This week's theme was revealed by Executive Producer Nigel Lythgoe to be songs from this decade; the contestants were coached by the multi talented Akon.
01 Skylar Laine sang Didn't You Know How Much I Loved You by Kellie Pickler-- Randy said you could have a hit with a song like that. I felt you for the first time in a long time, that was crazy hot and crazy good. Jen said it was pitch perfect, and Steven said he is enamored by the women on the show this year. Skylar just blew me away with this song, it seemed like it was written and meant for her.
02 Colton Dixon sang Love The Way You Lie by Skylar Grey-- Jen likes that he leaves his mark on every song that he sings. Steven said, you could record that right now Colton, you always sing so good. I can't wait til you sing your own songs. Randy loved his interpretation and how he held back. One thing I can say with certainty about Colton is that he marches to his own beat, and it makes for stellar performances every week.
Phillip Phillips and Elise Testone sang Somebody That I Used to Know by Gotye-- Steven said you guys nailed it, Jen loved what they brought to the song as a duet, and Randy wants them to do more duets together.
03 Jessica Sanchez sang Stuttering by Jazmine Sullivan-- Randy loved the arrangement and said the performance was superb to the highest degree. Jen thought it was really beautiful and wants Jessica to take the viewers on a ride with her for the final weeks. Steven said, when I hear you sing, I forget where I am. I understand Steven's comment, Jessica is so good, so talented, and so full of emotion when she sings that I get lost in her performance, in each song, in each lyric. She is just a mesmerizing performer, and I believe when everyone says she is going to be something special.
04 Joshua Ledet sang Runaway Baby by Bruno Mars-- Joshua got the first standing ovation of the night. All the judges praised Joshua, Jen loves that dynamic that a Joshua performance brings. Randy said in more words that Joshua is the whole package. Joshua is so powerful when he performs and his confidence is so evident from the first note to the last, every move on the stage is so deliberate and I just absolutely love watching him every week.
Skylar Laine and Colton Dixon sang Don't You Wanna Stay by Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson-- Steven said beautiful duet and the harmonies were so gorgeous and Jen echoed that sentiment. Randy thought the performance was just okay.
05 Hollie Cavanagh sang Perfect by Pink-- Jennifer felt that she sang beautifully tonight and she should be proud of her performance. Randy said this was better than last week. Steven said something like she wasn't perfect, but it was good. I like Hollie, and this is a definite improvement over last week, but I also recognize her insecurity when she sings and it makes her a bit weak in comparison to the other contestants.
06 Phillip Phillips sang Give A Little More by Maroon 5-- Steven praised how Phillip has evolved. Jen and Randy found the performance underwhelming and said that it wasn't as good as the Phillip performances that they are used to. I understand all sides of this, Phillip has evolved and has displayed growth which is tough for someone as good as him. I also see Jennifer and Randy's point, the performance just seemed to kind of sit and not really go anywhere. I wish he has picked a more mainstream song.
Jessica Sanchez, Hollie Cavanagh, and Joshua Ledet sang Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You) by Kelly Clarkson-- The judges gave the edge in this trio to Joshua.
07 Elise Testone sang You and I by Lady Gaga-- Randy said Elise is back and the vocals were dope. Jen said no one sings like you, you let go, but you were in complete control. Steven agreed with Jen. This song choice oozed Elise, it was perfect for her. The judges comments were spot on.