I don’t even like writing “the top three”. The top performer went home last week and Grandma hasn’t forgotten. Still, the show has gone on after a short soundless clip of James at his homecoming. So let’s see what’s happening. Each contestant will sing three songs this week. One is their choice, one is picked by Jimmy Iovine and the third by the judges. Their choice is first and Beyonce will be their mentor.
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Recap of last night, including the Haley bashings. Scotty and James sing Start A Band. It was cute and more fun than most of the group numbers. I wish I could say the same for Gunpowder and Lead, Lauren and Haley’s duo. Not terrible, but seeing the two together really highlights the skills that Haley possesses and Lauren lacks. After last night’s Trouble, you’d think they’d steer clear of songs where Lauren should act tough.
For tonight’s first round, the Idols are singing songs that inspire them.
James is first singing Journey’s Don’t Stop Believin’. He is hot. So is his vocal. Okay, Grandma will remember her age and dignity(?). The judges raved, including Steven, whose rave was bleeped a couple times. James felt he wasn’t at his top last week and said he’d resolved to do better this week. Last week needed no apologies, but this was awesome.
Happy Together is tonight’s group number. While it’s their best job of blending as a group, it wasn’t all that happy. I don’t think I’ve ever heard a song held off key for quite so long. Calico comments that it is a good thing they don’t have to earn their living as a group. My kid certainly has a point.
Clip of Gordon Ramsey judging the Idols on omelet creation. Lauren wins with Jacob in second place. Hopefully, its not an omen for this season. Have to wonder if its an attempt to clean up Ramsey’s reputation with the AI crowd. Funniest part? Ramsay cautions Haley to watch her language.
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Each of the top five will do two songs this evening, one from the present and one from the eighties. Sheryl Crow will join Jimmy Iovine to mentor.
James is up first with Closer To The Edge by 30 Seconds to Mars. There’s no time that I don’t love him, but this wasn’t my favorite performance. The song seemed to be one intense blare of sound without any break in intensity. I think another might have shown his vocal abilities much better. The judges loved it, so I may be alone. Anyhow, I haven’t changed my mind about having him stick around. Read more »