"American Idol" gets down to the business, the Top 13 begin the war to secure the this year's title. On Tuesday, March 10, all 13 finalists are competing for viewers vote through the performance night that picks Michael Jackson as its theme.
Firing up the show first was Lil Rounds with "The Way You Make Me Feel". Randy Jackson said he continued loving her but Simon Cowell thought it was a lazy song choice. Blind contestant Scott MacIntyre took the stage with his piano, singing "Keep The Faith". Randy didn't think it was a bold choice for such level of the show while Kara DioGuardi said she liked the "vibe".
Fan favorite Danny Gokey nabbed the third slot with "P.Y.T." He worked the stage by doing some dancing which Simon described as "hideous". Michael Sarver was up next, belting out "You Are Not Alone". Randy complimented it as "the best of the night so far".
In the fifth row was Jasmine Murray who sang "I'll Be There". Usually nice Paula Abdul made a remark that it was a flat performance while others thought it was not as bad as they thought. Kris Allen brought his guitar along to sing a rendition of "Remember the Time". It was all positive notes from the judges. "You're engaging and kinda adorable/sexy," Paula said.
Red-hair Allison Iraheta tried on "Give Into Me", and withdrew praises mainly for her likable personality. Anoop Desai, who got through via Wild Card, sang "Beat It". The judges pressed on him hard, saying that it was not the right song choice and "horrible".
The harsh criticism apparently followed through Jorge Nunez's performance of "Never Can Say Goodbye". The judges were wondering why he had chosen it, and Jorge defended himself, "I was not going to sing 'Bad' by Michael Jackson." Simon then replied, "Well, you sorta did." Megan Corkrey was up next with "Rockin' Robin". Her personality was graded more than her performance that missed a few notes.
Singer with the voice of Broadway, Adam Lambert tackled "Black or White". Positive remarks were quickly thrown out for him with Paula summing it up, "You've got the whole package going on." Matt Giraud was another contestant having an instrument on the stage. Sitting behind a piano, he brought "Human Nature" that he sprinkled a bit with soul. Randy mentioned the pitch control, but overall the judges thought it was a performance that fit him well.
The last performer of the night, Alexis Grace, took the stage with "Dirty Diana". Despite securing the coveted last slot, Alexis did not impress the judges. Paula thought it was simply oversung while Simon said it was far beyond what he had expected it to be.
Result will read out on Wednesday, March 11, where two contestants will be eliminated altogether. Host Ryan Seacrest announced that there will be an alteration in the format involving the judges.