The top 8 contestants tackled Detroit’s finest this week, with the help of guest mentor and Motown legend Smokey Robinson. However, not everyone was up to the challenge.

American Idol celebrated judge Mariah Carey’s 43rd birthday with a night full of the very best music Detroit has to offer. The Motown classics proved to be too much for some of the contestants, while others rose to the occasion. The judges didn’t pull any punches with their critiques of last night’s performances, which did not always go over well.

Top 8 Performances

Candice Glover

Twitter: @CandiceAI12

Front-runner Candice started off the night with Marvin Gaye’s “I Heard It Through the Grapevine.” Her performance started out slow and bluesy, with a saxophone accompaniment, but built to a rocking conclusion. The judges praised her vocal control in particular: that she can do the big belty notes and runs, but knows when to hold back.

Lazaro Arbos

Twitter: @LazaroAI12

Lazaro’s had a tough few weeks, and this was his big opportunity to shine. He chose Stevie Wonder’s “For Once In My Life,” which was a better song choice than those he’s made recently, but still not great. The judges commended him for listening to their critiques, and for following his heart this week and choosing a song that he felt he had more of a connection to.

Janelle Arthur

Twitter: @JanelleAI12

Country girl Janelle chose to do an arrangement of The Supremes’ “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” that she had arranged herself, when she was 14 years old. This performance had less of the country sound we’re used to from Janelle, and more of an ’80s pop-rock sort of drama. The judges agreed it was one of her best performances.

Devin Velez

Twitter: @DevinAI12

After two straight weeks in the bottom two, Devin really needed to pull out a great performance to save himself this week. Mentor Smokey Robinson’s own “Tracks of My Tears” was an excellent choice. Devin’s smooth voice was enough to carry the classic song, but he added just enough of his own personality to it. If he ends up in the bottom two again this week, America is officially crazy.

Burnell Taylor

Twitter: @BurnellAI12

Looking almost unrecognizable in a slick white suit and without his signature glasses, Burnell took on the Stevie Wonder classic “My Cherie Amour.” Even though he wrang every bit of French out of the title phrase, Burnell’s performance was pretty good. The judges didn’t seem wowed by it, though they did continue to praise his uniqueness, and the interesting choices he makes in his performances.

Angie Miller

Twitter: @AngieAI12

Angie tried a sexy performance this week, and it did not go over well with the judges. Singing “Shop Around,” another classic by Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, Angie shimmied uncomfortably across the stage in a tight blue dress. The judges questioned her decision to try on this new personality, when there was no problem with the old one, and called her out for being pitchy.

Amber Holcomb

Twitter: @AmberAI12

As the big surprise in the bottom three last week, judges’ favorite Amber had to pull out a big performance this week to avoid the same fate. She chose Stevie Wonder’s “Lately,” and gave a beautiful performance. She brought all four of the judges to their feet, with Mariah even calling her performance a “tour de force.” Hopefully America’s realized the error of their ways and will save Amber this week.

Kree Harrison

Twitter: @KreeAI12

Bluesy country girl Kree took on Aretha Franklin’s “Don’t Play That Song,” but seemed to lose some of her usual luster when she made it to the stage. Perhaps more distracted by the feat of shuffling around the stage in her super-high super-sparkly stiletto heels, she seemed sort of dead-eyed and nervous. But this didn’t stop the judges from praising her, and assuring her she’ll be back next week.

Group Performances

The contestants broke up the night with some group performances, to mixed results.

Kree and Janelle’s performance of Madonna’s “Like A Prayer” resulted in Kree sailing ahead and leaving Janelle in the dust. The judges couldn’t praise Kree enough, and made it clear to Janelle that, in this performance at least, she was out of her league.

Angie, Candice, and Amber did their best Supremes impression with “I’m Gonna Make You Love Me.” Before the performance, Ryan asked them which of the three was the Diana Ross of the group, and they all sort of hesitated and giggled. But the performance itself left no question that Candice is obviously the Diana. Not only was she the center of the trio, but she got to show off all the best vocal acrobatics.

Burnell, Devin and Lazaro performed The Four Tops’ “I Can’t Help Myself,” and it did not go so well. While Burnell and Devin each turned in a good performance, Lazaro obviously had no idea what he was doing. He didn’t know the words, the arrangement, or even the choreography. He then had the nerve to seem annoyed at being blamed for their terrible performance.

This is not the first time Lazaro has been outwardly annoyed by the judges’ critiques, and acted rudely. Viewers have not responded well to such attitudes in the past, and it seems pretty likely that between his continued bitterness, and his mess of a performance, Lazaro will be the one to go home.

Find out which contestant is eliminated Wednesday night at 8/7c on Fox.

What did you think of this week’s Motown theme? Which performances were your favorites?

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A new Fifty Shades Darker trailer was released on Wednesday and ups the sexy for the sequel.

Ana and Christian are getting back together in the Fifty Shades of Grey sequel, but the former has a couple of new rules: No secrets, way less BDSM. Christian agrees, but new problems come to light: Is someone from the millionaire’s past haunting him?

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A new Fifty Shades Darker trailer was released on Wednesday and ups the sexy for the sequel.

Ana and Christian are getting back together in the Fifty Shades of Grey sequel, but the former has a couple of new rules: No secrets, way less BDSM. Christian agrees, but new problems come to light: Is someone from the millionaire’s past haunting him?

