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‘American Idol’ top 5 performance recap: who stepped up, who tanked?

Who did you like the most tonight? (pick up to two)

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Hollie Cavanagh lifted her game during the top 5 performance show. CREDIT: Michael Becker/ FOX

Hollie Cavanagh lifted her game during the top 5 performance show. CREDIT: Michael Becker/ FOX

Before tonight, I thought Phillip Phillips had a practical lock on the finals.

But after tonight, I’m not so sure. His vocal limitations, which he had hidden so well to date with growls, came through big time during “Time of the Season.”

Good news for Hollie Cavanagh fans. She is lifting her game just as the competition gets truly heated and should survive. And while Joshua Ledet was solid, Jennifer Lopez took hyperbole to great heights by saying he was the best singer of the past half century.

Who may go home? Despite Phillip’s way off night, he may not have fallen far enough to get eliminated. I think he did so poorly, his fan base will vote extra to save him. Hollie hit a home run so her fans will load up on votes. I think Joshua pleased his fans, too, and should live on to the top four.

So that leaves the Skylar Laine and Jessica Sanchez. Skylar had a good night, not great. So that could keep her fans from voting with enough fervor. Jessica is in a similar boat. Her second song was so sleepy, it might lull her followers to sleep. I predict Skylar goes home by a hair over Jessica. It’s going to be close.

Stevie Van Zandt was a fun guest mentor, joshing a lot with his buddy Jimmy Iovine.

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First up: the 1960s theme

Hollie (”River Deep, Mountain High” Ike & Tina Turner) – As Van Zandt noted, she opted for a song with an extremely high degree of difficulty. While this wasn’t close to Tina Turner quality (and she missed a few notes here and there), it was a confident show of her vocals and steadily improving stage presence. She hits her big final note, too. Grade: A-minus

Phillip (”The Letter” The Box Tops) – He virtually obliterated the melody and turned it into a bluesy Phil Phillipsy feel. While I absolutely adore the original, he changed this one so much, I kept comparing them. But once I let that go, I realized this was vintage Phil and enjoyed it, especially on a second listen. Grade: B-plus

Skylar (”Fortunate Son” CCR) – I remember this being an angry song and her take felt too upbeat for the lyrics. Her stage presence is without peer among the remaining five. He is just having fun as she turns this into rabble rouser. I liked it but didn’t love it. Grade: B-plus

Phillip and Joshua (”You’ve Lost Your Lovin’ Feelin’ – Righteous Brothers) – Phillip was out of his element so he took it as a goof. They both smiled through what is theoretically a sad song. The harmonies were better than you’d expect given how different the two vocal styles are. Joshua really dialed it back to adjust to Phillip. Grade: B-minus

Jessica (”Proud Mary” CCR) – I love that Steven Van Zandt tried to talk her out of this song because he has heard it so much in bars and is kind of sick of it. He even had the opening changed up for her. Her way-too-tight outfit distracted me but I give her points (like Hollie) for picking an insanely difficult song. And she admitted she’s not great moving around on stage but tried it anyway in high heels. Again, props to that. I actually liked it more than many of the live bloggers. Grade: A-minus

Joshua (”Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” Temptations) – Steven Van Zandt loves him to pieces. He dominates this “Big Chill” classic in his vintage gospelized style, which means dialing it up a bit more than the original. Sometimes, he grates that way but this version worked fine. Grade: A-minus

Second thematics: songs by Brits

Hollie (”Bleeding Love” Leona Lewis) – This ubiquitous radio hit from 2007-08 worried me because I wondered if an 18 year old like her could tap into the pain in this song. But lo and behold, she does. She never over-emotes, dialing it back but carrying just enough of the weight to make it work and work well. This is my favorite performance of the night. Grade: A

Phillip (”Time of the Season” The Zombies) – It opened okay. He handled the verses fine. But when he hit the chorus and chose to actually just sing the melodies and not growl the higher notes, and I felt pain – his pain. He struggled to give that upper register any power. It just came off as anemic. This was his weakest performance of the season and he can’t afford for that to happen again if he wants to make the finals. Grade: C

Jessica, Skylar, Hollie (”Higher” Jackie Wilson) – This gave us a chance to contrast the three female vocalists and the teens all have strong voices, just very different styles. Jessica has the huskiest voice. Hollie had the most angelic voice. Skylar brought the most grit. The judges deemed the arrangement strange but I don’t know what was so strange about it. Grade: A-minus

Skylar (”You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me” Dusty Springfield) – A perfectly viable version of this classic. She didn’t do anything. I merely liked it okay, though. Maybe the textures in her voice for this type of song didn’t quite touch me the way the original did. Grade: B-plus

Jessica (”You are So Beautiful” Joe Cocker) – Now why didn’t Phil sing this? He would have killed! But he would have been criticized as he was last year for aping someone so similar to him. So Jessica went against type. Technically, she hit this one perfectly. The problem: the arrangement was elevator-music worthy and she never really connected with the song. I felt like she wasn’t singing this to anyone in particular. It was pretty but pretty empty. Grade: B

Joshua (”To Love Somebody” Bee Gees) – I tend to prefer him when he isn’t caterwauling. So the first half of this is spot on. Once he goes into high octane mode, it becomes a matter of taste. You either buy into it or don’t. I sometimes do. I sometimes don’t. This was just okay for me this time to go full Joshua. The haters will hate him even more, though, because the judges were way over the top in their praise. Grade: B-plus/A-minus

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236 comments Add your comment

Horace

May 2nd, 2012
10:12 pm

This is gonna be another one of those Lee DeWyze/Bowersox years. Yawn. Are the idiot judges returning next year?

Vast Wastrel

May 2nd, 2012
10:22 pm

It is pretty evident Phillip wants to go home and America should indulge him.

AIFan

May 2nd, 2012
10:32 pm

Jessica
Joshua
Hollie
-gap-
Skylar
-chasm-
Phillip

B2 – Not Phillip! lol

GoJoshua

May 2nd, 2012
10:46 pm

I was as impressed by Joshua, Jessica and Hollie (surprisingly) tonight as much as I’ve ever been impressed with any Idol singers. Joshua was solid in his first outing and then absolutely knocked it out of the park with his closer. I hung on every syllable.I kinda thought Jessica was having an off night until her final song, which really was superlative. Hollie is indeed the most improved of all, but she had farther to go. Her second song truly shined, and, like Steven, I had never heard it either. That’s as good as Idol gets. Kind of a shame it’s their worst rated season.

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Eileen

May 2nd, 2012
10:49 pm

Philip may not have some range–so what. He makes me smile when he sings. He has a uniqueness that cannot be denied. He lights up on stage–a real natural, and does not have to try so hard.

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PickPickler

May 2nd, 2012
10:53 pm

Hollie was incredible; love how she’s coming out of her shell, improving, and so beautiful (though she really doesn’t know it or think it).

Joshua as a top 2 idol ever? No way. Don’t care what the judges say, he screeches in every performance and it’s highly annoying.

Philip is going home, Jessica will be in the bottom two. Skylar, Joshua, Hollie, all safe.

peacebaby

May 2nd, 2012
11:05 pm

The judges are always saying the songs need to be believable. I really like Skylar, but Fortunate Son was not a good choice and not at all believable in my opinion. As someone who lived through the anti-war Vietnam years, this version didn’t suit me.

Cat

May 2nd, 2012
11:11 pm

Way to go Chipper! Braves Win!

GoJoshua

May 2nd, 2012
11:19 pm

That was epic.

Mercedes S.

May 2nd, 2012
11:19 pm

As I’m writing this, I’m being serenaded by hubby, on guitar and harmonica, playing “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me” and he’s more Dusty than tonight’s Idol was

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Carrie

May 2nd, 2012
11:34 pm

As always, I am baffled by the judges comments. Evidently the sound in the studio is much different than what we hear at our respective homes. Little can be said except Phillip was just “God-Awful” in his 3 performances. I was truly disappointed in Skylar’s performance of “Fortunate Son”….she emoted the opposite of it’s meaning.
Joshua has a lot of talent, but I am not drawn to his voice or style. Jessica performed very well on both her songs, but can anyone stand to listen to “Proud Mary” for the millionth time and enjoy it. Hollie just blew me away on both her songs and I felt she edged out Jessica for the best performances of the night. Hollie’s improvement is astonishing and her confidence is growing weekly. Predicting accurately the bottom 3 is very difficult and I will not even attempt to guess, but it will be “criminal” if Phillip doesn’t visit it for his first time.

cmitchell

May 2nd, 2012
11:36 pm

LLLLLLEEEEEDDDDDDEEEETTTTTTT!!!!!!!!!

Bob

May 2nd, 2012
11:39 pm

Phillip and Hollie are the best. Phillip breathes his music, and is far and away the best overall artist of any of them. This is not a contest about the technically best voice. This about who rocks and commands the stage by the dynamism of their artistry in a way that can garner a lasting following. Phillip alone has that.

They are all very talented.

I’m watching a kiddie talent show when Jessica gets up. Her prancy crap is irritating, and I can’t stand the way she twiddles with songs, trying to squeeze in a squeally scream or two.

Though I’m not crazy about her style of music, Hollie is easily the next best after Phillip. She is 100 times more believable in her songs and performances than Jessica.

Skylar is talented, but seems to force twangs in where they don’t belong.

Josh is talented, but the screaming gets old, and without it, he seem mostly dull. But, again, he is very talented, and I’m just distinguishing between 4 talented people. Jessica has talent, but she’s nowhere near the others.

Bob is a doofus

May 2nd, 2012
11:53 pm

Bob – Phil could lead a Dave Matthews cover band with great success. Otherwise, he sux. Jessica has more talent in one skinny toe. She is a girl, but she has a woman’s voice. Hollie, Joshua, and Skylar each have unique sound and great voices. Phil didn’t deserve to make top 20, much less survive this week. Hoping he’s gone, and that you get your ears cleaned out.

the_insider

May 2nd, 2012
11:55 pm

who are these people posting comments here? do they even understand what music is all about? it all sounded like a carpenter talking about brain surgery. LOL!

GeorgeR

May 3rd, 2012
12:08 am

Hopefully Phillip will survive introducing the attractive girlfriend of the handsome guy never helps though it didnt end up hurting Chris Allen as Simon thought it would.They are all so talented I can live with watever the outcome is.. Dial Idol has Phillip in last place so WEST Coast its up to you.

