Have we all cooled off from the weirdness of last week? I certainly hope so, because that was all ridiculous. Tonight we meet our top five, which is a big moment. Why? Because this year, the top five are the only kiddos who will be taking part in the Idol tour this summer. (See you on August 5, Beacon Theatre!) And in celebration, we’re in for a night of #ArenaAnthems.
First through—and the first to officially be part of the tour—is Jax, sporting a spiky, sparkly jacket and a tambourine, à la Taylor Hanson. The girl sounds pretty great on Jet’s “Are You Gonna Be My Girl” (but loses points for changing the gender of the song and singing “be my guy” instead, which makes me crazy). She also looks wildly comfortable on stage. God, she has grown on me, this one! I can’t wait to see her on tour! For real.
Second to be making his way to your hometown this summer is Nick, who maybe got a much-needed haircut. We’re meeting the contestants’ parents tonight in their pre-performance video segments, and Nick’s parents tell us (again) that Nick got into music after his basketball career ended because of an injury. (Is Nick actually Troy Bolton, for real?) Maroon 5’s “Harder to Breathe” gets of to a realllllll rocky start, like the song totally got away from him. They’ve built the set tonight to appear as thought Nick is part of a band rather than a solo artist, which we all know has been his problem the entire time. Well, honestly, it doesn’t help much. He was making good progress the past few weeks in terms of his confidence, but he’s lost it tonight. (I also can’t understand a damn word he’s saying.) Ugh, Nicky, I really thought we were getting somewhere with you. This was okay. Not your best, not your worst. The judges are super jazzed about this performance, which confuses me as the one person in the world who’s been rooting for this kid all season. Sigh, judges. Sigh.
Clarky gets the green light next (I am absolutely going to weep when I see him on tour). As you remember, J.Lo has been telling him to work on his style, to be a little cooler, find a look. So what does Clark do? He puts on a cute little suit and a sassy pocket square, because he is an ANGEL. God, I love him. The Beatles’ “Yesterday”—a song I didn’t know was an #ArenaAnthem—is another homerun. (Though how does he manage to break the songbook rules every week? It’s all easy listening with him! No complaints, but seriously, the rules are being bent.) At this point, what is there to say about Clark? He sings, I cry, he’ll win.
Tyanna’s next, and we see an amazing video of her from years ago, getting ready to go see a Hannah Montana concert. SO CUTE. (Remember how good the Hannah Montana movie is?) Tyanna is just one of the loveliest people I’ve ever seen on this show. “Party in the U.S.A.” is her choice for the night, and it starts out a little low for her voice, but we all know she’s going places with it. It’s a fun performance, it’s nice to see her doing something so young, and she has fun with it. Sounds solid (though not her absolute best, but I think the arrangement is to blame for that), but I’m looking forward to her next song.
That leaves Quentin and Rayvon at the mercy of the Idol fan save. Rayvon, dude, you’ve got to be getting tired of this, right? Quentin is the first to defend his spot, taking on “Light My Fire.” Guys, I love Quentin, but this performance is less than comfortable. For starters, it is boring. Second, it feels weirdly dated. Harry says he dug it, but obviously that’s just to signal that the tension from last week is dunzo.
NEXT: Clark, meet Bieber.