American Idol Top 5 Tackle 'British Music' and the '60s: Who Were Your Faves? Take Our Poll!

skylar laine idolA potential bromance sputtered awkwardly. Ryan Seacrest pretended not to know the difference between a daffodil and a tulip. J.Lo and Steven Tyler respectively admitted to never having heard “The Letter” and “Bleeding Love.” And Randy Jackson one-upped them by going all “durrr”-faced when confronted by the word “crustacean.” (In his defense, it does contain more than two syllables.)

But who cares about such ignoble details when you’ve got the American Idol Season 11 Top 5 doing their darndest to one-up their own personal best performances and give us major Idol Moments in the process?

Yep, gripe all you want about the show’s anemic efforts to clear new and unexpected songs. Kvetch about Randy perpetuating Simon Cowell’s haggard, unfunny, “Ryan, are those high heels for you?” jokes. But you can’t really say there have been more than a handful of bum notes for the last four or five weeks of competition. (Which is what made a certain front-runner’s British Music performance so strikingly unfortunate this evening.)

Anyhow, I’ve got a full episode recap to write — look for it on Thursday right here at — but before I do, let me give a pithy breakdown on the evening’s set list.

The ’60s
Hollie Cavanagh: Ike and Tina Turner’s “River Deep, Mountain High” | Quite possibly the best she’s sounded all season, and undoubtedly the most command of the stage she’s shown since the live rounds began.

Phillip Phillips: The Box Tops’ “The Letter” | Just because you make it different doesn’t mean you’ve made it better. I mean, I could substitute motor oil for milk, but it wouldn’t make my Raisin Bran Crunch any tastier, now would it? Which isn’t to compare Phillip to motor oil — his “The Letter” wasn’t bad at all — I just missed that melody.

Skylar Laine: CCR’s “Fortunate Son” | Girl is like a trunk full of illegal firecrackers: Dangerous and ready to explode at any second. Skylurrrrrrrvvvvve this girl!

Jessica Sanchez: Ike and Tina Turner’s “Proud Mary” | I feel the urge to break out the cilice every time I find myself agreeing with Randy, but for me for you, while Jessica hit all the notes (vocally and fashion-wise), it all ended up feeling a little antiseptic. In other words, this was good, but Trenyce did it better. (Uh-huh, I went there.)

Joshua Ledet: The Temptations’ “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” | Similar to Jessica’s performance, Joshua had the right jacket (damn, I wish I could work a look like that) and all the right notes, but the sum was not entirely equal to the parts. This was more of a walk, when it needed to be a full-fledged canter.

British Pop
Hollie Cavanagh: Leona Lewis’ “Bleeding Love” | With a stripped-down arrangement and a glory note as big as The Rock’s bicep, Hollie managed to do something Leona Lewis never quite accomplished: Making me really feel the pain and beauty of this Ryan Tedder composition.

Phillip Phillips: The Zombies’ “Time of the Season” | I’m not sure what the judges were hearing, but those high notes on the chorus were to Phillip like rolls of bargain-brand paper towels on the top shelf of a supermarket to a little old lady: Highly upsetting and well out of reach.

Skylar Laine: Dusty Springfield’s “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me” | Speaking of retail stores, take the price tag off Dusty’s haunting Brit-pop classic: With tonight’s pitch-perfect rendition, Skylar totally owned it.

Jessica Sanchez: Joe Cocker’s “You Are So Beautiful” | Every once in a while, an Idol vocal lives up to the ridiculous “mist and candles and special lighting” treatment. And that’s exactly what Jessica did with her nuanced, moving cover of Joe Cocker’s soul classic. Yeah, the glory note was one of the best we’ve heard in several seasons of Idol, but the rest of it was equally sublime.

Joshua Ledet: The Bee Gees’ “To Love Somebody” | Joshua was so tremendous, I can’t even be mad at the judges for giving him his 13th standing ovation of the season. I just hope that “13” — or the hand-me-down ladyblouse from Colton Dixon — doesn’t prove to be unlucky.

Phillip & Joshua: The Righteous Brothers’ “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling” | I don’t know what was going on here. Kris Allen and Adam Lambert already provided a template for guy-guy affection on Idol, and this catastrophic collision did not live up to it. (Joshua’s falsetto riffing almost made up for it, though.) (Also, did Ryan possibly torpedo Phillip’s chances by revealing he’s got a girlfriend?)

Jessica, Skylar & Hollie: Jackie Wilson’s “(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher” | Even if it wasn’t the stuff of “Slow Ride” legend, it still gave each of these ladies a chance to show off her impressive chops, so I can’t be mad at it.

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  1. Christina says:

    Phillip has got to go after tonight. He’s not in the same league anymore. It will probably be Jessica or Skylar though.

    • At times like this, I really think the show needs a Judge’s Boot, in addition to the save. My rankings:

      (big gap)

      • FreeHaley says:

        from what I saw (Hollie’s full Bleeding Love and the quick clips they showed at the end):

        Joshua,Jessica,Hollie, in no particular order, were a very clear cut above Phillip and Skylar. I liked P2 at the start but he seems to be fading, the clip had some bad falsetto there and Skylar seemed a screechy, screechy singer on the clip they showed of her second song.

        I’d say Skylar goes home this week.

        • michael m. says:

          definitely skylar is going home

          • The voting has been consistently inconsistent. I wonder if Phillip will make his first trip to the bottom this week. They brought his girlfriend out which might make those little tween girls get jealous and resentful. Who knows? :)

          • deedee says:

            Bizarre move, bringing out the GF at this stage of the game.

          • Name That Tune says:

            While I understand your sentiments, it looks like P2 ends his Idol journey ronught.

          • Cdc226 says:

            I think Ryan Seacrest did that kind of underhandedly because of Julianne’s drooling over P2 last week lol.

          • ET says:

            Skylar is definitely in danger, but I’d say that Phillip is most likely gone….

          • justafan says:

            except that dial idol assures us that skylar is the only one safe tonight…they only failed in their predictions as far as who is “safe” at the boys top 25

          • michael m. says:


          • FreeHaley says:

            Yup, we called it. I know some seemed it unthinkable but it just seemed pretty obvious to me.

        • TheBeach says:

          This wasn’t my favorite AI show of the season. I’ll always think of this as The Redemption of Holly Show. Well done, young lady.

          • darcy's evil twin says:

            “The Redemption of Holly and The WGWG has no clothes” show. ;-)
            I like P2. If he survives I hope he gets his groove back next week.

          • Name That Tune says:

            Darcy, TPTB @ Idol can’t wait to bury the WGWG this season. P2 leaves & that story ends.

          • darcy's evil twin says:

            @Name That Tune – perhaps you’re right, but I always think the best contestant should win, no mattter what. That doesn’t mean I think P2 is the best; however, I don’t think he should NOT win just because he is WGWG. But P2 may have written his own ticket last night.

        • gregk says:

          Loved Hollie and River Deep, Mountain High, although a little afraid of this choice because Pia sang it really well last year yet got voted off soon after. Wish she had done the Dusty Springfield song or Petula Clark but Bleeding Love is much more current which should help her. Phillip was very pitchy on The Zombies song, where was Randy’s usual refrain on this when we needed him? And The Letter was atrocious; hope these gets him voted off.

          • Tom22 says:

            I thought Hollie did a Fantastic job with River Deep mountain high,,, far better than Pia’s . She borught so much more tender sadness about the past, love at the present and hope and vision of a limitness future that they’ge get to. Pia’s about something inadequate in the past over come to something pretty good (not sure she was loving this “baby”.. more of a jlo baby, and deternination not optomism of how high things good go … Hollie did it all the right way and had some bit of bluesy swing to it in the process)

          • Michael Bluth's Twin Sister says:

            I just re-watched the Tina Turner biopic “What’s Love Got To Do With It”. Sorry, Holly, but that rendition of River Deep, Mountain cannot be touched.

          • Tarc says:

            I’m guessing that the sound in the studio was different than the sound we saw televised. Phil popped his earpiece, so something was up with the sound. But I have to agree – Phil sounded very pitchy on those three high words of the chorus on Time of the Season. The studio version will probably sound good, but the live version wasn’t ‘on’.

        • J says:

          Jessica outsung Skylar and Phillip.. but she still has something kind of unlikeable about her. I really can’t pinpoint it. My guess is that Skylar will get the country vote, Phillip will get the girl vote, Joshua, Jessica and Hollie will wind up in the bottom.. I think Jessica is going home tonight.

          • chistosa says:

            Hollie will not leave. She is peaking at the right time. Jessica on the other hand shows her lack of performance skills with each week. I think that she will not make the top 3. Phillip was terrible last night and I would not be surprised to see him be the one to leave. This could end up a duel between Hollie and Joshua, Hollie and Skylar, Skylar and Joshua or Joshua and Hollie. Jessica and Phillip seem to be losing ground each week. Jessica’s Proud Mary was such a poor choice for her. And Phillip last night? Enough said.

          • MusicGrrrl says:

            Jessica’s voice usually has an unpleasant tone to it, even when she’s hitting amazing notes. It always sounds squeezed to me like her throat is tight. She’s had two performances with a nice tone: I Will Always Love You and last night’s You Are So Beautiful. Other than that, I find it hard to enjoy her performances.

          • Tarc says:

            I can’t put my finger on it. She’s *killed* several songs in the last three weeks, but when I listen to them on iTunes, I’m just not that into buying it to listen to. OTOH, Phillip is not anywhere near as technically proficient, but I buy his songs, knowing they’ll be great to play whether I’m walking, gardening, or just hanging out.

          • Jay Zee says:

            You should really rephrase what you said to “Jessica has something you do not like about her”. Well, everyone has the right to their own opinion which leaves me to tell you that Jessica has 268,000 followers at this poing and she gains many more each day. Do you also think they do not like her?

        • j. says:

          I believe the clips are actually taken from the rehearsals. How can you make pronouncements based on those two seconds anyway. Skylar, who has never been my favorite, was absolutely great on the Buffy Springfield.

          • FreeHaley says:

            Well I’ve since seen some of them on youtube now and actually, perhaps surprisingly I admit, the clips told the tale pretty well.

        • Anno says:

          I would love to agree with you , but a lot of ppl seem to love Sklar, I would like to kick her with a cowboy boot and knock the screeches out, but alas I am in a minority!

      • Terri says:

        Ha! That’s perfect.

      • Michael Kaye says:

        I agree, especially about Phillip. I said last week that he should be the next to after Elise. I thought he might try to step it up, but he didn’t – he got much worse.

        • Suggestor says:

          For the first time, I started seeing that Philip’s illness is really bothering him even though he tries to smile too much at the commercial breaks. He was like going thru the motions while all the others (except Joshua whose 3 kinds of “emotional’ runs are also becoming waaay too predictable) are at least evolving. Philip is good in so far as he gives Joshua the willies. ;)

          • Tarc says:

            Yeah, Joshua took a hit in my opinion this week – queening out in closet panic really didn’t impress me on any level. Plus, he ruined an mostly awesome verion of To Love somebody by unnecessarily screeching out the end.

