American Idol Top 7 (Redux) Results Recap: 'Everything' But the Girls [Updated]

“Another Shock Rocks Idol.”

With four simple words splashed across the screen at the top of this week’s American Idol Top 7 (Part Deux) results show, fans of Phillip, Colton, Skylar, Jessica, and Joshua clutched their throw pillows and began saying their novenas.

Yeah, these fan bases paused to enjoy the pleasures of Kris Allen’s inspirational new single, “The Vision of Love,” — and to hit the mute button when two neon-clad cavepersons crawled out the bottom of a tequila bottle and vomited some notes (and probably some phlegm) into the audience.

But then it was time to get down with the ugly business of sending home one of seven very evenly matched, very talented contestants.

Before we dish those results, though, a few thoughts on the telecast:

* I was so aghast at the hideous staging for the group performance of “Dancing in the Streets” — So. Many. Balloons. — I forgot to pay attention to the vocals. Hollie and Joshua’s synchronized moves were a total kick, though, and confirmed my belief that reality-show BFF-dom can indeed help a contestant’s popularity.

* I know I’m an impartial fanboy, but Kris Allen’s “The Vision of Love” really is a beautiful song, and his performance tonight had more magic than a Pegasus flying over a double rainbow. Okay, the staging for the opening third — with Kris repeatedly disappearing from my TV screen as he played piano on a slowly spinning platform — was inscrutable (and a little infuriating), but that uptick in the melody on “someone tell this girl she’s beautiful” made everything better.

* Ten years from now, Idol historians will probably call Phillip’s libidinous “Hey, what’s your number? Does your daddy let you date?” — captured on video backstage Wednesday after his post-performance flirtation with J.Lo — the turning point in the race for the Season 11 crown.

* Okay, so the feedback Elise got from the judges on Wednesday was drawn-out, ineloquent, and occasionally ridiculous — showing emotion (at least in her music) isn’t really one of her problems — but I wonder if she’s aware she’s probably not going to score too many new voters after her surly response to Ryan Seacrest asking if she thought the judges were tougher on her than her competitors. “Yeah, definitely,” Elise sighed, going on to describe the feedback she’s received from J.Lo, Randy, and Steven to be “disheartening a little bit,” and that it makes her “feel a little discredited sometimes.” Look, I’m all for railing against imbalances at the Idol judges’ table, but in this case, I’d have appreciated it if Elise had followed up her “definitely” by owning up to the fact that her choice and execution of “Let’s Get It On” simply didn’t work on Wednesday. Sometimes a bad critique and a bad performance simply go hand-in-hand.

* I didn’t agree with everything armchair quarterback Jimmy Iovine said in his pre-recorded snippets, but at least dude didn’t bore me. He knocked Colton’s look, sound and moves on his Gaga cover (calling it a cross between “1985 Billy Idol on TRL, and Spider-Man on Broadway“). And he had an a-ha moment that Jessica has been covering music that’s too old for her (i.e. “Tray a Little Tenderness). But with five weeks of live performance shows left before Season 11 is history, isn’t it premature for him to be definitively saying Phillip — a guy whose performances he’s been very critical of in recent weeks — belongs in the Final 2?

I guess that’s a discussion for another day. For right now I need to give you some piping hot results action!

Sent Directly to Safety (In No Particular Chronological Order)
Joshua Ledet
Skylar Laine
Jessica Sanchez
Phillip Phillips

Sent to the Bottom 3
Hollie Cavanagh
Elise Testone
Colton Dixon

First One Sent Back to Safety
Elise Testone

Colton Dixon

“I have to apologize,” said Colton, when asked for his reaction to his ouster — despite the fact that he’d never before been in the Bottom 3. “I wasn’t myself last night.” Colton then promised not to stray from his comfort zone when he makes his post-Idol record, and delivered an emotional rendition of Lifehouse’s “Everything” to close the show. Gah! And just when I was starting to warm up to the idea of his inevitable hometown visit!

What did you think of Top 7 results? Did Colton deserve to get booted? If not, who should’ve been sent home? And could anyone have predicted a Top 6 with only two male contestants? Sound off in the comments, and for all my Idol news, interviews, and recaps, follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV!

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  1. ana says:

    Michael, I think you jinxed colton.

    • He had a bad night, that’s all it took. His elimination wasn’t as shocking as Jessica’s was last week, because he actually did have a bad night, but I honestly thought given that he’d never been in Bottom 3 that he’d escape going home tonight. Hollie and Elise have more lives than a box full of cats. This elimination has helped Phillip tremendously. The girl votes were already coming to him, but now with Colton gone this gives Phillip all of his votes as well. Sad to see him go. Really too bad.

      • Jennifer says:

        Jessica also had a weak night when she got the lowest amount of votes. Of course her fanbots are not going to admit to that, but anyone impartial knows it.

        • Dani says:

          Agree 100%!

        • Sally says:

          Um, no. Stuttering was Jessica’s best performance, and it eclipsed all other performances that night.

          • Jennifer says:

            I thought it stunk and she absolutely RUINED that trio with her off key screeching and refusal to even try to harmonize with the others.

          • Jaxguy says:

            Her Stuttering was ABSOLUTELY the BEST of the night. You need to have your hearing checked Jennifer. You probably love Phillip who is horrible. I WOULD NEVER buy his record of mediocrity.

          • Miscellaneopolan says:

            I agree that Jessica performed poorly in the trio (who didn’t?) but I disagree wholeheartedly that her performance of Stuttering wasn’t hands-waving-in-the-air awesome. Deeply felt, technically perfect, and nuanced. Probably her best so far. I’m glad that her fans were jolted into action and saved her from the bottom 3 this week, because honestly last night wasn’t her best even if it was pretty good.

          • Tarc says:

            Jessica didn’t manage to pronounce the word Stuttering the entire time, so I don’t think mumbling though a song qualifies it as good, let alone great. she did much better at enunciating this week, though.

          • Miscellaneopolan says:

            Oh? I recall her not being able to pronounce “my mind”, but I didn’t have any trouble understanding the word “stuttering.” Stu-stu-stuttering.

          • Liz says:

            Totally agree! Best performance yet.

          • firenzix says:

            I’m sorry…Jessica nuanced?? Maybe after 10 years and a couple of bad relationships….

          • Miscellaneopolan says:

            Normally I’d agree. Most of her performances have been a little blunt, but what I liked about Stuttering was that there was actually some subtlety. Her body language was different: shy and reserved. She looked down a lot. And the song had waves. She held back for much of it but brought a lot of passion to the bridge, which to me conveyed her frustration over not being able to talk. So yes, I do think the performance was nuanced, or at least more nuanced she’d been thus far.

        • Lee says:

          Jessica for the win!!!!!

          • JudyVee says:

            I’m a huge Joshua fan, and never heard the song “Stuttering” until Jessica sang it. Thought she did an incredible job ~ for me, it was the best thing she’s done. (Love the song.)

        • joshua says:

          jessica will win. And racist will be depressed. lol

          • angelstorm says:

            lol – this comment is awesome !

          • darcy's evil twin says:

            I find it incomprehensible that someone would declare that comment “awesome”. The “racists” in this country can’t be bothered with getting depressed over the American Idol winner because they probably haven’t recovered from the outcome of the last presidential election. How old are you people? 12?

          • Owen says:

            Racists are a weird, evil bunch. And yes, I completely think they would get depressed if a person of color wins American Idol…

          • darcy's evil twin says:

            Racists don’t watch American Idol – they are too busy with their KKK meetings. Oh, at one time they probably watched Idol but I’m going to go out on a limb and say that all came to a crashing halt when Reuben Studdard won.
            Good grief! I grew up on American Bandstand, Ed Sullivan, Soul Train, and Midnight Special – all of which featured singers of all races. You people are completely ignorant – and if there’s one thing I’ve learned in my many years of existing on this planet is it’s NEVER good when someone calls you “you people”. That’s far worse than being accused of being a racist.

          • Can I marry you, darcy’s evil twin? Oh wait, you’re already married. :-)

          • the explanation says:

            Darcy, with all due respect, how many Asians were on “American Bandstand, Ed Sullivan, Soul Train, and Midnight Special”? I’m sure those shows featured whites, blacks, and a fair smattering of hispanics, but what about everyone else?

            IMO it’s only been in the last 5 years that you’ve actually seen Asians, (East) Indians, Middle-Easterners, Polynesians, etc have true pop-music success. Jay Sean’s “Down” went to #1, Far East Movement “Like a G6” did too, Black Eyed Peas – their racial mix is all over the place. Those are a few obvious ones that come to mind. (Could count Chili of TLC or Nicki Minaj, but people see them as black women, not realizing they are part East-Indian).

            That’s part of why this is so tough and groundbreaking for Jessica. AI has barely had Asians in the top 10, let alone a winner or a contender. If she looked like Hollie, Jlo, or Jhud, this would not be an issue – she’d be the slam dunk winner. Hats off to her, and all the best of luck!

          • ladyhelix says:

            Racists live next door to you and they DO watch Idol. They don’t go to KKK meetings or carry signs or even say tacky/mean things out loud in public. They just refuse to give everyone equal credit for being 100% legitimate and 100% human. They have a very hard time when certain people handle their food, date their daughters, or become their boss. Where I live it’s more prevalent (or obvious) in rural areas.
            Of course it colors how some people vote on idol – just as how being a homophobe colored how others voted in the past. It’s sad and it’s sick but it’s real.

          • Yo' says:

            I am with Darcy’s Evil Twin. The problem with calling our racism where it very likely doesn’t exist is that it never allows the society to get beyond race. I have marched, protested, lived in minority communities, worked for nonprofits, affirmative-actioned my kid on purpose and donated money to ensure civil liberties and fight racism, yet I have been called one by those who see crying “racism” as a perpetual anthem. Sexism and racism exist – in every ethnic community. But there is nothing to suggest that Idols vote for contestants on the basis of race. I was frankly oblivious to the contestants various ethnicities until some anti-racists were so kind as to point them out. Ethnicity may well help determine the winner, because of they types of music contestants and audiences favor, but you can’t exactly advocate for rights to an individualistic ethnic culture, then protest if other cultures prefer their own music. Currently, you are racist if you do not vote for a contestant on the basis of their minority status, which is patently nuts. Those concerned about racism currently need to attend to the Arab community and Muslims, because the rights of those people are seriously abridged, where the rights of the rest of us mostly are not.

          • ladyhelix says:

            Thanks Yo – excellent points – and I agree that insisting racism it is a factor – especially when voting is private – serves nothing. But I do believe it’s a part of the fabric of our society/lives, and I also believe a lot of it is unconscious.
            THAT SAID – people vote for people they like, and people who are like them. That’s human nature. And I believe that works both for and against different contestants. But since we don’t know what’s motivating the voting at an individual level, or who is actually voting for whom, pretending that we do – or fighting about it – is foolish.

          • Marsaili says:

            No kidding, I’m a white, middle-aged woman who lived in the country on a mini-farm and I LOVE Joshua! When J-Lo said she wanted to punch him because she loves him so much–I could totally relate, LOL! ;-)

          • SanDiegoCat says:

            That depends. Is the racist white, black, Japanese, Indian? Because racism comes in all races. If the racist in question happens to be, what is Jeesica, Filipino? then he or she will be so happy that a Fillipino won and not another unworthy African American or Caucasian. The OP’s comment was a little flippant, but I don’t think racism ever anything to be laughed at no matter which ethnicity is displaying it.

        • Joy says:

          I’m hardly a Jessica fan, but I thought she was better than usual with “Stuttering.” I thought that one fit the pattern of the previous three weeks, where DeAndre, Heejun, and Erika had all been the low vote-getters after relatively strong performances. Last night was definitely not Colton’s best, although I still didn’t think he was the most deserving of elimination.

        • noa says:

          i’m not much of a Jessica fan, but i thought last week she was the best of the 7.

        • scrutinizer says:

          jessica’s rendition of “stuttering’ was one of the most beautifully etched out r&b performances in many an idol year. it was in no way a bad night for her.

        • Stella says:

          I wouldn’t bet that Jessica had the lowest number of votes. Directionally she most likely was in the bottom 3 but AI can pick who will be going home, especially with “the save” still in play. I think they couldn’t resist the drama they could create by picking Jessica. Notice Ryan never said she had the lowest number of votes.

        • Annie says:

          Jessica’s performance last week was very strong. The only problem with it is that people weren’t familiar with the song. It’s a good thing that she did get the fewest number of votes last week, because this past Wednesday’s performance was her weakest one of the season, but thankfully last week energized her base, and they saved her.

      • Krista says:


        Loved Colton!!

      • jason says:

        Philip also had an off night last week but fans still kept him from the bottom 3, i had hoped that fans would save colton.

        • Jaxguy says:

          TEENAGE GIRLS. This season will join all the rest. This show is killing itself by not changing the voting. The Voice is doing better even though this season it’s crap.

          • Dallas says:

            The Voice is not doing better.

          • Gisele Glen says:

            clearly the teenaged girls are not voting as much as you think cause colton just went home i’m so sick of that excuse

          • NedPepper says:

            The Voice started strong…and it’s almost depressing how awful it has become. It’s like watching someone die a slow, miserable death. As much as I hate Idol’s voting….The Voice isn’t any better. Blake had a solid team…and a horrible final two. Let’s not even bring The Voice into this. It isn’t even a singing competition. Not reality. More of a variety show. It’s schtick.

          • Owen says:

            I would say Idol is out-doing The Voice, America-voting-wise. Voice voters keep voting for men at the expense of talented women singers. And AI’s just sent Colton packing….!

