Recap: 'American Idol' Top 3 Performances

It's time for the "American Idol" Top 3 and Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina and charging darkhorse Haley Reinhart are singing thrice apiece on Wednesday (May 18) night. Their first performance? Personal choice. Second performance? Jimmy Iovine's choice. Third performance? Judges' choice.

Who gained the upper hand? Click through for the full recap...

Singer: Scotty McCreery

Song: "Amazed"

My Take: Dude. I wanna be mentored by Beyonce. She loves Scotty, but she's worried about his confidence with his upper range. It's a mighty predictable song choice for Scotty, but what's the point of a personal song choice if you aren't going to pick an utter no-brainer for yourself? Equally predictably, Scotty's much better in the lower-ranged verses than in the build to the chorus, which pushes him to a high point where he's getting lost in the excessive arrangement and background singing. There are at least a couple notes which benefit from being lost. He closes with a nice, assertive note and a smile.

Steven, J-Lo and Randy Say: Steven Tyler thinks Scotty keeps getting better and somehow imagines that Scotty got angry somewhere in the song. I don't even know what that means. Jennifer Lopez loves that Scotty took her advice and started doing vibrato on every note. Randy produced a version of the song and therefore he thinks it was a great song choice. And oh gosh, Randy actually noticed the pitchy parts. Crazy, right? Read More...


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