Joshua chooses to take on "Ain't Too Proud to Beg." His sleeves are comical (did Tommy pick out those?) but the song fits his voice like a glove and he does his thing. "You're like a throwback to another era," Jennifer says. "The jacket is fly," Randy adds, "And I love the flower!" After a bit of discussion, they agree that it's a tulip (it's not, it's a daffodil) and Joshua gives it to one of the girls in the front row.
Hollie picks Leona Lewis' "Bleeding Love" for her second song. On paper, it's a great choice for her, but her toned-down version doesn't really ever get off the ground. I feel like Hollie should be doing much better than she is - she has a strong voice, but she never really makes an impression with any of her performances. Anyway, the judges love it, as Steven says: "I loved it, I loved it, I loved it!"
Phil Phillips also chooses a British song that fits his usual style: The Zombies' "Time of the Season." It works for him - his choices usually do - but I think what I'd really like to see from Phil is something different, just once, for a little variety. Still, he does well.
The girls do a trio on "Higher and Higher," and while I don't dislike any of them individually, the performance reminds me why I really dislike these time fillers...they're basically everything people complain about with American Idol rolled into two minutes of awkward choreography.
Dusty Springfield's "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me" is Skylar's second choice. The arrangement is a little thin and she just sounds too...loud. Randy, who's now completely lost his critical edge, tells her it was flawless. I don't think that it'll affect her votes too much - her first performance was one of the best tonight - but flawless it was definitely not.
Jessica sings "You Are So Beautiful," another predictable choice, but the coaches help her out again with the arrangement. It's actually really lovely, mainly guitar and strings, and this is the kind of thing that Jessica should sing (though maybe with a little more kick in the second half). Maybe. "You just captivated the whole audience...you did some beautiful things there at the end." Jennifer says.
Joshua will close out the night with The Bee Gees hit "To Love Somebody" at Jimmy's suggestion. This one fits right in the part of his voice that I like best - a little below where he usually sings, but it gives him the opportunity to get an extra punch with all his extra runs and earns a standing ovation from the judges. "Wow." Randy says.
Did your favorite rock the 1960s or come to life with the British invasion? Tune in tomorrow to find out who's headed home! Plus, big performances from Carrie Underwood and Coldplay!