Ryan Seacrest almost skipped his very first “Idol” hosting night due to illness. But he hung in there and though he looked a little rough, was a typical pro.
This is arguably the most evenly matched final six in the history of “Idol.” When I asked the live bloggers who will go home tonight, it was split among all six contestants. I’ve never seen that before.
Overall, this was a curious night. I really enjoyed the Queen covers, perhaps because I absolutely love Queen songs period. The “personal choice” picks were more eclectic and not necessarily more successful though you have to give several of the singers credit for being gutsy and going for unfamiliar tunes. I do find it annoying that the songs are truncated so much and the judges’ (usually useless) commentary so long.
So I have no idea who is going home tomorrow. None. Zip. Nada.
I will just throw out an almost random bottom three because I’m not sure who will be there and given what happened the last two weeks, nobody knows. I think Phil Phillips made a mistake doing an obscure Dave Matthews song so I think he’ll make his first entry into the bottom three. I am not sure Joshua Ledet’s dull cover of india.arie would draw enough votes either. He’ll join Phil. I am flummoxed which female will join them.
Two weeks ago, Jessica Sanchez had the fewest votes. Her fans last week ensured that would not happen but can they keep her up this time around? Elise Testone and Hollie Cavanagh have skated near the bottom for weeks. I cannot tell who might end up with the fewest votes tomorrow. I think only Skylar Laine is safe and even that, I’m not saying is a sure thing. Sigh. Okay, I will say Hollie will end up in the bottom three and Joshua will go home. I have to pick somebody.
- Jessica’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” – She took on a very difficult song that is six minutes long and was trimmed to less than one-third its normal length. Constantine Maroulis, Michael Johns and Kellie Pickler have also tackled this song. While I’m usually not a fan of hers, I thought she did a solid job given the limitations, even during the heavier rock portion. Grade: A-minus
- Skylar’s “The Show Must Go On” – She captured the drama and nuance of Freddie Mercury’s classic, providing an impressive amount of control and maturity. Grade: A
- Joshua’s “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” – He gives this his patented gospel twist while keeping it loose and fun. I enjoyed it, even when he starts screaming a bit. Grade: B-plus
- Elise’s “I Want It All”- She seldom excited me. This was a good rendition but didn’t rivet me, though I did enjoy the use of the tambourine. Grade: B-plus.
- Phillip’s “Fat Bottomed Girls”- He lacks the power in his voice to match the chorus but he stayed in key and showed off his impish side with a very impish song. Grade: B-plus
- Hollie’s “Save Me” – The judges were too rough on her, especially ramblin’ J. Lo. I thought she brought grace, power and confidence to this anthemic Queen classic. I thought she really encapsulated the words. Grade: A
- Jessica’s “Dance With My Father” (Luther Vandross) – This sentimental ode to Vandross’ late father is an odd pick, only because Jessica’s dad is still alive, just going off to Singapore as a military man. As usual, it’s pitch perfect but I didn’t quite buy it. And that wind machine was distracting. Grade: B-plus/B
- Skylar’s “Tattoos on this Town” (Jason Aldean) – She upped the twang to 11 on a so-so Aldean song. Great last note. But unlike a tattoo, this one left no permanent impression on me. Grade: B-plus
- Joshua’s “Ready For Love” (india.arie) This isn’t a case of Joshua himself and his vocals. They were fine. The melody-challenged song itself was a snooze. Yet he gets another standing ovation. Go figure! Grade: B-minus
- Elise’s “Bold as Love” (Jimi Hendrix) – My classic rock canon isn’t quite as great as Elise’s. She seemed stunned when Steven Tyler said this was not a familiar song. This rendition seemed very fussy. She seemed to be “showing off” her vocal skills more than properly interpreting the song. Is she confident or arrogant? Grade: B
- Phil’s “The Stone” (Dave Matthews Band) – I don’t generally like Dave Matthews. This is not one of his big hits and it feels kind of shapeless, even if it has some dramatic elements. I’m not sure it was smart for him to sing Matthews and remind people he is aping the guy. Grade: B
- Hollie’s “The Climb” (Miley Cyrus) This was a low-risk pick on Hollie’s part because she sang it for her audition. But unlike Joshua, Elise and Phil, she picked a familiar song and it works. She hits it on the mark. Grade: A-minus
Cover it Live polls
I suspect contingents of Jessica and Hollie fans invaded the live blog and the Joshua fans were nowhere to be found!
% who loved it, % who liked it but not voting, % who didn’t like it
Jessica’s song #1 56% 14% 30%
Hollie song #2 51% 22% 26%
Hollie song #1 50%, 18%, 32%
Jessica song #2 48% 24% 27%
Elise’s song #1 41%, 21% 38%
Phil song #1 39%, 31%, 40%
Phil’s song #2 32%, 20% 48%
Skylar’s song #1 29% 26% 44%
Elise’s song #2 21% 35% 44%
Joshua’s song #2 14%, 13%, 73%
Joshua’s song #1 11%, 20% 69%
(I forgot to post a poll for Skylar’s song #2)
Who do you think will go home? (proof that there is zero consensus!)
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk