American Idol: second chances abound

Maybe that’s an exaggeration, but a few of last night’s second performances on “American Idol” were far better than the first ones. For those who missed it, the contestants each sang two songs–a current one and one “from the past.” Originally it was supposed to be a song from the ’60’s, but they probably realized that with five very young finalists (Jacob is the elder Idol at 23!), it was best to just make it a “song from the past.” Good move. Also, Sheryl Crow helped Jimmy Iovine mentor the contestants this week. Anyway, here is how it went down in order of performance:

JAMES DURBIN
Take 1: James did 30 Seconds to Mars’ “Closer to the Edge” and while it was very good vocally, it wasn’t his best. James also spent a lot of time high-fiving his fans which took his eye off the ball at times. I thought this was just pretty good. But Steven said James kicked the song’s ass; J-Lo said America is feeling James and it’s his competition to take; and Randy said James has shown what type of artist he can be. Okay.

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American Idol: competing with the Olympics

As Fox tries desperately to compete with NBC’s Winter Olympic coverage, they keep unveiling “first time in American Idol history” type stuff, which really is just a small break in format during Hollywood week.
But I’ll give them this…they are getting down to the final 24 quickly. Almost too quickly.

Last night’s two-hour episode began with the final 71 contestants being broken into three rooms. Two rooms would hold those advancing to the next round, and one room full of those heading home. This, after one final shot to impress the judges with a solo performance.

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