Thursday night’s American Idol reveals the top 10 who will be going on tour... and the contestant who just misses the mark. And it's chock full of talented guests and surprises: We get a sneak peek at JLo featured on the newest Vogue cover, an announcement that Tommy Hilfiger will be outfitting the contestants, and rockin' performances by Daughtry and Demi Lovato.
Called to the stage first are Phillip Phillips, Skylar Laine, Elise Testone and Joshua Ledet. Jimmy Iovine appears to have only positive things to say: he compliments Phillips for going beyond following kidney-stone surgery, expresses his faith in Laine, says Testone, “…owned it,” but the best compliment of all seems to be directed towards Ledet, when he says regarding his performance of When A Man Loves A Woman,” You don’t sing that song much better than that.”
Ryan toys with us by telling Ledet to pack his bags- for the tour! We quickly learn that Phillips and Laine are safe, but Testone drops to the ‘Bottom Three.’
After learning of several of the contestant’s fates, apart from Testone’s, which still dangles on the line, Lovato performs a whole-hearted execution of her new single, Give Your Heart a Break. Regardless of whether or not at-home viewers are moved by her far-reaching vocals, she undoubtedly knows how to captivate an audience.
Colton Dixon, Shannon Magrane, DeAndre Brackensick and Jessica Sanchez are next called to the stage. Iovine is tougher on Brackensick’s performance of Endless Love, despite the fact that it was his suggestion, than he was on the others’, stating “not everybody gets a trophy and an orange slice.” More of Iovine’s candidacy comes out: he thinks that neither nor Magrane chose the wrong song. Despite his preferentialism of Magrane and his statement that he doesn’t believe she’s going home “anytime soon,” Iovine even points out that she didn’t choose the right song. It’s Magrane who joins Testone in the ‘Bottom Three.’
Fronted by American Idol season 5 finalist, Chris Daughtry, his band performs their newest single, Outta My Head. It’s already out of mine, even before Daughtry tells Ryan Seacrest the band is leaving to stat its American tour tonight, but perhaps the audience will remember it better than me.
Last but not least: Erika Van Pelt, Heejun Han and Hollie Cavanagh will learn their fates. Iovine believes that: Cavanagh will succeed in the competition, Han needs to push the envelope and Van Pelt over-sang. Van Pelt joins the all-girls bottom three.
Randy and J-Lo agree that Testone doesn’t belong there, so Ryan sends her to safety. Van Pelt is also deemed safe and allowed to join the tour. So, Magrane has one more chance to sing her heart out, which she literally does. And it is precisely this repetition of over-singing that sends her home.