Steven also gave Jennifer some grief over her alleged wardrobe malfunction at the Oscars Sunday. Some viewers thought they saw a part of Jennifer’s breast popping out of her very revealing dress. The pop star’s reps denied there was a wardrobe malfunction, and Jennifer loudly announced on “Idol,” “There was no nipple!”
Despite that distraction, most of the show focused on the contestants. Here’s what happened:
The judges brought back Jermaine Jones, the “gentle giant,” for a second shot as the 13th guy competing for America’s vote. He tugged at the heartstrings with Luther Vandross’s emotional song “Dance with My Father.” Randy appreciated Jermaine’s big, low voice being back on the show, and Jennifer said Jermaine had a special voice and a special spirit. Steven said the performance was a “beautiful thing.”
Reed Grimm performed a slower, smooth jazz version of Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera’s “Moves Like Jagger.” The censors bleeped him when he sang the curse word in the lyrics. Reed also broke it down on the drums for one part of the song. Randy loved the song choice. Jennifer thought it showed off Reed’s musicality, and Steven said Reed could do anything with his voice.
Adam Brock hoped to show American what “white chocolate” is with his performance of “Think” by Aretha Franklin. He had some soul, but it was hard to follow Reed’s big opening number. Steven said Adam set the bar high, and Jennifer loved the big finish. Randy enjoyed Adam’s throwback vibe.
As for Adam’s nickname “White Chocolate,” Steven liked it. When Ryan Seacrest asked Steven what kind of chocolate he likes best, Steven replied, “I prefer dark chocolate to be honest with you. Oh yeah, I do.” Randy chimed in, “I like to consider myself milk, but dark is cool.”
Deandre Brackensick took on Earth, Wind & Fire’s “Reasons” to show off his impressive voice. His big power note towards the end got a big reaction from the audience. Jennifer said, “Your voice is so perfect to me.” She sees a big future for Deandre this season. Randy thought he was ready to record and tour right now.
Colton Dixon started off at the piano for Paramore’s “Decode,” but he got up and worked the crowd for the rest of the song. Colton ended the performance actually performing on top of the piano and delivering some big rock vocals. Randy loved his indie, alt-rocker feel. Jennifer said she felt Colton’s heart when he sang and thought he was ready for the radio. Steven called Colton a relevant artist.
Jeremy Rosado sang Sara Bareilles’s “Gravity” for his first live performance to show off his full vocal range. He certainly hit some impressive high notes. Steven said it was “beautiful as beautiful gets.” Jennifer said Jeremy had a voice from God that affects people. Randy said, “America, you need to know about Jeremy.”
Aaron Marcellus teaches voice lessons and takes dance classes in New York City. He performed the Jackson 5′s “Never Can Say Goodbye” and hit a really big note at the end. It earned him a standing ovation from all three judges. Randy said Aaron seemed like an old school veteran with beautiful vocals. Jennifer thinks Aaron can sing anything, and Steven said he is the whole package.
Chase Likens is this season’s male country crooner. He performed country newcomer Hunter Hayes’s top 20 hit “Storm Warning” on Tuesday’s show. Chase hit most of the right notes, but he didn’t blow it out vocally like some of the other contestants did. Steven thought Chase looked like Brendan Fraser. Jennifer thought he sounded great and showed America who he is with “Storm Warning.” Randy thought Chase had skills, range and good looks.
Creighton Fraker hoped to introduce himself to America with Cyndi Lauper’s “True Colors.” His voice was one of the most powerful and distinctive of the night. Creighton got the message of the song across beautifully too. Jennifer was brought to tears and thought it was a perfect song for him. Steven said Creighton put it over the top, and Randy thought he could definitely sing.
Phillip Phillips gets a lot of support from his family back home in Georgia. He hoped to get America’s support with his intense performance of “In the Air Tonight” by Phil Collins. He ended the song with a big yell that was offset by his sweet smile. Jennifer said America needs to know his name. She said he is one of the most special talents they’ve found this season. Steven said Phillip hit his stride with this performance, and Randy is a huge fan of Phillip’s. He wasn’t crazy about what Phillip did with the song’s melody though.
High school freshman Eben Franckewitz sang the very current Adele hit “Set Fire to the Rain.” It was technically pretty good, but Eben didn’t quite capture the song’s intensity in his performance. Randy noticed a few flat notes, but he thought Eben brought it home at the end like a pro. Jennifer thought this performance showed Eben was a great performer, and Steven encouraged Eben to listen to some blues records.
Heejun Han has established himself as one of this season’s funniest contestants, but he got serious performing Robbie Williams’ “Angels.” Jennifer said Heejun’s voice was smooth as silk. None of the judges thought it was a good song choice, but Steven and Randy both praised Heejun’s voice.
Louisiana native Joshua Ledet took on Idol alum Jennifer Hudson’s song “You Pulled Me Through.” Joshua’s big performance had Jennifer and Randy raising their hands like they’d been taken to church. All three judges gave him a standing ovation. Randy said, “This is why I love being on this show. I love great voices, and you are definitely one of them.” Jennifer called Joshua “insanely talented,” and basically said he was so good she wanted to punch him. Steven said, “Joshua, you are the voice the world has been waiting to hear.”
The top 12 girls perform live for the first time on “American Idol” Wednesday night at 8:00 ET on Fox.