Top 13 Perform
- Episode aired Mar 7, 2012
"American Idol" - 13 Finalists Compete - March 7, 2012 Now, we're in business. Tonight, the men sing Stevie Wonder songs and the ladies sing Whitney Houston songs. Mary J. Blige will serve... Read all"American Idol" - 13 Finalists Compete - March 7, 2012 Now, we're in business. Tonight, the men sing Stevie Wonder songs and the ladies sing Whitney Houston songs. Mary J. Blige will serve as mentor. And Ryan says for one night only it will be men vs women as tomorrow night the... Read all"American Idol" - 13 Finalists Compete - March 7, 2012 Now, we're in business. Tonight, the men sing Stevie Wonder songs and the ladies sing Whitney Houston songs. Mary J. Blige will serve as mentor. And Ryan says for one night only it will be men vs women as tomorrow night the show will reveal the bottom guy and girl and the judges will decide who stays. Contestan... Read all
Now, we're in business.
Tonight, the men sing Stevie Wonder songs and the ladies sing Whitney Houston songs. Mary J. Blige will serve as mentor. And Ryan says for one night only it will be men vs women as tomorrow night the show will reveal the bottom guy and girl and the judges will decide who stays.
Contestant:Joshua Ledet Joshua is nervous so Mary and Jimmy bring in a producer with a gospel background to help him relax. Mary thinks he can blow it out.
Song: "I Wish"
Performance: With the aid of a jaunty horn line he does a pretty good job, even though he pushes the growly part of his voice a little hard. He kills the little scat section though. Good energy and fun bounce.
Randy:Says he just wore it out at the top of the show. Loves that he switched it up from ballads.
JLo:She threatens to punch him again because he's so good and she loves that he can feel it and so can she.
Steven:Thinks he nailed it beautifully.
Contestant:Elise Testone Jimmy doesn't like her choice of song- she came in with the "Greatest Love of All" and they make her switch because it's not working for Jimmy and Mary. She's not feeling that she's understanding the feedback because she just learned the song. Mary tries to pump her up saying she has a great voice and doesn't want her to crash and burn.
Song:"I'm Your Baby Tonight" Performance:She also gets the jaunty horn line. She sounds great but is also pushing a little too hard and seems tense. She loosens up halfway through and adds some nice blue notes and some bounces and shimmies.
JLo:Says Whitney is a beast and she thought she was struggling to find her own voice in it. She says she sounds great but doesn't think it was her best and maybe a little unsure.
Steven:Says she has so much character to her voice she has to find the just right song. Good but not great.
Randy:Says it felt like she was boxing the song.
Song:"Knocks Me Off My Feet" Jimmy and Mary have little feedback, they think he's great and can do anything. Jimmy is thrilled the judges brought him back.
Performance:He starts off strong and silky. He keeps it light and sweet and is staying in a nice zone. He seems a little nervous but he is overcoming it and even he hits a nice little high note.
Steven: Says the song fit him like an Armani suit.
JLo: Thinks he's adorable and would like to see him connect to the song and the words and to relax a little bit.
Randy:Says he loved the verses but didn't love how he changed the melody of the choruses and agrees that he needs to relax.
Contestant:Erika Van Pelt. In stool chat Erika says getting picked as a wild card was the craziest thing ever. Jimmy thinks she's got a unique voice and wants her to find her own thing. Mary thinks her tone is like steak and potatoes.
Song:"I Believe in You and Me"
Performance: She starts very low and incredibly solid. She seems confident and poised with a big smile. When she hits the middle of the song she really hits her stride and she never overdoes it even when she throws grit on it. She hits a lovely, gentle high note to close it out. It's a great performance.
Randy: Thinks she has an amazing voice and unbelievable tone and when she stopped thinking it was fantastic.
JLo:Got goosies just from the video and held them while she was singing live. She's in love with Erika and tells her to not play it safe. Says she's only showing the tip of the iceberg.
Steven:Loved the whole thing.
Contestant:Colton Dixon Jimmy says Stevie Wonder is not in Colton's wheelhouse and has him sing an original song so he could have a context to put his cover in. Jimmy liked it and tells him to rely on his vulnerability. They think he feels it more after that.
Performance:He starts off gently and it's working more or less, emo Stevie. He ramps up it up with the rocking whine at the midway point and finishes it up there on a falsetto note that isn't perfect but a good attempt.
Steven:Says it was outstanding.
JLo:Says he was probably one of the most challenged by Stevie but she felt like he came through with his heart.
Randy:Technically he says it wasn't picture perfect and those places were soft and low but his power points were perfect and he slayed it in the end on the falsetto.
Contestant:Shannon Magrane Jimmy is surprised by her voice. Mary sees her thinking and running ahead in her mind to the note. She makes it work and gets to the moment.
