God, do I feel old. I'm remembering hearing some of these songs from when they were first played on the radio. Oy!
Ramiele Malubay is out front and center all alone on Heart's "Alone."
You really need the vocal chops to pull a Heart song off. Malubay gave an underwhelming performance.
"It wasn't the right song choice," Randy Jackson said.
"I don't think it was as bad as Randy said," Simon Cowell replied. "The truth is, Ramiele...that you're going to get through to next week based on that performance."
Jason Castro is up next. Tonight is Castro's birthday. No way he'll be sent home this week. He picked Sting's "Fragile."
It's ok, I didn't know the song either. Turns out it never charted in the U.S. (it did go to 70 on the UK Singles Chart, though).
"Dude, I love that song. It's one of my favorite songs," Jackson said. "It was nice and pleasant."
"I think you're staying true to who you are. I don't think we saw anything different that makes us go 'wow, Jason did something different," Paula Abdul chimed in.
"You have had two bad weeks. I think it's time you start taking this a little seriously," Cowell said. "That was the equivalent of someone busking outside a subway station."
Syesha Mercado is back. She's also born in 1987. She picked "If I Was Your Woman" as made famous by Stephanie Mills. The song went to number 30 on the U.S. pop charts and hit number one on the U.S. R&B charts. She knocked it out of the park.
"This is the best I've ever heard you sing including when you auditioned," Jackson said. "I'm shocked."