Jennifer Lopez was in awe of the talent that hit the American Idol stage during Wednesday's live show, even after she and fellow judges Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. gave a free pass to the Top 10 to a few of their favorite acts. Tonight will decide which six will move on to the Top 10 and which four are going home. Trent Harmon, La'Porsha Renae, Olivia Rox and Dalton Rapattoni did not perform.
Manny Torres was the first artist to sing for America's vote, performing Stevie Wonder's "Master Blaster". The American Idol judges unanimously liked Tristan McIntosh's performance of Rascal Flatt's What Hurts the Most, but some viewers found it pitchy and lacking emotion.
Sonika took on Celine Dion's "I Surrender" but didn't nail the high notes as her voice was shaky towards the end. Keith Urban said that is such a great song and he has everyone reacting to it. He sang great and played great. "I get nervous and they know how to calm me down", said Isabella, who said it's "all about having fun" while she's in California.
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"For the first time this season, Vaid had to put it all on the line as she competed to win over America's vote, and not the judges'".
"You're right", Urban added.
We know Kelly can perform, so we're super-stoked to see what she does as a judge given that she's usually pretty upfront and honest. "It may take some people a little bit to catch up to it", he told the fresh-faced 15-year-old, "but you are a very talented young lady".
Jenn praises the work Dean has done with her, saying her voice is the strongest it has been in years.
Manny Torres, Gianna Isabella, Thomas Stringfellow, Tristan McIntosh, Avalon Young, Jenn Blosil, Lee Jean, Sonika Vaid, Jeneve Rose Mitchell, and Mackenzie Bourg then sang live on television. We'll see as "American Idol" continues on Thursday, Feb. 25 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on FOX.