There won’t be a country “Idol” winner two years in a row.
Why? Skylar Laine is going home after 60 million votes.
The Missisippi teen-ager possessed a valley full of poise and stage presence galore. Her very Reba-like country twang, though, didn’t turn everyone on.
Her problem last night is she did well but it was neither her best nor worst week. This meant her supporters were not overly inspired to vote for her as hard as others. Some may have assumed she was safe or that they didn’t feel she NEEDED the votes if she had done poorly (like Phillip Phillips.)
Hollie Cavanagh, after one of her best weeks to date, still landed in the bottom two. I think this is her fifth trip in the bottom – yet survived.And despite his worst week to date, Phillip didn’t even fall in the bottom two though it seems he really wants to go home, given his kidney stone issue. Heck, he skipped the Ford ad again.
Jessica Sanchez pleased her fans and survived. Ditto with Joshua Ledet.
I actually called this one right, the first time I’ve done so since Heejun Han, which wasn’t a tough call.
Jimmy Iovine’s comments:
Joshua: “Joshua’s performance is going to be tough to beat. Just fantastic. When he sang ‘To Love Somebody,” the sky opened. To me, that was the best performance this year. He learned the song in 15 minutes, rearranged it. It sounds like he sang it for 30 years. Stevie Van Zandt was floored. Of course, Joshua is safe. [The judges] are right. He is greatness.”
Hollie: “This is a critical week for Hollie. She needed a game changer. I think she did it with ‘River Deep, Mountain High.” She approached it like a pop girl and paid homage to Tina Turner. It’s the most believable I’ve seen her. [The second song.] Was it magical? No.”
Phillip: “The way he’s feeling now, most people would quit. He’s that strong a personality. This week, I think he did two very bland songs. I feel Phillip has been coasting. He should be in the bottom two but he has so many assets for so many weeks, that he probably won’t be.” (He got that right!)
Skylar: “She’s a fighter. She suits up and shows up every night. [First song.] She had great energy with ‘Unfortunate Son.’ I wish she had understood the lyrics a little better. They are very very powerful. But she sang it really live and it was exciting. [Second song] It had Nashville but it had Vegas and Broadway in it… it was very strange for me. It didn’t have the darkness that Dusty Springfield had.”
Jessica: “You are So Beautiful” was magnificent. But yesterday with ‘Proud Mary’ was a travesty. That dress was too mature for her. It turned into burlesque. Stylists, what are you doing? You’re torpedoing this girl. Jessica’s was too mature, too racy. That’s going to hurt her.”
Check out video from the show.
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk