May 4th, 2011
08:01 PM ET
9:22 p.m. – I love "House of the Rising Sun" by The Animals.
Haley starts singing it a capella, and she sings her little heart out. That felt like a big ole "In your face judges!"
And sure enough, the judges give her a standing ovation. She so deserved it, and she looks stunned when Randy tells her the award for the performance of the night goes to her.I laughed when J-Lo said she thinks Haley may have come out a little angry at them because there was a little something, something in the beginning of her performance.
I ain't mad at Haley. She did her thing!
9:17 p.m. – So Scotty is a quarter Puerto Rican. His grandmother is Puerto Rican and in the audience.
He says she's got a lot in common with "Miss Jennifer." This kid is so pitch perfect with the manners, style and confidence that it's unreal. Go Scotty!
9:13 p.m. – Sheryl Crow says she can't wait for Scotty to move to Nashville.
No doubt about it, this kid could have a big country music career. He sings "You Were Always on My Mind," and I honestly expected a bit more. It was a little bit sleepy I thought. Or maybe I just felt that way because he rocked so hard with the first song.
Not that any of that matters to the screaming teen girls out there who are sure to vote for him in droves.
9:08 p.m. – Allow me to say Lauren looks gorgeous as she sings "Unchained Melody" by the Righteous Brothers.
It's her parents' "song," and she has a moment singing this classic. It's subdued, sweet and tender.
J-Lo says, "Nothing to judge there." Ryan tells he she looks very pretty tonight, and I have to say she is radiant.
8:59 p.m. – Here's the thing with Jacob: I think he's coming off a bit too cocky.
He doesn't want to sing "Love Hurts," originally done by the Everly Brothers because it's a rock song. It takes Sheryl Crow singing it softly for him to buy into it.
And when he sings it, he rings every note out of it. So emotional, but if I may channel Simon Cowell for a minute, it felt a bit indulgent to me.
But Jacob can sing, no doubt.
*Sidebar* I had a slight freak out moment when I spotted Sir Anthony Hopkins in the audience. I was like "What is Hannibal Lecter doing there?!"
8:48 p.m. – Awww James!
I love a man who can cry, and he does when he hears the lyrics to "Without You" by Harry Nilsson because it reminds him of his family. He's trying to win this to make a better life for them.
During the performance the tears roll right along with the notes, and I am so in love with this kid right now.
Despite the song being pitchy, it was moving to me. Randy tells him the competition is his to lose. Jennifer is crying right along with me.
James, I'm pulling for you Boo!
8:37 p.m. – That was an interesting look J-Lo gave when Haley comes on.
Miss Haley is singing "You and I," which is an unreleased Lady Gaga track that the Lady has signed off on. I have mixed feelings about this because it seems weird to have her singing a song that only the Little Monsters who have been to Gaga's concerts or caught a video of her performance would know.
Jimmy Iovine hooked it up, and I'm sure he knows what he is doing, but it was still kind of strange for me.
She sang well, but for me it was just "meh." The judges didn't love it either.
8:28 p.m. – Ryan please stop calling Scotty, "Scotty the Body."
Scotty selects "Gone" by Montgomery Gentry, and the girls are screaming even before he sings his first note.
He gives an energetic, awesome performance, and J-Lo goes crazy. Steven Tyler says something nutty about how up up until now Scotty has been a Puritan, but tonight he's "dancing with the devil."
8:21 p.m. – Lauren sings Carrie Underwood?
She rocks "Flat on the Floor," and she's even working some Carrie hair. She really gets funky with it, and I'm proud of our little Goldie Locks. She was all that!
Steven Tyler seems to think she could win. Your thoughts?
8:13 p.m. – Jacob still feels like the underdog, and he says he really wants to win.
His first tune is "No Air" by Jordin Sparks and Chris Brown. The actual producer and song writer is assisting.
Oh Jacob, why would you select a duet? And then to top it off with some hokey, humping dance moves.
It just doesn't seem to work with him singing both parts.
He yells out "Yeah baby" after J-Lo's critique, and Randy says the performance was "corny" and "sharp" for him. Randy really wants him to stay in the "Luther" lane since he is the church boy.
Preach on Randy.
8:05 p.m. – James starts off the show with a contemporary track, "Closer to the Edge," by Thirty Seconds to Mars.
In rehearsal, he sings with Sheryl and the pair sound great together. During his actual performance, he sounds like he starts out a little shaky to me, but of course he brings it on home.
The judges seem to think he is ready for stadiums, and Jennifer says he could take the whole thing.
Have to say I agree.
8:02 p.m. – Wait, was that a random Kelly Preston sighting?
You just never know who is going to show up for the "Idol."
Randy says now is the time to see who is "in it to win it." I think they all are, Randy.
This week's guest mentor is Sheryl Crow. Love her!
8 p.m. – Can you believe we are already at the Top 5?
Is it just me, or has Season 10 of "American Idol" been flying by?
Ryan Seacrest says the atmosphere is already electric, and the judges are already seated.
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