American Idol is one controversy heavier and one man lighter.
As you may have heard, Jermaine Jones (who was already admitted into the semifinals after initially not getting picked) has been disqualified after producers found out that there were four outstanding criminal warrants on his record and he hadn't come clean with the show.
But it turns out that Idol is lucky to only be one man down...
Front-runner Phillip Phillips, who made a trip to the hospital last week with abdominal cramps, revealed tonight that he also just had surgery for kidney stones.
And despite being tired and in pain, he still wowed Jimmy Iovine and mentor will.i.am during rehearsal before the operation, and none of that magic was lost tonight when he ripped into Otis Redding's "Hard to Handle."
Or should we say, the Black Crowes' 1990 cover, considering this was Sing a Song From Your Birth Year week!
Losing a little bit of last week's magic, however, was 16-year-old Jessica Sanchez, who went with Gloria Estefan's cover of "Turn the Beat Around." It was perfectly fine, but lightning doesn't usually strike two weeks in a row on this show.
Well, unless you're Hollie Cavanagh, who sounded wise beyond her 18 years on Céline Dion's "Power of Love."
"I don't know where your voice comes from, it's heaven above," observed Steven Tyler. "You blew it outta the box," agreed Randy Jackson.
Heejun Han offered a very earnest take on Richard Marx's "Right Here Waiting" from 1989 that Randy "didn't enjoy at all," though Jennifer Lopez argued that she could "feel [his] heart."
When asked by Ryan Seacrest who he may have been thinking of, Heejun said his girlfriend—plus "20 percent Jennifer Lopez" and "10 percent Fergie."
Elise Testone was outed as the oldest contestant because she was crooning Tina Turner's cover of "Let's Stay Together" from 1983.
"Did you see Obama doing that on the Internet? They should have a sing-off," offered will.i.am.
That one's a toss-up, but Elise at least easily topped last week's performance. "America, Elise is back," Randy announced.
Deandre Brackensick came into rehearsal intending to do "Can You Feel the Love Tonight," but took the pros' suggestion that he do "Endless Love," covered by Luther Vandross and Mariah Carey in 1994.
We're not sure why Jimmy and will.i.am picked that on-the-mature-side song for the 17-year-old—and J.Lo didn't either, admitting that she thought the mentors had steered him wrong. It was "boring and safe for you at the same time," Randy said.
Also not doing anything particularly young and fresh was Joshua Ledet, who kinda mangled "When a Man Loves a Woman" (Michael Bolton's version was out in 1991), but...so? He was in the bottom three last week, so we hope Joshua did a better job connecting with the audience this time.
Fresh off of a disappointing Whitney Houston week, Shannon Magrane didn't give herself a pass by picking Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men's "One Sweet Day"—but she handled Mariah way better than she did Whitney, much to the judges' relief.
Thanks to Colton Dixon, meanwhile, for introducing us to White Lion's "Broken Heart"—we'll download both versions, his and the 1980s-era metal band's original!
As he said about Colton, Randy didn't even care what Skylar Laine sang (Bonnie Raitt's "Love Sneakin' Up on You," for the record), because he was too busy watching her.
Erika Van Pelt transported us to 1985 with Bryan Adams' "Heaven," but Steven Tyler found the arrangement "busy."
Jimmy and will.i.am strike again!
Who got your vote and who missed the mark tonight? Sound off in the comments!
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