'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.
I will be glad when JLO goes home. She has contaminated the judges by outright rooting for one over the other. i can't imagine how the others felt in that display with the "Save".
They should have voted Joshua off not Elise, Joshua is soooo not the soul singer Randy keeps telling him is. They (the judges) need to start telling the man the truth that all that screaming is not singing and he is not the next Otis Redding. Please America send Joshua home, he should have been gone weeks ago and little Jessica can sing, she just needs to learn not to be so shy and stand up for her self.
Randy dude, you really need to step up and learn how to address the ladies, they are not dudes, dawgs or anything else, they are ladies and should be address as such. Dude, do you call your mother dude or dawg, I bet not, she might just hit you up side the head, and tell you to talk right.
I liked Elise from day one. She had a rock ,Bluesy ,growl to her voice. She is a great singer and was very original. Whole Lotte Love was great. Bold As Love just was not Bold enough to keep her in the competition. She will have a great career. She is a very talented singer.ROCK ON ELISE
forget the contestants... the queen type group was surprizingly good. stefano who? and OMG jeez katy perry - SHE WILL BE VOTED OFF NEXT WEEK! her video of the song was good (all that electronic voodoo for her voice) but please DO NOT SING live. pitchy? like a truck full off pitchforks. vote HER off.
and vote off the three stooges.
It is sad to see any of the finalists leave, but they have all now been discovered and will have the chance to be famous. My favorite is Phillip, he is a very unique talent.
I think it was a mistake for American Idol to lower the age for the singers to compete. Some of the very young ones are good, but definitely not ready to handle being America's Idol, at least let them become adults first.