      • Lee says:

        I’m with your ranking, PunkSkittle. I didn’t think Skylar was that great tonight. I found both songs too esoteric. And I loved both performances from Jessica. I felt You Are So Beautiful was one of the best performances of the season. And I liked how Jessica gave her own twist to Proud Mary. She was coloring outside the lines–wasn’t that what Slezak has been complaining about all these weeks?!! I liked how she gave it a bluesy vibe at the beginning of the song and then rocked it out at the end. I felt Joshua was overdramatic at the end of To Love Somebody. Holly was the best I’ve seen her so far this season. Phillip was a disappointment.

        • angelstorm says:

          Definitely agree – the restraint and sheer perfection of the vocal on “You are so beautiful” were refresing and I thoroughly enjoyed “proud Mary” no matter what Randy said!

          • Jake says:

            I agree. Proud mary made me smile. And youre so beautiful was just.. Wow.

          • chistosa says:

            Proud Mary was so awkward to watch. Closing my eyes made it a bit better but she has no performance skills at all. I would never buy a concert ticket to go see her. Her voice is amazing but an idol is much more than a technically perfect voice and she is not an idol, not yet. Good example of incredible talent who would have been better off spending this year training in performance and waiting a year. A perfect voice is not enough to make it.

          • Tarc says:

            Just my taste, but Proud Mary was pretty good, but ‘Beautiful’ was long on pretty and short on substance. It was pretty dull.

        • Christine L says:

          Although I think Jessica is a terrific singer, Proud Mary kinda gave me the creeps. She looked like a child dressed as a hooker singing a song meant for a woman who’s lived a lot. She’s 16 and she needs to sing songs that are appropriate for her age, and to dress like it too.

          • allie08 says:

            what ever happened to jimmy levine picking songs for her that are suited to her age? He said he was going to do that a few weeks back. I didn’t think she looked “like a hooker” but I do think she is a very dull performer… even when she is singing the big notes.

        • j. says:

          Too esoteric? It was a mainstream, top-40’s radio hit. Even if you’re too young to remember the song, don’t know a good song when you hear it?

      • scrutinizer says:

        my exact placement as well ;)

      • ET says:

        I would have to rank them Joshua, Hollie, Jessica, Skylar, Phillip.

      • bjp says:

        For me, for you, Phillip has been in a steady decline over the last weeks while Joshua, Skylar and Jessica have been solid and steady all along. But, the real story for me is Hollie – she has just sky rocketed, and she’s peaking at the right time. Let’s see if it continues next week.

    • shelbybb says:

      Absolutely not true! I can’t wait to go to Phillip’s concert!!!

      • Sorry, but I can only have so much patience for a person at this point. It’s time for him to go.

        • Tarc says:

          You had no patience – you’ve been hating on Phil every week from the start. And… I’m alos totally ready for Phillip’s album and concert. In fact, the summer tour starts here, and I might just go for the first time. All of these guys are pretty awesome.

      • Nikki says:

        ITA shellybb. Phillip was at the top of his game tonight. Phil FTW!

        • Flippy from Happy Tree Friends says:

          With those kinds of performances, I don’t think so!

          • Tarc says:

            The Letter was awesome. Sorry. He definitely sounded consistently pitchy in the high parts of the chorus on Time Of The Season – at least on TV. He popped his earpiece right away, so something might have been odd with the sound (plus, the judges, never reluctant to note sour notes, didn’t mention it). But hey, the TV sound is what most people vote from, and based on that, the chorus wasn’t great.

        • Rollin'Stoned says:

          If that’s the top of his game, I’d hate to hear him when he stinks.

      • Andy J says:

        I too can imagine Phillip at a concert. He’ll be singing “Get your souvenir programs” at the Skylar, Hollie, or Joshua concert.

        • Tarc says:

          LOL! Hardly. As a guy that’s never seen the bottom three, I’d say he has a big fan base. Unless Joshua commits to doing Bruno Mars type stuff, he’s unlikely to go anywhere outside of gospel singing: material to minimize the screeching will be essential. Hollie and Jessica could be successful, but again, luck and material are as critical as with anyone. Skylar is a lock – country folks love their Idol contestants. And Phillip is good – he writes his won stuff. It will be interesting, but I’ll bet that we hear from Colton, Phillip, and Skylar again (and hopefully Elise).

    • Jake says:

      Didn’t Joshua go last just two weeks ago? And when was the last episode that the judges didn’t stand up for him? And is it fair that Jimmy tells him what song to do? I think he’s good, but the show is pushing hard for him…In a weird way he reminds me of how Leona Lewis was in X Factor–great voice, but the personality never stood out, never seems to get too excited, there’s this weird quiet-take it in vibe to both where they just stand there and smile politely.

      • Miscellaneopolan says:

        Also note that Jessica has never gone last. Weird but true.

        • Suggestor says:

          That’s really odd too!

        • scrutinizer says:

          i was just thinking that tonight. that’s cuz the producers are doing everything they can to pimp joshua to the voters. they obviously want him to win, and the 13 standing ovations besides the multiple closing spots prove it. as a singer and musician myself, i’ve learned over the years that less is more and subtelty and nuance sometimes outshine brassiness. jessica clearly understands that more than the other 4 remaining finalists. she has fined tuned a god given instrument and has learned to make amazing choices with it. and for 16 years of age i think she does emote a lot of feeling when she sings. to me it really feels like it’s coming from within her soul and is something she loves doing more than anyone truly knows.

        • angelstorm says:

          Very true – I was pointing this out to someone just the other day. She’s never once had the pimp spot – not even when she did “I Will Always Love You” which is madness!
          Also I’m done with the judges giving Standing-Os to Joshua – I mean he’s good but it’s like as soon as he’s about to sing the judges shift in their seats, ready to stand up before he’s even started!

      • Templar says:

        They should push hard for Joshua. He’s the most career ready of the five. Yes, he needs to be coached on when to pull back, but he has the moves and the star power. At this point most will get record deals. Skylar is least likely to succeed post Idol because we don’t need another Jennifer Nettles and she’s not as pretty as Miranda, Taylor or even Lauren. Phil will go the way of Lee DeWyze.

        • deedee says:

          They ARE pushing hard for Joshua. They went completely overboard with praise tonight and pimped him from every possible angle, which tells me they want to knock Phillip out of the running.

          • shelbybb says:

            Couldn’t agree more deedee. I like Joshua but the judges are going WAY to far!
            Enough already!

          • Sha says:

            I think the praise for Joshua was deserved. I was hoping they wouldn’t stand since that seems to get a lot of backlash lately but you can’t deny Joshua gives it 110% every week. I don’t really think “knocking out” Phillip is possible. The only way he’ll go is if he adopts a Jason Castro top 4 approach…

          • deedee says:

            I also think the praise for Joshua is deserved, but the show doesn’t go THAT OTT unless there is an agenda. They may have decided that he’s the winner they want, so they’re pulling out all the stops. If Phillip is in the lead, but not by a landslide, perhaps the show is trying to tip the balance toward Joshua. One way or the other, they are using manipulative tactics for sure.

          • jaxguy says:

            Here’s the thing for me. Joshua does tend to kinda yell a little, but the good part is he used controlled yelling. He is a much better singer than P2. I think the hyperbole is getting to be too much from the judges for Josh though. Maybe he sounds better if you were there. Skylar was good. Hollie really was solid, but I didn’t love Josh’s To Love Somebody as much as the judges. The Bee Gees version will never be topped. It’s one of my favorite songs of all time. But the revelation and the deserving standing ovation was Jessica. Her You are so beautiful was another brilliant performance from her. That was breathtaking and chill inducing. Her voice is absolute perfection.

          • Sandi says:

            What? Just because they said he’s the best singer of the past 50 years? And you thinking they’re going overboard? ;)

          • chistosa says:

            Well Phil is certainly doing what he can to get himself voted off. He was terrible last night.

        • TheBeach says:

          I like Skylar but she is certainly no Jennifer Nettles.

        • allie08 says:

          Joshua is my favorite but I think Skylar will be the most successful of the group post Idol. Country music embraces these contestants and tends to create some pretty good music for them.

        • Tarc says:

          LOL! Iovine’s already said (on the show) that he was going to sign Phil that night if he didn’t make the Top 13. If anything, that view has only gotten stronger – and he has a much larger fan base now.

        • Tarc says:

          Oh, and Lee DeWyze is doing just fine. He’s never been a pop musician, and he’s never going to be. He writes rock-bluegrass with a pop or country edge.

      • Lynn says:

        I just don’t get the praise…Joshua is always so screammy screechy! Now Adam Lambert was soooooo much better !!! The over praising just tells me the judges are not really there to judge and a standing ovation doesn’t really mean anything from them. Its like Danny Gokey all over again. The best vocalist is actually Holly, but she just gets labeled a dark horse… Well some dark horses win Kris Allen!!! (yeah season 8 was the best season ever :)

        • seattlejohn449 says:

          Joshua’s “TOO PROUD TO BEG” was the first time I actually enjoyed an entire song from him simply because he moderated his voice and kept from hollerating (which he worked himself up to do on the Beegees song and ruined it for me…as did Skylar doing Dusty…the first half was a revelation that she could just sing a great song and then she ramped it up and messed it up, plus her words were hard to decipher; I really like Jessica but Holly did a dynamic version of BLEEDING LOVE tonight and I think Skylar and Jessica are both in peril…though Philip was TERRIBLE tonight and should be the one to go)

          • Tarc says:

            I totally agree about Joshua, he’s awesome until he starts screeching. And I’m an Al Green fan; it’s just really unpleasant to listen to.

      • TopCat says:

        Joshua was third last week. I think this was his first time being last (although based on his performances, he should get the pimp spot more often)

    • Gorm says:

      He was the worst worst worst. So many flat notes after he yanked his earpiece out. If that performance was heard anywhere but up on the idol stage every single listner would be critical of that mess he made of “Time of the Season”
      And what did we get from the “judges” aside from inane bleating? Million dollar contracts sure dont by a lot of actual criticism. Someone should have grown a spine, threw away Unkie Nige’s notes and told him that his time to go has come. The smug terd isnt even willing to change his shirt, what show did he think he’d be participating in? American Dopey Matthews Impersonator-dol? He is a sad spotlight on the WGWG syndrome that is a symptom of the AT&T-friendly mass-texting voting system. Until that is thrown out…. Enjoy your never-bottom-three visiting “idol” America. Idiots.

      • deedee says:

        Well, I got the impression the show was trying to gently ease P2 out the door. Showing his girlfriend in the audience for the first time during Top 5? Bad timing, don’t you think?

        What about giving Josh the pimp spot and the only standing O of the night … plus all the “you’re the best singer ever” hyperbole, and Jimmy making a record with him? They’re overselling Joshua SO HARD because I think they’re afraid Phillip is gonna win.

