'American Idol' recap: Whitney vs. Stevie
"Who's crying, and why?" asks seven-year-old M. Edium the minute they cut to the studio where Joshua is greeted by Jimmy Iovine and Mary J. Blige. Nobody yet, but it's early. The Stevie Wonder song Joshua's singing is "I Wish." Mary J.'s only concern is that Joshua will hold back, so she clearly doesn't know Joshua very well. When he sings it for the audience, with a whole horn section out onstage with him, he does seem pretty peppy and energetic, at least vocally. It's a bit of a departure from his usual gospel thing, but it works. Although Randy calls it "flavorless" when he means "flawless." Freudian slip? Jennifer loved it, and goes on about his church-singing background coming through in some hand gesture he kept doing, and Steven pretty much just agrees. Except for the "flavorless" part.
Elise's song is "The Greatest Love of All," at least until Jimmy and Mary J. hear her try it and saddle her with "I'm Your Baby Tonight" instead, which she barely knows. Elise interviews that it wasn't ideal, but the mentors tell us that she'll just have to suck it up. Judging from her performance, Elise did just that. And look, there's the horn section again. She does the best she can, but she's not inhabiting the song the way she normally does. Under the circumstances, though, I guess she's lucky she remembered all the words. There are kind of a lot of them. Jennifer says that Elise has a great voice, but this wasn't her best. Steven tells her that she needs to find the right song for her voice, and Randy dings her for trying to fight with the song. I'm pretty sure she just got sandbagged. After that's over with, Ryan asks her how the last-minute song change affected her, and she admits she's only known it for a few days, but bravely says them's the berries. Ryan gives the voting instructions. Wait, did I just say "them's the berries?"