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BlinkyBeep

May 3rd, 2012
12:19 am

Would anybody REALLY go see ANY of these last characters HEADLINING a concert? This show stinks to high heaven.

cmitchell

May 3rd, 2012
12:27 am

i would buy a joshua ticket in a hot minute. yep :)

RxDawg

May 3rd, 2012
12:29 am

Really great night. A couple of things…

Hollie doesn’t deserve to go home, but she might.

Skylar ditto.

Phillip should be gone, but there’s no way. It will be interesting to see if he’s even in the bottom.

They were all really good though. Especially Hollie. She really uped her game. I’m curious to see what deidre tout of Hollie this week?

Adrian

May 3rd, 2012
12:32 am

It’s official…the marketing of Obama has been caught stacking up votes for Joshua. Hopefully this will convince those in denial that Obama’s team is stooping as low as you can just to make this presidential race another black vs white race.

With this becoming official, it will be very hard for Joshua to lose…what has this country come down to?

freckleface

May 3rd, 2012
12:36 am

I think all the Idol singers this year are very talented, but my all time favorite is Joshua Ledet. I watch the show just to hear him sing. Go Joshua! I am rooting for you.

RxDawg

May 3rd, 2012
12:42 am

I’m surprised why skylar doesn’t get much love. I’m really anti twang, and not much of a country fan. But skylar has sold me. I dunno, maybe it’s that she’s the most believable of the performances. She gives it her all every single time. And she’s a great singer.

Get A Life

May 3rd, 2012
12:44 am

Seems like EVERYTHING has racial overtones anymore. Quit with the race crap, and judge people by what’s INSIDE. The race card is tattered and dog-earred, and long past over-due for the trash can. I don’t care WHAT color you are. If you suck, then you get voted out. Simple as that. Race is ruining all the “reality” shows these days. It’s like little kids whining because they don’t get their way. Suck it up, grow up, and maybe someone will vote for you.

C-Ray

May 3rd, 2012
12:49 am

When did the BeeGees become “Brits”?

Rudy

May 3rd, 2012
1:05 am

I could not see myself buying a ticket for Phillip every song he sings sounds exactly alike to me. There is nothing there to get you pumped up about. On the other hand Skyler has energy. She may not be a technically sound but she brings more energy to the stage. I would buy an album or a ticket. She would put on a show … Phillip would put you to sleep.

Jenny

May 3rd, 2012
1:10 am

My quick observations…

Jessica took a song I hate, and made me like it. Wow. I might even buy it. (Maybe it’s just Joe C’s version I don’t like. Always hated the cracking falsetto “tiiuuu miii” at the end. Loved how Jess held it strong.)

However, her Proud Mary was a disaster. The first and only time I’ll say she was horrid. 

I think Hollie won the night. I’m sure she’ll go, since the world hates her, but that’ll be a huge shame. She was stellar. “Bleeding Love” especially was gorgeous. 

Josh’s Bee Gees comes in next, followed by Skylar’s Dusty Springfield. 

Josh was excellent (though he loses mega-points for NOT KNOWING THE SONG??? Seriously?)

And I actually kind of enjoyed the Dusty song. (I did know it once I heard it.). When she doesn’t sing thru her nose, she’s much better. She did lapse at the end though… poor thing, I guess she really can’t help it. 

No other standouts. Josh was OK with “Beg”, and Skylar was AWFUL with CCR. (Get those judges a hearing aid, stat.)  

And Phil’s weak voice was really obvious tonight, especially on Time Of The Season. He’s Taylor in the making… weak voice, rabid fans. 

My husband (who usually likes Phil) commented that if he doesn’t go home tonight after clearly being so much weaker than the others, then the show really has some issues. (I said “ya THINK??” ;-) )

kelly cook

May 3rd, 2012
1:17 am

I think Hollie is the best . I seriously think the judges try to influence voters by there comments and they do. I truelly hope america wont be and will chose who they really like . If everyone would just close they’re eyes and listen to all 5 I believe Hollie would be our next american idol.

Jenny

May 3rd, 2012
1:21 am

Kelly cook, agree completely. If people would only just close their eyes and LISTEN…

Jenny

May 3rd, 2012
1:30 am

Oh, and RxDawg, I too am curious to see what D thinks about Hollie…

Though me liking Phillip last week is proof that miracles can happen! :-D

JTesla

May 3rd, 2012
1:36 am

For me tonight was the first night where I was truely impressed with Joshua. That was a “WOW” moment, and it followed on Jessica really shining. Jessica, Joshua, and Hollie showed the world that they belong in the top three. It’s too bad that Phillip farting out his tunes on stage will still probably be safe and the same with Skylar who did alright. Not win the whole thing alright, but better than Phillip alright.

C-Ray, Isle of Man, where they were born to English parents, is close enough to be a “Brit”.

Jenny, I refuse to close my eyes because that is silly. Sorry, people keep saying that and it is nutty.

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Seth T

May 3rd, 2012
2:44 am

Phillip was presented very poorly tonight by the duet pushed-upon them late in the game – that was right in Joshua’s wheelhouse and a long ways from PP’s.

Then they reveal the girlfriend, which is already showing some negative spin on the PP Twitter fan posts, and he made one kinda poor song choice himself, that spins out of his range and went sour on the high notes. Plus a couple other things that maybe were suppossed to look cute, but looked silly and stupid with the Joshua duet.

The producers and Judges are strongly, lavishly promoting Joshua now. While some still think that Phillip is the easy wgwg winner, I think the show is done with him, and he is the least likely to be neutered by what they want him to do, or go do a Ford video if he is not feeling well.

On several other polls around the net, Jessica & Hollie won the night – but that don’t mean they will get the votes to be safe.

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Domanion

May 3rd, 2012
3:08 am

This is to the writer of this article: What are you, 80? You sound like my parents, years ago, complaining about that God-awful rock and roll caterwauling. Joshua Ledet blew the roof off the house! I agree with the judges. A good thing is a good thing. It was probably one of the few honest reactions they had all night. I only wish they’d calm down a little because of all the hyper-sensitive people who become resentful when someone gets too much praise. And God forbid, Americans so resent being told who the best is. So much so that they’ll pick someone who can’t carry a tune to make a point. If you don’t like Joshua’s style, then you don’t. It’s not really a choice, it’s who you are. I can respect that. But that’s what rock and roll and soul sound like. If you don’t like Joshua’s performance, you don’t like those things.

Domanion

May 3rd, 2012
3:16 am

I need to understand why everyone likes Hollie so much. I’m not a Hollie hater. She’s a fantastic singer; all the remaining contestants but one are fantastic. And she IS improving every week. I think she could have a great career ahead of her. But why is she many peoples’ favorite? Do they really like her SINGING best? Sometimes American Idol becomes a contest of who likes who the best and forget who sings the best. Hollie needs more experience. While her technical singing is great, her performances are wooden and passionless. While Skyler’s voice doesn’t reflect Celine Dion-perfection, I look forward to watching her perform more than the others, and I’m not a country music lover. I guess I’m just tired of the perfect pop divas who are more concerned about appearance than performance; too afraid to wrinkle a dress to have a good time.

Speaking of TV

May 3rd, 2012
6:10 am

Mercedes S [11:19 PM post]…if he’s doing all that, you need to drop to your knees and…thank him!

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Cat

May 3rd, 2012
7:00 am

Hollie was clearly the best last night! Both songs were better than any song sung by the others.
1. Hollie
2. Joshua( would have been better without some of the screaming)
3. Skylar second song better than first
4. Jessica second song better than first song. Proud Mary too karaoke
5 . Phil … He might be in the bottom but he still won’t go home

BirdDawg

May 3rd, 2012
7:02 am

Phillip’s rendition of “time of the season” was a note for note cover of Dave Mathews’ cover. That’s the fifth or sixth time he’s copied a Mathews tune, only to have the judges tell him how original he is. It’s almost like watching an Elvis impersonator who takes their self seriously. He even steals Dave’s dance moves.

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Cat

May 3rd, 2012
7:19 am

No Stephen , Joshua is not one of the best 2 idols of all time! What about Kelly, Carrie , Jennifer Hudson, Daughtry , and Katherine? The judges are way over the top!

Turner

May 3rd, 2012
7:26 am

Colton’s gone and I don’t care.
Colton’s gone and I don’t care.
Colton’s gone and I don’t care.
The best has gone away.

Deirdre

May 3rd, 2012
7:56 am

Morning!

I’m pretty sure Phil will go home tonight. I’m pretty sure that’s what he wants.

I thought Joshua and Jessica were great last night. Joshua’s first song was so true to the style that I thought I might be back in the 60’s again. His second song was also well done.

While everyone else is singing basically whatever suits them best, Jessica sang Proud Mary and You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me. She’s brave and she does almost everything well..

Deirdre

May 3rd, 2012
8:00 am

Hollie was very good on both her songs. I would bet that the voice coaches have been working with her to keep her from sliding sharp the way she frequently does. I thought every note was pitch perfect.

Skylar is a really talented performer who shines on stage. She and Joshua probably understand “selling the song” better than any of the others. Her tone is unpleasant to my ears.

Phil is ready to go home.

Breezy

May 3rd, 2012
8:15 am

Phillip’s song choice may have put him in the bottom 3, however, I would be shocked if he goes home. Hollie is peaking at the right time. Joshua was extremely entertaining. @Domanion – interesting observation and funny.

Leslie

May 3rd, 2012
8:17 am

Does anyone else think Jessica dresses way too maturely for a 16 year old? Some of her looks border on inappropriate. She looks like a baby hooker.

Deirdre

May 3rd, 2012
8:24 am

Sorry, I know that Jessica sang You Are So Beautiful…..brain-fart. Love the Dusty Springfield song so it was in my mind.

My friend, who has never seen the the show this season, picked Jessica as the best and Phil as the worst.

stnmtnman

May 3rd, 2012
8:37 am

Joshua is my favorite BUT….the guy really needs to work on his personality. He has such an aloof type presence. Maybe he’s received to many standing “o’s” or perhaps his childhood wasn’t filled with enough reasons to laugh and smile…but one thing for certain, he does have a good voice.

Woodpappy

May 3rd, 2012
8:42 am

Hey JT. I agree with your post early this morning. I finally understand Joshua. He sang both songs so well, Heck, I actually voted for him for the first time. He really stood out. As for Phil2, he should easily be in the bottom 3 tonight. I think that Jessica will be going home tonight, or even Phil.

