Sam Woolf – Come Together by The Beatles (Across The Universe) – “It was great to hear that side of you,” says Keith Urban. “And all I can say right now is I love the way you’re loosening up a bit. Just keep going on that trajectory.”
Jessica Meuse – Sound Of Silence by Simon and Garfunkle (The Graduate) – “But I just felt like you never got your groove on. I don’t know if the band was off, but it never got the groove all together. I think you can win. But you have to be comfortable out here. Sometimes it hits and sometimes it’s off, and it’s got to be every single time,” says JLo.
CJ Harris – Can’t You See by the Marshall Tucker Band (Blow) – “Killer man” says Keith Urban. “You completely nailed that.” Jennifer Lopez was celebrating the whole time. “You’re a front runner baby,” she says. Well, I wouldn’t go that far. But it was a very strong performance.”
Dexter Roberts – Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd (Forrest Gump) – “I think you’re really smart. You’re going down the checklist: I’m gonna pick a song that everybody knows. I’m gonna give a really solid performance. But you still have to bring something completely different to it. I thought it was solid, and if you keep stringing these really popular tunes together with solid performances, you’re tough to beat,” says Harry Connick Jr.
Ben Briley – Bennie and the Jets by Elton John (27 Dresses) – “I never know if we’ve really heard the real Ben,” says Harry Connick Jr. “There seems to be a slight affectation to your voice, a throaty sound. It’s hard to describe.”
Majesty York – Let it Go by Idina Menzel (Frozen) – “You really are a mystery to me,” says Harry Connick Jr. “You go from Janelle Monae to Coldplay to singing a Disney song tonight. The downside of that is that I’m starting to lose sight of who you are because you’re spreading yourself so stylistically thin.”
Caleb Johnson – Skyfall by Adele (Skyfall) – “That was not predictable at all,” says Keith Urban. “It was fully dependable. You have such a great vocal gift. I thought that was an amazing choice and a great, restrained performance of that song. Great power, man.”
MK Nobilette – To Make You Feel My Love by Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood (Hope Floats) – “You look like a star,” says Keith Urban. “This show is about the journey. It’s about the unveiling of artists and you see a little bit every week. There were little glimpses of who you can be as an artist once you get comfortable with this. You’re really, really good.”
Alex Preston – Falling Slowly by The Swell (Once) – “I’m so glad that on a platform as hugely visible as American Idol, there’s still an opportunity for a young guy with a guitar to just sing a pretty song without a bunch of fireworks,” says Harry Connick Jr. “It was nice to see something simply stated and elegantly done. I’m really proud of you, man.”
Jena Irene – Decode by Paramore (Twilight) – “I don’t know what you were doing in the bottom three last week!” says JLo. “Honestly, you have one of the best voices here, with the most dynamics. You give great performances. America, get on board with this! This girl in the real thing. Best performance of the night!”
Malaya Watson – I Am Changing by Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls) – “People on the street will come up to me and say, “This year, there’s no big belter among the group,’” adds Harry Connick Jr. “But you just showed everybody that there is a big belter. Over time, your sound is just gonna get thicker and bigger and it’s going to be a pleasure to watch.”
That’s all for tonight! Join us tomorrow for the live results! Who’s leaving Idol tomorrow?