Last night was the results of the Final Four on American Idol. For Season 2 of American Idol, the final four was on May 6, 2003. The four lucky Idols were Clay Aiken, Ruben Studdard, Kimberley Locke, and Josh Gracin. All four singers had survived many weeks of singing, dancing, humility and hard work.
The show started with the group of 4 on stage with Ryan Seacrest as he introduced each singer. Ryan then announced that all the songs tonight are courtesy of the BeeGees and that Robin Gibb was the guest judge for the evening.
The idols and their songs were sung in the following order:
1. Josh Gracin – “Jive Talkin”
2. Clay Aiken – “To Love Somebody”
3. Kimberley Locke – “I Just Want T Be Your Everything”
4. Ruben Studdard – “Nights on Broadway”
1. Josh Gracin – “To Love Somebody”
2. Clay Aiken – “Grease”
3. Kimberley Locke – “Emotions”
4. Ruben Studdard – “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart”
Josh started the performances with a country-styled, “Jive Talkin”. He roamed through the audience as he tried to please the crowd and the judges. The judges all agreed that the performance was good.
“To Love Somebody” is a beautiful song and when you add Clay Aiken to it, you have perfection. His voice was full of emotion and it was soft at the beginning but when needed, he belted out the song with passion.
All 4 of the judges were so complimentary to Clay and his performance. The words, fantastic and brilliant were used more than once. Simon even said it was one of the best performances he had ever heard throughout the entire competitions in both the USA and England.
Kim Locke, looking good in black, got mixed reviews from the judges. Simon called her performance “sweet and ordinary – nothing special.”
It was Ruben’s turn, but before he started, Ryan let the TV audience know that the audience members had thunder sticks that had Ruben’s name on them. Somehow, that didn’t seem too fair to the other contestants, but……it was Ruben!!
The judges were excited about Ruben’s performance of “Nights on Broadway.” Each judge had only positive remarks to make.
The second round started with Josh singing “To Love Somebody.” The judges loved the touch of country Josh added to the song and thought his second round song was better than the first round.
The most “out of the box” performance of the evening was the second song by Clay Aiken. Singing “Grease”, Clay dressed the part with tight jeans, a tee-shirt and a red leather jacket. AND, who could forget the “hip shake.” Clay had fun and took a risk which worked with the audience and three of the judges. However, Simon was not happy. Leave it to Simon to say “HORRIBLE”!!
Kim was next, singing “Emotions” and the judges were pleased with her performance although Simon thought it was just not her night.
The words, brilliant and fantastic were back when the judges critiqued Ruben. Simon even threw in a “sensational.”
Ryan started the results night by announcing that there were 22 million votes last night.
The group performance of the evening was a medley of BeeGee’s hits. Each contestant had one song that they were featured on……the harmonies were great.
The bottom two for the night were Kim and Josh. But, before the results, there was a Ford Commercial. Remember the one where Ruben is dressed like a pimp and “Nerd” Clay joins him at the end?
When the time finally came to announce who was going home, Ryan didn’t waste words. It was a quick “Josh, you’re out. Kim, you are safe.” And, the Final Four is no more.
We have 3 videos for this night.
1. To Love Somebody
3. Group Performance
Click here to see the videos:
I loved Beegees night. To Love Somebody was so fantastic and Grease was such a hoot! Clay can sing anything! 🙂
I agree….I can't understand Simon's remarks about Grease. He forgot to listen to the music and hear the great singing.
Loved watching these videos again. How on earth could Clay's performance of "Grease" be horrible? It was anything but. He sang it perfectly. Clay's performance of "To Love Somebody" really was brilliant. To think this was just with track music.. This was when American Idol was good.
Oh my…That was so much fun watching those video's again. I don't know about anyone else..but, I loved Clay's rendition of Grease. Simon sure got a lot of Boo's on that one. To Love Somebody was just awesome. Clay is one of a kind…and IMO the best to ever come out of Idol.
That was a fun night. Thanks for the memories.
When Josh decided to sing To Love Someone he was reminded that Clay was going to sing it, too, and was he sure he wanted to go up against Clay with that song. He said yes, and the rest is history. Sorry Josh.
i rememb er when clay aiken sang the beegees tolove somebody i was amazed that night it was a fun night
"To Love Somebody" was the point of no return for me. I fell hard that night. I love watching the top 4 group #. That quartet clearly outsung every other seasons top 4.
To Love Somebody is one of Clay's best performances on Idol. And I agree.the group was sooo good.
To Love Somebody was one of my favorite performances by Clay on the show. It was brilliant.