March 01, 2011 08:19 PM by Lisa Princ
Tonight the top 12 guys took the stage on American Idol on FOX and in the first live taping of the season, we will find out whether or not Steven Tyler kept his word. Keep reading to hear how your favorites did and to watch the performance videos from the show!
Watch performance videos from the top 12 boys!
Tim Halperin singing “Streetcorner Symphony”
Stefano Langone singing “Just The Way You Are”
Scott McCreery singing “Letters From Home”
Robbie Rosen singing “Angel”
Paul McDonald singing “Maggie May”
Jovany Barreto singing “I’ll Be”
Jordan Dorsey singing “OMG”
James Durbin singing “You’ve Got Another Thing Coming”
Jacob Lusk singing “A House Is Not A Home”
Clint Jun Gamboa singing “Superstition”
Casey Abrams singing “I Put A Spell On You”
Brett Loewenstern singing “Light My Fire”
American Idol’s performances kicked off tonight with the top 12 guys but prior to the performances, Ryan Seacrest gave the viewers the low down on the show’s new online voting as well as informing us that this will be our only chance to vote our favorites into the top 10. Five of these talented guys will move on after Thursday’s results show along with one of the judges favorites. So how did your favorite do tonight? Here’s the rundown of our season ten top 12 guys performances – each one was allowed to choose whichever song he wanted.
Clint Jun Gamboa
Clint started the evening off on a high note with his performance of the old Stevie Wonder hit “Superstition” and he proved to us tonight how strong his pipes really were. Clint rocked the stage and the judges all loved him. Steven called him “brilliant” while Jennifer told him she expects a lot out of him and she got it. Randy let Clint know that no karaoke singer in the word has a voice as good as Clint’s.
Jovany took on a softer song as he performed “I’ll be” by Edwin McCain. It was a beautiful performance, but I am not sure his singing is as strong as some of the other guys on the show. Steven thought he sang beautifully and Jennifer was in awe of him as well, but it was Randy who disagreed saying he didn’t “get it” and it was very karaoke for him.
Jordan decided to go more modern with the popular Usher tune “OMG” and he definitely made a huge mistake by doing so, it was not a good song for him at all. The judges were all in agreement that this was his worst performance so far. Steven said it was not good, and Jennifer questioned if this what he wanted to be as an artist to which Jordan said no. Randy said he needed to bring something new to it and he did not.
Tim followed in Jordan’s footsteps by trying something more modern and in the way it played out. Tim’s version of the Rob Thomas hit “Streetcorner Symphony” did not give the song any justice nor did he put his own spin on it. The judges were a bit disappointed in this choice as well leaving Randy once again wanting to see something new brought to a song, instead we got karaoke again.
Brett light up the stage with his performance of The Doors “Light my fire”. The tune started out slowly for Brett but he quickly took over the song and rocked the stage, hair tossing and all – I was honestly not expecting him to be this good but he surprised me. The judges loved his performance as well and Jennifer commented that she saw more hair tossing than she and Beyonce combined in the past ten years. Randy loved that he was different and true to himself and Steven Tyler thought he rocked it.
James was the risk taker of the evening and did a song never before performed on American Idol. His version of Judas Priest’s “You’ve got another thing coming” blew all the other performances out of the water in my opinion. I would love to see him sing next to Adam Lambert personally. James got a standing ovation from the audience for this performance and it was so good that Steven broke his promise not to swear as he was bleeped out numerous times for praising James. Randy looked at the other contestants when James was done and told them “now that’s how you do it” and Jennifer told him how much she loved the way he performs.
Robbie was next up and decided to take on a softer sound with “Arms of an angel” by Sarah McLaughlin and it was very beautiful. Steven commended Robbie for singing a “ballad like no one else could” while Jennifer called it “special”. Randy, however once again disagreed with the new judges claiming that it didn’t quite work pitch wise and he looked uncomfortable.
Scotty McCreery was next in line and it was no surprise that in a song of their choice he would choose a country tune. Scotty performed his version of John Michael Montgomery’s “Letters from home” and honestly I had never heard this song before, but Scotty made me want to hear it again. This kid has such a great voice and he did a great job on that tune, and I agree with the judges in saying it is refreshing to see that he is true to himself. Jennifer told him he was born to sing country music while Steven commended him on his song choice and Randy told him once again what a great voice he has.
Stefano went modern by performing his version of the popular hit “Just the way you are” by Bruno Mars and wow did he do a good job on it. This guy always has a way of getting us to sing and dance right along with him. Jennifer called him “a beast” up there while Steven loved it. Randy agreed about him having the room rocking along with him, but did point out a few “off” notes in which Stefano agreed that he did mess them up – at least he is honest, right?
Paul McDonald performed the classic Rod Steward hit “Maggie May” and it was definitely unique. Paul has a good voice but something about this guy is off to me – not sure what it is. In any event he performed very well and the judges all loved him. Randy even commended him for being so quirky and different and Jennifer as well as Steven loved him also.
Jacob performed “A house is not a home” By Luther Vandross and proved once again why he belonged to be there – I am still not sure how this guy slid under the radar for so long. His vocals were amazing and I cannot wait to see what he brings to the table next week. The judges were in agreement on his talent with Steven swearing that divine intervention brought Jacob to American Idol. Randy said he was proud to have Jacob there and Jennifer told a touching tale of why she loves this show as she said “Luther is my favorite and he is gone but now we have you.” Wow, powerful comments from Jennifer!
Casey finished off the evening and wow, what a way to go out. Casey blew the judges and audience away with his performance of “I put a spell on you” by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins and it was amazingly good. Steven told him he was “in his mind good and out of his mind unreal” while Randy told him that he was so different and unique he wanted more, more more. This was definitely one of the better performances of the evening.
That wraps up the top 12 guys’ performances, what did you think of them? Comment and share your thoughts with us and then be sure to tune in at 8 pm EST tomorrow to see the top 12 girls take the stage!
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