And now for some sad sing-offs: Stephanie Schimel, the Barbie, had to battle Rachel Hale, the Bubbly, for the final spot in the girls' Top 20. What's awesome is that they chose two former Idols' songs -- Phillip Phillips' "Home" for Steph vs. Haley Reinhart's "Undone" for Rachel. I thought Barbie showed way more control than Bubbly here, but the judges obviously admired that Bubbly didn't play it safe and had the bigger voice. Stephanie had really grown on me by the end. How can Zoanette go through while Stephanie has to pack her tiny doll bags and head home to the Malibu dream house? Not fair.
Then the boys trotted back onstage -- buzzkill! they all look about 14 and super awkward -- so that Adam Sanders ("Taking Chances") could take on Josh Holiday ("Georgia On My Mind"). Adam was mind-numbingly off-key despite his obvious knowledge of music and sweet demeanor. C'est tragique! Not to be outdone, Josh gave a mediocre vocal performance but SPLIT HIS PANTS with a totally unnecessary kneel at the end of freaking "Georgia on My Mind." In a way it was a relief, because I'd been wondering in horror whether he was wearing white jeans. Nope, just some bright-ass khakis. He gets to stay. Nicki will never forget what happened here. But America will. Likely by next week.
Here are your Top 40!
TOP 20 GIRLS
Angela Miller (pictured)
Jenny Beth Willis
TOP 20 GUYS
Curtis Finch, Jr.
Gurpreet Singh Sarin
Josh "J'DA" Davila
So who's your favorite so far? Do you also want to bottle up Keith's positive energy and use it daily as a life-affirming, pore-defying serum? Who do you think will crash and burn in Vegas?
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