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Steven Tyler Gets Bleeped on ‘American Idol’

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Wednesday night’s ‘American Idol‘ saw the three remaining finalists doing a trio of songs as they all vied to make it into next week’s finale. Let’s check in on our favorite judge, Steven Tyler.

Jessica, Joshua and Phillip did three performances — one song chosen by the judges, one chosen by the contestants themselves, and one chosen for each singer by producer Jimmy Iovine.

Joshua was up first, and inert substance Randy Jackson chose the Etta James classic ‘I’d Rather Go Blind’ for him. (He said the title was ‘I’d Rather Be Blind’ which is of course wrong, but it’s sad that a white girl like me knows Etta better than Randy does, yo.) Steven said it was “another Joshua moment” and that he sang like the ‘American Idol’ that he is. Whether or not that’s a compliment is for you to decide.

Jennifer Lopez chose Mariah Carey’s ‘My All’ for Jessica, and afterward, Steven predicted she’d “be the last one standing” on the show. So if she wins, you heard it from him first.

Steven picked Madcon’s ‘Beggin’ for Phillip, which was kinda risky since it’s not a song many people know and that’s always a dicey move in the final rounds of this show. But the performance was good — so good, in fact, that Steven said once Phillip starts writing his own songs, he could be the new Bruce Springsteen.

Normally we wouldn’t bother telling you what tunes the contestants chose for themselves, but since Joshua chose your exhausted recapper’s all-time favorite song, John Lennon’s ‘Imagine,’ we have to give it a passing mention — and say that he utterly ruined it. Someone needs to tell that kid that not every song is a gospel joint.

And since Jessica chose Aerosmith‘s ‘I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing,’ we have to touch on that too. “You just took a great song and made it greater,” Steven told her. We know lots of rock fans hate that song with the heat of a thousand suns, so take that however you like.

Jimmy is one of the most successful producers on the planet for a reason — he knows when songs are a good fit for performers, so his picks for the contestants were spot-on. As an example, the very thing that made Joshua’s performance of ‘Imagine’ so awful is what made his rendition of Mary J. Blige’s ‘No More Drama’ pretty kickass.

And Bob Seger‘s ‘We’ve Got Tonight‘ was a great fit for Phillip. His voice isn’t perfect, but neither is Bob’s — and sometimes it’s the feeling that sells a song, not a pitch-perfect performance. And Phillip sold the hell outta that.

Steven called it “beautiful” and got so excited that he said something Fox had to bleep — but we have mad lip-reading skillz, especially for expletives. Talking about earlier in the season, he said Phillip sang like he “didn’t give a sh-t” back then, but that he’d now proven he had the “passion” of a real performer.

Thursday night another contestant falls away to reveal the final two. See you then.

Watch Steven Tyler Get Bleeped on ‘American Idol’

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