American Idol Elimination 4/26/12

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The night began with a tribute band hand-picked by Queen, performing “Somebody To Love”, by Queen’s Extravaganza.

Elise was thrown to the bottom, while Jessica moved to the top five.

Former Idol contestant from last season, Stefano, returned with his new single, “I’m On A Roll”.

Joshua and Hollie were up next; no surprise here, as Joshua was saved and Hollie was sent to the stools.

Katy Perry attacked her hit, “Part Of Me”, with military style.  Cute, but “Rhythm Nation” it was not.

Skylar vs. Phillip landed Skylar in the bottom and Phillip to the top 3.

Skylar was soon sent back to safety, and there stood the bluesy rocker with the power vocalist.  Both heads down.  Holding hands.  Who was to leave the competition?

After the obnoxious, drawn out commercial break, the answer was…

Elise.  She left with the song that earned her highest praises, “Whole Lotta Love”.

Top five remain.

 

 

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American Idol Recap 4/25/12

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Despite the terror of knowing this week’s theme for American Idol was the legendary music of Queen, I sat meditating in peace before the show, trying to convince myself it wouldn’t be half bad and to have an open mind.  

The nightmare evening began with a medley by the remaining hopefuls, accompanied by Queen members and rock gods Brian May and Roger Taylor.  As a group and during the chorus, the six sounded semi-ok.  Then they sang individually…and I could just imagine Freddie Mercury turning in his grave at the destruction of his music.  Mercury isn’t easy to sing at all.  Even Elise and Phillip, who had a slight edge with their edgier voices, were disastrous. 

The epic “Bohemian Rhapsody” was ruined by Jessica.  Let’s forget that they chopped up the song’s arrangement for time constraints.  This young girl tried to match her vocal abilities to the late, great rocker Freddie Mercury.  The judges mentioned that rock was not her forte, saving my tv from a shoe being thrown at it.

Skylar destroyed “Show Must Go On”.  As this symphony is more of a ballad, she had a decent chance to do it justice.  She tried too hard, sounded a bit course, and the twang and the screaming along with  Randy’s approval, did nothing for my nerves.

“Crazy Little Thing Called Love” was yelled through by Joshua.  It had a swing vibe, but was subpar compared to his past performances. 

Elise took on “I Want It All”.  She almost restored my faith in this poor idea for a theme, until she added unnecessary runs.  She did ok, though, and I appreciated her comments regarding how hard it was to sing a Queen song.

Phillip awkwardly traipsed through “Fat Bottomed Girls” to the same amount of success as Elise.  

“Save Me” was sung by Hollie and…she did it!  She performed the power ballad brilliantly.  And yet, the judges thought it wasn’t as fantastic as I did, confirming my theory that their ears were definitely clogged the first hour.

Luckily the second half of the show was the contestant’s pick.  Jessica dedicated Luther Vandross’ “Dance With My Father Again” to her soon to be deployed father.  Not gonna hate on her for two reasons:  I’m not a heartless monster and she wrecked that tune, in a good way.

Skylar took on Jason Aldean’s “Tatoos On This Town”.  Destined for country is this girl.  In her element, she did a good job.

Joshua returned with Indie Arie’s “Ready For Love”.  His vocals were the ill shiz-nit, son.  Excellent performance as usual; Joshua deserves to be in the finale.

“Bold As Love” by Jimi Hendrix was presented by Elise.  It was cool, groovy but hard to understand her at times.  The bluesy rock vibe is her style for sure.

“The Stone” by the Dave Matthews Band was done by Phillip.  Unfamiliar with the song, and not fond of the artist to begin with, I’m thinking Philly may be in the bottom tomorrow night.

Hollie knocked out Miley Cyrus’ “The Climb”.  Bonus:  the judges loved it, too!

The first hour was complete fiasco, while the second hour was quite entertaining and impressive.  Tune in tomorrow night to see who makes it to the top five!

 

 

 

 

American Idol Elimination 4/19/12

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The final seven sang “Dancin’ in the Streets” as a group, before Seacrest sent Hollie to the bottom three stools, and Joshua back to safety.

Former American Idol Kris Allen sang his new single, “Stand for the Vision of Love” from his forth-coming album, “Thank You Camellia”.

