Idology: Celebrating Elise, Defending Jessica and Sparring Over DeAndre and Skylar

Back in the early days of American Idol, contestants used to have to walk 10 miles in the snow to get to the live show, and standing ovations from the judges happened only a few times per season. On Season 11’s Top 9 Week, however, J.Lo, Randy, and Steven got to their feet for no fewer than five separate contestants — and a couple of them weren’t even the evening’s best performers.

On this week’s Idology, Season 6 star Melinda Doolittle and I discuss which contestants actually earned their standing Os, why Jimmy Iovine is making Jessica Vs. Hollie an either/or proposition, and what we’d like to see when it comes to Phillip and Colton’s pants. Plus, we engage in spirited debate over performances by Skylar Laine and DeAndre Brackensick, dish Joshua Ledet’s emotional break, and drop the phrase “the best move I’ve ever seen in my life” regarding a particularly ferocious vocalist.

So press play below to view this week’s Idology, then hit the comments with your thoughts. And for all my Idol news, interviews, and recaps, follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV!

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398 Comments
  1. noa says:

    i would watch 10 minutes only about Elise. or even more.
    this is one week where i was ok with no Parks and rec or Community in Idology- since it went to the good cause of “celebrating Elise” as you say. Jason- are you counting how many points she has already? she’s unblocking everything!

    • Lunakit says:

      Oooooh, and did you notice that Idology crashed through the 10 minute ceiling this week?! It came in at 10:01 minutes!!! (Is it pathletic that I consider that “progress”? So saddddd…. One extra nano second of Elise….*happy sigh*)

  2. Gorm says:

    Applause to Jessica Sanchez for ripping off a Beyonce concert slowdown standby? A concernt Jessica would have had seen at least a few times? And you calling for her artistry being praised when she was just photocopying? And then not relenting when called out on your error?

    Cmon Slezak, be the bigger boy and admit fault.

    • Cup of Joe says:

      Artistry or not, she did great. And kudos to her for picking a lesser known version of the song. I can really see flashbacks of the Chris Daughtry ” I Walk The Line” and David Cook “Eleanor Rigby” and “Billie Jean” controversies. People should really get over themselves seriously.

      • NikkiQM says:

        Totally agree with you :)

      • darcy's evil twin says:

        I am not a big Jessica fan. The girl has amazing talent, though and she deserved more praise than she received for that performance. Say what you will but she was certainly better than Heejun, who DID get a standing ovation.

      • Tarc says:

        The idea was great, but the vocal was not great. Parts of it were even bad… like the entire sections that became an extended vowel movement due to a total lack of enunciation. Some of the choices in the chorus were a little odd, and she still has some vibratto slips. So, Jessica was good, not great.

        • Cup of Joe says:

          Apparently, you’re practically the only one who thinks that way. WhatNotToSimg, the website that compiles public opinion of performances gave her an 83: 4.5 stars. And the 2nd best if the night. Nice try, though.

          • Jason says:

            I agree with Tarc. The big note was painful and I may be wrong but I believe it was off key. It sure hurt my ears!!! Elise, Joshua, Philip, Skylar and Colton are way more original and commercial then Jessica. Jessica may have been commercial in 1992 but not at present. Jessica deserves sixth place.

          • nikkiqm says:

            @ Jason people like you are what’s wrong with American Idol and why it is ridiculously flawed. P2 is mediocre at best, he screams through half his songs. Colton had several pitch issues on his last performance and an annoying hiccup on his Billy Joel night performance. That you think they are more talented then Jessica seems irrational. The girl never misses a note, you can say you don’t like her bc you’d like to see more range from her and maybe more emotion and experience but she is technically the best singer on the show.

          • Cup of Joe says:

            @Jason Don’t be such a ridiculous tool.

            @nikki You kick all kinds of a$$! Rock on, baby!

          • My Alter Ego says:

            @Jason — and for the record, although I recognize the point that you are trying to make here, Jessica wasn’t even a twinkle in her father’s eye in 1992.

          • Marsaili says:

            Nicki kicks all kind of a$$ saying that P2 is mediocre? Hardly!! If huge stars are saying Phil is awesome, I think I’d tend to listen to their reasoning than some person on a forum. But since i’ve been on this planet 46 years and know talent when I see it—-I’m going to continue to say that Phil is one of the most talented people this year. Jessica can mimic perfectly. She is probably the best “singer” but she has little emotion or connection to what she sings most of the time. I actually felt her Beyonce’ song was good, one of her best. But I thought Phillip was better—he was totally into that song, he sang it well, he got kudos from the original artist. That carries more weight with me.

          • Cup of Joe says:

            Marsaili, I like it when people, you know, actually sing well. I really can’t support a hybrid of Lee DeWyze Max and Danny Gokey Deux. And getting praised for the most repetitive and average performances is just plain whack! I guess if you’re a guy, even the most middling of performances would be considered the best thing since sliced bread while for a lady, it’d be considered dreck. What horse manure!

          • just saying says:

            @Marsaili, As if Philip isn’t Dave Matthews 2.0? He is completely biting off Dave’s style- his growl, how he holds his guitar, he even stole that cheesy signature foot twisty thing that Dave used to do in concert! That being said, I like the kid and wish him well, but you can’t accuse one person of copying without acknowledging that most of these contestants are copying someone somewhat. And Philip is copying more than most, frankly. I’m sure he’ll have a great career if he chooses to, but just acknowledge that he’s not entirely new.

          • Tarc says:

            It still doesn’t change what I said. I actually like Jessica, but that verison of that song was on Beyonce’s special, she was still unintelligible in whole sections, and she still lost control of her vibratto. *shrug* The results of some random, non-scientific poll on some bizarre site no one’s ever heard of doesn’t many anything to me, and even if it did, it still doesn’t change the facts. We see the same errors every week (except for her I Will Always Love You, which was pretty perfect).

          • Tarc says:

            @ nikkiqm – Yes, she does miss notes. And there really isn’t much of a market for power balladeers. And yeah, I’d take PP a thousand times over Jessica.

          • Tarc says:

            @just saying – You think PP sound like Dave Matthrews because you don’t listen to that type pf music. He really doesn’t more than passingly sound like DM. *shrugs* Again, PP has a vastly large market than Jessica or Hollie, though not at large as Skylar or Colton. It’s really immaterial if you don’t have the background to appreciate PP – he’s already a shoe-in for a record contract, and he’ll be making music for years.

          • Cup of Joe says:

            Gee Tarc, what the heck are you, some failed music coach? Undermining and under appreciating Jessica is just beyond asinine. What matters is that it was masterfully sung. And it’s funny how you overlook Phil’s repetitiveness and simply adequate work of art, no?

          • Tarc says:

            Not as assinine as ignoring the significant problems with Jessica’s performance. And, no, Phil’s not repetitive in the slightest – no more than Jessica mumbling though power ballads each week, at least.

          • nikkiqm says:

            @ Tarc Your calling out Joe but your pretty immature and ridiculous yourself. Jessica was mumbling?!? Now your just making things up. Just say she isn’t your style or you’d like to hear her sing a more uptempo song but to say she mumbles and can’t sing is pure bs. Also you think Phil (who scream through songs and has pitch issues) and Coltonn ( who had pitch issues and weird hiccups in his voice) are honestly better? There not better than Jessica or more talented maybe just more your style of music. And I’m a big Dave Matthews fan and if you think Jessica is a mimick you sure as hell can bet that Phillip is too.

          • Leslie Lansdowne (@Marsailiquilts) says:

            No, actually Jessica has mumbled in a couple of her songs—and Tarc isn’t “immature” for pointing that out. Geez, these Jessica worshipers will resort to insults and swear words and name calling all because people don’t worship her. The sad thing here is NO ONE has ever said that Jessica isn’t a phenominal talent. She’s just YOUNG and needs to find her own voice. If you can’t handle that truth–than maybe you don’t belong debating with adults who can see it clearly. And to put down another contestant because someone prefers them over Jessica is downright immature itself. Phil isn’t a copy of Dave Matthews—I know Dave Matthews music and Phil doesn’t sound anything like him. He may have some similarities, but Phillip is his own artist. Jessica isn’t yet—she will be someday but she isn’t there YET! Deal with it and grow up—stop insulting people who are rooting for Jessica and her future and can appreciate the talent that is already developed in the people who are older and more experienced!

          • nikkiqm says:

            @ Leslie I don’t know who your directing your comments at but I have not cursed or said anything remotely childish in any of my posts. You say no one ever said Jessica isn’t talented but Tarc has sad her voice has issues and she mumbles, which I don’t hear at all without pointing out the obvious flaws in Phils and Coltons voice. Come on now.

          • Leslie Lansdowne (@Marsailiquilts) says:

            I was speaking of Cup O Joe when I specifically spoke of Jessica fans swearing or calling names—but the facts are that she DOES mumble at times and slurs her words and has a problem controlling her vibrato—it is the truth. She’s ONLY 16 years old! She still needs some work—Tarc never said she wasn’t talented—he only pointed out that she still has some work to do because some of you Jessica lovers are saying she is perfect—and she isn’t. And putting down other contestants because people can see their talents is just wrong. Phillip is awesome, he is already there—-Jimmy has said so and so has every single mentor who has come onto the show. THAT speaks for itself. You don’t have to like his style—but when bigwigs in the industry are saying this, you do have to acknowledge that fact.

            For the record, I’m having issues logging in so some of my comments come through as Marsaili and some come through with my real name. I just wanted to point this out before I get accused of trying to log in as two people to support my Idol. Yes, it’s happened to others.

          • chamber says:

            I have no problems understanding Jessica, but since when does every wood have to be perfectly (intonated ) when singing, there are tons of singers that i don’t understand till i get the lyrics.

            That said elise she mangles words or extends syllables isn’t it a running joke idolatry to put subtitles on parts of her songs to see her pronunciation of a word.

            There is just so much double standards here.

            Please don’t get me into the whole originality thing cause i would say there is no real true original voice among the whole crop this year.

            They are all products of the music they follow

            Elise is the more raspy voiced classic rock songstress along the lines of Janis Joplin.

            Joshua – is a gospel/church singer.

            Colton sounds like a emo singer

            Phillip does his guttural version of dave mathews,

        • Jason says:

          I am with Jimmy Iovine I go by A) Whether or not they are original and creative. B) Whether or not they can sell records. If they can sing incredible is irrelevant in the music business. That can be fixed in the studio. Just look at the top artists of the day. If you’re looking for the best singer then maybe Jessica deserves it. But the music business is not about the best singer. It’s about image, creativity, style, . Jessica will be able to outsing Katy Perry any day of the week. But Katy Pery is a more exciting artist, writes her own songs, knows how to build her image, etc, etc. To me Philip, Colton, Elise, Skylar, and joshua have their own unique style and sound. Jessica sounds nice in a Mariah Carey, Celne Dion power ballad way but if she wins she will be a failure in the real world!!

          • Lee says:

            Have you even seen any of Jessica’s performances this season? Because you obviously don’t know anything about her. When she was given a choice, she has sung Jennifer Hudson, Whitney Houston, and Beyonce. Does that give you a clue that she’s into R&B? She’ll probably carve a career that is influenced by those artists plus Adele. She has the capability to be America’s Adele. Who has been at the top of the charts for the past year? Uh, huh. I’d say Jessica has a very bright career ahead of her. Go away you Jessica haters.

          • Cup of Joe says:

            The fact that J. Hud and Beyonce are big stars gives some hope for Jessica. And second, Jason, you are such an a$$hat turd. Go to hell and die, you w@nker!

          • I totally agree with you, Jason. Jessica bores me. Hollie bores me. I like both girls, I love their voices but they bring nothing new to the songs and rarely connect with them beyond understanding how to technically sing them. I’d go see Colton, Phillip, Skylar or Elise—even Joshua in a concert right now. I’d pass on Jessica and Hollie. Maybe they just need some life experience before they are as good as the others.

          • Cup of Joe says:

            Leslie, you need to wake up! A technically great product is m

          • Cup of Joe says:

            Leslie, you need to wake up! A technically great product is much more superior than a work of art that ain’t all that particularly great, especially with a “been there, done that much better” vibe.

          • just saying says:

            Leslie is entitled to her opinion. And the truth is a lot of people when they go to a concert, go to be entertained. The writing on the wall for a long time has been that entertainers are more popular than singers nowadays. How do you think Britney Spears paved the way for the katy perry’s and Kesha’s of the world? the point people are trying to make about jessica is that she’s only 16 and singing songs that are not youthful at all. From experience, i can tell you that the little girl with big voice thing only goes over well in pageants, church productions and community events nowadays. other KIDS are not going to enjoy it. And if kids her own age don’t want to see her, who do you think will? She will do better the more she loosens up and acts more youthful. You want poise for your Miss America, but not for your teen pop star. You can be a singer and have some personality. So far, she has little of it. she’s just too… perfect. People like a little flaw here and there. She’s not as bland as Pia Toscano or Hollie, but she’s not doing herself any favors by being in the same category. I knew kids like her growing up. she got complimented so much on how big her voice was and her maturity thru her life, it will be hard for her to shake that off…. And, no, i don’t know her personally. but you can make some assumptions just based on the footage of her performing when she was little. she carried herself the same way then as now.

