The alumni duets continue on ‘American Idol’, and we’re seeing some explosive performances tonight! Chris Daughtry, Jordin Sparks and more past Idols return to mentor and sing with the final season’s hopefuls, but of course, it ends in some nasty cuts. See who’s going home!
American Idol‘s past winners are beyond busy, but they found time to return to the Idol stage to duet with the current crop of contestants in the Feb. 18 episode. Chris Daughtry, Jordin Sparks, David Cook, Kellie Pickler, Constantine Maroulis, and Haley Reinhart perform with twelve superstars-in-the-making — see which performers judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. love, and who, well, won’t be making it to next week.
First, Kellie Pickler, who placed 6th on Season 5, is paired with Amelia Eisenhauer to sing “Suds In The Bucket” by Sara Evans. “She makes me come out of my shell,” Amelia gushes about her mentor. Their performance is a country dream, and it even puts a smile on the face of the typically critical Harry. Keith and Jen love it, too! Next, Haley Reinhart, the 3rd place winner on Season 10, does a rousing cover of Elton John‘s “Benny and the Jets” with Kory Wheeler. All three judges think they meshed well together, and having nothing bad to say!
Season 5 fourth-place finalist Chris Daughtry duets with crowd favorite Lee Jean to do “Home” by Daughtry, leaving Jen “speechless” and earning a “really, really strong” from Harry. Nice! Then Season 7 winner David Cook returns to rock with CJ Johnson. They do “The World I Know” by Collective Soul and the cover is more or less perfect. Harry loves how their voices blended!
Jordin Sparks, the winner of Season 6, is partnered with Manny Torres to sing her hit “No Air”. You’d think it’d be hard to look past Jordan’s parts of the song because she so totally owns it, but Manny really holds his own and they’re amazing together! They even throw in a bit of choreography — so cute. The judges absolutely love it, and Jenny calls it a “perfect marriage”. Yesss!
Next up is Constantine Maroulis, the sixth-place finalist on the fourth season, and cutie Jenn Blosil. They choose “My Funny Valentine” by Ella Fitzgerald and it’s super offbeat compared to the rest of the performances we’ve seen tonight, but they kill it! “It was the embodiment of the perfect duet,” is the compliment from one Jen to another. Then Kellie Pickler takes another turn with Tristan McIntosh, and they decide to do her song “Best Days Of Your Life”. “Kelly brings out the happier, sassier side of me,” Tristan reveals, and she totally slays her parts of the song. Remember: she’s 15!
David Cook comes back to pair up with Olivia Rox, and they do his song “Light On”. Olivia has such an incredible voice, and and I’m going to call it now: I doubt it’ll come as a shock to anyone if she’s named the next American Idol, or at least makes it to the Top 3. Keith is already dreaming up what Olivia’s tour t-shirts will say (“Olivia Ro(cks)? Yes, She Does”) and Harry agrees that it was a great job!
Haley Reinhart and Adam Lasher croon their hearts out with Elvis Presley‘s classic ballad “Can’t Help Falling In Love”. Adam does a great job, but Hailey outshines him more than a little. Jen and Harry call it “lovely” and “sweet”, but Keith wishes Adam would loosen up in the same way that Hailey did. Next, Chris Daughtry returns to the stage to perform Stevie Wonder‘s “Higher Ground” with Dalton Rapattoni. Dalton has been a fan of Idol forever, and he reveals that Daughtry’s first album is the first CD he ever owned. “I’ve literally dreamed this,” he says about sharing the stage with Chris. They rock the performance with amazing energy, and the crowd goes wild the whole time.
Jordin Sparks and Trent Harmon take us back in time with “To Love Somebody” by the Bee Gees. It’s really a beautiful duet, and Jordin and Trent complement each other really well. “That was the Trent that I know and I love,” JLo gushes. Harry thinks it was so good that he suggests Trent record it as a single!
Finally, fan favorite Shelbie Z and Constantine Maroulis do the classic “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen — which Constantine performed on Season 4 — and they stay true to the song while adding their own flair. Shelbie is such a powerhouse, but JLo felt like she was “lost” to Constantine a little bit, and Harry and Keith agree. Ouch, what a bummer that all three judges didn’t really like it!
Time for the tough part: tonight was impressive, but five faces have got to go. So who’s moving forward? Lee is obviously safe (Jen is in love with him, for one thing), as is Olivia. Yay! Jenn and Dalton are also going through. Manny is the fifth to make it to the next round, followed by Tristan. Trent is the last person to make it through!
Sorry, Shelbie, Adam, CJ, Amelia and Kory — you guys did your best! It’s pretty shocking that Shelbie was eliminated, no? Do you agree, HollywoodLifers?