'American Idol' Recap: Five Alive
South Carolina native Elise Testone is the latest to get the hook
By Carla Patton
I sure hope Ryan Seacrest is feeling better! The show just isn't the same when he half-asses it (or would his illness reduce it to quarter-assing?). He certainly looks recovered.
Before things move forward, "The Queen Extravaganza," hand-picked by Brian May and Roger Taylor themselves, performs "Somebody to Love." I remember hearing about this, and everyone talking about how much this guy looks and sounds like Freddie Mercury. I'm all about that sassy guitar player, though.
I enjoyed this performance very much. I will never get tired of seeing Roger Taylor and Brian May bust out on stage. They are just the coolest! Everybody else, go home.
Ryan tells us it's hard for the contestants because "their bond is working like magic," and they sing that darned "I've Got the Magic in Me" song that I swear has been covered on a Ford Music Video every single year and maybe twice this year. Don't applaud for that, audience. It does not merit applause. Hollie looks amazing tonight!
And now, the "American Idol" contestants go to TMZ, which tends to be a segment I enjoy. Skylar is just so adorable. It turns out there's a male strip club called "Mantasia." No one had any solutions for Elise, who looks mad by default. Why was Nigel Lythgoe there, though? He must have invited himself.
What did Jimmy think of Elise? He thinks she picked the wrong Queen song (What?! I thought it was great!) and thought it came off as "clubby." Jimmy thought "Bold as Love" was a bad choice because it's more of a performance piece for someone playing the guitar and singing. What did America think? One is safe. One is in the bottom. Jessica is safe. Elise goes back to her stool, which is still warm from her regular spot in the bottom three.
Hollie and Joshua are next. The friends! Hollie is more nervous than Joshua, probably. Who does Jimmy think should be more nervous, though? Jimmy thought Hollie did a good enough job with "Save Me" and thought "The Climb" was a great choice. There was an odd break before we looked at Joshua's highlights. Jimmy thought Joshua did a great job interpreting both songs and choosing them. Smart! "If Joshua gets voted off tonight, there is something wrong with the competition, the voting, the entire ball of wax," Jimmy says. What a dated expression.
Best friends. Who stays? Who goes? Hollie is in the bottom three. Joshua is safe. Jimmy will be relieved to know there's nothing wrong with this ball of wax.
Oh, goodness. Steven Tyler is in a Burger King commercial, immediately followed by Jennifer's Kohl's commercial. But where is Randy's commercial?
Now Katy Perry sings "Part of Me," and Steven Tyler enjoys another chicken tender becoming a part of him. She seems tired. Maybe she caught the Ryan Seacrest too-much-money flu.
Now it's down to Skylar and Phillip. I thought Skylar had a great night, but Phillip is a favorite! Let's see what Jimmy has to say. Jimmy thought her second song was a "little self-indulgent." Jimmy thought she got knocked out in Round 2. Phillip "Lady-killer" Phillips was divisive. Jimmy lets us in on a secret: Phillip was sick this week, too! His energy suffered as a result.
Skylar is in the bottom three. Phillip is safe, and Phillip will probably win this whole thing. Skylar is safe, though, so she heads back to the couches. Whew!
Ryan sends the four contestants who are safe back to their couch. They object, but Ryan is in charge. Elise is eliminated. It had to happen. She was great, but this just wasn't the right place for her. It's too bad that all these contestants have to see their moments play over a twangy Scotty McCreery tune. Goodbye, Elise. Get back with your band!
What do you think of Thursday night's results? Did America get it right?
"American Idol" airs Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on FOX.
Bye Elise you deserved a better fate, Hollie you're next, Then Jessica. Making the Final Skylar(it should be Jessica) Joshua and Phil. Though I like Phil personally, enough with the guitar playing white guys already, it's time for a male African American (how PC of me) to win again. Say hello to your next american Idol...Joshua Ledet aka Mantasia. Slim, any bets on when he comes out? We don't need a third Country Idol so, see ya Skylar, even though she probably been the most consistent. Phil we already have a Dave Matthews and I'm kinda tired of him...so is he actually. Jessica is the best talent and soon she'll be touring with Akon at least that's what he promised. Elise your foot is in the door keep it open.
Anybody else think Elise may have set the bar a bit high for herself with "Whole Lotta Love"? She never reached that level again, but now I know what's she's capable of so I'll be keeping an eye out for her(and her band?) post Idol.
Christian rock really isn't my thing, but I think Colton will be a good listen post Idol. I'd like to find out what Ozzy has to say on the subject, but for that I'll need an interpreter. Last I understood from him he wanted to fly to NY for a colonoscopy(wonder how many takes that took).