          • Cup of Joe says:

            @Just saying I don’t really care whether she’s robotic and all that sh!t. To say that Jessica seems perfect is quite asinine. She seems more shy average teenage girl than Miss Teen Queen. I believe that the work of art is more important than the personality in the grand scheme of things. And hey, when she gets signed, do you really think people will particularly care for someone’s personality when they buy their records? The answer is ” F*ck no!”

          • Tarc says:

            I totally agree that Philip, Colton, Elise, and Skylar are the top 4. They’ve got it and they can move records.

          • Tarc says:

            @ Cup of Joe – I realize that you’ve no made fifty posts about how much you love Jessica… great, I’m glad she has fervent fans. I’m not one… yet. She needs to fix come vocal issues, and figure out what she’s going to sing when she grows up. No one’s going to buy albums of power ballads (see old-fashion Simon Cowell’s protegee Leona Lewis’ very minor sales). Maybe in a year or two, she’ll be where PP, Colton, Elise, and Skylar are in their careers and she can win me over.

          • Erica says:

            I knew of Jessica before AI because Brandon Kane (YouTube singer) has an original song with her. She is R&B/pop more than a ballad singer. We all just know that you don’t win AI by being urban pop and this year’s themes so far highlighter her ballad style.

            She can sell records. Her voice is radio friendly. I listened to her before and now listening to her studio versions. They are all good.

          • Cup of Joe says:

            Tarc, how about go STFU with your hogwash? You are full of it, you dipsh!t!

          • Tarc says:

            Wow… how tacky Joe! i’ll have to keep posting just for you! I always view name calling as the cry of a battle lost.

          • Cup of Joe says:

            Tarc, perhaps you need to grow up and stop undermining a little girl and find deluded faults about her, no?

      • Naomi says:

        To be honest, I don’t get why “artistry” is used to describe changing up a song. Creativity? Yes. But artistry? Artistry seems to be more about creating something yourself, not adapting something that already exists. So calling any of these people “artists” for slowing down a song, or changing a few notes, or altering phrasings, just seems like a bit of a stretch…

    • musica1 says:

      I thought Jessica was great. And they called it artistry when Adam Lambert ripped off others’ arrangements of songs and when Daughtry did the same. I think they appreciate when a contestant doesn’t do the well known,obvious choice.

    • Mercedes S. says:

      Jessica is a great mimic – but I’d like to know what Jessica sounds like.

      • Lunakit says:

        Yes, I think that is what Jimmy was eluding to as well when he said that Jessica is a very good “student”. I think she is a natural mimic though. She studies the vocal tricks and personas of her idols, and damn if she doesn’t nail it every time. At 16, I think it is still forgivable and she will form her own identity as she becomes more seasoned. (Either that, or she has a great future ahead of her in a tribute band…gack!)

        • darcy's evil twin says:

          I watched an interview with Reba McEntyre once and she said when she first started singing she could sing, for example, a Dolly Parton song that sounded just like Dolly Parton. She said it took a while before she discovered her own sound and style. That’s probably true of Jessica as well. Clearly the girl is very talented.

          • marie says:

            Absolutely. I will be more interested in her when she does discover that sound and style of her own, most likely in a few years when she’s grown up a bit and had some life experience as an adult. Before that, I find myself simply not interested, talented though she is.

      • Shay says:

        I absolutely agree with you. She is a great mimic. She is technically amazing, but I have yet to feel anything from her. I have yet to connect with her or root for her to win.

        • Cup of Joe says:

          Better a technically great pro that’s robotic (which to call Jessica that is bullcrud) rather than a mediocre musician with personality.

          • Tarc says:

            It sill doesn’t change the fact that we still have no idea what music the girl’s going to sing when she makes a record. An album of 80’s power ballads isn’t going to fly.

      • YowzaPowza says:

        I think all of this overanalyzing of Jessica is a little uncalled for. You say you don’t know what Jessica sounds like? She sounds like Jessica. There’s really not much else to it. To say the girl is only mimicking her idols isn’t really valid. Everyone sounds like someone else. Nobody is 100% original. The girl has a great voice, potential and major star quality. That’s really all we can ask for. She’s sixteen and doing her best.

        • Marsaili says:

          Yowza, it isn’t uncalled for—that is exactly what she is doing. She sounds like Jessica sounding like Beyonce’ or Whitney or whomever else she sings (although she didn’t sound very much like Gloria Estefan) You have your opinion and other have theirs—it is uncalled for to say one’s opinion is uncalled for—she may be 16 but she is talented enough that she doesn’t HAVE to mimic—that’s the point. She does need to find her own sound. Until she does, I’m not interested.

          • YowzaPowza says:

            Relax.

          • Cup of Joe says:

            Apparently, someone has their panties up in a bunch, ya?

          • just saying says:

            yeah. the two of YOU, yowza and joe. Marsaili was just giving its opinion. which, in this instance, i agree with.

          • Cup of Joe says:

            @Just saying How about STFU and go DIAF, you pr*ck!

          • Marsaili says:

            Joe, how old are you? So, only you and Yowza are allowed their opinions, anyone who doesn’t agree has their panties in a bunch or is told to STFU and called a pri*k? Well, you’ve totally lost my respect, don’t bother responding to my posts anymore—I don’t debate with immature children who resort to name calling when people don’t agree with them. (preparing for the immature response)

          • Cup of Joe says:

            In that case, I think that you are in need of some thick skin. And to deny Jessica of the respect for her work of art is completely asinine. I have no patience for folks who can’t acknowledge a great product when it hits them in the face.

          • Tarc says:

            Eh, Joe’s a troll.

          • Cup of Joe says:

            Tarc, it’s funny that you call me a troll. Guess it takes one to know one, no?

    • bj says:

      BEYONCE MUST BE OK WITH JESSICA , SHE PUT JESSICA’S VIDEO ON HER PAGE ! I THINK THAT SPEAKS VOLUMES ! SOOOO GET OVER IT !!!!

    • Anna says:

      There was this interview of Jessica Sanchez about the rendition she made on beyonce’s sweet dream. She said that she saw beyonce’s concert and beyonce’s made this song a ballad. So she did it as a ballad. Clearly,she is not owning the ballad rendition. Maybe the judges don’t know that beyonce had this rendition that’s why they thought that it was the idea of Jessica. So don’t judge Jessica about this because she never commented that she made the idea to make the song ballad. God Bless!

    • Anna says:

      There was this interview of Jessica Sanchez about the rendition she made on beyonce’s sweet dream. She said that she saw beyonce’s concert and beyonce’s made this song a ballad. So she did it as a ballad.She like beyonce’s rendition so she sing it. Clearly,she is not owning the ballad rendition. Maybe the judges don’t know that beyonce had this rendition that’s why they thought that it was the idea of Jessica. So don’t judge Jessica about this because she never commented that she made the idea to make the song ballad. God Bless!

  3. Marko says:

    Jessica is the only girl with a chance to win this competition.

    • dee123 says:

      Sadly yes. The ‘Rock chic’ (for lack of a better description) never wins.
      I might as well stop watching now. The lowest common denominator i.e Colton will probably win anyway.

    • DG says:

      disagree. She probably has the best shot, but I think Skylar and Elise can swoop in if others mess up, which seems likely to me. With the group so even this year, it’s really hard to know what will happen.

    • shelbybb says:

      This thing can turn on a dime according to what the judges say each week! I promise you….IT’S NOT OVER YET!

      • TheBeach says:

        And therein lies the problem. For the most part these judges either over-praise or under-praise while offering little, if any, constructive criticism…no matter how much Randy and his air-quotes say differently. It’s a shame that many voters take what the judges say as gospel and vote accordingly.

    • Lemon says:

      Jessica is the only contestant with a chance to sell 1,000,000,000 songs, and that’s ultimately what they want. Elise was amazing on stage, but she’s a niche singer, just like Haley. Jessica is only 16, and will grow out of her robotic singing as she grows up. Her voice and singing are not on par with Kelly Clarkson’s, but they are on par with Carrie’s and Jordin’s, and that’s saying something. That said, I’ve always wondered why Jordin didn’t sell a kabillion songs.

      • Templar says:

        Jessica has zero chance of selling anything. She’s this year’s Thia Meghia.

        • Clearly the haters have no idea what they are talking about. Pre-Idol, she had 45 million views and 100,000 subscribers on her youtube channel, generated by her talent without any Idol hype. Phillip and Colton’s #1 marketable quality is having been on AI and gotten television exposure. Outside of that, they’d have a hard time winning a unbiased talent competition at any mid-sized university or county fair imo. Maybe best at their family reunion, but best in America is a joke, which is why AI is vulnerable to competition from other music shows. Keep voting for the mediocre talents and the show will be gone. This will not impact people like Jessica one iota. It’s amazing she lasted unsigned until 16. She will be a star no matter where she places and would have been so without Idol.

          • Marsaili says:

            You obviously haven’t watch Phillip’s videos on Youtube. Even Reed is very successful outside of Idol. Jessica does talent shows for a living and has since she was a small child—she’s had plenty of exposure—Oh, and before Idol, she was on America’s Got Talent—that’s probably where she’s gotten her 45 million views from—clearly a HUGE advantage over people like Phillip and Colton who are just hoofing it for a living and haven’t had the exposure that Jessica has had for YEARS.

          • Erica says:

            Yay! A fellow commenter who watched her on YouTube way back then. ;)

          • Me says:

            Colton has been on the Ellen show. Just saying.

        • Cup of Joe says:

          Templar, let’s be fair here. Thia Megia was the definition of robotic. Jessica has a lot more emotion than that. If Jess was another Thia, don’t you think she would’ve gone the same time as she did. Dumba$$!

          • Templar says:

            Ok. Fair enough. Come back to this site in one year and let’s compare where Jessica is then to where Scotty is now. In the meantime, let’s stop arguing like children. Cup of Joe, resorting to vulgarity diminishes you not the person you’re aiming it toward.

        • Anna says:

          there are 2 million filipinos in America +100 million in the philippines and other million in all parts of the world,there are many Americans that are supporting Jessica Sanchez,How can you tell that she has zero chance of selling album…think of that..Jessica and Thia are different as a singer…..

        • Anna says:

          You know templar there are 2 million filipinos in America +100 million in the philippines and other million in all parts of the world,there are many Americans that are supporting Jessica Sanchez,How can you tell that she has zero chance of selling album…think of that..Jessica and Thia are different as a singer…..She will definitely sell millions…

    • katrilotta says:

      She has a beautiful voice, but not so much character.

      • darcy's evil twin says:

        I think you intended to write “personality”, not “character”.

        • SiniGang says:

          I find that when Jessica isn’t trapped by having to sing songs before she was born she has a better chance of picking a song that showcase her personality on stage. The stage presence she had in Vegas and in the early rounds was what got WilliAm to proclaim her as the Swaggernaut. Don’t others find it odd that the Jessica critics try and sway others by saying she is robotic? The poar opposite of what the judges called her earlier. Perhaps is someone mentored her into an eighties song that allows her to express that earlier spunkiness she will prove once again that she’s no Thia.

          And I competely agree about Hollie, her small bit on the Borderline song was way better than all her previous performances combined. So much more charm and hopefully she does something like this tomorrow.

          Elise will have a tough time beating last week’s performance which is arguably one of the best this season. She’s getting comfortable on stage and that only makes her performances shine.

          If Joshua gets a hold of a TerenceTrent d’Arby song, it will be a highlight point for him. Perhaps help define him as a recording artist. Even reinterpreting a Sade song will counter the weekly emotional breakdowns on stage with a smooth side of his voice.

          PP2 needs to show another side as well, they all do- whoever cements that versatility first in the minds of the viewers will gain the fans who were voting for the contestants no longer there. They don’t have to alter their singing style but more their pacing. Paint us a picture of what a solo album or concert might be like.

    • Tarc says:

      I’d put both Elise and Skylar over Jessica. Both have a current, marketable sound and they know who they are. Plus, neither have enunciation and vibratto issues to overcome.

      • Will says:

        Woah woah woah. That’s just wrong. One, I haven’t heard any mumbling or enunciation issues from Jessica thus far, and unless you can give me actual sound bites I simply don’t believe you, given that I’ve listened to her performances enough thus far to pick up on them if they existed. Nor is her vibratto an “issue” or even a negative. It’s strong but effective, and she uses it properly. Just because it’s too heavy for your taste does not mean it’s an issue she needs to fix just to please you.

        And two, there is no POSSIBLE way you can claim Elise doesn’t have enunciation issues. Heck, during Idology, Jason makes an explicit point to mark them by having the text with the botched enunciation and (more often) pronunciation float right next to her.