Alex

May 3rd, 2012
8:49 am

If you really want to see how “To Love Somebody” should be sung by a non-BeeGee, then look at Clay Aiken’s performance in Season 2 rather than Screamin’ Joshua. Even Robin Gibb was blown away by Clay’s performance.

Sam-A

May 3rd, 2012
8:50 am

RoHo, you are soooo correct. Now I hate Joshua more than ever, and I couldn’t have believed that possible before he took a sledge hammer to the beautiful BeeGees song! After the first monstrosity, I turned as soon as he started the second one, but sadly for me, flipped back just in time for all that silly screaming at the end. JUST TERRIBLE, at least for my household. We hated it fiercely. When I got to work I told my little Thurs morn “discuss” group that I thought it was even worse than anything the Fword ever did, and some agreed, a couple said “I don’t know – she was really really bad”.

Hollie killed it completely – and I can’t stand that “bleeding” song.

Jessica was great on second song, but Randy was right about “Proud Mary” – not good. If she wasn’t “pitchy” I don’t know what would classify.

Disappointed in Px2, especially “The Letter”, but still find his stage presence great. Someone (new) above said he “glowed” (sic) onstage, and I agree – he’s got it. Just needs to sing a bit better.

Skylar – Agree with RoHo about being to upbeat on the first song. And her cornpone was sooo thick I couldn’t understand have the words, sadly because those words are so meaningful. She was slightly better on the Dusty song. I guess Joshua was so irritating last night, I didn’t dislike Skylar as much as usual.

Wishin, and Hopin, and Thinking, and Praying that Joshua will go home tonight!

Now to read above comments completely.

Alex

May 3rd, 2012
8:52 am

A lot of people talk of how much “emotion” (I call it screaming) Joshua puts into his songs. What’s the big deal, I make faces and sounds like that when I’m constipated.

Alex

May 3rd, 2012
8:55 am

Maybe there’s one thing we can all agree on – I rate the Joshua/Phil duet as the worst ever. Like a couple of frat boys uncomfortably singing at a big party or something.

Rickster

May 3rd, 2012
8:55 am

My rankings
Hollie: First song was good. Second song was better. She’s making a strong, bold bid to get to the finals.

Skylar: Works the stage like no one I’ve seen the past few seasons. Both performances were at least good. Strong vocals – even stronger stage presence. Not a good hairstyle.

Jessica: First song was horrific. Second song was stellar. Didn’t care for the Michelle Pfieffer (Fabulous Baker Boys) torch-singer lounging with candles motif.

Joshua: First song was decent-to-good. Second song was great until he hit the high notes.

Phillip: First song was sub-par (which is good only in golf.) The second song was horrificer than Jessica’s “Proud Mary”.

I knew that Phillip was limited vocally…. But this showed his limitations in a way that even the most ardent fan would have to think “I really want to vote for this guy?”

Dos Hombres (Joshua & Phillip Duet: I actually liked the version from “Top Gun” better than this. At least Tom Cruise & Anthony Edwards knew they couldn’t sing but decided to have fun with it anyway. Somewhere, Simon is cringing/crying to what they did to one of his favorite songs.

The Three Amigas: (Hollie, Jessica & Skylar): No one wowed me… no one made me cringe. This just proves that they’ve got to cut the performance show to 60 minutes – 90 tops.

I think that the judges are living proof of the concept of Osmosis. Similar to how winds move from an area of high pressure to an area of low pressure – there is still such a high concentration of prescription and/or illegal pharmaceuticals in Steven’s body that they’re moving over into J-Lo & Randy and destroying their ability for rational thought and judgement.

There’s no other explanation for their declarations that Joshua is either one of the “best idols ever” (Randy) or the “greatest singer of the last 50 years” J-Lo.

Rickster

May 3rd, 2012
8:59 am

Did anyone else notice that during the duet that Phillip sang:

“you never close your eyes anymore when I kiss your lip” (singular)
“and there’s no tenderness anymore in your finger tip” (again, singular)

Thogwummpy

May 3rd, 2012
9:00 am

Best singer of the half century? Joshua’s probably not the best singer in the competition! The ONLY “Idol” that could even possibly challenge for consideration as the best singer in 50 years (to paraphrase Lopez), would be Kurt Nilsen…the only World Idol [they killed the global competition after he destroyed Kelly Clarkson]—and I doubt most Americans, let alone Lopez, has even heard of him. He’s on a different level than ANY Idol that’s come along!

Pitchy

May 3rd, 2012
9:03 am

Good morning.

@Rickster – with the 3 Amigas, Hollie definitely outshone the other 2. Phil2x tanked (IMO). Joshua’s Ai’t Too Proud to Beg was very, very good, but he destroyed The Bee Gees classic.

Alex

May 3rd, 2012
9:10 am

Question of the day: Who will get the “randomly” selected “pimp spot” next week, Jessica or Joshua?

G

May 3rd, 2012
9:11 am

@Roho and other PP fans. I’m not going to tell you I told you so about this kid was faking on the vocals the entire time. I knew why he manufactured a growl all the time. All it took was the right moment and the right song to expose him. Then BAM!!! “Time of the Season”. LOL!!! At the very least he SHOULD not only be in the bottom 3, but he needs to go home. He’s taking up a valuable spot that would be better served by Colton or Elise. JMO

JD

May 3rd, 2012
9:14 am

Best – Hollie
Worst – Jessica (soooo boring, and I’m sick of the judges propping her up)

I like Phil, he had a bad night and I think his health combined with their insane schedule is wearing him down.

Josh – Tired of it always being turned into a gospel church moment

Skyler – she’s good, but she’s no Carrie. They country vote is keeping her in it.

Deirdre

May 3rd, 2012
9:16 am

As the producers have told us frequently, the pimp spot is not randomly selected. They try to put a different person last each week but the choice often depends on who is singing what and who can close the show the best. The first place singer is also chosen that way.

And yes, sometimes the best singer gets the pimp spot more often that the others because…..why? It’s a TV SHOW and they want it to continue to make money.

Alex

May 3rd, 2012
9:16 am

G
May 3rd, 2012
9:11 am

I can’t speak for others, but I never thought Phil had strong vocals. Instead, he was entertaining – you didn’t know what arrangement to expect. Some I liked, some I didn’t, but I always had anticipation when it was time for him to perform.

While “Time of the Season” exposed his weak higher register (and I said so last night), the duet with Joshua was painful to watch and listen.

Lance

May 3rd, 2012
9:17 am

I have a theory. A few weeks ago when Jessica was voted off and then saved. The personal video before her performance reviled that she was filipino and not hispanic. As a result I think she lost the hispanic vote that night and in turn got voted off.

Here die hard fans have been working extra hard to keep her in it.

Alex

May 3rd, 2012
9:19 am

Deirdre
May 3rd, 2012
9:16 am

“…the choice often depends on who is singing what and who can close the show the best”

And since the judges are certain to give Joshua a standing O, even if he’s doing nothing but having a seizure, we’re sure to see him “close the show the best” a couple more times.

bill

May 3rd, 2012
9:19 am

Let me set the record strait! Joshua mite be the worst singer in the last fifty years,i can’t for the life of me see what people see in him,all he does is scream,and to me thats not singing.the best singers in this compitision are the girls,and skylar mite be the best of the best,she is the one thats close to being a pro singer, as there is on the show.

Deirdre

May 3rd, 2012
9:20 am

We get so invested in our favorite singer that frequently we fail to understand how the show works. Good singers make the show popular. Bad singers make the show popular. The judges being controversial makes the show popular.

If everyone had the same opinion about a singer, the show would be boring! The LAST thing the show wants is to be boring! For the judges and the producers it isn’t about the singers, it’s about the show!

It’s like watching a horse race…it’s exciting when two horses are neck and neck…even if you didn’t bet on either one of them.

People need to open their ears

May 3rd, 2012
9:23 am

Jessica Sanchez has become the Lebron James of AI, she is clearly the most talented singer in the competition and one of the best to ever perform. Yet being a prodigy, she is only 16, she makes the difficult look easy and people want to find what is wrong instead of enjoying witnessing greatness.

I completely understand because I do not want to see Lebron win the championship although I have to admit he is the best player in the NBA right now.

Nana

May 3rd, 2012
9:24 am

Morning All……..

Hollie was by far the better of the females and Joshua overtook PP last night. Jessica was not good on Proud Mary, but fairly well on her 2nd song. Skylar was fair on her 1st song, but much better on the second. Phillip was just plain bad on all 3 of his performances. I usually like him, but last night was the pits, and I still can’t get use to his facial expressions. He looks like it pains him to sing. His duet with Joshua showed just how bad he was and that he didn’t want to sing (1)either that song (2)or with Josh, and he has NO stage presence. He reminds me of a wooden puppet. If he’s ready to leave then leave he should if America voted correctly.

Sam-A

May 3rd, 2012
9:25 am

Thog: The World Idol contest was in Kurts backyard. Had it been in N America, results would have been totally different. And he didn’t exactly “destroy” Kelly – they said it was very close. The world is your playground when you’re in your home area!

Alex: Agree with much of your opinions, especially at 8:52. That is in no way “singing” – even babies can scream their heads off. For me that was the worst I’ve ever heard on Idol, and I’ve never missed a show, including 3rd season with the Fword screeching and howling (with a thick-tongued lisp) everything she “sang”.

BTW

May 3rd, 2012
9:25 am

Joshua Ledet’s performance of To Love Somebody was amazing and hands down him and Jessica are the two best singers on this season. However, just because they are the best does not mean America will vote them in the final two.

Alex

May 3rd, 2012
9:25 am

stnmtnman
May 3rd, 2012
8:37 am

Maybe Joshua is just uncomfortable because he knows he’s not as good as the judges gush. You know, kind of makes him feel weird on stage and all that. :cool:

Deirdre

May 3rd, 2012
9:27 am

Alex
May 3rd, 2012
9:19 am

Well, next week there are 4 contestants and Josh won’t be in the pimp spot if he’s still on the show. The week after, there will be 3 so I guess that it’s possible that he’ll be last. The week after is the finale and they toss a coin for that one so, I’m not sure that your prediction of a “couple more times” is going to hold. ;-)

Mike

May 3rd, 2012
9:27 am

I thought the judges got a little carried away in the end blowing so much smoke up Josh’s you know what.
He is good yes, but c’mon, best in 50 years…really?
It’s like the judges are afraid of not having him in the finals so, they are trying to influence the vote.

