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12 Finalists Compete - Recap

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The night opens with Ryan coming out telling the audience that they were forced to eliminate one of their finalist from the competition. Tonight is songs from the year the contestants were born and they are going to reveal who was eliminated later in the show. The judges take their seats and await the talent.

Phillip Phillips is first and he gets in with Will I.Am and Jimmy Iovine. He says that he has to go to the hospital to get some kidney stones out. He sings his song and nails it. Will I.Am is amazed and says that he did great in rehearsals. He comes out on stage and sings. Afterward, Randy says that it sounded amazing even right out of surgery and says that it was a great song choice. Jennifer says that this is natural for him and says that it was a perfect song for him. Steven says that he is glad that he picks songs that fit him personally.

Jessica Sanchez is next and Will I.Am is impressed with her already. They work with “Turn the Beat Around” by Gloria Estefan. She comes out and sings. Afterward, Steven says that the rhythm that she sang the song was a little shady and says that she should stick to Ballads. Jennifer says that it was a little lagging on the rhythm. Not her favorite of hers, but it was alright. Randy says that it was a bad song choice and says that they just want her to have the constructive criticism.

Heejun Han is up next and he is going to sing “Right Here Waiting”. He gets in with Will I.Am and they help him with his diction. He comes out and sings. Afterward, Randy says that for him, he didn’t enjoy it because it was pitchy and all over the place. He sounded like he was out of breath. Jennifer says that his tone is special and says that he got really beautiful and she felt the heart in the song. Steven says that he stepped out of his circle with this, but he still loves his voice.

Elise Testone is next and Will I.Am compliments her raspy voice and says that she is going to have fun with it. She is going to sing “I’m So In Love With You” by Al Green. They show a clip of when Barack Obama sang it. Elise comes out and sings. Afterward, Steven says that her voice has a natural rasp and says that it was great. Jennifer says that was right on every level and says that it was a beautiful thing. Randy says that she is back and he says that she has it and says that the end was like “butter”.

Deandra Brackensick is up next and Will I.Am work with him with his song choice. He picks “Endless Love” at the end. He comes out and sings. Afterward, Jennifer says that he can sing anything and he sang it beautifully. However, she didn’t think that it was the right song for him and hopes that America can see past that. Steven says that he also thinks that this is not the right song for him. Randy says that it was way too boring. Jennifer says that he had to change the tone of the song.

Shannon Magrane is next and she meets Will I.Am. She says that she wants to sing “One Sweet Day”. Will I.Am says that she needs to practice the song lying down. She comes out and sings. Afterward, Jennifer says that wasn’t easy, but she did a beautiful job with it. She says that she is impressed. Steven says that she did a really beautiful job with it. Randy says that he was afraid and says that she is there because of the potential and says that they were impressed.

Colton Dixon is up next and he sits down with Jimmy and Will I.Am. He says that he is going to be singing “Broken Heart” by White Lion. They like what they hear and tell him that he can make this his own. He comes out and sings. Afterward, Jennifer says that she didn’t know the song, but it was a great song. She says that he did it rather well. Steven says that it was the wrong song choice and says that he didn’t feel the song go anywhere. Randy says that the song didn’t matter because he performed it amazingly well.

Erika Van Pelt is next and “Heaven” by Bryan Adams is the song pick. Jimmy and Will I.Am love it and they work to make it perfect. She comes out and sings it. Afterward, Steven says that she was too busy all over that. However, he still likes the voice. Jennifer says that she has the right vocals, but she didn’t like the arrangement. She says that she is coming together though. Randy says that he kind of liked it and says that she needs to be careful not to make the song too different.

Ryan comes out and tells the audience that they have the person who was eliminated. That is Jermaine Jones. They show a video of Jermaine meeting with the producers of American Idol and they say that Jermaine has 4 warrants out for him and they can’t have anyone on the show that has those. They show his rehearsal song “Somewhere Out There” and that is the end for Jermaine Jones.

Skylar Laine is next and she gets into the studio with Will I.Am and “Love Sneaking Up On You” by Bonnie Raite. They try to get her to change the song, but she sticks to her original choice. She comes out and sings. Afterward, Steven says that he loved it. Jennifer says that she really killed that and says that she was great. Randy says that she is a rockin country girl. Randy says that she rocked it.

Joshua Ledet is next and before he sings, Ryan shows that they got Joshua some Crawfish. He gets in with Will I.Am and Jimmy and they love his singing of “When a Man Loves a Woman” by Michael Bolton. Will I.Am says that Joshua took him to church. He comes out and sings. Afterward, he gets the first standing ovation of the night by the judges. Steven says that was so good that they were halfway standing all the way through it. Randy says that he blew it out the box and says that it was phenomenal and says that it was great. Jennifer says that it was the best thing she has seen. They all loved it.

Hollie Cavanaugh is up last and she is going to be sing “Power of Love”. Jimmy and Will I.Am are impressed with her singing. She comes out and sings. Afterward, Jennifer says that that they save the best for last, but there were one or two tiny things, but don’t worry about it. Steven says that there were some pitch problems, but it was great. Randy says that this song was great and that she blew it out the box. That’s all for the performances. Results night is next!

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