        • Me says:

          I wouldn’t call them “enunciation issues” per se, they’re just nuances in her voice and they sound pretty damn awesome, that’s why they use subtitles.

  4. Kristi says:

    So I guess Elise is this year’s Haley. I won’t deny that Elise gave a great performance, but I just don’t care for her raspy/growly voice. Is that so wrong? :)

    • Jessica says:

      Elise and Haley are not my style of music. Personally I think Elise is better but only because she does do that cool thing with her voice.

      • ejones says:

        Elise has an almost permanent raspy voice, Haley has less rasp and so much more variety in her voice. Comparison is null and void, they do not have a common style.

        • abfidy says:

          Thank you ejones! I wish people would leave Haley out of the equation. Let Elise be Elise, she doesn’t have to be and she’s not trying to be Haley 2.0! The only thing they have in common is that they’re blonde and they’re both awesome.

    • Erica says:

      No, not wrong. I do not dig her too much.

    • darcy's evil twin says:

      I love, love, love Elise. I love that raspy, growly, bluesy voice. I’ve watched that performance of “Whole Lotta Love” on the DVR about 27 times now. But I don’t care for Jessica, even though technically she is superb. Everyone has personal preferences and is entitled to their opinion. That’s why there is so much variety on the radio!

      • TheBeach says:

        Well said. What a bland world this would be if everyone had the same preferences in music, clothes, whatever. I love many types of music and would hate to restrict myself to one genre or singing style. I do enjoy someone whose voice has a certain “character” and that’s why I lean more toward Elise but I enjoy everything from the smoothness of Ella to the raspiness of Janis.

      • Snsetblaze says:

        There’s variety on the Internet. On the radio, not so much anymore, especially in the NYC area believe it or not. On many of the stations, you can hear the same cruddy song at least twice times within three hours. The few rock (not top 40 or pop rock stations) stations left rarely play any women.

        • darcy's evil twin says:

          Snsetblaze – I agree with you but I have a satellite radio in my vehicle. Wow, that is wonderful! There are so many choices. I was thinking about satellite radio when I wrote that comment. Once you go satellite you’ll never go back.

    • Mercedes S. says:

      Totally agree about Elise. I can see why others like her, I can appreciate her “artistry” (“Idol” has made me hate that word!) , but she’s not my kind of singer.

      • My Alter Ego says:

        Mercedes, I can understand why you might have come to hate the word “artistry.” AI and probably most reality singing shows both over- and misuse the word to the point where it no longer has meaning for those musicians who truly are “artists” (Renee Fleming anyone? — and, no, I’m not an opera buff. I just have had enough vocal training to be able to recognize what’s truly great from that which is merely good.) I get a bit offended when I hear the likes of J-Lo, Lee DeWyze, Phil Phillips, etc. referred to as “artists.”

        That said, that doesn’t mean that people can’t appreciate them and find them entertaining.

    • Terry says:

      Love Haley, don’t care for Elise. JMHO

    • sam says:

      i couldn’t agree more, i hated her in the beginning and just didn’t’ get all the elise love, but at least now she’s singing music that is appropriate for her voice.

    • JC says:

      I feel the same way. I like Elise but I don’t love her voice. And I really didn’t like Haley either (but at least Elise doesn’t have Haley’s attitude).

      • Emma says:

        I loved everything about Haley last season but there’s no one who has grabbed me like that this year. We’ll see how Elise’s attitude is holding up if she gets kicked in the teeth for 12 weeks straight!

      • Marsaili says:

        What attitude did Haley have? The judges dissed her week after week after week and she held up superbly. ONE TIME she got pissed at Randy—but Randy was being a total unreasonable jerk to her and his comments about her song and her performance were unjustified. I’m so sick of people say she had an attitude or Elise has an attitude. Get real.

        • Tarc says:

          The judges were obnoxious to Haley from week one. She delivered a *flawless* version of Blue, and they totally blew her off. It was the most ridiculous judging on Idol ever. The judges are very biased (see J-Lo supporitng the very modestly takented Stefano last seaon, or her saying that Elise had to ‘force her’ to stand up – like it was some giant imposition). This year, the girls are really getting criticised more than the guys (though the guys, over all, are better).

          • Cup of Joe says:

            The guys are better? Really? I’ll take D. Cook and DeWyze over Colt

          • Cup of Joe says:

            The guys are better? Really? I’ll take D. Cook and DeWyze over Colton and P2 at any day. DeAndre and Joshua, I don’t particularly care for.

      • FreeHaley says:

        Yeah she had a ‘bad’ attitude after smiling and dusting off her bottom three stool all the time, but yeah such a terrible attitude.

        And Randy spouts utter garbage week after week and then obnoxiously singles her out for a total call out put down, the worst ever seen on Idol, for no legit reason, and she finally slightly loses it a little (and BTW, turned around to cry right after, but mostly managed to hide it from the audience so you probably didn’t even realize that) and she had other contestants 100% defending her response to him BTW and Steven Tyler gave the distinct impression he was disgusted by what had been done to her there too.

        Did you see how they cut all her back story stuff too? I mean they let everyone else do that skype or whatever it was home chat thing for hours and Haley had like a 6 second shot at it before they cut her off and you could totally tell they had zero plans and expectations for her to make top three.

        Even at her home town event, when she received her judge’s song choice she was standing in the rain greeting tons of fans thanking them for being so amazing to actually come out to see her in such terrible weather and she couldn’t believe they had, etc. and she was meeting and greeting and shaking hands but that made her seem too human and nice I guess, anyway, they re-shot the scene, supposedly to show her off dry, with her all alone in a limo, receiving her judge’s song choice for the ‘first’ time like an isolated diva. You can find footage of her original arrival and so on on you tube and then all the stuff they faked and re-shot to show on Idol or listen to the stories of people who were there who saw one thing in person and totally different things on TV for her each time.

        etc.
        etc.

        • Marsaili says:

          I know, they so obviously made it so the audience wouldn’t have to opportunities to connect to Haley like they did with Lauren and Scotty. But, people who knew better connected anyway—and let them (Nigel) know that they were wrong. I think we’ve seen a vast improvement this year in how the contestants are more equally pimped—-not totally—I think HeeJun probably got more pimping than needed or deserved but over all I think Idol as a whole is giving us a better picture of who these contestants are in real life. The judges, however, need to do better. I wanted to give Jennifer one of her “punches” when she told Elise she didn’t want to stand for her. Ugh, it’s Haley all over again with J-Lo. I haven’t seen as much evidence of it with Randy yet and Steven was always in Haley’s corner. I think he over-exaggerates his praise sometimes but his advice is usually right on.

    • Lemon says:

      The gravelly, raspy voice is great for a song or two. Or, it’s fun for a live performance at House of Blues after you’ve had a couple cocktails and you’re hip bumping with your group of friends. However, it can get old quick, and start to grate on the nerves and the ears.

      • elisefan44 says:

        well, i actually have the opposite preference. i loved haley last year, but i’m actually digging elise’s voice even more. i would absolutely love it if she released a whole album that combines the more jazz-y vocalizations of ‘vienna’ with the rocked out vibe of ‘whole lotta love’. i’ve listened to both songs repeatedly since the shows aired. there’s no one else’s voice on this show that i’m enjoying to any great degree other than elise. i also thought she killed the fleetwood mac medley.

      • Lime says:

        Agreed, I’m already tired of it.

    • Jurybox says:

      Yes – she’s amazing! Her performance was unbelievable this week!

  5. NikkiQM says:

    Jessica Sanchez haters are funny to me. The girl never claimed she was doing her own twist on the song. Whether or not Beyonce has done it that way before is pretty irrelevant. Jessica out sings all the other contestants on the show, with maybe the exception of Elise but gets quiet muted praise. Colton was awful this week, I cant believe they didnt call him out on the performance more. He was way too pitchy and as someone who actually loves the original Lifehouse version of that song, he did NOT do it justice.
    Elise killed it this week, definitely leader of the pack with Jessica a close second. I worry for Jessica though she’s so great and so talented that shes going to have to do something extra spectacular to really stand out because expectations with her are so high.

    • agree! jessica even tweeted that the arrangement was never hers and it’s all beyonce… she made it clear that she don’t want to get credited for that arrangement… want proof? check her twitter!

    • I Heart Chuck Bass (and Damon Salvatore) says:

      “Quiet, muted praise?” Are we watching the same show? She’s received two (maybe three) standing ovations, had one song called “the best thing ever done on Idol,” even though it was a note-for-note ripoff of the original and had zero originality, and Steven keeps saying things like, “thank you for letting me hear you sing” and “You may be The One.” Yeah, that’s quiet and muted.

      I don’t hate Jessica. But, when I look at her, all I see is a pageant girl who can sing well. I almost spit out my drink when she said she had another personality called Bebe Chez. How about showing us your actual personality first before introducing us to a new one?

      • nikkiqm says:

        In a season where they said Joshua had the best performance they’ve ever seen on Idol ever, give standing O’s to mediocre performances by Colton, Heejun, and Deandre and go on and on about Phil Phillips “artistry” the praise they have given Jessica isn’t enough.
        I also think she has a sweet personality. She’s respectful and has great stage presence and style. But music is subjective I guess.

        • Sandi says:

          Colton did not get a standing ovation. However, I agree that Jessica is not getting the credit she deserves. The girl is an incredible talent.

      • Yeah right says:

        What’s wrong with getting credit for singing well? They praised Hollie as well and she was out of tune. You prefer out of tune to good singing? Go and watch The Voice.

        • darcy's evil twin says:

          I’m sorry, but much of The Voice has been dreadful this year, IMO. I’m hoping the upcoming live rounds are better.

          • Sandi says:

            I think Yeah right was saying the same thing. And I agree. As much as I think the judges are bringing Idol way down, The Voice and X Factor (sadly) don’t hold a candle to it…

          • TheBeach says:

            Yep, The Voice judges have made some really weird choices this year, both in song selection, whom they pitted against one another and then their subsequent picks. They had me scratching my head more often than not.

          • 30CamdenSquare says:

            The biggest problem w/ The Voice is the Battle Rounds IMO. Besides the fact that it sucks all of the momentum out of the show by taking far too long to go live & only seeing each contestant once in four weeks, it’s contradicts the whole point of the BLIND auditions. Plus if you’re going to have teams, coaches & battles, shouldn’t contestants battle contestants from the other teams, and let America decide w/ an either/or type voting system?

            Anyway, I still think The Voice has some strong contestants. My favorite, right now, is Lindsey Pavao. I thought her version of “Say Ahh” was awesome as well as being the most creative re-arrangement of a song I’ve ever seen on one of these shows.

          • darcy's evil twin says:

            @30Camdensquare – hence my comment that “much” of the voice has been dreadful. There are some good contestants but darn, those battle rounds were painful.

          • 30CamdenSquare says:

            @DET – I agree w/ you. My comment would’ve been a more appropriate response to Yeah rights comment than to yours.

      • Gorm says:

        That “Alternate Personality” garbage is nauseating. What vain people we are these days.

        • Erica says:

          I read an interview about the alternate personality and what she meant was that she is naturally shy but on stage she is not.

        • Cup of Joe says:

          Wow, dude! Are you really that petty? Perhaps you should get over yourself, no?

        • Miscellaneopolan says:

          I dunno. I think adopting a persona is pretty common among performers nowadays. As far as I can tell it’s an idea that started in hip-top and has begun to cross over. Eminem has, like, three different personas. And of course Beyonce has Sasha Fierce, so it makes sense that Jessica would follow her idol and adopt one for herself.
          .
          Honestly, I think Hollie should consider adopting one. It might let her cut loose a little.

          • 30CamdenSquare says:

            I think some performers use it to help them overcome being nervous. I think it work for them then that’s great.

            I think it actually goes back a long way. David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust comes to mind, but it probably goes back even farther than that.

      • WhoSaidThat says:

        I am part wow and part oh my gosh – but in a high five laughing out loud way. Whew! I’m glad I’m not the only one who thought that was a hoot.

        She’s a good “student”.

      • WhoSaidThat says:

        @ I Heart Chuck Bass (and Damon Salvatore)

        I am part wow and part oh my gosh – but in a high five laughing out loud way. Whew! I’m glad I’m not the only one who thought that was a hoot.

        She’s a good “student”.

      • HudsonRiverside says:

        To be fair, anyone who tries to veer off too much from Whitney’s iconic version of that Dolly Parton song so close after her passing would be suicide. To call it a ripoff is rather unfair and misleading. It was a tribute night FOR Whitney for the female contestants, you are singing her most iconic song and now you decide to change it in front of a national audience? The BRAVEST thing was to honor Whitney by coming close to reaching her heights. A task no one wanted to tackle but the fiery ‘pageant’ girl. And what kind of insult was that? Thank god Jessica had put up her youtube vids thru out the years so that peope have evidence that this girl practiced and honed her talent singing all kinds of songs by herself. If that’s pageant then we need more hard working talents like her in pageants!

