I was visiting a sick friend and got home after the show started so sorry about no live blogging tonight.
Let’s cut to the chase.
Erika Van Pelt was eliminated. I’ve always liked the mobile DJ. She has a great voice but her personality is a bit too vanilla and she looks too “old” to attract the younger voters. Like a good karaoke singer, she can embody whatever song she’s singing but fails to create her own persona.
She is a rocker at heart and did a Hail Mary hair cut/hair dye job this week.
It didn’t work. She was a wild-card entry and was never been able to build a big enough fan base to stick around every long.
So Heejun Han and DeAndre Brackensick, who were worse than her, survived despite the bottom three.
It’s irrelevant but her outfit during the results show is so unflattering for her shape, it hangs like a tie-dye potato sack on her.
I predicted last night that DeAndre would go home. Wrong! I got the other two wrong, too: I thought Elise and Joshua would be in the bottom. Interestingly, on the AJC poll, Erika came in the middle of the pack with DeAndre at the bottom with Heejun and Skylar. So the poll did better than I did.
Jimmy Iovine’s thoughts on each contestant:
Hollie: “Hollie might have a problem interpreting this song… Her foundation is technique. When she loses that, she loses her way. That was by far her worst night of the competition… a sweet diva caught in the headlights.”
Skylar: ‘It wasn’t her best performance. She’s a real pro. But she’s going to have to get more creative to win this thing… Skylar’s got to grow and do it now.”
Elise: “Nobody knows the song. Elise stood by it. She must have known something. She had a confidence I didn’t see before… Elise will go right to the top of the heap this week.”
DeAndre: “He was jumping and bopping. You have to study what the song is about… This was not his best night. I think it’s really going to hurt him.”
Joshua: “This song I felt he didn’t understand it. He oversang in the grid… he’s going to have to grow to win this thing.”
Jessica: “Jessica did a great job last night. Took a simple song and expanded it. A’s across the board.”
Colton: “Billy Joel emailed last night, said Colton did a great jobl. I agree. He killed it. Last week, I said there might be a third horse in this race. We’ve got Jessica. We’ve got Joshua. Maybe Colton is that third horse.” [Note he didn't mention Phillip.]
Phillip: “There’s a feeling that seeps in this show that collaboration is bad for this show… when you’re out there in the real world and doing your own material, be who you are. If you are in this competition, young man, take all the advice you can get.” [SLAP!]
Erika: “Tommy, you got a girl the day before her show to cut on her hair and sing in front of 20 million people? I never saw that in 20 years in the record business. As far as Erika’s singing, she deserves to be at the top of the batch.” [Ulp! That wasn't good enough, was it?]
Heejun: “Steven got pretty angry last night. I thought he was right. He felt Heejun came out an ddisrespected the entire process. I think it will bite him in the butt. It was more like four minutes of a bad Adam Sandler movie that goes straight to DVD. It was a stunt done wrong. He was out of breath. He ran around too much.” ["I'm not trying to be a star. I'm just happy where I am," Heejun responded.]
My thoughts on the rest of the show:
- Group sing: “The Longest Time.” Nothing too embarrassing happened. Casey Abrams is in the audience. There’s a lot of finger snapping. Elise sits in Steven’s lap and kisses his cheek. Given the age difference, a little icky. Colton squeaks again. DeAndre is cheesy as all get out. Jessica knows how to dress herself. Hollie? Not so much (stop with the spangly tops!) Joshua sounds exceptional. Is that some sort of do-rag on Heejun’s head?
- Ford commercial. Hide and seek theme. Not much to say about it.
- They get to move into a mansion once they get into the top 9. That’s a new “twist.” I guess. But in the past, we’ve hardly seen much going on in said mansion. And wasn’t the last mansion they tried “haunted”?
- Lana Del Rey’s “Video Games.” She has a languid, waifish Fiona Apple-ish quality about her. It’s actually not bad. She’s surely on Zooey Deschanel’s iPod.
- Joe Perry, who has badmouthed Steven Tyler’s decision to join ‘Idol,” has decided, “If you can’t beat’em, join’em.” So he comes in to play happy birthday to the Aerosmith lead singer. He even hugs him.
- Haley Reinhart’s “Free.” Trashy looking hair, great dress despite the overly generous leg slit. Vocally, she’s Haley. You either like her or not. This has no real pop potential and lacks a terribly memorable hook.
- Next week’s theme? Songs from their own idols. Have they used this concept before? It’s open ended, so that’s not a bad thing.
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk