Who will rise to the top during tonight's performance and who will fail to impress? Will Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler regret using their one save on Sanchez, or will she continue to prove her worth? Stay with Digital Spy live from 8/7c to find out!
Steven applauds him for stretching his voice to the limit but still showing restraint. "Your voice just climbs inside of everyone and changes them for that moment," he adds. Uh, wrong. Jennifer loves that he comes out and holds back before letting go, leaving her wanting more. She also begs America not to send him home, but I'm begging you to do the opposite. Send him home, please, for the sake of my sanity. Randy thinks the song was perfect for him since he took his time with it, calling it "stellar".
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Randy thinks that tonight has been interesting, as Skylar has no problem "connecting and feeling" and doing what she does. He also says that every time she hits the stage, there's a party. I feel that! Jennifer agrees, adding that all the little girls in the audience relate to her and love her spunkiness. Steven calls her a "wild horse that refuses to be tamed" and leaves it at that... thank God.
Steven loves that she's "stepping out" to win people's hearts, since everyone already knows she can sing. Jennifer thinks that it's great Jessica showed her alter ego, but says that she has to continue to push herself as the competition goes forward in order to make her a winner. "Just the voice is not gonna do it," she adds. Randy pretty much agrees with the other two. The end.
Randy appreciates that he knows who he is and stays true to himself. Jennifer is also super sexually attracted to him again. Basically, everyone's saying the same thing that they said all along. Steven calls it "brilliantly awkward" and "beautiful", whatever that means. He adds that he loves his "character". Okay, Steven.
Jennifer has a lot of respect for Elise, but admits that she needs to show more emotion when she's singing in order to get America to connect with her more. Steven thinks it showed her versatility and "struck a note with every man across America", but he agrees that she needs to kick it up a notch and pick better songs to win people over. Randy says that Marvin Gaye's original was "so simple" and wishes that she let it "breathe and marinate" a bit more.
Steven loves Colton's voice, but wishes that he picked a more powerful song to display it. Jennifer sort of agrees, saying that while he did a good job, the song wasn't the right choice for him and didn't come together the way things usually do for him. Randy admits that he would rather have seen a song that was way more out of his comfort zone as it wasn't as exciting as it should have been.
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Randy loves that she "dug in" for that performance, calling it "crazy" and applauding her for working it out. He even likes it better than the first round, which Jennifer agrees with. She appreciates that Hollie is showing a new composure which really suits her. Steven also sees that composure, and thinks that she can push it even more in future performances.
Randy thinks he's one of the most gifted singers ever on the show and again appreciates that he "pulled back" and restrained himself with the song. Yeah, yeah. Jennifer feels blessed to watch him perform, saying it was "so amazing" to see the way he connects with the material. Steven calls the performance "another stepping stone" before he wins the competition. Uh, not going to happen, but nice try.
Jennifer loves that version and believes that there was no more perfect song for her to sing. Steven is glad that she was "born that way", saying that she's giving all the other girls a run for their money since many voters love country and will support her. Randy agrees, adding that she has crossover appeal and is "so beyond ready" to him.
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The actual performance is, as per usual, technically perfect but not so much in the whole 'feeling' department. No doubt she's an incredible singer - I can't even hate, here - but I sorta of wonder if her age isn't holding her back a bit, since she obviously lacks the life experience necessary to connect to many of these songs.
Jennifer lets out an ear-shattering scream, but before she can talk, Steven says that he feels like "a chump" because he was fooled - turns out, Phil has melody and swagger. Who knew? Jennifer thinks it was "so sexy" and loves when he shows "that side" of him as it displays his versatility as an artist since he can sing any song. Randy smiles every week when he sees Phil because he feels like he's a "true artist" who always tries to be original and be himself.
Jennifer thinks that she does well "naturally" and "beautifully", saying that the song gave her goosebumps. She also appreciates that Elise's "eyes come alive" when she's singing. Steven loves her and her voice, but wishes that she would have chosen a song with a better chorus. However, he applauds her for "singing [her] little tooshie off". God help us all. Randy is a huge fan and thinks she sang a great song well, especially since she stayed with the original melody.
Randy feels like he was at a Colton Dixon concert and thinks that he is "so in the zone", even if this wasn't his greatest performance. He loves to see the interpretation of GaGa and believes it was "so smart". Jennifer finds it "exciting", saying that she loved certain points but felt lost during some of the lower parts. However, he has so much character that she doesn't think it matters.
"You've gotta get low to get high," Steven adds, saying that he finds it hard to pick his favourite part of the performance. He also utters some other mumbo jumbo that makes little to no sense, something about leaving the shore to reach another island or something. You know what he's like.
Steven is glad that she finally came out of her shell and took a song that everyone loves and did a perfect rendition of it. Jennifer is "so happy" and loves that she felt every word of the song. Randy thinks it was "close to perfect" as a few notes were off, but admits that he finally felt what she was singing for the first time. "Hollie, very well done!" he adds.