Slim, Queen was did a diverse selection of songs often involving complex vocal arrangements with multiple singers. Yes, they did Fat Bottomed Girls and Bicycle Race, but they also did complex songs like Somebody to Love, Bohemian Rhapsody, and I'm going slightly mad. They also did the song I'm Going Slightly Mad. You might want to actually listen to more than 2 songs from a huge catalogue or just go back to picking on people who criticize Obama for not cleaning up GW's mess fast enough.
Epiphany, Chics in their late 30's will also vote for PhilPhil I think ;)
I have to admit you made me laugh with your "People of a certain 50-ish age" comment because you pretty much nailed that! The rest of your assumptions are pretty far off but the age is right there.
Looking at your other posts I agree with most of them, at least the comments that are related to who the best contestants are.
Queen did have some silly songs, but their talents on vocals, harmonies, and guitar made them better than most.
what a potty mouth, sickandtired! You kiss Rush Lambaugh with that mouth?
Okay, Bob. For you I will pretend 'fat bottom girls' and 'I want to ride my bicycle' and the one about dynamite with a lazer beam and so forth, are uh, dignified songs. People of a certain 50-ish age, I've found out, are fearful of any criticism of Queen because they have such nostalgic feelings for everything in their suburban white schools at about that time. Don't know why, but it's true. What's funny is they never suspected that the Village People and Freddie shared more than just mustache style. Well, let's face it, most of you guys didn't know it about the Village People either. But okay, not silly. Don't want to hurt any 50-something year-olds nostalgic feelings.
You need to go suck on an obama popsicle so you can REALLY spew some shiite when you kep making ignorant comments.
Thanks for playing Do we or do we not keep reading the silly ramblings of the gallactically stupid!!!!
I think it should have been Phillip voted off instead of Elise. The way Phillip bends his notes it's like he is sneaking up on hitting the right pitch for those notes. He does have a lot of soul that partly makes up for the lack of talent, but he's not in the same league as the remaining contestants.
I am glad to see that the group is pretty good friends with each other even though they are in competition with each other.
Hollie gets my vote for most improved but I don't see her winning it all.
There is Jessica and then the rest.
Queen a mediocre and silly band? The chances of that are Slim and none and Slim just walked out the door.
Available: So as to make it look like you aren't having a conversation with yourself, er, I think queen had other thoughts about their name...
They were a mediocre and silly band pretty much. The opera song with the verses about homicide, but sounding like the Beach Boys... that's their saving grace. That's a good song. Silly. But good. Unlike the ones about riding bicycles and having large rear-ends. Those were silly but not very good.
"Queen"? That pokes fun at the royalty over there you know. I love their music though. I guess it was still the British invasion. We celebrated the end of the Vietnam War with them. In the excerpts on Wednesday I realized how much I love their songs.
Said it before, and I'll say it again.....
No way Jessica was the low vote getter three weeks ago and had to "sing for her life", and now she hasn't even been in the bottom three since. The weekly results are manipulated to create drama and influence voting.
THIS IDOL SEASON IS TERRIBLE WITH THE CHOSEN ONES AND THE JUDGES, THEIR OUT IN LEFT FIELD SOMEWHERE. I ENJOYED LAST SEASON IT HELD YOUR INTEREST A LOT BETTER THAN THIS ONE. COLTON WAS FAR BETTER THAN PHILLIP PHILLIPS, THE GIRLS ARE GOOD, HARD TO SAY WHO WILL BE THE WINNER JUST HOPE ITS NOT PHILLIP.
I liked Elise and am sorry to see her go. I also missed Colton this week, but, in the end, there can only be one winner.
To those of you who asked, I would definately listen to a whole concert of Phillip Phillips. And to those who argue that all his songs sound the same, really? The black crows song sounded just like the dave matthews song? Superstition sounded just like the Usher song? If you don't like his type of music, fine, but he is clearly very talented and deserves to be there. And for that matter, there is really no reason to bash any of these kids, all of which have the talent and courage to get up in front of America and perform for votes. At this point, they are all very talented and all deserve to win. It is not the fault of any other contestant that your personal favorite got voted off. Bash the judges if you want as they clearly have their favorites and try to sway the voters, but the kids are all doing their best and the viewers should vote for the artist they like the best....not the one who is technically the "best singer".
I am an Elise fan, and am sad to see her go, and have no interest in watching AI now,
I thought she was judged unfairly throughout her entire stint on the show, and the
favoritism was soooo obvious!!!!!!!!!!!! They should clean house with the judges as well!!!!!!!