American Idol: Top 3 Performance Show, Live Thoughts
Here we go, it's the American Idol top three performances.  Tonight, more than any other night, the performances matter for these three.  No one is automatic going into the next round, and anyone who comes out firing can solidify a spot in the finals.  What follows are my quick thoughts while watching the show.  Feel free to let your opinions be heard in the comments section below.

Ryan starts us off, showing each of the three finalists at their make-up station, all in a row.  They look a little nervous.

Wow, I wasn't aware of that.  Each of the contestants are singing three songs.  Three songs each! One chosen by the judges, one by the producers, and one by the singer.

Jordin Sparks will hit the stage first.  Simon Cowell has chosen a song for Jordin.  The song is "Wishing on a Star" by Rose Royce.  Okay, I don't know this song, but don't get all mad at me in the comments below.  Sorry, I don't know every song ever recorded in this world.  This is sort of a smooth, funky R&B song.  It's pretty good, the song suited Jordin well, but it didn't have the all-important "wow" factor.

Randy liked it a lot.  Simon didn't like it as much as he wanted.  He ends up not liking the arrangement. 

Commercial time.

Blake Lewis is up next with Paula's choice, "Roxanne" by The Police.  Blake is doing the best he can do with the song, which is an extremely difficult one to sing.  He's taken it down a number of keys from the original, but it still sounds good.  In tune, powerful where it needs to be, and well-performed.

Randy gives him an "A".  Paula loved it.  Simon tries to settle everyone down, but gets drowned out by crowd boos.  Take that, you limey curmudgeon.

Melinda Doolittle up next, singing Randy's choice, "I Believe in You and Me," by Whitney Houston.  It's a big ol' Whitney ballad, and if Melinda wants to kick some ass, this is her chance.  She starts out soft and subtle.  You know what, I'm not a big fan of this song.  Yikes, she struggles with a high note.  But, she recovers very well, and pulls it off.  Well done.

Randy loves it, but he picked the song, so he has to say that.  Simon says that Melinda wins round one.  Eh.  No one stood out over the others, to me.

Jordin is up next and the producers have chosen Donna Summers' "She Works Hard for the Money" for her.  This is song is uninspiring, not that hard to sing, and not in her vocal powerhouse.  If anything, it shows that Jordin has a little trouble moving around on stage.  She redeems the whole thing at the end with a kick ass little run.

The judges all liked it.  Low degree of difficulty, but performed very well.

Blake is up next, and he'll be singing "This Love" by Maroon 5.  This is the producers choice, and I think it'll be a good one.

He starts off a little weak, but finds his groove. He finds a little room for some beat-boxing.  I don't know about this performance.  It's pretty good, but it kind of shows Blake's relative lack of power in his voice.  All in all, pretty good though.

Randy thought it was "very nicely done".  Simon can only dole out praise.  Well, then. 

No bad performances yet, but also no stand-out great ones. 

Another commercial.

We're back and Melinda is up.  She's singing an Ike and Tina Turner song.  "Nutbush City Limits" I think.   This is the kind of song that Melinda is best suited for.  She's got a little Tina Turner in her.  Again, that wasn't the hardest song to sing, but she owned it.

The judges all absolutely love it.

More commercial time.

Jordin is up next to perform her last song of the night.  She'll be singing "I Who Have Nothing" a song she performed earlier in the season.  This was her best song of the season when she originally did it.  And, again, it is an awesome performance. 

The judges liked it, but Simon thought it was too old-fashioned of a song and performance.

 Blake is going to sing a Robin Thicke song.  I'm glad he's doing something we haven't heard from him before.  This is a good song, too.

This performance may singlehandedly get Blake into the final two.  Simon will like how current it is.  He's differentiated himself so much from the two girls, that I think they'll have enough of a split to send Blake through to next week.

Simon says that "he really liked that".  High praise.  High praise, indeed.

Melinda has chosen to sing "I'm a Woman".  She's doing the whole "throw a coat over my shoulder" thing.  I'm not a big fan.  This is a jazzy soul song, and I'm not a huge fan of this.  She performs the hell out of it, but I don't know how the voters are going to react.  Even though Melinda was and is the best singer, I think she's in danger of being eliminated tomorrow.

Simon praises her consistency. 

Who will make the final two?  Who deserves to make the final two?  What do you all think?

-Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer

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