    • Tarc says:

      Jessica doesn’t outsing the other contestants – the world of singing does not begin and end with being (mostly) technically proficient in singing power ballads. Whitney was a great singer; Mariah and Christina are great singers, but so was Donny Hathaway and Louis Armstrong, and so are Bonnie Raitt and Screaming Jay Hawkins, and Emmilou Harris. Elise outsings pretty much everyone, and Skylar isn’t too far off (though her songs are less challenging). I’d add Phil, too, if he’d stick a little closer to the melody. Jessica has a LOT of talent, but she’s by far not the only significant singer on the show.

      • Ben says:

        Phil doesn’t outsing very many of the contestants by any measure (including the Louis measure). Louis never had the significant problems Phil has with actually staying on pitch and singing the song. Thisgoes well beyond ‘sticking to the melody’. Jessica and Elise are both clearly a cut above (along with Joshua), but I wouldn’t like to be the one who said any one was better than the others. They should be the top 3, but unfortunately one of Colton and Phil will slip in to the finale, and probably both will slip into the top 4 at the expense of Joshua. I really like Hollie, but I’d have her in a category with Phil, Colton, and Skylar. Talented, but shouldn’t be knocking the top 3 off their perches. Deandre should go this week with any luck.

        • My Alter Ego says:

          Ben, there is much reality in what you posted. Satchmo wasn’t always perfect, but he was a far better musician and entertainer than Phil will probably ever become. Unfortunately, the downward spiral of accepting mediocre muscianship has been going on for a long time, and probably won’t cease until it hits rock bottom — and given society’s current trends, standards will be lowered again, so that “rock bottom” will sink further.

          In terms of true muscianship, Elise and Jessica are probably more that “a clear cut above” and Joshua is, at least, a cut above Philip and Colton (and Elise, Jessica, and Joshua SHOULD be the final 3, even though I know it won’t happen that way). But since the final 13, I’ve suspected that we are headed for a finale of Philip and Colton, and after reading “Gender Bias” on WhatNotToSing” this afternoon, unfortunately, I’m more convinced (and definitely disheartened) than before.

          • darcy's evil twin says:

            So, My Alter Ego, you’re saying Kei$ha and Rhianna aren’t “rock bottom”?
            Darn. I was thinking we might be headed toward a reversal of fortune in popular music.

          • Tarc says:

            Considering Satchmos was one of the greatest artists ever, PP isn’t likely to be as successful. Of course, virtually no artist out at the moment – with the exception of Adele – is likely to. So what? PP isn’t mediocre – as a long line of professionals (including the top producer in the country and one of the greatest pop singers ever this week alone) have mentioned. if your tatse sucks, so be it, but don’t mistake that for truth. Jessica mumbles and warbles too often, and has no musical identity yet, so no, she isn’t a cut above anyone on the show. I’m more sure than ever of a PP, Colton, Elise Top 3.

          • Cup of Joe says:

            Tarc, don’t be such a tool, k? Jessica mumbles and warbles? That is just out of f*cking left field, buddy b/c I understand everything she sings.

        • Tarc says:

          Yeah, I don’t think so.

          • Cup of Joe says:

            Why so ass-inine, buddy? Stop hounding any Jessica fan over here.

          • Tarc says:

            You do understand that you’re replying to my thread, right? And you’ve just spent a dozen posts swearing at people that don’t worship Jessica, right?

        • Marsaili says:

          You know, if you had said something about Colton not staying on pitch, I’d totally agree with you but Phillip has never had pitch problems. His voice is growly and raspy—but pitchiness is not an issue with him. He might change up the melody up—but he’s always in pitch. People are trying real hard to find fault with Phil’s singing but again, the TOP PEOPLE in the industry have stated that he is ready for stardom—Jimmy even stated that he would sign Phillip up right there. And this notion that he is Dave Matthews Jr. is crazy—-he might have some similarities but he isn’t a carbon copy and he sounds NOTHING like Dave Matthews. Dave’s voice is clearer, his normal range is higher and Dave doesn’t have a constant rasp like Phil does. I think Phil is way more intense as well. Is he the best vocalist? I don’t believe so, but I think he has all the right pieces in place to be the biggest star at this point. Colton isn’t far behind if he works on his voice.

    • Marsaili says:

      Funny, i’ve not seen one person write that they hate Jessica. I’ve seen plenty of people say she needs to grow some and find her self in her music and that she needs more life experience to be able to get behind the songs she sings. Even the mentors have told her that.

      • HudsonRiverside says:

        I don’t find they hate Jessica either, but plainly see that they choose keywords like “robotic” to attempt to bury the “swaggernaut” or “fiery fireracker” descriptions the mentors and judges have called her. Perhaps they only tuned in after the Whitney tribute song. It’s like trying to say Phillip doesn’t play guitar or Skylar has no energy… All clearly evident by watching the show.

  6. john says:

    My kids are 8 and 10 years old. For the past 3 years, at this stage in the competition, they have correctly picked the winner. And obviously, it has not always been the best vocalist. More a mix of presence, likability, and talent. This year, they say it’s Colton.

    • nikkiqm says:

      Your kids are probably right. Which is pretty unfortunate because he’s Definitley not the best vocalist of this season.

      • shelbybb says:

        nikkiqm – I was thinking the exact same thing! Sad indeed.

      • Sandi says:

        I don’t think Colton will win (although I’m not adverse to the idea) but let’s be honest. This is not purely a vocal competition. I may be wrong but I feel like most of the people who post here are grown-ups. And what do I read here? “Eeew, he’s so snobby because he talks about being a Christian.” “She looks old and dresses gross.” “She seems to have a bad attitude.” Etc.

        Personally, I hope the top 3 are Colton, Phillip, and Jessica with Jessica coming out on top.

    • darcy's evil twin says:

      I’m going with P2, but kudos to your kids for picking the winners.

      • karenb says:

        Me, too, darcy’s evil twin. However, the thought did occur to me that Colton’s votes probably went through the roof that night with the mention of the song being his favorite worship song, etc. Not that there’s anything wrong with that lol but most Idol winners have been from religious contestants from the South…just sayin’.

        • darcy's evil twin says:

          then why didn’t Casey James win? He was from Texas. Loved that guy. I’m originally from the south and I’m a Christian but I like Elise and P2 better than Colton at this point. And I loved Adam Lambert.
          Clearly Satan himself couldn’t stop the Scotty Train last year!
          .
          I’m beginning to think other people take us Christians more seriously than we take ourselves – I was thinking about “Hee Haw” the other night – babes in skimpy outfits, off-color, corny jokes, and lots of drinking, cheating, and shooting songs – but they always had plenty of patriotic and gospel music as well.

          • karenb says:

            Did not mean any offense, DET. :)

          • darcy's evil twin says:

            LOL, you didn’t offend me at all. you weren’t rude – you just stated your opinion.
            Colton is a practicing Christian – I read an article about him online. I just wish Jesus would tell him to do something with that hair!

          • Lunakit says:

            “Hee Haw??????????” :-) Wow, DET! You get the Reference of the Day Award! How many times does someone actually get to say: “I was thinking about Hee Haw the other night…”
            (I am now giving myself a side project to find a natural way to bring that up in my next conversation… :-) )

          • darcy's evil twin says:

            Well, I was thinking about how people tend to think of Christians as uptight people. But that’s not the case. “Hee Haw” is kind of a classic example. Being a Christian doesn’t mean you don’t enjoy off color jokes, good looking babes with clevage, etc.
            Back in the 80s I worked with a woman that was black, urban, and trendy. She drove a sports car, carried designer bags, and always looked perfect. She and her husband were staunch Baptists. His favorite show was “Hee Haw”. It drove her nuts.
            It’s similar to those rappers that sing about b*****s and hos, “capping” people, and all sorts of other stuff. Who are the first people they thank when they win an award? Their mother and Jesus. It’s the same for “Country Christians” – they sing about drinking, cheating, prison, guns, etc. but they thank Mama and Jesus when they win awards.
            Carrie Underwood followed the time-honored formula. Her first hit was “Jesus Take the Wheel” and her second hit was about a man cheating on her so she bashed up his truck. :-)

          • My Alter Ego says:

            “I’m beginning to think other people take us Christians more seriously than we take ourselves…”

            My dear D.E.T. — My observations are that there are Christians — those who try to live the principles of Christianity without flaunting their beliefs (although if called into question, such as we’re seeing here, will stand up for said beliefs). Those who know they’re just like anyone else and are dealing with the same problems, temptations, etc. that anyone else is, but that you have a certain guide that you use as your moral compass. I believe you fit into this category.

            Then there are the “Christians,” who can’t seem to “do, say, breathe” anything without attibuting it to some “higher power” and that they wouldn’t be anything without said power, etc., etc., etc., and they make certain, that with every breath inhaled, every thought spoken, “we all know it.”

            The latter category ( and, yes, undoubtedly, there must be many variations in-between) can come across in a variety of ways that those fitting into this category would never be able to recognize, much less admit. One of thse ways may be “manipulative.”

            So, bringing this back to AI, I see Colton in the latter category or closer to the latter category than the former. His voice is weak; he utilizes a set of what I consider to be “affectations” (i.e. his vocal breaks or “hiccups”; the “look” at the camera; the hair; the clothing, etc.) in performance strategically — specifically — manipulatively. While Colton may be very sincere in his belief, everything about his performances come across to me as so very insincere and extremely manipulative.

            Given some of the other comments, I’m guessing that I’m not the only one who gets that impression from Colton.

            That said, I’m bracing myself for a Colton/Phillip finale, even though it would be so very wrong!

          • darcy's evil twin says:

            I’m not sure what I think about Colton – the only thing I’m sure of is his hair bothers me, and I realize that’s superficial. Who was that rocker chick a few seasons ago – Amanda Obermeyer, or something like that? She also had that “skunk hair look”. I just don’t care for that look.
            I struggled the same way last season with Paul McDonald and the previous season with Lee Dewyze. I really, really wanted to like them. I finally had to give it up, although I think I could like Lee if he didn’t sing off-key.

    • Mercedes S. says:

      It’s the 8 and 10 year olds who sit by their phones for two hour and vote.

      • Yeah right says:

        And their parents let them do this?

      • musica1 says:

        Actually I’m pretty sure it’s the college age through middle aged women who power vote for two hours. At least in my idol circle of friends, which is pretty large, those are the most passionate voters. Younger and older vote some, but not as much.

        • darcy's evil twin says:

          If middle-aged women had that much power Danny Gokey would have won. I know – I live in Cougar Town.

          • tomitweets says:

            We cougar-aged women didn’t have enough power to get Adam Lambert the win. The only time in watching Idol have I ever power-voted for four straight hours …. or even bothered to vote more than one or more times.

          • darcy's evil twin says:

            I’m laughing – the Cougars in my neighborhood were evenly divided between Kris Allen and Adam Lambert. Maybe they split the “cougar vote”. (I was on Team Adam but I liked both of them!)

          • Stephie says:

            LOL! My “handle” that year was M.A.S.M.A. – Middle Aged Soccer Moms for Adam. Adam Lambert was the first and only contestant for whom I have ever power voted. And I’m religious, and I live in the South.

            My current top four are Colton, Jessica, Skylar and Elise.

          • karenb says:

            This crazy cougar-aged woman voted her fingers off for four solid hours on two different phones for Kris. Not too shabby for an old lady lol

          • Marsaili says:

            Oh hell no Darcy, I’m middle aged and I did not vote for Danny Gokey. I was all about Adam Lambert and Allison, heck I even preferred Megan Joy over Danny. That’s not to say I didn’t like him—he was ok.

            I vote—I don’t sit and vote for 2 hours, I don’t have the time for that—most women my age (46) that I know that watch the show don’t have the time for that. I vote online while I am reading the comments from the different sites, I make a few comments myself and then I’m done. I don’t even get 50 votes in. My teens vote some, but they don’t sit on the phone or PC for 2 hours, either. All these assumptions like Mercedes about who is voting is wrong—people of all ages vote. Period.

          • darcy's evil twin says:

            I guess I’m middle-aged. I can remember my mother telling me “I am NOT middle-aged” and I said, “Well heck, how long DO you intend to live?” Anyway, most of the middle-aged women I knew liked Danny Gokey. After he got booted off it came down to Adam vs. Kris. But Allison and Adam were my personal favorites.

          • Jurybox says:

            I hate the term cougar. HATE IT! But don’t mind me, I’m having my hot flashes now…

          • darcy's evil twin says:

            LOL. Thank goodness it cooled off here today.

    • Ben says:

      Your kids are not alone. I’ve been doing the same for the last few years and have picked it right the last three years. This year I’m genuinely not sure who to pick, but I 100% say it is not Colton. If it’s a generic white guy that wins again, Phil is the one. Either your kids streak or mine is going to end ;) I’m still holding out hope for the girls though. I don’t genuinely think Elise’s demographics are right to win, but Jessica is dominating my poll research in the way Scotty did last year, and that might be a good sign for her (or a sign that she has an international following that doesn’t reflect the votes she will actually get).