          • Ty says:

            The Voice does have a better voting system, but worse contestants and REALLY bad rules for elimination and formatting.

          • TheBeach says:

            One big difference is The Voice has judges that are current and relevant in today’s music arena.

          • Shel says:

            They may be relevant to today’s music scene, but they are all over the map with how they view their show. Christina wants to make them grow in different directions even though we’ve barely met them and maybe they need help growing in their OWN direction. Adam, OTOH, wants the opera singer to sing opera – uh huh, okay. Adam wants to control everything (by his own admittance) and yet doesn’t realize that bottom line, the show eats itself having the judges throwing members of their own team under the bus so far into the season. Blake has no backbone, letting America decide to send home Jordis this week even though they hadn’t had an opportunity to vote on Jordis for 2 weeks. Christina and CeeLo want big production numbers and Christina especially wants big big big run-filled loud vocals. Blake doesn’t like the big production numbers and Adam barely tolerates any runs at all. And, bottom line, are they looking for the best singer – THE VOICE?? Or someone they can say they molded and helped to “grow.” Basically, both Christina and Blake threw out two of the best singers left in the competition this week and I don’t know if I can make myself even watch what CeeLo & Adam end up doing next week. I’m also seeing some unattractive, “pay attention to ME, the STAR” with both Adam and esp Christina. Really not a turn-on, no matter how many stupid people scream “I love you” every time either of them opens their mouths to speak.

          • Tarc says:

            The Voice has the most ridiculosly random elimination ever. They could just so rock, paper, scissors and have it make more sense.

          • Mary B says:

            I hate the way the Voice is going. You really don’t get to know the contestants. Eliminations go too fast. They waste so much time with the battle rounds which is the worse part of the show and then we get to the live shows and we don’t have a chance to catch our breathes. I am not enjoying The Voice at all this season. I enjoy Idol a lot more except I really hate the judges, they are so annoying.

          • FreeHaley says:

            +1 It is way to one and done and it is hard for people to build nearly as much a connection to the contestants as on Idol. They take forever on battle rounds and then rush the end.

          • Lili says:

            Plus everybody left on The Voice is ugly. and that’s the result of the blind auditions! Look at all the people who are successful and dominate the charts nowadays: they’re all more beautiful than Cee Lo Green’s “powerhouse” Chezza, let’s be honest. Or the old and bald female singers Xtina chose last year.

            This elimination is game changing. Now all we need is somehow to avoid Skylar to get into the final 2 and this finale will be the best EVER.

            I loved Elise’s comment and think she did exactly what the judges told her to: let the viewers know how she is feeling.

          • SanDiegoCat says:

            Teenaged girls are not keeping Phillip in. A lot of people love Philip’s voice and style. Every guy I know who watches Idol has Philip as his favorite. Since I like singer-songwriter music more than diva pop, he is my favorite this year, and I haven’t been a teenager in awhile.

        • Except that the judges have never really been behind Colton or Hollie , you have though seen them forced to give standing ovations for every Joshua performance he has had to try and keep him going to the end and getting a win.

          • Mel says:

            You’re right, the judges never have been truly behind them. (I’m a huge Colton fan, so right now I’m in at least two of the stages of grief.) But where were Colton’s fans?? Why weren’t they behind him? The math of this whole thing just doesn’t add up, and I don’t mean that literally, like I’m crying foul. But Elise, whose success has come and gone depending on whether she had a good or bad night, somehow got more votes than Colton, whose success has been a runaway freight train, thanks to his (supposedly) solid fan base. (Jimmy called them the “stone wall” that supports Colton.) So…WHERE WERE THEY? I showed up and voted for him like I always did. Someone please explain how this happened. I actually think the red hair dye is not a bad theory. But there has to be more to it than that.

          • Templar says:

            @Mel: Two things. First, he said on camera he didn’t care what the judges thought or said. Second, his intense faith is a buzz kill to the teen girls who account for most of the votes.

          • chistosa says:

            I read on another site that Colton blames his ouster on losing the faith based vote because he covered Lady GaGa. I doubt it. Skylar covered GaGa and country is pretty faith based as well and she did not suffer. The reality is he destroyed the Earth Wind and Fire song and I am sure that their fans withheld votes and he had a bad night. With no identified frontrunner, not one of them can afford a bad performance as it could send them home.

          • Marsaili says:

            I doubt Colton has even had a chance to say anything yet—that’s a rumor that’s been floating around since right after the vote was revealed—based on comments on youtube. If that IS the case, wow, that wasn’t very Christian of his fans, was it? As for Skylar—yeah, there is a lot of Jesus worship in country music and the fans, but country fans aren’t usually that petty to stop voting because someone sang a Lady Gaga song—I don’t see that happening at all, to Colton or to Skylar. I think he had a bad night and he got voted off. That’s going to happen to someone every week from now until the finale!

          • the explanation says:

            They said they had 53mill votes this week, which is the week after a Save. The week after a Save draws more viewers and more voting (of existing & new viewers) due to people wanting to protect the saved person. Some of those new viewers will vote for others as well. If you want to be a recipient of those new votes, you can’t have a bad night the week after a save.

            So it might not be that Colton “lost” votes. It just might be that others gained votes, and he didn’t.

            Moral of the story is not “don’t sing Gaga or else christians will abandon you”. The moral of the story is “don’t have a bad night the week after a Save”.

          • Faz says:

            @Templar — and third — he really couldn’t sing very well.

        • TheBeach says:

          It was the curse of the hair dye. Remember what happened to Erika when she changed her color. Colton’s red stripe did him in. Warning to the other contestants: Don’t dye your hair :)

          • Delon says:

            I think it had more to do with his ridiculous song choice in Bad Romance. One minute you’re a Christian emo and the next you’re singing GaGa?! He shot himself. He coulda been a contendah.

          • darcy's evil twin says:

            HA HA HA. Don’t dye your hair. You get a Made Me Laugh, Beach. :-)
            Okay, at the risk of sounding ignorant, I’m going to need to look up Emo. Everyone keeps making references to Emo and I have no idea who that is.
            Honestly, I think the performance that sunk Colton was that odd rendition of “September”. If indeed the teen girls are his audience he should have chosen a song that was more recognizable and stuck to the melody.

            Everyone can stop whining about how the white, Christian south and “Middle America” is controlling who stays in the competition. you can’t even say they were all at church last night because they go to church on Wednesday nights. Apparently the teeny boppers aren’t voting as much as we thought they were.

          • Amy says:


            I didn’t think his decision to do “Bad Romance” was ridiculous at all. He wanted to expand his horizons, and I applaud him for that; recently, so many of the contestants have been playing it safe, so it’s refreshing to see someone take risks and continuously surprise us. He shouldn’t have been punished for that.

          • ladyhelix says:

            Everyone blames the Gaga song and the hair – but that second song was the deal breaker for me (painful). It didn’t help that the last time I heard it Danny Gokey was singing it.

        • Bobbi says:

          I vote all the AI contestants over the VOICE. Those battle numbers sound like two singers being rolled off a cliff. :)

      • Lana says:

        “more lives than a box full of cats” That made me laugh and it was so right. I did feel like it was Hollie’s night but… I will miss Colton but as long a Joshua is still in I’m happy.

      • Snsetblaze says:

        You assume that people will switch their vote when their favorite is gone instead of just stop voting.

        • john says:

          This may be old news but I stopped my DVR on the caption that flashes on the screen at the end of the show. It says something like the producers reserve the right to remove votes for a certain contestant if they believe that the votes were cast using some type of automated dialing/texting program. This seems pretty arbitrary to me and leaves an opening for vote manipulation. How do they know which votes to eliminate? How can they do this in 24 hours (search through 50+ million votes? Does this bother anyone else? This seems like a terrible system that needs fixing badly.

          • darcy's evil twin says:

            I have no idea either, although there probably are computer programs that can check the votes fairly quickly. Any tech geeks out there?

          • chistosa says:

            I know that there are rumors on several sites that Jessica has huge blocks of illegal votes from other countries via Skype. I certainly do not know if that is true or not but I suspect the disclaimer is there for clear indications of inappropriate voting. Again I would like to repeat that I don’t know if voters from other countries are voting for American Idol which is against the rules, just reporting that it is out there on other sites. I know I did see a tutorial on one site that showed how to circumvent the ban on foreign voting.

          • Calabash Meerschaum says:

            “the producers reserve the right to remove votes for a certain contestant ”

            ie, Nigel can control who gets cut, makes the final, wins, etc…as if he doesn’t already do enough by influencing song choices, performance order, sets, judges commentary, etc…

            I’m sure I will get blasted for saying this, but AI is about as authentic as WWE…

      • DG says:

        I really liked James Durbin’s performance last week with the drummer and guitars on stage while he took the energy to an 11. So…less than a week later, Colton who keeps getting compared to James, right or wrong, attempts the same thing. Unfortunately the most energy Colton could muster up with his Gaga cover was a 5 or a 6. I was Glad to see him at the piano for his second song as I think that type of singer/songwriter style of rock is more where he needs to be…..but quite frankly he took a happy song and made it sad. I just didn’t get the arrangement…..and quite frankly his song choices we’re not right for him. Unfortunately Colton left idol on a down note and left many of us confused about what kind of artist he wants to be. In my opinion, Elise and Jessica seem to have peaked. Joshua is holding steady at his peak. Phillip and Holly had their best performances of the season and are stepping up their game right at the right time.

        • Holly says:

          No Skylar? She’ll hit her peak in the finale!

          • DG says:

            Oops…cannot believe I left off Skylar. I think you may be right. She is interesting to me and I will put her in her own bucket. I keep thinking she has peaked…..and then she comes back (like with Gaga and Bette Midler) and totally surprises me by taking her peak to a whole new level. I’m hoping the surprises keep coming. So to recap this with my earlier post: Joshua, Elise and Jessica….I think we’ve seen what we’re going to see from them. Phillip and Holly I believe they have some unmet potential that needs displaying. Skylar is like a gift that keeps surprising us while staying true to who she is….and in my opinion that is a winning formula for Idol.

          • Marsaili says:

            I agree, Skylar is so good and such a surprise week after week, she could seriously take this whole thing! She’s got the vocal talent, the musical talent and all the things that Jessica and Hollie are missing right now. Of course, I love Elise, too, so it’s between the two of them but honestly, Skylar is consistantly good all the time, Elise is judged good and bad every week so even though she is just as good as Skylar, or even better, Skylar’s consistency will probably win out over Elise’s talent. It’ll probably be a Skylar, Elise and Phillip in the top 3.

      • SallyinChicago says:

        I never got Colton and I never got PP. Two more WGWG. Who needs more?

      • Angela says:

        I didn’t think he had a bad night at all. Granted, it certainly wasn’t close to his strongest, and after “Love the Way You Lie” from last week (possibly my favorite performance of this season so far, along with Elise’s “Whole Lotta Love”), it wasn’t particularly impressive. But I appreciated that he took a risk and one of the things I’ve always loved about him was that he never hesitated to change up his performances from week to week, which isn’t something I can say about any of the other contestants.

        While I think Jessica definitely deserved to be saved last week, it’s disappointing that it meant Colton has to leave much earlier than he should’ve. This Idol season just got a lot less exciting for me.

      • Pat says:

        “The girl votes were already coming to him, but now with Colton gone this gives Phillip all of his votes as well.”

        Huh? I’m sure Joshua will receive some of girl votes too, including some from Colton’s former fans. (Note that Joshua is the sharpest looking dresser on the show. He doesn’t just have an incredible voice.)

      • vlbartle says:

        I’m so sad Colton was eliminated, but he showed a lot of class in his exit. He’ll be fine career-wise, but I will miss him on Idol until the finale when they all get to come back. I definitely think he should have stayed longer. One “bad” night shouldn’t have doomed him. Oh well. Looking forward to his interview on Idology. :)

        • Juventina says:

          I agree. It was Colton’s worst performances this week but he didn’t deserve to get eliminated. Colton’s a true artist, he has personality and style which is not the case of all the remaining contestants. And he sang on pitch and with emotion. I was shocked that people didn’t vote for him.
          I really hope people vote for Philip and Jessica now ’cause those two are the most talented on the show. They do have style and soul. I don’t get the fuss about Joshua though… this is a singing competition not a screaming competition. But I guess now it’s only a matter of taste…
          While nice and talented singers with real personality are getting eliminated week after week, boring singers like Holly remain…
          My guess is we’re heading to a Skylar/Phillip finale, and the guy will win.

    • Lisa says:

      It’s ridiculous how the judges have tried to manipulate this contest – NOBODY liked DeAndre and yet he made it as far as he did because Jennifer shamelessly begged the audience “to please get on the phone and let me hear this voice again” Last week, we had to endure the DRAMA of the completely void of personality “alter ego” crap of Jessica-17-year-old-worked-hard-all-her-(barely begun)-life. Jennifer: news flash: we don’t like her and we didn’t like Deandre!!!!! Now we loose Colton, a true artist, not a trained robot. Does anyone out there not see thru these judges comments? They are doing everything they can to try to tell the audience who the front runners are…. they have been wanting us to believe that it will come down to Joshua and Jessica, but there is no doubt the real contest was probably Colton and Phillip all along and they did their best to knock down a final between 2 white male artists. BUT, that would have been the best finale since Carrie and Bo. Now there is no contest: Phillip landslides into victory. It probably was going that way anyway. I look forward to seeing that “Elvis Presley” smile for a long time!

      Colton – you are a class act! And, I loved every minute of your performances!!!!

      • NotARandyFan says:

        The judges comments are subjective. People vote based upon how they feel and sometimes they don’t vote at all.

        I think instead of saying “we” didn’t like, you should say “I” didn’t like. There are plenty of DeAndre, Jessica, Colton, HeeJun, Ericka, Skylar, Elise, Hollie, Joshua, and Phillip fans out there.

        Colton will be fine. He’s going to busy with press, then tour, and then an album release. Rejoice for what he achieved and the fan base he made.

        • crayzforIdol says:

          Exactly! Thank you for that! Colton wasn’t my favorite, but I actually thought he’d win it (based on the last several years). I will miss him, but he’ll be fine.

        • Carrie says:

          Well said. In my humble opinion Colton was good, there were moments of his I really liked but overall I was not a huge fan. To me, Jessica is mad talented and has the potential to be a huge star – yes, she needs some life experience before she can truly perform but the potential and her vocal ability is limitless and with the right guidance and song choices I think she can win a lot of people over. I also think she should wear shoes that allow her to move more freely. I love a 5, 6 or 7 inch heel but they do not necessarily work for a tiny young thing who needs to get a little more grounded with the stage and the audience and have the freedom to move with the music. Philip Phillips is delicious – super talented musically, adorable, humble, great sense of humor without being over the top and very comfortable in his own skin. I hope Joshua gets to duet with Fantasia in the finale regardless of where he lands in the competish. Their voices belong together! As far as the rest, they are all wonderful singers and worthy of another chance at the win. I really thing the right contestant went home, but he will be fine and be on top of the Christian Rock charts with his debut single soon. Great talent this season.

        • davej says:

          If you are going to give fake praise to most and then dump on others to skew the rresults, you have no business complaining about how the voters got it wrong.


          IMO, the judges have no business questioning the voters when their comments have been planned, scRipted, and fluff 90% of the time. I cringe every time I see J-Lo look down at her notes to read her spontaneous comments. Watch carefully and you’ll see that on Tuesday, she actually looke down at her notes in the middle of telling Phillip how sexy he was.

      • news flash: we don’t like her and we didn’t like Deandre!!!!! Now we loose Colton, a true artist, not a trained robot.

        >>>> don’t use we, many people like Jessica and Deandre, and please don’t blame other contestants, it’s your fault (fans of Colton) who didn’t vote enough.

        • Mel says:

          I’m a Colton fan and I voted like I always do. I don’t know where the rest of them were. I’m actually starting to worry that the Colton fans are still not showing up. Like, where are they this morning? Surely they didn’t all abandon him because he chose a Gaga song. I’m a Christian and I do NOT think Gaga is one of the four horses of the apocalypse.

      • anonymous says:

        shut up lisa… you dont even know what true artist is…

      • Marsaili says:

        Wow Lisa, you know every single Idol watcher enough to say that nobody liked DeAndre and nobody likes Jessica? Wow, how did you become so clairvoyant? Facts are—someone is going to go home every week. Colton and Phillip were never going to face off because there are other talented people that have just as much of a chance to get to the top as they did. Wow I can’t believe the arrogance of some of the people posting here tonight.

        • scrutinizer says:

          all 7 will probably get record deals and the one who releases the best single will kick start a post idol career. you don’t have to win idol to have your dream come true of making it in the music business, unless your dream is like taylor hicks’….to play vegas!

      • abfidy says:

        I liked DeAndre. Just saying. Still think Master Blaster was one of the best performances of the season.

      • ThemApples says:

        DeAndre is my favorite.

      • Denise says:

        You are so right about all of it Lisa!!!! Judges have too much favoritism! It’s getting old. The voice isn’t much better. They are letting go of the wrong people too. Quit swaying the pubic on how to vote. I’m sure Randy Jackson is saying opps–we messed up!

        • Denise says:

          But I did like DeAndre–great voice just put your hair back–like it better. Phillip Phillips–loved him from the audition and loved Colton from when he was cut the first time in another season. Jessica needs to get a better personality and working all your life is Steven Tyler..Randy Jackson… not at 16. Give me a break…She does have a great voice–needs to look like she appreciated them saving her. Should have saved THE SAVE though for someone else. Elise great voice–She needs to look thankful too. I could have seen Colton or Phillip winning it!!! Too bad the judges got it wrong. Steven Tyler you’ve been doing this for a long time–Give them some technical terminology feedback–not just it was “beautiful or over the top”…And have more say than Randy and Jennifer once in a while–They are too tight.

      • 30CamdenSquare says:

        What’s with this we crap? Why do you assume you speak for everyone?

      • C says:

        yes, Lisa. even though DeAndre was different, he kinda had a fan base. just saying. I’m very glad you also agree with 17-year-old, worked hard all life for Jessica crap. That just made me hate her even more. now Colton on the other hand, the judges just lost “a true artist” because they wanted to save Jessica. I think her time was up anyway. yes, she is good, but not good enough in my books. anyway, in a sense i’m happy for Colton now and where he’s going to go… not being judged anymore, but i’m gunna miss him on the tele.

      • jiji33 says:

        miss lisa, this was a very mean and very stupid comment. speak for yourself girl and grow up! i think deandre’s voice is wonderful, he is handsome adn sweet and i am looking fw to see his growth. jessica might be shy but she is an Amazing singer and can actually dance. it’s one of these rare seasons where no one really eclipses the other and everyone has a chance to win.

      • djm says:

        Um, hello – is this the first season you’ve watched this show? The judges blatant pimping of their favorites is the EXACT reason I don’t watch anymore – it’s just way over-board. Now I just read Slezak and YouTube the performances that sound interesting and honestly this is the first season in a long time that I have enjoyed it. I do have a question though – don’t they usually send TWO people home after using the judges save? I was really hoping that Colton AND Phillip would both go home last night – I don’t get the appeal of either of them (other than the fact that they are attractive – but last time I checked this was a SINGING competition, not America’s Next Top Boy Model. I mean really, haven’t people learned ANYTHiNG from the past)?

        • AJMil says:

          Because they eliminated 2 in Top 11 week (Shannon and Jermaine) they were a week ahead, so they only needed to eliminate one after the judges’ save.

        • Juventina says:

          I really don’t think that Colton or Philip are top models… They are not bad looking but they are very random guys. They are not looking better than the other contestants.
          Anyway, at least they have style and know what kind of music they want to do. Phillip is a great singer. He has an amazing voice, he has soul and rocks! Now that’s the kind of music I enjoy.

        • calabash meerschaum says:

          “but last time I checked this was a SINGING competition”

          its a reality show based around finding a marketable pop star…and a bit of a popularity contest as well…singing is the catalyst of the show, but its hardly the only driver…typically most successful pop stars in today’s market are more attractive/charismatic than they are good singers…

          • ladyhelix says:

            Thank You!! A “marketable pop star” = Idol, or “my favorite singer” – which translates into someone whose work I would actually pick up the phone &/or pay money for.
            Who started the statement “it’s a singing competition”? Did one of the judges say that? It needs to stop.

      • chistosa says:

        Lisa, there is so much wrong with this post. The first is your use of pronouns. Who are we? I did not like Colton and he unfortunately gave his worst performances of the season the other night. Poor performances at this stage lead to eliminations in a close contest. Last week Phillip gave a poor performance and was called on it. He upped his game. Colton did not choose for his audience. It does not matter what the judges say as they do not vote. To borrow a phrase from Simon, his choices this week were self-indulgent.

        Jessica is not a fan favorite. I respect your right to say you like her. But the use of we is incorrect. I do not like Jessica. And do you really think the judges are influencing the voting? Of course they try to do so. This is reality tv and there is money to be made when recording contracts are awarded. But I like to believe that we the viewers vote based on our preferences which are different for all as they should be. While it is hard for me to believe, there are people out there who actually like LMFAO and spend hard earned money to buy their noise. And by the way, I think the best finale was beween Adam and Kris. So you see that viewers like different things and do not deserve a poorly written rant about those choices. Perhaps you can tone down the rhetoric, correct the grammar and spelling and offer an articulate expression of your opinion without the insults and outrage.

        • Anonymous says:

          Actually, christosa, Lisa’s comments were that she DOESN’T like Jessica. Her faves seem to be Colton and Phillip. Regardless, as you said, we have our own faves and have the right to voice our opinions.

      • T_T says:

        Are you high girl?

      • Trouty Mouth says:

        Colton isn’t a “true artist”, he’s a whiney emo douche with about a 5 note range and a massive chip on his shoulder who shoves his religion down everyone’s throat to hide the fact that he’s deep in the depths of Narnia.

    • Skyler really needs some etiquette lessons. Last week, everyone sad when Jessica is lowest, except Skyler with the stank face. Now, everyone sad about Colton, except miss Skyler happy to be safe. Talk about self-interested!

      • Peter says:

        why all the girls get this kind of nonsense hate? because of their faces ? really ? Are they allowed to have a personality ? And colton was the one who said today he didn’t care about judges comments so i suppose its all good because he is the precious boy. Double standards its all i see in these forums.

      • zaza says:

        I liked Skyler at first, but then when they showed her when they first got to the mansion being so grabby (best bedroom, best seat in the media room etc), it just put me off her.

        • 30CamdenSquare says:

          I’m not even a Skyler fan but this is a singing competition, so people should be voting for who they like as far as their music is concerned, not who gets the good or bad reality show edit.

        • Marsaili says:

          I thought it was Joshua who took the best room, not Skylar.

      • Luke says:

        Skyler is always the first to jump to her feet and hug people and you can sometimes hear her say encouraging things to her competitors.

      • Lana says:

        Skyler was backing Colton up. He was acting like this was not the end and it was going to just get better so when he sang Skyler was right there. It wasn’t because she was happy she stayed, it was out of respect and affection for Colton. I understand that children are going to think rude,but no kiddies she wasn’t being mean.

      • Tarc says:

        You might not be great at interpreting faces – Skylar was *mad* that Jessica was in the bottom.

      • Mary B says:

        I noticed that too. Everyone is upset and some even crying and there is Skylar clapping her hands and with the biggest smile on her face. At least pretend to feel bad for goodness sake.

        • FreeHaley says:

          Honestly, I think it is really dangerous to read into what you see and it all just ends up seeming kind of petty and besides the point anyway. I’m not a fan of her singing style at all but I don’t hold whatever was going on there against her at all.

          I do note that that very few bring it up when a country girl appears to do something like that, a few have here but in the end not much has been made of it, and same goes for most guys on the show but if a non-country girl appears to do anything of the sort…. look out, endless nasty character assasination over nothing.

          I wil also say in the sports world nobody pays attention to such thing in sports contests.

    • shelbybb says:

      The people have spoken and they got it right! Colton will go onto a long career playing local churches at Wednesday night suppers. Amen

    • Monica says:

      “Ten years from now, Idol historians will probably call Phillip’s libidinous “Hey, what’s your number? Does your daddy let you date?” — captured on video backstage Wednesday after his post-performance flirtation with J.Lo — the turning point in the race for the Season 11 crown.” For the love of Kris Allen, please include the clip i Idology this week!!!! I missed it!!!

      • Meghan says:

        That was actually an awesome moment. Loved it!! I hope the clip is in Idology. I could watch that again for sure :)

        • T_T says:

          It was a great idol moment indeed. It actually made me watch Kris’ awesome idol journey again. It is amazing how he grew week after week. Kris-Adam finale was one of the best.

    • Debbie says:

      Well, its a forgone conclusion that Phil Phillips has a strong chance of winning- all Colton’s girl fans will now go to Phil, and despite the fact that all remaining girls are amazing singers, a girl hasn’t won since Jordan Sparks in 2007. A popularity contest again, as usual.

      • vlbartle says:

        I am a huge Colton fan, and will not be voting for PP. I don’t see them as being much alike at all! PP is a WGWG. Tired of them winning, (although I love Kris Allen and thought he was amazing last night). Colton was more rocker, and I loved the way he sang from his heart, was open about his faith, mixed things up musically and with his look, and played the piano beautifully. They just are not that similar, and I don’t see why Colton’s fans will automatically go to PP. If anything I’m ticked Coton didn’t get farther than PP and will vote for all the girls more.

      • calabash meerschaum says:

        “A popularity contest again, as usual”

        er, yes…that’s exactly what its intended to be…why does that bother you so?


    • NJloonie says:

      MICHAEL…. where’s Idology? At least post that it will be late, so we are not left wondering…

  2. I know this will effect Hollie negatively, but I think it shouldn’t. She is the best singer left and she was bawling after Colton left. Come on America! She didn’t deserve the bottom two after last night.

    • Sandy says:

      I think you’re right and Colton’s elimination just might affect Hollie negatively. That would be unjust though since Hollie was at her best last night. I assumed she or Elise would go home tonight since they’re both bottom-three mainstays. Didn’t mean I actually wanted her to go though. TBH, didn’t really want to see anyone go since they’re a very strong group. Was pretty heartbroken for Colton since he seemed to gain momentum each week, and I’ve always thought he was the only one with a real shot at beating P2. Still, I’m happy for Hollie. She held her own this week. She was as deserving as anyone to stay.

    • NotARandyFan says:

      We don’t know that she was in the bottom two only that she was in the bottom three.

      • abfidy says:

        Yeah I think that’s really important to note. I’m pretty sure they didn’t say bottom 2, so we can’t assume. It’s likely that she was bottom 2, but not guaranteed. I’m pulling for Hollie. When she is on, girl is ON.

    • kelly says:

      This group is so great, that its really hard to avoid the bottom 3.

      • abfidy says:

        Yeah that’s what I’m thinking too. Besides Phillip, bottom 3 or even elimination is going to be a crapshoot every week now until the end. It’s a bit of a nail biter actually. I honestly don’t know who’s going to go from week to week. First Jessica, now Colton…I think everyone is living performance to performance now. I don’t know that this has ever happened before on Idol.

