Top 5 battle to stay on 'Idol'
May 4th, 2011
08:01 PM ET

Top 5 battle to stay on 'Idol'

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."

Hush please.

8:21 p.m. – Lauren sings Carrie Underwood?

Yes please!

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.

Let's roll!

soundoff (88 Responses)
  1. Jeremiah

    My top 3 are:
    James – will win it all – last night not the best, but still overall the best. People love emotions.
    Haley – Amazing performance, both songs! She should not be criticized for following Jimmy's advise! I love her raspy voice and sensous ways. She knows how to perform. She is unique. I don't get why Randy is usually against her. What gives? She is not there to win your affection, Dude. And Jimmy, did you set her up? Who cares if she has an ego; many celebs do.
    Scotty – Wow, he has grown up! Wonderful performance. Didn't know you had that in you.
    Others: Lauren: I really like her, great performance, but she is not unique.
    James: I am really tired of him and just can't get into his womanly voice and ego. His movements are gross. Please go home.
    Judges: Why don't we get to vote on the judges? Hey Randy, why do you call everyone Dude. How dumb and immature of you. Jennifer: You are a sweetie but please don't interrupt; Steven, talk about ego, yours is over the top and your language is very offension. Stop.

    May 5, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  2. ned smith

    PLEASE GOD, HELP ME, Lauren is an AVERAGE singer everyone!! And I mean AVERAGE!! The judges couldn't even judge her, because she is boring, predictable, and again AVERAGE!!!! The 3 boys should be the top 3. Lauren and Haley go next.

    May 5, 2011 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  3. Sharon Birmingham

    Haley is a very good singer, but she thinks she is better than anyone else and she is stuck up. Did you see the looks she gave Jennifer and Randy when they critized her for the Lady GaGa song. She was like, I can't believe you would say that to me!!! She does not really get into working with the audience. James was really great. He really loves his fiance and son and you can see it. I loved Scotty as usual. Love Lauren. As much as I love them, I really think that James will win.

    May 5, 2011 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  4. dtcpr

    IMHO; Jacob needs to go ASAP, I am so over him. James' 2nd song made me want to cry but my parents make fun of me so i didn't. I loved Scotty and for the first time was in LOVE with Lauren, SHe looks like she lost some weight, her 2nd outfit was just BEAUTIFUL, I actually voted for her, for the 1st time (and Scotty and James as always) I don't get the love for Haley, she does nothing for me, I feel like she belongs in like a smoky piano bar (if those even exist anymore- I'm from NY and there is no smoking inside, lol) I hope James wins, I think he deserves it, he is such a nice person and I think Soctty will do just fine after the show is over. My one big complaint is that they keep tarting Lauren up, she's 15! Stop putting so much makeup on her!!!

    and uh... did anyone else think Haley was stoned out of her head last night??? My entire household thought she was!!!

    May 5, 2011 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
  5. millard

    why can not this jacob, lose weight, yuk he is so big and fat, who will vote for these kind of unhealthy fat guys

    May 5, 2011 at 5:00 am | Report abuse |
  6. Sunshine Girl *

    I sure hope Haley finally gets the boot this week. She shouldve never gotten this far. And her rendition of 'The House of The Rising Sun' was absolutely horrid/terrible ect. I wanted to pull my ears off my head just so I wouldnt have to hear any more. Please go home and FAST.

    May 5, 2011 at 3:34 am | Report abuse |
  7. DFWDelia

    I thought that tonight Haley was totally awesome! She has gotten better and better. James was still very good. I used to think it was going to come down to James and either Lauren or Scotty. Now I think it's between James and Haley!

    May 5, 2011 at 3:10 am | Report abuse |
  8. bev goodnight

    I want to vote for Lauren but I can't remember her number. I hope this counts as my vote for lauren

    May 5, 2011 at 12:58 am | Report abuse |
  9. Granny Kat

    Of the five remaining contestants I voted for four of them to go on;bye bye Jacob!

    May 5, 2011 at 12:47 am | Report abuse |
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  11. james

    Haley's last song was the only decent performance of the night. Everyone one else was off key, or the performance was.....meh. James was awful tonight, I hope it doesn't send him home.

    May 5, 2011 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Agreed


      Haley totally slayed the last song!!!!

      Sooooo much better than all the other performances this night (and most all others as well), everything else was kinda of meh although the country kids did a little better tonight, James had a really off night his pitch was sooo off sad to say so many notes off pitch bar after bar at times and Jacob was a mess in the first one and had pitch issues too on both.

      sad to say but dial idol has Haley as last place, wow America, just wow
      good grief come on it's ok to vote for someone who doesn't sing country, it's ok to vote for someone is cute don't be so darn insecure and it's ok to vote for someone who isn't off pitch every other note!

      May 5, 2011 at 12:21 am | Report abuse |
  12. Eagle

    Here's how I see tonight's performances in order of best to worst:

    1. Lauren – She sung both songs beautifully and was the only one who did that. That is why I put her in the top spot this week. She deserves to stay.

    2. Haley – She can really sing. I love her voice and give her credit for taking a risk with an unknown song by Gaga. The second song was by far the BEST performance of anyone tonight. The judges gave her the only standing ovation of the night and redeemed themselves for their earlier judgement. I put her in 2nd place for tonight. She definitely deserves to stay. She is my favorite performer.

    3. James – He can sing and is one of my favorites, but I was disappointed tonight. The first song sounded off and there was too much screaming like Adam Lambert. The second song was better. He should stay, but the girls were much better. He was a distant 3rd.

    4. Scotty – His first song was only marginally better than his normal stuff, but the second song put me to sleep. Too predictable and boring. Time to go.

    5. Jacob – He is just terrible. Both songs and performances were horrible. It's painful to listen to him. The worst performer for weeks now. He definitely needs to go.

    Other thoughts – JLo is really starting to annoy me when she interrupts the other judges when it is not her turn to speak. She does it every week. A.I. needs to tell her to respect the other judges when they speak and wait her turn.

    May 4, 2011 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Llama

      I completely agree with your statement. Everything echoes what I thought about last night's performances. Agree about JLO too.

      May 5, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Pat

    James is the finest singer on the show. He has the voice, sensitivity, emotion and showmanship. James is the whole package.....I also think he's easy on the eyes too...

    May 4, 2011 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • mrskool

      " ...Easy on the eyes " ...SERIOUSLY ?!?! I have to turn away rather than look at this ugly guy

      May 5, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Julie

    Team Haley!! I've been a Haley fan from day one! Tonight she rawked the house!! Haley was simply amazing!! It's time for Jacob to go home; actually, it's well past time. James is a replay of Adam Lambert; been there, done that! Scotty, well, what's not to love? He's charming, well mannered and just an overall nice guy that happens to have an amazing voice! Lauren...oh Lauren, Lauren, Lauren...suck it up girl! I'm soooo tired of the "poor me, people are saying bad things about me" crap; so much so is her whining that they brought Miley in to boost her self-esteem and explain to her that there will always be people that say mean things...oh gag! She's a whiny, spoiled brat who comes across as a child that has been over indulged. Yes, she can sing, but I simply do NOT like her! G

    May 4, 2011 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
  15. TD

    This went from being one of the most talent-packed, unique seasons ever to the most bland, average groups of singers I've seen on this show in a while.
    1. James was passable. I'm not one for the whole "not as good as the original" thing, but Jared Leto has an incredibly unique, powerful voice, and James sounded generic and bland (as he does on pretty much everything).
    2. Jacob needs to get his ego in check.
    3. Scotty has a good country music voice, but no versatility, which I personally think is important, at least on this show. And I hate seeing contestants get by on a teenage girl fanbase.
    3. The thing is, these aren't untalented performers. The problem is that right now, there's thousands of people in this country that can sing exactly like them. That's why I was a fan of Paul. Say what you will about his voice, it may not have been the prettiest, but it was raw, it was passionate, and I guarantee that there's nobody else in this country that sounds like him. Idol went from one of the best seasons ever to one of the most mediocre.

    May 4, 2011 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
  16. OldieTampaBay

    BOTTOM TWO: Jacob & Haley ... Jacob should have sung 'Homeward Bound'

    May 4, 2011 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  17. teresa, snOhio

    Its pretty obvious to my old ears: Jacob, you cant hit highs and lows but... its kind of boring. Haley: you drawling and growling is ridiculous. Scotty: good country singer. James: good rock/ pop singer, really did a good job with the calm low notes tonight. Lauren: You did great. Lauren's my pick or James.

