Phillip Phillips has impressed this season, and his blend of his old school aura and youth led judge Steven Tyler to brand him a “Steve McQueen, Johnny Cash kind of guy.”
Unfortunately, Phillips’ take on Maroon 5′s Give a Little More left judges Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson wanting … well, a little more.
“It was a little bit underwhelming for the Phillip Phillips that I love — it wasn’t everything that I know that you can give us.,” J.Lo told the 21-year-old pawn shop employee.
Jackson pointed out the Georgia native underwhelmed at a time he could least afford to, telling him, “I don’t know if it was that ‘Wow’ kind of a moment.”
It wasn’t all gloom and doom for the remaining seven Wednesday: Colton Dixon‘s soul-drenched rendition of Eminem‘s Love the Way You Lie had Tyler telling him he was studio-ready; Joshua Ledet‘s frenetic take on Bruno Mars‘s Runaway Baby earned him the coveted standing O from the judges; and Elise Testone delivered a solid version of Lady Gaga‘s You and I that had Jackson proclaiming, “America, Elise is back!”
Someone’s getting eliminated when American Idol’s 11th season continues Thursday at 8/7c on Fox.