'American Idol' Recap: Hollie Climbs Back
Hollie Cavanagh stages a comeback while Ryan Seacrest battles sickness
By Carla Patton
The name of the game on "American Idol" this week is Queen, followed by Contestant's Choice. Please pretend I said that in a roller-rink deejay voice then played the "Ghostbusters" song.
Ryan Seacrest tells us that this stage has housed "no less than two shocking results." He doesn't think we can take much more -- not if we continue to consume red meat in this way. For me, it has been more than two shocks. I am shocked just by Jennifer's crazy C-3PO's sexy girlfriend look tonight. Can I handle 10 performances on this night? I am too weak!
I am also shocked that Randy, not Ryan, is narrating this introduction to Queen. Did Randy insist that he be the voice of definitive music knowledge and connections? Two dudes from Queen stopped by to counsel (very effectively, I might add!) the top 6 contestants before taking on their music. Man, they are cool.
Roger Taylor and Brian May are playing with the top 6 as they sing a medley of Queen songs. They started with a soulless version of "Fat Bottomed Girls," and then we got a preview of who might do well with this song catalog as they took turns on "Another One Bites the Dust." As I'd hoped, Skylar is doing really well, and Phillip and Elise are doing as well as we had expected. Joshua is a bit out of place, and Jessica is just flat out annoying me on this night, growling out her part of "We Will Rock You." She's just being all 16-years-old about it, you know? I have no thoughts on Hollie during this medley, except "nice pantsuit."
Did Elise mess up when she went to "of the woooorrrrrrld" early on "We Are the Champions"? No matter. I was happy to see Roger Taylor and Brian May just slaying away up there, not caring that these teenagers don't have the life experience to make these songs personal, as they'd suggested.
Allegedly, Ryan Seacrest is ailing in this episode. So, that's why he's sitting on a stool to introduce Jessica Sanchez, singing "Bohemian Rhapsody." All right, Jessica. Where is my color and why did you turn into the great and powerful Oz? It was all right, not as exciting as this song can be, and she didn't get to the fun stuff ("Galileo, Galileo!").
Steven said rock isn't Jessica's forte, but she was still good. Jennifer thought the vocal was beautiful but not so much on the "rock" performance. Randy actually loved it and appreciated the restraint. Randy's pin says, "Yo"! You been reading my diary, Randy? Ryan, please don't touch the contestants. We can't have another Hollywood Week-level epidemic on our hands.
Ryan does not look well, and this is my new obsession for the night. Can he make it?
Skylar Laine sings next, performing "The Show Must Go On." Skylar could really sing any Queen song, and I would enjoy it. She has the edge necessary to take these songs on. She is doing a good job with this song, but I would prefer just a hint more drama. She seems a little tired. But the show must go on, Skylar! It picked up toward the end for a satisfying conclusion. Steven loved it. The droid hooker of Tatooine got goosies, and Randy declared that Skylar's gotta have it. Whatever that means. I think Skylar won the medley, though, for what it's worth.
Joshua Ledet is singing "Crazy Little Thing Called Love," which is an interesting choice for him. I think "Somebody to Love" would have been much better for him, but I guess he has to have fun this week to show some personality. Joshua is great. There is no denying that, but I don't know that this was the right fit for him. It's almost like his voice was too big for the song? The judges rose to their feet, though, so I guess it was good! Randy says Joshua is "so ready" and he loved it. Someone get me that "Yo" pin before I rip it off that powder-blue suit jacket. Jennifer says the Joshua part of the show is her favorite part, which could be the kiss of death for him. Steven thought it was fantastic. I think it was fun, but no one asked me.
Ryan is back on his feet! Could this be a moment of recovery before a Spanish flu-like fall? Stay tuned.
Elise Testone chose "I Want It All" and a red tambourine to play. It doesn't make her seem less nervous or self-conscious, though. I think this competition's got her in her head. This is the right Elise, though -- rocking out, in front of a band. This could keep her around another week, I'd reckon! Steven said this was the right song choice for her. Jennifer said Elise was in her element, and Randy said, "What a night so far!" Are the judges over Elise? I'm not sure. This was the right song, though. Randy called it one of Elise's best performances to date, and I agree.
Phillip Phillips is singing "Fat Bottomed Girls." Yes! This is what I wanted. I love this song, and I think Phillip can have some fun with it. And look at him, wearing oatmeal instead of gray! It is predictably delightful and didn't sound like the same performance he usually delivers -- a nice change of pace from Phillip Phillips. It was a bit too short, but I was also worried about his head exploding, so it worked out.
He was a little below the note, so I'm not sure it ever got there, but it was fun. Steven liked it, Jessica loves the "different flavors" of Phillip (Fifty Shades of Grey). Randy liked it but didn't love it. It's time for Phillip to get some tough love around here, I reckon.
Closing out the Queen songs, Hollie Cavanagh is singing "Save Me." Does that mean this entire show is closing with "The Climb"? But I'm getting ahead of myself. I had no idea they made pantsuits that small. I think "Save Me" is an appropriate choice for Hollie, who could be on the cusp again this week. It was going well, but her voice cracked at a key moment toward the end. She recovered nicely, and I think she was really feeling the emotions of the song this time. Good work, Hollie. Steven liked it. Jennifer is having trouble telling Hollie to marry robot, good singer Hollie with emotional, sometimes cracking Hollie.