    • sarina says:

      Okay so this is what I think about all the contestants.
      Hollie is in fact a great singer she just needs to pick the appropriate songs to sing like Adele for example because she can hit those high notes very well, she needs more stage presence;yes. Jessica she has gotten worse throughout the show I think, shes letting everything get too much at her, like her performances last night were
      Horrible. Skylar is a good country singer but I don’t think we need another country singer to win she’s too original. Elise she just needs to go she is horrible yes she has a unique voice but she just needs to leave her attitude is horrible and I just don’t like her voice; too Winey. Now Phillip he is a very talented singer he just has to pick the correct songs and America would love him more, a very unique voice :) now Joshua is really good he kinda has a original voice like skylar don’t get me wrong he’s good but he does have a good chance of going to the top! Now Colton he had a bad performance last night yes and that’s why I think he got voted off. But personally I think the top
      Singers are: Hollie, Joshua and Phillip.

    • Ruby says:

      You’re right. She doesn’t deserve the bottom two. She deserves to be eliminated after flat performance after flat performance. She should have gone home tonight, not Colton. Of course, she should have gone home weeks ago, but a lot of you really have a tin ear.

  3. thank god hollie made it!!! she had an awesome night, and i think going first was the only thing that hurt her

  4. So, so wrong. Phil for the win now, because all Colton’s votes will go to him.

    • Similar to when Danny Gokey was eliminated and Kris Allen got all of his votes, leaving Adam Lambert to settle for second place. I feel this will help Phillip immensely.

    • Davey says:

      I doubt if all of Colton’s votes will go to Philip. They don’t sing the same type of music or have the same age fans following them.

      • My Alter Ego says:

        I hope that you are correct, but you did say “all” which still means that he could pick up the majority of Colton’s votes.

      • Musicfan123 says:

        I was team Colton now will be team Phillip

      • The way Phil reacted to Colton’s elimination (Elise having to hold him down, him crying into his hands during the entire sing out) said it all. Now the white male fanbases have merged and everyone else can pack their things and go. Skylar might get a small portion of Colton’s fanbase because of their fake on-screen romance, but I think the Idol producers are going to have a nightmare on their hands trying to stop Phil.

        • chistosa says:

          I am not convinced that Phil will get Colton’s votes. They are very different. And I don’t see the Christian voting bloc going for Phillip as much as for Josiah or possibly Skylar. As for these mythical little girls who are flooding the ballot box for guys? They simply do not exist. And Colton had an off night in every way. Unfortunately when there are no obvious candidates for cannon fodder and they are all doing well in their own genres, all it takes is one bad night to be the one to leave. Colton chose his songs very badly this week. So did Jessica and she should thank Colton for doing worse than she did.

        • Miss Otis Regrets... says:

          I don’t think the Christians will start voting for the stoned guy.

          • Marsaili says:

            the stoned guy? Where do you get off calling him that? Wow, the people in this forum are just—Wow.

    • Jaxguy says:

      I like Skylar, but….. Can’t stand Phillips style. I would never buy his crap, but I see them as the finale and I will do just like last year. NOT WATCH. Way better singers than them. I wouldn’t go see Skylar in concert and I wouldn’t buy her records. So unless there is another contestant from my area, I WILL NOT WATCH after this year if Idol does move in the inevitable direction. I will be done. I really like Colton. He should not have been eliminated.

      • Tarc says:

        In the ned, everything works out. Colton wasn’t meant to win, and it’s proabbly for the best – because the winner gets tied to 19 under a specific, prenegotiated contract. Now, Colton can go with whomever he wants, because I think we’re all clear he’s got a future. I’ll be happy to buy Colton and Phillip’s records when they come out.

        • Sandi says:

          Unfortunately though, those that finish below 4th or 5th place are rarely heard from again. J Hud is an exception to that but they are far and few between.

          I would DEFINITELY buy a Colton CD and I’ve never listened to Christian music before. Heck, I’m not even Christian.

          • Amy says:

            I really wish he would do alternative/emo rock instead of Christian rock. It just seems so limiting as a genre (though I’m not Christian either, so I’m probably biased in that respect), and on the show, it really seemed like alt-rock was his genre. Probably the worst thing about this, besides the fact that Colton was one of my favorite contestants, is that this pretty much proves that contestants get punished for taking risks and venturing outside their comfort zone, which is just wrong.

          • Tarc says:

            That hasn’t been true since they (happily) got rid of Simon Cowell.

      • I’m not being rude, but why tell us you ‘WON’T WATCH’? That’s the least interesting to me of all comments posted, as I don’t know you, or others who say that. If I don’t know you, why would I care if you watch or not? I am, however, interested in your, and other posters, comments about the CONTESTANTS. That said, I was very sad that Colton left. He is so authentic and an absolutely great performer. In terms of his voice, yes, he is very suited to singing Christian worship music – he does it very well. When I compared his voice to Kris Allen’s performance last night (which was EXCELLENT) – both being in a similar genre of Christian/positive music – I think Kris’s voice is better, but Colton should have a fantastic career. I’ll miss him on the show.

    • Ruby says:

      Eh, Colton was never going to win this thing anyway. But he deserved to go farther than he did.

  5. musicfan123 says:


    • shelbybb says:

      I’m with you all the way!!!

    • Miscellaneopolan says:

      Oh, do you gotta? He was safe. He’s always been safe and he’ll continue to be safe. You can afford to be a little lax next week. Nothing bad will happen…

    • Belle says:

      Look, when I first saw Phillip I liked him a lot. He’s cute. I get it. But he doesn’t have a good voice. All the other top 7 have really good voices, even if you don’t like their styles. I can’t stand Joshua’s caterwalling for example, but he has a fantastic voice. You just can’t say that about P2. Can’t you hear when he can’t hit notes & flats out? If you hear that & vote for him anyway then you’re in the category of “teens who vote for the cute boy”.

      • Marsaili says:

        Excuse me? Phillip has a great voice—even Jimmy has said so. I am not a teeny bopper and I’ve been around a heck of a lot longer than many of the people posting here, I think I know music. Phillip is a talented musician with a unique, awesome voice. YOU may not like it but you have no right to insult the people who do. When Jimmy and every mentor who has been there has said that Phillip is great and his voice is great–I think they know what they are talking about over some random poster on a message board.

        • abfidy says:

          Different strokes for different folks, and that’s fine. But for what Phillip wants to do, he is not doing it very well. That’s my issue with him. He wants to do that cool bluesy swampy rock feel, and I can understand that, but he needs to work on his pitch. He needs to be able to move around stage if he wants to have a hope of opening and selling out a concert. He needs to be able to sing a song in a different tempo. I can understand saying that the shouty growly stuff is just his style, and he’s not going to be rangy on an album so why do it on the show, but he still needs to be on pitch, and he still needs to vary his performances. His album is going to need uptempo or slow songs. He can’t just put out an album of only mid tempo songs; it would be the most boring album ever.

        • MamaLis says:

          I agree! Just because someone doesn’t sing like Beyonce, doesn’t mean they “don’t have a good voice.” You might want to expand your horizons a little, Belle. Look at Chris Martin from Coldplay or the alt band the Presidents. They don’t offer the range of Celine – but is the talent there? Heck ya. Phillip has a different niche than a Jessica – but it’s still a viable niche.

          • Juventina says:

            Agree!! It’s weird because P2 and Jessica have been my favourites from the start. They are both amazing in their own genre. And I agree, you don’t have to have the strongest voice and the larger range to be an amazing artist. And I don’t see why Phillip has to change his song choices. Why would he have to do up-tempo songs? You can have a record with all the same kinds of songs and like it anyway. It’s consistent and coherent.

      • Sandi says:

        I don’t understand this idea that Phil Phil doesn’t have a good voice. Stevie Nicks was so impressed; she thought he could have been a member of Fleetwood Mac. The guy is incredibly talented.

      • Lea H. says:

        I have listened to Phillip sing and be accused of many things, mostly of being repetitive, week to week, but singing off key, I think it’s the one thing he does well, is sing on key. Everyone has a right to like who they like. Everyone’s taste is different. It amazes me how upset people get if someone likes a contestant they don’t like, they start throwing insults back and forth. We should show respect for our individual choices, even if we differ in our opinions. And remember people, it’s just a singing competition, not life or death. Every single person in theTop 7 are so talented that no matter when they get voted off, from this point on, they are all going to do well.

      • bev59 says:

        Joshua’s caterwauling? Just because you don’t know a style of singing doesn’t mean you should give it a negative connotation like that. Jessica tried to “cauterwaul” in Try a Little Tenderness like the writer of the song did in his original recording–but she couldn’t do it.

    • Mary says:

      Yeah America, You did good

      • Jaxguy says:

        America sucks when it comes to Idol, as always. America has no taste. Why else would garbage like LMFAO be a hit. If they were on a reality show they would be booted early.

        • NotARandyFan says:

          America has a wide variety of taste and LMFAO is a small corner of it. Be thankful for all the colors in the world and the variety. Rejoice in what Colton achieved and will continue to gain.

        • Mary says:

          Did you ever think that maybe it is you who has no taste. just because you favorite is gone doesn’t mean America voted wrong. it is obvious you are in the minority here.

        • crayzforIdol says:

          While I kind of agree with you regarding LMFAO, my kids like them. It would be pretty boring if everyone listened to/ performed the same kind of music. There are plenty of other popular artists out there who are not “garbage”, as you put it. In the mean time, there’s no need to put down everyone who disagrees with you.

  6. Boo says:

    so happy for Elise..

    • noa says:

      that’s the only thing i can think of right now! YAY ELISE!

      • Rebecca says:

        IKR? I’ve felt this unbelievable sense of relief, since Ryan told Elise that she was safe. I hate that she was in the bottom three, but am thrilled that she’s still there. It proves that Jimmy’s comment about her not having a fan base, is completely wrong. Each and every one of these contestants whether they’re still here or not, has one. Demographics play a big part in the voting process IMO but as a fan of Elise myself, I know firsthand just how strong and loyal her fan base is. I was surprised that Colton left tonight, but he’s talented and will do well in the future.

    • I get that Michael likes the rasp which is the Elise and Hailey signature , but a rasp alone does not make an Idol Winner ,
      Truth be told the judges wanted to make sure that neither Hollie or Colton made it to the end.

      • Mary B says:

        Why do you say that? Wednesday night was the first time Colton got negative feedback and frankly he did not handle it well. He was getting kind of cocky. Maybe he needed a little shot of reality. I really think that attitude might have hurt him more than his performances.

    • Hermione says:

      Couldn’t agree more. Elise is my favorite in the competition and she is the only one I vote for every week. Gonna start increasing my votes for Elise next week to keep her going

      • Ramification says:

        Elise is my favorite also and I feel bad for her when she gets interviewed because clearly she is not media trained and just speaks her mind but people tend to see that as having a bad attitude or what have you. Still hoping for an all girl top 3.

    • Yo' says:

      Me too. I would really miss her voice if it left this competition. I just hope her honesty with the judges doesn’t kill her. The judges are insensitive and I think we minimize how hard it is to stand there week after week getting bad reviews. Even tonight, the judges addressed the bottom three as if only one of them, Colton, was there and worth saving. If someone did that at a high school talent show parents would throw a fit. Elise feels it and it shows.

      • john says:

        Elise has great voice control and tone but she needs to fix her stage presence. She needs to get her chin up and emote rather than doing that little crouched over dance. It looks like she’s singing to, or dancing with, an imaginery munchkin.

        • noa says:

          she only did that on “No One” and i kind of thought it fit the song, plus- she had the best expressions while doing that. she just looked happy. i feel like she’s always emoting. Vienna wasn’t like you described, and neither was Whole Lotta Love.

  7. Kristi says:

    I’m soooo sad right now :(

    • NotARandyFan says:

      Don’t be. He will be fine. He has a ton of press over the next week, a tour, and an album in his future.

    • Barbara says:

      I agree, overall there was no one like Colton, can sing, play piano and write music and had the personality. I definitely believe the show is rigged for ratings because how does one person never been in the bottom 3, having established his fan base goes to elimination, that does not happen, when you have others in the bottom 3 each week, and the judges pushing their favorites. When Colton comes out with his album or any songs, we will buy it, he is the only one. From past history, being AI does not prove your marketability or fan base, e.g. Ruben, Lee, Taylor, Fantasia, We love you Colton and will always support you.

      • Miss Otis Regrets... says:

        It happens every year. He lost the Christians with Gaga, and he lost the rest of the boomers and Gen X with his destruction of September. He was never going to win it all anyway.

        • duranmom says:

          He lost the Christians with Gaga? Really? This catholic 42 year old (who happened to like the switch up of September) voted my fingers off for Colton. He is the only one in the competition who wasn’t a robot, a screamer or boring. He always brought something fresh and new to the Idol stage. Not sure if he was gonna win, but 7th? America let that boy down.

  8. Deb says:

    The girls might stand a chance this year….maybe. 4 to 2.

    • Nikki says:

      Yes, I believe that is The Master Plan this year. Boo!

      • abfidy says:

        Why boo? Girls sell more records. Girls are more prevalent on the radio right now. The girl contestants SING BETTER than the boy contestants this year, Joshua being the only exception and this week not even he could measure up to the girls. A girl should win because the girls deserve to win and because they stand to do better for the show after the season is over.

