'American Idol' Recap: Diva in the House
Jessica Sanchez 'slays the biggest fish' while Joshua Ledet continues to impress
By Carla Patton
The top 7 are singing songs from this decade this week on "American Idol." And what a decade it's been! These last two and a half years have been legendary in the music business, no? But more importantly, this theme gives the top 7 an opportunity to show what type of artists they'd be if they were to get a record contract but no time machine. How can they handle the hits of today? Is there a place for soul artists like Joshua Ledet?
To be fair, Skylar Laine had a very adorable hometown and "Grandpaw." Skylar has chosen Kellie Pickler's "Didn't You Know How Much I Loved You." Akon, allegedly, was like, "Yo," when she sang. Skylar offered to play the guitar while she sings this week, and Jimmy said not to do it if it would hold her back because it's not about how many tricks anyone can do. But she's out there with the guitar! I haven't heard this song, but I like it now. If another former contestant can do it, why not Skylar?
Um, can we discuss how Colton Dixon is from a town called Murfreesboro? I like him more already. Jimmy told Colton that he's behind Phillip, which he hated. Colton has chosen to sing Skylar Grey's "Love the Way You Lie" and declares it will be a game changer for him. I don't think you get to declare that, Colton. He sounds a little better than he did in rehearsal, sitting at that white piano. The high notes just weren't floating right, though. I think it will keep him safe this week, but it wasn't a game changer. Colton feels great about it, and the judges seemed to like it, too. This performance -- and his reaction to it -- cancelled out any favor he gained from me being from Murfreesboro. You don't get to say how well it went, Colton! We get to decide!
Oh, no. Dream Team Phillip and Elise are singing "Somebody That I Used to Know" by Gotye, and I'm nervous. This song is right on the cusp of being overplayed, and I still want to like it when all is said and done. Phillip isn't so into the song, but I like the dynamic this clip package is showing between them. It made me like Phillip a lot more. This performance does, too. It's hot! I don't like what they did with the chorus, though. It got too spooky. Is this a Tim Burton-inspired backdrop?
I think they took some of the power and emotion out of the chorus by falling off the end of all the notes and swinging into the next ones. And, naturally, I prefer any rendition with Matt Bomer in it. Randy and Jennifer crowned Elise the winner of this round, and so did Phillip.
Why are fans of Jessica Sanchez called Blue Jays? I must be missing something. Jessica chose the not so popular "Stuttering" by Jazmine Sullivan. Akon wants to steal Jessica Sanchez, but he'll have to wait with everyone else until she either wins or is eliminated. Things are opening up for Jessica! Diva, werk. Jessica manages to sit on the piano and not make it cheesy. I am not familiar with this song, either, but it sounds like it's a good choice for Jessica. And she's making me like it. Ooh, it gave me emotions. Randy thought she slayed the biggest fish of the night. It was so good he's mixing metaphors. Jennifer predicts that Jessica Sanchez will be taking us on a ride, and she wants something even more impactful. Jessica, the fish/whale-slayer. "Not that we want to take down a whale," Ryan noted, doing some quick "Idol" PR.
Joshua Ledet just had a birthday, and he's in another white suit jacket. For his 20th birthday, Fantasia Barrino wished "Mantasia" a happy birthday. He loved it! He is just too cute. He's singing "Runaway Baby" by Bruno Mars this week to give us a change of pace. Good! I approve of this. The arrangement is super fun, and I'm glad this isn't just a ballad night. Joshua is having fun with it, and I think he might have it in him to take it further than last season's Jacob Lusk. It's not too gospel-y, I don't think. I like his pink socks. The judges were ecstatic.
For whatever reason, Colton Dixon is being shoved into another country duet with Skylar Laine. I understand wanting to make the girls look good this season, but this just seems blatant. Country is not right for Colton, even though he's from Tennessee. They're singing "Don't You Wanna Stay" by Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson. So, people think they're dating? I never got that. I will say this for Colton: He can hold his own next to Skylar, and he can own the camera like no one else this season. The chemistry is getting weird between them as they duet and simultaneously work hard to convince us that they are not into each other. They wouldn't even look each other in the eye. Colton sounded good on this one, and Skylar sounded natural, since the song favored her anyway. Randy thought it was "just OK." No one was declared the winner by the judges, but I'll say it: Colton!
