Elise Testone stumbles with Foreigner classic 

Tyler says Testone picked the wrong song, Jackson says it was pitchy

For the first time in the 2012 competition, Charleston's Elise Testone stumbled. The culprit: a pitchy performance of the Foreigner ballad, "I Want to Know What Love Is."

Last week, Testone delivered a powerhouse performance of Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love," and judging by Wednesday's outing, she should stick to hard rock standards and soul songs. Not only did the Foreigner tune clash with Testone's growly, howly image, she never really seemed to feel the song's innate sap. Even worse, her vocals were also overshadowed by her backup singers during the emotional, all-important chorus.

Originally, Testone wanted to go with Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah," and frankly, that would have been a bad call for her. For one, the song has been performed numerous times on Idol, and, two, the Jeff Buckley version of the song is so good that all other covers pale in comparison. It's like performing a Beatles song. You just don't do it.

But with the encouragement of Gwen Stefani and Tony Kanal of No Doubt, Testone chose to go with "I Want to Know What Love Is," much to the chagrin to judge Steven Tyler, who felt the song was the wrong choice for Testone. Idol Judge Randy Jackson said the performance was pitchy while Jennifer Lopez did little more than complement Testone on her dress. Yikes.

If Testone makes the bottom three this week, which is likely, and is eventually voted out, there is a strong chance that the Idol judges will use their one save of the season to keep her in the competition.

That said, Testone came back strong with a duet with Phillip Phillips on the Tom Petty-Stevie Nicks classic "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around."


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