  7. Mik says:

    Oh my god, that white small stain-thing above Melinda’s head drives me crazy!!! But once again a great Idology review. Still rooting for Elise, but Phillip is pretty great too. Would looove a finale between the two of them, but it seems unlikely. They both have unique voices and I would love to buy their albums.

    • noa says:

      that would be a great final! but i predict they will be 3rd and 4th place. probably a Jessica/Colton finale, don’t you think?

      • Mik says:

        Yeah, I do and Colton is probably going to win in the end, because he will be the underdog and America love underdogs. I actually like both of them, but would prefer Elise and Phillip.

        • mj says:

          how about haley being the inderdog last year but didn’t win…

          • Mik says:

            But what Haley had against her was her bad start (being in the bottom 3 so many times) and also having Randy and J.Lo hating on her, so despite of being an underdog, too many things were going against her to save her. But several finales have had the underdogs winning (Kris/Adam, David/David, Lee/Crystal). …But I agree the underdog-thing doesn’t work every time. That would have meant someone like Syesha Mercado would have won in season seven……. ;-/

          • sara says:

            She wasn’t a male and supposedly cute underdog though. That makes all the difference.

          • abfidy says:

            I’m thinking Colton takes it Scotty style: the fangirls are unbeatable and they’re only going to grow week to week. This is a walk to the finish for him.

        • noa says:

          i feel like Elise is the real underdog here. however, i can’t even start to think about her winning, because her getting voted off in 2-3 weeks will hurt too much. too much.

          • Jurybox says:

            “I don’t want to stand up! I don’t want to stand up!” – yeah, Elise is the new Haley.

  8. ana says:

    Just love Idology. Could watch a whole hour of this show.

    Agree with Melinda on Colton and Skylar and with Michael on DeAndre.

    Elise is a beast!!!

  9. gailer says:

    love you guys, but no one should cover Led Zepp–can’t agree with you guys on that one ;)

    the women on the show this year aren’t anything unique
    Dre is amazing but he needs to ennunciate more!!!

    • The girls are nothing unique? Talent-wise, I would put Jessica and Elise over any two girls from any two seasons. Hopefully they both last enough to show us more of their versatility, of which we have only scratched the surface.

      • HudsonRiverside says:

        Definitely agree! The Idol peope have a great opportunity to make the themes so that it allows them to spotlight all their strengths. It will only create a more interesting and exciting show!

    • Jurybox says:

      Elise’s cover was smoldering, sexy, and totally rocking! Most people should not attempt to cover Led Zepp. But Elise blew me away with her rendition. You go girl! I’m a fan!

  10. Muffy says:

    I don’t understand WHY the guys were overpraised. Do you think the judges have an agenda? I would have expected the opposite because I would think they would want a talented female to win this year. There is plenty of talent and with good producing they could have a marketable singer with any one of the remaining ladies. Or is it possible that they are trying reverse psychology to get us voting of for the ladies? JLO clearly favors the guys, but what about the other “judges”?

    • Joan says:

      That is a stupid thing to say, how does JLO favor the guys? Are you just pulling things out of your butt? She was the only one to give Hollie 100% praise. She has criticized ALL the guys except Colton at one point already. What about the week when JLO encouraged the crowd to keep cheering for Jessica? What about when she was pissed when Elise was in the bottom and Heejun wasn’t? God.

    • Ben says:

      This might be a revolutionary thought, but how about the possibility that the judges actually judge the performance based on their impressions at the time, instead of having an agenda of who they want to win or praise in any given week?

  11. Erica says:

    Jimmy Iovine not mentoring Holly well. THIS!

    • darcy's evil twin says:

      No kidding. Madonna’s “Borderline” and “Mr. Sandman” from Vegas have been Hollie’s best performances, IMO.
      This reminds me of the conversation Julia Roberts had with Cameron Diaz in “My Best Friend’s Wedding” when Roberts told Diaz that Diaz’ fiancee (Dermot Mulroney) may seem like he wants creme brulee, but he really wants Jell-O.
      It’s time someone told Hollie sometimes Jell-O is better than creme brulee. :-)

    • ladyhelix says:

      I think Jimmy has picked his horse, and it’s not Holly!

  12. Unfortunately, Elise came out of the gate appearing to have a bad attitude and is very unlikely to pick up votes from the people that will be eliminated in the next few weeks. She might pick up votes from Phillip’s rocker fan base, but does anyone think she is outlasting Phillip?

    • AliAle says:

      Hopefully she picked some votes from Erika’s fans, no matter how few of them there were. People need to stop moaning about her bad attitude… just because she wasn’t all hugs and smiles doesn’t mean she has an attitude problem.

      • darcy's evil twin says:

        Good grief, I agree. Enough already about the bad attitude. People today seem to think it’s a mortal sin to express appropriate emotion or (God forbid) tell the truth about a situation. Then you’re labeled either a racist, a “hater” (stupid word), or you have a bad attitude. Elise is a 28 year old woman that’s been supporting herself, teaching vocal students, singing in a band, and experiencing life, not a 16 year old Little Missy competing in a beauty pageant who’s been coached to smile and answer “I want world peace” to every single question.

        • McFudge says:

          Can I hear an “AMEN”?!

        • Brigette says:

          ^^THIS!

        • marie says:

          Hallelujah AND Amen!

        • Tarc says:

          I agree. There seems to be a perecentage of the populations that sems to love their plastic zombie people – musicians have to be placid, blank, smiling automatons, and their actresses need to be stupid, neutral, pretty, and vapid. I personally don’t get it.

        • blingedup says:

          LOL. Preach it, sister!

        • Ben says:

          Elise has, I think, already shed that persona generally, and has picked up votes, anyway. She is a mealncholy and I don’t think she ever had an attitude problem – she just wore her heart on her sleeve and I think she holds herself to the highest standards and finds it difficult to fall short of her own expectations. But the reality of life is that people feel safer when other people wear masks. If Elise can’t mask how she is really feeling long term in this contest, she won’t win. This isn’t ‘people today’ – its the entire history of human existence. Its been that way for 6000 years and its not about to change now.

        • Marsaili says:

          Thank you!! If I read one more person go on about Elise’s or even Haley’s bad attitudes, I’m gonna scream all over this forum! I think the people who are complaining about these so called bad attitudes are delusional. God forbid anyone be REAL on this show. If I was in the bottom 3 after singing better than most of the people there, I’d be upset, too! Haley was in the bottom 3 for weeks and handled it with grace and style. She got upset once and she’s labeled as someone with a bad attitude. These holier than thou people just need to be quiet. I’m being nice.

        • FreeHaley says:

          +1

        • Jurybox says:

          Where’s the like button when you need it?

        • Me says:

          Amen, Hallelujah, Praise Jeeberz etc…

    • Idolhead Ed says:

      Elise came out of the gate late. Appeared to have a bad attitude. In the bottom 3 first two times. Does that sound familar to any of you out there? Haley Reinhart anyone? That’s the good noews. Like me, Michael’s favorties never win. Allison, Haley, Melinda, Siobhan..need I say more?

    • sam says:

      well I find it funny that you all comment about her bad attitude and defend it but if the comments happen with another singer, you are all like yeah, that’s right.

      • Ben says:

        Yeah, I got pretty sick of the ‘Heejun’s attitude’ comments too. Frequently from people praising Elise and defending her attitude. It’s sort of a double standard, either attitudes are a reasonable factor to take into account or they are not (my view? They probably are – but we all suck generally at being able to judge peoples attitudes from 10 minutes screen time a week. Do we really know anything about Elise or Heejun’s attitudes?)

        • noa says:

          i think the point people are trying to make here is that she DIDN’T have a bad attitude, not that it didn’t matter if she does have one.

          • Ben says:

            Do any of us really know? I don’t think Elise had an attitude problem. But perception counts. I do find it frustrating that people have the double standard of ‘we should take attitudes into account – but only my opinion of what peoples attitudes are’. Some people think she had a bad attitude, so the question isn’t whether they are wrong, it’s whether it should be a factor in their voting choices.

  13. junebug says:

    Alice Cooper didn’t bite the bat’s head off. That would be Ozzy. (see cover of Speak of the Devil). Agree with Melinda about Skylar and Deandre. Skylar looked more like she was having a good time than about to blow some guys head off. Love, love, love Deandre’s voice and his Polamalu hair.

    • darcy's evil twin says:

      That’s right – Alice Cooper had the “chicken incident” and didn’t he either stab plastic baby dolls or guillotine them as part of his “Billion Dollar Babies” album tour? (I can’t believe I remember that. Now then, where the heck did I leave my coffee cup?)

      • junebug says:

        lol

      • 30CamdenSquare says:

        I wonder if Haley & Elise would still have been accused of having bad attitudes, if instead of “talking back”, they’d responded to negative comments from the judges, by biting the heads off of live bats or dynamiting toilets in the Idol mansion.

        • darcy's evil twin says:

          I’m not sure – but I remember when the judges, particularly Kara, seemed to be unnecessarily merciless to Casey James at times. I kept hoping he’d smash his guitar on stage, set it on fire, plant a big old kiss on Kara, and walk away.

  14. AliAle says:

    Don’t jump on the Colton bandwagon Mike… I can’t get behind him either! That nasal tone in his lower register and the struggling high-pitch in his upper tone are so bloody annoying. I really really don’t get how people can listen and enjoy that (he was a better singer last year imo).
    He’s the only one left that I need to tune out (well, DeAndre as well when he’s in falsetto only).

  15. musica1 says:

    My thoughts:

    I’ve loved Elise’s voice for awhile, but her facial expressions don’t match what she’s singing so that’s a bit off-putting. Her face is just boring.

    I love, love, love, Phillip’s voice but wish he didn’t put so much expression into his face. It looks like he’s constipated when he sings sometime. Can he and Elise share the facial ability so they each have just the right amount?

    Deandre’s voice sounds way too screechy.

    Hollie is still my favorite, but she really really has to pick better songs. And start dressing and being made up like an 18 year old instead of a 40 year old. Please, Hollie, you can do it!

    I guess I will never get Joshua. He didn’t do so much of the screeching this week, but I still didn’t enjoy his performance much.

    Colton was okay but kind o boring.

    Skylar needs to dial down the spasms.

    Jessica was great as always but the song didn’t inspire any excitement for me.

  16. dj says:

    Love Elise. Hope she wins. I wish Deandre would do some Israel Kamakawiwo’ole. DeAndre performs a lot of Hawaiian music, and his voice is perfect for it. He also plays the ukelele, and he hasn’t done it yet on the show. I would love him to do White Sandy Beach or Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World or my fave, Hawaii 78.

    • Nina says:

      I would love to see Deandre sing Hawaiian music too…..but they would send him packing for sure if if did that. I ove the falsetto….but then, I am a huge fan of Prince’s original 70’s music.

  17. shelbybb says:

    The final two? It should be Jessica and Elise. The finale show with them would be absolutely amazing! But America hasn’t gotten it right in a long, long time so I’m not holding my breath this year. In fact I swore I’d never hold my breath again since Adam’s year – and I haven’t :)

  18. Ali says:

    Slezak, you are kidding yourself about the number of people who have either seen or heard Beyonce’s slowed down version. Why can’t we just give Jessica credit for doing an amazing job and having an incredible voice without trying to shove the artistry cherry on top? When the judges praise male contestants who give us already done versions of songs they shouldn’t receive the artistry praise either. We don’t give it to Jessica just because it’s been incorrectly applied to the guys, enough with the sandbox tit-for-tat mentality.

    • Ben says:

      Alternatively, why can’t we commend artistry when it’s clearly present? It doesn’t matter whether or not you design an arrangement, it takes artistry to understand and take a risk like that. Do we really expect the contestants to design full arrangements in the time scale they have? Just making an effort to make the song stand out is sufficient for me.

      • Ali says:

        It isn’t clear to me and I don’t think we can make sweeping statements like “clearly present.” Those words are a bit premature in my opinion. What is clear is that Jessica sings extremely well. Why praise her for artistry that doesn’t belong to her? Why praise her for something she doesn’t yet possess? Why not let her age and grow into a true artist. Should I say, good job mimicking Beyonce, what artistry? Full arrangements? Did I call for full arrangements? I don’t believe things should be said for the sake of good television. Praising the contestants for singing well and delivering excellent performances are what I expect. Perhaps, it is sufficient for you to call singing well artistry, but I call it a great voice, anything more is just blowing smoke and the blindness of fans. The best questions is why do you need her to be more than what she currently is? Give her time.

        • Bobbi says:

          Jessica clearly did not mimic Buddy Holly nor Celine. So she will evolve into quite an artist if left on her own.

  19. Chris says:

    Thank you Melinda for mentioning that “Sometimes I Cry” is nearly an impossible song to sing. I wanted Michael to explain what he thought the notes were that DeAndre missed and how it should have sounded. I see he corrected himself with “I don’t think he missed any notes…etc”. One problem is they need to give the guy a better microphone to handle those high notes. I appreciate what he brings to the stage this year, but he does need to work on connecting from song to audience and a little more coaching on control. The itunes track is AWESOME! Rooting for him because we need him in this competition. Say what you want about Eric Benet coming on the show – but the whole tweeting from their Idols and all that stuff is ALL strategy. I thought it was an extremely kind gesture and the kind the world could use a lot more of.

