I was late posting my recap because I was at the Kelly Clarkson concert at the Fox tonight. (My recap for that concert will post Friday morning.)
We return for the final 20 singers and their fates. But since we only have a hour, a few folks get completely snuffed out or are barely seen.
Some of the stronger talent is highlighted tonight, including Jeremy Rosado, DeAndra Brackensick, Shannon Magrane and Hollie Cavanagh. There is definitely some debate about the inclusion of Skylar Lane over, say, Lauren Gray.
Among the final two guys, it was a tough call between Eben Franckewitz or David Leathers Jr. The judges chose Eben, but Nigel Lythgoe pulls off a new twist. The judges pick a 13th guy but we won’t find out until Tuesday. For the first time, we have a top 25, not a top 24.
The choices for that 25th spot? David Leathers Jr., Richie Law, Jermaine Jones or Johnny Keyser (who wasn’t even in the top 42!).
I am a huge fan of Johnny but I think David Leathers Jr. has the best shot to make it through. Then again, the departure of Jermaine caused J. Lo to tear up. I was shocked Johnny was cut out of the top 42 in the first place so I’m glad he’s back, a bit like Carmen Rasmussen, who Simon Cowell plucked out of the earlier Hollywood rounds season two.
So mark your calendars: for next three weeks, we will have three nights of “Idol,” starting Tuesday with the 13 guys, Wednesday for the 12 women and Thursday the results to eliminate four (or five?) of them.
Here are the details of the final ten slots:
Soulful Adam Brock, who tearfully explained how he need to sing, is put through. Chances of making it through to the top 12: not great
Jeremy Rosado. He’s part of the crew with Ariel, David and Eben. A bit chunky, he doesn’t look much like an “Idol” but he has an angelic voice. His final performance closed the deal with some amazing high notes. He got a well deserved standing ovation from the judges. Arguably the prettiest male voice out of the 12. J. Lo calls him “transcendental” when she meant “transcendent.” (Then again, maybe he is good at math.) Chances of a top 12 spot: virtual lock
Shannon Magrane. She’s worried because she forgot her words during the group round. She “sang for her life” with Kelly Clarkson’s “The Trouble With Love Is” (which I just heard live in concert a little while ago!) She has an impressively strong voice. She’s just 16 but seems much older – in a good way. (Or in a Steven Tyler way, as in “hot, humid and happenin’ “) Chances of a top 12 spot: no trouble in my mind
Scott Dangerfield. A Jennifer Lopez favorite from season 10 had to pull out of the competition. (Did we know why?) He’s back. I don’t remember much of him. He’s yet another jazzy/R&B white dude. Unfortunately, we have too many of these. And he was cut. My guess it was a close call. “It happens,” he said. “It is what it is.”
Bad news for three singers who don’t even get named. (Harsh!)
Skylar Laine. She landed in the hospital for dehydration during Hollywood but survived. She is more Reba than Carrie with her down-home throaty vocals. Skylar wasn’t happy and had doubts making it through. But sometimes, personality helps. And she has a distinctive feel about her. I’m sure she was a close call but she makes it through. Chance of her making it to the top 12: consider her gone.
We then get some quick yesses with no singing: Hallie Day (part of the blond ladies who sing well but blur together in my mind so I give her a 25% shot at making the top 12); country crooner Chase Likens (barely seen to date so chances of making the top 12 are slim unless he blows us away next week). Atlanta’s Aaron Marcellus Sanders. (his chances are comparable to those of Chase: poor. He has gotten very little airtime to date. He and Chase were both “montaged” in Pittsburgh, too.)
There are three slots left and just nine singers left.
DeAndre Brackensack, Mr. Falsetto with a bit of Jason Castro in him, returns to the final round before the semifinals again. I don’t know if we’ve ever had someone who works the falsetto that much. He has a bit of Aaron Neville in him. He’s distinctive and he apparently improved from a year ago because he makes it through. Chances of making the top 12: almost as high as his voice.
There are only two slots left (unless they add a 13th) so things don’t look so hot for Jermaine Jones, the man with the lowest voice in the top 42. I get the impression his final sing for your life performance didn’t really move the judges. And being one of the last singers to be called, he falls apart a bit. “I don’t wan to disappoint my mom,” he said tearfully. Steven Tyler said his performances were inconsistent. Sadly, he doesn’t make it through.
I have accounted for 40 singers with five left in the room. Weren’t there 42 or am I miscounting?
There are three women left for one supposed slot: Shelby Lynn Twetan, Ariel Sprague and Hollie Cavanagh. Hollie and Shelby are part of the many many blonds this year. But Hollie is the one that stands out the most vocally for me. Her “sing for your life” performance was impressive and impactful. She deserved a spot. Chances of a spot in the top 12 for Hollie: very very good
The final two men are actually teens: David Leathers Jr. and Eben Franckewitz. Both are very appealing and both are very good.
So here are my predicted top 12 based on what we’ve seen so far. The men appear to be stronger.
The six guys:
The six women
Brielle Von Hugel
Erika Van Pelt