'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.
Love Idol, love the judges BUT Jimmy needs to go! He adds nothing to the show.
Jessica is the most talented with potential to become a huge star.
Josh is so great but there are other R&B singers who can compare.
Having the contestants sing Queen songs was crazy, not at all entertaining.
The South will vote for Skylar and Hollie.
Scores of tweenies will vote online for PhilPhil.
Purists will vote for Jessica or Joshua.
PhilPhil or Skylar may win but the non-pretenders who have genuine musical talent and who demonstrate versatility every time they take the stage will have spectacular and hopefully long careers, despite their ethnicity. Jessica may even capture the imagination of the Asian continent.
Well, there's no accounting for other's tastes. For my money, Jessica is the best singer in the competition, but Elise was my favorite and the only one whose record I would buy. Sorry to see her go.
I honestly don't get Skylar and PhilPhil. She ends up yelling every song - no control, no vibrato. Harsh. PhilPhil is like many have said here - boring, monotone. He should have gone last night. Next Skylar.
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.
I agree with the results last night. I really like HOLLY and I voted for her. But I think Joshua, Jessica or Skylar will win. Either one is fine with me.
I was so glad to see Elise go. It should have happened weeks ago. She was flat, screechy and not much personality
I am also sick of the judges pimping out Jessica. She was on America's Got Talent and didn't make it. She should not make it now. Who is going to see her in concert? She is a Whitney Wantabee and there has already been a Whitney. She also reminds me of Pia from last season. While Jessica has a powerful voice at times, she is limited to what kinds of songs she can sing. I would never listen to her type of music.
Joshua screams thru most of his songs and I can't stand looking at him. His facial expressions are down right awful. The standing O's are getting old too.
I like Phillip's voice, but he always sounds the same. I like Colton but Idol is not going to want a Christian singer. He should do well on his own since he lives outside of Nashville where singers like Amy Grant live. I had heard that the producers were not happy with him tweeting about his religion so I am sure they did what they could to see him go
Skylar is good, she has great stage personality. But I can't stand country music. I'm sure she will do well no matter the outcome of Idol.
I really like Hollie's voice, but I don't think she has the personality on stage to make it.
I'd like to see a Phillip/Hollie final but with all the pimping the judges are doing to Jessica and Joshua I doubt it will happen.
jessica is a ONE TRICK PONY.. PERIOD. ballads do not sell - unless u are CELINE
joshua is an AL GREEN wannabe - but neverwillbe
hollie is the 3 stooges whipping girl
skylar will go to country music.
phillip is a dave matthews clone.
winner? dont matter, not many will buy their CDs or go to their concerts. this isnt the best group of singers. they have had years that were better and the 3 stooges dumped the better singers long ago.
i can see 8 people are lemmings