It’s American Classics night, which is always a fun one, complete with songs I’ve never heard of! Score.
– Seacrest welcomes us and reminds us that Tony Bennett is the guest teacher.
– The gang is here, from band to contestants to judges. Thanks for that, Seacrest.
– Bio on Bennett. He’s The Man.
– Beatbox Blake kicks us off with “Mack the Knife.” Great song, great song for him. This will be a stretch for him, but I think he’ll do alright. He moves slickly, to add his personal touch. Not his strongest vocal, but good enough. I think he played to the camera a little too much. Nice little 3-second beatbox at the end. Randy liked it, despite a few pitch problems. Paula: Blake=pizzazz and cool. See-moan gave it a 7 out of 10. Sounds about right.
– Seacrest talks about “Idol Gives Back.”
– Phil is growing his hair back…interesting. His choice is “Night and Day.” I’ve never heard of it. Ahh, he shaved his head again before the show. Very soupy performance. He hit the high note. And that’s really all I have to say about it. Bland and mostly forgettable. Randy didn’t feel the passion and called it “disconnected.” Paula compares Phil to Frank Sinatra as See-moan goes apoplectic.
– That brings us to Melinda, performing “I’ve Got Rhythm.” This should be good. She’s looking better tonight that she has at any point this season. She owns the stage, with just the right amount of inflection and attitude. Another TERRIFIC performance. This wasn’t the biggest “WOW” she’s had, but it was great! Randy: “This is how you do it, America.” Paula called it flawless and mapped out Melinda’s career. See-moan liked it more towards the end and says the judges can’t criticize her. He admits that he likes being mean to people occasionally.
– The Last of the Chrises is in the Sponsored Cola Lounge.
– Chris the Last cools down to Duke Ellington’s Mr. Saturday Dance, which I also have never heard. It had some good moments, but Chris Finale isn’t winning the competition, so what does it really matter? Randy loved it. Paula thought it was his best of the season. See-moan liked it, too.
– Rising Jordin reminds us that she’s really young, by telling us she’s so excited to sing “On A Clear Day” because “it’s such a cute song.” Probably one of her most mature, complete performances, although she’s had better vocals. She hits a string of high notes at the end to finish strong. Randy preached the word and Paula calls her “a magnet of joy.” See-moan called her “Magnet of Joy!” HA! He then called the other judges “Squiggly and Diggly.” Which one is which???
– Gina the Good Witch sings “Smile,” which was a Charlie Chaplin song. It was there. Good enough, but totally unremarkable. Paula said it was flawless. See-moan can’t rave. Judges didn’t gush, so I’m thinking they agreed with me.
– Queen Sanjaya takes on Sinatra‘s “Cheek to Cheek.” He still looks like a little boy playing “lounge singer.” Nothing fun with the hair this week. Randy calls him an entertainer, refusing to talk about the vocals. Paula agrees. See-moan calls it “incredible,” but it’s in jest trying to get him kicked off. Rock on, See-moan!
– Hot Haley keeps channeling McPhee in the Sponsored Cola Lounge.
– Hot Haley goes with “Ain’t Misbehavin’.” She teases giving a guy a lapdance. Haley and the Final Chris are in the same boat. Good looks, nice talent, no chance at winning. See-moan compliments her legs. I agree. Judges didn’t love it. But she has a rockin’ body.
– Running desperately late here….someone went long!
– LaKisha brings us home with “Stormy Weather.” Here’s where I’m at with LaKisha. Is she one of the favorites? Sure. Did she peak too early? I think so. Her first few weeks were so phenomenal that she may have played herself out of the competition. But honestly, she’s made it to at least record one album. Very emphatic, emotive performance. She sold the song all the way through. Great performance! Randy loved it. Paula loved her outfit. See-moan liked it a lot.
– Most Valuable Performer: Melinda, of course. Best of the night. Phil also had a good evening. Nobody was actively terrible. The Queen stunk, of course.
Thanks for reading! Results tomorrow!