American Idol: Who Might Be Gone In A Flash?

By Radar Staff

OK, so Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson weren’t that abrasive toward Hollie Cavanaugh, but her ill-received interpretation of Irene Cara’s Flashdance helped the normally-sugar sweet panel channel their inner-Simon Cowell.

Tyler told the McKinney, Texas native: “Your pitch was all over the place, I’m so sorry to tell you.”

“You’re listening to what everyone is telling you,” a frustrated Randy Jackson explained to the 18-year-old. “It didn’t feel like the pop song it is.”

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Elise Testone didn’t fare much better during the tribute to the decade of decadence, as her rendition of Foreigner’s ballad I Want to Know What Love Is had Jackson telling her she was “much better than” she showed. 

“It was just out of tune everywhere for me,” he told the 28-year-old South Carolina native.

On the flipside, Joshua Ledet and Jessica Sanchez simply killed it in their duet of Aretha Franklin and George Michael’s I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me), leading Jackson to proclaim the duet “one of the greatest performances” he’s seen in 11 years on the panel.

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“It was so over the top,” Tyler said, “it defies judging.”

Fun fact: After years of internal strife and personal problems, Tyler and Aerosmith sprung back into relevancy — and had a hand in the first ever mainstream rap hit — collaborating with Run-D.M.C. on the 1986 remake of their hit, Walk This Way.

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Someone’s getting eliminated when American Idol’s 11th season continues Thursday at 8/7c on Fox.


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