How strange! ;This blog topic is publishing nicely, unlike my last one about Phillip Phillip’s outstanding performance of “Home” last evening. And, I can’t link to it because the technical glitch of “linking” is the problem. I just realized this when I was typing these opening words. Weird. Weird!. Update: All fixed!
More updates at end of article
Anyway, I am excited for tonight’s show. It sounds like it’s going to be one wild ride, doesn’t it? A little Reba with Skylar, a pre-recorded performance of Kristen Chenoweth with Jessica and more via The Hollywood Reporter and MJsBigBlog. ;
You will have to travel there on your own as I cannot provide click-through links yet. ;Honestly WordPress – get your act together. I’m trying to run a resourceful blog here. UPDATE: My bad! I forgot to close the YouTube link with a “]” symbol. My apologies to WordPress. I’m getting old! I love you!
I have added the information below – but if you don’t want to be spoiled then stop reading! Ha!
The Hollywood Reporter has learned that this year’s female finalists will pay homage to the late ;Donna Summer ;while the boys will honor the recently departed ;Robin Gibb ;with the songs of the Bee Gees.
Helping the contestants translate the Summer’s classic songbook (the disco queen appeared on the season 7 finale) to a group performance with ’70s icons ;Gloria Gaynor, ;Thelma Houston ;and ;Gladys Knightjoined by ;Nelly Furtado, ;Sheila E., ;Jennifer Holliday ;and, of course, the Season 11 girls (later in the show, they perform with ;Chaka Khan). In addition, Broadway and ;Glee ;star ;Kristin Chenoweth ;will trade vocals with finalist ;Jessica Sanchez ;on the Summer-Barbra Streisand girl power anthem, “Enough is Enough.”
Among the other stars set to perform with the finalists are ;John Fogerty, who will duet with ;Phillip Phillips, ;Reba McEntire, who will kick up her boots with Skylar Laine and the long-awaited ;Fantasia-Mantasia mash-up – a no-brainer for second runner-upJoshua Ledet.
Sanchez will join ;Dreamgirls ;soul-mate Holliday for an encore performance of “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going,” and the boys will sing with ;Neil Diamond ;for yet another group number.
Latin superstars Wisin and Yendel will salsa with touring partner and ;Idol ;judge ;Jennifer Lopez, while ;Hollie Cavanagh ;will team with Season 6 winner ;Jordin Sparks ;for a Broadway showtune.
Previously announced performers include hitmaker Rihanna and rockers Aerosmith.
Update: Over 132 million votes. Idol and World Record. Holy! Those are crazy numbers.