Jermaine Paul “Against All Odds” Oh sure, the exact song I just cited as an example of what American Idol contestants should never be allowed to sing again. The thing is, Jermaine kills it. He just makes it a signature R&B song. Christina calls him her favorite on Blake’s team. She notes his connection to the music. Cee-Lo says Jermaine gave the song soul and loves his character and conviction. Adam says he might have over-embellished just a bit, but says he doesn’t have to do all that. Christina grumbles a bit next to him because that’s her entire schtick.
Jesse Campbell ”Halo” His daughter is his inspiration. Jesse stands at the top of a staircase inside a picture frame. We soon see a bunch of pictures of Jesse and his daughter all around the stage. She’s in the audience, looking thrilled and mortified simultaneously. Jesse is reminding me a little bit of Ben Vereen, although it might just be the fedora and the suspenders. (And between that reference and a song called “Payphone”, this recap seems a little extra retro!) Cee-Lo calls it wonderful and enjoyed the staging. Adam took a minute to “feel” the song choice, but then he loved it, saying Jesse’s a favorite. Blake agrees. Christina compliments the production values without saying a word about the vocal.