'American Idol' Final 2 Performances: The Battle of Heavyweight Boxers
Caleb Johnson and Jena Irene were back on "American Idol" Tuesday, May 20 before the winner is announced the next day. The Top 2 contestants sang three each: a song picked by "Idol" creator Simon Fuller, a reprise of their favorite performances on the show, and what would become their coronation song.
Jena won the coin toss and chose to go first. She sang Florence and the Machine's "Dog Days Are Over". Keith Urban loved the way she "owned that stage," though he noticed some adrenaline-related issues with breath control. Jennifer Lopez said, "I could feel the heebies-jeebies coming out," but halfway through the performance, Jena loosened up and got comfortable.
Simon picked Aerosmith's "Dream On" for Caleb. Despite his vocal issue last week, Caleb nailed the song, even the screaming part. "That's what you gotta do! You gotta come on, and you gotta deliver. You gotta seize the moment," J.Lo said. Keith also had nothing but praise, calling it "exceptional," while Harry Connick Jr. advised him, "Don't forget to take the same focus, the same energy you have on the end of the tune at the very beginning of the tune."
In the second segment, Jena chose to reprise her rendition of Elvis Presley's "Can't Help Falling in Love". She managed to repeat the success of the performance a few weeks ago, with J.Lo commenting, "Your soul comes through on that song when you sit at that piano. ... It makes me feel things, makes me do things that I've never done before."
"Maybe I'm Amazed" by Paul McCartney was Caleb's choice for his second performance. The judges basically said that Caleb's power was undeniable, but told him not to forget the emotional connection to the song, because according to J.Lo, "at the end of the day, when the soul comes through, that's what's going to really give the goosies."
Harry and J.Lo said Caleb won the first round and Jena won the second round, but Keith thought the first round belonged to Caleb and the second round was a tie.
Jena Irene's coronation song is "We Are One". She appeared to be struggling in the slowed-down lower register, but soared on the high notes. "I think it was a nice finish to the show," J.Lo said, while Keith thought, "It's perfect for you."
Caleb's coronation song "As Long As You Love Me" was written by Darkness' frontman Justin Hawkins. It has cheesy lyrics like, "As long as you love me, we don't have to be together 24/7," but musically, it suited him. Harry compared Caleb and Jena to heavyweight boxers, "The way I look at it, you're like Joe Frazier, Jena is like Muhammad Ali. This is a puncher vs. a boxer." Keith can't wait to see the results tomorrow, while J.Lo said, "I felt that you put it all out there and you went for it."
The winner of "Idol" season 13 will be announced in a two-hour finale on Wednesday starting at 8 P.M. on FOX.
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