It’s the final three tonight! Tonight the contestants sing three songs each; one is judge’s choice, one is producer’s choice and one is singer’s choice.
Jordin Sparks is up first singing “Wishing On A Star” by Rose Royce, a song picked by Simon. I’m not familiar with this song, but Simon picked a good one. I liked it a lot. Simon says he wishes it wasn’t the jazzy version, I’d be interested to hear the original.
Next up is Blake Lewis singing “Roxanne” by the Police, chosen by Paula. Excellent choice, Paula! Rob hated it, but I agree with the judges – it was good. You don’t come here to hear what Rob has to say anyway, do you? He’s listening from another room; I’m watching the screen and there’s a bunch of hotness emanating from my TV screen that Rob is just not aware of.
Wrapping up the judges’ choice round is Melinda Doolittle singing “I Believe In You and Me” by Whitney Houston picked by the captain of the Dawg Pound, Randy Jackson. I’m surprised he picked a Whitney Houston song since he is always the first one to say you can’t do the “big ones” like Whitney, but just like I suspected – he was testing her. I liked it, the vocal was very pretty, but it was kind of boring. I think it’s her stage presence.
Next round is producer’s choice.
First up is Jordin Sparks singing “She Works Hard For the Money” by Donna Summer. This girl has got some serious soul! Man, I loved that. The end was incredible with the run she did – gave me chills.
In the middle spot again is Blake Lewis singing “This Love” by Maroon 5. One of my favorite songs of recent years. I just knew he would fit the beat box in there on this song and he did not disappoint. He sang this beautifully – I’ve seen people say he is not that strong of a singer, but I disagree and this song just proves my belief.
Wrapping up our three for this round is Melinda Doolittle singing “Nutbush City Limits” by Ike & Tina Turner. She’s reminded us of Tina Turner a few times this season, so this song choice makes sense. You know what the thing is about Melinda? She is an excellent singer, but there is just something too controlled, too perfect about the way she sings. Almost like there is all training and not a lot of soul, but that’s not entirely true because she does have soul. So I’m not quite sure what I’m trying to say exactly. Aren’t you glad you read all that anyway?
Okay now is the last round – contestant’s choice.
Jordin Sparks is singing “I Who Have Nothing” by Shirley Bassey. She sang this during British Invasion week and did a knock out job then, and she did the same tonight. Beautiful job. I wish she picked a song she didn’t already do, though. I know the judges keep saying it, but it bears repeating – it is unbelievable this girl is only 17 years old. She is mind blowing.
OMG – Blake’s in between segment where he was beat boxing for Sir Mix A Lot? HOT!!!! Nice. Okay Blake’s final song of the night is “When I Get You Alone” by Robin Thicke. That kicked ass! I especially liked the end. Definitely picking up the phone for him tonight.
Ending the show for us is Melinda Doolittle singing “I’m A Woman” by Peggy Lee. Again with the repeat. I love that Blake was the only one to sing a new song for the artist’s choice. I think she did a good job with this, but again, she bores me. She just doesn’t do it for me.
I’m not sure if America will agree with me or not… my prediction is that Melinda’s going home tomorrow. It’ll be a shocker if she does because I’m sure everyone is expecting it to be Blake. We’ll see!