'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 am sick of that Josh Lede's screaming! Then the worst is when the phony bologna judges piss on their leg and tell them it is raining! He is not a soul singer at all! Pleaseeee.
I like Holly.
The little Philippina chick has made it this far only because of the tight and NUMEROUS click of her culture.
Probably Skylar will win, as she is has the most cross over sound. WHICH IS SAD! I can not tell one singer from the other anymore.
AMERICA!!! ARE YOU KIDDING ME??? ELISE TESTONE WAS ROBBED!!! I AM SO DISCUSTED RIGHT NOW I COULD JUST SPIT. ROCK ON ELISE. YOU HAVE A FOREVER FAN IN ME. IM NOT SURPRISED THOUGH. JUST LOOK AT SOME OF THE OTHER GREATS THAT HAVE BEEN VOTED OFF. YOU WERE AND ARE HANDS DOWN THE BEST!!!
What's with Randy and the " Now listen dude " when commenting on one of the girls performances???? Dude you are being disrespectful to these ladies and all women in general . Perhaps "Dudette " would be a lot more cooler if your so stuck on this type of phrase ... I will miss Elise . America what is it you see in Phillip? And why is he still there ? I though this was a singing competition not a contest of who can make the most awful face !
Does America really think he's a good singer ? His range is very limited , and he's trying to be like Dave Matthews ..... Isn't the original good enough ? Phillip why are you still there and Colton , a much better singer gone ??? Colton is much better looking .. Girls like good looks more than weird faces ...Hey twinsmom6 ..Jessica is a very beautiful young Asian lady .... She has class ! Cristina Aguilara at Jessica's age could no more sing Whitney than you could .And by the way A great deal of singers keep a little tempo going with a finger on the mike .......You seem like you should save all your hate for something really awful like suicide bombers...
My picks for top 3 Josh , Skylar and Jessica ... Good Luck all ! God Bless !
Like many of the previous entries, I thought Elise was the best singer/entertainer and tried to vote for her several times. For an hour and a half after the show I tried to vote. Two out of three calls either received a busy signal or an "all circuits are busy" recording. I told my wife, "This is great, she's getting so many votes that I can't get through." I had even switched from 04 to 10, thinking it would be a less busy avenue. When I did get through I was thanked for voting for contestant 4. That's understandable, but not that she was eliminated when it seemed so many were voting for her . Regardless, hers is the only album I would buy from this year's contestants...well maybe Jessica's...we'll see.
Hollie and Jessica are the only ones who have depth, control, and clearity in their vocals. Elise should have gone a long time ago. PP and Joshua should count their blessings they're in the top five.