Thursday, April 19, 2012

Idol recap: Top 7 (2nd edition)

So... here's my thought. And I know Anna will agree with me on this. Can't we just keep this Top 7 every week until we just crown the ultimate winner at the end? Why can't we enjoy all seven of them just a little while longer?

I give up ranking these kids plus Elise, who is not a kid but at the ripe old age of about my age, so here they are, in the order they performed.

Hollie Cavanagh
"Rolling in the Deep" was Hollie's best performance yet. I loved her acapella intro and she finally was able combine emotional connection with great technique. I disagree with the judges that "Son of a Preacher Man" was better than her first song, but- and this is going to sound cheesy- it did show me that maybe, just maybe, she finally gets how to lose herself in the music.

Colton Dixon
The arrangement for "Bad Romance" was a little chaotic, but what a fun, exciting performance. I would really like to see what he would do with the entire song instead of just a 90-second snippet. I also enjoyed how Colton matched his hair to his pants. Colton's second song "September" sounded like something that would be filler material on his future album... which isn't really a bad thing, but not quite as good a thing as if it were to sound like something I could imagine on the radio.

Elise Testone
I didn't really care for the arrangement of "No One" either- it just felt rushed to me- and I really hate to say it, but "Let's Get It On" didn't do much for me. I simultaneously understand and don't understand why Elise doesn't have a bigger fan base, but I think she'll find her little niche after her Idol days are over (which might quite possibly be tomorrow). I look forward to hearing her perform original music that is much better suited for her.

Phillip Phillips
I expected really great things from Phillip this week after his so-so performance last week, and he did not disappoint. I loved his interpretation of "You Got It Bad" (I actually think Usher spells it "U" instead of "You" but I refuse to do that) and "In the Midnight Hour" was another solid performance. I do however take issue with Randy Jackson's comment that he is "the first true artist" on the stage- oh, really? I'd like to know if David Cook, Kris Allen and Adam Lambert agree.

Jessica Sanchez
First of all, this is the first time I have ever seen Jessica Sanchez actually look 16 years old. Was it the hair? I chuckled slightly when Steve Tyler told her it was OK to get angry at "Fallin'"- she really did sound mad. I felt like she was pushing a little, trying too hard, but who can blame her? Having said that, "Try a Little Tenderness" might have been my favorite Jessica moment of the season. As J-Lo said: Jessica, you it.

Skylar Laine
I remember hearing that Lady Gaga did a country version of "Born This Way" but I don't think I ever actually heard it. And the fearlessness she showed turning "Heard it Through the Grapevine" into a country song? How ready is Skylar for the big time? I can't help but think of little RaeLynn, eliminated this week from The Voice, when I watch Skylar. RaeLynn might have a career in country music too, but she is nowhere near the level of Skylar.

Joshua Ledet
Hmm. If Joshua ends up in the bottom three last week, I'm not convinced that Fantasia's "I Believe" is the song that keeps him out of it this week. But who knows? I didn't really get Fantasia, and she won. Last week was my favorite Joshua performance, and he was in the bottom three. "A Change is Gonna Come" was a beautiful performance too, but didn't move me as much as Adam Lambert did when he performed it. I'm not really that biased, am I?

So.. now the not-so-fun part.


Elise. Bottom three will also include Hollie and *gasp!* Colton.


  1. We did not disagree on everything! Really only on Colton (his first performance was not good) and PP (his first song was TERRIBLE). I think that's more because you and I have different tastes in music. How have we been in agreement for so long this season?

    I don't think singing an "acoustic version" makes you an "artist." It didn't even make a good song. "Song." Too many quotation marks? I'm skeptical of using any of those words. It was NOT GOOD! Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaah. I just watched it again and I fully agree with myself. PP - and I will continue to call him that - 's second song was so much better. Sorry, I'm finished with my rant.

    Let's just do top 7 until that finale and have a seven way contest. But if any of them choose terrible songs like they did last night, they can be kicked off immediately before the end of the show. I just wouldn't leave it up to the judges to judge that.

  2. I'll tie-break one of these disagreements and say that Anna's 100% on Colton's Bad wasn't AWFUL per se, but it certainly wasn't good. And I'll even admit that I didn't love Phillip's take on Usher quite as much as I expected to (in my head it was going to be like when Kris Allen did Heartless all over again, and as a result I was underwhelmed).

    If anyone other than Elise goes home, I will die of shock. She violated the 2nd Commandment of American Idol!!! Thou Shalt Not Talk Back to Thy Judges. For the record, the 1st Commandment is Thou Shalt Not Forget Thy Lyrics.

    AND I read this 'behind the scenes' article on E! this morning, where Elise was quoted as saying she wasn't sorry for 'standing up' to JLo, because she feels she has a right to speak her mind, and overall she feels frustrated because she has paid more dues and worked harder for longer than the 'kids'. What was that Elise? I couldn't hear over your overwhelming and undeserved sense of entitlement.

    Sooooo my prediction is (clearly) that Elise goes home, and she's joined in the bottom three by...Joshua...and...Hollie, I guess. It could be Colton though.

    And yes, agreed that Fantasia is a nasaly example of poor life choices, and I don't think 'idolizing' her (pun somewhat intended) is in Joshua's best interest.

  3. I liked the POTENTIAL that Colton's "Bad Romance" showed. I just think it could have actually been great if he had more than 90 seconds to perform it. Having said that, he probably should have picked a different song, knowing that he only had 90 seconds to perform it.

    I won't argue about PP. I liked it and that's that. :)

    Anne, totally right on with the commandments. JLo wasn't even insulting her or anything, she was just trying to help! Elise has had a chip on her shoulder this whole show.