Is love the missing ingredient on "American Idol"? On Wednesday's (February 2) episode, one pair of contestants aimed to bring a little romance to the competition.
Jacqueline Dunford and Nick Fink of Scottsdale, Arizona, were introduced via a goofy video package set to the Luther Vandross ballad "Here and Now," and right off the bat, they said they're looking to be " 'American Idol' 's first power couple." "He is my boyfriend," said Dunford, to which Fink replied, "and she is my girlfriend." They even finish each other's sentences!
They explained that they met when performing a duet together in community college, and the rest was all slow-motion video montages of them frolicking on a golf course. "I like to think of Nick being me in boy form," said Dunford, a receptionist, of her suit-salesman boyfriend. "Like, everything I like to do and, like, my mannerisms. Not that I'm in love with myself ... " By the time the pair was re-enacting Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet's embrace from "Titanic," it seemed they were being set up to be castoffs in the "Idol" joke-contestant hall of shame.
Then they sang. Dunford, 21, gave a showy-but-controlled take on Duffy's "Mercy," and Fink, 19, did a restrained, crooner-style version of Maroon 5's "Sunday Morning." Both impressed the judges' panel, but not as much as they impressed each other; each contestant could be seen beaming in the background while the other performed. Jennifer Lopez noted that their choices weren't the most original, but she commended them for offering "very interesting" renditions of each. They both sailed through to Hollywood with three "yes" votes from the judges.
Steven Tyler was quick to note that both were easy on the eyes. "You're gorgeous looking," he told Dunford, before telling Fink, "You're a beautiful lookin' man!" Randy Jackson didn't know what to expect from the pair but was pleasantly surprised. "It's like a breath of fresh air," he said. "It was like, 'Yo, what's this gonna be?' And it was good. The lovers go to Hollywood!"
As they left the judges' room hand-in-hand, Tyler implored them to "keep that flame alive," while Lopez quickly dubbed them the "favorite couple on 'Idol' in 10 years." But with their perma-smiles and cutesy behavior, it remains to be seen whether this new "power couple" is endearing or annoying. But if "Idol" ever decides to do a remake of "From Justin to Kelly," the casting process may have just gotten a little easier.
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