Jessica talks about wanting to be on American Idol since she was five. "I literally can't do anything but sing. That's why I'm here." She talks about the experience of actually getting to meet other people, which could be really sad depending on how you interpret it, and how she can't believe she's one of the last four. Her first song tonight is "Steal Away," and clearly Jimmy has given up on not letting her sing songs that are too old for her. It's all bluesy and torchy but with loud horns and not really a showcase for what she can actually do.
Rather than talking about the performance she just heard, Jennifer wants to ask her about the part of the intro-reel when she was seven years old and did a vocal growl onstage. Steven says he's working on an Etta James song of his own, and she nailed this one. The expert has spoken. Randy just likes the vibe of a sixteen-year-old singing the blues, and trots out the cliché about how Jessica can sing the phone book. Why doesn't she sing her voting numbers, then, instead of letting Ryan recite them? After the ads, Jessica tells us backstage that she's secretly 65 years old. Well, that explains it.
Ready for another awkward duet from Josh and Phil? They're doing "This Love" by Maroon Five. I don't have much to say about it, other than that I could probably do without the ebony and ivory pianos that are on the stage with them. Josh blows Phillip away again, which I'm starting to suspect is the point of the whole exercise. Phillip knows better than to try to hug Josh after this one.
Steven gushes about how perfect it was, and gives Nigel a shout-out for picking the song. Jennifer agrees that it was a good song for the two of them, comparing it to a duet by Adam Levine and Usher. Which allows Phil to claim that he's the Usher of the two of them (oh, ush, Phil). Randy talks funny while saying it was amazing. Ryan agrees with Randy, "But when I look at you, I just want to buy an ice cream." Josh says Phil was making him laugh the whole time... just by being Phil, I guess. If only it were that easy for all of us. But then after the ads, they mimic each other mercilessly backstage in a way that actually is kind of funny. For a moment I don't miss Heejun as much.
At least we're getting all the pointless duets out of the way at once (I hope). Jessica and Hollie duet on the Bangles' "Eternal Flame" while swaying to and fro on silk swings like Cirque du Soleil rookies. Somehow they each sound good, but not so much when they sing together. Probably not a duet album in their future.