Greetings, Idoloonie Nation! Now that Season 11′s Top 13 guys have finished their performances, it’s time to begin your annual American Idol speed-dialing shenanigans. Please vote thoughtfully
from the Piperlime Accessory Wall, and keep in mind you’ll be 866-ing your way all to the end of May. In other words, this is not a sprint, it’s a marathon.
Before voting commences, however, please consider a quick call to the FCC: We cannot let Randy casually/accidentally/publicly insert himself into Steven Tyler’s bawdy sexual fantasies without making Fox pay the requisite fine, right? (Yes, I speak of Steven telling Ryan that “dark” is his favorite kind of “chocolate,” and Randy standing up and bellowing, “I like to consider myself milk, but dark is cool!” Ugh.)
Anyhow, I’ve got a full episode recap to write — look for it early Wednesday morning right here at TVLine — but until then, I thought I should offer my briefest first impressions on the evening’s 13 performances. (Yes, 13: The judges added Jermaine Jones to the standard Top 12 lineup in what was referred to as a “dramatic” twist.)
Reed Grimm, Maroon 5′s “Moves Like Jagger”
This…is American Lounge Singer!
Adam Brock, Aretha Franklin’s “Think”
Nice guy, didn’t miss a note, but felt a little too Season 3 to break on through to the other side of the semifinals.
Deandre Brackensick, Earth Wind and Fire’s “Reasons”
Heard some nerves percolating through that vocal, but still, he’s different enough to stand out, and could be a true contender with the experience under his belt.
Colton Dixon, Paramore’s “Decode”
He’s got a radio-ready voice; I just wished he’s put it to use on a better song.
Jeremy Rosado, Sara Bareilles’ “Gravity”
Buttery smooth, and mercifully light on the R&B affectations. The first fully realized performance of the night. He’d better get through!
Aaron Marcellus, The Jackson Five’s “Never Can Say Goodbye”
“It’s a very strange vibration” — in dude’s voice, maybe. I wanted to like that better that I did.
Chase Likens, Hunter Hayes’ “Storm Warning”
Came off like a Kia showing up for the Indy 500.
Creighton Fraker, Cyndi Lauper’s “True Colors”
Wasn’t a fan before tonight, but have to admit he made some great choices. What was with Randy hinting his backstory’s gonna hurt him? Doesn’t he always say it’s a singing competition?
Phillip Phillips, Phil Collins’ “In the Air Tonight”
“Stick with the melody is I think what he’s saying.” –J.Lo, translating Randy’s critique, and expressing my thoughts. That shot of him waking up all scruffy-like in bed = a lot of votes, though.
Eben Franckewitz, Adele’s “Set Fire to the Rain”
And just when I was about to say there weren’t any real train wrecks tonight. :(
Heejun Han, Robbie Williams’ “Angels”
Mostly in tune, but he really clipped a lot of his phrases. On a positive note, I hear X Factor is looking for a host!
Joshua Ledet, Jennifer Hudson’s “You Pulled Me Through”
Dayum. Did he just out-J.Hud J.Hud? (And did I just use J.Hud as a verb?)
Jermaine Jones, Luther Vandross’ “Dance With My Father”
Pimp slot + adorable mom + “dramatic twist” backstory = automatic berth in the Top 10? Big bass voice, but still not convinced he’s ready for this jelly.
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