Two ‘Idol’ semi­fi­nal­ists per­form same Adele song

The Washington Times Daily - - Life -

There wasn’t only one per­for­mance of Adele’s “One and Only” on “Amer­i­can Idol.”

Elise Te­stone, the soul­ful 28-yearold teacher from Charleston, S.C., and Jen Hirsh, the soar­ing 25-yearold singer from Agoura Hills, Calif., both tack­led the same jazzy tune dur­ing Wed­nes­day’s per­for­mances from the top 12 fe­male semi­fi­nal­ists on the Fox singing con­test — and both were lauded by the judges for their take on the Grammy dar­ling.

Miss Hirsh was the first to per­form “One and Only,” com­pelling judge Randy Jack­son to note that she was “one of the great­est singers in the com­pe­ti­tion this year.” Miss Te­stone was seated be­hind a pi­ano when she closed the show with her ren­di­tion, prompt­ing Mr. Jack­son to re­peat him­self. He told Miss Te­stone she has “one of the best voices in the com­pe­ti­tion.”

Sev­eral other con­tes­tants also felt the love from the panel, in­clud­ing 26-year-old disc jockey Erika Van Pelt of South Kingstown, R.I., with Heart’s “What About Love,” 18-yearold Hol­lie Ca­vanagh of Mckin­ney, Texas, with Christina Aguil­era’s “Re­flec­tion,” and 16-year-old shopa­holic Jes­sica Sanchez of San Diego with “Love You I Do” from “Dream­girls.”

Brielle Von Hugel, a 17-year-old cheer­leader from New York, im­pressed the judges with a com­pelling “(Sit­tin’ on) the Dock of the Bay” by Otis Red­ding, but other con­tes­tants sur­prised the panel for the wrong rea­sons: Mr. Jack­son wasn’t a fan of 23-year-old Ha­ley Johnsen’s ver­sion of the Eury­th­mics’ “Sweet Dreams.”

“It was a bit of a nightmare for me in­stead of a dream,” Mr. Jack­son told the barista from Beaverton, Ore.

The top 25 semi­fi­nal­ists, in­clud­ing the 13 men who per­formed Tues­day, were all to learn Thurs­day if they had re­ceived enough votes to be among the viewer-se­lected top 10 con­tes­tants or one of the three “wild card” fi­nal­ists picked by the show’s judges. The 13 singers will take to the stage next week for the first round of the fi­nals of sea­son 11.

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