        I happen to think Joshua deserves the praise, but it’s interesting that they’re laying it on thick these past couple of weeks as we inch toward the finale. They don’t want another WGWG, I’m convinced.

        • shelbybb says:

          deedee are we twins-seperated-at-birth? You’re saying exactly what I’m thinking tonight!

        • darcy's evil twin says:

          Well, Kris Allen still won despite showing his wife.
          Why would they be “afraid” P2 is going to win? Aside from the fact that no one will buy anything that remotely resembles what he performed tonight, what is there to be “afraid” of?

          • Rollin'Stoned says:


          • deedee says:

            Kris Allen’s wife was upfront from the start. P2 has been “the hot guy” of season 11, and as far as anyone knew until tonight, he was a single hot guy. Timing of the reveal is interesting… and don’t think there wasn’t a discussion about showing her in the audience.

            Why be “afraid”? Because maybe they know he won’t sell records. Maybe his itunes sales suck. I don’t know, but I’m pretty sure they don’t want to be saddled with another Lee DeWyze.

          • Marsaili says:

            I’ve known all along he had a girlfriend–he’s got pictures of her up on his facebook page–I doubt its a secret to all the girly girls. I don’t think his main fanbase is young girls anyway-I think there are more guys and more older fans who like him than young girls.

          • darcy's evil twin says:

            deedee – You make some valid points. I agree, the timing of showing the girlfriend was interesting and I seem to recall Simon telling Kris Allen, “I’m not sure I would have brought out the wife so soon”, to which Kris replied “I love my wife”. That probably worked in his favor rather than serving as a detriment.

            Several other readers here have pointed out that Lee was actually quite good but Idol tried to push him into a “pop” lane and he’s really more of a bluesy, R&B guy. The stuff Lee recorded prior to being on Idol is surprisingly good.

          • Ray says:

            My thoughts ditto.

          • Andy J says:

            I remember Mrs. Kris Allen staring daggers at Simon when he told Kris that hee brought out the wife too soon. And the Allens in their matching aprons-priceless.

        • Tarc says:

          Jimmy’s already said that he’s signing Phillip and Joshua (as long as they are interested).

    • Lo says:

      Agreed. Phillip was just plain awful tonight. “The Letter” was unrecognizable and completely lacked any melody (how is that a good thing, judges??) and “Time of the Season” showed just how limited his range is. I’ve liked a lot of his performances but at this point it’s his time to go. There are way too many more deserving contestants.

      • Holly says:

        You are so right! Actually, I think P2 avoids singing the melody of most songs because his range in so limited he cannot hit many of the notes, which he proved in “Time of the Season.” I really hope he goes tomorrow, but my gut tells me he still has most of the female vote. Such a shame.

      • Sha says:

        I actually would not have recognized The Letter had they not said it at the beginning.

        • Kayk says:

          Sad but true. I ADORE the original Box Tops version of The Letter and knew PP’s voice would be perfect for it. It WOULD have been, but he rendered the song unrecognizable. VERY sad. I could not even cast a vote form him because of it :(

      • jaxguy says:

        If for some horrific reason P2 wins this year it would put further tarnish on a show that has lost much of it’s sheen. The judging is wacky at best. The hyperbole exhausting. The stupid remarks like Josh is one of the 1 or 2 best singers ever on AI is horrible insulting to some great singers of the past. I think Josh is one of the best this year, but he’s also going to appeal to a niche group. I do think it will be a large one and I do agree with Randy that music has been missing a great soul singer, but he will never have the mass appeal that they may think. As far as record sales, Skylar will have the largest audience, because there are a lot of country fans and they tend to like ALL country. TIme will tell how well Jessica and Hollie will sell records, but I will definitely buy Jessica’s. Her voice is gorgeous.

        • Sandi says:

          Preach it jaxguy. I agree with everything you said.

        • Layla says:

          I beleve Jessica will have larger worldwide sales. A singer who can sing in three languages like Jessica and potential for getting even better. Sales will be strong for her worldwide. Skyar might do better due to country sales but not seeing as much worldwide appeal. Jessica songs trends worldwide each appearance.

        • Tarc says:

          Oh, blah blah blah. It’s stunning the amount of time you spend trying to tear things down. And as you point out, time will tell. Judging from ovrall statistics, it’s entirely possible (if not probable) that none of these guys will sell much at all. Of the remaining contestants, I think Phillip and Skylar have the best chance at selling something in today’s market. Personally, Colton, Elise, Phillip, and maybe Hollie (hello Hollie killing it this week!) would be the only people I’d ever likely spend money on.

      • Tarc says:

        I thought The Letter was awesome and bought it straight away. And, case in point, Phil was singing that high on one of his earlier songs this season, and it was great. I’m guessing from the popped earpiece and the lack of judges mentioning it, there were sound issues. Of course, we don’t know that – he he did sound pitchy on the high part in Time of the Season on TV. It’s not a range limitation, though. (Not that that’s a problem anyway – Britney makes millions a year with a three note range.)

    • AJ says:

      Couldn’t agree more! The rest were in such in a different league tonight I almost felt embarrassed for Phil. That embarrassment will turn to flat out rage tomorrow though if he somehow manages to knock one of them out. All 4 of them had at least one absolutely flawless performance tonight, and then there’s ol PP, PPing around with his mediocre stuff like always. HUGE props to Hollie. She’s been stepping up for weeks now, and I think tonight it all finally payed off in a big way. Wow is all I have to say about that Bleeding Love performance, she may have actually given Leona a run!

    • karenb says:

      What?! Phillip and Hollie are the only two worthy to move on tonight. Both of their performances were great.

      All of the others had at least one that made my ears bleed.

      • jaxguy says:

        Phillip was horrible. PERIOD. He destroyed a classic 60’s rocker. His take would have been fine had it not been so awful and flat. Time of the Season was blasphemy. AWFUL.

        • seattlejohn449 says:

          THE LETTER wasn’t any better…the timing seemed SO wrong and was maybe the worst song of the whole season…HATED IT…I have this weird suspician maybe Philip is trying to not win the top spot because his imagined credibility as a blues-based singer could suffer from being winner of a pop show (instead of just being the mediocre singer I see destined to fade fast as a sustained success)

          • Tarc says:

            I thought The Letter was one of the two best songs of the night. It was the only one I bought.

        • john says:

          Agreed. I can’t believe the judges didn’t call him out on the fact that he couldn’t squeak out not even one of the “luh-ving” high notes on Time of the Season. On a different note, I thought Steven VanZandt was a great guest mentor and a nice foil to Jimmy’s megalomania (although for inexplicable reasons, he did see something good about Philip’s choice of this song).

      • chistosa says:

        Sorry Karen but I must disagree. Phillip was the weakest of the group tonight. It almost seemed that he was begging to be voted off. He was not worthy of moving on over the performances of any of the others. Jessica had a poor performance with Proud Mary but redeemed herself with You are so Beautiful. Hollie, Skylar and Joshua had two really solid performances. Phillip was questionable on the first song and worse on the second. He should leave tonight.

        • Tarc says:

          I saw a different show. Jessica was much better on Proud Mary, and really boring on ‘Beautiful’. Joshua was killing his second song until he schreeched it to oblivion at the end (ick). Phil’s first was amazing, and his second, not good. Skylar smiled though a war protest song (why?), the killed the second. I’d throw Hollie as number one, but the rest? A tossup.

      • Tarc says:

        On a night when there was a whole lot of really good, I’d say most had one great and one decent performance.

    • Tina says:

      I would venture to guess that P2’s ratings on this poll are less than the other contestants because his fans are busy voting for him. While everyone is ragging on him on this board, he is flying to the finale.

      You know what they say-if you don’t vote, you can’t complain.

    • Ben says:

      Yup. Its Phil’s time to go. I hope he doesn’t hang on too much longer. It was clear to me from the start that this years WGWG’s were not as good as other years, and its time for the last to bow out.

      • Jason says:

        Casey James was the sexy hearthrob with Guitar and he lost! Maybe Phil will lose too

        • Marsaili says:

          And Casey James is doing great in Nashville, he has radio play, videos on CMT and GAC and he’s touring!

        • Sandi says:

          And Phillip is no where near Casey James’ league of sexy. ;) I originally had Phil Phil in my #3 spot behind Colton and Jessica but I think he’s worn out his welcome. I hope tonight is his night to go. It’s not that I think he lacks talent, though.

        • darcy's evil twin says:

          Casey James is an incredible electric guitarist and has a great CD out. You should check it out. Casey is just Stevie Ray Vaughn good when it comes to that guitar.

          • TheBeach says:

            Wow, that’s quite a compliment. I think Stevie Ray was one of the greatest guitarists ever. Maybe I need to check Casey out.

        • Faze Craze says:

          On what planet is Casey James a sexy heartthrob? I mean, the guy is extremely talented and isn’t awful looking. But sexy heartthrob? That was Jason Castro. Sigh…

    • PhillipRocks says:

      Phillip totally has come to terms with his Hotness. He was flirty, relaxed, and funny.

      And Oh yea. His performances were the best of the night. I’d say he picked up some additional voters.

      • Leila says:

        Your hormones must be messing with your hearing…

      • jaxguy says:

        I’ll pay for the hearing test. That was the 2 worst performances of the season. TERRIBLE.

      • Andy J says:

        Was this comment from some “Fringe”-like alternate universe?

      • Betsy says:

        I thought the Letter ROCKED, and so did my boyfriend, so it’s not just a teenybopper crush thing happening for him.

      • chistosa says:

        Did you really say his performances were the best of the night? Wow. While I can understand differences in opinion regarding musical genre, type of song, quality of new arrangement etc,, it is not a matter of opinion that he was totally off key in the second song and could not reach the notes he needed to reach. Painful. It is his time to go.

      • MusicGrrrl says:

        I’m sorry, but you are insane or deaf. I love Phillip and will buy his cd and go to his concerts, but while The Letter did have an interesting funky vibe, Time of the Season had so many awful, awful notes that I was cringing! One of the worst performances all season. I think his pain is really affecting him, and he needs to go.

      • Tarc says:

        LOL! Even I wouldn’t go that far. The Letter was awesome (bought it already), but the high words of the chorus on Time Of The Season sounded pitchy on TV. I seriously doubt that he’ll be going home, though.

    • Henry says:

      Phillip should switch place with Erika. Afterwards Erika switch with Colton. I really think Phillip is lousy but he WILL WIN IDOL 5 million billion%. Just like Lee and Scottie. Dreadful but they won.

      • C says:

        Scottie’s voice was MUCH better than Phillip’s or Lee’s. They’re not in the same category at all.

        • Tarc says:

          Scotty has a really good voice, and he bored me to death. I’ll guarantee that I’ll spend a whole lot more on Phillip and Lee (in fact, have) than I’ll spend on Scotty (zero).