    I think Skylar is representing exactly who she wants to be. I’d go see her in concert as an opener until she gets a little more tracks under her feet. I don’t know if she can win this competition but I’m rooting for her because we need her in this competition.

    Hollie and Jessica have bored me from day one. I agree with your comments with Hollie and I am still waiting for Jessica to surprise me (honestly both of them). She is a good student in that she’s memorizing sound and emulates that through her voice. What I give her 100% props for on that last performance is the maturity she did express in transmitting the energy/feel of that slower version. One stays…one goes doesn’t matter to me. They both have strong voices (I personally prefer Hollie’s tone) but nothing original about them outside of that. Good ‘students”.

    Elise took the show to a moment it desperately needed (like Joshua did when he sang I Wish or when DeAndre sang MasterBlaster). I just wish they hadn’t overproduced her itunes track (it is horrible) or at least offered us the version she did on Idol. Rooting for her because we need her in this competition.

    Joshua – I hope he can hang in there because we need him in the competition.

    Colton and Phillip… if I HAD to choose I guess I’d go with Colton simply because he knows harmony and melody (but he needs to work on the vocal screech / break). He’s a good song writer. As far as him translating any song to a female or male (whichever his sexual preference is) during this competition I don’t think it will happen because he’s made it very clear more than once, God is the supremo love for him – so I’d let go of that swooning thing Jimmy or anyone else may want out of him.

    Looking forward to seeing what Gwen does with them this week! Woot!!!

    • eric & gwen says:

      Don’t give Eric Benet too much credit. He’s best known as Halle Berry’s cheatin’ ex-husband, and his fame & success in the music world, even in his own niche, is marginal at best. He came on the show to repair his image (“what a nice guy” instead of “oh that’s the loser who cheated on halle berry”) and gain publicity for his music. Bet his Itunes sales went up after that appearance.

      Love Gwen/Tony’s music, hate the clothes (esp when not on gwen herself) and hope she’s not dressing the AI minions again :(

      • Chris says:

        Eric is best know by what you want him to be known as to you. I appreciate his gift as a singer/song writer and actor.

        I could care less what he did, she did, they did – all about the music to me. If you can encourage a your artist to follow his craft I say hats off. The world needs more of that. I’d say each Idol represented received some additional downloads. God knows they all have baggage.

      • darcy's evil twin says:

        The point wasn’t Eric Benet, IMO. The point was Deandre’s reaction of pure joy. Everyone’s cheated on Halle Berry, which makes me wonder how much hope there is for the rest of us, LOL.

    • Cup of Joe says:

      If Jess hasn’t surprised you with her slowed down and haunting take of “Sweet Dreams,” may I suggest you off yourself? Wake the f— up!

      • Tarc says:

        She didn’t surprise me… I watched Beyonce do it in concert on TV, and you could understand the lyrics when she did it.

  20. karenb says:

    Favorite Elise songs-1) Vienna 2) Whole Lotta Love

    Love Phillip’s Still Rainin.’ Can. not. get out of my head. Hate that American Idol will only sell it as an album with all of the other performances. I don’t want to pay for performances that I will not listen to! To me, it looks like Phillip isn’t feeling well. Could be his health condition, or maybe he’s just wearing himself out with all the holleration (that I do love, btw).

    Deandre’s voice does need some coaching, but I can not believe that voice comes out of a 17 year old! And he did do better with the eye-contact thing with the camera this week.

    Side note-as always, Slezak, love the Kris Allen shout-outs.

    • Chris says:

      DeAndre has an extraordinary gift that is just not heard very much any more on the radio. Can’t even imagine how great his voice will be by the time he gets to 30. Rooting for that kid.

      • Nina says:

        Deandre carries such a voice that truly is beautiful. He won’t win or perhaps even come close because he woudn’t attract the pop market…,,,but oh! Can he sing! He is so young still and has not yet connected with the heart of the songs. His eyes are very distracting. This will come with maturity. He still has lots of time!

    • Robin says:

      You can get their song individually. When you click on their name listed on the album tracks, it takes you to another page with their singles. I bought Phillips and Elise’s tracks this way for a few weeks now. Good luck.

      • karenb says:

        Robin-thank you. I tried it on my phone and I wasn’t able to choose an individual performer, but it did work on the laptop. Me+technology=FAIL.

  21. darcy's evil twin says:

    As usual, Idology was superb.
    I am trying to like Colton and I’m not sure why I’m having trouble getting on his bandwagon. I would really like to hear him to sing a good song this week (translation – A song I LIKE, LOL – those dull songs with no melody just aren’t cutting it with me). I’m trying to decide if I just don’t like the songs he’s been choosing and his hair and chicken legs are bothering me, or if I really don’t care for his voice.
    Right now I like Elise and P2, with Joshua coming in third. I also like Deandre and Hollie, both of whom need a little direction and better mentoring.
    There’s a better chance Ron Paul will be our next President than there is that Elise will win. P2’s chances are pretty good, IMO.

    • Joan says:

      I agree completely with your comments, except I’m not even trying to like Colton. I like all the contestants but him. I don’t like his voice and his personality annoys me.He could. use some real humility.
      I think both Hollie and Deandre are talented but they need better mentoring.They must want them to go home.They probably think that Jessica will get Hollie;s votes.
      I don’t think Elise can win but I’m sure she’ll make top 5 and I think Jimmy will sign her.

    • TheBeach says:

      I’m feeling the same as you about Colton. I want to really like him but haven’t been able to jump that hurdle. I was happy when he made the Top 13 but I think you hit the nail on the head. He needs to pick songs that have a hook and more melody. He almost had me with “Piano Man” but his hiccups/chirps ruined it for me.

      • darcy's evil twin says:

        yes,and obviously I know Piano Man since I’m older than dirt but I felt the same way about the chirps in his voice. I did like that performance better than any of his others, though.

      • Ben says:

        Piano man was, for me, the point when I resigned myself to not being on the Colton bandwagon. I wanted to be, because he is very likable as a person, but he took one of Billy Joel’s great songs and made it boring, taking out nearly every chord of interest and making it a three chord dirge. Could he just not handle complicated because I just don’t think he will be able to make something interesting.

    • abfidy says:

      I will say, the great thing about this season though is that anyone could make it into the finale. I mean I’m about 99% sure Colton will take this thing in a walk because by Idol Rule #948, a cute male cannot be overthrown even if they are the weakest in the field, but as far as that finale: it’s anyone’s game. Elise made me a believer this week. She can do this.

      • crayzforIdol says:

        You are so right about “Idol Rule #948″ – the thing is, though, that Colton is not the only cute male this year. Philip and Deandre are right there with him, judging by all the screams every time they take the stage (and by the way Deandre hasn’t been in the bottom 3 the last couple of weeks, when he should have been, imo). I like all 3 of them, but Colton’s “hiccups” are bugging me, and Deandre needs to rein in the falsetto. Philip is by far my favorite of the 3; Elise is my overall favorite.

  22. Ally says:

    K, legit when he said that he gives this week to Phillip I just about SCREAMED. That’s how LEGIT ticked I was. Phillip FELT it?! Nobody that night was more emotionally into their performances than Colton was. Phillip’s voice is distinctive?! I’ll give you that it’s unique, because I’ve never heard anyone on the show with a voice THAT bad. I didn’t know it was possible to have a voice that bad, it seriously sounds like he’s trying to claw his way out of hell.

    • MusicGrrrl says:

      K, I just have to LEGIT say how funny it is to hear a Colton fan use the word “legit” so much, homie. You are legit to the hit if u felt it u be lit.

      • Ally says:

        I said it twice? Normally I wouldn’t use it that many times even but I was really mad so I wasn’t really thinking straight. And how does that make ANY since? Because I’m a colton fan i can’t say legit?

        • darcy's evil twin says:

          Ally – you’re just lucky Phillip is a white male. A lot of people on this comment board, including Mr. Slezak, were clobbered mercilessly and accused of being racists for even the slightest criticism of Heejun, most of which didn’t even come close to hitting the incendiary level of what you wrote about P2, LOL.
          You’re entitled to not like P2’s voice. My husband loved a singer named Jimmy Spheeris back in the 70s. I would rather claw MY way out of Hell than listen to Jimmy Spheeris and I’ve managed to hide all of those albums. In fact, I’d just stay in Hell if it meant I’d never have to hear Jimmy Spheeris again. So there you go.

          • crayzforIdol says:

            Well said! As stated before, everyone is entitled to their opinion, and it would be pretty boring if everyone liked the same kind of music. Oh, and btw – I just got satellite radio in my car, and am SO loving it!

          • darcy's evil twin says:

            Good for you – glad you got satellite radio. It’s wonderful.

          • macy says:

            Darcy, “a lot of people on this comment board, including Mr. Slezak, were clobbered mercilessly and accused of being racists for even the slightest criticism of Heejun”? No, that simply did not happen. A “lot of people” were “clobbered mercilessly”??? Just a slight exaggeration there. I read all the comments on every AI article here, and I only recall that ONE person made ONE comment, to you.

          • darcy's evil twin says:

            I wasn’t the only one that was accused of being a racist for comments about diction, an accent, or just not caring for Heejun’s singing or personality. Or both.
            Now it seems that Heejun is gone everyone’s fussing about Jessica.

          • darcy's evil twin says:

            Furthermore, I don’t believe I was exaggerating. Someone being accused of being “racist” when they comment on someone’s accent or diction qualified for being “clobbered mercilessly” in my book. There was a time when the word “racist” really meant something. It didn’t mean you were a racist because you stated that an Asian had an Asian accent!
            The other word that gets tossed around a lot is “hate”. That used to be a pretty strong word. Now you “hate” someone if you didn’t care for their shoes or the song they sang.

    • Tarc says:

      Phillip’s amazing – and I’d give the night to Phil in a hearbeat if Elise just hadn’t pulled out that purely genius vocal. She is a beast, and Colton’s not schlump either. The top three singers all got the featured trio – Stevie Nicks – and they pulled off the best trio or group Idol’s ever seen.

      • Cup of Joe says:

        Yeah, P2’s amazing, alright. Amazingly mediocre, repetitive and overrated. Folks, meet Lee DeWyze Ma, like Pepsi Max.

        • Tarc says:

          That for another rancid dose of Cup of Joe. PP’s still awesome in my book – and considering that I love DeWyze’s Slumberland album (which is excellent BTW – it was pre-Idol), I don’t think much of your taste or opinion.

          • Robin says:

            I think that this “Joe” is the same as another “Joe” who doesn’t like P2. Posts sound VERY familiar!

          • Cup of Joe says:

            I don’t particularly care about DeWyze’s pre-Idol stuff, and i’m sure others don’t really know and care for it. Tell me exactly how he’s doing post-Idol.

          • Cup of Joe says:

            @Robin What’s wrong, you don’t like coffee? I don’t really care who you think I am.

    • DG says:

      Colton feels the music, but that doesn’t mean others automatically feel it too. I’m kind of turned off by his constant references to God, etc. I agree Phillip’s voice isn’t the best–technically he’s inferior to many of the finalists, but Colton isn’t that great either. I find his voice to be weak and forgettable. I’ve never once finished a show and felt any desire to buy his single. I know I’l in the minority on that one, but I don’t really see myself getting on the Colton train. Out of the 13 finalists, I’d probably rank him number 7 or 8 (Behind Elise, Skylar, Joshua, Jessica, Phillip, Erika, and maybe Hollie).

      • Ben says:

        I’m not turned off my Colton’s references to God, but even with that and seeing him feel the song, I do not feel it. I’m totally with you in that Colton is the weakest left bar Deandre. However, he will outlast his welcome with some people. I think Colton is the new Heejun – people seem to either love him or hate him.

  23. Tom says:

    Thank you for calling out the standing O’s for what they were. Jessica out sings everybody, including Elise although Elise had the best performance, and she gets a “yeah great” reaction??

    • Snsetblaze says:

      Standing O’s in general on idol have always been pretty useless, especially since the audience is always getting up no matter what (at the urge of the producers). In general, we give way too many Standing O’s to performers. Most don’t have to earn them anymore.

  24. darcy's evil twin says:

    The Academy of Country Music awards were on last night –
    Jason Aldean/Kelly Clarkson’s song “Don’t You Wanna Stay” won the award for Single record of the year, as well as Vocal Event of the Year. Apparently the first time Aldean heard the song he liked it but thought it needed a female voice on the track as well and suggested Clarkson.
    .
    Scotty McCreery won the New Artist of the Year award.
    So, Idol did pretty well.

    • TheBeach says:

      I like the Aldean/Clarkson song a lot and downloaded it awhile back. I’m also a fan of Eric Church. And where is the love for The Zac Brown Band…one of the best CDs of the year.

