Down to the final 7, last night's show had the contenders take on some of the legends of rock and roll and most were clearly outside of their comfort zones.
Burnell's version of Bon Jovi's "You Give Love a Bad Name" reminded us all that we love him dearly, but he should probably stay away from this genre of music.
The judges gave him tips like, "next time try to make the song your own" and Keith said that it was obvious that Burnell was "very uncomfortable."
Although probably safe, Burnell was not very good at all and he happens to be my favorite.
Angie and Lazaro gave us a duet "Crazy Lil' Thing Called Love." Lazaro forgot the lyrics, Angie saved the show. The performance made me feel like I was in a very bad "High School Musical" and the judges agreed with me.
Next up was Kree and the first to actually rock out, singing Janis Joplin's "Piece of My Heart." Kree was not only comfortable but GOOD! Thank you Kree for showing us how it's done!
Burnell and Candice took on "The Letter" Candice sang her face off and Burnell, tried to keep up.
Janelle sang a country rock song, what song? I don't know because everything that Janelle sings sounds exactly the same.
Lazaro opted not to wear his trademarked bright pink, yellow or turquoise, so I almost didn't recognize him in a subtle black and red ensemble. He took on Queen and "We Are the Champions" and didn't do bad at all. It kinda took us back to the Lazaro we fell in love with during the auditions. If last night was any indication of Lazaro's upcoming weeks, to him I say "welcome back!"
Amber, Janelle and Kree gave us a trio of Billy Joel's "It's Still Rock & Roll to Me." If you closed your eyes you were clearly listening to some circa 1980 girls pop group (sorry Billy).
Best critique of the night after this performance: "I hated that performance" -- Nicki Minaj.
Candice gave us "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" and nailed it.
Amber made Heart proud with her rendition of "What About Love?"
Angie took us home sitting at the piano (where we love her most) delivering Evanescence's "Bring Me To Life" making up for last week's performance and proving she's top dog.
As for eliminations, as we've seen, anyone could go, however if it were up to me, we'd say goodbye to the one trick pony Janelle. But it may be a sad night for my favorite Burnell.
We'll have to tune in and see tonight. It's "Idol," baby!Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun