It's getting down to the wire on American Idol, with only five contestants left. Tonight, they'll take on songs from the '60s and British Pop, as well as performing as duos and trios. But with all of the remaining contestants having something special to offer, who will shine?
Stay with Digital Spy live from 8/7c to find out who impresses judges Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson as well as the voting public!
21:59Well, that's it for tonight, folks. Tomorrow night (May 3) we're back at 8/7c for the results show and someone will be heading home! We'll see you then!
21:56Josh gets a standing ovation for the performance, so there ya go. I muted my TV, but that's okay. ;) Randy gives a shout out to the Gibb family following Robin's recent health issues, and then applauds Joshua for delivering something he's never heard with so much passion. He believes that Joshua's experience is well beyond his age and says that he is born to do what he's doing.
Jennifer thinks that very few people could perform to such a high standard and have such a great voice, saying that it's been years since they've seen someone like him and calling him "one of the best singers in the past 50 years". Steven praises his artistry, saying that he can go into a recording style and make a hit record out of anything because he's just that good.
21:52Finally, Joshua is doing 'To Love Somebody' by The Bee Gees. He's changed it up a bit and, guess what, I hate it! Free to be you and me, people! For those of you who love him, this just means there's more Joshua to go around to you. Doesn't that make you happy that an old fuddy duddy like myself isn't clogging up the flow of love in the Joshua pool? (Ignore that very mixed metaphor, I'm tired.)
21:45Steven thinks she showed America once again what a great singer she is and leaves it at that. Jennifer is reminded of when she sang 'I Will Always Love You' and captivated the whole audience, praising her for taking her time with it and giving it some beautiful touches. Randy thinks that she made a comeback in round two and is now "at the top of the leaderboard" because she has wisdom and talent as a singer that is unprecedented.
21:44Jessica Sanchez is going with a bit of an obvious choice, singing Joe Cocker's 'You Are So Beautiful'. Great song, but sorta been done a million times and I was hoping for something of a surprise from her, to be honest. No doubt she'll knock it out of the park vocally, though.
She delivers, of course, as usual. But again, it was nothing new or exciting.
21:40Randy calls it "flawless" and "amazing", saying that she's peaking at the right times and admitting that he is "transfixed" by everything that she's doing. Jennifer thinks that she's winning over the hearts of America and that she just might win if she continues giving such amazing performances. "It's all there! Everything is a natural moment. You know how to make it work," she adds. Steven appreciates the song choice as she brought it into the 21st century and did so easily.
21:37Skylar Laine is singing Dusty Springfield's 'You Don't Have to Say You Love Me', y'all! Great choice. I love Dusty, I love Skylar - what could be wrong?
Nothing is wrong! She does a great job with it. Skylar is great. Do I even have to say anything else about it? She's a total star.
21:29Steven thinks it was "great" despite the weird arrangement. Jennifer says it was "a treat" to see the three of them working together on a song as they moved well together and seemed to have their confidence. Randy agrees, praising them for doing well despite the arrangement, which left "a few holes" in the performance.
21:25The three girls, Jessica, Hollie and Skylar are teaming up for a trio of Jackie Wilson's 'Higher and Higher'. This should be fun! (And yes, I mean that without sarcasm.) They all sound great and are having a good time with it, so I approve of this.
21:19Randy thinks it was a more "relaxed, subdued" performance, saying that it was nice to hear him singing the melody of the song since it lets everyone know that he can but usually chooses not to in order to make it his own. Jennifer agrees that it was really mellow, adding that it sounded like his style and could be his song. "You did a good job with it," she says. Steven is glad that he sang the song's melody and did it well.
21:17Phillip's British song is 'Time of the Season' by The Zombies - another one he can turn into a jam band anthem. Jimmy Iovine thinks that his charisma and looks are helping him in the competition, but he still needs to pull it out with this performance.
Doesn't really help that the background on stage is... yes, tie dye. Anyone got the hacky sack? Performance is mediocre and exactly like all his others - if you like Phil, you'll love this!
21:09Steven loves it, saying that it forced her to sing the way she did in the first auditions, calling it "very beautiful" with great delivery. Also, he doesn't know this song. Whaaaat? Doesn't everyone know this song? Jennifer thinks that it had a beautiful and intimate quality to it, praising her "breathtaking" runs and saying that she even surprised herself by letting go. Randy thinks it's a great song and was taken back to last season when she didn't quite make it. However, she's "two for two" tonight with "unbelievable" performances.
21:07It's time for round two and we're celebrating all things British! Hollie's singing Leona Lewis's 'Bleeding Love'. Listen, if there are two things I love right now, it's England and... Hollie, I guess. (I couldn't think of a second thing!) This is a good song, though, and I think Hollie's got the chops to pull it off - though let's be real, no one is Leona but Leona. Anyway...
She sounds great - love this performance and a good song choice for her. Modern, fun, and a good showcase for her voice. End of!
