It was Prince night on “American Idol,” with Prince protégé Sheila Esitting in with the band for the performances. The show also celebrated music from the years the contestants were born, which was basically the nineties, with a couple in 2000. For that performance, the group was mentored by Nick Jonas.
Of course this meant two songs for each contestant, with two chances to get it right, or very wrong. So, here’s a look at what everyone sang:
- Gabby Barrett– Prince’s “How Come You Don’t Call Me Anymore” and “I Hope You Dance,” by LeAnn Womack (2000)
- Maddie Poppe– Sinead O’Connor’s “Nothing Compares 2 U” (written by Prince) and Sheryl Crow’s “If It Makes You Happy” (1997)
- Jurnee– Prince’s “Kiss,” and Brian McKnight’s “Back at One” (1999)
- Cade Foehner– The Time’s “Jungle Love” (written by Prince) and “Who Will Save Your Soul” by Jewel (1996)
- Michael J. Woodard– Prince’s “I Would Die 4 U” and “My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion (1997)
- Caleb Lee Hutchinson– Prince’s “When Doves Cry” and “Amazed” by Lonestar (1999)
- Catie Turner– The Bangles’ “Manic Monday” (written by Prince) and “Oops I Did It Again,” by Britney Spears
A few more things:
- At the very top of the show, a video montage about Prince was shown, featuring some previously unseen footage.
- Gabby got rave reviews for her performance of “I Hope You Dance,” with Luke calling it one of the best vocals in the competition so far. And her performance of Prince’s “How Come You Don’t Call Me Anymore,” got raves too with Lionel noting “I’m in love with that,” and Katy saying she’s “the most ready to go on tour.” And now Gabby has landed in the Top 5!!!
- Sheila E was impressed with Michael’s performance of “I Would Die 4 U"
- Maddie’s “Nothing Compares 2 U” earned a standing ovation from the judges, with Lionel calling it “amazing,” and Luke calling it “mesmerizing.”
- The show announced that the top seven will be going on tour this summer.
- Katy was so overcome by Cade’s performance of “Jungle Love” that she had to fan herself.
- Catie had a major flub during her performance of The Bangles’“Manic Monday,” which was written by Prince, forgetting the words at the very beginning of the song, although she got praise for being able to quickly recover and move on with the performance.
Sadly, this week two performers had to say goodbye and those getting the axe are Catie and Jurnee.
- Meanwhile, the top five remaining contestants are being sent to Nashville this week to work with Carrie Underwood, and next week’s episode will be celebrating her catalog. Carrie will also perform “Cry Pretty” on the show, with “Idol” sharing an exclusive look at video for the track last night.
And Oh-by-the-way...for fans who really love “American Idol,” the show just announced it’s going on the road. “American Idol Live” will be coming to the Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall in Munhall on September 13th.
Source: ABC/American Idol