The show opened with all the Idol contestants who have been voted off so far singing, what else, "So What" by Pink. So what is that we want most of you to come back. ;-) Tonight is all about songs from the 21st century, and what better than a song by Pink, a major artist of "now".
01. Scotty McCreery sang "Swingin'" by Leann Rimes-- Steven said he likes Scotty's voice and said that was Scotty's equivalent of the Rolling Stones. Jennifer loves Scotty's storytelling quality but expected more from him. Randy echoed Jennifer and felt it was too safe a performance for this week. I agree that maybe it was not Scotty's best performance or the best choice; however, judges if you don't think the song was good, suggest what you think he should have sung. Lay it all out and be specific and constructive. Scotty has a following though, expect lots of votes for him, even though this was "safe".
02. James Durbin sang "Uprising" by Muse-- Jennifer said that was the highest we've ever heard you sing; amazing! Randy said I am gonna go out on a limb and say that's the best performance of the night. You are unbelievable up there; that's a great song from one of my favorite bands, Muse. Steven said, stay out of my closet, you'd be surprised how expensive it is to look this cheap. That was a crazy good performance! James keeps growing, not only as a singer but as an artist with a vision.
03. Hayley Reinhart sang "Rolling in the Deep" by Adele-- Randy said you chose a perfect direction for you, great performance, well done. He said when you hit some of the falsetto notes you went sharp. Steven said, you know what I'm gonna say, yea baby. Jennifer said that's a tough song to do right now because everyone is so familiar with it, and you brought a little bit of Hayley to it, and that's where it shined. I agree most with Randy, it was one of her better performances, but the parts where she went sharp sounded almost forced, so she needs to be careful.
04 Jacob Lusk sang "Dance With My Father" by Luther Vandross-- Steven said you are so good and your father is up there listening and that's a beautiful thing. Jennifer said it was an emotionally beautiful performance. Randy agreed with what Jennifer said and added that vocally it was good but urged him to go for it and not hold back, and to bring back the church boy. I agree, Jacob needed to take this over the top vocally, and it fell short of that. He should have sang the bridge of the song which was not included in this version. I want to hear the Jacob that sang God Bless the Child
05 Casey Abrams sang "Harder to Breathe" by Maroon 5-- Jennifer said I loved the performance and you took a pop rock song and took it all the way rock. Randy said I enjoyed that; continue to take chances. I love it; I can't wait to see what you do every week. Steven said you are already a cult hero. I have to say I agree with Randy, I love how Casey is so outside the box from everyone else; it's really impressive. He is just so far beyond his years.
06 Stefano Langone sang "Closer" by Neyo-- Randy said you turned me around, you took your time on the verses, and worked out the dance steps. Steven said, good job, you did it. Jennifer said really good job baby, you brought it, you had the swagger, turned it up. It felt like a concert and you really brought yourself to it. I think Stefano was smokin' tonight, he grows every single week, and that means so much in a competition like this.
07. Lauren Alaina sang "Born to Fly" by Sara Evans-- Steven said you're so good naturally but sing something by Allison Krauss, Faith Hill, or Shania Twain. Jennifer and Randy said you can sing anything, you sang back and forth with Steven when we first met you. Jennifer said you're amazing and Randy said, challenge yourself. I think the best is yet to come from Lauren and she has to believe in herself cause it's like she isn't sure of how good she actually is.
Power Rankings: Truly, your guess is as good as mine! These people are all amazing.