The judges summed up tonight's show as a "hot one" (Randy's words), but I wasnt as impressed. Actually I was a bit disappointed overall, only liking about four performances out of 12. The theme of the night was choosing songs from the year they were born, and I cant believe I'm older than every contestant cept for two..Yikes! Anyway, before I get to the performances.. buy any of the performances from tonight on iTunes and part of the money will go towards Japan.
Niama, born 1984, performed "What's Love Got To Do With It" by Tina Turner. Eh, I just didnt like her version of the song, some parts were okay, but I also thought her vocals were crappy in some areas. Jennifer said that while she brings flavor, she's been consistently pitchy and Randy agreed with her, saying her vocals were all over the place. Steven loved it though.
Paul, born 1984, performed "I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues" by Elton John. I like Paul cause he seems like a kool guy, but gawd his dance moves are horrendous and the more I listen to him, the more I think that he should be somewhere in Vegas doin Rod Stewart impersonations. I did find his performance good vocally, but visually corny. Jennifer thinks he has soul and a star quality. I can agree with that. Randy thought he was very pitchy, but loves how he makes every song his own. Steven agreed, and added that he's a cool dude, with loose moves.
Thia, born 1995, performed "Colors of the Wind" by Venessa Williams. All I can say is: Another freakin ballad! Great vocals, but all could think about was Pocahontas and Disney movies during her performance. Maybe that's what she should do: Perform Disney songs. She'd be good at it. I really like her voice, but really bored with her constantly performing ballads. Randy said the same thing basically. He feels she's always too safe, but has a beautiful voice. Steven and Jennifer agreed. They want more personality from her. So do I!
James, born 1989, performed "I'll Be There For You" by Bon Jovi. He had the cutest home video of him as a baby! I'm glad he chose Bon Jovi. James was the first contestant of the night that I actually liked. His performance was really good and he chose some great music ;) Steven loved him, but doesnt want him to get too pop. Randy thought his vocals were tastefully done and loved how he made it his own. (Side note: My friend Andrew thinks he's a crime to fashion with all the leather! (okay those are my words lol!).
Haley, born 1990, performed "I'm Your Baby Tonight" by Whitney Houston. Again, I wasnt really liking her choice of song. Her performance had some fun and flirty moments, but also had some extremely annoying moments as well. Overall, I didnt really like it, even though I love her voice. Jennifer still felt that she's too tense on stage. Randy is confused by her song choice each week (jumping from different genres). He didnt like her performance tonight. Steven wants to hear her sing more blues.
Stefano, born 1989, performed "If You Dont Know Me By Now" by Simply Red. I thought he sounded really good vocally, but didnt like his song choice. Randy felt it was the best performance of the night though and Jennifer thought the song was perfect for him. Steven also loved it. As I said before, I really liked the vocals, just wasnt excited about the song like the judges were.
Pia, born 1988, performed "Where Do Broken Hearts Go" by Whitney Houston. LOL I loved the video of her as a child singing Whitney's version of Dolly Parton's song. Again, I didnt like her song choice, but thought she performed it really good. Steven felt that she nailed it, Jennifer loved that she did something uptempo and said her vocals were perfect. Randy said Pia put the other contestant's on notice with her consistently perfect vocals.
Scotty, born 1993, performed "Can I Trust You With My Heart" by Travis Tritt. I loved his Elvis impression lol! I also love Travis Tritt :-) I wasnt sure if I was going to like it when he first started singing, but once he got really into the song, he was awesome! He just amazes me for his age. Randy felt that he did Travis proud. Jennifer loved that he stepped out and hit high notes and Steven loved him.
Karen, born 1989, performed "Love Will Lead You Back" by Taylor Dayne. Karen originally auditioned over Myspace, and she's the only person to make it to the top 24 that auditioned online. I really like Karen, but I'm disappointed that she chose a ballad. She did really good though and I thought tonight's performance was much batter than last weeks. Again, I loved how she went from English to Spanish, back to English so flawlessly. Randy wasnt too excited about her performance, but thought she found the right pitch by the chorus of the song. Steven loves when she brings out her ethnic background in her performances.
Casey, born 1991, performed "Smells Like Teen Spirit. First time ever that a Nirvana song has been performed on Idol and I personally think that should be the last time. I'll be honest...I wanted to hate the performance, cause lets face it, Kurt Cobain was a true original, but I think Casey did a pretty good job. The biggest issues I had, he tried to channel Kurt too much while he should have made it more of his own..but then again, I dont think that would have worked either... Jennifer felt that he got a little too screamy in his performance, saying that Kurt was intense, but never screamed. Steven loved it though. Randy liked it, but didnt think it was his best performance or vocals, but loves that he takes chances.
Lauren, born 1994, performed "I'm the Only One" by Melissa Etheridge. Lauren kinda reminds me of Kellie Pickler.... She gave the song a little country twist and I really liked it. The only thing I felt was missing, I thought her performance needed just a little bit more attitude, but I really liked her vocals and tonight was the first time I really got to hear her voice. Jennifer loved how she made the song her own. Randy also really liked it, as did Steven. Steven called her a shinning star.
Jacob, born 1987 -my birth year!- performed "Alone" by Heart. LOL I thought his mom was great! But oh gawd, I was a little horrified by his performance and I know I'm in the minority when saying that, but thats how I felt. Randy thought it was genius, though he said he lost it a little before getting right back on track. Steven and Jennifer both praised him. I just didnt like it, but I guess I can see how some people would.
I think the bottom three has so many possible candidates lol... I'm going to say Niama and Thia will be there, with the possibility of either Paul or Haley joining, and then Niama going home.