        • chistosa says:

          And yet Scotty is vastly outselling Lauren Alaina, won the CMA best new artist and is now up for two Billboard awards. And frankly except for Skylar I don’t see any of the girls selling big right now. Elise is amazing but a niche artist. Hollie is inconsistent. Jessica has the best voice but as of now I would not buy one of her records. Maybe with some more performance experience and nuance in her tone I will but not yet. I would go see Joshua in concert and I would definitely buy Phillip’s music. It is not a male/female issue.

          • abfidy says:

            Scotty isn’t outselling the other female winners? He is selling better than anyone else from his year, but that is to be expected because he won (and because Haley’s album hasn’t been released yet lol). But what I’m saying is that among the winners, the women have vastly outsold the men. And I think that if Skylar or Jessica won this year, they would continue the trend. Hollie could as well if she continues to improve the way she has over the last couple of weeks, and honestly, I think that’s the only way she’s making the finale. I don’t think Elise has a hope of selling records, but I do think if she managed to win, with the backing of the Idol machine she could probably match Phillip’s hypothetical Idol sales, judging by the fact that Phillip’s closest predecessor would be Kris, and Kris hasn’t sold very well. That said, I don’t think Elise has a shot at winning so that’s kind of a foregone conclusion.

    • Jaxguy says:

      I’m going with a Phillip, Joshua and Skylar top 3. Same old crap. Different year. Deb just look at Nikki’s comment. She’s the reason Idol sucks. Girls voting for who they think is the cutest guy. The girls were WAY better this year.

      • Nikki says:

        No, Jaxguy, you are the reason Idol sucks lol You know nothing about me.
        FYI, I voted my butt off for Alison Iraheta and Haley Reinhart.
        I feel that TPTB are manipulating the season worse than they ever have. I don’t appreciate the whole plan to get a femaile winner. I mean, Alison and Haley deserved to win, but I just don’t see any girl this season that can measure up to them.

        Not that I owe you an explanation. And try not to be such a troll all the time, k?

        • Mary says:

          that is your opinion, many of us think the girls are more talented than the guys. that is what is nice about AI there is a variety so everyone can enjoy. I would like to know how you think they
          Are manipulating, because your favorite is gone.

          • Nikki says:

            lol “Mary” Funny how you presume my favorite is gone. Crack me up. My favorite is still going strong.

        • Ruby says:

          What, exactly is a “femaile”?

        • Layla says:

          Alison and Haley both publicly support Jessica for the win! So they have a pretty good clue which girl does measure up this year!

    • Miscellaneopolan says:

      The girls might stand a chance if it weren’t for Phillip, whose prospects of victory hover over the competition like a flying saucer ready to blow up the White House. I like the guy. Really, I do, but I also think that other contestants, save Hollie, are more talented, and I’m pulling for them.

      • chistosa says:

        The girls might stand stand a chance if they didn’t continue making bad song choices and having bad performances. While I do not think that Jessica’s Stuttering was a bad performance, she did not do well this week. Try a Little Tenderness was stiff, awkward and somewhat creepy. Son of a Preacherman was not Hollie’s best effort. Joshua consistently delivers and Phil upped his game this week. Elise and Let’s Get It On? Enough said. These little teen girls are not ready for primetime. Elise is the best of the lot. And Skylar might have a shot as she is improving week by week. But we are not voting by gender. Seriously.

  9. katie says:

    What?? I didn’t watch, but just this morning I had resigned myself to him winning and another instantly forgotten white male Idol.

    • MusicGrrrl says:

      “Instantly forgotten white male” you sexist, racist pig? Did you see how great Kris Allen was tonight? And I’m pretty sure I hear David Cook, Kris Allen, Chris Daughtry, Adam Lambert, and even still Clay Aiken played on my radio all the time. Not quite forgotten even though they all are white AND male.

      • sweetmm says:

        From the 5 you mentioned only 2 are the winners and the 3 non-winners you mentioned are better off than the winners.

      • katie says:

        Um, I’m white. And that the female winners have done outrageously better than the male winners is not something I made up because I’m sexist. I did not remember who Lee was until someone posted his name here. He’s dropped off the face of the earth since he won. Kris I really liked but he’s had exactly one song that I sort of heard played on the radio and that was it. Taylor? That was a travesty. David Cook I’ll grant you, but as Idols go, I’d take Kelly, Jordin, or Carrie any day.

        • PAIGE says:

          Amen to that!

        • Tarc says:

          Taylor Hicks has done all kinds of things and had significant success – not in the pop genre. Lee’s not a pop guy either (Crystal Bowersox wouldn’t have been big news either). Success means different things to different people,

        • Marsaili says:

          Lee has not dropped off the face of the earth–just because YOU haven’t heard about him doesn’t mean he’s not around making music. And let’s not forget Chris Daughtry. I hear Casey James on the radio all the time, I hear Josh Gracin on the radio all the time. Bucky is still around, as is Danny Gokey. Ruben just released a new album and I believe Elliot either released on recently or is going to release one. the ONLY Idol that has had a rough time since winning is Taylor–and that is because his record company dropped him—but he’s still be busy working all over. Again, not everyone is going to be a Carrie or a Kelly or a Scotty–that doesn’t mean the other idols can’t have a successful career—many of them do, it’s not their fault that you aren’t aware of them.

        • Marsaili says:

          No, TWO female winners have done outrageously better than the males winners but Daughtry and David Cook and Casey James and Clay Aiken and Josh Gracian and Adam Lambert and Ruben Studdard and others are doing just fine! Not everyone is going to be a superstar but that doesn’t mean you just totally dismiss the idols that are out there making a living with their music. If they can make a living with their music—they are a success. And what MANY of you fail to realize is—just because YOU haven’t heard anything from other Idols, doesn’t mean they aren’t doing anything. MANY of the Idols have gone to Nashville and are doing very well. If you don’t listen to country music, then you would be totally unaware of that.

      • kriskrazee says:

        That’s right, MusicGrrrl, Kris was freaking amazing tonight. Flawless.

      • red says:

        Sexist, racist pig? Kind of harsh considering she was just stating the fact that the last 4 winners were white males. If they are forgettable is a matter of opinion.

        • TheBeach says:

          Thank you. This board has taken a really ugly turn tonight.

          • Brendan says:

            WGWG #5 (White Guy With Guitar) is what Philip Phillips is being called on Vote for the Worst. Even they realize that he is going to win because of who votes for American Idol. And the runner-up will be Skylar Laine (aka Lauren Alaina). This show is retarded now… ever since Taylor won, it just ends with the craziest winners that make me lose faith in humanity.

          • abfidy says:

            There’s a fantastic article on that tallies the bias towards white male contestants. If you were to read it, you would understand that it’s not racist to say that white men have been winning this show despite the fact that women are consistently performing at a higher level. It’s not racist to say that the male winners have been unsuccessful in sales when held up to the female winners. It is, however, reactionary to accuse someone of racism and sexism when they are merely using statistical qualifications to state proven facts. And honestly, it’s just ugly.

      • Erin says:

        That’s funny you feel the need to call Katie a sexist racist pig. Because all the powerless white males need defending. There’s no need to have such reactions to harmless posts of viewpoints. Breathe in then out. Much better, no?

      • hrfe says:

        You can’t be racist against the majority race and you can’t be sexist against the gender in power.

    • sweetmm says:

      Ditto; the current white male winners as so far off from Kelly & Carrie. If P2 wins I hope he won’t turn put as bad as Taylor & Lee.

      • Jaxguy says:

        He will be a bust.

      • Mary says:

        Even if we have a female winner there is no guarantee they will be top sellers like Kelly and Carrie. Scotty won last year and he is doing well. today’s music kinda sucks, it is a crap shot if you make it. The ones that are popular I would not waste my time or money on them.

      • Tarc says:

        Since Hicks and DeWyze have careers in the biz, they are successful. Kelly and Carrie success is as rare as hen’s teeth – plus, you have to perform int he right genre for that type of success. Hicks and DeWyze aren’t country-pop or pop.

  10. Aiden says:

    Colton didn’t deserve to go home. Bottom 3, maybe, but not elimination. At this point, though, I’d be disappointed whomever goes home from the Top 7.

  11. Shannon says:

    I’m so incredibly upset that Colton was booted off today. He absolutely deserved to stay. And interesting to see Philip’s solemn, seated, head-down reaction…

    • Meg says:

      Just a theory, but Phillip doesn’t exactly seem interested in winning, so to me his reaction seemed as if he were feeling guilty. Outlasting someone who really played the game and wanted the crown. I like Phillip, a lot actually, but I really hope he doesn’t win.

      • Scott says:

        I agree. PP just doesn’t seem to have the desire to win it all — or he doesn’t have the way to show that he wants to win it.

      • Lo says:

        That’s an interesting point. I can see this season turning out like Season 6, when Blake’s fans pushed him to the finale and then didn’t vote for him because they didn’t think he actually wanted to win (I was a HUGE Blake fan and many of his fans felt this way). I could see P2 getting to the finale with maybe Jessica, and then his fans not voting for him to win.

      • PhillipRocks says:

        Feeling guilty? No, that’s not what I saw. Phillip was visibly upset because they are good friends. I even think he was praying for him at one point.

      • Ruby says:

        I agree. This is just a theory. Pulled straight out of your ass.

      • TheBeach says:

        Gotta admit though, he really cracked me up tonight in his reaction to J-Lo’s flirtation: “Yo daddy let ya date? Got a number?” Hilarious ! The guy does really have a sly, funny sense of humor.

      • MrTemecula says:

        I respectfully disagree. It looked like Phillip was upset his closest male friend was leaving the show. Phillip wants to win, but he’s not going to listen to every dumb judge, Jimmy and internet advice to do so. Phillip knows what kind of artist he is and he’s not going to change and he should not because he’s really good.

      • susela says:

        Perhaps he was feeling sad…he lost Heejun and now he’s lost Colton; I think they were buddies. In any case, Colton has a thin talent. He will do well in a narrowly prescribed genre, but isn’t up to the demands of Idol—switching genres, eras, etc. I for one am glad I won’t have to hear his voicebox closing up every time he strains for a high note. He produces a strangled sound that isn’t pleasant to listen to.

      • Marsaili says:

        Wow, I’m so glad there are people around like you that just know what’s going on in the contestants head. I think his head was down because he was upset his friend was going home—that seems to be the general consensus—where do you get your knowledge that he doesn’t want to win—he’s stately quite clearly that he does want to win.

    • NotARandyFan says:

      Colton is a very talented song writer and he and Phillip are close friends. It’s going to be tough for all of them to see their Idol family get eliminated.

    • KathyB says:

      I was actually wondering if Philip is well – I usually don’t pay attention to the Ford commercial but I happened to notice he wasn’t in it this week. And then staying seated… hope he is ok – didn’t he have some kind of surgery a few weeks ago?

  12. Jake says:

    My feeling is that Philip is running away with this show and the other 6 are just neck-a-neck and its all about outlasting each other. I really wish this show would reveal votes at the end of the season, but if in the span of two weeks you have 5 of 7 contestants in the bottom 3 then they must have very close margins between them. I figured this week that last week’s bottom 3 would be safe, but always thought Hollie would get the boot. I figure most of Colton’s votes will go to Philip, unless Elise takes Jimmy’s advice and picks up the rock mantle.

  13. Holly says:

    I just can’t fathom the same people who voted for Colton now voting for Phil.

    • I agree. Most of his fans “messengers” should go to Hollie as most hollie followers are also friends with colton followers

      • Jennifer says:

        LOL, nice try picking Colton’s carcass to try to get Hollie votes.

      • abfidy says:

        I honestly don’t know where Colton’s votes will go. I mean, if we’re going by the idea of “little girls vote for cute boys” then the logical answer would be to say Phillip, but I think Colton and Phillip are really really different musically, and I also think that the show bred a bit of a competition between the two fan bases, so Colton’s hardcore fan base might be less inclined to vote Phillip. I think Colton’s fan base will go to either Skylar or Hollie. I think they would be disinclined to like the kind of music Joshua and Jessica put out, i.e. pop/R&B. But since there’s no musical equivalent to Colton, who was the only pop rock guy on the show, I think his voters will shift to someone with a similar persona/personality. The people who voted for Colton were voting for someone wholesome who could be radio relevant. That fits Hollie and Skylar pretty well, and if his voters don’t automatically go Phillip, I think they’ll transfer to one of the girls.

        • pmet says:

          I cannot imagine any of Colton’s fanbase switching to Skylar. That just doesn’t make sense musically. They are such different artists. I liked Colton a lot but I would be much more inclined to take any votes I would have for him and switch them to Phillip.

          • abfidy says:

            I was thinking the duets might have made Colton fans more partial to Skylar. But yeah everything I’ve seen from Colton fans is that they’ll be voting for Phillip now, which is a shame. There are so many other contestants who are performing at a consistently excellent level that for Phillip to cruise into the finale on mediocrity would be a crime. He’s cute. We all for the most part agree on that. But I don’t buy albums just because the singer is cute, and I don’t think anyone else does. The last thing Idol needs is another winner who isn’t radio friendly. Even if you like Phillip’s music, the Idol contestants who have put out similar styles of music have not done well on the radio or in physical sales. People just don’t buy it. Even if you’re voting for him because you only care about the TV show aspect of it, it’s not like the guy is particularly dynamic. He sings in the same style every week and he has a tendency to veer off pitch. Not something I want to watch for another 6 weeks.

    • DookDood says:

      I voted all season for Colton but I will now be voting like crazy for PHILLIP!

      • My Alter Ego says:

        Do you really hate music that much?

      • NedPepper says:

        Neither one will EVER sleep with you. Voting for them doesn’t that change that.

        • Ty says:

          You need to convince them they are gay, that is the only way they won’t vote for a middling to cute white guy. The delusion of this crowd is astounding, they have no clue PP would not touch 95% of them with a pole, whatever he says.

