The reason, Simon says, that they put Chris through was they thought he was a really good singer, and tonight he was a really good singer. Simon was a little bit nervous regarding his relationship, dedicating a song called Trouble to his wife, but then it kind of made sense. Chris says he’s been saved by a woman, so he’s been lucky, and Simon says he has as well. I think behind the joshing last week, these two really do have a mutual respect. Ryan notes that Taylor did the song last year and Chris says he did it a little bit different. Ryan asks Chris’ wife how she didn’t cry during something like that, but tells Chris it just might keep him out of the doghouse for a little while. He’s not going anywhere this week.
For another romantic dedication, Nick Pedro is making this one to his girlfriend, Kaitlyn, who has been very supportive throughout the whole American Idol thing. She is very fun to be around, they have a lot of fun time together, and seem to click. She’s a good person, very understanding, and it’s definitely easy for them to be part, as they were even apart on Valentine’s day. This is his ultimate Valentine for her, singing a song to her in front of millions of people. He sings Fever, and he brings back that Sinatra feel to his voice and performance that the judges were looking for last week. While Paula is shown dancing, Simon is shown snapping his fingers.
Randy thinks it’s cool that so far everybody came back so much better than last week. What he thinks was cool about this performance, was that Nick returned to his vibe, that cool kind of smokey thing. It was a nice arrangement and a nice old idea for a song. Randy did find it pitchy in spots and says he was rushing it a bit as well, but it was kind of nice, as that’s the Nick they love and fell in love with. Paula tells Nick that he knows they love the tone of his voice, and this was a great throwback to the Fly Me to the Moon when he auditioned. She wants him to just let go as he has nothing to worry about. Simon thought it was good, but says when you’re going to attempt to pull something like that off, it has to be about charisma as well.
Simon thought he lacked that, and that he should dress more accordingly, as it looks like he came straight from the office. Simon did like the drummer, as he was highlighted in certain parts in the chorus. Ryan asks for style advice for Nick, and Simon says he isn’t a stylist, prompting both Randy and Ryan to takes some jabs, saying maybe Nick needs to wear a snug, tight, black t-shirt. Ryan also points out the guys are scoring major points with their dedications. I’m not sure if Nick is safe or not, since everyone is picking up their game, and he’s kind of middle of the road here, and at this point, there’s usually one middle-of-the-road performer going, if not two.
Blake Lewis is asked how seeing the girls doing so well last week impacted him. He says it told him he needed to step up his game a little bit, and by that he means a lot. He dedicates this to his parents, as his dad is the hardest working man he knows, and it was from him that he got his work ethic that has gotten Blake to where he is right now. His mom brought him all his talents, as she has an amazing voice and is a great guitarist. She’s been doing it since she was young, and growing up and seeing that made him want to do it and focus on it as a career. He says they’re extremely excited for him right now, and he thanks them and loves them very much. He sings Virtual Insanity by Jamiroquai, and does an amazingly unique thing of sticking in his beat boxing and falsetto, and adds scatting to the mix. He was a little pitchy in places, though.
Randy says it was good to see Blake return to form, because they loved him when they saw him. He did the whole Jamiroquai thing, which some people don’t know, but is huge in the wrestling world. The way he closed the end with the falsetto flowing, and with the beat boxing and scatting … Randy says, “I like you, Man,” and as he does Simon says it right along with him, knowing it’s coming. Randy closes giving Blake props for the high degree of difficulty with that. Paula says Blake is smart, and calls the song a smart choice. It was unique, and there is no one else like him in the competition.
Simon disagrees with all, saying he thought Blake was terrific last week, and this week the first part was completely “copycat”, but the second part was really great, and during the third part, his tuning went. He was disappointed. Everyone argues about the degree of originality, with Simon facetiously saying he will bow to the God of Paula Abdul and won’t have an opinion. Blake tells Ryan he guesses he would call this style of his vocal entendre, and as Ryan screws up his phone number, he and Blake break out in a little spontaneous beat boxing. Like Chris, Blake isn’t going anywhere.
Brandon Rogers admits that he had trouble picking out a song this week, but he kept coming back to this one, as it said what he wanted to in his dedication. It’s being dedicated his grandmother, as she was always the type of woman that wanted him to succeed and wanted him to do better. She told him he could do whatever he wanted to in his life, and he thinks she’d be proud of where he is in his life and the competition, to see what he’s become and where he’s going in his life. He issues out an “I love you” and R.I.P. Brandon sings Time After Time by Cyndi Lauper, and I’m not liking it. When he blasts it, it’s good, but other than that, it’s boring. Randy says he liked the sentiment to Grandma, and it’s a sweet song, but it didn’t do enough for him vocally to show what he’s got. Every time they get up there they have to bring it. Brandon says he was trying to feel the song and put his heart in it. He didn’t feel it needed a whole lot extra.
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