'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.
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
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.
Tomight I thought Jessica was superb singing Dance With My Father. It brought tears to my eyes. She's the only one to do this so far this season. I was surprised, usually she is not my favorite. She is getting better each time she sings. Skylar is always great. That girl is defintely getting a record deal from someone after this exposure. Hollie is getting better and better too. She is getting the experience she needs on this show. She could be a dark horse. The difference between her speaking voice and her singing voice is mind boggling. Phil Phillips is alway entertaining. I do not think that he is a Dave Mathews clone. I look forward to his performances. For me, Joshua should be the next to go. The judges all fawning over him annoys me. I've heard his voice many times before. He is not unique enough. The way he prances around onstage, he should be on Broadway. Elise is a really good singer but she somehow looks so desparate when she is onstage. What the other Idols said about her was telling. She won't win AI but she deserves to be in the top 5.
They should scrap the current judges and put in Jimmy Lovine and others like him. He is a real real judge. Where were his opinions tonight? Too spot on for the American Idol judges?
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.
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.
for me, bottom 3 are 1. STEVEN TYLER
voted off J.HO.
they have been inconsistent since the beginning of this season. bring back simon and paula who wants/needs a job and wont be repromoting herself or career so blatantly.
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?