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> 'American Idol' Top 10 poll: Who sang best this week?
Jennifer loves the confidence Colton displayed on stage, applauding him for a job well done. Steven calls his choice of chords "stunning", dubbing him a great musician and a great singer. Randy appreciates that he wants to be an individual and put such a great, "sensitive" performance on one of the classic tracks.
Steven thinks she's "way past" his judging, claiming that she was at the front of God's vocal cord-giving ceremony and thanking her for letting him hear her sing. Jennifer agrees, dubbing it a defining moment and a defining song for her and saying that it seems like the track was written just for her. Randy loves that she is consistently amazing and has a moment every time she steps on the stage. "You are flawless. It was perfect!" he adds.
Randy starts with a single "Yo!", which is never good. Jennifer loves that he went for fun and calls it a "breath of fresh air", though clearly he didn't hit the vocals in the best way. Still, she enjoyed it. Steven is a bit lost for words, saying that he "took the p*ss" out of that song and he's glad that Heejun did. He also thinks that Heejun should take it more seriously in the future.
Randy breaks it down like this: "Last week it was a little rough. But for me, at least you had fun and it was entertaining." He admits that there were some vocal problems, but was happy to see Heejun have fun.
Steven calls Hollie one of the show's "grand singers" but mentions the pitchiness that I said, questioning whether she was over-thinking the song. However, he does think it was good overall. Jennifer loves that Hollie takes on such big songs but thinks that if she's going to do so, she has to know every single note perfectly - even though she's one of her favourites in the competition.
Randy agrees, saying that the constructive criticism should be a sign that they believe she can be great. He appreciates that Hollie is a fan of big singers, but concurs with Jennifer that she needs to get every single note right and "let go".
Jennifer feels like Phil was taking out some aggression on his mentors at the end and says that he has to be who he is. Basically, the audience likes it, so it's fine. "It was a perfect rendition of that song for you," she adds. Steven agrees that it was "beautiful" and is glad that he didn't listen to Jimmy and Diddy - or to Tommy. Randy is glad that Phil knows who he is - an "unbelievably talented artist", calling it one of the best renditions of the songs ever. My, aren't we feeling exaggerative tonight?
Oddly, the performance gets a standing ovation from the audience and judges alike, with Randy mimicking "I'm not worthy" bows. Steven loved the melody, which he thought was "fantastic" and had "so much melody". "You were beautiful!" he adds.
Jennifer is "so happy" for Elise as it was a confident performance that was full of personality. Randy obviously agrees, applauding her for meeting the challenge of taking on such an iconic song and making it her own. He deems Elise "unbelievably talented" and declares that she had a "moment" with the run she successfully sang at the end.
Randy recalls Brad Paisley's version and thinks it's a great song, but wonders if the key was a bit low in the beginning. However, once Skylar hit her comfort zone, they heard the style they loved. "I don't know if it was your best, but it was pretty good," he says. Jennifer loves her "attack" and her ability to get the audience on her side. Steven agrees, admiring how much conviction Skylar sings with every week.
Jennifer says that she feels stupid to say anything negative about the performance since he can sing so well, but for her, Joshua didn't seem to really feel what he was singing and wasn't connected. Steven thinks that he took an unknown song (what?) and "sang [his] life into it". No comment on that. As for Randy, he can see where they're both coming from, saying that while he got into it, he should always make it his own. "You're still one of the greatest singers here," he adds.
Randy loves Erika's new look, saying that he nearly didn't recognise her. He also loves the vocals, calling her one of the best vocalists in the whole season - she can "clearly sing the phone book", but advises her take more liberties and do more runs because she's fully capable of it. "Very, very nice," he adds.
Jennifer agrees, calling it a "beautiful vocal" but agrees with Randy that Erika should let loose and user her body more to "take [them] home" with the performance aspect. Steven wants her to put more character in it too, but thinks it'll come later. He applauds her for putting so much power into the vocals, dubbing it "outstanding".
Jennifer likes his "laid back vibe" and his "Bob Marley-ish feel" and thinks that it really showcased who he was. Whaaaat? Randy agrees, which is even more surprising. He says it was a great way to start the show, even though he wasn't blown away by it. "I don't know if it was great. It didn't wow me, but it was okay," he adds. Mysteriously, my digital cable freezes for the entirety of Steven's comments.
First to step up is DeAndre Brackensick, who gets some curly-haired advice from the new Fashion Coach (or whatever he is) Tommy Hilfiger. In rehearsals, P Diddy is around with Jimmy Iovine to offer him some advice on his chosen song, 'Only the Good Die Young'. Diddy wants him to "be in that moment", while Jimmy insists that it's his forte to give love advice. Oh, get on with it.