we start these visits out in Wisconsin, Reed Grimm's home. He shows his backyard, and says his town of Ellsworth is famous for their cheese curds.
He also shows off his two nieces he helps care for. This will change his life, because he won't be spending every day changing dirty diapers. He hopes to work America into a frenzy.
Reed sings Moves Like Jagger, and turns the song very jazzy. It doesn't seem right, but he's somehow compelling. He also fits in a drum solo in the middle of it, something he became known for in Hollywood.
Randy Jackson is glad it was Reed who was bold enough to start off season 11. He feels this is a good choice and compares him to Sheila E. on the drums and liked the scatting too, comparing him to Casey Abrams again. Jennifer Lopez explains everyone knows the song so well, and this made it a great way to show America who they are dealing with, a guy who is musical and has an amazing voice. Steven Tyler also loved the jazz. He loves Reed's voice and that he can do anything with it, as well as the shuffles in his step.
Adam Brock is 27 and from Washington, Pennsylvania. He shows off his home and his family, that includes his wife, daughter, and dog. He cooks dinner, sings, plays piano, etc., and says he's always been known as the jack of all trades, master of none, but is hoping American Idol changes all that. He's been told there's a large black woman trapped inside his body and wants to show America what white chocolate is.
Singing Think, Adam isn't doing enough different with it than what we've seen on this stage. He's good; there's no doubt about it,
Steven loves that Adam has his own name of White Chocolate, and thinks he was setting the bar and the precedent right out of the box. He thinks the talent is so good this year, that it's hard to make a comment about anything. J-Lo loved his big finish, and feels it's what he needs to do because of all the other standout voices we'll hear tonight. He definitely delivered at the end for her. Randy loved the whole kind of throwback vibe, with the 70s/blue-eyed/soul thing with the white chocolate. Randy also notices Adam is rocking a Pittsburgh Steeler towel in his back pocket.
Deandre Brackensick is still in high school in San Jose. He takes the camera to his sociology class and his home to see his mom, dad, and sister. His sister is one of his biggest fans and his best friend. He thinks she gets her big personality from him, as he used to act a fool a lot. Mixed in with the footage he shot is some footage shot of him at a much younger age dancing around to 76 Trombones.
Deandre chooses to sing Reason and sings nearly the whole thing in falsetto. I'm not thrilled with that overall, but he does some really good things with the songs. He sings much older than he really is. High school students shouldn't sound like that.
Jennifer almost can't talk because of all the cheering, then she can't talk because Steven interrupts her to air his thoughts. He did that last time, when she was getting ready to talk, and now this time she asked Randy if she should go, and he said yes, and she said "Deandre" twice, then Steven jumped in. He tells him "I told you that was going to happen." It's good for him for picking a song that shows off his voice.
Jennifer finally gets in there and says his voice is so perfect to her. Every note, when he goes high or rests in the middle, makes her so happy. He didn't make the top 24 last year and she prayed he would come back this year. She knows it will be an amazing year for him. Randy tells him he is one of the most commercial guys he's seen. Out of the box, he's ready to go now. He's so unique, so different with his voice. He has the falsetto, then saves the big chest note for the end. He's pulling for him.
Colton Dixon, 20, of Murpheesboro, TN, had a unique opportunity to be with his sister both last year and this year. There are deer that end up in his back yard occasionally, and he's sure Skylar Laine would love to shoot them. He shows off the room where he writes a lot of his stuff. A lot of people have been asking how he does his hair. It grows so fast and he thinks it just has a mind of his own. People are used to seeing him on the piano, but he's going to do something a little different tonight.
Well, Colton is at the piano again anyway singing Decode, but only in the beginning as he walks away from the piano. He sounds a bit shaky at first, but he completely hits it. He jumps up on the piano, dancing a little bit up there. He somewhat reminds me a little of a James Durbin tonight.
Randy, without an interruption from Steven, is happy that Colton came back. It's time for Idol to have their own indie alternative rocker singing like Paramore. He loved it and didn't know he could perform like that. He loves that the show has so much variety already with so many flavors. Jennifer started feeling his heart, and that's what she lvoes the most about him and what she looks forward to America feeling from him, that he sings from his heart. He's a relevant artist and she can hear him on the radio now. Steven doesn't think he had a chance to show his true talent last year, but did tonight. At the piano and up dancing, he truly is a relevant artist today.
Jeremy is from Florida, and inside his house is his "number" from when he auditioned. On a typical day he would be working at the clinic sitting at the front desk. He's the first face they see when they walk in. Tonight he'll sing his heart out, and wants the voters to feel everything he sings. Jeremy sings Gravity and gets a chance to show his heart the way he wanted in the bridge of the song. He also has a little falsetto to show off.
