American Idol – Performance Show – Top 3
My whole note – By Eddie U
Tonight’s competition will feature each contestant performing three songs. The songs in round one are chosen by the judges. The songs in round two are chosen by the contestants, and round three are selected by the show’s mentor – Jimmy Iovine.
This is also the show where the top three get to go home to an amazing town reception. What a great feeling for these kids to have. To be treated like the new stars they are.
The honor to open tonight’s show goes to Joshua. Randy chose an Etta James song entitled “I’d Rather Go Blind” for Joshua.
The judges didn’t do right by Joshua with their choice on this one. Joshua of course sang the – you know what – out of this song. But it laid there like the old song it is. The contestants need songs that could be hit songs for today’s audience. And this wasn’t one of them.
The key for Jessica’s opening song was too low. The show is designed to start slow and build to make it more dynamic as the show goes on,
Jessica’s opening song was a ballad, and not quite up to the show’s standard to garner excitement. Way too laid back for me.
Phillip’s first song “Beggin” had some good energy. But the song is weak, and doesn’t really go anywhere. Again, the judges gave high praise for Phillip – the next Springsteen? Come on man! And the crowd goes wild. Why??? Sorry… I just don’t get it.
Joshua performed John Lennon’s Imagine, and sang it well, but there was something a little karaoke about the arrangement. Another ballad for the show? We should expect some kick ass material at this point, and it’s not happening.
Jessica sang Areosmith’s “I don’t want to miss a thing”. Like Joshua, she did a great job singing… but this song didn’t fit her, and like Joshua’s second song – it was a bit of a karaoke performance. Again…. these kids need songs that will sell a million records for them. And the show just isn’t producing what they need at all.
Phillip’s second song “Disease” by Matchbox 20” was a good song choice for Phillip as it fit his style well. But his performance was just OK. WOW… the judges finally got it right on this one. Not up to the show’s standards this year. So far, this is one of the weakest A.I. shows in the past month. No Standing O’s from the judges yet.
Jimmy’s pick for Joshua is “No More Drama” by Mary J. Blige. Finally… we have a song that the show has been waiting for. Something that could be a hit record. Now Jimmy knows how to pick a song for these kids. Great job Joshua!
Jimmy’s pick for Jessica is I’ll be there by the Jackson 5, which was another great song choice by Jimmy. It fit Jessica’s voice well, but wasn’t a show stopper. Randy wasn’t floored by it.
Jimmy’s pick for Phillip is “We’ve Got Tonight” by Bob Seager. This song was way too big for Phillip. There was No emotion, no feeling. Phillip mailed this song in. Not a good way to close the show. The producers – for the most part – really missed the mark for tonight’s show. It seems as though that the producers are doing everything they can to help sway the votes for Phillip by giving the end of show honors to him. I can’t imagine Phillip wining the show going up against two world class singers. However Phillip just might get all of the teeny bopper votes who don’t usually vote for the best singer.
Again… the judge’s remarks for Phillip didn’t match his performance. Randy… Are you sure you were listening to the same performance I heard?
In order of appearance:
Song – “I’d Rather Go Blind” by Etta James
Score – 7
Steven Tyler: It’s like a dream come true. Out of 70,000 – there is only one American Idol. And you sang like that one tonight.
Jennifer Lopez: You are such a throw back. You brought down the house, again.
Randy Jackson: You are such a classic stylist. And this song fits you like a glove. Another amazing performance – so congrats Josh congrats.
Song – “My All” by Mariah Carey
Score – 7
Steven Tyler: When you sing, you make people hang on every note. And in another crazy kind of way – you’ll be the last one standing – I believe.
Jennifer Lopez: Hard song. You did it so beautifully.
Randy Jackson: I’m telling you what… I think it’s one of the best times a Mariah song has ever been performed on TV. Excellent.
Song – “Beggin” by Madcon
Score – 7
Steven Tyler: It’s so beautiful to watch you unfold here. You could be a new age Boss. You could be a new Springsteen. You got that character.
Jennifer Lopez: You catch a groove in a song that is all yours and you just ride that all the way home. It was great.
Randy Jackson: Dude… you are so in the zone. That was another incredible performance by you.
Song – “Imagine” by John Lennon
Score – 6
Steven Tyler: Another thank you god moment with you. You are so fine.
Jennifer Lopez: It was a pull back in control performance for you. The way you are willing to dig deep into the words and the meaning, through the music, is what makes you very special. I really love watching you.
Randy Jackson: That was just another stellar performance. Brilliant dude – brilliant.
Song – “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing” by Aerosmith
Score – 7 1/2
Steven Tyler: You just took a great song and made it greater. Thank you Dianne Warren for writing that for me. Beautiful.
Jennifer Lopez: That was amazing. Really really good job.
Randy Jackson: This girl is bold. You delivered man. I’m like whoa.
Song – “Disease” by Matchbox 20
Score – 5
Steven Tyler: I feel the same way she did.
Jennifer Lopez: I didn’t feel like it was the wow performance. Which is what we need right now.
Randy Jackson: This is weird – I didn’t like it either. It was just OK.
Song – “No More Drama” by Mary J. Blige
Score – 10
Steven Tyler: I watched you and I felt the last forty years in the music business. It was over the top.
Jennifer Lopez: You have the perfect marriage of knowing exactly what your doing, and letting completely go at the same time. It’s that magic that happens with you.
Randy Jackson: People should just stand up and vote for you. Being an amazing singer, an amazing performer.
Song – “I’ll Be There” by the Jackson 5
Score – 8
Steven Tyler: Perfect song – perfect voice. You nailed it. Delicious.
Jennifer Lopez: That was a good choice from Jimmy. You almost sounded like Michael. Wow… she sounded just like him. Good job baby.
Randy Jackson: I liked it OK, I didn’t love it. There was never a moment – moment.
Song – We’ve Got Tonight by Bob Seger
Score – 4
Steven Tyler: When you first came out you sang like you didn’t give a BLEEP. And then you just showed that you have all that passion wrapped up inside of you. You just nailed it.
Jennifer Lopez: It was really really sweet.
Randy Jackson: The perfect song, at the perfect time, and your best performance on the show ever. You had a giant moment. Yo… you got em. He is in it to win it. And he is ready.