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'American Idol' brings back Jermaine Jones

'American Idol' brings back Jermaine Jones

February 29th, 2012 by DERRIK J. LANG, AP Entertainment Writer in News

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jermaine Jones has a second shot at becoming an "American Idol."

The 25-year-old so-called "gentle giant" of Pine Hill, N.J., was given a last-minute spot among the male semifinalists Tuesday after the Fox singing contest's judges had dismissed him in Las Vegas. Jones was lauded for his bass-fueled take on Luther Vandross' "Dance with My Father" during Tuesday's performances from the 13 male semifinalists.

"Thank you so much for proving why we asked you to come back," said Steven Tyler.

Many of the guys were praised by the panel after crooning a song of their choice, including 27-year-old new father Adam Brock of Washington, Pa., with Aretha Franklin's "Think," 20-year-old musician Colton Dixon of Murfreesboro, Tenn., with Paramore's "Decode," and 28-year-old street performer Creighton Fraker of New York, with Cyndi Lauper's "True Colors."

"I don't want you to go home," Jennifer Lopez told Fraker. "I want you to stay."

Several singers soared with vocal acrobatics, including 19-year-old receptionist Jeremy Rosado of Valrico, Fla., with Sara Bareilles' "Gravity," 19-year-old crawfish lover Joshua Ledet of Westlake, La., with Jennifer Hudson's "You Pulled Me Through," and 17-year-old student Deandre Brackensick of San Jose, Calif., with Earth Wind and Fire's "Reasons."

"Your voice is so perfect to me," Lopez beamed to Brackensick.

Reed Grimm kicked off the show with a jazzy rendition of Maroon 5's "Moves Like Jagger" that included a drum solo from the 26-year-old nanny of Ellsworth, Wis., and some bleeping from the show's censors when Grimm stuck to the lyrics and later when Tyler enthusiastically alerted him that "there's gonna be a whole new generation watching your (expletive)."

The curvy new "Idol" stage seemed to swallow a couple of contestants. Only 22-year-old vocalist Heejun Han of New York and 15-year-old Eben Franckewitz of Loveland, Ohio, received criticism from the judges. They disapproved of Han's song choice of Robbie Williams' "Angels" and chastised Franckewitz for a rocky start on Adele's "Set Fire to the Rain."

"It wasn't all perfect, but at the end, you really brought it home," Jackson told the youngster.

Somewhere in the middle of the pack were 27-year-old performer Aaron Marcellus of Atlanta with the Jackson Five's "Never Can Say Goodbye," 21-year-old country crooner Chase Likens of Point Pleasant, W.Va., with Hunter Hayes' "Storm Warning" and 21-year-old pawn shop worker Phillip Phillips of Leesburg, Ga., with Phil Collins' "In The Air Tonight."

"It's not easy having a voice like yours and fitting it into other people's songs," Tyler told a growly Phillips.

The top 12 female singers will perform Wednesday, and then all the top 25 semifinalists will learn Thursday if they received enough votes to be among the viewer-selected top 10 or one of the three "wild card" finalists to be determined by the show's judges.


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