Elise got thrown to the bottom while Jessica survived this week.  After a longer more appropriate video montage of the late great Dick Clark, Colton was also sent the stools.

LMFAO was “Sorry for Party Rockin'” and this group always looks like they have a good time.

The good times continued for Elise, as she was given a reprieve, and there was power voice Hollie with cutie Colton.  Unfortunately, Colton was eliminated.

Considering this was his second go ’round for AI, and he wasn’t even supposed to be on the show this year, seeing as he was there for his sister’s audition, he did quite well and should be proud.  Best of luck to the remaining six.

American Idol Recap 4/18/12

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Ryan Seacrest said a quick word about the unfortunate passing of legendary radio/rock and roll pioneer Dick Clark.  The awkward sentiment was rushed unceremoniously and the audience was informed that the contestants would be singing #1 hit songs from the year 2000 till today, as well as a soul song from the past.

Hollie took on Adele’s monster “Rollin’ in the Deep” to great success.  She sounded strong, still looked slightly stiff, and managed to get positive reviews from the judges. 

Colton appeared with skinny red hot leather pants, and a hot pink streak in his faux hawk.  He sang Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” and did good!  The low notes weren’t fantastic, but the rock vibe was stellar.

Elise and her wind machine, (something every girl should walk around with!) performed Alicia Keys’ “No One”.  The raspy tone was par for the course, abut it seems like America might just be sending her a message by consistently landing her in the bottom three.  

Phillip strangely chose Usher’s “You Got It Bad”, and we were treated to a sultry side!.  In the words of J.Lo (who made Mr. Phillips blush), his version was ‘sexy’.  

Jessica was out for revenge and seemed a bit humbled while singing “Fallin'” by Alicia Keys.  The only thing more fabulous than her rendition was her huge, diamond-shaped wire earrings!

Skylar knocked it out with Lady Gaga’s country rock version of “Born This Way”.  Four words for it…she came to play!  It was quite good, and I’m finding her new found fighting spirit more amiable. 

Joshua sang Fantasia’s “I Believe” and the kid killed it.  You could feel the meaning behind the words he was singing and he performed the hell out of that song.

Hollie returned with a good luck clip from the Liverpool Football Club, (HELLO!!!) and “Son of a Preacher Man”.  Listening to it, it was great.  Watching it was a bit weird.  This is a soul song, with a little sin hinted in, and it was sung by a young, blonde all-American looking but British, girl.  The judges approved though.

Colton played piano and sang a twisted, heart-felt, alternative rock version of “September”.  The judges expected more, yet I thought it was great.  Alas, the standing ovation he’s searching for will have to wait another week.

Elise gave us “Let’s Get It On”.  Another job well done, which the judges said she didn’t connect to the audience with.

“In the Midnight Hour” came about courtesy of Phillip, sans guitar!  He appears kinda goofy without his guitar crutch, and as Steven Tyler stated, ‘brilliantly awkward’, but he sounded amazing growling through.

Jessica overdid “Try A Little Tenderness”.  She sounded forced; I didn’t care for it once again and if America wants to keep her, the votes better come in.

Skylar owned “Heard It Through the Grapevine”!  She did wonderful and was like Randy said, ‘a party’.

“A Change Is Gonna Come” by Sam Cooke was presented by Joshua.  Not sure if he fully connected with it, but he wore it out for sure!

Who can truly predict how voting is going to go?  One thing’s for sure; the save is gone, everyone is up for elimination and it’s anyone’s game.

American Idol Elimination 4/12/12

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The top seven unconvincingly sang Pink’s “Raise Your Glass” as an out-of-sync, poorly choreographed Idol super group.  

The fun really began when Hollie and Jessica were separated to the two sides of the stage.

“Higher Than Heaven” was sung by former contestant and newlywed James Durbin.  Durbin lost some of his cuteness with that bleach blond hair, but his song was straight up rock.  Good luck on his career!

Phillip and Elise were also split, with Elise joining Jessica and Phillip standing next to Hollie.

Oscar winner, Grammy winner, and weight loss winner Jennifer Hudson and super smooth Ne-Yo performed “Think Like A Man”.  Great song.  

Colton was relegated to Hollie’s and Phillip’s side; Joshua joined Jessica and Elise.

