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"American Idol's" 7 remaining contestants sang post-Millennium music this week.
First up was Scotty McReery singing "Swingin'" by Lee Ann Rimes. Scotty was well-received by the audience but criticized by 2 out of 3 judges for playing it safe and being "boring." ("You've really got to bring it," said Randy). C&W fans will keep Scotty in the competition until at least the final 3, if not the final 2.
Second this night was James Durbin, "the rocker of the group," singing Muse's "Uprising." Steven Tyler summarized James' look as "Mad Max meets storm troopers on Melrose." Tyler told James to "stay out of my closet." In a remark that Dolly Parton made famous, Tyler said, "You'd be surprised how much it costs to look this cheap."
Third was Haley Reinhart, singing Adele. Randy commented that Haley "chose a perfect direction for you" but also remarked that Haley was sharp in the falsetto portion.
Fourth singer of the night was Jacob Lusk, who sang Luther Vandross' "Dance with my Father." Jacob became quite emotional during the song. Steven Tyler said, "You were so good. You had a little stumble there, but you pulled it through." Jennifer Lopez remarked, "Emotionally, it was a beautiful performance," but also advised Jacob, "You have to learn control." Randy pronounced Jacob's performance "good", but said, "It didn't make me jump up and down." Randy advised Jacob not to hold back. "Go for it," said Randy.
Fifth performer was Casey Abrams, singing Maroon 5's "Harder to Breathe" while accompanying himself on guitar. At the end of the song, he approached the judges' table and stole a kiss from Jennifer Lopez. Jennifer said, "I loved it. You took a pop song and took it all the way rock." Randy said, " You continue to take chances. I can't wait to see what you're going to do each week." Steven Tyler remarked, "You already are a cult hero" and then used a profanity that the network excised from the broadcast. Tyler's remarks caused Ryan Seacrest's remark, "The wheels have fallen off this program."
Sixth up was Stefano Langone singing Neo's "Closer." Steven Tyler said, "I was hopin' you'd dance, and you did." Jennifer Lopez said, "You really had your swag goin' on." My guess: Stefano will be in the bottom three again.
Last singer of the night was Lauren Alaina, who sang "Born to Fly" by Sarah Evans. The basic message given Lauren was that she lacked self-confidence and should step up her game. As Randy said, "You can sing anything. I don't even think you even know how good you are."
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