The 27 year old from Pennsylvania explained that when his friend asked him, if time and money and resources weren’t an option, what would he do with his life, his reply was,
“I have to sing. Its where my joy comes from.”
Randy Jackson felt that joy in him too and Steven told him,
“I love to watch a man cry. You’re going to have a beautiful life, because you made it.”
He wha-…he made it. I was crying at this point so I almost missed what Steven was telling him. Baby Whitney will get to see her Daddy sing live on TV.
Jeremy Rosado was up next. No drama this time. “There was no way we wouldn’t want you in the top 24 this year. It was unanimous,” she said, so he’s in!
Shannon Magrane is next in front of the judges. They thought she was an American Idol as soon as she auditioned. “Does your daddy still hate me?” Steven joked as they put her through. You’re getting creepy now, Steven; stop it!
Scott Dangerfield (23), who had to pull out of the competition last year, was next to hear his fate. Jennifer admitted she didn’t like him as much this year and he fails to get through, saying philosophically,
“It is, what it is.”
Will he be back again next year or has his American Idol time passed?
Skylar Laine was next to hear her fate. She needn’t have worried that Chelsea took her place because she also sings country. Randy told her she’s been pretty consistent thus far but Steven wants her to put a bit of Rock & Roll into her country. She said she will and Randy delivered the good news that she’s in the top 24. In her excitement Skylar screamed that she wanted to jump in the pool! Jennifer urged her to “do it!”
Deandrae Brackensick makes it through second time as the judges said this time it was different, he had changed and they’d be crazy to not let him through.
Jermaine Jones, the gentle giant, had a meltdown when told he hadn’t made it in to the Top 24 and he needed a little more work. But he vows: “I’ll never do this again.” Oh I hope he does!
Only one of Ariel Sprague, Shelby Tweten and Hollie Cavanagh can get through, the judges said. It’s Hollie, who quickly comforts the other girls.
I’m not liking these comparisons as next David Leathers (17) and Eben Frankewitz (15) go head to head for the one remaining male spot. Steven (pot…kettle…black) told David that his overconfidence makes him sing all over the place at times. But he said Eben lacked confidence at times. We know where this is headed then, right? Eben got through and a heartbroken David, who was championed by last year’s winner, Scotty McCreery, was out.
But wait…there’s a twist. The judges have to add one more male to the lineup. Will it be David Leathers Jr., Jermaine Jones, Johnny Keyser or (yikes!) Richie Law?