“American Idol” is down to the top five. With Elise Testone eliminated last week, Jessica Sanchez, Phillip Phillips, Joshua Ledet , Hollie Cavanagh and Skylar Laine will be battling it out once again.
This week the contestants will sing 2 songs. One will be British themed, the other a song from the 60s.
The mentor this week is Stevie Van Zandt, best known as a member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band. Known as Little Stevie, he was also on the hit HBO show, “The Sopranos.”
Once again, we welcome judges Steven Tyler, Randy Jackson and Jennifer Lopez followed by host Ryan Seacrest. We ate officially down to our final five and it seems like such a long road but one that has really flown by.
The entire time, Little Stevie and Jimmy Iovine were bickering and cutting it up with the singers. I think that actually helped them to relax and be comfortable because they did not have to take themselves so seriously.
Song: #1- “Do I Love You?”; Song #2- “Bleeding Love”
Judges Comments: ME: She is really coming in to this competition now and kicking the ass out of it. Steven: she really stepped out and used her blues, thank you Lord; Jennifer: liked the big production aspect and a new Hollie out there; Randy: loved it.; ME: this is a tall order but I am hopeful that she can pull it off. She absolutely did, that little dynamo! Steven: I loved it and she nailed it; Jennifer: beautiful and intimate quality, amazing; Randy: she has been the dark horse all along and this was unbelievable and since last year, they have believed in her. She is peaking at the right time and doing an amazing job.
Song #1: “The Letter”; Song #2: “Time of the Season”
Judges Comments: ME: always amazing. Randy: made the song his own and made it new; Jennifer: so compelling to watch; Steven: he can get away with missing the melody much like the Rolling Stones.; ME: I HEART PHILLIP! Randy: more relaxed and subdued Phillip, he really can sing the melody, nice performance; Jennifer: did a good job with it; Steven: sang it really well.
Song #1: “Fortunate Son”; Song #2: “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me”
Judges Comments: ME: She kills it whenever she is on stage and looks awesome doing it! She owns the stage and the song! Jennifer: attacks every song and is very natural; Steven: loves when she takes a risk, fabulous, he loved it; Randy: Skylar is born to be on the stage.; ME: just make her the winner already! Randy: definitely peaking at the right time and it was flawless; Jennifer: can tell Skylar wants to win and she is winning over the hearts of America; Steven: took the song and brought it in to the 21st century.
Song #1: “Proud Mary”; Song #2: “You Are So Beautiful”
Judges Comments: ME: song is too big for her. Jennifer: brought it out there and loved seeing her move; Steven: sounded great; Randy: okay performance (thank you Randy) because she took on such a big song but she does have a big voice.; ME: she really killed this song at the perfect time! Steven: beautiful voice, great singer, going to be #1; Jennifer: captivated the whole audience, no way that they could not have used their save on her when they did; Randy: top of the leader board right now, talent level is unbelievable.
Song #1: “Ain’t To Proud To Beg”; Song #2: “To Love Somebody”
Judges Comments: ME: he is a class act and truly has a gift and genuine talent. Steven: top 2 best IDOLS of all-time, such a talent and on fire; Jennifer: like a throw-back from another era, enjoys him every time he gets up there; Randy: can bring R&B back in a whole new way.; ME: he had never heard this song prior, he has such an amazing voice every time he opens his mouth, it is pure genius. Receives a standing ovation! Randy: wow, once of the best singers ever on the show; Jennifer: so few people who can bring such passion and a voice, one of the best singers in 50 years; Steven: great artist, the fact that he learned the song in 15 minutes makes him a real artist and it could have been a hit record.
Joshua Ledet and Phillip Phillips: “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling.” Joshua and Phillip killed this song and they truly did an amazing job and made it their own. I loved it! Steven: they need to embrace each other more, that was so good; Jennifer: felt like they were so scared to sing the song together but when they let go, it was great; Randy: song came alive and they delivered it.
Skylar Laine, Jessica Sanchez and Hollie Cavanagh: “Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher and Higher.” ME: Skylar really stood out followed by Jessica then Hollie; great job though and super fun. Steven: great job, sang the hell out of it, loved it; Jennifer: song suited them together and it was cute; Randy: all 3 have a big range so it was great for all of them, very nice job.
Voting will be open for the next two hours so vote for your favorite. Join us tomorrow night when Coldplay and Carrie Underwood take the Idol stage while one more person is sent home. The final 4 revealed tomorrow at 8p.m.; don’t miss it.