Skylar, who was told she was safe, was shockingly asked by Seacrest to choose sides; (as if this lame-o trick doesn’t come up every friggin’ year).

Once she wisely refused, Ryan guided her to…Hollie, Phillip and Colton!  Leaving the bottom three to be Joshua!  Elise!  And even Jessica!

Steven Tyler ruined any type of mystique by declaring they will be using their one save for the eliminated contestant.

Joshua was sent back to safety, (thank God!) as well as Elise!  

And so there stood unlikable Jessica, singing her song for life in the competition, when all three judges came marching onstage, Jennifer Lopez dramatically grabbing the microphone and telling her to go sit down!

Despite the exaggerated remarks by Randy Jackson that she’s one of the best singers in America, I was glad she was saved.  She deserves to be in it.

Great shocker tonight!  We still have a top 7, and the votes will count next week, as the save is over and the chips will fall where they may!

 

American Idol Recap 4/11/12

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American Idol began with a contrived nonsense question…”How do you find the strength to carry on when your friends leave one by one?”  The answer, in case anyone is interested, is by remembering that this is a singing competition the contestants entered solo in order to win the title…not to make friends!

This week’s theme was music from 2010 – today.  The choices were disappointing, as most of their songs I had never heard of!

Skylar began the night with a country song by Kellie Pickler, “Didn’t You Know How Much I Loved You”.  This Reba McEntire look-alike played the guitar and looked every bit the country singer she’ll be, but it seemed slightly forced to me, and that nasally quality to her voice is ever present and a big turn off.

Cutie Colton sang and also played the piano to Skylar Gray’s “Love the Way You Lie”.  It was nice to hear this version of the song, and his vocals were great, particularly when hitting the higher notes.  The melody of the song was lovely, as was his performance.

Gotye’s mega-hit “Somebody That I Used To Know” was seen as a duet of Elise and Phillip.  This awesome song I love, their duet I did not.  Contrary to the judges opinions, I thought Phillip worked it out well, while Elise, who sang it almost off beat as reggae-ton, didn’t do as well.

Jessica took on Jasmine Sullivan’s “Stuttering”, a song I’ve never heard of, and didn’t care for.  Jessica comes across as a Beyonce wanna-be, but she has the chops to win it.  

Joshua once again brought the house down with Bruno Mars’ “Runaway Baby”.  Yet another tune I was unfamiliar with, but what an excellent performance.  High energy, jazz rock style; this kid is in it to win it, too.

Colton and Skylar returned for another duet, however, unlike last week, where their voices melded together sweetly, this week it went sour.  They sang Jason Aldean’s and Kelly Clarkson’s “Don’t You Wanna Stay”, making me scream at my television, “NOOOO!”  Skylar over-sang her parts, and Colton got lost in his.

Hollie may have jinxed herself by choosing Pink’s “Perfect”, which unfortunately it wasn’t for the judges.  I see the stiffness they speak of and hope she does well anyway, because despite the annoying accent here and there, the likability factor is stronger than Jessica.  It began with a stripped down start, with just her vocals and a guitarist next to her, and kicked in strong at the end.  By the judges’ reactions, it’s looking like a flight home for Hollie.

Phillip picked Maroon 5’s “Give A Little More”; his take on the song was sexier, intimate, and true to his style.  Foxy Phil did well, but the judges want more out of him.

Hollie, her bestie Joshua and third-wheel Jessica performed as a trio to Kelly Clarkson’s powerful song, “Stronger”.  It might as well have been introduced as Josh and his back-up singers, because he stole the show.

Elise ended the night beginning at the piano, and singing Lady Gaga’s “You and I”.  The judges loved it; I thought it was mostly good, though a bit all over the place.  We’ll see if it’s good enough to keep her out of the bottom three.

Tune in tomorrow to see which of the 7 leave, and if the save option is used…

American Idol Elimination 4/5/12

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After a brief look at Jennifer Lopez’s new video, “Dance Again,” followed by the Wanted singing their (overplayed) hit, “Glad You Came” and a song by former contestant Kellie Pickler, the results were in and my predictions were right.  The bottom three were Hollie, DeAndre and Elise.

DeAndre was forced to sing for his life on the show, but despite J.Lo’s protests, like she said, she did only get the one vote…he was eliminated.

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