American Idol recap: Perform like a fanny pack

David Cook mentors the top eight for '80s night; Harry slowly starts losing it.
Ep. 25 | Aired Apr 9, 2014

Alex Preston and Sam Woolf, "The Girl Is Mine" by Michael Jackson: Vocally, this was a great pick for the roommates, but there was absolutely no emotion in what they were singing whatsoever. Both were holding on so tightly to their guitars that every girl in America wanted to be one of those strings. Again, Sam wasn't able to fully embrace the female fandom, and I think Alex outperformed him a bit. Sam said he had been practicing more and trying to focus on connecting after he was saved last week, and he thanked the judges and America for giving him another chance. (Does someone need to explain the rules to him again? America actually voted you out.)

Malaya Watson, "Through the Fire" by Chaka Kahn: Malaya decided to start the song singing on top of a piano, which didn't make any sense to me. Unless you're drunk or trying to seduce someone, keep your feet on the ground. It sucked up all the energy that the firecracker usually brings to the stage. You could tell something big was going to happen by the end of the song, but I kind of lost interest by the time it got there. The judges all said Malaya needed to relax a bit more and not to anticipate the big notes toward the end of the song. J.Lo's trick for moments like that? To relax. Wait -- you said that already, how is that a trick? Harry was nice to comment that not many people can sing Chaka in full voice at any age, and to be able to do it as a 16 years old is still very impressive.

Ryan got a little too excited when he saw Malaya's earring and insisted on playing "Accessories of '80s Pop Stars" after it reminded him of Jody Watley. Ryan: That was both weird and aggressive. And why do you know so much about '80s female fashion? You know what -- don't answer that, because we have bigger things to worry about, like Harry deciding to go into the audience for the next performance. "I can't stand it anymore, I want to be a part of it!"

Jena Irene and Caleb Johnson, "It's Only Love" by Tina Turner and Bryan Adams: I'll admit that, like most people, I was pretty distracted by Harry during this performance. Jena and Caleb are my pick for the final two, so it was great to see them together, and J.Lo said she liked what the duets were bringing out in the contestants. Jena and Caleb are both great performers, so at least this one wasn't awkward, but unfortunately it wasn't as memorable after Harry arrived back onstage with his new friend Nicole on his shoulders. They hadn't met before, but Harry makes dreams come true!

"That’s how we roll, it is what it is, bro." Nicole's mother should be really worried right now...if she isn't too jealous.

NEXT: The Woolf of Blah Street

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