20:58Steven thinks that he's one of the "top two best Idols of all time" (blank stare on my end), adding that he's "on fire" and "such a talent". Jennifer agrees, saying that he's a throwback from another era and she enjoys watching him every single time he's on stage. Randy is reminded of Terrence Trent D'Arby and thinks that he could bring something back to American music that it's been missing.
20:54Joshua's singing The Temptations' 'Ain't Too Proud to Beg'. I'm going to leave it at that.
20:48Jennifer (who has an amazing dress on tonight, by the way), thinks Jessica was "so grown up" in that performance and often forgets that she's only 16. She applauds her for being "a little bit of Tina, a little bit of Beyoncé" and thinks that this showed more of Jessica's true style. Steven thinks that she "did it again", building it up and stretching out her vocals, making it sound really great. Randy, however, disagrees - he thinks it was "barely okay" because while she took on "the biggest dragon of the night", it didn't sit well with him on the performance level.
20:45Jessica Sanchez is singing Ike & Tina Turner's 'Proud Mary' - a tall order, but she has the voice for it. Does she have the performance skills? We'll find out. If she pulls it off, it'll be a real coup as it's an incredibly difficult song to sing.
Vocally, of course, she sounds great. However, the dancing leaves a bit to be desired and she seems somewhat uncomfortable with the song. Not that I fault her for that, of course - I couldn't walk in those 6-inch heels myself! (Full disclosure: I have never worn heels and will never.)
20:38Steven encourages them to "look into each other's eyes and embrace each other" and says that he needed to hear it. Jennifer thinks they were scared to sing it together but that they should concentrate on singing to the girls. Partially barking up the wrong tree there, methinks, Jennifer. Randy also admits that while it started a little slow, they really "delivered it" once it got into the second verse.
20:34Up next, Phillip and Joshua Ledet are teaming up for a duet. Joshua is... trying to make a joke... and seems... so awkward... (I tried!) Anyway, they're singing 'You've Lost That Loving Feeling' by The Righteous Brothers. A really bizarre song choice, and one that neither of them seem comfortable singing. I have to stop talking now. If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything, right? (It's so hard!)
20:27Jennifer thinks that she's full of energy and loves that she attacks every song because it makes the crowd move and comes natural to her. She also applauds Skylar for being fearless. Steven says that she "loves music, and music loves [her]", adding that he loves her voice, her dress and everything else. Randy loves the song choice and thinks that the original band would be proud of her, adding that she is "born to be on stage".
20:24Up next, it's Skylar Laine, y'all! She tries on a few different songs before settling into Credence Clearwater Revival's 'Fortunate Son'. I love her! She's fantastic and should win, frankly. That's right, I said it. I don't totally love this song for her, but she performs the hell out of it and just has a great energy about her. How can you dislike Skylar Laine? (That's a trick question because you can't.)
20:21Randy loves that he made it his own and "vibed it up", even if it didn't have as much melody in the chorus as the original. Still, he made it "jam band-y", something that Randy appreciates.
Jennifer doesn't know the original and therefore had nothing to compare it to. Still, she feels it lacked melody, even if he is a great performer and someone "compelling" to watch. Steven also misses the melody but thinks that he "gets away with it" the same way the Rolling Stones did. Uh, really? He also claims that Phil "waves his freak flag" - though there's nothing freakish about anything Phil does, only a little corny.
20:18Phillip Phillips is up next and is singing The Box Tops' 'The Letter'. I don't really know this song, but it's right in line with Phil's whole schtick of pseudo-Dave Matthews rocker (?)... the performance is okay, but he's one of the contestants I don't really see growing from week to week. He's good, mind, just... consistently so, not really doing anything new or exciting from week to week.
20:11Steven says it was the first time he's heard her "step out and use [her] blues", something that was really great to see. "Thank you, Lord!" he adds. Jennifer agrees, adding that it was nice to see her leading a bigger production and attacking the song, praising her for showing "a different type of Hollie". Randy loves it, too, applauding her for performing like no one is watching and singing like she means it. "Very nice!" he tells her.
20:08Up first, Hollie Cavanagh is singing 'River Deep, Mountain High' - a tall order, for sure. Little Steven tells her not to care what people think and to stop trying to please people, which is advice she could definitely benefit from. I think Hollie's got a great voice. She's not really meant to win, but she's great.
The performance itself is great, vocally speaking. She really tries to come out of her shell and she's totally come a long way since beginning the competition. I really love the sound of her voice and it's amazing what a little self-confidence has done for her overall performance.
20:06Steven Van Zandt - AKA Little Steven - is here tonight as the mentor. He's a legend, guys, I don't know!
20:05The Top 5 are all looking quite coordinated tonight. Well, the ladies are, anyway - Phillip Phillips is still wearing his open button-up top and t-shirt and Joshua is wearing... I don't know what. (I've heard your pleas, readers. I'll try to tone down my very strong feelings about him... No fun!)
20:01Only five contestants left! Can you believe the season is almost over? Do you wish it was over already? Well, pipe down, we've got a few more weeks left to go. Still, it is getting serious and soon we'll have a new American Idol. Yes, another one - that's how this whole thing works!