      • Miscellaneopolan says:

        Okay, you can vote like crazy for Phillip. That’s your prerogative, but can I just ask… why? What’s the common thread between Colton and Phillip that makes you want to transfer your votes to the latter? Is it really that they’re both cute guys? Can it be that simple? I so want to believe that it isn’t. Maybe you genuinely enjoy Phillip’s musical style more than any of the remaining contestants? Please tell us.

        • Tarc says:

          For a lot of people, it really is that simple.

        • Tarc says:

          Oh, and personally, I’ve been voting for Phillip as the best the entire series.

          • Kevin says:

            Ah, see this may be one of the reasons why I don’t share the love of Phil Phillips. More than ever before (due a great deal to my utter annoyance with Heejun), this season I have relied upon my DVR to time-shift through American Idol, only stopping to watch the actual performances and the beginning of each “mentor package” so I can find out what the contestant’s song choice is. As such, I guess I haven’t really gotten a sample of Phil’s (or really any contestants) personality beyond what is conveyed during performances and during the judge’s critiques (although I am considering skipping those moving forward as they add little, if anything, to the proceedings for me). I find this helps me to avoid allowing my personal feelings about contestants to cloud my feelings about their music, in the same way I don’t read “entertainment stories” about artists’ lives behind the scenes or follow the gossip news about most singers/actors. I personally don’t WANT to know that one of my favorite performers is an absolute @$$h0le in their private lives – let me enjoy the product as that is really all I care about (barring violent crimes).

          • Tarc says:

            LOL! I didn’t say it was that simple *for me*. Ijust said that it’s very clear that that is enough for some people. Personally, I vote on overall performance since the start, and for the people that are hands-down the best talent RIGHT NOW – the ones that can move records. I this year’s case, I think Phil, Colton, and Skylar could whip out a single and it would fit straight into the Top 200 on iTunes. I think Elise might be able to as well. Hollie and Jessica aren’t ready yet.

        • Amy says:

          By now, I’ve pretty much resigned myself to the fact that Phillip is going to win. Personally, though, I don’t get his appeal. He sounds virtually the same every single week, regardless of which song he chooses, and half the time, it sounds like his songs don’t even have a melody. If it was up to me, either Elise or Jessica would win, though I’m really disappointed that Colton didn’t make it to at least the top 4. I don’t know if he was my favorite contestant, but every single week, I was excited to see what song he’d choose because he always made it fresh and interesting. If anything, I wish we got to hear more “Bad Romance”-like performances from him.

    • MusicGrrrl says:

      I’m kind of worried some of Colton’s followers might actually vote against Phillip because of the way Jimmy was always pitting them against each other. Neither of them felt that way, I’m sure, but it’s the way Idol presented it.

  14. carrie says:

    this is not coltons time yet! seriously! he has never been in the bottom 3! what happened?? i think elise shouldve been eliminated tonight.. her attitude is SO annoying. get her out. so so very sad that colton was eliminated. well some american idol contestants achieve better fame than the winner him/herself so i hope colton will be one of them :) and hollie, i hope she gets better next week and prove to america that she definitely deserves to be in the top!!

    • Kristi says:

      Agree wholeheartedly with everything you said. I really like Hollie so I was really disappointed to see both of them standing there.

    • TheBeach says:

      Just as I was with Halle last year, I applauded Elise biting back a bit at the judges tonight. They’ve been picking her apart all season. It may have lost her some votes but it got a “good on ya, girl” from me.

      • ramification says:

        It’s a singing competition not an ‘attitude’ competition. I am glad that Elise is sticking up for herself, women always get hammered for ‘attitude’ where if someone like P2 would make similar comments no one would say it will affect his votes. I like Colton a lot, but really he did have a bad night, his Bad Romance was just ok, but September was pretty dreadful for him.

  15. imho says:

    stupid “make me cry” show! Haven’t cried at this show….ever!! I will miss him. But it’s ok – God had a different plan for him. Colton is a class act with a beautiful, Godly, heart. I love all music, but mainly listen to CCM, so I will just wait to hear him there :)

    • Kristi says:

      OMG….I had never cried at this show until tonight either…so sad to see him go

      • I cried too. But I cry at this show often. When I feel happy for how well the singers do, or sad when they get eliminated. Colton may have had a bad night, but he is a great performer. All 7 have good voices, but I am close to thinking that Philip and Elise’s are the least strong. Hollie, I didn’t get until last night, when she sang beautifully. Also, Jessica, didn’t pull it off last night and she does NOT sing well in a group setting.

      • susela says:

        And I spontaneously laughed and clapped. Guess there are all types in this world….

  16. llws says:

    I’m not bummed that Colton went home but seriously it should have been Elise!! I dont care if she gets 10 standing Os next week…she needs to go home!

    • Jennifer says:

      Nah, Elise needs to stick around a little longer. Her voice is the only one with any character to it. Jimmy is right on the money when he says she needs to rock it out to stick it out. I hope she takes him advice and goes the “Whole Lotta Love” route whenever possible.

    • 2FM says:

      Yeah seriously, Elise may not arguably have the most radio ready voice or pop star qualities but her voice is so smooth and interesting that I would find myself bored watching without her.

    • Miscellaneopolan says:

      But why? BUT WHY? She was terrific last night, and her voice is one of the most distinctive and interesting of the remaining contestants. If I actually bought albums instead of downloading songs, her’s is the one I would buy.
      BUT WHY?

      • TheBeach says:

        Agreed. If I were to buy a CD of any contestant this year, it would be Elise. I almost hope she doesn’t win because an Elise CD could be really good. I cringe thinking about a “Moment Like This” Idol-produced Elise CD.

  17. diane says:

    Colton didn’t have a strong nite yesterday. If fans vote based on each performance nite then America got it rite.

    • Except that many opted to not vote for him because he sang Gaga and deviated from his Christian image , sorry but I was reading the posts on Youtube and there is a lot of hate over his singing her song., they felt betrayed.

      • TheBeach says:

        If that is indeed the case, then that is the silliest thing I’ve ever heard!

        • FreeHaley says:


          and especially so since the song is supposed to be about love and acceptance which is sort of what the followings they claim to follow are SUPPOSED to actually be about too.

          • FreeOfColton says:

            Really? these lyrics… ‘I want your ugly, I want your disease’? I think not… Colton dug his own grave, put himself in the coffin, and nailed the lid shut. After all this talk about him knowing how to play the idol game, he really blew it. Good thing is now it’s pretty much guaranteed to be a girl winner, which I personally think the show does need that to happen.

          • FreeHaley says:

            Haha, oh man, total brain freeze, I guess I was too distracted watching TV while typing and for some reason I was thinking of Born This Way but that isn’t what he sang!

            Yeah, my bad.

            Never mind.

            (That said Bad Romance is hardly that horrific of a song, got to loosen up a LITTLE bit! But yeah never mind my comment above.)

      • aravis says:

        No kidding?! Nuts.

      • susela says:

        …so the Christians couldn’t forgive him? That’s pretty funny.

      • J says:

        I’m a Christian and a fan of Gaga and Colton. The problem was that Colton was overly ambitious and deviated away from who he is as an artist. His ambition to win clouded his judgment. He chose a song that was not his style and completely changed it and made it worse. The clothes, the song, etc was all sorts of wrong. He should’ve stayed true to what he is. Unfortunately, after many great weeks, that one night cost him.

        Anyway, best of luck to Colton. He definitely has me as a fan. I look forward to what he has in store.

      • Amy says:

        That’s what’s so depressing about all of this. Besides the fact that Colton has tons of fans (including me) who couldn’t care less about his “Christian image” (frankly, “Everything” was far and away my least favorite of his performances), he shouldn’t be punished for taking a risk. He shouldn’t have to pander to his core demographic or whatever. It may not have been technically his best performance, but that is the kind of bold, surprising, exciting move that I wish we saw more of on Idol. This basically proves that contestants shouldn’t bother venturing outside their comfort zone, which is just BS.

        If anything, I feel slightly betrayed by the fact that he apologized for doing “Bad Romance”. If he didn’t think that he should be doing Lady Gaga, he wouldn’t have decided to do the song in the first place. I, for one, was looking forward to seeing him do more performances like that one. This whole thing just feels so fake and insincere.

        • FreeHaley says:

          If he apologized for the song choice that is very disappointing and sad. If he aplogized for going a different style with it that didn’t work or something then ok.

          • Amy says:

            He pretty much said that he thinks his decision to do “Bad Romance” was what got him eliminated because it’s so different from his usual style, which I guess isn’t the same as apologizing for choosing the song, but I think it’s a shame that whenever a contestant attempts to do something interesting or different, they get punished for it. We should be encouraging them to take risks, not to play it safe. I personally enjoyed his “Bad Romance” a lot, and I was looking forward to seeing more of that. Now, though, I guess we won’t get to.

        • MamaLis says:

          Ya, I just read his interview and I very much read that he was apologizing for the song not being within his ‘christian image.’ In fact, it’s just the opposite of what FreeHaley hoped, saying “musically” he liked it, but “image wise it sent the wrong message.” He then said, he’s taken “a stand in his faith and choosing Bad Romance turned-off a lot of those voters…(his) core voters.” To me, that’s kind of a bummer. Wouldn’t call Gaga anti-faith.

        • Marie says:

          I do not think he was punished. They just did not power vote because they did not like the song choice. Maybe they threw in a vote or two but did not feel compelled to power vote. I do that with my faves if I do not really like the performance but want to support him or her anyway. Unfortunately for Colton though, all fan bases power voted last Wednesday night.

      • Angela says:

        That’s so disappointing. I feel like Colton could be a lot edgier than the Christian rock niche he’s apparently been shoved into (I see him as almost a Muse-type), though as someone who doesn’t care for Christian rock, I’ll admit that I’m biased against that, and it really just means that he got punished for doing something different.

  18. PFitzDC says:

    That may be the first time in Idol Top 10 history when the viewers sent home a popular performer who genuinely had the weaknest night of the competition. I like Colton–he was probably my #5 or #6, enormously talented, but based on last night, he the bottom of the 7.

    • noa says:

      i agree. it’s very rare to have someone who was in the lead lose all the the votes purely on how he did on the night. i guess if it was my favorite going home on a bad night like that i would be really disappointed. i was never a fan, but i get the outrage about this. at this point, no one expects that the first bad night will send you home. maybe to the B3, but that’s it. i kind of like the way people were going this year- on a high note. makes everyone feel better, no?

  19. MusicGrrrl says:

    Hollie didn’t deserve bottom 2 after this week’s performances and Colton definitely didn’t deserve to go home. As far as I’m concerned, Jessica is 7th place this season. That’s the way America voted. Period. The end. And Elise, Jessica, and Joshua had the worst performances this week, though ‘”worst” this season is still darned good. It was Elise’s rime to go.

    • Peyton says:

      I agree with your comment about Jessica. I think she’s super talented – not my favorite, kind of blah, but I like her just fine. But I HATE, hate hate hate, the judges’ save. Sure, I don’t necessarily trust America’s taste, but I trust it a hell of lot more than I would trust the three goons to make a decision on my behalf. If someone great goes home seventh, well…that’s just how it (should) work.

      That said, if saving Jessica is what somehow weirdly led to Colton going home…no complaints here.

    • Jennifer says:

      I don’t agree at all that it is Elise’s time to go. Colton had the two worst performances this week if you ask me, and he has never done anything even close to as good as Vienna or Whole Lotta Love (or even No One this week, for that matter). Sorry your fantasy boyfriend got voted out though. lol

      • 30CamdenSquare says:

        You know it seems like alot of people on here didn’t think it was Elise’s time to go. Maybe that’s why she didn’t. Hmmmm.

    • Jaxguy says:

      You need a hearing check MusicGrrrl.

    • FreeHaley says:

      Elise had the best performance of the week.
      If anything skylar shoulda gone since she had one ok good one when everyone else was a little better than good to great and one not so good even more than the others not the best.

  20. buffy522 says:

    Slezak, your hard on for Kris Allen is getting limp. king of season 8? No. Song? So, so and weird piano. Don’t know where Colton’s fans were, but wgwg is slooking more obvious.

    • Sandy says:

      Lol! Technically, Kris was crowned the season 8 winner, so some might say he was “king of season 8”, Lee is “king of season 9”, etc. I personally like the song. It’s catchy and I thought he sounded great.

    • Ray says:

      Kris Allen is talented and his new song is super. He is a class act, a great person. You are the one who is limp.I think I can guess at least one reason you do not like Kris Allen. Michael is not the only critic who likes and supports Kris Allen.

      • Davey says:

        I’ve heard several songs from Kris’s new album and they’re really good, much better than the ones on his first album. Much more suited to his voice and positive nature.

        • kriskrazee says:

          Yea what Sandy, Ray and Davey said! And for the record, Buffy, I loved the piano. It’s the same one from his new video.

      • TheBeach says:

        Adam Lambert has a new CD coming out soon too, I hope he gets a return spot on Idol to promote it like Kris did.

      • Aiden says:

        Yes, thank you. I’m tired of people shoving Kris Allen in the WGWG category with the implication that he was just voted for his gender and looks. That’s a completely absurd statement. Of all of the recent WGWG Idol winners, I think Kris deserved it best. Michael Slezak and other Idol critics wouldn’t be such an advocate for him and his music if he weren’t talented.

        Personally, of all the artists that’s come through Idol, his music resonated with me the most. On top of that, he uses his fame to bring attention to good causes, taking along his fans with him to support. I also anxiously anticipate every song of his, and I’m pretty sure I will follow his career until the end. Many passionate, loyal fans of his will, too. That would have been a colossal waste our time if we were just attracted to another ‘White Guy With Guitar’.

