'American Idol' Recap: Lucky Seven
Judges decline to use Save as Deandre Brackensick departs the contest
By Carla Patton
This week, the top 8 performed songs from the 1980s. And, unlike in weeks past, there was a clear division of talent. Some people were amazing. Some failed to live up to ghosts of performances past. And some contestants sounded just too much like previous performances. Phillip Phillips is becoming a notable offender of sounds-the-same syndrome. The big question on this night is: Who will go home? Or will the judges use the Save? I think the real problem at hand is that no one sang a Hall and Oates song. Maybe they're saving that for an entire Hall and Oates-themed week! In my dreams.
Oddly, I think Deandre bought himself a ticket into next week with his DeBarge performance. Even though he went first, Jennifer made sure to continue mentioning his performance and how good he's getting. Now that Heejun is gone, she has to focus on preserving Deandre for as long as possible.
Hollie was in the bottom two last week, and her performance of the song from "Flashdance" was arguably one of the worst this week. It seems like the viewers aren't sure what to make of Elise yet, and her off-kilter performance of "I Want to Know What Love Is" by Foreigner may not help. I arbitrarily chose Joshua in my predictions to round out the bottom three. But after further consideration, I think Phillip Phillips could spend a little time in the bottom, just to get a quick feel for it. We'll see what the all-knowing, all-seeing Jimmy Iovine has to say.
Oh, the contestants "went on a little scavenger hunt," only to find a terrible Ford Music Video premise! They look tired and bored in the video. These are not the attitudes that sell cars, kids.
To make Joshua feel better (how?), Ryan shows a Twitvid of some preschoolers in Vietnam wishing him luck. They're delivering results in pairs on this night -- a great move. Jessica and Joshua move to the center first. I can only assume they're both safe. Jimmy says Joshua seemed a little over-affected but has reined it in and found his sweet spot. "Tens all around," Jimmy says, bored by this whole thing already. Jimmy says Jessica was great but needs bigger, more powerful songs. Joshua picked a better song than Jessica this week, in Jimmy's opinion. Oh, phooey. Joshua is safe, so he can go back to feeling sick on the couch. Jessica is also safe. Well, isn't that nice!
The Wanted are here to sing "Glad You Came," which sounds like something Jennifer Lopez would like to sample. If only it featured Pitbull. Tommy Hilfiger clearly wasn't around to intervene with the Wanted and all that gray in their wardrobe. These guys look bored, too. One of them tiredly ground against Jennifer. Then they sauntered back to the mainstage. Bring back Lauren Alaina!
"Did you go to first base with Jen?" Ryan asks that one guy, once he mistakenly thought his microphone was off. Such a creep.
Next up: Skylar and Colton. I'm guessing they are both safe, too? Jimmy is glad Skylar didn't sing "9 to 5" and is convinced that Skylar, too, is a power singer. Jimmy says Colton was good but not great. Well, whatever. I'm sure Colton's fine. Ryan brings up Hollie and Deandre to the center of the stage, probably because they are both in the bottom three? We revisit Hollie's performance first, which Jimmy says "wasn't even a great high school performance." Jimmy thinks Hollie will be "fighting with Deandre for who's packing." Jimmy does not give a %*#&. Jimmy insists that, "No! ... Deandre was not great! ... Deandre is growing marginally." Oh, I just love Jimmy.
Dim the lights. Deandre is in the bottom three. Colton is safe. Skylar is safe, and Hollie is in the bottom three. Jimmy is at the top of his game!
Next, Kellie Pickler sings her new country hit, "Where's Tammy Wynette?" She looks less bored than everyone else on this night, myself included. In a classic, returning country "Idol" move, Kellie sits herself between two boys on the results couch. She didn't linger like Lauren Alaina did, because she's a bit more seasoned. She knows when her time on the couch is up. After her performance, Kellie declares that "everyone on this season gon' get a record deal!" If you say so, Pollyanna!
Phillip and Elise are up next. Jimmy says there are three versions of yourself, and this was Phillip's "good version" of himself. It was safe and not great. He can't stop progressing in this competition or he'll stall out. As for Elise, she was "not incredible" on stage. It's "an old-fashioned choke," Jimmy declares. OK. Ryan asks Phillip if he's worried about complacency and Phillip says, "Naw, man. I'm just bein' myself." He's adorable.
Elise is in the bottom three. Phillip is safe. That's a lot of pleats on that skirt. Ryan reveals that Hollie is safe and can go back to the couches. So it will be Elise or Deandre. I hope it's Deandre, and then we don't have to think about the Save.
Jennifer and Randy feel "half and half" that America got one person right in the bottom. And the journey could end for ... Deandre. Deandre's family just loses it, and someone in the audience shrieks, "What!?" Oh, don't be so surprised, little girl. Deandre tells his sister to stop crying then launches into a performance of "Master Blaster." A poor choice for his final song, but maybe he knows he isn't worth the Save.
