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Stevie Nicks Tells ‘American Idol’ Singer He Could Have Been in Fleetwood Mac

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Another Wednesday, another night of performances on ‘American Idol.’ And for this show, Steven Tyler wasn’t the only rock royalty in the house. Stevie Nicks was there to offer advice to the contestants during rehearsals, and made a stunning declaration to one of the young hopefuls.

The singer was Phillip Phillips, and Nicks paid him a compliment so stellar that he just stared blankly at her in disbelief — she said if he’d been friends with her and Lindsey Buckingham in 1975, “Mick Fleetwood would have said ‘I want all three of you to join Fleetwood Mac.’ No doubt in my mind, because you’re that good.”

If you could cash praise like a check, he could retire off that. Was his performance worthy of such talk? Judge for yourself below!

As for Tyler’s activities during the show, current class clown Heejun Han finally got serious and actually delivered a good performance, and was rewarded with Steven’s praise instead of another stern “Disappointed Dad” speech.

A little later on, his fellow judges Randy and J. Lo disagreed in their opinion of a different singer, causing Steven to say, “I’m gonna get between both of you, which I’ve been trying to do for a long time.” Awesome visual. Like we don’t have enough trouble sleeping already.

Complete non sequitur: when so few of the performances are stand-outs, our attention starts wandering to the sometimes-bizarre stage sets, which have included snow, fog, fire, you name it. One singer was even surrounded by a bunch of red doors. What’s with all the doors? Was there a sale at Lowe’s?

These are the things we ponder during a two-hour show that has less than 30 minutes of actual singing.

But if the whole night was a mountain, Elise Testone was just biding her time before she climbed it and planted a flag on top. Because it’s doubtful anyone will dispute that she freaking owned the evening with her version of Led Zeppelin’s ‘Whole Lotta Love.’

“You made Robert Plant proud tonight,” Steven told her after his standing ovation. And you know, he’s probably right, because that? Was pretty damned awesome. Check it out over here.

See you for the results show Thursday night.

Watch Phillip Phillips Perform ‘Still Rainin” on ‘American Idol’


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