    • NotARandyFan says:

      If you don’t like Slezaks critiques move on to other columns. It really is that easy.

  21. Dafuq happened?! Who knew HE of all people would be ousted? And to be fair, his takes on his two songs were damn interesting.

    Guess these folks are a very tightly bunched group of singers, no?

  22. Realist says:


  23. Tv fan says:

    Bummer. I really enjoyed his style and his singing.

  24. Kee says:

    I can’t believe Berry Gordy is the son and grandson of those LMFAO duds. Why would a music legend allow them to make awful music?!

  25. Josh says:

    Happy an overrated but pissed off that Phillip gets away with sounding like poo and the rest work hard but so glad for Hollie she is miles better than Colton and Phillip and she outlasted Colton!

    • Tarc says:

      Obviously, there are a whole lot of voters that love the way Phillip sings (myself included). He’s the best on left on the show.

      • Ty says:

        He’s the prettiest left on the show, which is what most people really mean in their heart of hearts when they claim PP is the best. Everyone left is better than he is, and it does not matter, because his supporters care NOTHING for melody and singing, they get week after week of narrow range singing and lap it up because “omg he’s so cute and sexy!!!”


        these people disgust me

        • takakupo says:

          Haha, “These people” don’t disgust me but I’m totally on track with you. Philip only has a fanbase of cougars and girls that love the way he looks when he orgasms his songs out. He’s a street performer and not someone who has the amount of talent it takes to do much but emulate artists who have preceded his style and and range. Even Dave Mathews has a style that only he can generate so if Philip ever wanted to make a name for himself, he won’t be doing it with the trajectory and reputation he currently projects.

          • Tarc says:

            Ah, didn’ you say that nonsense last week? When Phil was in the Top 3? And again this week, when he’s also in the Top 3? I think it’s clear that you’re missing somthing, not the other way around.

        • Tarc says:

          Personally, I’m not interested in his looks, nor am I female or young. You’re deluded if you thikn your armchair quarterbacking superceeds the pretty much universal support of every professional that’s been on the show, plus an obviously large voting block. You might pick up on the fact you’re missing something.

          • nikkiqm says:

            OMG Tarc you are such a Phil fanboy. Every week your own the thread gushing over Phil and how everyone even people on the music industry love him. Give me a break almost all the contestants left have gotten a lot of love from either the judges, Jimmy or people in the music industry. Phil might pick good songs for himself but his vocal abilities are very limited and he performs the same awkward way week after week. His Usher performance was ok but it really drove home the Dave Matthews mimic critic. His movements and the bongo player, sax player and violin or harp player behind him. I love Dave and have been to multiple concerts and that performance was eerily familiar. I don’t dislike Phil but I think the rest of the contestants are bettee singers and performers.

          • Tarc says:

            Yup, nikki, when people that have no blues ear jabber on about things they have no idea about, I remind them that people with more experience and knowledge disagree. The truth is a hard mistress. You’ve already read some of my other posts, so I’ll let those comments stand.

          • nikkiqm says:

            @ Tarc, Im not jabbering just combating your completely blind love for Phil. Phil does not have a great bluesy voice !!!…. Are you kidding? He sings on pitch but has the same constipated range every performance. When he was asked to perform a soul song like “Midnight Hour” he just sings it the same way he sings every other song. To sing blues you have to have range and color to your voice none of which Phil has. Hes not a bad singer just a very limited one.

          • Tarc says:

            @Nikki – It seems very easy for you to paint people to fit your opinion. Phil DOES have a great blues voice – for someone his age. There is no question about that – again, as the pros have pretty much said over and over so far on the show. His range is fine – larger than many pop stars, and blues have a narrower requirement than, say, power balladeers. And I’ll completely disagree about Midnight Hour, which was the best song of the week on Idol. He’s got lots of ‘color’ to me.

          • Layla says:

            Tarc, you use the pros like P2’s voice reasoning but when it comes to Jessica you abandon that logic. It’s not like no one else notices this.

          • Marsaili says:

            Yes, but how many people have rattled off all the pros who said they like Jessica and have TOTALLY IGNORED every single mentor has been totally blown away by Phillip, as well as Jimmy and the judges and they act like Phillip is totally incompetent in what he does. His experience and abilities are far more refined and greater than Jessica’s at this point—he is more ready to put out an album than she is—but once she gains more experience and lives some life to be able to connect to her songs (and don’t go off on me for that—Jennifer has been telling her EVERY WEEK that she needs to do this—it isn’t something I am making up) she is going to be in the league of Christina and Whitney—but she needs to stop mimicking and start feeling the music herself—Phil is already there—whether someone likes him or not. Having said that, I would say that Joshua and Skylar are also ready right now—they have it down pat—singing, feeling, stage presence—they are both the total package right now! It would be great to see a finale with Phillip, Joshua and Skylar!

  26. Jennifer says:

    Colton was the weakest singer there with the thinnest, most nasal and forced voice. He also gave the two weakest performances yesterday and seemed to be getting more and more cocky and self-indulgent as the season progressed. However, I am still shocked he got booted. Guess Phil got all of his “cute white boy” votes. Now Phil is pretty much guaranteed the finale with one of the females (probably Skylar or Jessica).

    • susela says:

      Yes! Colton produced a strangled sound, as if the air could never get all the way up from his diaphragm because he held his body with so much tension. Phillip just shines on stage. He’s got a certain magnetism that you can’t buy—but he probably needs to develop his melodic side a little more to win this thing.

  27. DookDood says:

    What a waste! This is what the judges save is supposed to prevent. But no, they had to waste it on emotionless, plastic Jessica. I haven’t felt like this since Daughtry.

    • Kee says:

      Jessica is better than Colton.

      • My Alter Ego says:

        And I fully agree with you, Kee. I’d have preferred to see P squared leave before Colton (while I care for neither performer — and make no mistake, I consider neither “artists” — I do think that Colton has more talent), and I’m not hugely fond of Jessica either, the girl’s got an extraordinary voice, and with a little maturity, she’ll probably explode and leave all her fellow contestants in the wake. (But she does need a few more years of experience under her belt.)

    • JBS says:

      I fully agree with you 100%.

    • Tabby says:

      I completely agree with you. I remember when Daughtry go booted, I was so upset! But he is doing great fo himself now, so let’s hope Colton gets the same fame. Jessica never changes it up. Colton got stronger every week last night was sorta weak but he didn’t deserve to go home. I have a strong feeling that Phil will when the whole thing now.

      • Jaxguy says:

        At least, if you don’t like Jessica, say something smart. She did change it up. She sang a ballad or two, an uptempo Whitney song, a great jazzy number, Stutterin’, and two soulful songs last night. It’s people with ZERO taste, and apparent hearing impairment, like your comment that have ruined this show. You don’t have to like her but come on.

        • Jaxguy says:

          and while i’m at it. Phillip never changes it up. Yes he did his own take of the Usher song, but it sounded just as constipated as everything else he does, with the exception of In The Midnight Hour, which he yelled and completely stripped of any soul whatsoever.

          • Tarc says:

            Jessica’s got problems, most just require time and experience to resolve. And yes, Phil has changed it up as much as he’s likely to, and showed that he can counter pretty much any of the criticisms that have been leveled at him. There’s a reason Jimmy says P2 has IT – because he does.

      • TheBeach says:

        To heck with the Idol tour. I’d rather buy a ticket for a Cage Match…MMA-style between Jaxguy and Tarc :)

    • Colton! says:

      ITA with you, I hate that the save was used on Jessica. Just another way for TBTP to fix the competition.

      • Miscellaneopolan says:

        Yeah, they’re fixing it so the most talented contestant has a shot at winning. Devious tricksters.

    • Layla says:

      Judges save did exactly what it was supposed to. They would have saved ANY of the bottom three last week. This week and on is up to the fans. EVERYONE knew that. I find your bullying of a contestant distasteful to say the least. Not very “Colton” of you. He was one of the nicest to Jessica after the save.

    • Angela says:

      I like both Colton and Jessica, so I can’t say I wish they didn’t use the save on her, but the whole thing with her getting the lowest number of votes last week felt really contrived, and the amount of pimping they did for her just made it worse. I don’t get why it’s so hard for the judges and producers to just let her (or any of the contestants) do their thing instead of overtly trying to manipulate the audience.

  28. slizabeth says:

    Hollie and Elise are the least consistent. Even though they occaisionally get it (really, really) right, I think they should be the next to go. Consistency is SO important and Skylar, Colton, Phillip, Jessica, and Joshua all have that. Hopefully next week America will get it right.

    • Shana says:

      I agree that consistency is one of the most important factors when it comes to winning as most of the winners have proven. The ones you mentioned all have a legitimate shot.

    • FreeHaley says:

      So Skylar always being whatever is better than Elise going from decent to great??
      Elise has the best talent left.

      • 30CamdenSquare says:

        Yeah, consistency isn’t what inspires people about music. I don’t get interested in a recording artist because they are consistently ok. I buy records from artists because I love one or more of their songs or performances.

        • Amy says:

          Also, whether for better or worse, American Idol is a show, and while it’s okay for contestants to stay in their comfort zone if they’re really, really good at what they do, it’s always good to see people who actually bother to take risks and experiment. It irritates me so much that people would rather see someone do the exact same thing week after week than see someone keep it fresh and exciting, even if not all of their risks pay off.

    • noa says:

      i think what’s lacking in consistency isn’t Elise’s performance. it’s the judges comments. first time she got bad comments i thought she was amazing (Whitney night). so maybe on 80’s she was just ok. but i think her ok performances are better than the BAD ones other people had. Phillip had really bad songs before. and i really like Phillip, when he’s good (and he has been good most of the time). last night Elise had the BEST performance. ok, so the second one wasn’t as good (and it’s me least favorite from her so far), but that was true for all of them… so i consider her consistent. Phillip on the other hand…

      • ramification says:

        THIS^^^^ Actually I thought her second performance was waaaaaay better than anyone gave her credit for, why can’t she be a bit sexy and some of the notes she did on it I thought were pretty special.

  29. Peyton says:

    I am somewhere between surprised and shocked, but in a great and gleeful way. I thought FOR SURE Elise was going home this week (and let’s face it, she probably will next week) and I was already super jazzed when Ryan said she was safe (they seem awfully cozy, don’t they?) but then when Colton when home I was kind of pleasantly surprised. I don’t want to say he’s untalented, because he’s not, but he was the only contestant I actively disliked as a performer. (Maybe I’m just bitter because it seems like his sister was way better than him.) This is the first Top 6 where there isn’t a contestant left that I would begrudge a win!

    Also. Denim vest? Denim jacket? Taylor Hicks is alive and weirdly not unattractive? Randy is under the delusion that at some point he actually had power? What was going on tonight?

    • Sandy says:

      “Taylor Hicks is alive and weirdly not unattractive? ” Thank you for the lol! And I agree time has been kind to Taylor.

    • TheBeach says:

      I was really surprised to see Taylor there. I thought Idol had banished him to the same dark room where they keep Reuben…never to be mentioned again. So good for him. I’m glad he has a gig in Vegas coming up, although I doubt it’s at one of the premier casinos.

  30. Templar says:

    So disappointed that Elise or Jessica didn’t go home. Not that I’m a fan of Colton. He’s had a really good amount of national exposure, so good luck with his career in Christian music.

  31. Rebecca says:

    They shouldn’t have wasted their save on Jessica last week. Coltonis so much more deserving of it. So sad this week. But happy Elise was safe!!

  32. Mary says:

    Sorry I couldn’t be happier. The only thing that would of totally made my night if it was a double elimination and Elsie went home too. Did you see the judges faces, they are so pis..d that Holly is still in it. Kris did great love his new single, I wished Ryan had talked to him but I guess he had to leave time for LMFAO so we can hear about their music. Great can’t wait. You know why can’t AI have guest that you din’t have to bleep have the song on.

    • Ray says:

      Agree with you that Ryan should have talked to Kris Allen.

      • Lea H. says:

        I too, was hoping Ryan would talk to Kris about his upcoming album, but you know, the bleeped out cavemen needed the exposure more, I guess. ( Not that they were even paying attention to Ryan, at all, when he was talking to them.) what a joke!

  33. Sam says:

    It should have been Philip! How is America not sick of him yet?!

    • Tommy928 says:

      Agree 100%. PP combines the worst of Scotty – same delivery every week (Dave Mathews) with the worst of Lee Dewyze – one octave range and off key. Plus on stage he often looks like the hunchback of Notre Dame taking a dump.

      • Jaxguy says:

        I feel we are in the minority. I have said all along that PP looks like, based on his facial expressions weird movements on stage like he was constipated and trying to work it out. It looks painful to me.

        • wth says:

          Jaxgurl your hate for Phlllip is getting quite old. Srsly, is that all you’ve got? Can you ever say anything positive?? I’m sure your guy Colton would not approve of the hate spewing from your computer.

        • Bgrlistener says:

          I hate the way Philip sings. He sings like he is taking a big a$$ dump on the stage every performance.

          Philip sings and dances like Taylor Hicks.

    • Tarc says:

      Because he’s awesome – as all the visiting pros have said, and obviously a ton of voters.

  34. JBS says:

    Wow!!! IMHO, while it wasn’t Colton’s best night last night, he didn’t deserve to go home because of it. He really was not the normal white male singer that has infested Idol in recent seasons. I would have actually been happy had he won it all. I guess they weren’t lying when they said there was going to be another shocker.
    Now if P2 is eliminated next week, then the WGWG curse will be broken at long last!!! Maybe with luck, all of Colton’s votes will now go to someone like Skylar or Joshua.

