's outfit of a blue gingham jacket with a brighter blue vest, yellow shirt and multicolored bow tie.
But Mantasia takes it to church! He's riffing, running, dancing, jumping. Now that's how you start a show!
8:05 p.m. – Hey Constantine Maroulis! You just can't stay away, can ya.
Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds is going to mentor tonight also. YAY!
I had no idea he had worked with Carole King. This should be good!
8:03 p.m. – Carole King is the business. Love her!
She has written so many amazing hits, recorded by more than 1,000 well-known artists. That's a great career.
I hope the contestants can do her music justice.
8 p.m. – Hello Wednesday evening.
Our Top 6 have made it where 124,000 have not, Ryan reminds us. Let's go!
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