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ETA:Ãƒâ€š Kirsten just posted this blog from Access HollywoodÃƒâ€š in comments.Ãƒâ€š It contains a very detailed account of tonight’s show.Ãƒâ€š A couple of interesting tidbits not mentioned anywhere yet:
- News Corp which owns the Fox Network will donate 10 cents per call up to 50 million votes tonight for a total of $5 million.
- Carrie Underwood will perform “I’ll Stand By You” Ãƒâ€š from Africa on tomorrow night’s special.Ãƒâ€š A group of celebrities will sing “Stayin Alive” including Teri Hatcher, Gwyneth Paltrow and Hugh Grant.
Tonight’s performance show was taped yesterday, and there are accounts from Fans of Reality TVÃƒâ€š from the dress rehearsal and Idol ForumsÃƒâ€š (check out the spoiler section, but you need to sign up first)Ãƒâ€š Ãƒâ€š from the show taping.
Spoilers mention that Ryan said that BonoÃƒâ€š mentored the kidsÃƒâ€š this week, but there were no clips during the show.Ãƒâ€š We’ll probably see that stuff during the special on Wednesday.Ãƒâ€š The show does feature clips from Africa and America interspersed with the kid’s performances.
Here are the song choices and performance order:
- Chris Richardson “If I Could Change The World” by Eric Clapton – He wore a tie and jacket.
- Melinda Doolittle “There Will Come A Day” by Faith Hill – She wore a gray dress.
- Blake Lewis “Imagine” by John Lennon – He wore a purple shirt and jacket.
- LaKisha Jones “I Believe” Season 3 coronation song – She wore a black strapless dress.
- Phil Stacey “The Change” by Garth Brooks – He wore a blue shirt and jacket.
- Jordin Sparks “You’ll Never Walk Alone” from the musical “Carousel” – She wore a beige dress.
Judges comments, from an Idol Forums poster who attended the taping: thanks to milajoy for posting these in comments
Chris – All three judges liked his performance. Randy said Chris started off the show great. Paula thought it wasÃƒâ€š one of his best. Simon said it wasn’t nasally, it was a great song choice and he’s finally living up to the potential they saw in his first audition.
Melinda – All the judges loved her.Ãƒâ€š Randy said Melinda showed everyone how it’s done.Ãƒâ€š Simon said she made it completely her own–a masterclass performance.
Blake – Randy thought it was a little boring–blah blah cakes about being compared to the original. Ãƒâ€š Paula felt his performance was quiet, sincere.Ãƒâ€š Simon liked the vocal and thought it was more about the sincerity than the vocal.
Lakisha - The judges “slammed” her. Simon thinks she shout-sings.Ãƒâ€š The judges preferred Fantasia’s version from Season 3. (two separate accounts say that the audience loved her and that she sounded great).
Phil – Randy and Paula thought he was great. Simon liked it but told him to continue going for the country-style songs
Jordin - Randy told her tonite it was the best vocal by any Idol on any season. Simon joked that “unlike Randy. I liked you tonight Jordin.” Paula liked her too.
There are two phone numbers for each contestant:
- 1 and 7 – Chris Richardson
- 2 and 8 – Melinda Doolittle
- 3 and 9 – Blake Lewis
- 4 and 10 – LaKisha Jones
- 5 and 11 – Phil Stacey
- 6 and 12 – Jordin Sparks
The phone lines will be opened for 4 hours tonightÃƒâ€š instead of 2.
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