Uh, oh. Hollie Cavanagh is taking on "Perfect" by P!nk. She pronounces the word, "pehfect," because she has fans in Liverpool, too! Akon and Jimmy seem confident. Hollie is still insecure, though, as she tells us she wants Jimmy to call her a professional as he has done with pretty much every other contestant left. At least her skirt is made of Muppet. They slowed down the song and drained it of its rock 'n' roll. I don't care for this arrangement. This song is way more exciting, usually. Why do they keep doing this to her song choices? "You look beautiful tonight," Jennifer tells her, getting the comments off to a bad start. No standing ovation for you, Hollie. "It kinda laid there a little bit for me," Steven admitted. It got very quiet, probably because everyone's taking a quick nap before the next duet. Even Ryan gave his own little comment: "Well, it was definitely stronger than last week." Ouch!
Isn't Phillip Phillips's father, Phillip Phillips Sr., so cute? What's up, P2 Sr! Confusingly, Phillip is singing "Give a Little More" by Maroon 5. Phillip also doesn't care about being pitted against Colton because "Colton's a good guy." Do you know you're in a competition, Phillip? Or are you just kind of hanging out wondering why so many of your friends are going home each week? This is the Dave Matthews Band arrangement of a Maroon 5 song, but at least this marks the return of my favorite "American Idol" recurring character: Saxophone Lady!
It was great in the moment for Phillip, and I would love to hear it at an outdoor concert. But I feel like he's not changing enough. Steven noted that with each week we can hear more melody and words from Phillip. Yes, both good things! Melody! Words! Jennifer felt like she'd seen this performance before, and I'm proud of her for saying that. He's such a nice guy, though.
Hollie and Joshua are BFFs, and I guess Jessica is just a third wheel in this trio. They're singing "Stronger" by Kelly Clarkson, and the girls sounded absolutely terrible walking fast and singing in the beginning. Is this just a song that people don't sound good on? It was weak, and the contestants seemed tired and downtrodden. Hollie looked distracted. This was just a throwaway performance. Oh, and then to assert her dominance as the female diva this season, Jessica outdid Hollie in the runs over the top of the chorus.
To close out the night in the pimp spot, Elise Testone is singing Lady Gaga's "You and I." She should get a better response this season, now that the song is more popular. Look at that outfit. It is epic. She got a personal message from Jason Segel, which was odd. He's a personal friend of Ryan Seacrest, you see. Elise has the best friends, I think -- like that one who made the instructional video on how to vote for her. Elise wanted to start out playing the drums, which was a crazy Reed Grimm idea. You are not Reed, Elise. Thank God.
I will have to go back and re-watch Haley's performance last season, but I feel like I prefer it. Elise flips around on the note a bit too much for my liking. She's getting desperate, nervous. She lost some of the pitch in there, too. I've been an Elise fan in the past, but I think she's slowly losing the hold she once had on things.
"Elise is back!" Randy shouts, tiredly. He needs to end the show on a high note, I suppose. Jennifer liked it, too, calling Elise a "closer," and Steven said it was genius. Maybe I'm just ... hungry?
What did you think of Wednesday night's performances?
"American Idol" airs Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on FOX.
To really fix this, it is easy:
They should make it so that you vote for the one to go home, not the one you think is best.
I doubt very few people actually thought that Jesscia sang the worst.
Come on people...why are you taking it out on Jessica... it's not her fault? I was also shocked to see Joshua in the bottom three...Those kids didn't deserve that...it's like they are being punished for having a gift.
Be honest...the bottom three are the ones that do have the strong voices...they all have talent or they wouldn't be there...but the only way to stop this ridiculous voting is to only allow one vote per person.
It's nice to vote for the underdog....but this is not a football game.
All I'm saying is... just be fair!!!!
Wow-how shameful of the judges to rush - i mean storm - on stage before Jessica finished singing her save song to tell America who the winner should be (Jessica) while telling all candidates and all entertainers ...Jessica is the best singer in America- ever. Really Randy??? Definitely not in my opinion - there are many entertainers that are far better singers than Jessica - i.e. Adele...and in my opinion Skylar has the total package - voice, stage presence and personality. I thought the judges were supposed to be impartial at his point. And Ryan needs to stop asking the contestants (very uncomfortale for them) AND the judges if America got it right when we cast our votes - its up to America to decide Ryan.
Jennifer, Randy and Steven each owe a public (and hopefully sincere) apology to EACH contestant and to America for their disrespectful actions and biased opinions. Next Wednesday show would be a good time judges. If they apologize, I might continue to be an Idol viewer. Good luck to all the contestents - in spite of the bias of the judges, you all are very talented singers in your own unique way and I applaud each one of you for your hard work and dedication in pursuing your dream. Keep up the good work!!!
