Wednesday, May 5, 2010
“I’m going to get my nails done!” Sidibe told PEOPLE at the American Cancer Society’s Choose You initiative luncheon in New York Wednesday. “It’s fun to get a little pampered on your birthday.”
After performing the standards made famous by Frank Sinatra Tuesday night, Idol‘s top 5 got out of their glad rags and spoke to reporters about working with Harry Connick Jr., dressing to the nines and, in Casey James‘s case, dealing with harsh criticism while ruminating the outcome of the week’s elimination.
Usually quiet and understated on Tuesday nights, James became animated, chatty and self-critical in dissecting his own performance of “Blue Skies,” one that Simon Cowell said seemed “a bit embarrassed and awkward.” Of his first performance on the Idol stage without a guitar, James said, “I was thinking about knitting on stage as I did my song. I looked into it and there’s just not enough time to get a full piece of anything knitted, in one minute 30 seconds, so I gave up on that, and … decided to go with the awkward, ‘I’m not holding a guitar’ move!”
When James, who was in the bottom two last week and the week before, added that, “I feel like I absolutely deserve to go home tomorrow if you base it on this performance,” a concerned Crystal Bowersox admonished him, saying, “I’m gonna smack you, Casey James!”