Recap Top 3

We have reached the penultimate round of the performance shows. It won't be long now before a new American Idol is crowned. But the final two must be determined, and that's what this round will do.

With just 3 contestants left, each gets to do 3 songs. The judges were the ones to decide the song that they'd first sing. The next song was determined by the producers, and the final one the contestants got to choose a personal favourite.

The Idols were given the opportunity to return home during the week. While they were there, the mayors (or governor) of the respective towns delivered the news to them of which songs the judges selected.

Round 1

First up for the night was Jordin Sparks. Simon was the one who selected her song, and he chose Wishing On A Star. Well this is not one I am familiar with, or at least, I don't think so. While listening to Jordin, I couldn't decide if it was the song itself, or the particular arrangement, but whichever it was, it didn't really appeal to me. However, her singing was great one would expect. Randy said it was a very good vocal and likened it somewhat to Beyonce. Paula thought Simon picked a good song, and said it was a great way to start the show. Simon acknowledged that she sang it brilliantly, but did not like the jazzy arrangement. He prefers the pure version, and so did not think this was one of her better performances.

Paula got to choose Blake's first song. Her pick was Roxanne, by The Police. I wasn't greatly impressed. I thought he did ok. Randy called it a great great performance, and gave it an A overall. Paula said he did her proud. Well we know Paula is biased towards Blake, so it wouldn't be surprising for her to give praises even if Blake came out on the stage and croaked like a frog. Simon did not think it was earth-shattering, and said he could not say it was fantasic; just good.

Randy's song selection for Melinda was Whitney Houston's I Believe in You and Me. Melinda did great as usual. Listening to her, it is very difficult to tell that she is not an already estasblished star. Randy explained that the reason he chose this song, was to throw her a challenge, seeing that the song is difficult to sing, and thereby see just how good she is. Well he thought it was hot and so passed his test with flying colours. Paula said it was fantastic, and one of her best performances. Simon acknowledged that the song is difficult to sing, which just goes to show how impressed he was, as he remarked that it was her best performance in the last 4 weeks. Round 1 he awarded to Melinda.

At this point Ryan and Randy had a little dialogue, where at one point, Ryan sounded somewhat unintelligible, and maybe a little giddy. Well this prompted Simon to ask Ryan if he were drunk! Ryan looked dumbfounded, and had to ask Simon if he was really asking him that. Most know that Paula is normally the one people suspect of being drunk, so that's probably why Ryan was surprised that the question was directed at him.

Round 2

Now it is the producers who get the power to assign each contestants' song.

Jordin was given Donna Summer's She Works Hard For The Money. I would say it was a fair showing. But the producers could have done a better job in song selection. Anyway, Randy felt it was very nicely done, and commented that it didn't really matter what she sings, as she always works it out. Paula judged it fantastic. When it was Simon's turn to comment, He started laughing at something Paula said, and so had a little difficulty getting out what he wanted to say. It seems he agreed it was a very good performance, but added that the arrangement was a little old fashioned.

Ryan then commented that tonight it is Simon who is not making sense. Again, we all know that Paula is usually the one not making sense.

The producers gave Blake, This Love, by Maroon 5. I listened to him twice. The first time, I watched as I listened, and the second, I just listened. The second time round, I thought it was somewhat reminiscent of Sanjaya's performances, discounting the beat boxing of course. Take that however you will. Randy advised him that when he is going to do a record or album, he should do this type of song. Paula felt that Blake was having a good night. Simon said it was better than the first, did not sound like a copy performance, and was good. Ryan highlighted how difficult it was for Simon to get that out.

Melinda got stuck with the producers' choice of Nutbush City Limits, by Tina Turner. But it turned out to be an interesting performance. Quite lively, and well sung (of course). Randy commented that it was another great song, and encouraged her to make this sort of stuff part of her repertoire. Paula recited, "we love you, we love you, and we love you". Simon was quick to point out that that is why they hired Paula for this show. LOL! Simon loved that side of Melinda, and again, thought it was another brilliant performance.

Ryan asked the judges who won this round. Randy called Melinda. Simon after some hesitation declared it a tie, and Paula followed up with "yeah".

Round 3

Jordin chose to do I Who Have Nothing, the song she did some rounds before that boosted her ratings tremendously. Well, it was a good choice for her, for it was great. Just excellent. And moving! Randy said it was her best of the night. Paula told her she sounded really great. Simon did not dispute the fact that she sang it really well. However, he didn't like that as a 17 year old she was singing a "60 year old" song.

Blake chose Robin Thicke's When I Get You Alone. I guess the first mistake was choosing that guy's song. It sounded bad from the start, and the beat boxing couldn't salvage it. He is full of moves though. Alas, I was not impressed. Randy wasn't too enthusiastic either, and said it was just alright (pronounced the Randy way of course). Paula felt he gave 3 great performances. Simon actually claimed to really like it.

Like Jordin, Melinda chose to do a song that she had done some rounds before, I'm a Woman. Needless to say, Melinda did well. Randy praised her demonstration throughout the night of her vocal range and ability. He said she could sing anything, even the phone book. Simon loved the little "strip tease" at the start. He also lauded her consistency week after week.

After the performance recaps, Ryan asked the judges who they think will be in the finale. Randy said he wanted 2 girls if it is based on singing. Paula wasn't able to say, as she thought it was too close. Well, quite a surprising response from Paula, wouldn't you say? Who would have expected that from Paula? Simon only expressed that he wants to see his girl Melinda there.

Ok, that's it for the top 3 recap. Clearly the top 2 of the night were Melinda and Jordin. But will the producers allow Blake to go through? I have no doubt Melinda will be there. Even if the voters did foolishness and failed to vote enough for her, the producers would see that she is in the finale. Simon has spoken, after all. So it's just a question of whether Melinda will face Jordin or Blake.

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