      • MusicGrrrl says:

        Scotty and Lee were actually the best of their seasons.

        • FreeHaley says:

          Scotty was the blandest winner in the history of the show. He sang every single song the exact same way and it was a bland style even for country.

    • SallyinChicago says:

      Jessica has flatlined. She’s choosing bad songs and bad clothes.

      • Jared says:

        Are you kidding me? She looked absolutely beautiful.

      • Christine L says:

        I agree she’s choosing bad songs and clothes for a young teen. I thought Alison really dressed the part of a teenage rocker, crazy, fun and not too sexy. Part of Jessica’s disconnect with the audience is her too mature style–it’s kind of creepy. She is amazingly talented though. You Are So Beautiful was great

      • chistosa says:

        Jessica has flatlined. Song choice poor. Proud Mary? No. That dress? Absolutely no. She looked terrible in it. Where is her stylist? Who is advising her? Since Hollie wore her grandmother’s gray voile curtains in one of the first episodes, she has been dressing very well. Skylar as well. And Joshua has a great sense of style. But Jessica? She needs help that she is not getting for choosing fashion and choosing songs.

      • ET says:

        I think Jessica is dressing nicely; however, I agree with you that she has “flatlined”. She has a TERRIFIC voice but NO emotional connection to it…… and that’s not gonna change. Hollie is steadily improving; while technically her voice is not as good as Jessica’s, she is finally feeling the songs and connecting with the audience, and THAT is what matters to voters.

    • ET says:

      I agree. His time has passed. He has totally stagnated and I can’t see how he will get any better.

    • gailer says:

      He has moments where he shows he clearly cant sing kinda like my fave, Jason Castro. Jason made it to Top 4, so PP probably will too.

      • Leila says:

        Jason Castro had a much better range and didn’t have to force a gravely, “sexy” voice to pretend he was artistic.

    • Red in Denver says:

      I have commented so much on this blog (and others) about Phillip’s being a rather poor knock-off of Dave Mathews, and about all of his songs being the same that I probably should just shut up about it. (But of course, I just said it again.)

      to me, except for a one specific bad habit (which amazingly didn’t show in his performances last night) Joshua is virtually perfect. I also loved Holly. Now that Elise is no longer on the show, all the remaining girls are pretty similar (except for accent) in their vocal power and range.

      Having said that, I’ve not been a Jessica fan for quite a while now. Although her voice seems technically pretty perfect, all of her runs and facial expressions, etc. seem very calculated. She doesn’t seem to have any REAL connection to the song, and NEVER seems to truly get ‘into’ it. Perhaps it’s because she’s only 16 …. maybe she’ll get better.

      • Tarc says:

        Considering that he sounds very little like DM, it’s surprsing that you are posting it everywhere. Other than on an actual DM song, Phil’s recording sound nothing like DM, and they have quite different voices (though Phil does share some style affectations, they don’t *sound* alike – and that’s clear in the studio).

    • MusicGrrrl says:

      Phillip and Hollie have been my favorites this season. But if Phillip’s pain is causing him to not be able to sing this best, as Jimmy Iovine indicated last week, maybe it is time for him to leave the show and take care of his health. Time of the Season was so bad, it put ME in pain. While I know he’s better than that, I would hate for him to stay around just to deteriorate further. Let us fans remember the Phillip that we know he can be.

    • Bob says:

      I need some help clarifying something. Is it just me or is there anyone else just tired of listening to all the Jessica praise? It is at the point now she could burp over the microphone and Randy would still love it. It drives me crazy to see arrogance and completely fake people on this show. You watch Jessica, everything little thing she does is calculated. There is no humbleness on her part, sure you get the “I am so innocent and I can’t believe I am getting all this praise” it’s sickening. I would rather see Holly or Skyler (even though I can’t stand country music) cause at least they work hard and earned every vote they got.

      • Disagree! It is obvious you are just one the few who dislikes Jessica, but majority loves her. She is the new sweetheart of American music and she will definitely going places with the amazing talent she has!

        • Jay says:

          Um, definitely not the sweetheart of American music … she has a great voice but is lacking in personality and maturity. But, right now, there isn’t a whole lot to like in her interpretations. Don’t get me wrong, I think she’ll do fine – I just think you’re overestimating how many people really like her.

        • Marsaili says:

          I’m with Bob, I like Jessica a lot—but I’m sick and tired of her worshipers acting like she’s the only talent on the show and everyone else be damned.

    • SanDiegoCat says:

      Phillip had lost all sound in his in-ear monitors, which means he couldn’t hear the music or his own voice very well.

    • Tarc says:

      I liked Phillip as well as Joshua and Hollie – one awesome and one close. They’re all really close. But I have to say the one song I bought was Phillip’s The Letter.

    • Mikko says:

      If Philip isn’t in the bottom 3 after that, he will most likely win the whole thing. And that would be the biggest tragedy in the history of idol. He really needs to go, sooner rather than later. Hopefully this week.

  2. Andrea says:

    I probably connect the most with Skyler, but I think vocally, Jessica is probably the best of the bunch, and she could be in trouble tonight if her fanbase doesn’t truly back her tonight…

    • JC says:

      I’m worried about Jessica she is lagging behind Hollie and even Skylar now. She needs to step it up and pick songs that are popular and suits her voice or she might go home :(

      • Sandi says:

        I admit that she may go home tomorrow but how exactly is she lagging behind Hollie and Skylar? Jessica hasn’t bee in the bottom 3 for the past couple of weeks while Skylar and Hollie were both in the bottom 3 last week. Heck, Hollie’s been in the bottom 2 the past two weeks in a row.

        • JC says:

          In terms of song choice and judges’ praise Jessica is lagging behind. I want Jessica to win or at least make it to the top three of this season but voters change their minds every week so Skylar and Hollie might be safe and Jessica might go home which is unfortunate she is so talented :)

          • Suggestor says:

            Jessica nOT picking Bleeding Love was actually a plus for me, because Hollie singing ‘You Are So Beautiful’ would not cut it, Jessica held a high note that was like a dare for the camera to outlast her as it shot up in the air. The camera failed. Then she slid to several corners that no one on that stage will be able to touch. JLo was right, the only one left who can weave notes other than Elise (she handled the low notes, Jessica handled the highs – they both kill the middle) is that lil girl. “Girl Power!”

          • Leila says:

            I think they were smart by giving Hollie a modern song (cause she always sings and/or make them sound like old-fashioned ones) and giving Jessica an old-fashioned one (because she tends to stick to Beyonce/Jennifer Hudson current style).

        • chistosa says:

          While I don’t pretend to know what JC meant by lagging behind, I feel she is lagging behind in that she is staying where she started and Hollie and Skylar are gaining in performance skill, confidence and vocal range. They are moving in the fast lane while Jessica is cruising in the slow lane. They are passing her by.

      • Ben says:

        Polling across the internet etc doesn’t really back up a statement that Jessica is lagging behind. Hollie might have done enough to survive this week, if so I think Jess is the least likely of the other 4 to make way for her.

        • Templar says:

          Polling across the internet is open to other countries and those people can’t vote on Idol. So, online polls are meaningless.

          • Ben says:

            I’ve been studying the online polling for idol across the internet for seasons now and have found my research to be, not infallible, but most reliable. I take polling from many different sites and kinds of sites. Some have a fairly international base; others don’t and/or are specific interest. I’ve learned how to interpret and weight the polls. I am not saying Jessica cannot go home, but I am saying she is, in my educated view, least likely.

        • Lunakit says:

          I love Ben’s stats… they always comfort me.

        • angelstorm says:

          I’m liking your educated view Ben – I hope you’re right !!

      • SallyinChicago says:

        She’s choosing bad songs and bad clothes. She piqued about 2 weeks ago.

    • gregk says:

      Jessica’s last performance and staging were reminiscent of Katharine McPhee’s “Some Over the Rainbow.” They both hold a single note so well as Randy pointed out. Katharine should have won and afraid Jessica and Hollie will lose out also, although Joshua is better than Taylor Hicks and is deserving to win as well.

      • darcy's evil twin says:

        No – Chris Daughtry should have won.

        • Jaime says:

          It should have been Elliott. :-)

        • Tarc says:

          Eh. Katherine will be the most successful of the bunch, so if we are revising history to make Idol look proficient, then McPhee should have won, with Daughtry as the runner up.

      • SanDiegoCat says:

        Elliott should have won. The producers and record label were so horrified at the thought of Elliott winning that they did everything they could to get Kat into that finale with Taylor. It’s their loss because Elliott went on to have bigger success on an indie label than Taylor or Kat had on their major label.

        • FreeHaley says:

          Kat was given some pretty bad songs. I guess that is where it really helps if you have more writing skills. She has an amazing voice and had some really wow performances. SOTR was one of best Idol performances all time. I’m not the least upset she got to final two over Elliot.

  3. asherlev1 says:

    What was up with Joshua shying away from Phillip? It was so WEIRD.

    • JoeJoe says:

      Joshua is simply afraid that his church-going fan base will realize he’s gay and stop voting for him. That’s why he feels like he needs to push Phillip away or mention that he was fighting for Phillip’s girlfriend. It’s pretty sad. I wish they could bring an openly gay mentor on the show who could give some words of encouragement. He shouldn’t be so afraid of being himself.

      • darcy's evil twin says:

        Good grief, tell Joshua to turn on “Glee”. There’s no shortage of gay people on that program. that should fix whatever ails him.

      • RodMod says:

        Or maybe he’s not even “out of the closet” yet. And he’s afraid that with the addition of is naturally effeminate personality, even the faintest glimpse of “BROMANCE” would only cause further uproars of speculation.

      • Templar says:

        I have a different take. I think P2 misses Heejun and Joshua doesn’t want to fill that void.

        • deedee says:

          LOL, you know, you may be onto something! Maybe it was a planned joke – an overreaction to Phil “making the moves” on Josh, now that Heejun and Colton are gone.

      • Name That Tune says:

        Or maybe he didn’t have enough time to work put the vocals & felt really stupid on the song. Pairing Joshua with P2 was always gonna be a challenge. Pairing them on a dong that suits Joshua & doesn’t work for P2 was gonna always make them both look stupid. This wasn’t a coming out party. A straight guy singing it to his girl can make it work.

      • Yo' says:

        I think no matter what Joshua did he would have fueled speculation. So who cares? I thought these two guys were hilarious and it was set up. P2 is very comfortable in his body; I guess that is part of his appeal.

        • chistosa says:

          It was a setup. Above all this is reality tv. Ryan sitting the two of them down and making them say they didn’t want to do this duet. All carefully scripted to incite drama.

      • Tarc says:

        It read a lot like outing-panic, and it didn’t help that he queened out over it, hands a-flaylin. It was a little off-putting to me, but I hope that any questions about his orientation will not affect voting (as it has on every other reality show in the US in regards to gay contestants).