After re watching the last Idol show I figured out the fact that Jessica of course is a great singer but when Jimmy and Neo were talking..Neo said..Lets take her..Can't we take her...Id love to take her on tour. She will not win and probably already has a contract in the works....She can make much more money if she leaves idol and signs a contract for several albums up front. You watch....the best always gets voted out close to the end...
First of all...talent will outlive anyone. That being said...the ones standing on the right...namely, Joshua, Jessica are the best singers there....Phil is also great as well as Skylar....but no else there can sing Whitney Houston better than Jessica.
....After seeing Jessica sing Houston like that...there is no competition. But please don't start playing with viewers emotions.....You told us to vote our fav....mine was Elise....Every week it is a new competition....Don't lie and say the votes are in bla bla bla...Whoever the judges like will win. Wow..This show is past its usefulness.
Wow - you saved Jessica in a fashion that showed definite favoritism! All singers but Jessica had to sing "for their Life" You judges can't see the writing on the wall - nobody does not like to be told who to vote for - after they went on and on about we know you vote for your favorites -
i will be dam that i listen to you judges who already have your mind made up and play so transparent favoritism instead of really coaching - that includes that idiot jimmie!
i will never watch this show again based on the behavior of last night - it was disgusting and i feel so badly for the other contestants - Ryan you also need to get off - RUTHLESS - no wonder this country has bullies!
Let's face it Jessica and Joshua are great singers. But the music they pick is for 40 to 50 year olds like me. I prefer these younger kids sing songs closer to there era. Hollie does not sing quite as well but she sings songs to a younger audience and they are the ones that vote and text. Colton is a rock star and has my vote to win it all!!!!!
GOSH RANDY ...JENNIFER...........STEVEN.
AMERICA DIDN'T LIKE JESSICA.
DON'T TELL ME TO VOTE AND THEN DISREGUARD MY OPINION!!!
DOESN'T THAT MAKE YA'LL BULLIES????
SHE NEEDS TO WORK ON HER "I'M BETTER THAN ANYONE ELSE "ATTITUDE
Randy then chimed in.
"We are saving Jessica, without any doubt. Let me just say this. For myself, Steven and Jennifer, this girl is one of the best singers in America! Ever!" he said. "Are you kidding me? Please everybody... Please vote for the best, it's about finding the best. I mean, come on!"
jessica's save was NO PROBLEM as that is what the judges can do. ALL OTHER ELIMINATED singers had to sing a complete song. however LONG PAUSE the lack of class of the judges to run up on stage justa huffin anda puffin lacked class. randys diatribe was uncalled for - and if u saw the faces of the others i am sure they were shocked - SHE IS ONE OF THE BEST SINGERS IN AMERICA .... EVER (listen to the video). so what are the chart toppers thinking of his statement???? if i was a contestant and heard that, i would be packing my bags and giving the finger to the show.
it aint jessica's fault so leave her alone
Now that the judges used their SAVE , Jessica can be in the bottom 3, again, this coming week- and she cannot be saved.
This whole thing had an odor to it. Never have the 3 most popular been in this position--maybe one or two but NEVER the 3.
Very disappointed in how the judges acted when Jessica was eliminated by America voters -they were disrespectful and downright mean to the other six very qualified and talented contestents. I lost a lot of respect for Jennifer and Randy. I could feel Jessica thinking..."but I am the best..I've worked my whole life for this...why was I eliminated??" I would not buy Jessica's music - she bores me and has zero personality with an I'm better than you attitude. Hopefully she will be gone next week when there are no saves. I love Skylar - what a genuine personality she has and puts so much feeling and emotion into her songs, and has shown that even though she's county, she can sing many different genres. Holly has an amazing voice but the judges have been unfairly harsh and mean to her...she's much better than Jessica in my opinion. I love Elise and her duets with Phillip. Judges - this is not your contest - back off and let America voters speak!!
I just can't believe how they treat Holly all these weeks, she sings beautiful and every time the judges put her down, specially Steve!!!! don't know what is wrong with him, Holly is so sweet..... Jessica thinks she deserves the world and yes she feels like she is the best and she is not. Did not like the way the judges reacted last night, and how they made feel the other contestants...so mean! I hope America votes Jessica off!!!!! don't like her anymore, her attitude last night was so fake!!! hate it so much!!! Too bad Simon left!!!!! he was honest and best judge ever!!!. My vote from now on will go to Holly and Skyler!!! love them! Judges you are making America change their minds on who to vote for!! stop the stupid attitude, grow up!!!!