    May 4, 2011 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • teresa, snOhio

      CORRECTION: Jacob you CAN hit highs and lows.... but, yeah, it's still kind of boring. I think Jacob picked the wrong song every single time this season. He was trying to be every singer for every body. no can do.

      May 4, 2011 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
  18. mariann

    the top this week:

    Bye bye Jacob (please God...I'm tired of him thinking he's sooo good)

    May 4, 2011 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
  19. girlygurl

    I just dont get it. Haley is awesome!! Why can people not see that? Scotty is good too. But Haley is unique!

    May 4, 2011 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  20. alibrownn

    the top three:

    Eliminated this week-

    May 4, 2011 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Peace

    I heard Lauren's voice before, too! Ummmm, I do believe her name is Carrie Underwood. As Tyler would say,"Just beautiful"!!

    May 4, 2011 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Kay/Kay/Kay All The Way

    Lauren may just make it to the Top 3 afterall. She did very good tonite. Wasnt expecting that. Way Way Way better than Haley!

    May 4, 2011 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anna

      Agreed! I hope she makes it to the top 3, but I'm not really trusting America's voting right now. They kicked out a lot of people that shouldn't have been kicked out so I hope they don't do that to Lauren!

      May 4, 2011 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • HeyHeyHeyGoAwayKay

      wow, for real?
      so apparently if someone sings country then they are perfect and if someone doesn't they are terrible and if someone is attractive they are insufferable and belong only in Maxim? nice there Kay, nice.

      May 5, 2011 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
  23. Pamela Laplant

    My aunt thinks scotty is hot and a great singer she wont's him to win it alll

    May 4, 2011 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Kay/Kay/Kay All The Way

    What in the world did Jacob think he was doing? A duet really? He sang the female part better than the male. Go figure! Please go home..and FAST!

    May 4, 2011 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
  25. KayBrown

    It was a good night for Scotty, he was the only one who did not stumble.

    May 4, 2011 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Kay/Kay/Kay All The Way

    Why is Haley still Here? She s*cked worse tonite than she ever has before! Lady Gaga she is NOT!

    May 4, 2011 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Ike

    Jacob is on a Banana Peel at this point.. He may go home Tomorrow. Everything he sang tonight sounded so forced... Sorry Jacob....

    May 4, 2011 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  28. twisted


    May 4, 2011 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Ike

    Haley Haley Haley....That was good......

    May 4, 2011 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  30. bonniegirl

    Wow!!! Haley redeemed herself for sure! Agree, best performance of the night...bye bye, Jacob....

    May 4, 2011 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  31. KayBrown

    Haley is just insufferable. Impossible to listen to – maybe Maxim can start a singing restaurant franchise that she can poster for?

    May 4, 2011 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anonnon

      wow, jealous much?

      she knocked it out of the part vocally with House of the Rising Sun so much better than the pitchy disasters of James and Jacob (sorry to say but they had lots of pitch problems on their songs tonight, especially James who was flat for bars after bar at times) and her second song was far better than Lauren and Scotty but Haley is impossible to listen to?? she is insufferable? and where the heck does the Maxim reference come from? get a life instead of being such a jealous phony hater. once again some of the contestants barely it a note on pitch and yet Haley is impossible to listen to??

      May 5, 2011 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
  32. Erinn

    WHOO HOO. House of the Rising Sun. Best of the night!!!

    May 4, 2011 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Erinn

    Haley's going to sing again...judges...get the negative comments ready. You have used up your allotted beautiful/in it to win it/perfect comments.

    Go Haley!!!

    May 4, 2011 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Kay Brown

    Lauren could not, and did not, hit the money note.

    If a singer cannot hit THAT NOTE, they should never perform 'Unchained Melody". Whereas when Clay performed it, his strengths were shown, for Lauren, this song showed her limitations.

    May 4, 2011 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Benn

    Jasmine Trias is going to win for sure ! Or maybe she will win one year !

    May 4, 2011 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
  36. hope

    Country scotty go home with rough voice 3 James, Jacob and Haley!!!!!

    May 4, 2011 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Sunshine Girl *

    James has it signed/sealed/delivered to the #1 spot! Guarenteed!

    May 4, 2011 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Ike

    James, Scotty and Lauren in top three...

    May 4, 2011 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Ike

    Laurin is so good.......She looks like she cannot believe she is that good. I like her.