    • Sha says:

      I found it bizarre too :S. Maybe he’s so used to having female friends (like hollie) that he just feels awkward around guys? idk

      • NedPepper says:

        I’m guessing someone hasn’t come out of the closet. It was weird. Thing is for Joshua, if he wins, that question is going to be out there whether or not he’s gay or not. May not be fair, but he gives off a very effiminate vibe. He will be Clay Aikened. Just the nature of the beast. Or maybe he just doesn’t Dave Matthews…. ; )

    • marie says:

      I think they were just clowning around, having a good time – no more, no less.

    • Tarc says:

      I hate to mention it (because there is no shortage of people that would suddenly stop voting for him he were discovered to be gay, and that’s simply not fair), but the queening out/gay-appearance-panic was pretty off-putting. They are clearly close, but it was odd.

  4. brandy says:

    Jessica, Jessica, Jessica. LOVED both of those performances more than anything she’s done this week. ALL of my thousands of votes go to her now that my other favorites are gone. (Yeah, I said it…)

    • brandy says:

      Also, I thought Phillip was embarrasingly bad tonight. How is HE the one that has never been in the bottom? And HOW THE HECK have the judges not recognized his flaws?

      • Mary says:

        The judges are afraid to come down to hard on anyone right now because of the pity vote. They know P2 does not need that fuel.

      • SanDiegoCat says:

        On Time of the Season, he had no sound at all in his in-ear monitors, so he couldn’t hear the music or his own voice very well. Anybody sounds bad when that happens. It’s kind of like singing with headphones on. If you can’t hear yourself, there’s no way to stay on pitch.

    • brandy says:

      Also, I mean “more than anything she’s done this SEASON.” :)

    • Belle says:

      You loved Proud Mary? You must have never heard Tina Turner. Or Peter, Paul, & Mary. That was dreck.

      • fiona says:

        Jessica of course cannot sing better than tina turner on that song but she did sing it well. I thought she nailed “You are So Beautiful”. I’m worried though because before the second round all the judges said their favourites are Skylar, Hollie, and Joshua

        I really didn’t feel “River Deep Mountain High” it seemed a little off to me lacking… something. But I did love Hollie’s Bleeding Love Rendition. I nearly facepalmed when steven said he never heard of it.

        Honestly Philip was the worse of the night. but I worry that he will be saved and someone like Hollie might go when she had a great night.

        I’m not a pure country fan, so I am really not a fan of Skylar. I know she’s good, but I just can’t like her =(….

      • TheBeach says:

        Or Creedence Clearwater Revival.

      • Terri says:

        I despise Tina Turner’s Proud Mary.

      • jaxguy says:

        Her proud mary was not dreck. And although I haven’t heard every PP & M song, I don’t believe they covered it. When Steven referred to every rock and roll band having to cover it, he meant the The Creedance version. I hope you are as old as me so you have a real reference point. I was In high school when Proud Mary came out. And Jessica did it very well.

    • Sha says:

      I’m a Jessica fan and the second performance was sublime as mentioned. The first one, not so much

    • Luke says:

      “All my thousands of votes…..” and that is a big part of what is wrong with Idol’s unlimited voting!

  5. Jason says:

    Michael Slezak’s true color appeared in this post: She hates Jessica and wants Skylar to win.. Well, thank you because you provoke voters! God knows you are lying to yourself, God Bless You.

    • C says:

      He totally praised Jessica’s second performance. He said her glory note was the best in several seasons.

      • darcy's evil twin says:

        Not to take away from Jessica’s lovely performance of “You Are So Beautiful” but that song only has about five words, so the fog, the lighting, and the glory note were all necessary to give the performance some substance.

    • Sandi says:

      It’s a TV show and Slezak isn’t a “she”. Relax and have a cookie.

    • RAEsin says:

      lol Shutup

    • Hugh says:

      Uh alright. Did you miss the part where he called Jessica’s vocal one of the best things we’ve heard on Idol in the last few years? Jessica stans are so crazy, between attacking anyone who doesn’t gush with praise to purposely downvoting all of Hollie’s youtube videos. All you guys are going to do is turn people against Jessica for having such obnoxious supporters. And that would be a real shame since she’s so outrageously talented.

      I though Hollie was outstanding tonight. She’s really showing some serious game these last few weeks. I just hope it’s not too late. Jessica was also great. I actually thought her performance on Proud Mary was very good, but I understand why people are critical. It was like a controlled, coordinated “letting go” with all the side stepping and hair tossing. I appreciated it though. Skylar and Josh were stellar again tonight as usual. I loved her CCR cover in particular and preferred Josh’s first song to his second.

      At this stage Phillip just has to go. Never was it more evident than tonight that he is the weakest left. I’m not optimistic though, Hollie or Skylar will probably go. :'(

      • Davey says:

        Hollie sounded great in the first song but the number was staged like a Las Vegas act. Her second song sounded good but there was absolutely no connection to the lyrics. I couldn’t hear her counting in her head.

        • takakupo says:

          You are CRAY-CRAY!!! Well, at least with the second part. “River Deep, Mountain High” was definitely vegas material but she connected with the lyrics to Bleeding Love like an alcoholic is desperate for hard liquor. Her second performance was one of the best of the seasons!

        • darcy's evil twin says:

          I think the staging of Hollie’s “River Deep, Mountain High” was a nod to the original and Phil Spector’s famous Wall of Sound. I saw Darlene Love sing that song on The Tonight Show last year and I swear there were 30 musicians and backup singers on the stage with her.

        • Chrissie Kirk says:

          And what, may I ask, is wrong with being staged “like a Vegas act”?

    • J. May says:

      That’s pretty low, calling Michael “she”. You should be ashamed. This is the internet, though, so you probably aren’t.

    • Jason says:

      Sorry, I misstyped “she” I’m not trying to insult Michael, I swear. Peace ya’ll.

    • chistosa says:

      Jason, did you not read this recap? He rightfully critqued the flaws in her Proud Mary performance (which was quite awkward) and praised You are So Beautiful. Perhaps some reading comprehension classes for you? Perhaps you should re-read this recap before you post again.

  6. deedee says:

    Oh, Michael, I thought of you the moment “Time of the Season” started playing. I’m convinced Phillip watches ‘Idology’, and reads your recaps. He picked the song for “what’s your name, who’s your Daddy”. I saw the look he gave the camera (ie YOU) on that line! :D

  7. Betsy says:

    Slezak, I rarely disagree with you but your love for Skylar is clouding your perception. Girl sang a song that goes completely against her red-state roots and had NO IDEA what she was singing. Didn’t sell it at all – she was just trying to sing a song well without knowing what it was about. I thought they were all great, but I have to say she’s the least worthy of moving forward in this game.

    • jen says:

      Thank you. Why Slezak insists on giving Skylar a pass time and time again is beyond me. Sorry Michael, but she is not all that you seem to want her to be. She has no clue what she is singing about half the time and your refusal to acknowledge it is becoming comical.

      • FreeHaley says:

        +1 and from the clip I saw at the end (I didn’t watch this week) she really did seem screechy as heck this time too.

        Hollie’s voice is so much more pure and she can do loud or soft well and now that she is coming into her own more on the stage and relaxing more she bringing a heck a lot more nuanced and interesting vocals. Skylar is clearly miles behind Jessica or Hollie vocally (and was miles behind Elise as well).

        I really do not get it. Once again I think Nigel is spiking Slezak’s drinks or something.

        • FreeHaley says:

          And how he ragged on Jessica and Hollie and I think even Elise once for not understanding connection to the lyrics and then goes hog wild over Skylar with nary a mention????

          • darcy's evil twin says:

            Earth to Mr. Slezak – please listen to John Fogerty sing “Fortunate Son”.

          • musicfan says:

            don’t forget how bad he threw DeAndre under the bus as well with his Billy Joel tune.

          • darcy's evil twin says:

            Oh, YEA – poor Deandre. And he said the same thing about Hollie on a song – I think it was “Son of a Preacher Man” (which I thought was pretty decent).

        • NedPepper says:

          I gotta agree. You really are turning into Randy, Slezak. There were some flaws with Skylar tonight and you didn’t see them. Off pitch and underwhelming. (And she did seem to miss the point of the CCR song…and you’ve made a big deal about misinterpreting songs with Deandre and Hollie.) I love your recaps, Slezak, but your judgment is clouded. It’s true.

          • Lunakit says:

            OK, while I agree that Michael has some bizarro blindspot where Skylar is concerned, saying that he is ((gulp)) “turning into Randy” is like… is like…. the biggest b#tch slap EVER.

            You just can’t toss that sh#t around, Ned. Imagine Slezak reads that comment before he even finishes his recap tonight. Lawd*, we will be refreshing the tvline site every 15 minutes tomorrow and still no updated recap because poor Michael will be found rocking in the corner with his arms wrapped tight around his warped egg vase…

            * copyright Brackensick

      • Templar says:

        +2 Michael is having some sort of logic disconnect about Skylar. I’ve disagreed with him so strenuously that I thought I was reading something by Ken Tucker.

    • darcy's evil twin says:

      Wow, I agree! Again, Mr. Slezak, why all the praise for Skylar? Last week I thought everyone clobbered on her a bit much for her interpretation of
      “The Show Must Go On”. Well, this week I’m jumping on the Clobber On Skylar bandwagon for her rendition of a Vietnam Protest Anthem that was just waaaaaaaayyyyyyy too perky and celebratory. Seriously? Does she even know what “Fortunate Son” is about? I’m going to take a guess – no.
      And I could have gone the rest of my life without that screechy note at the end of “You Don’t have to Say You Love Me”.

      The best part of Skylar’s “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me” was the black and white still of the great Dusty Springfield. :-( Gone too soon.

      • Tarc says:

        I was OK with Fortunate Son (other than the smiling) – a strong, evergetic version – but I wish she would have just rounded her tone a little when she sang my girl Dusty. Her voice was so gorgeous, round and full, it just highlighted Skylar’s harsh and nasal tones. I usually love Skylar and her rock-country thing, but not her voice on this song.

    • topshelfblog says:

      Yes! I love Skylar but “Fortunate Son” is NOT a happy, peppy, let’s high-five the crowd song. Total emotional disconnect.

      • Ben says:

        Fortunate son worked as a peppy song for me. And I feel Skylar does peppy well. I spent a whole lot of time harping on about Haley’s emotional disconnect last year from some songs (eg House of the Rising Son) which others thought were amazing. I guess this kind of things depends on how much emotional connection you have to the song yourself, to some extent, too. In this case, I didn’t feel that way, even though I take your point.

    • donie says:

      Yeah, that was a very odd song choice for her.

      • ladyhelix says:

        Yes – my love for Skylar blinds me too!!
        I worried about Fortunate Son when Jimmy & Little Steven “foisted” it on her (because it has to be hard to say – “Thanks-but-no” to those two). But when she started singing it I was struck physically at the lyrics – SO not right for her (or my assumption of what her primary audience is).
        Still – what hurt Skyler most was that clip at the end that HAD to be from the pre-show because she never sounded near that bad during her actual performance. Such a shame.