It was good for a performance under duress -- outstanding, really, given his family's emotional state. The audience is chanting, "Save! Save! Save!" But they'll get over it. Jennifer says Deandre is an amazing performer who has a lot to show the world, but she only gets one vote so Deandre is eliminated. "What!?" the person in the audience goes again. Oh, my god. Someone is going to start a riot.
What do you think of Thursday night's results? Did American and the judges get it right?
"American Idol" airs Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on FOX.
It's really very sad that American Idol VOTERS seem to be either country or rock music fans and do not have a clue about R&B talent.
The Coltons, Daughtrys, McQuerrys and Lamberts are the typical viewers choice.
So a super talented kid who is the entire package, incredible voice, so marketable with great stage presence gets eliminated!
DeAndre would sell RECORDS! His Eric Benet and Maxwell material was beautiful!
He voice was unique where singers like Phillips are a dime a dozen right now, everything he sings sounds the same.
Jessica and Joshua are certainly above the rest!
Watching the recaps of last night's performances I really don't get why they gushed over Phillip Phillips. He was so far off pitch you could barely recognize the song. His high notes were flat and overall the performance was cringe-worthy. But the judges promote him, so he stays.
On the other hand, Hollie didn't sing one note off key and she was publically flogged for supposedly being off tune. Watching the recap I was right the first time. NOT off tune one bit. But their public humiliation of her put her in the bottom 3. Good job judges!
Elise did a great job last week but not so much this week. And that attitude! Wouldn't mind her leaving and taking her attitude with her.
Joshua-oversings every single time. Would be great if he could rein it in.
Skylar-she's one to watch. Best perfomance of the night last night.
Jessica-Another great talent
Colton-Meh, teenybopper's dream, BUTthe judges love him, so............
Sad to see Deandre go. His biggest error was over-using his falsetto when he had so much more. Loved watching him perform. Great voice, such a good attitude, and yup, he's gone. Won't quite be the same without him.
Good Riddance....Deandre....You Stink!!! Woman trapped in a mans body I guess.
Voice was like nails on a chalkboard! There's only 2 REAL AMERICAN IDOLS up there...."SKYLAR & oh boy, forgot her name...I think she might be an Asian girl...you know who I mean". There's REAL TALENT !!! Go SKYLAR Go !!! You got my vote.
Incredible Stage Performances, Great Voice with just the right amount of growl in it.
Would love to hear her sing "Indian Outlaw by Tim McGraw"...She'd rock it out.
And for the person that says Americans don't know musical talent...Well obviously they do as America is the one voting. It's you who must not know talent...Because America has proven that by voting. Word of advice...Try X-Factor...the judges favor R&B / Rap / Hip-Hop....That's why I'll NEVER WATCH X-FACTOR AGAIN. It Stinks!!!
Jennifer just babbles on and on like Paula used to due when she was high.
Joshua has got to go, every time he sings it's like watching a gospel show. Very annoying.
Will be interesting to see who is in the top 2/3.
I was rather surprised they did not save Deandre. All three Praised yet Jennifer is the only who votes to save him? Where is the logic in that? Neither Elise or Hollie received as much Priase from the Judges & yet they are safe? I am rather disapointed in thse three. I think they are waiting for either Joshua or Jessica (neither of whom I would miss) to get the boot & then they will use there save.
It is about time he got booted. He is to much into his hair. Is all he does is flick his head back so he can throw his hair. That crap gets old. As far as I am concerned, Joshua can get booted also. Is all he does is scream. At first people like Adam Lambert, then they got tired of his screaming and booted him. I think it is time for Colton, Joshua and Phillip to get booted.
As for the judges, Jlo needs to go. She is not for this show. As for Randy. Him in his "dude". If I was a female on the show and he called me a dude, I would rip into him. Even the males, do away with your remarks. As for Tyler, he can go also. This show really needs some new judges.
WELL, I THINK HE WAS GREAT AND HAD THE BEST MALE VOICE. I USE TO LIVE IN LA IN THE 60s AND 70s AND WORKED FOR WARNER BROTHERS, THIS RAP CRAP WILL BE GONE BUT R & B WILL LIVE ON FOREVER, PERSONALLY I WONT WATCH IT ANYMORE THIS MADE ME VERY MAD, BUT IM SURE SOMEONE IN THE MUSIC BUSINESS WILL PICK HIM UP , JUST LIKE THEY DID WITH SOME OF THE OTHERS. I WAS VERY UPSET OVER THIS. THE OTHER 2 SHOULD HAVE SAVED HIM.
I like Deandre and thought he did a great job on DeBarge. I would have rather seen Hollie go. I love Elise but people just don't get her.
BTW, I love Hall & Oates also:=)
well disappointed that d left ... america doesnt know talent if it hit them in the butt .
sure it is predictable how it is going to go.. next week will be elise with no save , then holly who will get saved . then it will be holly again , colton,josh, skyler then that leaves phillip and jessica for the finally . its a shoe-in jessica wins .
and for those who think josh is the stuff, you all are crazy ... that hollaring and screaming is rediculas . and poor holly is gettting the brunt of it all when she should be in the top 3 ... and that hillbilly act from skyler !!! id be embarressed to have a voice like that ... she cant sing for crap ...