Breezy

May 3rd, 2012
9:29 am

@Thogwummpy – I have heard Kurt Nilsen, he is awesome. I loved his rendition with his friends on Hallelujah. @ G – I never said that PP had a great voice, but he is entertaining, he interpret songs beautifully. I like watching him perform. I do feel he is ready to go home and start his own thing.

Alex

May 3rd, 2012
9:30 am

Deirdre
May 3rd, 2012
9:20 am

So the show last night wouldn’t have been as popular if someone else closed rather than Joshua? I respectfully disagree.

Harriett

May 3rd, 2012
9:31 am

Good morning!

No excuses for Phil. He tanked on the duet with Elise because she was a singer. And he tanked on the duet with Joshua because Joshua is a singer. Phil is a stylist and not a singer. He only does well when he prowls and growls through his self-interpreted songs. He cannot sing. IMHO.

KPH

May 3rd, 2012
9:31 am

The three Ladies were great the two Guy’s were not. Phillip should go home. In fact he should have weeks ago.

Mike

May 3rd, 2012
9:33 am

Phillip and Skylar are the best natural entertainers and will both be fine in the future.
Josh has a great low end but when he goes up, his voice is weird.
Hollie and Jessica, sadly, will be gone in the next two shows.

Alex

May 3rd, 2012
9:35 am

What I’ve sensed from the judges towards Joshua is what I’ll call the “Halleluiah” effect. You know what I’m talking about. A choir starts singing “Halleluiah” and the whole congregation stands. Nobody knows why you stand as soon as the song starts, but you do stand. It’s not as though the choir is singing the best rendition of “Halleluiah” you ever heard, it’s just that the song is being sung therefore you stand. It’s not as though “Halleluiah” is the best religious song ever, it’s….it’s almost a reflex. The choir sings the first two words and everyone’s standing with no real reason why. Last night will NOT be the final “Halleluiah” moment from the judges, unless, of course, Screamin’ J goes home and that would be fine with me.

The “Halleluiah Effect” – a strange thing to behold.

blkshepherd

May 3rd, 2012
9:36 am

@ADRIAN

You poor lost soul, (shaking head)
I gather you never heard the saying better to not open your mouth and be assumed an idoit than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.

Your post at 12:32 wins the Award for the DUMBEST comment posted on American Idol’s blog. I mean really. Re-Read your post and see how Dumb it is.

Its obvious you are clueless so I will fill you in about President, yes I said President Obama. Regardless whether you like it or not he is the President.

President Obama is the President because the Majority(Whites) voted for him. Not Blacks(Minority) since we Only make up 13% roughly 38 million of the total population in the US which is a little over 300million. All 38million blacks DID NOT VOTE FOR OBAMA and even if they did would NOT have been enough for him to Win. President Obama is the president thanks to the white people who belived and still believe in him.

When Fantasia and Ruben won it was the whites that voted them to the No.1 spot, Not the blacks because clearly by numbers whites out number blacks in the USA. (google Total Populaton, blacks, whites, hispanic,other). With that said its really DUMB to say Blacks came out and voted in a black president not taking in account that many blacks Cant vote because they are in prison, mental issues, too old, too young. now Subtract all of those issues I mentioned from 38million and see how many actual Votes you have by blacks. Not many.

So again because since its obvious your brain is asleep, the Black vote does NOT change anything unless its also backed by White votes.

No one is making those judges stand and give Joshua a standing ovation. They stand because the want to. Its that Plain and simple. If Joshua wins which would Shock the hell out of me(Judging from some of the posts on here he dont stand a chance in hell) but if he does win, it will Have Nothing to do with how many blacks voted. It will be the White votes because Most of the blacks I talk to Quit watching Idol years ago..so please get over yourself about blacks voting and Leave Obama out of this. This is about SINGING Hello..not about who is in the White house duhhh..different Blog.

Joshua, does NOT need to win. He will be fine, just as Jennifer hudson, and others that did not win. There is one thing I see he’s struggling with his identity. Once he let’s loose and actually be Himself..Like he did towards the end of To Love Somebody(minus the screaming) but the high notes..he was in control. He was clearly embarrassed when Philli hugged him and I can understand why since clearly its gotton back to him that many believe hes gay

Pitchy

May 3rd, 2012
9:36 am

@G – I spoke about your critique of Phil2x voice last night. I think most saw what you’ve been saying all along.

Deirdre

May 3rd, 2012
9:37 am

Alex, I’m not talking about popularity with picking a closer, I’m talking about showmanship…you have to end a show with a bang not a whimper.

Whether you liked it or not is a matter of personal taste. Joshua has been in the pimp spot once before last night. They try to give everyone a chance in that position. Because he was in it last night, he won’t be there next week. After that, with only 3 contestants, he has about a 33% chance of being in the pimp spot the following week.

Conspiracy theories aside….Joshua ended the show with a bang last night and whether you liked it or not is irrelevant(and by “you” I mean the audience not you specifically)

Pitchy

May 3rd, 2012
9:39 am

Please believe JLo is getting a lot of flack for saying Joshua is the best singer she’s heard in the past 50 years. Perhaps that’s one reason why her records aren’t selling out the store. Apparently, she’s tone deaf.

Sam-A

May 3rd, 2012
9:51 am

Pitchy: Love your a$$essment (with a big emphasis on the a$$) of Miss JLo – her ears must have 10 lbs of ear wax clogging them up. What the hell is she hearing? Glad when what starting as a promising season is finally over.

bill

May 3rd, 2012
9:57 am

Blkshepherd—-Spit your venom somewere else, were talking about a singing competision here!

Devil's Advocate

May 3rd, 2012
9:58 am

Why do so many people always act so mad when others like a particular singer? If people would spend more time hyping what they like in life and less time tearing down the “opposition” then perhaps things would be more productive overall. Tearing down Joshua (I don’t even know who he is because I don’t watch AI much and only hear it on the TV when my wife watches) isn’t very productive.

Sam-A

May 3rd, 2012
9:58 am

Bill: go back and you’ll see what he was responding to – a nasty little terd of a poster.

Check out studio versions

May 3rd, 2012
9:59 am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZG3pAvKbAsU
Studio version of Joshua Ledet’s To Love Somebody. The studio versions show the true talent because each contestant can listen to the full song and not the 90 seconds done on the show.
This is a single I would buy and put on my playlist.

Alex

May 3rd, 2012
10:00 am

Pitchy
May 3rd, 2012
9:39 am

I hope she catches a LOT of flack. It was an insult to ALL singers in the past, but I especially find Joshua wanting when compared to some of the truly great Soul/R&B singers of the past. So based on JstankHo’s babble, Joshua is better than:

Sam Cooke (acould arguably be THE best soul voice)
Marvin Gaye
Levi Stubbs of The Four Tops
David Ruffin of The Temptations
Otis Redding
Arthur Conley (”Sweet Soul Music” is one of the all time greats)
Aretha Franklin
Mahalia Jackson
Wilson Pickett

ad infinitum

Screamin’ J is a pedestrian

JTesla

May 3rd, 2012
10:02 am

Agree Hariett. I’d like to agree with Deirdre regarding Phillip leaving tonight, I know there are a lot of people who vote based on individual performance not on favorites. Which runs contrary to the jaded people on this blog I know. However, if he survives… well Idol will have it’s work cut out for it, because changes will need to be made.

G

May 3rd, 2012
10:05 am

Who SHOULD be in the bottom 2?
PP and Skylar

Who WILL be in the bottom 2?
Skylar and Joshua

Best of the NIght?
Hollie and Joshua

Worst?
PP

@Pitchy. **high five**

@Harriett 9:31am comment. **high five*** That comment was on point.

Alex

May 3rd, 2012
10:06 am

JTesla
May 3rd, 2012
10:02 am

Fan bases are fickle. Phil seems to have a strong one, but he went 0-3 in terms of great singing/performances.

Alex

May 3rd, 2012
10:10 am

JstankHo was on a roll last night with outlandish statements:

1) Joshua is the best singer she’s seen in 50 years. (I KNEW she was older than what everyone said :cool: )

2) She said something to the effect that “we” (the judges) were big Elise fans. :shock:

3) Something about being big fans of Hollie.

Say what?

I have been converted

May 3rd, 2012
10:11 am

I thought and still think Jessica has the best voice but after last night, I have to give Joshua his props. I hope he seals the deal with Jar of Harts from Las Vegas week. Out of all the performances this year, this To Love Somebody is the only one I have listened to over and over besides another Vegas week performance where Jessica, DeAndre, and Candice did It Does Not Matter Anymore.
When you have a well written song and a voice that matches it, you have magic.

G

May 3rd, 2012
10:12 am

I don’t know if some of you notice, but Jimmy and his guest mentors throughout the season always talk about Joshua and Jessica in terms of recording after the show, in a round about way. To PP’s credit, I’ve heard Jimmy say he would love to hear some of his originals. But week after week, Jimmy and guest mentors oogle over the “possibities” of doing work with Jess and Josh. FACT.

blkshepherd

May 3rd, 2012
10:19 am

BILL

YOU Tell that to ADRIAN..since they started the Venom. Normally I will not attack any post but when you include an entire race you include me and thats when I remove the Muzzle and will ATTACK. Keep Race off the blog..and I will keep my Muzzle on. Thanks Sam-A..Goes to show what happens when you DONT READ.

Had Bill READ my post he would have seen where I wrote this is about Singing not who is in the white house.

Dick Lark

May 3rd, 2012
10:20 am

Deirdre: “Hollie was very good on both her songs… I thought every note was pitch perfect.” I never thought I’d hear you say that! ;=P

I’m a Phil fan but he has been trying less and less hard lately, and last night he totally mailed it in; so I’m a little disappointed, I must admit. I don’t think he’ll go home because his fan base is solid. But it does look almost as if he wants to be eliminated. Maybe he’s simply bored with the whole circus, and he knows he’s gonna have a major league career anyway, and he knows that “winning” doesn’t really matter to record sales.

Joshua over-sang both his songs as usual. The judges are like cats; just as cats easily captivated by shiny things that suddenly move, Randy and J-Lo are easily captivated by vocal theatrics (gospel runs); and Steven just goes along because he’s deaf and over-medicated. Beautiful.

JTesla

May 3rd, 2012
10:22 am

Both Jennifer and Steven were making outlandish statements last night. Regardless of who wins they will be able to find a quote where those two “called it”. I think between the two of them they crowned everyone but Phil as the winner last night and Randy did everything he could to heap praise to cover PP.