Steven tells him it was beautiful, and he couldn't have picked a better song. People have been watching him, and he gave it up at the beginning of the season. For all the kids that didn't make it through, he hugged them and cried with them; he has such a big heart. For that alone, Steven thinks he deserves to be America's Idol. He sang his butt off today and it was as beautiful as beautiful gets.
J-Lo tells "Jer-Bear" that some people are just blessed from God with a voice that affects people when they open their mouths. He's one of those people and it makes her forget where she is. She doesn't think people got to see who he was, but they're going to see. Randy introduces America to Jeremy and vice versa. There are some crazy "sangers" this year, but he was so impressed with the tender singer and booming moments. He loves him.
Steven is as confused as a baby in a topless bar. Jennifer dared him to take his pants off and jump in the water, and now she's out-pressing him. He asks who he is and fakes a sneeze while he bares a breast. Randy reminds him it's a family show, but wants to know what a baby is doing in a topless bar.
Aaron Marcellus is 27 and from Atlanta. He uses the camera to show himself brushing his teeth. Does that make him unique somehow? He's also walking through town, then teaching voice lessons and taking dance classes. He's a regular dude with a big dream. He wants to prove to people that you might get knocked down a few times, but you get where you want to be.
Never Can Say Goodbye is Aaron's song choice, and he's definitely good.
Randy tells Aaron that's how you sing some vocals and that the run at the end was crazy. He told Jennifer Aaron was like an old school veteran singing with ease and doing what he wanted. "We've got some singers this year." Jennifer says "That boy can sing." It's the end of the story with him. She's always believed in him and thinks he can sing anything. Steven reminds him they always talk about the whole package and he was that tonight. He raised the bar for himself.
Chase Likens, the country crooner of the group, is 21 and from Point Pleasant, West Virginia. He shows us around his apartment and also shows the bike he uses to get to and from school. He attends Marshall University in the theater department and is enjoying the heck out of it. He also whistles. He has horses and dogs and is as country as any country boy can be.
Chase sings Storm Warning and gets completely into the performance. But he's another that I'm not sure if America will get him enough to see that he's offering something different, yet he throws a great run in there just before the end.
Steven welcomes the cowboy to American Idol. He also notes that Chase looks a little like Brendan Fraser in The Mummy. Steven thinks he'll set America's hearts on fire and a lot of mommies are going to love him. Does that mean he thinks he'll get the cougar vote? Jennifer agrees he has movie star good looks, but thinks he also sounded great. It's about showing America who they are, and she thinks he did that. Randy points out his range that had him going up at the end. He's got skills. He's a goodlooking dude like him and Steven. He's ready.
Creighton Fraker is 28 and grew up as the preacher's kid in a small town in South Dakota. He didn't exactly fit in there, so moved to New York. He videotapes his apartment and shows where he sits writing music and dreaming about being on American Idol some day. He's always been an offbeat character, but everyone in New York is unique. He doesn't have to be ashamed. He's Creighton Fraker. "You have to be who you are.
Creighton sings True Colors, a song that has been done a lot on this stage.
He goes tender and also belts it out. He shows us all about his own true colors. It's absolutely beautiful.
Jennifer thinks America has their work cut out for them. It was so beautiful, and to think half of these guys are going home tomorrow, she just can't imagine how they'll choose. With a performance like that and voice like that, she doesn't want him to go home. He was great and showed all the beautiful dynamics in his voice. It was the perfect song for him, as he is so individual, just like the song says, and he sang from his heart.
Steven recalls Cyndi Lauper doing a beautiful job with that song, and knows she's at home crying along to it, just like J-Lo. It was his own phrasing and his own choice of notes. He took that song and put it over the top. All Randy can say is there are some incredible singers, and he can't believe they're going to lose six of them as well.. He can definitely sing and definitely has the voice.
Phillip Phillips is 21 and from Georgia. He shows his home and his family. He's really going to miss his whole family, as they all encourage him, even when he's not asking for it. We get to see the pawn shop again and also Phillip waking up in bed. He doesn't want to be famous for fame, but wants to be known to make great music.
Phil sings In the Air Tonight with his guitar, and it's a little different than we've seen him before. He was always holding something back that he just couldn't let out. But this song is subdued anyway, so we don't get to see that, until he gets to the chorus. Despite it being a slow song, he does that subdued thing and belts it out.
