I have a feeling that tonight is going to be the least surprising results show in a while. First place is essentially wrapped up (Enter: white boy with guitar.) Fourth place is wrapped up (Enter: not-well-defined white girl with big voice.) So I am pretty much looking forward to next week which will determine who will sing along side Phillip in the finale.
Uncle Nigel clearly decided to embrace the major voting demographic of this show by bringing throngs of teenage girls clad in Forever 21 on stage as “paparazzi” (sans camera flashes) during the introductions.
California Dreamin by The Mamas and The Papas
The Forever 21 girls hung on stage during the appropriate group number for the remaining gender mix. Unfortunately, the vocal was male dominant, and it was no surprise that Joshua carried the vocals. Too bad the ladies couldn’t get more involved.
Feeling So Good by Jennifer Lopez
On par with the goal of extra J Lo pimping, the Ford commercial soundtrack (featuring a new electric vehicle?) was a J Lo number. I quite enjoyed the little “making of” video before the actual video, and would love to see more behind the scenes videos like this in the future. Also, did anyone else notice Phillip’s absence? Maybe he and Jimmy are already working on his coronation song.
The Last Song I’ll Write For You by David Cook
Oh Mr. Cook. Remember when I watched you win? Then saw you sing with Ms. Underwood? So nice to see you again. Aside from a few bum notes, this was a good performance, and a nice, radio friendly song. I wish he would have gotten a post-performance chat with Ryan.
Joshua: Jimmy didn’t love his rendition of You Raise Me Up. But his Man’s World he thought was EPIC.
Jessica: Jimmy thought her Steal Away was too copycat, but her Dreamgirls song was awesome.
GUEST JUDGE PERFORMANCE
Dance Again by Jennifer Lopez
I wonder if Jen’s contract stipulates the number of minutes she must be featured in the results show throughout the season? I mean, it was sort of hot, there was confetti, whatever. I don’t know if this was done live (maybe?) but there was definitely lip syncing. Understandably, with all of the bombastic dancing, there wasn’t enough oxygen left for singing.
Ryan hands out three round-trip tickets plus a lone one-way. Tonight, Jessica, Joshua, and Phillip get booked on the roundtrip flights, while poor Hollie gets a one-way ticket to Texas. So much for complete domination from the Idol Belt.
HEADING HOME TONIGHT: HOLLIE CAVANAUGH
Well I can’t say it wasn’t overdue. It was. In fact, Hollie should have headed home two weeks ago instead of Elise. Then last week instead of Skylar. So she squeezed out a few more performances, which honestly, she needed to have more than those two previous one-way ticket holders. However, she still never succeeded in telling me what kind of music she would make after the show. I “get” everyone in the top 8… except her. She needs to work extra hard and hopefully she hooks up with a great management team that can help her thrive in this cut-throat industry.
So Jessica, Joshua, and Phillip head home. And next week we find out who will be competing with Phillip in the Ph-inale (You see? Phillip+Finale? NO? Not so much? Ok, glad I got that out of my system.)
So were you surprised tonight? Totally expected? Let me know in the comments!