Rickster

May 3rd, 2012
10:24 am

Too bad they had the 60’s rather than the 70’s. Phillip could have absolutely rolled with “Dancing In The Moonlight” by King Harvest (1973)

Pitchy

May 3rd, 2012
10:25 am

@Alex – I started to elaborate on how she insulted so many singers and started to name a few, so THANK YOU. That was a backhand slap to the face, a pluck to one’s forehead and a slap on the back of the head all at the same time. JLo is crazy.

JTesla

May 3rd, 2012
10:27 am

Dick Lark, one thing about Deirdre is that she does have an open mind about the contestants. She’ll go back and re-listen when there is doubt, and she has praised Hollie to some extent in the past. It is just hard to see when that runs opposite to some here who already made their minds up about each contestant.

g.robinson

May 3rd, 2012
10:30 am

josh stays and phillip SEE YA!!!

Rickster

May 3rd, 2012
10:31 am

Jessica prancing around the stage on her mini stilts reminded me of that old Monty Python skit called “The Ministry of Silly Walks.”

That – or tip-toeing through a minefield.

mom3

May 3rd, 2012
10:31 am

Joshua looks uncomforatable in his own skin when they interview him. He looked completely mortified when Phillip put his arm around him after the duet. He is just waaayyy too awkward to be a star. No charisma whatsoever.

Sam-A

May 3rd, 2012
10:32 am

Alex: Add Chuck Jackson (I Don’t Want To Cry”, et al) and Arthur Alexander (”Anna”) to the “greats” list. Oh and Tyrone Davis (Baby Can I Change My Mind, et al) and the fabulous Ben E King and the totally incomparable Jerry Butler – both with way too many songs to list.

Harriett

May 3rd, 2012
10:35 am

You know, I am probably having a lot more fun than I have in the past seasons because I do not have a favorite and can view each pcontestant based on the merits of their performance and not from personal preference.

I did take a listen, as one poster offered, to the studio version of Joshua’s “To Love Somebody” and it is very good–much better than the live performance (as is usually the case, since mistakes can be corrected and over-signing reined in).

Alex

May 3rd, 2012
10:35 am

Rickster
May 3rd, 2012
10:24 am

“Dancing in the Moonlight”. Wow, that took me back to high school and put a smile on my face.

Sam-A

May 3rd, 2012
10:37 am

Rickster: he could have done it, King Harvest is British (just “old” Brit).

Alex

May 3rd, 2012
10:38 am

BAM!!!

Great singers all. Tyrone Davis (”Turn Back the Hands of Time”) puts me back in Jr. High School. What a great song.

Alex

May 3rd, 2012
10:44 am

Rickster
May 3rd, 2012
10:24 am

Your song suggestion put me in a mindset to think of other songs that would essentially be considered “one hit wonders”.

You think Phil could have put a twist on “I Can Help” by Billy Swan?

Or “Get it On” by T Rex?

Rickster

May 3rd, 2012
10:45 am

From USA Today:

But after last night, Phillip is looking as vulnerable as he ever has. First off, he’s at the bottom of this week’s Idol Meter, with his first single-digit score of the season. “It was gratifying that Phillip didn’t do the tiresome Joe Cocker version of The Letter,” Ken Barnes writes, “but his tuneless R&B thrash was little better. Nice faithful Zombies rendition (of Time of the Season), but his straining to reach the high notes was painful to hear and to watch.”

That’s not the only ominous sign for Phillip. Idol Chatter readers overwhelmingly named him the singer in the most trouble after last night’s performances (his positive scores were among the lowest, too). The only song last night that got a worse What Not to Sing score than Phillips’ solo performances was his duet with Joshua Ledet. Plus, Dial Idol has Phillip at the very bottom of its rankings from last night. Granted, three other singers also are listed as “in danger of being voted off” (Skylar Laine’s the only one predicted to be safe), but the combination of indicators could spell trouble for him, especially in a season where apparent favorites have twice before suddenly fallen to the bottom of the pack.

http://content.usatoday.com/communities/idolchatter/post/2012/05/is-phillip-phillips-in-trouble/1#.T6KZkcXxGZc

Rickster

May 3rd, 2012
10:46 am

Okay… why did PacMan allow me to copy & paste a certain singer’s name… but won’t let us type it in?

Alex

May 3rd, 2012
10:47 am

Rickster
May 3rd, 2012
10:45 am

Well, if Phil goes home that would essentially shoot holes all through the “WGWG” conspiracy.

Alex

May 3rd, 2012
10:49 am

Rickster
May 3rd, 2012
10:31 am

“..tip-toeing through a minefield.”

That’s a good visual. When I saw her awkward steps last night the thing that popped into my mind was “sneaking in after curfew”.

Rickster

May 3rd, 2012
10:50 am

I’ll let the title of the article speak for it’s self.

Why the ‘American Idol’ Judges Should Be Chinese

http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2012/05/study-of-the-day-why-the-american-idol-judges-should-be-chinese/256498/

Woodpappy

May 3rd, 2012
10:54 am

Alex, thanks for the list also…I think that the judges say things to get us bloggers riled up and interested.

Idull Watcher

May 3rd, 2012
10:55 am

Have only watched a few weeks of this season. Saw part of last night (last 20 minutes). All the singers are pretty good. But the “judges” are so over the top it turned me off. They are so self-absorbed and full of themselves that they can’t for the life of them actually offer balanced and true feedback.

Rickster

May 3rd, 2012
10:56 am

Alex. if she was sneaking in after curfew… she’d have been carrying her shoes to avoid making noise! :-)

JTesla

May 3rd, 2012
10:56 am

Alex, sorry but it actually conforms with the concepts “whatnottosing.com” has shown, and really a key point of the WGWG conspiracy: the competition has to perform well above the WGWG in order to stay. The WGWG can drift by with mediocre performances, it is only when there is a huge gap between the WGWG and others that you can hope to get rid of the offender.

Alex

May 3rd, 2012
11:00 am

JTesla
May 3rd, 2012
10:56 am

I wasn’t denying the WGWG plays a roll in the competition. All I was saying is that if Phil goes home tonight then the top 4 will be without a WGWG. Many think that’s the only reason Phil is still in the competition. I happen to disagree. Love him or hate him, he’s the most unique contestant.

Pitchy

May 3rd, 2012
11:01 am

Not sure if any of you listen to The Bert Show, but his song has been accurately naming the person to be voted off (I think his son is 4). He says PP is done! (lol)

Alex

May 3rd, 2012
11:01 am

OT here, but I believe the 3 remaining girls in the competition make much better use of their voices than the remaining guys.

Alex

May 3rd, 2012
11:03 am

Pitchy
May 3rd, 2012
11:01 am

Maybe Bert is interpreting his son incorrectly. His little 4 year old may be going around talking about having to peepee and Bert thinks he’s talking about Phil. :lol:

Flav

May 3rd, 2012
11:06 am

Joshua, Joshua, Joshua!!! Great performance. He took a mellow BeeGee’s song and put a soul spin on it. Just like Al Green made “Mend a Broken Heart’ a soul classic. Just like Whitney redid Dolly’s ‘I Will Always Love You’. I prefer the soulful versions of all of those songs, but apparently some people on this blog don’t like their classics changed. I personally enjoy seeing artist change original songs with a different spin. I guess that’s why i enjoyed Adam Lambert on Idol.

Joshua gets a lot of ’screaming’ comments on this blog. I think it’s soulful emotion. James Brown, Fantasia, Patti Labelle, Aretha, and many other huge R&B singers ’scream’ on their records. It’s just a matter of personal music taste. I personally enjoy Joshua and those R&B legends. I can’t wait for this kid to make some real music that I can buy. I guess screaming is to soul and gospel like twang is to country.

Alex

May 3rd, 2012
11:09 am

Wow, just wow. The Fword being mentioned in the same sentence as James Brown, Patti Labelle and Aretha Franklin. I guess the Mayans were right, the world will end later this year.

Rodney Ho

May 3rd, 2012
11:09 am

It’s fair to say that maybe Phillip wants to get his kidney stone condition fixed before the tour and is virtually sabotaging himself to do it. Let me NOT growl and show people I can’t really sing well in the high register. That might do it. Or maybe have Ryan point out my girlfriend. That might help, too!

Flav

May 3rd, 2012
11:10 am

Alex,

Unique does not equate to talent.

JTesla

May 3rd, 2012
11:17 am

Rodney, a few weeks back I thought Phillip was phoning in his performances for just that reason. Then he turned it up a notch, now he is back to this. It is a possibility, and maybe he doesn’t want to win. He’s a jokester and could have the same mentality as Chris Sligh had.

Alex

May 3rd, 2012
11:17 am

Flav
May 3rd, 2012
11:10 am

fantasia doesn’t equate to talent either.

Flav

May 3rd, 2012
11:19 am

Alex,

I’m not saying Joshua is in the same league with these singers, I’m merely pointing out that what you bloggers call screaming is a part of soul and gospel music, like it or not. Some people enjoy it, others not so much.

One more point. I know the judges get a lot of heat for over-hyping Josh and Jessica, and i agree that they do. However, when i watch the guest coaches on this show every week, they all are overly impressed with Josh and Jessica. The people in the industry who knows more about music than 99.9% of the bloggers are taken back by the talent of these two contestants every week. So, regardless of what we think and regardless of what happens on the result show, both Josh and Jessica have the talent to be huge stars.

Alex

May 3rd, 2012
11:19 am

JTesla
May 3rd, 2012
11:17 am

I don’t think Phil wants to win nor do I think the producers want him to win either. He will not be molded into an image of what AI thinks would sell. It would be one hell of a fight and Phil would win, guaranteed.

Alex

May 3rd, 2012
11:22 am

Flav
May 3rd, 2012
11:19 am

I listened to Soul music a lot in the 60s and 70s and I don’t recall any artist screaming throughout each and every song. An occasional belt? sure. Occasional runs? sure. But not through the entire song. Joshua has a good voice but how he delivers it makes me cringe.

Eddie Merckx

May 3rd, 2012
11:23 am

Winning is a curse. You are tied to A.I. for a long time (10yrs?), they own you and screw you over. I think Phillip knows this and wants to lose. The only reason I’m watching is to support the hometown kid (and my wife won’t miss it). shows like this suck and I would never support an artist from it, except Phillip. He should use his health problems to quit. He has gotten all he needs from this god awful show.

Alex

May 3rd, 2012
11:24 am

Eddie Merckx
May 3rd, 2012
11:23 am

Don’t hold back! Tell us how you REALLY feel about American Idol. :cool:

Bill

May 3rd, 2012
11:25 am

When is everyone going to see this has become a black on white competition. Joshua is good. NOT GREAT. When one of the others do exceptional they get a “good job, however”, when Joshua screeches his way through a song he is given a standing O. This I can expect from Randy, but from the other two judges? Phillip should go tonite followed by Joshua next week. Holly, Jessica and Skylar are the class of this competition. Wake up America. If you are going to be a judge, be a fair one.

Flav

May 3rd, 2012
11:26 am

Alex,

I think we will agree to disagree. You’re obviously not a fan of Joshua and apparently Fantasia. But i wouldn’t say they aren’t talented. I think all the remaining Idols are talented. However, instead of trashing these kids, i would rather say I’m not a fan of some of their talents. I think PP has talent, but I’m not a fan of his talent and doubt that I would spend money on any of his projects.

Bob

May 3rd, 2012
11:26 am

Many of the people with whom I have sung in church choirs have technically better voices than most good rock n’ roll or pop singers or blues or r&b, etc etc. But they are singing in the church choir (which, incidentally, is far more important, glorious and fulfilling than using God-given talent for empty self-promotion). But, I digress. Technical voice quality is not the measure of success in popular music.

Therefore, whether he wins AI or not, Phillip goes the distance as an artist in his field. The others probably do not, although Hollie and Skylar might.

JTesla

May 3rd, 2012
11:33 am

Alex: “nor do I think the producers want him to win either. He will not be molded into an image of what AI thinks would sell”

The producers of AI do not care about how he would sell after AI, they are running a television show, they let the music people worry about selling the music post Idol.

Eddie Merckx: “Winning is a curse. You are tied to A.I. for a long time”

YEARS ago a change was made where the top 10 or 12, they are all in the same boat as the winner. Being in the top 10 is as much a “curse” as winning. The only difference is that the winner is ‘guaranteed’ to be controlled by Jimmy, the others will be controlled at HIS discretion. The person in second or eighth has as little control as the person in first.

Rickster

May 3rd, 2012
11:35 am

Flav,

I like James Brown and Aretha. But do not care at all for Fantasia, Patti Labelle or Joshua.

For Fantasia, it’s the sound of her voice. For Patti & Joshua, it’s more what they do with it.

Sam-A

May 3rd, 2012
11:37 am

flav: I would definitely say these 2 are NOT talented, at least for a good number of Idol fans. And Aretha et al hit some really high notes, but they’re not screaming/screeching like J & Fword do. BIG difference.

Pitchy

May 3rd, 2012
11:41 am

Alex – you are straight crazy. :lol: :lol: :lol: :cry:

Alex

May 3rd, 2012
11:42 am

JTesla
May 3rd, 2012
11:33 am

“The producers of AI do not care about how he would sell after AI,”

You and I will have to respectfully disagree. If AI contestants were to consistently bomb in their careers then where’s the appeal? How would AI be relevant if none of the winners were successful? Who would the producers of the show point to and ask “do you want to be successful like them”?

My thoughts anyway.

JTesla

May 3rd, 2012
11:44 am

Fantasia won, Joshua is in the top 5, by that virtue it is safe to say that to a good number of Idol fans they are talented.

Alex

May 3rd, 2012
11:44 am

Pitchy
May 3rd, 2012
11:41 am

I am “straight” and I’ve been called “crazy”, but you’re the first to ever call me straight crazy. :lol:

By the way, why is the 4th face a frown?

Alex

May 3rd, 2012
11:47 am

The producers of AI have to be concerned/interesed in the commercial success of their winners. Many years ago an AI clone show called “Nashville Star” was formed. Many winners failed to connect and Blake Shelton, who at that time was a judge, said the show needed a “Carrie Underwood” to remain relevant. They couldn’t get it done.

On a side not, I find it interesting that Blake Shelton married Miranda Lambert, a huge Country music success, who finished in 3rd place in their initial season.

Alex

May 3rd, 2012
11:48 am

The wife and I are meeting friends for lunch. Talk with you guys later tonight.

G

May 3rd, 2012
11:49 am

Other than the fact I still believe PP is a weak vocalist, I pointed out weeks ago that he was tanking it in to do his own thing. The kid is bored, frustrated of producers constantly trying to take him out of his box, and he has health issues. People are still voting for him as though he NEEDS the win.

I still fail to understand the “entertainment” value that PP brings to the table. When I think of entertainers, I think of Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Madonna, Lady Gaga, and even Bon Jovi. If it’s the “emotion” he invokes, then what’s the difference when Joshua invokes the same emotion? Is that not entertainment too? So, growls are exceptable form of singing entertainment? Please enlighten.

@Flav 11:10am comment. You’re on point with that one. I mentioned that exact thing last night. Just because the style is unique does not equate to talent or that it’s necessarily good or bad.

JTesla

May 3rd, 2012
11:49 am

Alex, I don’t have a problem respectfully disagreeing. For me though all I need to do is look to the popularity of Survivor, the Greatest Race, The Voice, and NCIS to see that tons of money can be made without having a secondary post season success story.

The producers of Idol the television show don’t get much money from the Idols music after the season is done… too many hands are in that pot.

A Dixie Chick

May 3rd, 2012
11:52 am

I generally think Joshua is over-rated, but last night was his night. Hollie is listening to the mentors and judges and is improving and glad she’s finally wearing some color and some youthful outfits. I love Phillip, but he chose the wrong songs. Too much has been made about his funky dance movements. I think he was embarrassed, but it’s his way of feeling the music. Phillip, think song choice get up and move. Last few weeks, I haven’t been impressed with Skylar and Jessica.

JTesla

May 3rd, 2012
11:53 am

I’d add to my 11:49 am post that they already have the success that they need: Kelly and Carrie. Taylor, Kris, Lee, etc can tank and the show still is not lacking success stories.

Nana

May 3rd, 2012
11:53 am

In all the years (7) that I have been a blogger here, I don’t think I’ve ever seen this question addressed:

“Can a contestant who is in the top 12 be released at their own request?”

If so, why hasn’t PP done that if he is so unhappy? It seems to me that he wants to leave since his performances has gone downward. I get the feeling by watching him that he doesn’t care. Last night was a very good sign of his wanting to leave.

Quincy Jones

May 3rd, 2012
11:56 am

Holly = very talented and has mass commercial appeal (keep picking songs that showcase your range)

Jessica = you’re only 16 but my God you have so much talent – you really know how to use your vocals and draw the audiance in (keep picking the right songs)

Joshua = great voice – but you have to know how and when to use the screeching. When your are not screaming – you have a great voice you don’t need to wail so much. Don’t use the wail on every song and remember to use it as a vocal surprise (you remind of Terence Trent Darby) – you need to show more vocal restraint and control – very few singers can wail and it not be offensive or annoying (i.e. Aretha, Chaka and Patti Labelle).

Phillip – You were a little exposed last night – your signature growl is forced and you always look like you are ready to take a major dump when you are singing in that growl. You need to pick more folk / rock songs – you have a great voice but its like your trying to sing in a style that’s not natural for you.

Skyler = great range and voice – pick more folk songs (i.e. Bonnie Rait) or stick with the country songs – when you try to sing other genres you lose us……

Good Luck Idols……………..Q

JTesla

May 3rd, 2012
12:01 pm

Nana, Chris Sligh asked if he dropped out if he could still go on tour. The answer at that time was no. So no release for Phillip.

For me Phillip looked very nervous on that duet song. He had trouble keeping it together, it was almost painful to watch.

Deirdre

May 3rd, 2012
12:02 pm

JT, re your 10:22 post….thank you. I try hard to be fair and call ‘em as I see ‘em. Some people don’t like it.

Deirdre

May 3rd, 2012
12:06 pm

Sorry guys, I’d love to be chatting with you but I’ve got company

Pitchy

May 3rd, 2012
12:08 pm

Alex, the 4th one is me crying from laughing so hard the first 3x (lol).

Rickster

May 3rd, 2012
12:17 pm

Nice to know we’re not the only ones who think there’s too much filler in Idol.

James Poniewozik:

This is the first year in a while I haven’t been doing weekly writeups of the American Idol performance shows, pretty opportune timing for me because the show has reached a level of padding I thought impossible even for it, the better to keep airing two-hour episodes

Read more: http://entertainment.time.com/2012/05/03/the-morning-after-american-idol-vs-the-voice/#ixzz1tp9IvAcf

Mercedes S.

May 3rd, 2012
12:24 pm

Thanks to Comcast I was unable to watch the first songs from PP, Skylar and Jessica, and missed the lambasted male duet, and after we got our TV, internet and phone back on, Joshua sang “Aint too Proud”. So my rating would be
1. Hollie “River Deep”
2. Hollie “Bleeding Love”
3. Joshua “Ain’t too proud”
4. Girl Trio “Higher”
5. Jessica “You Are So Beautiful”
6. Skylar “You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me”
7. Joshua “To Love Somebody”
8. PP “Time of the season”

Neg's Take

May 3rd, 2012
12:24 pm

Neg’s rankings of last night’s performers:

1. Hollie – For the 3rd consecutive week, Hollie blew away the field both vocally and in terms of delivering the songs with feeling and authenticity. She clearly had the Top 2 performances of the night, both showstoppers, and outclassed Jessica and Skyler in the “Higher” Trio. I believe she now has an excellent chance to become the next American idol, and deservedly so. The girl is one tough cookie, and has evolved over the course of the season into a real pro.

2. Phillip – I know he missed the high notes in Seasons, and I know he butchered the arrangement on The Letter, but I just dig his musicianship, grizzly voice and haunting tone. That said, I think he’s cornered himself into an artistic niche and that’s not good for business. He could very well be gone tonight. If he’d been more subtle in his song modifications he’d have been a lock for the finale.

3. Jessica – I thought Jessica had her A-game vocally on both her solos, but was really off on the trio performance. Once again, though, she lacked the authenticity needed to pull off the big, powerful songs she selected. She’d have benefited greatly from the advice SVZ gave to Hollie about losing the “show-business” act, connecting to the songs, and delivering like you don’t care what anyone thinks. She’ll probably find herself in the bottom 3 tonight, and maybe bottom 2.

<4. Skyler – First song was almost cliche frenetic. I loved it when I saw the wild stage persona the 1st few times, but now it’s starting to seem forced and predictable. Vocal was just OK. 2nd song was a boring arrangement and mediocre vocal. She’ll benefit in the voting from Phil veering out of the mainstream, because many of his southern rock fans will start tossing their support her way.