Jennifer says if you don't know the name Phillip Phillips, you should. Last year they came back from the road and they were talking about some people, Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina. This year they came back talking about Phillip Phillips. There is no doubt he is one of the best talents they found, and he just proved it right there. Steven thinks he has a crazy kind of voice where he hangs his hat on what notes he decides to growl on. He finally hit his stride with this and made it beautiful. It's not easy to have a voice like his and make it fit other people's songs, but tonight he did it.
Randy calls himself one of Phil's biggest fans. He's not sure he was jumping up and down about the changes in the melody, but he's so unique and different, and he reminds him so much of Dave Matthews. He just wishes he would have done more with the reharm. Jennifer tells Phil Randy is just saying to stick with the melody.
Eben Franckewitz is 15 and from Cincinnati. He shows off his house and refers to himself as outgoing and funny, and likes to joke around with people. A typical day for him is waking up and going to school, then coming home to do homework and chores that his mom makes him do. It would be hard to miss everyone if he was going further on the show, but it would be worth it.
Pulling out some Adele, Eben sings Set Fire to the Rain.
He does get a little pitchy with the song, but it has to be noted how ambitious this song choice was. Not everyone can do Adele.
Randy tells Eben he is so mad young and so mad cool, and calm, and collected. He thought he looked like he has been doing it for 100 years and he's only 15. It wasn't all perfect, but he brought it home at the end like a real pro. That's what impressed J-Lo too, because she felt like it went a little unsure in the middle, like he couldn't hear himself, but it's something he needs to get used to. Yet he came through in the end, showing her he's a good performer and is aware of what he's doing. Steven tells him he has a true, straight, beautiful voice for a 15-year-old boy. The melody was a little pitchy in the middle, but he thinks he just needs to listen to some blues records and shake it off a little.
HeeJun Han is 22 and from New York. He shows his house, his dog, and his mom. She tells him just to dance and does a little performance of her own. He thinks she's going to kick him in the head when she finds out they're airing that. He also shows the organization where he volunteers helping kids with special needs. Tonight he's going to show people that not only can Asian people get a high score on the S.A.T., they can also sing and melt people's hearts.
HeeJun sings Angel. this guy can belt it out, and do it when you're not expecting him to.
Jennifer tells HeeJun that his voice is smooth as silk. She's not sure if the song showed off how beautiful his voice really is, but there's no denying he can blow. Steven sings "HeeJun, you sure can sing" to the tune of Hey Jude. He's also not sure if it was the right song, but thinks if they don't know who he is, they will. Randy agrees with the others, saying he has tender moments and big vocal moments, and is so happy they found HeeJun. HeeJun chose the song because he wants people to know that they have their own angels and that you can find them anywhere you go.
is 19 and from Westlake, LA. His family together is definitely loud, and misses the food. He doesn't even think people in Hollywood know what crawfish is. He begs fellow Louisianan Randy to "help a brother out" and invite him over for dinner.
You Pulled Me Through is Joshua's song choice tonight, and he chose well. It shows off lots of great stuff with his voice. Steven sways along to the song while he sings, and Randy mimes it from his chair. There is no doubt the judges are in love with their choices this year, and for good reason. This guy is good. He gets a judges' Standing O, again, for good reason.
Randy asks, "Can I get an A-men up in here," as the doors in the church are wide open. He loves him, he's a Louisiana boy, and yeah, they'll bring some crawfish to everyone there. This is what singing is all about, this is why he loves being on the show. He loves great voices, and he's definitely one of them. He loves the "Yeah yeah yeah!" Jennifer tells Joshua he's so amazing, she doesn't even know what to say to him. She just wants to punch him, as he's so insanely talented. It is from God. The voice is from another world and from God. He can be a gospel singer or R&B singer and can do whatever he wants. It's a privilege for her to be sitting there. Steven tells him he's the voice the world has been waiting to hear. He cannot believe where he just went and came back. That's what it's about. A journey and a place to take people with what God gave you.
It's finally time to see who the show brought back for a second chance.
it's Jermaine Jones. He's asked what his reaction was to finding out he was coming back, and he says he was grateful and excited. He thinks the neighbors could hear him screaming. He thought when his mom told him about the phone call that she was playing a crazy joke on him. Jermaine sings Dance With My Father and sings it deeper than Luther Vandross did, but has all the emotion in it that makes it almost worth the buildup. He gets a well-deserved judges' standing O.
Randy tells "the Gentle Giant" that it was very, very nice. He has such a different voice, and that's one of the reasons they wanted him on the show. They haven't ever had a low baritone like that before He's so unique and different and proved it there. Jennifer appreciates his special voice and special spirit. She's glad America got to see him tonight to give him a chance. Steven thanks him for proving to him why they asked him to come back. "What a beautiful thing." His mama comes up onstage to give him a hug.