American Idol recap: Release the rockers

The Top 6 get a little bit country and not enough rock 'n' roll as they sing two solos for the first time.
Ep. 30 | Aired Apr 23, 2013

Ryan seemed to forget that he should wait 'til after the performers sing to get the judges critiques, which got Keith a little upset. But Harry was there to calm him down and let him, you know, release it out with a massage that had absolutely no homosexual undertones whatsoever. It just seems Harry requires a little leg stretch every once in a while to let go of some of his excessive energy.

Jena Irene, "So Small" by Carrie Underwood: Thank God the camera caught the moment that J. Lo got her goosies during the song because what would we do without another close up of her face when a contestant is performing? As for the actual singing that's being judged, Keith and J. Lo loved it, but Harry had a hard time hearing the melody of the song, and I kind of agree with him in a way. Maybe it's because I wasn't familiar with the song to begin with, but I had a little trouble following along and agree that there were a couple of moments that did not feel in sync with the rest of the music. But like Caleb, I think Jena will have a similar problem of not being able to give two strong and distinct performances on the same night if she doesn't loosen up a bit. Jena said she looks forward to hearing what the judges have to say to her every week and she definitely listens, but I think she needs to be a 17-year-old a little more and continue to show that sparkle, like her wardrobe.

C.J. Harris, "Whatever It Is" by Zac Brown Band: Whatever it is, it's not in tune. I found my body physically unable to listen to some of the notes coming out of C.J.'s mouth it was so bad. He had this problem in the first song too, but like his fallen Alabama brother Dexter, C.J. has trouble completing words and thoughts all the way through to the point that I couldn't understand half of the lyrics. It didn't matter really cause it just wasn't a good song choice, especially for someone like C.J. who really needed a good pick for this section when everyone kind of gave him a "he's not a rocker" pass the first time around. All three judges expected a lot more from him, but I just don't think he has more to give. Like Harry said, he doesn't seem like he's trying to beat anyone in this competition with his attitude or mentality. Well, I think after tonight, C.J. may have finally been beaten.

Jessica Meuse, "Jolene" by Dolly Parton: Has Jessica sung this song before because I felt like I've heard her do it already. It would have been a better choice if she did the original version of the song and not the awful arrangement that once again, Keith and I both hated. It was a rock version of a country song which completely defeats the entire purpose of the theme. Keith didn't even care that he got booed by the crowed for calling it too dark ("Whatever"). J. Lo said she saw an improvement in Jessica's eyes and thanked her for taking that note after the first performance and again, Harry liked that she just stood there and sang the song strong with conviction. Ok, well I didn't. Is it bad that I had an urge to rip that guitar from her hands and smash it so she can never use it again? I think she may only get one more chance anyway and could be in jeopardy as well.

What did you think? Who rocked it out and who was left in the dust? Discuss in the comments!

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