'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.
last nite was another bloviating yuk fest by our three stooges - moe (tyler) larry (j.ho) and curly (randy) so i mute the sound during their diatribes. they have been sooooo blatantly partisan in the past. america votes - not them. vote for your favorite. thats all you can do.
the question of it all - who is the most marketable? in the past, a lot of the winners never reached TRUE STARDOM. kelly did and so did carrie.
This competition is swaying so far around! I am a true believer in ELISE but that firecracker Skylar just may take it! She is consistent - dead on every week! She just may win this!!
As for Hollie (eh not so much) Jessica has a good voice but- 0 stage presence -
The guys are good- but i am a true beleiver in ELISE c'mon girl keep that momentum up?
@ available...both Queen and Jefferson Airplane had 'Somebody To Love' songs...two different songs.
DONT HAVE A CLUE AS TO WHO WILL WALK TONIGHT!. Each had one good song. ELISE isn't my favorite but she rocks at what she does. PHILIP is just slaying everyone with his smile - so cute. JESSICA really has a great voice for a young girl and HOLLY had some great moments. Both HOLLY and JESSICA will grow in the music business with the right coaching and when they find their niche.
JOSHUA is not unique, but had great nights consistantly throughout the competition. He seems so humble and surprised when the judges are gushing over him. SKYLER will be on CMA within a year or two. She definitely is a country singer and will survive beyond American Idol. Whoever goes will have given great performances and it is always sad to see one voted off. Lots of talent this year.
AMERICAN IDOL- WEDNESDAY, 4/25/12
Jessica- B Rhap- Although I like her, I didn't like this. Never like it when a chick sings this song no matter how good of a vocalist she is. Concur with J-LO's comments and Randy's. Her second song was flawless.
Skylar- The Show must go on- I have not been able to stand her the whole season until this performance. She actually sounds BETTER when she DOESN'T sing country! This performance proved to me that she really can sing, again, if it's not country. Her second performance I had to leave the room.
Josh Ledet- First performance was fantastic, the second was PHENOMINAL! This guy is TOO GOOD to be on the show. He looks like a young Johnny Mathis. He's got the whole package.....the voice, the style, the charisma and stage presence AND he's humble. Doesn't seem cocky at all.
Elise- I saw the complete opposite that the judges saw. Her first performance was blah to me. But I actually dug her take on the Hendrix tune. The judges are so full of it.....they always say to "Make the song your own....blah...blah..." and she did that with this song and it was very cool....but the judges didn't like it.
Phillips- First performance was hideous. The grunting instead of singing schtick is getting old. Just not my style. Second performance was much better 'cause he actually sang it. I wish he would just pick songs in which he sings rather than grunts 'cause the guy's voice ain't all that bad.
Hollie- I really feel sorry for this girl because she's trying so hard but she really doesn't belong there. The silence after she's done performing waiting for the judges comments....I cringe. Both performances were below par.
Best to worse
6. Hollie- Gotta go honey!