Hey IDOL fans! Tonight we were back LIVE from Vegas and the Love Theater at the Mirage Hotel. Tonight our remaining Top 10 guys were singing for their lives, hoping to make it to the Top 10, grab a coveted spot on the IDOL Live Tour, and continue on the road to IDOL fame. But tonight, they are singing for you because the vote is on and their fate is in your hands! After last night's killer performances by the ladies, the boys have their work cut out for them.
First to take the stage was Elijah Liu who performed "Stay" by Rihanna feat. Mikky Ekko. Keith thought the "Rihanna tone" was great for the 18-year-old Elijah and Nicki noted his commercial appeal. Randy saw improvement from last week, but felt that the song was fairly flat and "so-so," though Mariah said he was "relevant" and was generally positive about the performance.
Next up was Cortez Shaw doing Bruno Mars' "Locked Out of Heaven." Keith thought the song didn't show his skills. Randy thought he was pitchy and strained, but that his dancing "was dope." Nicki asked him to get more style and get sexier. After all, it is a singing competition.
Charlie Askew rocked a ponytail, a feather earring, and put all 105 pounds of his bad self into his version of "Mama" by Genesis. Keith felt that the performance wasn't genuine. What? He's never seen a ginger baby rocker before? Sheeesh! Nicki told poor Charlie to banish the tank tops forever. Randy was very subtle and said it was "terrible" and Mariah was kind enough to punt and leave it to America. Charlie's emotional response to the brutal critique may be his only hope for another shot. Will he sway the voters?
Nick Boddington took to the piano to sing the Goo Goo Dolls' "Iris" and Keith thought it was beautiful. Randy was happy that Nick altered the tune and called it "a good, solid performance." Is "good" enough at this stage in the competition?
Next up was Burnell Taylor, who really moved Keith with "I'm Here" from The Color Purple, a song he sang at his audition and Nicki thinks he's one of a kind. Randy said, "love you, love you, love you" while Mariah got emotional about the performance.
Paul Jolley was coming off surviving the tiebreaker and hoping that his version of "Just A Fool" by Christina Aguilera would propel him to safer ground and a spot in the Top 10. In response to Keith's question about "who he is" as an artist, Paul said he liked Taylor Swift and that he "wanted to be the guy version." While Keith thought it was a miss, Nicki thought it was solid, though Randy seemed to agree with Mr. Urban.
The audience loved Lazaro Arbos' version of "Feeling Good." Keith and Nicki thought it was a strong performance and loved that he put his own stamp on the tune. Randy loved Lazaro's confidence and Mariah was impressed, but suggested that he stick with tunes that are more suited to his vocal range.
Curtis Finch, Jr. killed it during the Sudden Death round and chose "I Believe I Can Fly" tonight for his shot at the Top 10. It was a standing ovation in the crowd and from the panel, as Curtis was visibly moved by all the love. Nicki said that he, once again, reset the bar for the competition and said that he had a voice from "above." The Dawg also saw divine intervention in the song and Mariah thanked him for lifting the spirit in the room.
Devin Velez gave us "Somos Novios," which sounded an awful lot like "It's Impossible." The Insider skipped Spanish class. Keith loved it, Nicki said things in Spanish, and Randy "loved this guy!" Mariah thought it was "effortless" and that Devin might be on the road to an international career.
And finally, it was the bespectacled vocal power of Vincent Powell. He hit the stage with "End of the Road" by Boyz II Men. All of the judges thought Vincent was a bit off tonight, but expressed their hope that tonight was not the end of Vincent's road on Idol.
The guys and the girls have given it there all. Now it's up to you. So vote away America and get the results and your first look at our Top 10 tomorrow night!