        • darcy's evil twin says:

          And I’m not sure what was wrong with her original selection, “Knock on Wood”. I think that would have been a better choice.

        • Yeah, they cheated a little with Fortunate Son too – it wasn’t released until 1970 so technically, it wouldn’t qualify for ’60s week…

          • darcy's evil twin says:

            Perhaps – but it was on the “Willy and the Poor Boys” album, which I think was released in 1969.
            DARN. Where did I leave the TV remote?

    • TheBeach says:

      LOL …I was thinking the same thing and laughing: Does this country girl really understand what she’s singing on that CCR song? I thought she sang it well though. I guess I’m in the minority but I really didn’t connect with her second song. All I could think of was Dusty’s sultry, smoky voice and Skylar’s came across a bit shrill in comparison.

      • jaxguy says:

        I agree. Dusty’s version was a masterpiece. That voice, that beautiful blue eyed soul. Dusty was peerless and nobody and I mean NOBODY have ever even come close on You Don’t Have to Say you Love Me or Son of A Preacher Man. So although I think Skylar is good and adorable, she was once again overpraised. She didn’t even come close. I don’t mean for this to come across as mean or hateful, but it’s the truth.

    • Ray says:

      What is your basis for saying she did not know what the song was about? Do you read minds?
      She may not have sold you, but she sold me.

      • darcy's evil twin says:

        of course, because a song about an ill-conceived war where 50,000+ Americans died (and not Americans that could afford to escape the draft by going to college) should CERTAINLY be given the same treatment as the latest Katy Perry ditty.

  8. Cip says:

    I soooo don’t get the Skylar love. Her “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me” was horrendous. Her pitch was all over the place. I still think Josh is in a league of his own in this competition

    • deedee says:

      I totally agree about Joshua. I think a lot of people don’t quite get his brilliance because I hear too many comparisons to Jacob Lusk. No no no no no… not even on the same planet!

      • Templar says:

        Not even in the same galaxy!

        • ladyhelix says:

          AGREED – It pains me to hear people still consider them in the same breath!! No comparison.

      • TheBeach says:

        You are correct in saying he is miles ahead of Jacob. Joshua is rarely off pitch and Jacob was rarely on. BUT I think there are times when Josh needs to pull back and not go overboard. I thought the first half of “To Love Somebody” was beautiful but he ruined it for me by once again over-singing it.

        • jaxguy says:

          I again have to agree. I think Josh is really good and I do like him alot. And he always sounds good, but he almost never holds back a little. I think Jessica did that tonight on You are so Beautiful. But even when it goes a little too far, it’s light years ahead of Jacob.

        • HairLikeATeddyBear says:

          Totally agree re Joshua needing to pull back. Even in my usual Joshua-stupor, it’s very obvious when he doesn’t know the song well or how to end it properly (because of abbrev arrangement, etc) that he uses the same runs / fillers. I’m beginning to prefer him in fast tempo numbers – love watching him evolve as a mover / dancer. Hang in there Joshua!

    • michael m. says:

      correct. so awkward for skylar to be in the top 5. dont worry she’ll be out tomorrow.

  9. J says:

    Hollie, Joshua, and Skylar dominated the night for me. Amazing performances from each.

    I think Phillip’s time is done tomorrow. I know this might be a huge impossibility, but I think it might happen.

  10. morganisaqt says:

    cannot get enough of Hollie – she’s peaking at the right time :D
    May the lord’s have mercy on P2, similar to Elise, he’s a great musician and artist in his own right, but not the right fit for this contest :) Vocally, I mean. looks, guitar and whiteness – he’s totally there

  11. Emily P says:

    Hollie 2>Jessica 2>Skylar 2>Hollie 1>Joshua 1>Skylar 1> Jessica 1>Joshua 2>Phillip 2> Phillip 1

    Girls trio>>>>>>Guys duet

  12. Adam says:

    When is someone going to do some Who tunes on Idol? Hell, why not have a Pete Townshend theme night? You know he’d allow it.

    • darcy's evil twin says:

      He certainly should since his music is used as theme songs for those “I bet they find a dead body” procedural crime dramas!

  13. IDOLFANN says:

    HOLLIEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! She deserves another week!

  14. MEL31602 says:

    My favorite performances were both of Hollie’s numbers (though I didn’t love the Bleeding Love arrangement), Jessica’s second song, and Skyler’s first song (not necessarily in that order). I can’t stand Josh’s style but have to admit that he did very well at what he does tonight. That leaves Philip. Hated arrangement on first song (whenever I hear that song all I compare it to is the Carly Smithson and Michael Johns duet from the AI finale a few years back). Second song was better but still no where near the top performances of the others tonight. If Philip doesn’t go home tonight he’s pretty much a lock to make the finals.

    • Sha says:

      I instantly thought of Carly and Michael Johns too. That was awesome. *sigh*

      • TheBeach says:

        Those are two past Idol contestants that I wish had made it bigger post Idol.

        • Marsaili says:

          Carly is doing well, as the lead singer of We Are The Fallen. I agree about Michael, he’s always busy playing out, though, so he’s doing well enough to be busy all the time! That’s a good thing! I watched much of season 7 last weekend—what a great year. This year feels like season 7 to me—so many talented people! Same with last year—if you can say one thing about the judges, they are good at picking contestants!

          • darcy's evil twin says:

            Carly is also performing in a show at the Elvis Theatre (?) in Vegas.

  15. Chris says:

    I don’t know what was missing for me tonight … perhaps it was just Elise or the overall poor song list. Ah well…

    Ike and Tina Turner’s “River Deep, Mountain High” – Hollie
    I really, really enjoyed this performance. The stick is almost out…come on girl :)

    The Box Tops’ “The Letter” – Phillip
    Stripped of all melody it once had and he always lacks for me. I did enjoy the ‘funk’ though.

    CCR’s “Fortunate Son” – Sklyar
    Good energy – delivered well – dug the boot scootin’ too!

    Ike and Tina Turner’s “Proud Mary” – Jessica
    I really don’t understand what Randy was looking or listening for… I thought Jessica did a really good job.

    The Temptations’ “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” – Joshua
    This paled in comparison to all his performance.

    1st half for me:
    1. HOLLIE
    2. Skylar
    3. Jessica
    4. Phillip
    5. Joshua (never put him in the bottom before)!

    Leona Lewis’ “Bleeding Love” – Hollie
    Wow…beautiful singing – so, sooo good. I am very proud of Hollie tonight – a good fight chica.

    The Zombies’ “Time of the Season” – Phillip
    He tried. He actually tried. I’m not sure Little Stevie and I heard the same thing, but he tried (and with the right vocal coach I believe now that he can find those notes because he missed all of them). Lord all the excuses they make for PP.

    Dusty Springfield’s “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me” – Skylar
    I felt like she over sung and fell flat in some attempts. I also felt like I slipped out of the story with her… Not nearly the conviction in performance/ feeling I am used to from Skylar.

    Joe Cocker’s “You Are So Beautiful” – Jessica
    Amazing. Captivating. Effortless. You are number one girl.

    The Bee Gees’ “To Love Somebody” – Joshua
    I was really hoping for a different arrangement. I feel like I’ve seen him do that performance a few times now… Props to Stephen for calling him an artist though.

    2nd half for me:
    1. Jessica
    2. Hollie
    3. Skylar
    4. Joshua
    5. Phillip

    Totally stoked to see Coldplay tomorrow night!

  16. jaime says:

    I dunno… hollie might be in trouble just bc she went first. Although she was amazing!

  17. P2 is in trouble. The judges didn’t criticize him, so the troops might not be rallied to vote for him.

  18. Philip Philips ‘Who’s your daddy, and does he let you date’ comes full circle. I hope he checks I.D.

  19. Pat says:

    Hollie improving but she’s a bit boring.

    Jessica’s vibrato and growl is ruining what could be magnificent performances.

    Skylar sucks. I’ve had enough of her. Nasal is not a type of singing. Her voice is beyond unpleasant at this point.

    I’ve also had enough of the Joshua’s pimping. J Lo called him the best singer in 50 years? IS SHE INSANE? God, what junk that statement was.

    Phillip should go home though. I’ve had enough.

    • Cip says:

      and you watch this show….why??

    • JC says:

      that was a crazy statement from J.lo and she has had a lot of crazy statements in this season alone. Best in 50 years? she isn’t even 45 crazy J.lo :)

      • Templar says:

        That doesn’t mean that she hasn’t listened to artist who were before her time. Caruso died in 1921 and Mario Lanza died in 1959. That doesn’t mean that people today can’t listen to them and admire their talent.

        • JC says:

          But it so out of character for J.lo to be listening to music prior to her birth. She doesn’t even know bleeding love that song is so popular around the world. I don’t buy anything that comes out of her mouth :)

          • Sha says:

            I believe it was Steven who didn’t know Bleeding Love (equally as wtf-worthy). Jennifer didn’t know The Letter (still baffling)

          • My Alter Ego says:

            @Sha – correct; it was Steven who hadn’t heard “Bleeding Love.” It was J-Lo who hadn’t heard “The Letter.”

  20. IdolFlash-7-9-35 says:

    I just spent the last hour voting for Hollie, Skylar, and Jessica. Maybe American Idol has become a sausage fest, but if there ever was meant to be a season to break it up, this is it. Sing it with me!
    Who run the world? Girls! (x4)
    Who run this motha? Girls! (x4)
    Who run the world? Girls! (x4)

  21. I think Hollie won the night (despite the death spot of going first), although Joshua came close with that last performance. Phillip had a seriously off night, especially with his second song. Skylar was pretty good (though I must admit I hate CCR, so Proud Mary really does nothing for me). I really believe Jessica has no idea why Joe Cocker’s “You Are So Beautiful” works so well, and while Jimmy does, he didnt help her rough it up nearly well enough. In fact, I think Jessica’s voice is just too good to do that song justice. Yeah, that sounds weird, but it’s true; that song isn’t supposed to be pretty, it’s supposed to be ragged, raw, and soulful, and hers was just the wrong approach I think.

    • Bartleby says:

      Skylar didn’t sing “Proud Mary”, Jessica did. And that wasn’t a CCR song originally. But Skylar also sang a CCR song, and totally killed it.

      • Sorry, you’re totally right. Skylar sang “Fortunate Son”, which is what I meant to say. See, that’s how much I hate CCR, I can’t even remember the names of their songs! :-)

        • darcy's evil twin says:

          You must really dislike CCR because John Fogerty did indeed write “Proud Mary” and CCR released the song as a single prior to the Tina Turner cover. It was on CCR’s album “Bayou Country” . But Tina certainly “made it her own”.

      • cd111 says:

        Actually “Proud Mary” was written by John Fogerty and originally done by CCR.

