'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.
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?
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.
Ok, First of all...I am so sick of JLo saying Goosies, it makes me want to stab someone with a fork!
Secondly...Phillip is totally hot, sexy, OH those eyes, and he has that odd mystery thing about him that just drives me crazy. No wonder Ryan's GF said YUM when he walked by. Wasn't his best night IMO but I love him and voted for him for a full hr straight. I also threw in a handful of votes for Skylar and Hollie since they are my top 3 favs. I want to see Jessica go home, Still on the fence with Elise...I wanna like her but she makes it hard with that chip on her shoulder. Look how Hollie takes the criticism and then steps it up, her last song was just perfect. Elise just has too much of an attitude problem. If she had a slightly different personality she would win this thing hands down with that rock genre she has going on for a chic in today's music industry. Josh is good but not a record seller if you ask me, He is just kinda boring for me. If I had to pick I would want Jessica to go home. I honestly do not dislike anyone that's left and they are all truly great singers but when you add the whole package with "unique", "different", own kinda style and someone I would see in concert it's Phillip and Skylar all the way baby
Have lost interest in American Idol. I think Idol has become stagnant.
Tried to get interested in the show this season and unfortunately there is nothing that holds my attention.
I'll turn on the show, wait to hear the era of choice and turn the channel. These contestants are young and many songs of which they have sung are not in their generation. The only song that I absolutely thought was done with evident emotion and truly heartfelt was in the very beginning from Jessica. She sang I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston and I was amazed with tears. Jessica did a phenonenal job. That's it.............................Best of Luck to all the contestants, just not interested.
When it comes to entertainment or competition, there is NO show that can beat DWTS, not even the X Factor.............never watched that show and Simon I can take in extremely small doses. Too many American Idol copycats, one way or another.........................
Where the He-- is Simon when we need him.
Personally I think that Skylar is trying way too hard to be Miranda Lambert. Need proof, google any of their performances and compare them.
I love Phillip. Did from day one. At least he knows exactly who he is and what his "thing" is. And though Dave Matthews-like, when he did the DMB song, they sounded nothing like each other. So lets stop comparing the two.
Anyone left can still win but I think Skylar will just because Country music is so huge in this country and she will get all those people voting for her. She is good but I do not think she will have a career any bigger then say a Kellie Picklar. If you just take the best most pure voices then Jessica or Holllie should win. If you are a fan of unusual voices then Phillip or Elise can win. If your a R&B fan then Joshua should win.
I just do not get the Phillip thing at all.
Hollie, will get the boot tonight. YEA! LLLLLLUUUUUVVVVV Elise, I love her raspy voice. A true rocker chick. LLLLUUUUUUVVVVVV Phillip, and every little twitch that he makes, makes me want to melt. LLLLUUUVVVV Jessica, she has a voice for any kind of music, except Rock. LLLLUUUVVV to hear Joshua, he sings from within, and with his soul. LLLLLUUUUUVVVVVVVV Skylar, if she doesn't sing those Hill Billy songs. She sounds better when she sings country.