      • darcy's evil twin says:

        I’m not a huge Zac Brown Band fan but they are very, very talented. I do like Eric Church. My hubby is the big country fan around here, although I do l like quite a big of it. I’ve said before I’m a sucker for a song that tells a story.

      • Zac Brown band has grown on me—I don’t like their song Remember Me but I LOVE Colder Weather—and pretty much everything else. Eric Church is awesome, I feel bad that he really hasn’t won anything in the last couple of years but I think if he gets one more great album out, he’ll have his year—shoot—look how long Blake Shelton has been around and now he’s been the hottest thing for the last 2 years! I love Jason and Kelly together, they should sing another duet. And Brad and Carrie together, Remind Me—I love that song!

        I was very proud of Scotty last night. That 17 year old kid has accomplished so much since winning Idol, some artists never get a platinum record! He is very good at what he does—since many people don’t like country music, he is never going to get from them the praise that he clearly deserves. As much as I love Haley and can’t wait for her album—she would have never gotten so far, so quickly had she won Idol. I hope she does well enough so I can keep seeing her perform and I can keep buying her albums!

  25. kcostell says:

    If Skylar was a guy, Slezak would be using the phrase “Whole lot of…, signifying nothing” for her by now. If she was named Tim “Under My Thumb” Urban, Slezak might even have listened to the words she was singing and considered that maybe this wasn’t the right song to bounce around the stage on.

    But she’s blonde, and female. Free pass it is.

  26. Jane says:

    I felt Colton mentioning his Christian beliefs was a ploy to get more votes. Maybe I’m just a cynic. Really, though, I’m a firm believer (ha-ha) of keeping ones religion to ones self. Or, at the very least to a minimal. 2 weeks in a row of Colton mentioning God and Jesus is a bit much for me. There have been a lot of religious idol contestants, but I’ve never felt a pushy vibe from any of them until now.
    Jessica has received so much praise before it didn’t bother me that she didn’t get a standing O. I would have taken all of them back except Elise’s. Joshua’s scream singing is getting old. I thought he sounded better in the MJ tribute. Deandre and Heejun only got Standing O’s for improving which is ridiculous. I don’t even remember who go the other one. Hollie and Skylar deserved their spot in the bottom 3. Hollie has no originality and she’ll either be out this week or next and Skylar needs to sing songs that are more age appropriate. Her Whitney Houston song was wonderful. Maybe she should try another ballad or quieter song.

    • Tarc says:

      I’m so absolutely down with everyone keeping their religion (or non-religion) to themselves. It’s the only thing that really bothers me about Colton. People slip every once in a while, but after it’s mention multiple times, it becomes pushing an agenda, and that’s more than distasteful.

      • Ben says:

        Why? If it was his girlfriend he was mentioning each week, is it still an agenda? I can understand why it might be irritating to see someone define themselves primarily by only one aspect of their personality, and if you would find the above thing irritating too, then maybe I get where you are coming from. But if you only have the problem because you don’t share his religion, and you don’t like the fact he talks about it, that isn’t far removed from racial, gender or orientation intolerance. If someone talks about being gay, they aren’t trying to force you to be gay. If someone talks about religion, they aren’t trying to force you to be religious. (And to be clear, Tarc, I am not targetting this comment at you personally, since I have no idea of your own reasons for feeling that way about Colton – but to the general point that religious intolerance is vogue these days, but shouldn’t be any more acceptable than other intolerances).

        • Jane says:

          Sorry, religion is different. We supposedly live in a nation that believes in the idea of separation of church and state and that one religion isn’t any better than the other. It’s that latter thought that irritates me the most about Christianity in general. But, I would have a problem if Colton went on and on about being a Buddhist too if that was his personal belief. I want to hopefully be entertained when I watch American Idol,not preached too. There is a time and place for that. It’s called church or Christian radio. And Adam, as out as he has been post idol, never mentioned anything about his personal life while he was on the show. Joshua supposedly “takes us to church” every week on idol and I’ve never felt he was pushing any agenda Maybe I’m wrong, but it seems Colton has other than genuine reasons for mentioning his religion over and over again. But, let’s give him another week. If he picks Sister Christian for his Eighties song, then he is pushing something.

          • Anna says:

            What will happen this season is people are voting because they are cute or handsome,please America vote for the one who really deserve the spot..Jessica Sanchez has a lot of range in this competition. Look at Phillip,he sound the same every week,Colton had this hiccups everytime he sing..Elise is good but at 28 and another 3 years she is out of the calendar.We need much younger contenders. Joshua is good but I’m worried about the scrreeech and yelling of his voice. I’ts kinda annoying..Hollie singing without soul,I can’t even remember her songs because it’s forgettable…C’mon America it’s not Jessica’s fault if she sounds like Beyonce,or,Hudson because that’s the tone of her voice..What I realy like of Jessica is everytime she performs,she is giving her all. I felt it. Beyond her years,she is already mature(like Randy Jackson said)it’s definitely an unbelievable God given Talent. God Bless>>>

          • Tarc says:

            @ Anna – Yes, Anna, they should vote for the people that deserve it: PP, Colton, Elise, and Skylar.

          • ben says:

            It shouldn’t matter if he is pushing something or not. Your first 4 words show what is wrong here. No intolerance is different – intolerance is intolerance. If people do what Colton does, but for race, gender or orientation, they are championed. Not that I like Colton, I wish he’d go home already. But if the reason you want him to go home is because he talks about his religion (and not because of his music) then the problem is with you, not with Colton. One thing I will admit – I’m not from America, and haven’t had to live with the kind of pervasive political “Christianity” that you live with. It’s quite probable that it would drive me nuts. But I think anyone who finds Colton irritating for mentioning his religion, if they are honest with themselves, do so for exactly the reason you have said – they don’t want to be preached at. The fact you feel preached at shows that your intolerance is the root of this, because as I said, you wouldn’t feel preached at to become gay if someone mentioned they were gay every week (and personally, I don’t feel preached at by Colton at all – he is what he is, and it has no bearing on me).

          • darcy's evil twin says:

            @ben – it really isn’t that bad here in America. There is a contingent of Christian zealots that are very vocal and seem to get a lot of media coverage because they say and/or do outrageous things, but they are in the minority. One of them happens to be running for President right now, which has added some fuel to the fire. Then there are some folks on the other end of the ideological spectrum that think ALL conservative Christians agree with that platform, which we do not. By and large most people are are more moderate, but the squeaky wheel does get the grease – and the media coverage.
            Some people get really uncomfortable when other people mention religion. I am more disturbed by Colton’s hair.

          • darcy's evil twin says:

            @Anna – Elise is okay at 28 but in another three years she is “out of the calendar”? Debbie Harry didn’t have success with “Blondie” until she was 35.

        • Tarc says:

          yes, mentioning you religion every week is an agenda (a Christian agenda), and mentioning your girlfriend every week is an agenda (a heteronormative agenda). Has the adveritzing industry really broken you so thoroughly thhat you don’t recognize that you’re being marketed to?

  27. sara says:

    So we finally have a name then – Save the beast 2012? Or is it save the beast ONE-ONE?

    “Can we discuss DeAndre Brackensick?”
    “OH WE CAN.”
    Haha Melinda!!

  28. WhoSaidThat says:

    Somewhere up above I saw additional comments about Eric Benet… Don’t bring down a good moment criticizing Benet’s personal life (who cares what he did – unless you are living it). When someone you idolize for their musicality comes to see you, on the very night you probably needed the lift the most, and is one of your musical idols I applaud the behavior. DeAndre’s reaction was as genuine as it gets and props to the kid. Melinda was right, sang it falsetto out of it! If there was an alternative motive (which who doesn’t have one for most all outward actions in life) who cares. All the Mariah’s (even though I am more than sure Randy pushed that recognition), Johnny Langs, Carrie’s etc benefited the same way. It’s all strategy folks.

    Come on people – be happy with and for them.

    I agree with the rest of the segment. I love the tone in Hollie’s voice so I hope someone has a come to Jesus moment with her (maybe Colton will)?

    Also agree w/the comment above somewhere about Colton milking the female (or male) audience with male sexuality/cuteness. That’s just not the Christian way and he loves him some Jesus. Personally, I don’t care what religion you follow – when you say it once I believe you and don’t feel it needs to be a part of every performance. We got you Colton, just sing (work on the vocal weakness, please).

    I can’t wait to see how Gwen’s mentoring session went with all of them. She is diverse!

  29. Donna says:

    Everyone gets a standing O. Just a reflection of the new societal norm: all kids get a shiny trophy for showing up. No criticism allowed. Simon, come home!
    You guys are spot on as usual. Thanks!

  30. Snsetblaze says:

    Michael – If Holly sang an Alice Cooper song and bit off the head of a bat, I’d vote for her. It would make her more interesting.

  31. IdolFlash-7-9-35 says:

    At first I didn’t think Elise had enough appeal to crack the Top 6, but last week made me question that, and now I’m certain she can. I’d rank her anywhere between 5th and 3rd, and maybe, just maybe, there will be two women in the finale (because Jessica is this year’s American Idol. Period.)
    If it’s not Elise in the final round with Jessica, then I have a feeling it will be either Colton or Phillip. I originally thought Hollie had a shot at the Top 2, but she’s been on a slow and steady decline. At this point, I can’t see anyone besides Deandre going home this week.

  32. JC says:

    Jessica has a beautiful voice, and she is very sweet, but I just don’t think she is an American Idol. She’s kind of boring. She needs to back away from the ballads, but when she sang the Madonna songs with the trio she looked awkward. I would really like to see her out of her comfort zone. But she can make one hell of a career with ballads…Celine Dion did it!

    • Ali says:

      “Love U I Do” and “It Doesn’t Matter Anymore” … Believe me . she is versatile . “TTBA” was not the right song for her . She wasn’t bad either. .. Jest wait and u will see .

  33. Shay says:

    Gotta agree with Melinda this week. Skylar was probably my least favorite. NOT saying she’s not a dynamo of talent; but her act does nothing for me. She does not move me at all.

    I also really enjoyed DeAndre’s performance this week.

    That said, my favorite is truly Elise. I think she is something special. Just like with Adam Lambert, I have that same feeling of wondering what she’s going to surprise us with each week. I think she makes an emotional connection and has a killer voice. I’d really like to see her in it for the long haul.

  34. Trisha26 says:

    A little miffed, Michael, that you had to mention Adam’s WLL when talking about Elise. Apples and oranges. Remember when everyone was so incensed that Adam sang “baby” instead of woman? Elise sang neither and not a peep of controversy. And the “tone” of her voice is dreadful – she has a great rasp and a great style – but tone isn’t a word I’d use. Still, she is one of my two faves, the other being Phillip. The rest are forgettable, garnering votes from the tweens and respective niches like country, Christian, and R&B. Between the cheerleading judges, Jimmy’s contradictory advice, and competing with X-Factor staging, Idol’s going downhill very quickly.

    • Jason says:

      WHat do you mean by Jimmy’s contradicting advice? He’s the one voice of sanity in this house of loons!!

    • Leslie Lansdowne (@Marsailiquilts) says:

      I don’t remember a controversy about Adam singing baby and so what if he did and so what if Elise didn’t sing anything there—it isn’t necessary to the song. Her tone is what pretty much what everyone says is perfect, it is wonderful—that is why I love her voice! I would not relegate the other singers to forgettable status—this has been the best year for talent on Idol—not one of these kids left suck—they are all terrific singers in their way. I don’t think Jimmy’s advice is contradictory, it’s been right on. I’m not worried about x-factor or the Voice, either. When either show gets a Scotty who goes platinum in less than 6 months and is awarded best new artist—then talk to me about the threat of their shows. I don’t even know who won either show last year—I always knew who won Idol, even before I was watching.

  35. Dan says:

    YAY!!! The egg vase is back!!!

  36. Jason says:

    My theory on the five standing ovations is that it’s for publicity to get sme word of mouth on the season going because of the ratings drop!!! There was a story on the news after the episode about the five standing ovations!!! Seems like promotion of the show to me!!

  37. From the results night packages Jimmy does, the OTT (Sometimes warranted) praise, and the Stevie Nicks trio, I’m 100% positive they want the final four to be Colton, P2, Jessica, and Elise. At least 2 of those deserve it (the women, duh) and possibly P2, but I can’t ever get the Colton love. His tone is shrill and that hitch in his voice is downright nauseating. I won’t even get into the religion. I think the judges love all of the remaining four much like they’d love a tsunami inflicted on the Idol studios because they love everything; but my impressions of Jimmy is he neither loves nor hates the other 4. They’re just there for him and I doubt any of them will be signed, unless he thinks he can mold them (Coincidentally, those 4 are still the most green, undefined, and moldable of the bunch) He certainly hasn’t really tried to steer any of them in any other direction besides the ones that they’re currently on.