Dakota Johnson continues to bring a fun vibe to Ana Steele, playing the awkward lines with self awareness better than Kristen Stewart ever did as Bella in Twilight. “Have dinner with me,” Christian begs. “Okay fine, I will have dinner with you, because I’m… hungry,” Ana replies. The line could come off corny if executed poorly, but Dakota has a strong hold on playing this character for fun.

Tickets for Fifty Shades Darker are now on sale. Check out a new poster for the movie below:

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The Fifty Shades Darker synopsis reads, “When a wounded Christian Grey tries to entice a cautious Ana Steele back into his life, she demands a new arrangement before she will give him another chance. As the two begin to build trust and find stability, shadowy figures from Christian’s past start to circle the couple, determined to destroy their hopes for a future together.”

The movie hits theaters this Valentine’s Day. It stars Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Eric Johnson, Jennifer Ehle, Victor Rasuk, Luke Grimes, Rita Ora, Eloise Mumford, Max Martini, Bella Heathcote, Kim Basinger and Marcia Gay Harden, and is directed by James Foley.

It’s looking like Nick Robinson will go from battling dinosaurs to battling the process of coming out.

‘Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda’ actor revealed

According to The Hollywood Reporter, 21-year-old Nick Robinson is in talks to play Simon in the book to film adaptation of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda written by Becky Albertalli. The movie will be directed by CW/DC Universe mastermind Greg Berlanti.

Nick Robinson is best known for his supporting role in Jurassic World, in which he played big brother Zach Mitchell. He also co-starred as Ben in the book to film adaptation of the dystopian novel The 5th Wave starring Chloe Moretz.

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It’s looking like Nick Robinson will go from battling dinosaurs to battling the process of coming out.

‘Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda’ actor revealed

According to The Hollywood Reporter, 21-year-old Nick Robinson is in talks to play Simon in the book to film adaptation of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda written by Becky Albertalli. The movie will be directed by CW/DC Universe mastermind Greg Berlanti.

Nick Robinson is best known for his supporting role in Jurassic World, in which he played big brother Zach Mitchell. He also co-starred as Ben in the book to film adaptation of the dystopian novel The 5th Wave starring Chloe Moretz.

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is an excellent coming of age/coming out LGBT YA novel which we’ve raved about here on Hypable before. Nick Robinson is definitely an actor we can picture in the role, so we can’t wait to see him play the adorable character.

The film is being produced by Wyck Godfrey’s Temple Hill Entertainment, who’s responsible for The Maze Runner series, The Twilight Saga, and the upcoming Power Rangers.

What do think of Nick Robinson as Simon?

If you haven’t read it yet, we highly recommend that you do. The book was first published last year:

After you read it, be sure to check out our exclusive interview with Becky Albertalli. Simon was her first novel!

Netflix has unveiled a new Series of Unfortunate Events trailer, showing off Neil Patrick Harris’ excellent portrayal of the evil, wacky, will-stop-at-nothing-to-get-that-money Count Olaf.

Neil Patrick Harris’ ability to convincingly become any person — whether male or female, young or old, ugly or beautiful — becomes abundantly clear in the latest ASOUE trailer. While some of us may’ve been a little skeptical of his casting initially, it’s hard to imagine anyone else in the role after seeing previews like this.

The trailer begins with narrator Lemony Snicket (played by Patrick Warburton) warning that the new Netflix show is no delightful watch. Then the focus turns to Olaf and his mission to steal the children’s fortune, left to them by their parents after their untimely deaths:

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Netflix has unveiled a new Series of Unfortunate Events trailer, showing off Neil Patrick Harris’ excellent portrayal of the evil, wacky, will-stop-at-nothing-to-get-that-money Count Olaf.

Neil Patrick Harris’ ability to convincingly become any person — whether male or female, young or old, ugly or beautiful — becomes abundantly clear in the latest ASOUE trailer. While some of us may’ve been a little skeptical of his casting initially, it’s hard to imagine anyone else in the role after seeing previews like this.

The trailer begins with narrator Lemony Snicket (played by Patrick Warburton) warning that the new Netflix show is no delightful watch. Then the focus turns to Olaf and his mission to steal the children’s fortune, left to them by their parents after their untimely deaths:

The Unfortunate Events trailer also presents new looks at colorful characters including Uncle Monty (Aasif Mandvi, below), Aunt Josephine (Alfre Woodard, below), and Justice Strauss (Joan Cusack).

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A Series of Unfortunate Events premieres all eight episodes of its first season on January 13, 2017.

“Based on the internationally best-selling series of books by Lemony Snicket (aka Daniel Handler) and starring Emmy and Tony Award winner Neil Patrick Harris, A Series of Unfortunate Events recounts the tragic tale of the Baudelaire orphans — Violet, Klaus, and Sunny – whose evil guardian Count Olaf will stop at nothing to get his hands on their inheritance. The siblings must outsmart Olaf at every turn, foiling his many devious plans and disguises, in order to discover clues to their parents’ mysterious death.”

Another trailer was released two weeks ago — you can watch it here.

Is ‘Unfortunate Events’ looking as good as you hoped?

Harris previously confirmed that each book will be adapted into two episodes of the show. The first season of ASOUE covers the first four books, so presumably season 2 will roughly cover another four books. There are a total of 13 books in Lemony Snicket’s series.