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American Idol Episode: "10 Finalists Compete"

Season 7, Episode 24
Episode Synopsis: The 10 remaining contestants perform songs from the year of their birth.
Original Air Date: Mar 25, 2008

The Top 10 Perform Season 7, Episode 24

Good evening! It's Erin Fox again, and I wanted to let you know that Nina and her new son, Julian, are healthy and happy! Phew! Also, since I'm in L.A. covering one of the Paley Fest events, Adam Bryant will be blogging the results show tomorrow. Be kind! Let's begin with the intro of the judges - but I can't because I can't stop thinking, "WTH is Paula wearing?" Need I remind you of your age, woman? And the theme of tonight's song choices is so weird: The year they were born? That's just asking for trouble. Ramiele Malubay , Heart, "Alone": She's definitely straining tonight. I'm glad she's stepping it up with a Heart song, but the belting parts are kinda painful. Randy says he knows she's sick, but it was still too big of a song for her. Paula thinks it's good she's showing people her big voice even though she's sick. Simon thinks she'll actually scrape by for another week based on this performance (his version of a compliment). Jason Castro , Sting, "Fragile": He's in his comfort zone for sure. He's playing the guitar and doing his indie thing, and it works for him. The problem is, the judges are tired of seeing the same old thing with him. They say he needs to shake things up or he'll be in trouble. Syesha Mercado , Gladys Knight and the Pips, "If I Were Your Woman": Syesha is on fire tonight! Randy is flipping out, he loves it so much. Paula says that this is the moment that Syesha has become the dark horse to win the competition. Simon doesn't love it that much, but says it's the best of the night so far. Chikezie , Luther Vandross, "If Only for One Night": I think this was inevitable.... He sounds a lot like Vandross. He does a great job with it, but Randy thinks it's too "old" feeling. Paula thinks he's a great throwback singer, and Simon thinks he sang well but the performance was cheesy. He misses his personality now. Aw, you softie, Simon. Brooke White , The Police, "Every Breath You Take": She fudges the first note because of nerves, I think. The first part of the song is great, but I can see the judges saying the same thing to her that they said about Jason. It sounds like the other songs she sings. Guess I was wrong. Randy liked the beginning but didn't love the arrangement because the band came in and picked up the tempo. Paula loves Brooke's originality and thinks she's consistent, and Simon agrees with Randy, but thinks she should be safe for next week. Well I freakin' hope so! Jeez! Michael Johns , Queen, "We Will Rock You" and "We Are the Champions": His backstory is super cute, just like he is. And I'm in love with his accent. But, back to the singing: he should always stick to Queen. The audience is going nuts and everyone is really into it! Go, Michael! Someone brought your mojo back! Randy says, "Finally you believe in yourself and use that big voice," Paula stumbles to get out that she loved it and tells him "this is your moment." Simon says this is the first night he saw star potential in Michael. Carly Smithson , Bonnie Tyler, "Total Eclipse of the Heart": Wow, this girl has some pipes. But bottom three? Come on, America! I got goosebumps! The judges' takes: Randy didn't love it! What? I'm annoyed. Paula agrees with me (I'm scared) and says that Carly can turn crappy songs into hits. Simon thinks she was tense, and that something just didn't work. She looks pretty upset by the critiques. David Archuleta , John Farnham, "You're the Voice": Randy thinks it was a strange song choice, but that David performed it well. Paula says he could sing the phone book and we'd all fall in love him. Simon thinks it was on par with a theme-park performance, complete with animated creatures roaming about. Hee! I have to agree. Kristy Lee Cook , "God Bless the USA": I want to hurl over this song choice, but it's perfect for her. She hits some wonky notes, and they're projecting an American flag while she sings blah. Randy thinks it was nice besides the pitch problems, Paula thinks she's grown as a singer, and Simon says it's her best performance by a mile, and the most brilliant song choice ever. Kristy Lee is safe again. Luckiest. Girl. Ever. David Cook , "Billy Jean": This is the Eddie Vedder version. Actually, I made that up. It's just what he sounds like in the very beginning. I think he's off with the music. I'm not sure I'm loving this version, but it is very different. And the judges and America like Idols that stand out. Randy thinks he's the most original contestant, and that it was "amazing, molten hot!" Paula thinks he's brave to stretch the boundaries. They both think he can win. Simon thinks it was brave and... wait for it... amazing! Methinks the Idol rankings will shift in his favor! What did you think of "Billie Jean"? Cast your vote here. My prediction: I think Ramiele, Chikezie and Syesha will be in the bottom three. Chikezie might be going home. New Paula Watch: She was slightly funky tonight, and her stylist should be fired. What do you think? Do you think birth-year songs were a good idea? Who surprised you tonight? For American Idol clips, visit our Online Video Guide. show less
Good evening Its Erin Fox again and I wanted to let you know that Nina and her new son Julian are healthy and happy Phew Also since Im in LA covering one of the Paley Fest events Adam Bryant will be blogging the results show tomorrow Be kind Lets begin with the intro of the judges but I cant because I cant stop thinking WTH is Paula wearing Need I remind you of your age woman And the theme of tonights song choices is so weird The year they were born Thats just asking for troubleRamiele Malubay Heart Alone Shes definitely straining tonight Im glad shes stepping it up with a Heart song but the belting parts are kinda painful Randy says he knows shes sick but it was still too big of a song for her Paula thinks its good shes showing people her big voice even though shes sick Simon thinks shell actually scrape by for another week based on this performance his version of a complimentJason Castro Sting Fragile Hes in his comfo read more

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