Tonight the American Idol hopefuls sang songs from their idols, and it was quite entertaining.  

Colton Dixon kicked it off with his performance of Lifehouse’s beautiful song, “Everything”.  The music arrangement was lovely; his singing not so much.  I’m confident he’ll be safe, because while not my style, he was ok and even with the crazy, two-tone butcher cut, he’s not bad to look at.

Skylar Laine bounced along to Miranda Lambert’s “Gun Powder and Lead”.  I actually didn’t hate it and I must say, she always brings the high energy.

The first of three trios began with a Fleetwood Mac medley, courtesy of Colton, Elise & Phillip.  “Landslide”, “Edge of Seventeen” and “Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow” were the three songs.  Colton did ok, Elise did the songs justice and Phillip worked it out.  The harmonies of the contestants got better as the medley progressed.

HeeJun Han dropped the comedy routine for his performance of Donny Hathaway’s “Song for You”.  His vocals were good, but his accent is noticeable and distracting at times.

Carrie Underwood’s “Jesus Take the Wheel” made an appearance thanks to Hollie Cavanagh.  The judges weren’t crazy over it, yet I finally saw why she’s in the top ten.  The vocals mixed with her innocent look worked and I thought she did great.

DeAndre Brackensack took Eric Benet’s “Sometimes I Cry” to new heights.  Despite J.Lo’s plea to vote for DeAndre, I don’t get it.  The falsetto was a bit much for me, as it may be for America, so he could be packing his bags.

Beyonce’s “Sweet Dream” was not a beautiful nightmare for Jessica Sanchez.  The girl can sing, no doubt, but I’m still not a fan.  There’s some kind of arrogance either she projects or I perceive with her.  Despite the unlikablilty factor, she’ll be safe for many weeks to come.

The second trio of competitors sang a Michael Jackson mix, including “Lady of Mine”, “Rock With You” and “P.Y.T.”.  DeAndre, HeeJun and Joshua knocked it out!  They were really good; the dancing, no.

It was “Still Raining” with Phillip Phillips singing Jonny Lang’s song.  He did an excellent job and might I add, is also easy on the eyes. 😉

Joshua Ledet oversang “Without You” by Harry Nilsson.  He did a decent job, however, his church vocals didn’t seem to work.  A disappointment, since I know he could’ve had the performance of the night.  

The biggest disappointment and outrage of the show was the last medley…Madonna.  Skylar, Holly and Jessica massacred “Like A Prayer”, “Borderline” and “Express Yourself” in the worst way possible.  They all seemed to try to out-sing each other, resulting in a distasteful tribute to the Queen of Pop.

Closing out the show was Elise Testone, rockin’ it to Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love”.  Maybe it was the karma from wearing the same black and silver bell bottoms as Steven Tyler, but Testone owned the classic rock tune.

It was a pretty good time of song tonight, soooo much better than last week.  We’ll see who survives the cut, tomorrow night.

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