5. Joshua – His “gospel voice” reminds me of the sound one with salmonella poisoning makes while retching in the commode. It’s an objectionable, repulsive, nauseating sound that reflexively causes me to hit the ffw button. I want him gone. That said, the almost comical over-the-top pimping from the judges will likely keep Vomit Man around for at least another week.

Mercedes S.

May 3rd, 2012
12:30 pm

Theyway Hollie is acting and reacting to the judges’ comments is amazing.
They cuss her out and she takes it, with a smile.
They give her standing o’s and she blossoms.

Of the remaining five, Hollie has undergone the biggest change. She seems smart, takes direction, is polite, has a neat sense of quirky humor, and has a voice destined to be recorded. She reminds me of both Carrie and Kelly in so many respects. What music people would not want to work with her?

Quincy Jones

May 3rd, 2012
12:34 pm

@ Neg’s Take…

You have a great musical insight – you must be a musician or record producer.

I’ve worked with the greats. I agree with you on all except Phillip and Joshua.

Phillip’s growl tone is very annoying – he does not need to sing in this style – it’s forced and seems fake.

Like Joshua’s screaming – it’s like nails across a chalk board but he can learn to reign this in and show more restraint.

Other than those two you are spot on……Q

Mercedes S.

May 3rd, 2012
12:34 pm

I have enjoyed Phillip Phillips since the start, but never saw him as an Idol winner. He’s the kind of guy I’d love to listen to in the background of some nice Savannah dive, (And I love dives.) He’s not that good a singer, and you can only get so far on charm.

Mercedes S.

May 3rd, 2012
12:37 pm

If some of the “church” was taken out of Joshua he coud look forward to a vey nice career after Idol.

I agree with one of the posters above who wrote that Joshua seems uncomfortable with the judges’ and mentors’ hysterical praise.

Mercedes S.

May 3rd, 2012
12:39 pm

Skylar enterted “Idol’s” stage already a finished performer. She has shown different aspects of her country style but never evolved. Nashville will love her, but I doubt she’ll become a singing star outside America.

Quincy Jones

May 3rd, 2012
12:42 pm

@Mercedes S.

I agree..again Joshua needs to show more vocal restraint…Phillip does not have mass appeal and when he sings – it’s like he is trying to sing like someone else…it’s like an act or show….it’s not his real voice.

Mercedes S.

May 3rd, 2012
12:45 pm

As for Jessica… she reminds me of a trained seal and makes me think of Michael Jackson’s sad childhood. Jessica admits she – more likely her family – has posted over 200 videos of herself on YouTube. This is mania beyond that “Friday” girl hysteria! And dressed up as a prosti-tot yet! Yes, Jessica has a fantastic voice when she sings ballads, but I never feel there’s a “there” there. Her uptempo attempts are screamy and unpleasant.

Monique D'Anjou

May 3rd, 2012
12:52 pm

Joshua was extremely good, so good verry good naturel GOOD and the American Idol …and Jessica comend 16 years old real WOW…

Jubie

May 3rd, 2012
12:56 pm

Phillip is going to WIN.

Mercedes S.

May 3rd, 2012
12:57 pm

Questions for Sam-A : “The World contest was in Kurt’s backyard” – meaning what?
“The world is your playground when you’re in your home area” – ditto?

Norwegian Kurt Nielsen is from a tiny country in northern-most Europe and his winning votes came from participating countries far away! I remember that show well; Kurt was one of the last performers to sing, and dressed in that homey blue jean 2-piece and bad haircut, he looked like the troll hiding under a bridge. Then he opened his mouth, showed his horrendous teeth, and sang. Angelic, and beyond anything Susan Boyle managed.

Nana

May 3rd, 2012
1:01 pm

JT: If Phillip wants out now, I wouldn’t think he would want to do the tour. Just saying……

Thanks for replying to my question.

Rodney Ho

May 3rd, 2012
1:23 pm

@Mercedes. You hit it on the mark with Hollie. She is not just a good singer but seems like a good, grounded person who takes direction and criticism well and has been both bold and smart about her song choices. I think something clicked in her about a month ago and she’s been flying high ever since. Will this enable her to win? I still doubt it but her star is rising at a critical time while Phillip jumped off the side of the ship last night. How about that for mixing metaphors?

G

May 3rd, 2012
1:25 pm

Well, Joshua has two levels of competition to worry about WHEN he releases his album.

Level #1 R&B trend setters – Chris Brown, Usher, Neo, Lloyd and Trey Songz

Level #2 Urban Contemporary r&b -Tyrese, Anthony Hamilton, Robin Thicke, John Legend etc.

His success will largely depend upon which market he can cater to. With his level of talent, he will have more flexibility to show off bit of church and vocal gymnastics on Level #2. Unfortunately, the r&b industry of today is much like the Idol mainstream, if not worse. There are very few albums, if any, that let r&b male singers “go to church” on a song. Most r&b albums produce a cool, laid back kind of style. You will not get a chance to see if a singer really has talent until the concert.

G

May 3rd, 2012
1:27 pm

In other words. Josh will not have the flexibililty to sing with as much emotion on an album than what we’re seeing on the show.

Mercedes S.

May 3rd, 2012
1:44 pm

Thanks, RoHo – just statin’ the obvious!
Excited about results tonight.

Neg's Take

May 3rd, 2012
1:56 pm

@ Quincy…

Thanks for the props!

Rodney Ho

May 3rd, 2012
2:03 pm

Can folks remember Idols who seemed to obviously not want to be there anymore? I recall Bo Bice at one point midway through even saying on air that he was ready to go home. But he rallied and finished second.

Rickster

May 3rd, 2012
2:09 pm

Sanjaya
Jason Castro
Chris Sligh

Rickster

May 3rd, 2012
2:11 pm

Maybe Sanjaya & Jason wanted to be there… but “for me” their performances seemed to indicate otherwise.

Rickster

May 3rd, 2012
2:12 pm

Meagan Joy Cawkry seemed to be quite disinterested in the show by the time she was voted off.

Jubie

May 3rd, 2012
2:30 pm

Well gosh folks, according to JLo and Randy now, Joshua hasn’t a thing to worry about. He is the very best singer not only on any AI show ever but any where in the last FIFTY years. I guess it was my imagination that the others I heard that were better.

JTesla

May 3rd, 2012
2:51 pm

Well in Jennifer Lopez’s defense – Joshua is a better singer than she is.

Rodney, as for other people not wanting to be there: I think there have been some where the strain of Idol started to get to them, but it’s hard to say they didn’t want to be there. Unless they make it evident as Chris did, or the others that Rickster mentioned, it’s really a hard thing to call.

Neg's Take

May 3rd, 2012
2:51 pm

@ Jubie….

How insulting to Joshua. He’s clearly the greatest singer of the past 97 gajillion years.The judges suck! ;)

Rickster

May 3rd, 2012
2:58 pm

You know… it’s great that they’ve discovered the greatest singer in the history (or future) of the world.

Since Idol’s dying, and this is going to be its last season… they might as well go out on the highest (screeching) note possible!

Oh.. and we’re all losers who need to get a life.

Jenny

May 3rd, 2012
3:12 pm

Catching up…

Domanion – yes, I do like Hollie’s singing the best. And she’s improving every week in the performance part of it. Remember, Carrie Underwood was wooden on stage too.

Cat – no kidding on your comment to Steven. Josh is OK, but best of all time? No WAY. Are we forgetting Carrie… Kelly… Adam… Katharine… Clay, Ruben, Melinda, Crystal, Haley… (should I continue?)

D – yes, Jessica IS brave! You put your finger on one of the things I like so much about her. :-) She doesn’t back off, ever. (Even though I didn’t like her Proud Mary, she sure went after it. And I did love Turn The Beat Around, which many hated, and was another risky one for her.)

And ditto on Skylar’s tone being unpleasant… to my ears, too. Though I thought she sounded really nice in the beginning of Dusty!! Until the nose came back.

Rickster – I am laughing too hard at your osmosis theory. Good reasoning! And agreed on cutting the performance shows! 2 hours is TOO long. The groups just aren’t needed and don’t add much. Except my husband did note how clearly Hollie sounded the best of the girls! :-) So if it won her some fans, then OK.

But… Phil almost made fun of my second-favorite Righteous Brothers song… grrrrr!! (the original Rock N Roll Heaven is my first fave.) And Nana – I think you’re right on both counts. He didn’t want to sing EITHER the song, OR with Josh.

G at 9:11 a.m. – yet another “Amen”!!!

Hope to finish reading later. :-)

Jenny

May 3rd, 2012
3:20 pm

Harriett… good observation about Phil and the duets with better singers. Oh, and I think it’s “farts and growls”. According to G, anyway. ;-)

Though I think I may have been the first to mention that PP could fart a song and still win. Apparently that has caught on. :-) We even have a new poster who by his/her name may subscribe to that theory.

And Alex! Wow, yes, so right about the “Hallelujah effect”. OK, I will admit something… (ducking and cringing)… I liked Off-Key Lee the week he did Hallelujah. Or, well, I liked the choir anyway. :mrgreen:

Rickster

May 3rd, 2012
3:23 pm

Jenny: “Rickster – I am laughing too hard at your osmosis theory. Good reasoning!”

Thanks, Jenny. I was beginning to wonder if anyone would say anything. I thought it was a brilliant hypothesis!

Jenny

May 3rd, 2012
3:37 pm

JT @10:02 a.m. – my husband said the same thing as your last sentence. If PP stays after last night, the show’s got some real issues. (as I’ve been preaching all season. And I really don’t want to be right.)

USA Today had a great article on exactly that this morning. I’ll try to find and post.

Jenny

May 3rd, 2012
3:44 pm

Here it is:

http://content.usatoday.com/communities/idolchatter/post/2012/05/is-phillip-phillips-in-trouble/1#.T6LfEo6CgfE

I love the last quote: “But if he does go home, then American Idol enters a new era. And, then, it really will be anybody’s game.” Now, I surely know better than to get my hopes up, but I would love, love, love to see the show enter that new era of no WGWGs.

And it’s interesting that they seem to give some credence to both Whatnottosing and DialIdol. Though I think everyone is far too close together this season for DI to show the patterns I’ve previously noticed.

G

May 3rd, 2012
3:46 pm

PP added a burp to his repertoire last night. LOL! I hope justice is served tonight and PP goes home. Bottom 3 alone is not good enough for him.