    • seattlejohn449 says:

      I love Jessica but thought she had an off night as well…I didn’t buy her Tina Turner shimmy or her rolling around the stage amid the fog and candles…too young, too pretty, too smooth like you said…if she is going to do suggestive, un-age appropriate songs would she maybe have had an IDOL moment doing Cocker/Randy Newman’s YOU CAN KEEP YOUR HAT ON instead (with the hot horn player or Philip on a chair?)… just sayin’…at least it would have been funny and shocking and not necessarily too over-the-top suggestive (????)

  22. Paisley says:

    I voted for the first time this season, for Josh Ledet. I believe he deserved the standing O this time and I think he should win. Hollie and Skylar should round out the top 3. P2 showed his vocal limitations tonight and should go home. Jessica’s performance was so staged it lacked authenticity (again), but there’s no denying she’s got a powerful voice. But Josh is such a natural performer and so gifted. But what a fantastic show tonight. The best Top Ten ever. I like them all. But Josh…. wow.

    • CMC says:

      I couldn’t agree more! Joshua is just amazing

    • Lizabeth says:

      I agree about Joshua and about your Top 3! I did not think I would like Joshua so much…I was afraid he was going to be Jacob Lusk 2.0, but I LOVE him! He is stellar every week.

      I also thought Skylar and Hollie killed it tonight. I know there is a lot of love for Jessica and Phillip, and I get it because this is an amazing Top 5, but I would be ok if either of them went tomorrow night.

  23. dbaj says:

    Jessica killed the Joe Cocker song…her voice was so silky smooth, & those runs were stellar. Didn’t buy the first song at all though. She looked so awkward prancing around the stage, trying her best not to turn her ankle in those 6 inch heels. Holly was gorgeous on both rounds. Seems so much more confident, finally!

    • Sha says:

      why did Ryan get her her heels after the second performance? why do I get the feeling seacrest was hoping for some sort of slip, trip or scene….

    • ladyhelix says:

      It helped for Jessica to sing a song done by an artist SHE SOUNDS NOTHING LIKE. Male & Scratchy. Everyone has been complaining all season that she’s “sound-alike”. That was a smart move – AND she did some beautiful creative things with it. NOTE TO JESSICA: This Works!!

      • Layla says:

        Jessica’s second song was not only SMART, it put to note who amongst the remaining five possesses the vocal mastery. Joshua can sing but I can tell where he going. Jessica changes the range in unique but very beautiful runs. I loved this song!

    • jaxguy says:

      I liked Jessica’s Proud Mary. It was good. The judges I think pushed her into doing a song like that because they don’t want a singer but someone who jumps around and tosses their hair. But her You Are So Beautiful was just that; beautiful. I don’t think it has to be rough gravelly sung to be great.

  24. Filipe says:


  25. MariaPompeo says:

    Like we need more people littering the music industry like Jessica, Hollie, or Skylar.

    Grow some taste America.

    FYI – Phillip has always said he has a girlfriend – read Twitter.

  26. Filipe says:


  27. Miscellaneopolan says:

    I’ve enjoyed Phillip just fine up to this point, but that performance of Time of the Season was… that hurt. It HURT.
    I mean, I’m sure he’ll win the whole thing, but that’s a very embarrassing moment captured forever on YouTube.

    • IdolFlash-7-9-35 says:

      Not necessarily forever. I’ve tried to watch some videos from past seasons, but all I get is a message saying “This video contains content from Fremantle International, who has blocked it in your country due to copyright grounds.” What jerks! Is there anything I can do about this? I’ve tried changing my location and it does’t work. (I’m in the United States, by the way.)

  28. JC says:

    Phillip is all over the place tonight. The falsetto was horrible I don’t understand the love coming from the judges. Joshua was ok but that 13th standing ovation is getting tiresome and it is kind of offensive to the other contestants. The judges have picked their winner already :(

    • TheBeach says:

      I’ve got to put the load on P2 tonight. His falsetto was indeed horrendous and he should have realized that the first time he tried to sing it and picked another song. Big mistake!

      • HudsonRiverside says:

        Philip is my second choice (next to Jessica), but I have to agree on that second song. I was doing all the contortions trying to get him past that falsetto. oh man… :(

        • Tarc says:

          Considering that he almost immediately popped his earpeice and then the judges said nothing, I’m guessing that there was a monitor issue. But, yeah, on TvV, the flasetto on the chorus was pitchy.

    • Lunakit says:

      I ADORE Joshua but was hoping he wouldn’t get a standing “O” bc it would put a target on his chest. After his 2nd song though, I couldn’t blame the judges for standing up yet again…
      BTW, does Hollie get to say she had a standing “O” tonight? There was kind of a half hearted late had stand from Stephen and Randy at one point. It was weak, but I guess it counts?…. uff…

  29. FreeHaley says:

    Couldn’t bare to watch this week, didn’t feel like it, but for kicks flipped over a minute ago and caught Hollie, apparently her second song already, Leona Lewis – Bleeding Love, great song!! (sorry DET! haha), and wow I have to say she really did a fine, fine job with it.

    Well the only full performance I caught was Hollie’s Bleeding Love and I have to say it was bloody good.

    I flipped back for a second at the end to see the quick overviews, it’s dangerous to judge by that but it seemed like Joshua,Jessica,Hollie were a clear top three. Skylar seemed super screechy on the second song, at least in the tiny clip they showed at the end. Phillip seemed OK but.

    • CMC says:

      Skylar seemed screechy in her second song because she was screechy. It wasn’t good

    • darcy's evil twin says:

      As much as I hate to say it, because I whined about “Bleeding Love”, but Hollie was amazing on that song. I loved her Stevie Nicks outfit as well. Holy cow, she is finally hitting her stride in this competition.
      It reminded me of Crystal Bowersox singing “Give Me One Reason”. I never could stand Tracy Chapman but Crystal made me love that song.

  30. Phillip needs to go after tonight. It was no contest that all the other contestants outshined him by leaps and bounds. Please, America, make it happen.

  31. Bartleby says:

    Phillip is so far below the rest right now. It will make me sad when he stays and someone much better goes home.

  32. NJloonie says:

    Still time to vote for everyone EXCEPT for Philip!

  33. musicmuse 25 says:

    Could the judges over-praise Joshua any more than they already do??? she said sarcastically. OMG it’s almost embarrassing. Some fans of Joshua’s will undoubtedly agree with the judges, unfortunately I’m not one. A standing O again? Over the top!!!

    • Chris says:

      If you didn’t appreciate his version of “To Love Somebody” then there is possibly something wrong with you. Even if you don’t like soul and R&B (and I usually don’t), you have to appreciate that boy’s crazy talent. He deserved that second standing O and the judges shouldn’t feel bad for giving it to him.

      • Tarc says:

        I didn’t appreciate it. He was killing it until he screeched though the entire end of the song. Horrible. And I’m born and raised on Motown and R&B – most of it created within an hour of where I grew up. He’ll be brilliant if he learns to modulate and control some of his grating vocal affectations.

        • Marsaili says:

          I’m respectfully disagreeing with you, buddy ;-) I just spent the last two nights reliving my Bee Gees love—from the early 60’s all the way up to the early 2000’s before Mo died. Personally, I think Barry Gibb would be proud of Joshua and the way he sung that song—he’d probably be aware of it if Robin weren’t fighting for his life right now—but the good news is that Robin woke up from his coma and there is hope for him. I loved Joshua’s version of my very favorite Bee Gee’s song. I was blown away, just like Little Steven.

  34. Sandi says:

    I don’t know what else Jessica could possibly do but she’s never going to get any enthusiasm by those determined to find her “boring”. Even when she’s getting praise for her phenomenal voice, it’s layered with boredom on the part of the judges and Slezak.
    I just hope she survives this week.
    Why do the judges so freely admit their obscene ignorance of music? ST has never heard Bleeding Love? Really? Really? I hope he heard the laughter of some of the audience. I would say you should be disqualified as a judge if you’re admittedly clueless.

    • Sha says:

      if she makes it through tomorrow I hope she finally gets a much-deserved pimp spot. She is the only contestant not to have performed last

    • Marsaili says:

      Well, gee, you were wrong about that–I am one who found her excruciatingly boring—and I loved both of her performances tonight. Not because I didn’t appreciate her before but BECAUSE she is learning how to present herself on stage–so she hasn’t been so boring. According to you the judges are ignorant of music. J-Lo—maybe but Steven Tyler—who’s been in one of the hottest bands ever since the late 60’s—and Randy Jackson (OMG I don’t believe I’m defending him) who has been around for a long time, is a producer, has played with Journey-etc. Just because you don’t agree with what they say—doesn’t mean THEY are wrong. I don’t always agree with them but I’d not stoop so low as to dismiss their years of experience. Those ignorant judges have picked some of the best contestants in the last 2 years that we’ve ever seen on Idol—I wouldn’t be calling them ignorant. Or obscenely ignorant.

      • Sandi says:

        I didn’t say anyone was wrong about anything. You’ll never find a post from me dismissing someone’s opinion. And that’s all music appreciation is – an opinion. I’m just baffled that anyone can find her boring.

        The judges ARE ignorant. They make contradictory statements all the time that make no sense. They admit all the time to not knowing music that anyone claiming to be a music expert should most certainly know. If I was an art curator and I didn’t know much about current artists, I should be fired. It wouldn’t matter if I was a good artist, myself. I have to know current art to evaluate collections.
        BTW, I do think Randy (as much as Slezak despises him) knows music. The other two – no way. And I was a tremendous Aerosmith fan from the time I could crawl. They were all over my walls! But as a judge – I can’t stand him. And it’s not because which artist he supports. I just find him ignorant, contradictory, and full of bad advice.

        • Marsaili says:

          Well, I have to agree with you—I can’t see how J-Lo has been in this planet 40+ years and had never heard The Letter—I’m thinking she just didn’t recognize the name and then of course, she couldn’t have recognized the song the way Phillip sang it. I still don’t think the judges are ignorant–I think they have clear agendas they have to fill—and their comments go with that. I suspect they may still be judging the dress rehersals at times, too—because their comments don’t meld with the performance (Elise?) but I don’t think they are ignorant, they can’t be in the business they are in and have the staying power that they all have if they were. Honestly, I had never heard the Leona Lewis song and I have 5 kids–teens and older who listen to current music all around me. (my 6th kid is autistic and prefers video game music!) But, I do think for the most part the Steven has been the most astute of the judges, he’s pissed me off a few times, complaining about song selection, but he’s been right each time when I look back on it. Unfortunately, so has Jimmy—the dude pissed me off about Elise, but he knows his stuff!

    • Jason says:

      Steven’s out sleeping with Supermodels not listening to the radio!! So I don’t blame him for not knowing Bleeding Love! I have no life and I’ve only heard it two or three times!!!

      • darcy's evil twin says:

        Made Me Laugh! :-)
        I was rather jealous when Steven said he’d never heard the song. But I must admit I enjoyed Hollie’s version far more than I expected.

