‘American Idol’ 2011: Top 12 perform, judges comment – March 16, 2011 — The Top 12 singing contestants on American Idol performed Wednesday night, and the three judges commented on their impressions. Viewers at home voted, and the results of that vote will be announced Thursday night in the results show. In the meantime, what did the judges say for each performance?
We have the singers, their songs, and a sampling of the judges’ comments for you below. This week’s theme was songs from the year the singer was born. Singers are listed in the order in which they performed.
Naima Adedapo, 1984. “What’s Love Got to Do With It,” Tina Turner.
- Steven Tyler: “You’ve got a sorceress grasp of harmony.”
- Jennifer Lopez: “You’re consistently pitchy.” She wants her to work on that now.
- Randy Jackson: “The vocals are kind of a mess. All over the place.”
Paul McDonald, 1984. “I Guess That’s Why They Call it the Blues,” Elton John.
- Steven Tyler: “You define a cool dude in a loose mood.”
- Jennifer Lopez: “You have so much soul.” Everybody gets a cold, but he sang through it.
- Randy Jackson: “Some of the notes were pitchy. You are the new ingenue.”
Thia Megia, 1995. “Colors of the Wind,” Vanessa Williams.
- Steven Tyler: “Is that song who you think you are?
- Jennifer Lopez: “Push out of the box; work on the vibratto.”
- Randy Jackson: “The vocals were ok. I felt like I was at some pageant somewhere. Boring.”
James Durbin, 1989. “I’ll Be There For You,” Bon Jovi.
- Steven Tyler: “How do you do that? Don’t get too poppy [pop music] on me.” Later — “That man up there has a rich vein of inner crazy. I’ll join him.” [suggests he may sing with him at some point in the season].
- Jennifer Lopez: “I love it. You were great.”
- Randy Jackson: “You figure out how to make it your own.”
Haley Reinhart, 1990. “I’m Your Baby Tonight,” Whitney Houston.
- Steven Tyler: “That was sweet and tough. I want to hear more blues.”
- Jennifer Lopez: “Do what you feel.” Movements seem tense.
- Randy Jackson: “I’m a little confused. I’m not sure who you are. It wasn’t a great performance.”
Stefano Langone, 1989. “If You Don’t Know by Now,” Simply Red (remake).
- Steven Tyler: “Beautiful phrasing.”
- Jennifer Lopez: “It was a perfect, perfect song for you. You could take this thing [win the whole competition].”
- Randy Jackson: “The best performance of the night so far.”
Pia Toscano, 1988. “Where Do Broken Hearts Go?” Whitney Houston.
- Steven Tyler: “You are why this is called ‘American Idol.'”
- Jennifer Lopez: “I was so glad to hear you do something up tempo.”
- Randy Jackson: “Pia is in it to win it.”
Scotty McCreery, 1993. “Can I Trust You with My Heart,” Travis Tritt.
- Steven Tyler: “You just keep going where you are.”
- Jennifer Lopez: “Keep growing. Keep learning. Keep doing.”
- Randy Jackson: “I believe in you. You did Travis Tritt [whom he knows and has worked with] proud.”
Karen Rodriguez, 1989. “Love Will Lead You Back,” Taylor Dayne.
- Steven Tyler: “I love it when you break into your ethnic what it is-ness.”
- Jennifer Lopez: “I could tell you were a little bit scared. Never expose your weaknesses. Play to your strengths.”
- Randy Jackson: “It started kind of rough. Definitely better than last week. Welcome back.”
Casey Abrams, 1991. “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” Nirvana.
- Steven Tyler: “You are so good. That’s the goop that great stuff is made from. You got it.”
- Jennifer Lopez: “Parts of it got a little screechy. But you know I love you.”
- Randy Jackson: “I like that you are putting art first, then thinking commerce. You are fearless. That’s what we need — fearlessness.”
Lauren Alaina, 1994. “I’m the Only One,” Melissa Etheridge.
- Steven Tyler: “You are a shining star. I loved you when I first saw you.”
- Jennifer Lopez: “Very nice. You just took it and made it your own.”
- Randy Jackson: “That was very nice. So, have a cold every week. I liked it.”
Jacob Lusk, 1987. “Alone,” Heart.
- Steven Tyler: “The Gospel had a baby, and they named it Jacob Lusk.”
- Jennifer Lopez: “You give yourself completely to every performance, to every song, to every moment you’re up there.”
- Randy Jackson: The tender ending — “It was genius, Dude. Jacob is in it to win it. We’ve got a hot competition.”
American Idol will air again on FOX at 8 p.m. Thursday when the singer who received the lowest number of votes will be go home. Guest performers will include Season 9 American Idol winner, Lee DeWyze and the Black Eyed Peas, who will perform their new single, “Just Can’t Get Enough.”
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