On Wednesday night’s installment of “American Idol” the three remaining performers sang 3 tunes each. One song chosen by Randy Jackson, who has been mentoring the idols, second a song chosen by the judges, and third, a song their respective hometowns felt would suit their idols perfectly.
Caleb Johnson was diagnosed with some bronchitis and sinusitis, also a small vocal chord hemorrhage brought on by the strenuous schedule. There was a collective sigh of worry not just from the audience, but from viewers at home who feared for this awesome performer’s longevity in the contest. He was the first to perform and he took on “Never Tear Us Apart” by INXS, and there was no indication of Caleb being sick, because he rocked the house as a true performer must whether in good health or not; the show must go on and he was fantastic. Next up was Alex Preston and he delivered a fine performance of the song “Pompeii”, he played the drums for a while and elevated his performance level. Jena Irene followed, and she took on “Titanium” and at first appeared uncomfortable, but soon recovered and again gave an awesome performance.
The second round was about the songs the judges had chosen and once again Caleb rocked the house, Alex went back to his usual business like performance and Irene redeemed herself for her first song. Then it was time for the hometowns’ choices and Caleb was to perform “Dazed and Confused” by Led Zeppelin, and no one could have said that he was in any way having voice problems, because he brought down the house, Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez were on their feet, the audience roared and the applause went on long after the song was over, Caleb without doubt killed the song, -in a good way of course-, he is a true, passionate, talented, and fascinating performer. Then came Alex, and his vocals are there absolutely, but the entertainment factor is not there at all. And the last performance of the night was Jena, and she gave her own rendition of “Creep” by Radiohead and it was different and intense.
The final 2 idols will be announced on tonight’s episode, some fans will be disappointed and many others will be ecstatic. This show is about vocals, stage presence and talent, with that being said; who the final 2 should be is obvious.
“American Idol” runs on Wednesday at 8 p.m. EDT and Thursday at 9 p.m. EDT on Fox.