Song:"I Have Nothing"
Performance: She starts off a little shaky pitch-wise and seems nervous. She hits the big note solidly but then has a lot of other wobbly notes after it. She seems very tight and not in good control of her breath. It feels very much like a "performance" as opposed to something lived in.
JLo:Says the thinking got the best of her. She knows she is capable of doing it but didn't do it tonight and next time she has to relax and tell the story.
Steven:Thinks her nerves got the best of her and thinks she crashed and burned in the turnaround. Shannon talks back saying she knows it.
Randy:Agrees it wasn't great and it was probably nerves.
Contestant:Deandre Brackensick In stool chat with Ryan he talks about becoming a wild card. He laughs at footage of himself being very emotional after getting chosen. During the mentoring Mary tells him to hit it harder and get a little grittier with it and less pretty. Jimmy and Mary are confident on his behalf.
Song:"Master Blaster (Jammin')"
Performance: He bounces down the steps and seems confident and strong and, luckily, not in his falsetto. It's not perfect but it's lively and ends on a climb to his falsetto.
Steven: He calls him a male Naima and that he has a different flavor and he's always loved it and liked it again tonight.
JLo:Says he's gotten rhythm and soul and is a great performer.
Randy:Likes that he showed a different side of himself and calls it a job well done.
Contestant:Skylar Laine Says she didn't grow up listening to her but she's going to try. Jimmy and Mary want her to show more dynamics between soft and belting. She gives Mary goosebumps.
Song:"Where Do Broken Hearts Go"
Performance:She starts seated and singing quietly. She takes a walk during the chorus and keeps it gentle but still punches a few notes. After the bridge she starts hitting it much harder and keeps pretty good control of it.
JLo:Calls her the definition of composure. She says the beginning was nasally and not perfect but she kept it together and gave them the biggest moment of the night.
Steven:Thought it was beautiful and that she climbed the ladder and it was beautiful.
Randy:Loved that she also showed a different side and says it was hot.
Contestant:Heejun Han Ryan chats with Heejun about his twitpics which they show, including pretending to eat Deandre's hair like noodles. Jimmy and Mary love his tone and that he's very soft but wants him to hit it a little harder. He gives Jimmy and Mary autographed pictures.
Song:"All in Love is Fair"
Performance: He starts very quietly and a little breathy but very earnest and in control. It gradually swells and grows in power and he hits some lovely notes and a clunker or two. It's very low-key but well done.
JLo:She loves him.
Steven:Thought it was fantastic and tells him to keep it up.
Randy:Says it wasn't perfect but it was really good.
Contestant:Hollie Cavanagh She hits a bum note and and Mary J. tries to guide her to it. And she definitely gets there. Mary calls her sick and says she's going to steal the show.
Song:"All the Man I Need"
Performance:It's basically perfect but a little mannered.
Randy:Calls it Whitney's prime joint and she nailed it.
JLo:Calls her the one and says they might have a sing off between two girls.
Steven:Says she nailed it and it was really nice.
Contestant:Jeremy Rosado Mary likes Jeremy. They're worried that he's very nervous and too much in his head. Jimmy likes him and thinks he's sweet but picked a song with a high degree of difficulty. They're worried about his nerves.
Song:"Ribbon in the Sky"
Performance:He does a have a very likable presence and he sounds fine but he's not exactly killing it in terms of flash. It is solid and pretty.
Steven:Calls him velvety smooth and had nice passion and that he didn't get a chance to fly
JLo:Loves his interpretations and says it was beautiful.
Randy: Doesn't think it was his best performance and says the song needed more swag.
Contestant:Jessica Sanchez She realizes she's taking a big risk with this song. Jimmy wants her back off from vibrato and Mary wants her to take her time. They both think she does it justice.
Song:"I Will Always Love You"
Performance:She begins, as Whitney did, a cappella, nice and easy. She's still doing a touch too much vibrato but she sounds great. She gets a standing ovation from the judges and the crowd.
Randy:Says give it all to her. Says it was the best vocal of the night and one of the best voices in the competition.
JLo:Says it was beautiful and blesses her.
Steven:Says she may be the one and she just made 40 million people cry.
Contestant:Phillip Phillips Thinks he's switching it up. Jimmy says he comes with batteries included. Mary tells him not to end on a lick but to sing it out. Mary loves that he gets lost in the music. Jimmy calls him a rare find, great musician and great singer.
Performance:He does his Dave Mattthews thing and it's exactly what you'd expect. There's a lot of shouting and singing just a touch behind the beat.Technically it's fine but he definitely doesn't show a different side of himself.
Steven:Calls him an interesting character and says there's no words for how he is, he just is.
JLo:Was worried about him doing Stevie but says he made it his own.
Randy:Says they do need him and that he brings a different flavor.