Paul McDonald was eliminated last week, but we got to see him and all the other eliminated contestants back tonight for a group performance. They performed "So What" by P!nk at the top of the hour. Not exactly sure what the point of the performance was, bit it was okay. Tonight's theme was songs from the 21st century...not my fave night, but nobody was horrible.....
Scotty performed "Swingin" by John Anderson (I refuse to acknowledge it as LeAnn Rimes's song). Scotty sang the song far better than LeAnn in my opinion! =) I loved when he went down low and started to sing in a deeper voice. He did a great job tonight as usual. The judges were a little tough on him this week, though Steven loved it - he just wanted to see him "boot scoot" around more on stage. Randy and Jennifer expected more from him though. Randy felt it was too safe and boring.
James performed "Uprising" by Muse. He had a very theatrical entrance! Eh, I dont really know the song very well (I think I head it once maybe) so I couldnt really get into his performance. I think he hit more high notes in that one song than Adam Lambert ever did during his entire run on Idol! Crazy! Anyway, it was only okay for me. However, the judges loved him and praised him like crazy, even tapping him as the best performance of the night, even though he was only the second performer!
Haley performed "Rolling in the Deep" by Adele. Dont know the song and not familiar with Adele's music, even though I've heard she's an amazing singer. I thought Haley was good though - it wasnt my fave performance, but she gave it her all vocally. Randy thought it was the perfect choice of song for her and said it was a great performance. Steven agreed. Jennifer thought her choice was gutsy and felt she had moment where she shinned and made the song hers.
Jacob performed "Dance with My Father" by Luther Vandross. He dang near started crying before he even hit the first note - though later he said it wasnt emotions, it was an audio issue. It was a very emotional performance, especially since he lost his father when he was little. However, it was really just more of the same for me vocally. I do give him props for not sounding so gospel like this week though. Steven is reminded why he loves music so much when he listens to Jacob perform. Jennifer thought it was an emotionally beautiful performance. Randy agreed with her about the emotional part, but though it was only "good" vocally.
Casey performed "Harder to Breath" by Maroon 5. He performed with a guitar tonight and I cant help but to wonder if there's any instrument he cant play! I really enjoyed Casey's performance. Probably my fave of the night. He had just the right amount of intensity on stage and even laid a kiss on Jennifer at the end of his song lol! Jennifer accused him of not playing fair (jokingly of course). She thought his performance was great. Randy loves how he's always surprising them with his performances and I'm not really sure what Steven said since they bleeped most of it out (It had a whole lot of fucking in it lol), but he loved it.
Stefano performed "Closer" by NE-YO. LOL Stefano was attempting all kinds of sexy looks tonight, which I thought was funny and somewhat distracting. Anyway, he sounded good vocally, but I didnt like the song. Randy thought he did a good job and so did Steven. Jennifer also thought it was good and liked his swagger on stage and felt like he owned the song.
Lauren performed "Born to Fly" by Sara Evans. I like the song, but I kinda wish that Lauren had performed something a bit more powerful to showcase her vocals - but she did a great job on it. I like her voice better than Sara's anyways. Hopefully she did enough to stay, plus she had the pimp spot. Steven thinks she's just naturally talented. He told her he wants to see her sings a little Alison Krauss, Faith Hill, or Shania next week. For the record, Lauren has already performed Shania's "Any Man of Mine" - but I would love to hear her perform something by Alison or Faith.
The eliminations are getting much harder to call, but I always worry about the girls in the competition. I'll say Jacob, Stefano, and Haley in the bottom.