The Top Six Idol hopefuls will be slashed to four this time around. Last week, all were given another shot to prove to American again... they deserve to be in this competition. And with that opportunity comes another one -- a chance to work with Jon Bon Jovi.
Who Gives Love a Bad Name? Not Blake Lewis. Exciting, truly one of a kind and very risky was his rendition of "You Give Love a Bad Name."
This week's mentor, Jon Bon Jovi was a little skeptical of the adventurous beatbox version, but admitted "there's great charm to it." It was off the meter! Blake sold that interpretation of what Bon Jovi says is "a song that a lot of people know and don't want messed with."
Mess with it all you want Blake. I loved it -- and better than the original. The newly brown-haired singer went back to his roots... breaking it down for us to the point of not being able to take your eyes off the TV set. You certainly are unique (in the entire American Idol history) and don't stop taking risks. Your audience is always looking for something new with you. Keep rolling the dice.
"If I were a betting man," Bon Jovi said he'd bet LaKisha is not going home this week. LaKisha Jones brought it -- belting out another version of a Bon Jovi song -- I also like better her way -- "Aint a Love Song." Very soulful, she made you feel something. Simon was feeling it, "I actually could kiss you after that." So of course, Ryan walks her over to him and Simon plants one on her. With the remnants of gloss from LaKisha's pucker, Simon looked proud telling her she rose to the challenge, is so glad that she is back this week and by the way..."nice lips."
LaKisha made a great find with her song. She’s not a rocker – like former contestant Gina Glocksen (in the audience tonight, no doubt salivating at the chance to rock out with Bon Jovi). LaKisha said she’s heard of Bon Jovi, saw him on Oprah, but never listened to his music. But knowing his music had nothing to do with it, she needed to know and believe in herself. As Randy said, she “blew that out the box..”
In 2005, the band Bon Jovi donated a cool mil to Oprah Winfrey’s Angel Network Foundation. Jon Bon Jovi is a very charitable man actually. I wonder if he was involved with last week’s Idol Gives Back?
You want to talk about a giver… every week Melinda Doolittle shazams us. Tonight, she rocked out Tina Turner style with, “Have a Nice Day.”
Melinda is known as the ultra-nice one of the bunch. Maybe too nice. Although many peg her to be the next Idol, she is still quite meek and seems shocked when she gets rave reviews. She is getting better with accepting praise, but she showed us a touch of that lack of confidence when she told Bon Jovi, “I am so bad at rock.”
Ok, can you imagine Jon Bon Jovi saying to you (as he did to Melinda), “I can teach you how to rock. You got the soul. You’ve got the pipes.” I mean, I can teach you?? Nice. I think she was in the mood for learning. He gave her the imagery she could relate to by telling her, “honey take it to church.”
The rock genre doesn’t really fit Jordin Spark’s vocal style either. She couldn’t pull it off quite like the others did. She sang “Living on a Prayer.” Why does she insist on singing every song, no matter the genre, with the same tone? I’m done with it.
There were a few great moments, but more not-so-great cracks to overshadow it. Randy, a huge fan, was not blown away by the 17-year-old as usual – “when you hit the big notes in the chorus that was cool. But the verses were rough.” Jordin answers, “yes, I know.” The way she responded, it was almost like she was thinking he felt like it was rough for her to accomplish it – not that it was rough sounding like he meant.
Simon called it “terrible." Cueing the boo’s before he even started his critique, he told Jordin she absolutely, completely lost control and was “verging on shrieking some times.”
And during this week of the hair band Bon Jovi – Simon brings up her look saying it was something out of the Adam’s Family. Her look was actually hot, and her comeback was chill, “I’m picking up where Sanjaya left off. You don’t like it?”
I got a hysterical vision of Sanjaya Malakar with an 80’s rocker hairdo. What would he sing? I can picture him getting into “Lay Your Hands on Me” with that overhead clap motion. HA! Maybe “Never Say Goodbye” or how about "Lie to Me."
“Wanted Dead or Alive” would be a fitting song to throw in the face of people who were getting angry Sanjaya survived for so long. But Chris Richardson snatched that one up. He mentioned the fact that he knew Chris Daughtry did the song last year, but said someone had to do it on Bon Jovi night. It had a different feel to it – almost with an R&B twist. Simon told Chris, “you did as much as you could with that song. It’s not your style of music.”
Phil Stacey has risen to the occasion once more. If it could be based on his performance alone, he would not be one of the contestants going down in a “Blaze of Glory” this time. Paula claimed it was the “best opening (act) all season.” Randy thought that other than the country week – this was his best performance. Simon doesn’t think he did enough to last.
Phil who’s always gracious and smiling said, “I appreciate these guys, but they’re not the one keeping me here either.” Snap!
Since last week was for charity, no contestant was voted off. AI will double their eliminations during Wednesday’s results show – knocking off two hopefuls at once. The votes each contestant got last week will be added to this week’s tally.
Nearly $70 Million was raised for charitable organizations that help people in extreme poverty situations. And you still have a chance to donate.
President Bush and his lovely wife Laura sent a video message thanking those who contributed to Idol Gives Back. The President made a crack about whether he should sing and Mrs. Bush said, "they've already seen you dance."
I know I could be wrong (and probably am) -- but the first thing that came to my twisted mind -- was she just calling him a liar? HA! Like how we've seen him dancing around certain situations. Or was she actually talking about our Prez tripping the light fantastic?