    • imho says:

      My family wanted him for the win too. “infested idol” – good one! I love Joshua, but now, brace yourself, I am banking on P2 for the win! Was hoping for a Colton/Phillip final.

  35. seashell says:

    What was with Taylor Hicks? Someone should have told him to take off his hat before getting a spray tan.

  36. Beth T says:

    I’m ecstatic Elise is safe, but Colton going home? Shocker for me – worse than Daughtry (and shades of J-Hud…). Good attitude, though.
    :( I can’t believe Phillip is not only safe, but the only one never in the bottom three. 8/

    • Angela says:

      I felt the same way. I personally just don’t see Phillip Phillips’ appeal at all and at this point, I don’t think there’s anything he could do to change my opinion, especially since he seems to just take every song, no matter how diverse the originals are, and just make it sound exactly the same. Unfortunately, it seems like Phillip and Colton’s fanbases were the closest, so most of Colton’s votes are probably going to go to Phillip Phillips.

      At this point, I feel like a Phillip Phillips win is all but guaranteed. Rooting for a finale that includes some combination of Jessica, Elise and Joshua.

  37. Glad Elise is safe! I wasn’t completely surprised that Colton went home. He didn’t have his best performance night. Both of his performances were a little weird for me. Also, some of the other contestants had more momentum going into the night. I am thinking he’ll get signed. Sure he will have a career if he plays his cards right.

  38. IdolFlash-7-9-35 says:

    As disappointed as I am at Colton’s exit, this is such a close race that it would have been a bummer no matter who went home. I didn’t even vote for anyone this week; I couldn’t make up my mind. On the plus side, it’s nice to see the girls outnumbering the guys at this point; maybe the time has come for a woman to win after all. (Though if Colton’s fan base migrates to the also-adorable Phillip or the also-devout Joshua, that could lead to a wall situation.) Come on, ladies! Let’s step up our game a little and take this thing!

    • Peyton says:

      I don’t really see the crossover vote between Colton and Phillip styles. I think they have completely different styles. I would probably buy a CD from Phillip; I would change the radio station in .2 seconds if I heard something by Colton. I think people who are mature enough to like Colton because they actually like his style probably won’t migrate towards Phillip. And I think the young girls who voted for Colton because he’s cute will (hopefully) (maybe) (a girl can dream) think that Phillip “stole” his spot and not vote for him.

    • Shana says:

      A female hasn’t gone home in a month. How awesome/unexpected is that!? this could be the year… although I wouldn’t hold my breath when it comes to this show

  39. R. Duncan says:

    It was a surprising boot, most definitely because I felt is was better than Phillip, Elise and Hollie overall but if you were to say on ONE did he deserve to go.. perhaps.

    That being said, I wonder if Jimmy Ivine has spoiled who the top 3 will be when he said Phillip, Joshua and Skyler all should be in the top 3? It wouldn’t surprise me if there were 3 quick female boots.

  40. DW says:

    Last year (its said that) Scotty was the top vote-getter every single week and if the audience knew the truth, there’d be no question that he’d win. I imagine its the same this year with Phillip. The real “contest” is for second place.
    I feel bad for Elise, -she’s been working as a pro for quite a while, -she knoiws her stuff, -and here she is getting psycho-analyzed about every choice she makes when the simple truth is she’s (at 25) too old and too female for the dominant voting block.

    • IdolFlash-7-9-35 says:

      Actually, Elise is 28.

    • FreeHaley says:

      On Dial Idol last season Scotty often had a higher score than every other contestant combined! (why I don’t know, since most of us thought he was just there as that season funny contestant and he was my least favorite winner ever by 1000000000x)

      • Templar says:

        Maybe it wasn’t apparent to folks who are not country music fans. Those of us who are saw in Scotty a future George Strait. His demeanor was exemplary, his voice was polished and mellow, his character was solid as a stone. He is most adult’s idea of what a young man ought to be.

        • FreeHaley says:

          No contestant (who won) has ever sounded more the same on every single performance and showed less range and depth ever. And when they paired them with stars he was the only one he seemed to really pale compared to the star. And Simon would’ve been all over his hokey, corny beyond corny “ahhh looky here uuhhh uhhh looky there” performances. I’ve never seen anyone have some cornball performances make it even half that far before. He also played a good game, the innocent little good Christian Southern boy pretty well too, although I guess you can say that just makes him smart.
          Anyway I don’t want to get on him too much since he seems like a decent enough guy and if country music fans buy his stuff they buy his stuff more power to him and it seems like he is having a blast.

          • Marsaili says:

            I totally disagree with your assessment of Scotty. Having said that lets make it clear that I was a Haley/Casey fan last year. Scotty DID manage to change things up—there isn’t much he can do about his voice, it is what it is, but except for the silly way he held his mic which so many people make a ridiculous big deal about, I didn’t think he was corny or hokey. I think people are too judgmental and don’t bother to see someone’s talent, even though it may not be what they would want to listen to (Phillip—perfect example) so instead they try and tear apart their personality, and then their performance ability and then their looks. Last year, just as this year, the top 10 were a fantastic bunch of talented kids. Scotty won because he was really good,not because he was cute—because if it was just because he was cute, Nashville wouldn’t have taken him under their proverbial wing. I don’t think he played any game, and I think it is just awful to say that about a person you know nothing about. I generally agree with your assessments, FreeHaley, but this one just seemed mean and nasty. It’s all well and good to end it with “he seems like a decent enough guy” but you’ve already used 2 paragraphs to tear him to shreds in about every aspect of his self that you could so saying you think he’s a decent guy after you’ve discredited his character is not very sincere.

          • FreeHaley says:

            I don’t think he is a bad guy in the slightest. I just don’t think he was the miraculous little angle so much more the gentlemen and so much above anyone else’s morals.

            And there was video shown outside of Idol where he was kind of laughing about the whole GaGa thing and and so on. He is just a regular kid. No more or less pure than probably many of the other guys on the show.

        • FreeHaley says:

          “his character was solid as a stone. He is most adult’s idea of what a young man ought to be.”

          This is what is so annoying about the largest voting block on Idol. They just buy into silly games over character. Alaina was a delicate (boring, humorless), meek little good Christian girl and they go nuts for her because of that. But then look at her audition where she was leaping into Tyler’s lap and how good and wicked her sense of humor was and how interesting and different she was in her post-Idol interview on this site.

          And Scotty was proper, southern Christina boy, an adult’s ideal of what a young man should be, who is shocked by Gaga and anything of the sort! and has never sworn in his life and always does the right thing. And did he stand up for that kid who get picked on and kicked out of his group? (granted he did at least apologize later on) and if you see him off the Idol cut it seemed pretty clear his whole GaGa horror and all that was just having fun play acting his part.

          Not that I think he is a bad guy at all, but he wasn’t some magically pure paragon compared to all other guys ever on the show.

          • Marsaili says:

            Actually, I think you are totally wrong about Scotty—I AM into country music (although I’m not a Christian and I’m not from the south) and I’ve been following his career and I think what you see with Scotty is exactly what you get. He IS a good Christian boy, he comes from a really decent family, he doesn’t follow acts like Gaga so he probably was a little weirded out by her. He’s touring with Brad Paisley, one of my favorite country singers, and they show snippets from the tour all the time and he’s just like he was on Idol—it isn’t an act He’s also finishing high school with honors, still playing ball, he’s going to college when the tour is done. He IS a good kid—I don’t think anything about his Idol journey was fake or contrived—from what I’ve seen of him, and it’s been plenty, he is exactly as he appears. A good, clean kid. As for Lauren Alaina—I think it’s the same with her—she’s not a straight-laced as Scotty–that was apparent during Idol when she dropped an “F” bomb and when she flirted with Steven—but I think she is also a good kid from a good family with good values. It is impossible to piece together a whole personality from the snippets we get on Idol—but since i’ve been following the both of them outside of Idol, I think I’ve gotten a good look at the both of them and they really are good kids.

          • FreeHaley says:

            I don’t either of them are bad at all but I think it’s ridiculous to paint them as special saints compared the rest. And did seem to edit the show to make them seem more like that to play to the middle america good kid little Christian kid thing it seemed.

            And they seemed to totally edited away Lauren’s personality. She was so funny in the Slezak interview.

            Again not that I think either are bad in the slightest, in fact, Lauren was the one who stuck her neck out and spoke up for Haley, daring to go against TPTB, that night Randy totally jumped all over her.

            I guess I just got sick from my two years in the South where certain elements would go on about how they were such good moral Christians, such good folk, and they were and not all wicked like people from the West Coast or Northeast, and what a shame so many from those parts were moving in and adding rudeness and moral decay, and yet behind all the talk they were not one bit better on average than people from elsewhere (not that they were really worse on average either). And overall maybe they would be a bit more polite to your face, which seemed nice at first, but since people were the same underneath on average, it just meant you’d get stabbed in the back more unexpectedly.

        • FreeHaley says:

          And for all the talk about Haley was the opposite of what a good girl should be by some in that crowd, how come people say, in real life, she was one who’d stand up for people before there was a need to apologize later??

      • chistosa says:

        I am not a country fan but I certainly saw his appeal. And look at his success, platinum records, gold records, CMA new artist of the year, nominated for two Billboard awards, touring with Brad Paisley and bringing in huge numbers of new fans for Brad.

        • Marsaili says:

          I sincerely doubt Scotty is bringing in huge numbers of new fans for Brad—Brad Paisley is the biggest country star there is now—he’s already got a huge fan base and chances are that the people who voted for and like Scotty have already been Brad Paisley fans for years.

    • Amy says:

      I think Elise is 28, but otherwise, I agree with you. It’s sad that her age is almost definitely a factor in the fact that she’s in the bottom three almost every week (and it’s also sad that apparently, 28 is now considered “old”). I think that her maturity is refreshing, and I love how interesting and different her voice is. If it was up to me, the finale would probably be Elise and Jessica, with Colton coming in third and Joshua coming fourth.

  41. Justin says:

    He shouldn’t have even been there in the first place. So all I’ve got to say is HA

  42. Scarlett says:

    I detected attitude in Colton’s departure speech. Not attractive.

  43. Tek says:

    Just for fun, I want to see all the girls safe.

  44. ChiChi says:

    Wow, the right decision was actually made by voters. I am stunned! Sorry little white girls. He wasn’t all that good. All four of the girl are wayyyyy better! lol

  45. Tarc says:

    It’s surprising, but then again, there is only one winner. And it’s not like someone isn’t going to shap him up for a recording contract in a hot minute…

  46. DP says:

    Final two Skylar and Phillip. Kris Allen is wonderful! What a special talent!

    • Jaxguy says:

      And at least they will lose one viewer forever it that happens. LIke Skylar. Don’t think she should win. Phillip is another mediocre contestant. Has been my least favorite in the top 24. For the record I don’t think he’s boring, I just think he makes everything sound the same.

    • Tarc says:

      I’m all for that.

  47. Sarah says:

    I can’t believe he went home after one bad performance. I’m shocked. I can’t believe he left before Hollie, Elise, and Phillip. So much potential gone.

    • Shana says:

      when you think about it, many contestants have gone home for one off night in the past. What was shocking about tonight was that it was a male. Usually the voters are ruthless with women who have an off night.

    • Marsaili says:

      Hey, look at Jessica—she would have gone home last week after one bad performance, too! it’s getting down to the knitty gritty—every week someone good is going to go home—that’s why it’s important to support your favorite and vote. Unless you are like me and can’t narrow it down to one person! I love them all!

      • Miscellaneopolan says:

        I’m not sure in what universe Jessica’s performance of Stuttering last week could be described as “bad,” but I agree that it’s getting down to the wire. Everyone’s very good. Even Hollie has a terrifically pure voice, even if she doesn’t emote as much as I’d like. It’s difficult. The message I take from these last two shocking eliminations isn’t that one bad night can send you packing; it’s that anything can happen! Even Phillip can go! Maybe. Possibly. Probably not.

    • 30CamdenSquare says:

      Someone said, in an earlier post that a lot of his Christian fan base was angry w/ him for singing Gaga and didn’t vote for him because of it. They just turned on him like a rabid dog and he went home.

      • Mel says:

        I’m a Christian, I love Colton, and I absolutely voted for him after his Gaga performance. True Christians would not abandon Colton for a choice they didn’t like. That would be a very judgmental thing to do, and Christians know that we are NOT to judge. We can certainly disagree; we can certainly take a stand, but we are to LOVE. Look up John 3:17 – the verse right after the famous John 3:16. I love it, and it doesn’t get a whole lot of press. So fellow Christians, if you left Colton because of Gaga, I am quite ashamed. Colton, I’m sorry.

        • cookielove says:

          face it, it was a BAD song choice. Colton singing “I want your disease”……….puleez. Not him at all. David Cook showed similar talent but he was really good at song choice……plus he was a little older…….maybe that was key.

          • Amy says:

            I didn’t think it was a bad song choice at all. In fact, I love that he chose “Bad Romance”. His actual performance may not have been the best (though I have to say that I’m semi-obsessed with his studio version of the song), but him choosing to do Lady Gaga was so unexpected and surprising, and I was delighted that he took such a risk.

  48. dawn says:

    I have sad little tears in my eyes tonight :(

    • J says:

      Me too. I like all the Top 7. Just one off-night did Colton in. I wish him so much success in the future. He certainly has me as a fan who will buy his post Idol album. I think he’ll do very well.

  49. Lo says:

    Wow, I was not expecting that at all. I’m guessing top 3 will now be Skylar, Jessica and P2