Pia Toscano and Stefano Langone were among the clear standouts on Wednesday’s edition of American Idol, as each delivered rousing performances on a night the show’s 12 remaining contestants had to perform songs released the year they were born.
Langone – a wild card contestant – delivered a powerful performance of Simply Red’s 1989 ballad If You Don’t Know Me By Now. His set Wednesday was lauded by judge Randy Jackson, who said the 22-year-old Kent, Washington native “took a song with the highest degree of difficulty and slayed it.”
Toscano, 22, also kept her momentum strong, unfurling a sterling rendition of Whitney Houston’s Where Do Broken Hearts Go, from 1988. Judge Steven Tyler, impressed by the the New York native’s recent string of strong outings, told Toscano, “You are why this show is called ‘American Idol.’”
The remaining contestants in this year’s competition include boys Scotty McCreery, James Durbin, Jacob Lusk, Stefano Langone and Paul McDonald; and girls Lauren Alaina, Karen Rodriguez, Thia Megia, Naima Adedapo and Haley Reinhart.
Another contestant’s going home when American Idol returns Thursday on Fox at 8/7c .