A Three-fer

Tonight is “threes” night.  Three contestants, three songs, three judges.  The judges get to pick round one, the contestants chose their own fate in round two, and Jimmy picks round three.

1. JOSHUA LEDET

I’d Rather Be Blind by Etta James 

Randy chose this song for him which was an excellent fit.  He appeared to show more control than we have seen in recent weeks, where he just ripped the head off the songs in a down and dirty way.  The control and phrasing were done like a pro, and save for a few sharp notes, the pitch was great, as well.  He is off to a great start!

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2. JESSICA SANCHEZ

My All by Mariah Carey 

Weeeellll…I was not a fan of her on this song at all.  The song never peaked, it sounded too challenging for her, especially in a week of learning three songs and hometown visits.  I don’t fault her, because she gave it her best go.  (I mean honestly, J. Lo, I’d love to hear your best shot at this one…)

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California Dreamin’ (Top 4)

After Miss Skylar’s untimely ouster last week, each of these kids needs to prove they deserve to be here.

Tonight’s theme is California and Songs You Wish You’d Written.  Didn’t they already do inspirational songs week.  Running out of themes, Uncle Nigel?

1. PHILLIP PHILLIPS

Have You Ever Seen The Rain by CCR 

Two weeks in a row Idol rocks the CCR.  For Phillip, he seems so awkward without his guitar.  I can’t imagine he would ever perform without it in the real world.  I’m glad he mentioned in his video package that Time of the Season was a rough go last week.  This was much better than that, even though it was kind of awkward.

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2. HOLLIE CAVANAUGH

Faithfully by Journey 

I really wanted to like this song for her, but she didn’t show any range and her runs are way too calculated.  She needed to (in the words of Randy Jackson) SLAY it.  And I don’t think this song did it for her.  Technically proficient (per usual), but not her moment.

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Top 5 Performances: Daffodils and Crustaceans

Tonight is essentially a throwback night.  Round 1 is the 60s then round two is Brit Pop.  Which considering that British Invasion happened in the 60s there will be some serious overlap.  Mentors?  Steven Van Zandt, aka Little Stevie from the E Street Band.  Rockin!

1. HOLLIE CAVANAUGH


River Deep Mountain High
by Tina Turner 

This was the most fun we’ve seen her have on this stage.  It may not have been as good as my beloved Glee version with Santana and Mercedes, but I agree with JLo that it was great to see her lead a production and have the stage presence to handle a song like that.  She’s making progress!

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2. PHILLIP PHILLIPS

The Letter by The Boxtops 

Whelp, this was absolutely not my favorite version of this song.  I am also annoyed that he said “she done wrote me a letter.”  It just lost any of the hook the song was supposed to have.  I will not be humming this one tomorrow.  Meh. (Also, how does JLo not know “The Letter”??)

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A Killer [Queen] Top 6

We kick off the night with a Wednesday night medley!  A Queen medley with Roger Taylor and Brian May … Sah-weet!  This was pretty awesome and definitely one of my fave medleys of the season.

1. JESSICA SANCHEZ

Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen 

I’m not gonna lie, I loved her voice on that song!  She sang the crap out of it, and had complete control the entire time.  Many have attempted that song on idol, and I would venture to say she is one of the best (if not, THE best.)  Maybe she needs to rock out more often.

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2. SKYLAR LAINE

The Show Must Go On by Queen 

Finally some non-twang from this girl!  This was a great, belty powerhouse performance, and I loved that she went up there and put everything on the table.  It showed some versatility, and that she is truly equal parts rock and country.  There were a few weird notes at the bottom of her range that weren’t on point, but it was not bothersome for me to complain about it.

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Top 7 Redux

 

Holy crap, everyone is singing twice!  That is 14 performances in a two-hour episode.  Man, Nigel is taking notes finally, huh?  I think it is making up for the season with Kara and Ellen where there were 14 minutes of singing in two hours.

Anyway, the theme for tonight is “Then and Now” – The first song will be post 2000, and the second is…Soul Train?  Should be interesting.

1. HOLLIE CAVANAUGH

Rolling In The Deep by Adele 

Honestly this was one of her best performances.  Was it as moving as Skylar or Jessica?  Not quite.  Being in the dead man’s spot she is going to be in trouble no matter what.

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2. COLTON DIXON

Bad Romance by Lady Gaga

I sort of loved this arrangement.  I understand that it might rub people the wrong way, but I loved the arrangement and the take on this.  The performance itself, however, was just ok.  It wasn’t his best, but he definitely gets points for creativity.

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Songs since we’ve known Lee DeWyze (Top 7)

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The theme is: Songs from the last 2.4 years, a.k.a. the covert mission to prevent Hollie from singing any Celine Dion this week. Nice work on that Uncle Nigel! The kids are singing their performance, plus doing either a duet or trio. Gotta fill this two-hour time slot with something, huh? I can’t complain, at least they are filling it with more singing rather than product placement for something.

1. SKYLAR LAINE


Didn’t You Know
by Kellie Pickler

I think this was a SMART choice for her. She pulled off an unknown song that could be hers. She played the guitar (not loud and it was basic chords, but it didn’t matter) and it showed versatility. Oh yeah, and she sang the crap out of it. Everything about it worked, and she gets props from me!

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2. COLTON DIXON

Love the Way You Lie by Skylar Grey

I am on the Colton Bandwagon,and I know I get crap for this. But this was a TOTAL SNOOZEFEST. I wanted to like it, but I was just bored…If this was a game changer, it wasn’t shooting him towards the finale. He sang it alright, and I like his voice and his tone, but it was just meh.

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80s NIIIIIGHT!

 

It’s 80’s night!  I have been waiting for this for a long time…great decade for music (although Steven acknowledged he wasn’t very present during that decade!)

1. DEANDRE BRACKENSICK


I Like It
by Debarge 

I wasn’t throwing my undergarments on stage as J Lo appeared ready to do, but he seemed to be more endearing this week than last.  He is in the dead man’s spot, though.  That is pretty much guaranteed bottom three.  And while I think he should lay off the false, Ryan should definitely not try the false again.

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2. ELISE TESTONE

I Want To Know What Love Is by Foreigner 

OMG Elise gets the full on gospel choir. Did she steal them from Joshua? I agree with Steven, that it wasn’t really the right song choice for her.    Maybe a different Foreigner song?  I don’t agree with Randy that she was out of pitch.  She sounded on point to me.  It is true it was not her voice.  But come on…save Elise!

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