'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.
Missed the creativity of DeAndre on the show. His voice was unique.
Jessica, Joshua and Hollie were great!
Jessica is on another level!
Jimmy is obnoxious.
America this isn't a style show whats difference what they wear, it's the voice that counts. The judges have the experience why shouldn't they have an opinion. What a shocking disappointment on America's choicing this week. This
is talent, nothing else should be concerned.
America what a disappointment in your voting this week. This isn't a style show, it's talent, what difference does it make what they have on or they're color. The judges have the experience and should voice their opinions. They I'm sure have their favorites as we do, that's the name of the game. Goes back to talent, and
they all have it, I wouldn't want to be a judge with this group. I too have watched from the beginning of airing and they all have come a long way due to everyone's critics.
Jashua and Elise were the best , I thought, last night.
Don't know who will go home, but Hollie may be the one--although, I was not impressed with Skylar.
but, I never pick the ones that others like--so--it's anybody.
after last night i think it is rigged . i look at something called dialidol...(this is rarely off by who is in bottom 3 why i beleive it should of been elise ).. i know its not accurate but it clearly had elise going home ...which is who should of been going home . looking at how the separated them last ngiht was rediculas . u had holly (who i love ) on 1 side and elise on other both in bottom for what 3 weeks now ? both thinking oh lord . and when elise went on jess side i bet she thought for sure she was safe . and poor holly thought omg im going home ... that was pure wrong of them to do that . then to make it lok worse there was the race thing on the going home side .. not happy bout that .and people are right about them treating holly so poorly . that poor girl doesnt get half the credit she deserves .cant figure out why ..josh screams and i like colton . and for some reason ppl like skyler ,, why i dont know . dont u all think we have enough hillybilly country in this era ?? she will be like a kelly pickler who will make records thaet no one will know or heard of .
ok, M.C., but did you notice Dream-crusher agreed with me on last night's bottom 2?---Holly and Phil?
J-H got in 2 funny lines about T-ball trophies and hallucinogens...ha
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...
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!"
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!!!