Tonight is an all new performance episode of “American Idol” and we will get to see the top four competitors take on two songs, along with a duet. It’s all coming down to the wire as the remaining contestants battle it out for the “Idol” crown. In case you’ve missed the elimination of country singer Skylar Laine, you can our full official recap here.
Tonight’s theme is “California Dreamin’” and “Songs They Wish They’d Written” and we will see the contestants sing two songs. Tonight’s song list is “Have You Ever Seen The Rain” by Creedence Clearwater Revival, “Steal Away” by Etta James, “You Raise Me Up” by Josh Groban and “Faithfully” by Journey. For the songs the Idols wish they’d written, they will be performing “And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going” by Jennifer Holliday, “I Can’t Make You Love Me” by Bonnie Raitt, “Volcano” by Damien Rice and “It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World” by James Brown. For the duets portion of the show, they will take on “This Love” by Maroon 5 and “Eternal Flame” by The Bangles.
Join us tonight at 8pm on FOX as we recap the show live and bring you all the great details of the night’s performances. Don’t forget to vote to save your favorite contestant and join us for our live recap!
This evenings show begins with a look back at Phillip Phillips, our person favorite, and how he has managed to get all the way to the top 4!
CCR’s “Have You Ever Seen The Rain” will be sung tonight by our man Phillip. This song is just what he should be singing. He is up there for this song almost naked, just kidding he is without his guitar so I am sure he feels naked. He sounds great! Awesome performance as usual! Steven tells him it’s awesome. Jennifer loved his change in vocal ability. Randy says it started off a little rough but once he started to smile he fell right in on the money! VOTE FOR PHILLIP IF YOU LOVE HIM LIKE WE DO!
Hollie Cavanagh is taking the stage with Journey’s “Faithfully”. This is an interesting ballad for Hollie but she seems to be killing it!! She souds very good. She hits those high notes and knocks them straight out of the park! Randy tells her she is peaking at the right time. She came back and she is doing it. Hollie wants the gold! Jennifer says she always believed in her and knew she could do it. Jennifer is a little teary-eyed. Steven says now that she has grown up a little more and her creativity has bloomed. She did over the top! Vote for Hollie to keep her in the top 3!
“You Raise Me Up” from Josh Groban is the Joshua Ledet’s pick tonight. The stage low lit in blue. Another very slow ballad but Joshua’s killer voice hits the notes as the song makes an emotional connection to him. Good performance. Jennifer says a great performance with all the drama! Steven says he is really glad that he is here. He sang so well today. Courage is fear and Josh has it. Randy believes that he validates what they always say that if your a good artist you can take on a any song and make it your own. America you have to vote to save Josh.
Jessica Sanchez takes on “Steal Away” by Etta James this evening. Very big band feel for Jessica this time up. As she sits altop the piano she belts her best. Nice performance. Jessica is proud of her growl cause she does it so well. She feels Jessica is one of the best out there. Steven loved it. He tells her that she nailed that and showed off a new side of her. Randy loved the vibe of a 16 year old to be able to do that song. She can sing the phone book. Vote Jessica to bring her back to the top three.
Phillip and Joshua are up for another duet and they have chose “This Love” by Maroon 5. Joshua starts off first and Phil chimes in. They both sound fantastic. Phillip stands up to sing his part and the girls go crazy down in front. They soud awesome together. Nice touch with the dueling pianos. Excellent performance by both of them. Steven says it was the best and perfect. Jennifer says they are both so different but this was the perfect song for there two sounds. It was a treat! Randy says “Yo, listen this is a great song and they made it their own. They had fun with it and it sounded fantastic.
The next duet up is the ladies, Hollie and Jessica and they are going to sing “Eternal Flame” by The Bangles. They are on stage swinging on large fabric hung from the ceiling. They do justice to the song and make it their own a little too. Randy didn’t like it because they both of them are power singers and it just wasn’t there. Steven thought it was still good and so did Jennifer.
We get a tour of the mansion that the top four are staying in. Great Place!
The top four are singing “I’ve Been Waiting (For A Girl Like You)” by Foreigner. It’s ok but I have to admit i have heard better from these four.
Round 2 Starts:
Phil Phillips is up next and he will be singing “Volcano” by Damien Rice. Jimmy feels he found the best song for Phillips voice. On stage there is a much different feel for Phillip. A dark stage and a ballad that shows off his vocals like no other song has. He sounds perfect! In the words of Julianne Hough’s tweet :”And yet again @PPhillipsAI11 does it again! THIS ladies and gentlemen is why I rest my case!! Yuuuuuuuumy!!!! He has soo done it again! Steven agrees with Jimmy. He has never heard him sing like that. The kind of song you can listen to over and over. Jennifer says very few people could have pulled this kind of song off in a competition. One of the most beautiful moments in her two years of doing AI. Randy says this is what it’s all about. This was amazing. This was one of his best performances of the whole season! VOTE FOR PHILLIP PHILLIPS!!!!!! WE LOVE THIS GUY!
Hollie Cavanagh sings “I Can’t Make You Love Me” by Bonnie Raitt. Jimmy is nervous she will over sing this so she needs to be careful with this one. She has to magnificent. She seems to be pulling it off like Jimmy told her too. Steven tell her Jimmy is right about how the song should feel and he feels it fell a little short. Jennifer feels the same way. She is just too young to connect on this one. It just didn’t happen for her. Randy says it was really the song. This song is not a good one for a moment that is needed in a competition. Wrong song choice. If you wanna see Hollie back again you have to vote!
Joshua Ledet sings “It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World” by James Brown. Jimmy says he sings the crap out of this song. Nice stage production to start. This is the perfect song for Josh to sing at this point of the competition. He is dressed in an all balck suit and he looks great. He is killing this song big time!! Total connection! Connect and Hit! The judges are impressed. Great Performance. Standing ovation from the judges. The crowd goes wild. Steven says that was the best on this show ever! Never heard anything like that in his life. Jennifer thought he had done it all already but Josh isn’t done yet. Randy says he delivered tonight! No doubt! He connected to this song amazingly! I don’t think I have to sat vote for JOSH!
Jessica Sanchez will bring “And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going” by Jennifer Holliday tonight. Jimmy feels she has come back and she is singing well. On stage she is under spot light with a black background and steamy stagefloor. She is totally killing this song. Outstanding Performance. Another standing ovation from the judges. Steven stays winning performance. She put herself in the song. Jennifer says it’s a race to the finish now. She let out so much and she is so emotional after the song. A real moment. Randy says that Phillip, Josh and Jessica are in it to win it. She slayed that song. Great performance. Vote for Jessica to push into the finals!
Join us tomorrow as we watch the eliminations tomorrow and post the details and the who is going home!