  35. joelscorp says:

    Not only is Slezak spot-on — even about the Colton hand-me-down! — but everyone seems to agree. I never liked Hollie that much, but I’ve never liked her better than tonight. It was the night her skill equaled her talent. In fact, if you put the two songs together, I’d give her 1st place. Her “Bleeding Love” in particular left Leona in the dust. I felt chills (not goosies, idiot.) Stil, judging on a single song, I’ll put Jessica just above Josh for reasons Slezak mentions. Jessica connected with her song perfectly. Josh conected with Josh perfectly. He could have been singing anything. Skyler has so much spunk and talent, but the spunk outshadows the talent and that’s a problem because it makes her seem more juvenile, especially those amateurish theatrical gestures. She’s like a really impressive muppet. And P3 — epic fail. I actually thought for a moment the judges would come close to judging there, because choosing that song with those high notes — over and over and over — should be a show-ending mistake for him. How Colton killed “September” doesn’t hold a candle to how excruciating P3 was on that song. Why didn’t he go low on those notes? Why?

  36. FreeHaley says:

    “Skylar Laine: Dusty Springfield’s “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me” | Speaking of retail stores, take the price tag off Dusty’s haunting Brit-pop classic: With tonight’s pitch-perfect rendition, Skylar totally owned it.”

    If totally owned means screeched and yelled it (at least so it seemed by the clip at the end and for someone they like they usually try to use a good clip).

    • Templar says:

      Skylar out and out sucked. Shrill harpies envy her. I could easily picture a band of Skylars flying at Hugh Jackman in Van Helsing.

      • angelstorm says:

        haha – this made me lol :p

        I have to agree though – I like country music (quite a lot in fact) but I think Skylar must be TOO country for me – that twang is getting harder and harder for me to listen to each week and where Slezack sees her soar, I just hear her screech. Sorry.

  37. PFitzDC says:

    I love Phillip, and his is the album I’m most likely to buy….but he the weakest link tonight….

  38. Sarah says:

    How much wine did Michael have? lol. Hollie did great but outsing Leona Lewis on Bleeding Love? Not so much. I’m also a little sad b/c I think Michael’s desire for Idol to recover lost glory has led him to greatly overrate Season 11. Yes, there are no real clunkers (well I think Phillip’s pretty mediocre but he’s no Sanjaya) but to me there are also no real standouts this year with total combo of voice, song interpretation, and charisma. Outside the country music genre, I don’t think we are going to see any of these kids est. careers past year one.

    • Marsaili says:

      wow, I can’t even believe you think that—I think this season has had some of the best talent EVER. I have never gone through a season without a clear favorite that I have picked from the beginning—this year I have loved everyone from the top 7 down. I think ALL these kids are going to have fabulous careers after Idol, even after the first year!

  39. MamaLis says:

    #1. I believe I put money on Jessica doing Proud Mary.
    #2. Agree with the Joshua, Jessica, Hollie order. Some awesome stuff by those three!
    re: Phillip. Besides his performance… I think he got in trouble the moment RYAN announced he had a GIRLfriend!! Just watch…. those obsessive teen girls that have been (a lot) of his voting base? Half of them just gave up. Mark my words…..

    • FreeHaley says:

      nah they will just vote even more, since it just makes him even more desirable, a taken man, now they can all imagine they are the one in the world so special that he will leave his GF for them…..

  40. Libby says:

    Do me two favors, Slezak. 1) Step away from the unwarranted Phillip hate and 2) Step away from the unwarranted Skyler love.

    Phillip changed both of his performances in comparison to his prior weeks. No screaming, veins, etc. He mellowed out and I would think that you would appreciate that.

    And while Skyler’s first song was good, the second one stunk. And she looked totally uncomfortable, even desperate.

    Where has your objectivity gone?

  41. Chuck says:

    Hollie: Really liked River Deep–probably the best of the night. Bleeding Love was sort of meh.
    Skylar: One weird song choice (the CCR), and her second song–that last note was rank. She might be in trouble.
    Jessica: First song was OK, if a bit of an Idol cliche. I don’t like You Are So Beautiful as a song, but she did great on it.
    Joshua: A little above average on both, but neither was among his best.
    Phillip: I can’t remember the last time someone in the top 5 had this bad a night. He’s lucky Jennifer Lopez has never heard the obscure indie tune The Letter, or that NO ONE on the panel was willing to call out his horrific chorus on Time of the Season.
    Group efforts: The girls just sounded underrehearsed. Josh and Phil were the epitome of “so bad it’s almost good.” Catastrophe.

    Phillip should go home, but since he won’t, I have no idea who might be in the most danger. Skylar, perhaps. The country audience isn’t going to understand why she did an anti-Vietnam War song.

    • michael m. says:

      bleeding love is too big of a song for hollie, and it’s a mature song, doesnt’ suit her age. poor song choice for me.

    • Elena says:

      Yeah, that thought occurred to me too re: the song choice although I’m not sure Skylar should be held accountable for that. We always hear after the fact how limited the song choices are for these contestants so I wouldn’t be surprised by anything anymore.

  42. Name That Tune says:

    Performance Of The Season – Joshua Ledet To Love Somebody.
    P2 goes home.

  43. Cori says:

    Guess who does a cover of “time of the season” at a lot of their shows? Dave Matthews Band! The farce of P2 needs to end. I have never seen a note for note impersonator get this far on the show without question or criticism. I feel like a crazy person every time he performs and is praised. The world has Dave, it doesn’t need a new one.

    • Marsaili says:

      So why aren’t you complaining about Jessica’s note for note impersonation of Whitney. or Beyonce? I’m so sick of people saying he’s copying DM, that couldn’t be further from the truth. He’s probably gotten so far because he IS talented and unique—and quite possibly YOU don’t see it??? the funny thing is—I’m all for Joshua winning this thing—I think he’s been the best for weeks–but when I hear these accusations against Phillip who is so talented and DIFFERENT—he’s not a technical singer, he does go off key—MANY artists do when they sing live. He doesn’t on the studio versions of the songs. let go of the Phillip hate already—why don’t you tell us about who you LIKE instead of perpetuating more hate!

    • Tarc says:

      Well, that might be because most don’t agree. If you have no blues ear, I’d forward that you aren’t much of a judge.

  44. Mary says:

    Ha! I agree that they are trying to sabotage P2 by mentioning his girlfriend. Past winners have been very good about hiding them in order to hold that demographics vote. Girlfriends really do have an impact on those tween crushes!

    • Rob says:

      I agree but has been tried and failed before.
      Simon pointed out Kris Allen’s girlfriend and it didn’t seem to hurt him with the tweenie vote.

      • Sha says:

        actually that was Kris’s wife and Simon mentioned in the first episode that Kris revealed her way too soon. It was awkward to say the least. Despite that, it all worked out

  45. Elena says:

    I’ve never been a fan of P2 and tonight, I questioned my hearing because that second number with the high notes was so incredibly painful yet the judges just ate it up. His awkward duet with Joshua showed his glaring shortcomings and the judges said not a word. I mean, the guy is cute and all, but still …

    I’m on the fence with Hollie. Yes, she has a powerful voice. Yes, she is adorable, but beyond that, I don’t buy what she’s singing. I really believe a personal stylist could change all that. When I think of her, I think of an ice skating princess and all the glitz and glamor that goes with it. Just once, I’d like to see her dress her age. I think she’d connect more with her audience.

    Joshua was very good. He’s always very good. I don’t quite care for his tone as much as some of the others, however, I love the passion he always brings to his performances. If he won this year, I’d have absolutely no problem with that.

    Skylar is the one with the most stage presence. I always look forward to what she’ll sing each week. I especially enjoyed the first number.

    Jessica … love her or hate her, but you’ve got to admit, her voice is stunning. I like her tone best of anyone left in the competition. “You Are So Beautiful” was sublime. That is all. I’d hate to see her (or anyone else) leave tomorrow night before P2.

  46. sierrarose says:

    Slezak-I think you are allowing your admiration for Skylar to fog up your judgment. She was not good on the Dusty Springfield song. She was strident, overdid it, and was nowhere near the original. The best songs of the night were Hollie’s “Bleeding Love”, Joshua’s “To Love Somebody” and Jessica’s “You Are So Beautiful”. I felt that “Proud Mary” and “River Deep, Mountain HIgh” were too grown up for Jessica and Hollie. Phillip seemed MIA tonight.

    • Marsaili says:

      NOPE ^ Skylar rocked tonight. Slezak is right on the money about her!

      • FreeHaley says:


        • Marsaili says:

          LOL, uh oh I left you speechless! ;-) I really like Skylar, I like her performances—CCR is close to my heart, I am a child of the 60’s I LIVED those songs—I thought she did well. I liked what she did with the Dusty Springfield song—it wasn’t my favorite performance but I thought she did it well.

    • gailer says:

      She ruined the Dusty song….so awful…I grew up on this music and it was embarrassing

  47. Sha says:

    lmao Slezak your first paragraph is FULL of win! never stop

  48. Marsaili says:

    My fav of the night—Joshua—both songs were so, so good. Jessica did so well tonight as well—-her You are so Beautiful was stunning, beautiful, incredible. Hollie made me so proud tonight—I think she’s safe for another week. Skylar kicked ass on the CCR song, and I thought she was very good on the Dusty Springfield song. Phillip—I loved how he switched up the letter—that song has been done so many times it was nice to hear a different arrangement! I like how he tried pushed himself on Time of the Season–yeah, he didn’t quite hit the high notes and was a little sharp here and there—but he’s that kind of singer—Joe Cocker isn’t always perfectly on key, either. I know, people hate it, think he sucks—blah,blah,blah. Whatever. I like his singing, I prefer WGWG’s or WP’s or whatever, I dig rock music and I think he’s great and can’t wait to see what he does when he’s voted off tonight ;-(
    Joshua—you made me cry, dude—To Love Somebody was so spectacular—I still have goosies and I’ve watched it twice already! WOW. Joshua is my Idol, I’d love to see a Hollie/Joshua finale. What a night!!!

    Wasn’t Little Steven a trip—I really liked him—he just tells it like it is! Hilarious!

    • gregk says:

      Also would love to see a Hollie/Joshua finale, but any two NOT including PP and Skylar would be fine with me.

  49. blingedup says:

    “those high notes on the chorus were to Phillip like rolls of bargain-brand paper towels on the top shelf of a supermarket to a little old lady: Highly upsetting and well out of reach.”

    LOL. How DO you come up with these things?

  50. Name That Tune says:

    You have one performance that was from anothe world – Joshua TLS. Then it’s:
    *Jessica YASB
    *Hollie – BL
    *Joshua – ATPTB
    *Skylar – GS
    *(Tie) Hollie RDMH/Jessica PM

    *Skylar – YDHTSYLM
    & Both of P2’s songs.