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American Idol: Top Eight “Songs From The Movies” Performances

April 13, 2011 06:34 PM by Lisa Princ

American Idol on FOX is back tonight with performances from the movies. After last week’s shocking elimination you better make sure vote tonight! How did the remaining eight do tonight? Keep reading for more details!

American Idol kicks off this week with the remaining eight contestants performing movie tunes. Before we got to the performances though, Ryan Seacrest made sure to point out how Jennifer Lopez topped People’s most beautiful women list for 2011. Then we jumped right into the songs from the movies and here is what the contestants did tonight.

Paul McDonald
Paul was first up tonight and chose “Old Time Rock and Roll” by Bob Segar from the movie “Risky Business”. Paul came out in one of the gaudiest suits to date but he immediately started to work the crowd as he normally does. The performance was fun, and Paul brought his unique sound to this tune. The crowd loved him and so did the judges as Steven told him he wanted to borrow the suit and then said what he got back from the crowd says it all. Jennifer told him watching him was like watching a diamond in the rough and that he killed it. Randy said America just witnessed the first song as the Paul McDonald concert.

Lauren Alaina
Lauren decided to take on “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus from the “Hannah Montana” movie. During rehearsals Jimmy Iovine told her she was a much stronger singer than Miley Cyrus. The crowd seemed to like her and while she was good, I have to disagree with Jimmy, she did not nearly sing that song as good as Miley does. The judges had nothing but love for Lauren as Jennifer told her she loved the tear she had in her voice and she sang it beautifully. Randy said “the Lauren we first saw in Nashville is roaring back”. Steven thought she moved him beyond tears.

Stefano Langone
Stefano was up next and took on “End of the Road” by Boys ll Men from the movie “Boomerang”. Stefano was determined to come out and nail it after being in the bottom last week and I thought it was a tad bit boring but the crowd and the judges loved him.Randy told Stefano that he slayed the song and called it his best vocal to date. Steven thought Stefano proved himself tonight and Jennifer gushed that he now understands and he “got it”.

Scotty McCreery
Country crooner Scotty was next up for movie tunes with “I Cross My Heart” by George Straight from the movie “Pure Country”. During rehearsals Jimmy told Scotty that he could sing the phone book and be amazing. Scotty was completely amazing andas a George Straight fan myself I was unsure before I heard him but he won me over immediately. Steven told him that all of America has fallen in love with his voice. Jennifer told him that he was really good and he performed beautifully. Randy said he loved the song choice for him and then said “a star is born on this stage” as he asked America to look at Scotty.

Casey Abrams
Casey came out and looked a little different tonight as he shaved his beard down a bit. This week Casey decided to take on “Nature Boy” by Nat King Cole and despite Jimmy’s best effort to try and get Casey to take on “In The Air Tonight” Casey chose to go against Jimmy’s advice and stick with his original song. His decision paid off well for him as the performance was perfect and he got a standing ovation. Jennifer started off by saying his music crossed the boundaries and touched people. Randy was happy that they have real artists on the show and went on to tell Casey is that he is one like no one else and said it was brilliant. Steven told Casey he was the truest sense of artist since he took the song that was in his heart instead of what Jimmy told him.

Haley Reinhart
Haley was up next for movie tunes and she chose to take on Blondie’s “Call Me” from the movie American Gigolo. This was a fun performance to watch but it was by far not her best performance to date. Randy told her that it felt very karaoke to him and did not showcase her voice. Steven agreed but said she sang it great and looked gorgeous – shocker since she had a mini skirt on. Jennifer said she did not want to say anything bad about the girls as she didn’t want any of the girls to go home but it wasn’t the best.

Jacob Lusk
Jacob had two song choices tonight – but went against his choices and went with “Bridge Over Troubled Water” from the movie “The Pursuit Of Happyness” as suggested by Jimmy Iovine. Jacob took the stage and once again proved that he has awesome vocals as he sounded perfect. The crowd and the judges loved him as Steven told Jacob he sounded angelic and it was phenomenal how much of himself he puts into a song. Jennifer agreed and told him how gifted he was. Randy told him that he did an amazing job and told him congrats.

James Durbin
Last to take the stage was resident rocker James who chose to perform “Heavy Metal” by Sammy Hagar from the movie “Heavy Metal” and in rehearsals Jimmy hated it and tried to get him to change it but James refused. James was determined for people to enjoy some heavy metal and it paid off as he rocked the house tonight with his voice and the energy. When the crowd finally calmed down, the judges shared their love as well. Jennifer said it felt really real and she loved it. Randy said we were just at a James Durbin concert and he was thrilled that James stuck to his guns and ended by saying “Durbin rocks”. Steven said outstanding and agreed that he was glad he went with his feelings instead of Jimmy’s.

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3 Responses to “American Idol: Top Eight “Songs From The Movies” Performances”

  1. Doug Says:
    April 13th, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    Casey is awful–even worse than Paul, which is saying a lot. Neither one can sing. Casey can play the bass but that’s about it. Why is he being pimped?

  2. Doug Says:
    April 13th, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    Well, obviously you favor Casey, since you will not post my comments.

  3. Christine McDow Says:
    April 15th, 2011 at 7:44 am

    Doug. All comments are moderated. They are not immediately posted. Please don’t take it personally. Thanks!

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