*As the lone “American Idol” judge who has been with the show since day one, Thursdays for Randy Jackson still haven’t gotten any easier.
“I hate it. Every Thursday is such a sad day because now every one of these kids is so talented,” he said backstage after Thursday’s results show, which saw rock-flavored singer Elise Testone get the boot. “Colton [Dixon] last week was crazy, and Elise, God, I mean what are you gonna do? I thought she sang that first song amazingly well, so it’s just weird.”
With just five contestants left, (church-powered vocalist Joshua Ledet, R&B songstress Jessica Sanchez, pop-oriented Hollie Cavanagh, alt-rocker Philip Phillips and country belter Skylar Laine), judge Jennifer Lopez says each one of them has to dig deeper than the week before to ensure they don’t lose public support.
“I mean they gotta bring it every week,” she said. “It’s got to be amazing, especially with these group of singers. Elise was one of the best singers, but you’ve still got five pretty special people up there who can really, really sing.”
Next Thursday, Lopez will take the stage herself to perform “Dance Again,” her latest single that sparked angry comments from conservative groups when a clip from the sexually-charged video – featuring her real life boyfriend Casper Smart – was shown on “Idol” earlier this month.
The Culture and Media Institute, a non-profit dedicated to promoting and restoring traditional moral values, says the scenes shown were completely inappropriate for a “family friendly audience.”
Rumor has it that Casper, 25, will join J.Lo on stage to recreate some of those steamy scenes from the video during her May 3 performance.
Below, J.Lo, 42, tells us the message she’s trying to convey in the song. [Scroll down to watch the video.]