Tonight’s American Idol will not be live–not because the producers are in a post-Sanjaya mourning period, but because tomorrow night’s two-hour “Idol Gives Back” special will probably exhaust everyone involved, especially if Spectral Elvis shows up as threatened. (Don’t forget: We’ll be liveblogging the whole affair, starting at 8 p.m. ET.) So the spoilers for this week’s episode were out in full force all over the Internet, and we’ve got them after the jump, along with a thumbnail of the judges’ reactions and, oddly, each contestant’s sartorial picks. (We figured that, given Bono’s presence as the kids’ mentor this week, they’d all wear items from Project (RED), but we guess that was a little too crass.)
1. Chris Richardson “If I Could Change The World” by Eric Clapton – He wore a tie and jacket.
2. Melinda Doolittle “There Will Come A Day” by Faith Hill – She wore a gray dress.
3. Blake Lewis “Imagine” by John Lennon – He wore a purple shirt and jacket.
4. LaKisha Jones “I Believe” Season 3 coronation song – She wore a black strapless dress.
5. Phil Stacey “The Change” by Garth Brooks – He wore a blue shirt and jacket.
6. Jordin Sparks “You’ll Never Walk Alone” from the musical “Carousel” – She wore a beige dress.
And the reactions:
Chris – All three judges liked his performance. Randy said Chris started off the show great. Paula thought it was one of his best. Simon said it wasn’t nasally, it was a great song choice and he’s finally living up to the potential they saw in his first audition.
Melinda – All the judges loved her. Randy said Melinda showed everyone how it’s done. Simon said she made it completely her own-a masterclass performance.
Blake – Randy thought it was a little boring-blah blah cakes about being compared to the original. Paula felt his performance was quiet, sincere. Simon liked the vocal and thought it was more about the sincerity than the vocal.
Lakisha – The judges “slammed” her. Simon thinks she shout-sings. The judges preferred Fantasia’s version from Season 3. (two separate accounts say that the audience loved her and that she sounded great).
Phil – Randy and Paula thought he was great. Simon liked it but told him to continue going for the country-style songs
Jordin – Randy told her tonite it was the best vocal by any Idol on any season. Simon joked that “unlike Randy. I liked you tonight Jordin.” Paula liked her too.
What is wrong with Lakisha? Two Idol winners’ songs two weeks in a row? That is called “setting yourself up for a hard, hard fall, which is an even worse idea when you’re about to spill out of your dress.”
Top 6 Song Spoilers [mjsbigblog.com]