    May 4, 2011 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  40. bonniegirl

    Don't love Lauren's performance, but – she is certainly a beautiful girl!

    May 4, 2011 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  41. AnonymousGirl

    Haley totally rocked her performance. F*** those stupid judges for always hating on her – she's Fantastic!

    May 4, 2011 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
  42. AnonymousGirl

    Haley totally rocked her performance. F

    May 4, 2011 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
  43. xfm

    James is always doing his little emo crying thing. But 12 year old girls love that stuff. Very clever, James.

    May 4, 2011 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Erin

      I already responded to another post about this. James tears are not an "emo crying thing" He has Aspergers' Syndrome which is on the Autism Spectrum. He has a very high functioning form of Autism, and his crying is part of the inability to control some emotions. This is a symptom of Aspergers, not an attention thing!!

      May 5, 2011 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  44. bonniegirl

    Oh, no, not Nazereth! Jacob is gonna screw this up....and yep, he is. Uggh.

    May 4, 2011 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
  45. KayBrown

    James came off as too fake with that emotion – it seemed staged instead of genuine, and that comment at the end about leaving it all on the stage everytime was cringerific.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Erin

      James' inability to control his emotions, is part of his asperger's syndrome. People with asperger's are sometimes unable to reign in their emotions. It's not faked, for him, it's very real.

      May 5, 2011 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
  46. Erinn

    Now that is the James I have come to like. Nice work.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Kacey

    James Durbin=The Next American Idol

    May 4, 2011 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • bonniegirl

      Agree! He has such a nice voice, when he just "sings". Good 80's rock voice, too, though.

      May 4, 2011 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Ike

    James is in it to win it. Emotionally, he was perfect.......on the second song....

    May 4, 2011 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Kacey

    I think Haley did an amazing job. I am by no means her biggest fan, but she hit all the right notes, had fun on stage, and definitely did better than the judges gave her credit for. It takes b@11s to do an unreleased, unknown song, and I think she deserved better from the judges for doing it so well. Just my 2 cents though 🙂

    May 4, 2011 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Erinn

      Yea, they crap all over her.

      May 4, 2011 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • j

      I do agree.. the judges really wanted haley home.. and i know she will cause of the judges...Randy always has something negative to say to Haley, even if she did good... I know the winner now..James!!! top 3? of course the judges pick especially lauren in it... I never like laurens voice, too boring.. heard it before

      May 4, 2011 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • girlygurl

      I loved Haley!!! She should win this!!

      May 4, 2011 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
  50. KayBrown

    Both Jacob abd Haley were awful. The top 3 of James, Scotty and Lauren are cemented.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Anna

    Does anyone know when Idol is supposed to end tonight? I want to stay up to vote for Lauren, but if the show doesn't end until 10, I'll probably already be passed out by then...

    May 4, 2011 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Erinn

    Judges?!? Are you kidding me? Haley rocked it! They liked Jacob and not Haley. Are you kidding me? A little consistency, please.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
  53. bonniegirl

    Meh. Didn't love Haley. Too bad, she was doing so well the last couple of weeks. She looked good, though.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Erinn

    Scotty is so cheesy, I feel like I am gnawing on a block of cheddar. I guess it was ok, if I didn't have to watch it.

    So the judges have mostly liked everyone so far. But just wait, Hailey is coming. They judges will back the bus up over her – twice just to make sure she is dead.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  55. bonniegirl

    You fist-pump that microphone, Scotty...likey...

    May 4, 2011 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
  56. cha cha

    How can you give a rats ass about this show when Casey is gone? This WAS my favorite show. I wont be watching it anymore because of the teeny bopper popularity contest it's turned into.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Anna

    Yay Lauren! I hope she sticks around until at least the top 3!

    May 4, 2011 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Bareback Obaama

    8:22pm update
    Michigan leads 1-0
    thanks to a solo home run form Alycia Ryan

    May 4, 2011 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Erinn

    Ha, 'an artist who appeals to everyone'. Nope, not me.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Erinn

    No thanks Jacob. No thanks.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  61. bonniegirl

    What's up with Jacobs weird dancing?? Man, I hope he's gone this week....

    May 4, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Anna

    I'm so excited for Lauren's performance! Unfortunately I can't watch the show at home so I look forward to your blog updates!

    May 4, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Bareback Obaama

    im too busy watching the Ohio St. vs. Michigan game.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |

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