"American Idol" finally got down to business as the 12 male contestants performed Tuesday night.
The theme is music from the 1960s. First up was David Hernandez. . He gave a gospel-fueled version of Wilson Pickett’s “In the Midnight Hour.” Cowell said it was better than he expected, but Hernandez needed to loosen up.
Chikezie Eze sang Spiral Staircase’s “More Today Than Yesterday” in full Barry White mode. Cowell hated the suit, the wink and the old-fashioned performance.
While David Cook rocked out to "So Happy Together," the same could not be said for Jason Yeager.
If Cowell thought Eze’s performance was too old-fashioned, Yeager’s performance of the Johnny Mercer and Henry Mancini standard “Moon River” was positively prehistoric.
Next up was former boy band singer-turned faux rocker Robbie Carrico performing a safe version of Three Dog Night’s “One is the Loneliest Number.” Cowell praised the performance but expressed apprehension that Carrico is really a rocker.
No need to shop around for who was the best performer. David Archuleta’s performance of Smokey Robinson and the Miracles “Shop Around” did the trick.
Archuleta’s a hard act to follow, but Danny Noriega was up for the challenge with Elvis Presley’s “Jailhouse Rock.” Cowell thought it was grotesque, though.
Hugh Jackman-lookalike Luke Menard sang Harry Nilsson’s “Everybody’s Talking at Me” and it turned out, what they were saying is “you were sharp and forgettable.”
Colton Berry did the King a better service with his rendition of Presley’s “Suspicious Minds.” Cowell was not impressed.