If PP leaves, it’s long overdue. I think he’ll be relieved.
If Skylar leaves, I’m not surprised based on her performance.
If Jessica leaves, it would be shocking.
If Hollie leaves, it was only a matter of time, and her fan base tapped out.
If Josh leaves, then it’s about as far as we expected a male r&b artist to go anyway.

Sam-A

May 3rd, 2012
3:51 pm

Neg: Perfect summation of the top 5 – I could not agree more!

Mercedes: the contest took place in Europe.

Jenny

May 3rd, 2012
3:57 pm

Oops. Still catching up… found the link and now read that Rickster already posted it. Sorry!

JT quote: The WGWG can drift by with mediocre performances, it is only when there is a huge gap between the WGWG and others that you can hope to get rid of the offender.

“Get rid of the offender!!” If only. Love it!! Though I’m with the crowd who thinks it’s keeping him in.

Rodney – I have had the same thought. Maybe he wants to leave. The poor guy just LOOKS ready to be done. And with good reason, he’s sick! It almost would be smarter for him to step out now, get his health issues resolved, and come back strong for the tour.

If he wanted to, I would certainly hope they’d let him.

Jenny

May 3rd, 2012
3:58 pm

G – a burp? :lol: Dang… I missed it!

Jenny

May 3rd, 2012
4:00 pm

Maybe the burp was because Ryan complained about the farting and having to stand behind him.

:lol: :lol: :lol:

(Disclaimer: JOKING!! Yes, I crack myself up. :-D )

Paul J

May 3rd, 2012
4:01 pm

Everybody deserves to be in the top spot. They were all great. All gave their best. Just keep it up guys.

http://www.advancedpressureandgutter.com

Jenny

May 3rd, 2012
4:16 pm

Finally all caught up. @Pitchy – Bert’s son has been doing that for years! I love it! I hope he’s right…

Dick Lark from this morning – love your cat theory. :-) I now have a mental picture of shiny toys being dangled for the judges to bat at, while gospel runs play in the background….

Oh my gosh, Rickster, and Alex! I LOVE Dancing In The Moonlight! I would actually probably love that by Phil. I still stand by my song choice theory about him… when he did a fave song of mine, Fat Bottomed Girls last week, I really liked him! And Alex, I would’ve liked “I Can Help” too.

Mercedes at 12:30 (and Rodney at 1:23) – I too have kept noticing that about Hollie. She seems to be such a smart, polite, lovely person. Unlike Haley who bristled and sneered at the judges’ constant criticism (although I loved her, and you surely couldn’t blame her)… Hollie takes it in stride so well and so politely. I just hope she’s rewarded by getting a little further, though I don’t have my hopes up.

Oh, and M, here’s a summary of what you missed (only IMO): First song from PP – all melody was surgically removed from The Letter. Skylar – a stomping, strange botching of CCR. Jess – now, you’d have thought Proud Mary was her wheelhouse, but no… a lot of stomping and screaming. I love her, and I hated it.

The duet – Phil and Josh both appeared to think the song was stupid, and proceeded to grin through it. Josh looked apathetic and Phil’s vocals were limited. (And yes, at a dive bar Phil would be great fun to watch!)

Mercedes S.

May 3rd, 2012
4:27 pm

Jenny, thanks for your review of what I missed!
Sam-A, at 3:51 – more info, please. Europe is a continent, not a country!

Michael Slezak has fallen under the Hollie spell:
“‘River Deep, Mountain high” was a study in sublime power vocals. without any unneccessary embellishments. I menam if you’ve got a high-quality, perfectly cooked filet mignon, are you really going to muck it up with horseradish, or ketchup or blue cheese? Similarly, Hollie held back on the melisma and the vibrato and the riffing, delivering a classic melody with heart and soul, while strutting around like the Pied Piperas her backup singers and brass secrion trailed along, trabsfixed. The ‘I love you baby’ breakdown was one of my favorite musical moments of the season, and you can’t really argue with a little flirting interplay with the bongo drummer. Scary opening performance slot be damned, the Liverpool lass might last another week in the competition.”

Mercedes S.

May 3rd, 2012
4:28 pm

sorry about typos

G

May 3rd, 2012
4:35 pm

I can probably agree with you guys on PP in a dive bar. Atlanta has many bars full of PPs that I would probably enjoy. Besides, I would be too drunk to care if he could really sing or not.

Jubie

May 3rd, 2012
4:39 pm

G it will not be surprising if Jessica leaves,she has been voted off once already.

Harriett

May 3rd, 2012
4:41 pm

Time to get out of here. Talk to y’all tonight. Idol, yaaaay!

Jenny

May 3rd, 2012
4:45 pm

Exactly, G. So many dive bars and coffeehouses all over the country… with many, many PPs and Kris Allens to watch.

Jubie

May 3rd, 2012
4:47 pm

I don’t know if Phillip wants to go home. He is sick you know. Maybe he just doesn’t feel well.

Sam-A

May 3rd, 2012
4:56 pm

Mercedes: Didn’t say it was a “country” It’s and AREA. We all pull for our own, .

Rickster

May 3rd, 2012
4:59 pm

In about 4 hours, all the speculation will be moot and we’ll know who goes home tonight.

I’m hoping it’s Phillip. I wonder if Joshua may suffer from a apathy/antipathy backlash where his fans won’t vote ’cause they think there’s no way the best singer in the last 50 years could go home and other singers’ fans flood the lines to protest the effusive and unadulterated praise Joshua received.

I’m just looking forward to the final show.

‘night everyone!

Mercedes S.

May 3rd, 2012
5:00 pm

Ok, got curious after Jenny’s opinion on the Idols I missed so I checked out the perfs. on the website.
Boy, was that an awkward “get your hands off me!” reaction from Joshua on the duet… Jessica’s “Mary” was a sad spectacle, imo, her dress looked like it was painted on and it did NOT make her look “grown up” (JLo), it made her look like a child for sale… Phillip’s “Letter” was a hint of bad PP things to come…not at all the song I remember! Skylar was her usual, stompy self. Don’t care for her voice that much but she’s fun to watch.

Mercedes S.

May 3rd, 2012
5:09 pm

Since I seem to be in a googling mood: looked up World idol so for you, Sam-A:

The contestants came from four countries where English is the main language: USA, Canada, Britain and Australia.

Jubie

May 3rd, 2012
5:12 pm

Oh, and Joshua could well suffer some backlash from those over the top comments from the judges, as may have been the case when Jessica was voted off.

Jenny

May 3rd, 2012
5:12 pm

Night y’all! Will somebody keep us posted with real time updates tonight? I know D has a friend visiting so she may not be able to. I’ll be reading and hoping. :-)

USCLady

May 3rd, 2012
5:15 pm

The best talent went home last week: Elise. So much potential with a flexible voice and likable persona. Next for me is Phillip, but he did not shine last night. Hope he is safe and needs to make it up next week.Therefore…my attention has gone to Hollie. She really stepped it up and could be a big talent as she grows in age and skill. Jessica, pls go home as you are annoying. Joshua is great and could bring R&B back (agree with Randy…). Skylar is good, but not a C&W fan…sounds like a young Reba. It will be interesting to see how they rank tonight.

JTesla

May 3rd, 2012
5:23 pm

Wait, an American took second in an “European contest” (ignoring that it was broadcast worldwide)? Beating out singers from Belgium, United Kingdom, Poland (where it seems to have been very popular), Germany (lots o’ people), and the Netherlands.

I guess World Idol was before my “Idol” time, interesting concept and execution. I do like how it was broadcast worldwide.

Jubie

May 3rd, 2012
5:24 pm

Jessica was bad last night. I’ll go out on a limb and say she is the one leaving tonight.

Mercedes S.

May 3rd, 2012
5:29 pm

Sorry, got distracted, more about World Idol: one contestant from Lebanon, another from South Africa. Rest from the following European countries: the Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Norway, Belgium: all countries with their own distinct language. So no “area” there.

Pitchy

May 3rd, 2012
5:45 pm

Jessica or PP is leaving tonight.

Jenny

May 3rd, 2012
6:02 pm

Pitchy, no, not Private Practice leaving! ;-)

Glenn

May 3rd, 2012
6:10 pm

If you follow dialidol.com, Philip is a goner tonight as he is so far below everyone else he has no shot. To be honest, based on comments from the family, he’s been in such pain, he’s barely able to walk right now, that’s why his songs have been less “active” than normal (he has kidney stones that have to be surgically removed once he’s off the show). Anyone complaining about his song choices need to understand he’s been picking them with that handicap.

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Seth T

May 3rd, 2012
6:15 pm

Dial Idol is wrong more than right – but they did show Colton last when he was eliminated, and now PP is last.

It’s interesting to see how more and more people are now suddenly recognizing Hollie as more than just a tag-along in the competition. Those who bothered to look-up her videos and performances pre-idol and in-between last year and this year – knew that she had some goods to deliver.

With going down to 5, and Elise gone, and doing 2 songs plus a trio — suddenly Hollie became more visible and her talent was better displayed. At 18, she has a lot of room to grow in the business if she pursues it, and doesn’t get sidetracked into other things.

The oddsmakers still show Hollie as the most likely elimination tonite – but that was a pre-performance line – so things may change.

Whoever is eliminated, there will be many rants at this point.

Last year when Durbin went-out at 4th, I had predicted his elimination and explained why he would go – on another blog site, not this one. A lady on that blog figured I must be the one of those who helped get him eliminated, and went on a 12 post rant directed at me, and how stupid Americans are—– guess she thought I should give metal a chance:)

Pitchy

May 3rd, 2012
6:24 pm

Every time I see PP, I think of Private Practice. It was sooooo good last night.

bknsty14

May 3rd, 2012
6:27 pm

I wish Pete would leave, not because I hate Pete, but because I hate Violet.

MerleK3

May 3rd, 2012
6:31 pm

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MerleK3

May 3rd, 2012
6:33 pm

The way things have happened in the past, I almost don’t want my favorite to win! It seems more of the stars from idol did not win.

Pitchy

May 3rd, 2012
6:44 pm

I prefer they don’t win getting them away from the umbrella of AI. Although they’re under there to some extent, a half working umbrella in this case is better than a full working umbrella.

Pitchy

May 3rd, 2012
6:46 pm

I’ll check back in later.

mambo

May 3rd, 2012
8:39 pm

Phillip will one day launch whatever it is that makes him grunt, stain and grimace. When it happens, run for your life!

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