Jennifer declares Skylar the winner of Round 1, and Randy offered that Hollie needs to step it up and that Elise and Joshua were also great. Then Steven reflected on the "new voice today," what with the Internets and the fancy microphones.
Round 2: Personal Choice
The top 6 is confused about Hollie Cavanagh's accent. She's part Texas, part English. They seem to like her, though. I do not like that she's singing "The Climb" by Miley Cyrus. People need to stop acting like this song is good. Maybe Hollie can make it good. She definitely sang it better than Miley, but the song is still just OK. God, her vocal clarity is so insane. For whatever reason, the judges and audience rose to their feet at the end of the song. I mean, it was good. But this song is not a good song! A triumph for Hollie, though, I suppose. Randy declared that Hollie is back.
What do you think of Wednesday night's performances?
"American Idol" airs Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on FOX.
DMT2011.... thanks. i hate todays artists getting credit for songs.
Michael......Jimmy mentioned in the preview before Joshua sang it that it was originally a Harry Nilsson song. BUT... lets give true credit.
Surprisingly, not Harry Nilsson who had a #1 hit with it in 1971.
The song was written a year earlier on Welsh band Badfinger's album 'No Dice'. The song was originally named 'If it's Love' but band members Pete Ham and Tom Evans who were the songwriting band members, thought the verse was not strong enough. They re-wrote it and the resulting track on the final draft for the album was 'Without You'.
SOOOOOOOOOOO even jimmy I. is WRONG!
I thought Elise "slayed" both songs last night! She did such an amazing job, especially with the Hendrix song. It disappoints me that the judges can't see what talent she has and yet, they sing the praises of Phillip, who I think is just EH. Yes, he's got the looks and he's got the stage presence, but I don't believe his voice is that great. I agree with others in saying the judges have their faves. That's ok, but they shouldn't make it sooooo obvious. It probably makes the others in the competition feel uncomfortable. Personally, I'd hope Elise doesn't get in the bottom three again. I'd like to see Jessica go home. She's got a great voice, but her stage presence isn't there, probably because of her age. Whatever happens, I wish them all luck as they're probably all going to get contracts!
STILL don't see what you people think about Skylar. She is mediocre at best.
Send Jessica and Joshua home. I don't like Phillip, but you can keep him. I think Skylar can do better with some rock as well as country western, and Elise should sing some Joplin or Heart. Holly has a great voice. She just has to find what she relates to: if it's show tunes or Broadway, she is in the wrong contest. I can see her as Rachel on Glee. The judges have got to stop the standing "O"S" for Joshua, it is getting to look really stupid. Just wondering why why why they are pushing Joshua soooooo much???? And Jessica is boreing!!!!!
The standing O's for Joshua will backfire and he won't be in the finals. It's ridiculous how biased they are towards him when clearly there are better and more talented singers on Idol.
And whats up with the crazy gold getup JLo was wearing? Does she know the 80s are never coming back?
Phillip Phillips will be a huge star whether or not he wins "Idol". He has more talent than all the other contestants put together!
I watch and vote every week so I feel justified in putting in my opinion. Joshua is too screechy and bible yelling for me. He sings the same kind of songs. I could not listen to a whole CD of him. Standing Os for him when he had not changed or make the song his own, so overrated.
Elise, when she is singing the right song, is perfect. Step it up Elise....
Phillip has been my favorite since the tryouts. I like that he picks his own clothes and is so himself. He has been getting the big songs done each week with wonderful results. He deserves to win. I can see myself listening to his whole CD.
Phillips worst night but still one of the best talents, I think Josh is overrated
could not imagine sitting and listening to a whole CD of his. If it is who is the
most marketable I think it is down to Skylar or Phillip. all have talent and I do agree the judges are too complementary but no need to trash them :-)
First of all, I am sick and tired of the standing ovations for Josh. Why are the judges so bias towards him? I feel like I am tone deaf or something, because I am never impressed with the guy, yet the judges rave about his performances over and over again. Last night, his first song I thought was awful, so boring, couldn't understand half the lyrics, he just sat on a stool and sang, not entertaining at all. Seriously, he is pretty good, but not that great, not good enough for a standing ovation. I can't even understand the words he is singing half the time and his scream singing is annoying, please people, do not vote for him anymore, I can't take it... It makes me sick to my stomach and I contemplate not watching the show anymore after he performs and the judges give him a standing ovation... VOMIT!!!
I personally love Elise. Her voice is so unique and she is entertaining...
Phillip is just a cool guy with a lot of talent. Like Elise, his voice is so unique. He is an overall talented musician. He will be making music for a long time whether he wins American Idol or not.
Jessica is getting old, but she is good...
Hollie will be gone after tonight...
Skylar is the best "performer", she is ready to sing country now. I am not a big country fan, but she is awesome, I would listen to her music.
Anybody eliminated right now would be sad. All of them are that good!