    I think 80s week clearly gives Elise another chance to outshine the rest. One thing she’s got going for her besides her singing is, she’s on a roll the last few weeks with picking the very best song for her to sing. That’s something alot of them (Hello Colton and his bland drekitude and Hollie’s Debbie Boone impression) simply don’t have. Phillip and Jessica should also do well. The rest are so hit or miss with song choices, one can never tell. Any of them can propel themselves 2 or so positions just by picking the right song.

    But hint to DeAndre, the right song for you boo is Wishing Well by Terence Trent D’Arby. Now change whatever song you chose this week and sing that : )

    • Templar says:

      I disagree. Deandre should sing Love You More Than I Can Say by Leo Sayer. Melodic and bouncy is his wheel house.

      • just saying says:

        Ok. I’ve heard of Wishing Well and TTD. Templar, I’ve never heard of your song or artist. Deandre has to do something people have heard and LOVE in order to make it through this week. I think he should do Prince, but if not, TTD would be a good back up. He also needs to learn how to not swallow his words and tone in his vibrato. His voice is coming more from his throat than the front of his mouth and it’s part of why it’s hard to understand him. Someone who really knows how to work with his vocal type needs to work with him and convince him that he’s got a pretty enough tone, he doesn’t need to do all the extra with it ALL the time. My prediction is that he’s gone this week. (unless he sings the heck out of some purple rain)

        • Templar says:

          Go to youtube and listen to it. Over 2 million hits and even available as a ringtone. It was all over the radio in 1983. I don’t know your age, but most people who were at least 10 in the 80s will recognize it when they hear it. Since the theme is 80s, the teens watching won’t know most of the songs tomorrow night.

  38. James says:

    It should be obvious that the best singer does not win Idol. Voting is skewed by the millions of preteen girls with unlimited texting plans on their mobiles.

    Jessica needs to stop listening to the judges (they are always flip flopping on critiques) and sing an uptempo song. Watch her YouTube videos singing Beyonce, Alicia Keys, and Rihanna. She can even rap and dance! She’s got more talent but is being held back by what she thinks the judges want. Ballads won’t win you Idol. She needs to connect with the teeny bopper vote with an uptempo contemporary song. She might have lost her chance though depending on what the rest of the themes are.

    In any case, I think she’s already won, maybe not the title, but Jessica, Phillip, and Elise will get recording contracts now no matter where they finish and I wouldn’t be surprised if a couple more of them as well. This season does not have the single stand out performer of past seasons and is a much tighter competition.

    • junebug says:

      Funny that the singer who won last year was just given an award for Best New Artist.

      • Templar says:

        The voters get it right once every three years on average.

      • James says:

        EXACTLY proves my point! You can’t be seriously telling me that Scotty was the best singer. I’d say half of last years top 10 were better singers. He filled a niche missing in that years contestants and took advantage of it.

        • Marsaili says:

          Scotty wasn’t an obvious best singer–but he’s damn good! He started out a bit like Jessica, mimicking songs he likes (Baby, lock them doors, anyone?) but over the season he showed he could be diverse. He’s touring with one of the biggest names in country music–a mediocre kid wouldn’t get that change and neither would they get the ACM for best new artist. You may not like country music—but Scotty is an awesome singer.

          • Tarc says:

            I don’t like the guy at all, and he was probably the best singer – but more importantly the guy that in the future would sell the most records. And he had the emotional range of a teaspoon. I never voted for him once – but I understand why 19 wanted him to win. Haley was by far the most relevant singer to me – she’s stunning. And Casey was second most interesting – simply awesome. I’ll be honest, I’ll never buy a Scotty MacCreary album, but I’ll have Hayley’s in couple weeks, and Casey’s when it’s released in a few months.

          • James says:

            None of that impresses me, and it’s not because I don’t like country music. Carrie Underwood can sing her ass off! She has a voice, talent, and could sing any genre she wanted to. Scotty is a good country singer, but that’s all. And don’t most country singers out of Idol do well for some reason (post-idol)? Even Kelli Pickler has a career!

            I’m just stating the obvious, Idol is more so a popularity contest, rather than a singing contest. The last time the voters got it right was David Cook, and even that’s questionable because Carly Smithson was just as good if not better. And that was 4 seasons ago.

    • electric_dog says:

      Obviously, you don’t know that pre-teen girls don’t watch Idol because it is not cool anymore. Their middle-aged mothers and their aged grandmothers are voting.

      • James says:

        Not true at all. Here are the most popular shows by demographic. Also look at the 5 most popular shows for over 50 and Idol isn’t even listed. So your theory that middle aged mothers and grandmas as the major voters seems wrong. I don’t think older men are jumping on their phones to vote in, so that pretty much leaves preteen girls that like white guys with guitars.

        Men 18-34: Family Guy (Fox, 2 million), American Idol Wednesday (Fox, 1.8 million), The Simpsons (Fox, 1.7 million), The Office (NBC, 1.6 million), and American Idol Thursday (Fox, 1.5 million).

        Men 18-49: American Idol Wednesday (4.7 million), American Idol Thursday (4.1 million), Family Guy (3.2 million), The Simpsons (Fox, 2.9 million), and Two and a Half Men (CBS, 2.8 million).

        Persons 12-34: American Idol Wednesday (6.7 million), American Idol Thursday (5.7 million), Family Guy (4.3 million), Glee (Fox, 3.9 million), and The Simpsons (3.6 million).

        Kids 2-11: SpongeBob SquarePants (Nickelodeon, 3.1 million), iCarly (Nick, 2.7 million), Monster High (Nick, 2.4 million), American Idol Wednesday (2.2 million), and Victorious (Nick, 2 million).

        The five most popular shows among adults ages 50 and over: Dancing With the Stars (ABC, 13.8 million), followed by NCIS (CBS, 13.6 million), Dancing With the Stars results show (ABC, 12.2 million), NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS, 11.6 million), and The Mentalist (CBS, 10.3 million).

  39. Joe says:

    I think it’s shaping up to be a very good season of Idol. What sucks are the judges are awful. Jimmy and his honesty really should be there on the live show so we can get away from the miss congeniality judging panel. Really the problem is less J. Lo & Tyler and all Randy. He’s a buffoon. How he’s a television personality is one of the greatest riddles in the universe. His scripted input each week (he can’t not look down at his notes) is inane blather. If I could go Mr. Blonde on one person in this world, it would be Randy Jackson.
    Now that is out of the way, I think the rest of this competition is going to be a lot of fun. The prank that was Heejun is thankfully over…and please don’t tell me he was serious about Idol…every interview he’s done is about getting sitcoms and claiming Diddy was drunk in the room…he didn’t care about the competition and it’s much better off without him.
    If I had to pick a favorite it would be Colton. He’s not my favorite, but I do like him and I think he’s got the whole package. That being said, don’t count out Jessica. Perhaps Nigel’s master plan is to mute her praise so she doesn’t peak too soon and then build her up as the final weeks approach. I think Idol knows they need a female winner. It’s been too long and the guys who have won are boring a few years past their win. Jessica is a pro. It’s all natural to her. I think they know that comes out as unlikable to the fans who only like to vote for cute boys and bruised peaches, but a good producer can manipulate the narrative and get people to fall for her who wouldn’t. He tried last season with “I’m just Wauren” falling down the stairs and all the stuff about her needing confidence while she lap danced Steven Tyler since her first audition….my point is, I think they are trying to keep a lid on the enthusiasm for Jessica so they can build her into the Idol that wins this thing. She hasn’t had a pimp slot yet (I think). I think she could and frankly should take this. She’s a star talent. She’s not some dopey reality TV competition character. I think it’s between her and Colton.

  40. SO OVER Elise and Joshua. I think it’s funny that Melinda hates Skylar’s little freak out, but doesn’t mention that Elise traces every run she makes in the air with her hand. Now that is obnoxious.

  41. Davey says:

    I’m tired of the Jessica bashing. She’s 16 years old and one of the best singers to ever appear on Idol. Even if she doesn’t win she will go on to have a good singing career. She’s only going to be more appealing with age and then she will have more depth and personality.

    What she needs to do now is something surprising by a singer we wouldn’t associate with her. Maybe Joni Mitchell or something like that.

  42. Tahoe Mike says:

    Did anyone else have a audio/video sync problem with this weeks video? This weeks video looked like an old Kung Fu movie, at least on my computer. It was distracting, but kind of hilarious at the same time.
    ~
    I’m kind of over Melinda Doolittle, and would love to see some variety of co-hosts.
    ~
    Jessica, and Hollie are both a couple of doe eyed Bambi’s, and I can’t wait to see the Deer Hunter take them out. I’ve been a Skylar fan since the first minute of her audition, and she has been the one I can’t wait to see what she does each week.
    ~
    I was a fan of both EVP, and Elise, and was voting for both. With Elise killin’ it the last two weeks, and EVP having gone, I am now squarely in Elise’s camp.
    ~
    Skylar, Elise, P2, and Joshua are the ones I look forward to each week at this point, and I’d take that for a final four.

    • Cup of Joe says:

      Sorry, but while Skylar is okay, she’s just that – okay. Elise is fine, but I’m not yet jumping on her bandwagon.
      Colton and P2 are rather disappointing for me. Think the Diet Coke and Pepsi Max versions of D. Cook and DeWyze, respectively.

      • Tahoe Mike says:

        Comparing Colton to those two seems fair enough to me. D. Cook is not and never was a rocker, he is a theater major who plays a rocker on TV and on stage. That is very much what bugs me about Colton, there is just something about him that seems more put on than authentic. DeWyze is as edgy and threatening as Bologna on Wonder bread, and if we ever see the real Colton; that is about what I expect from him. P2 is not my pick to win, but he is better than those two.
        ~
        Skylar reminds me so much of Allison Iraheta, with a twang; and I’d love to see them rock it out together sometime.

        • Cup of Joe says:

          P2 > D. Cook and DeWyze, for real? I’d actually put P2 in the league of Gokey! At least Cook and DeWyze get plus points for being the pioneers of the White Guy With Guitar winners, Cook much more than DeWyze. Phil just looks second-rate as compared to them.

          • Tarc says:

            Ah, Joe, that’s you! Seven hundred PP hate posts later… What a troll.

          • Cup of Joe says:

            Tarc, don’t you think you’re doing the same about Jessica? Think about that next time, you hypocrite!

    • ladyhelix says:

      And yet – I find both Jessica, and Hollie infinitely more interesting and more vocally proficient than Lauren. By a LOT. Lauren hit a lot more clunky notes than Holly – but the judges never called her out on them. And Lauren never performed on the Idol stage with anywhere near the strength, passon, or conviction as any of the girls this year. It was all so strange.

  43. bmms2005 says:

    Slezak don’t go there about Adam Lambert’s ‘WLL’ alone! Adam was AMAZING!!!!! I will agree with you though that Elise was also AMAZING with her original rendition. Elise is slowly winning me over.

  44. FreeHaley says:

    Beast, bitches!!!!!!!!!!!
    Nothing more need be said about this week.

    (although the “heck Hollie may as well just start biting the heads off of bats” with the choices they’ve been giving to her/letting her/forcing her to make, was interesting, haha, probably right on too)

    (and I said it from the beginning, we have a little bit of a second Haley here, I spotted both right from audition day)

  45. James says:

    Make these 15-20 mins Slezak! Could use 1-3 mins on every contestant that way…

  46. ladyhelix says:

    May I just say how wonderful it is to have contestants who aren’t struggling constantly with pitch problems. I don’t know if it’s this group, the new stage, or the in-ears, but this show is 1000% more watchable when I’m not cringing for 2 hours straight. Oh sure there are bum notes every now and then – but nothing like it used to be (knock on wood).

    Lovin’ it!

  47. jerome says:

    I feel bad about the people thinking about jessica it’s a classic case of “Humiliating if FAIL and commonplace if SUCCESS”, i mean she have a great talent and posibly young enough to learn and adjust from her mistake.

  48. katrilotta says:

    I like both Phillip and Colton and the pants comment was spot on XD

  49. Anna says:

    What will happen this season is people are voting because they are cute or handsome,please America vote for the one who really deserve the spot..Jessica Sanchez has a lot of range in this competition. Look at Phillip,he sound the same every week,Colton had this hiccups everytime he sing..Elise is good but at 28 and another 3 years she is out of the calendar.We need much younger contenders. Joshua is good but I’m worried about the scrreeech and yelling of his voice. I’ts kinda annoying..Hollie singing without soul,I can’t even remember her songs because it’s forgettable…C’mon America it’s not Jessica’s fault if she sounds like Beyonce,or,Hudson because that’s the tone of her voice..What I realy like of Jessica is everytime she performs,she is giving her all. I felt it. Beyond her years,she is already mature(like Randy Jackson said)it’s definitely an unbelievable God given Talent.

  50. megs says:

    Lol at randy with the unintentionally accurate use of air quotes. I swear, this dude……

    • K. says:

      OMG YES. I laughed so hard because he was, for the first time, accurately using air quotes. LOL forever at “the famous Michael Jackson.”

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