Two ‘Idol’ semifinalists perform same Adele song
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.