First, here's how the Idols did with songs from the 60's:
Hollie Cavanagh starts things off by singing Ike & Tina Turner's River Deep, Mountain High. I wasn't sure how she would do with such a powerful song and to my surprise I thought she did an awesome job. I loved it. And what I really liked the most is she came out with conviction and gave a strong performance. Look out!
Phillip Phillips sings The Letter from the Box Tops. I thought he did a good job, but I didn't totally love it.
Skylar Laine sings Creedence Clearwater Revival's Fortunate Son. Skylar and Hollie are like the two little trains that could. I really enjoyed her performance.
Jessica Sanchez sings Proud Mary by Ike and Tina Turner. Yo! Dudette! What a fabulous performance. I loved it.
Joshua Ledet sings Ain't Too Proud to Beg by the Temptations. He nailed it!
Next, here's how the Idols did with songs from British Pop:
Hollie Cavanagh sings Bleeding Love by Leona Lewis. She did a great job again. Wonderful.
Phillip Phillips sings the Zombies' Time of the Season. I liked this performance better than his first song.
Skylar Laine sings Dusty Springfield's You Don't Have to Say You Love Me. I'm a huge Skylar Laine fan!
Jessica Sanchez sings Joe Cocker's You Are So Beautiful. I still can't believe that she's only 16 years old. Beautiful.
Joshua Ledet sings To Love Somebody by the Bee Gees. Best performance of the night and of Season 11. The only other Idol to command the Idol stage as much as Joshua is Adam Lambart. Amazing performance.
Here's how I would rate tonight's first round: Joshua Ledet, Hollie Cavanagh, Skylar Laine, Jessica Sanchez, Phillip Phillips.
And here's how I would rate the second round: Joshua Ledet (period).