American Idol Top 5 Results Recap: She Ain't No Fortunate One [Updated]

Let’s be honest for a second: When life hurls a rock-hard, unripe lemon directly at your noggin, the last thing you feel like doing is getting out your citrus-squeezer and a carton of sugar and making lemonade. Thankfully, the female graduates of American Idol University have given us plenty of amazing tunes — and plenty of amazing lyrics — to offer comfort in times of unrelenting awfulness:What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” “How am I supposed to breathe with no air?” “There’s no use in crying. All my tears won’t drown my pain.” “Friday, I’ll be over you.

Actually, scratch that last one. I think I’m gonna need a little longer to recover from this week’s Top 5 results-show telecast.

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Instead, let me seek divine intervention and ask that if Phillip Phillips offers up another colossal flop on next Wednesday’s Top 4 performance night — come on, even Jimmy Iovine admitted the guy he’s wanted to sign since Top 13 week deserved to be in the Bottom 2 — that “Jesus, take the wheel, take it from America’s hand,” and deliver us a Jessica-Joshua-Hollie Top 3. (Yeah, I know, their group Kelly Clarkson cover a few weeks back was Rated H…for Hot Mess, but still, it beat Phillip’s disastrous “Time for the Season.”)

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Anyhow, before we get to results, a few thoughts on tonight’s telecast…

* Ryan’s terrific turquoise pocket square was yet another signal of how far our host has come on his “fashion journey.” (Check this link a terrifying reminder of his early years.)

* The one upside to Phillip’s ongoing health issues is that it appears he’s been excused from appearing in those wonky “Ford Music Videos.” I don’t think, however, that kidney stones are a legit excuse for chewing gum on the Idol stage.

* Yes, Coldplay’s rendition of “Paradise” was pretty ethereal and groovy — even if they used the same set for their Grammys performance — but there’s no way I’m going to Twitter and typing #ColdplayOnIdol. (Oh Uncle Nigel, stop trying to make your manufactured hashtags happen.)

* I’ve really learned to appreciate Carrie Underwood since my days as a Bo Bice fan back in Season 4, but while her gams and gown were magnificent on “Blown Away” tonight, her voice sounded shockingly spent, no?

* I’m not sure I agree with Jimmy that Jessica’s performance of “Proud Mary” was too sexy, her dress too mature (I loved J.Lo’s assessment: “It was tight!” — though not too tight by show-biz standards), but I do wonder what happened to his promise a couple weeks ago about ensuring that the 16-year-old diva choose youthful material for the remainder of the season. Maybe dude needs to realize that mentoring should go down before a contestant takes the stage, and not the night after. Mmkay?

And now, let’s talk results…

Sent Directly to Safety (In No Particular Chronological Order)
Joshua Ledet
Phillip “Does your daddy let you date?” Phillips
Jessica Sanchez

Sent to the Bottom 2
Hollie Cavanagh
Skylar Laine

Eliminated
Skylar Laine

Um, apparently America doesn’t want its most marketable, charismatic contestant to wear the Idol crown? Why the face? Pizzaz is dead. And so are melodies. Urgh. URGH!

Nevertheless, Skylar handled her exit with class and panache, reassuring a tearful Hollie that “it’s all right,” singing along to Scotty McCreery’s “Please Remember Me” as her exit package rolled, and giving a raucous final rendition of “Gunpowder and Lead.” And as she sang two weeks back — and every single day since then on my iTunes — “Onnnn wiiiith the showwwww! The show must go on!”

What did you think of Top 5 results? Did Skylar deserve to get booted? If not, who should’ve been sent home? Sound off in the comments, and for all my Idol news, interviews, and recaps, follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV!

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1079 Comments
  1. Jeremy Gable says:

    I wish people would stop deluding themselves into thinking the WGWG isn’t going to win again. Phillip won the moment his white guitarness came on screen in the auditions. Idol’s voting block loves safe white dudes who will never have longevity. It’s just a fact now.

    Rip X-Factor all you want, but at least it produced the only female winner on any of these shows in the past 5 years.

    • I agree that Phillip is a lock to win if he doesn’t pull out due to illness, but that is less likely to happen at this late stage. Really hoping that Jessica or Hollie can win but having one of those up against Phillip in the finale at least gives me someone to root for and against, rather than having to pick amongst two people I think are both deserving (since Josh is deserving as well).

      I still slightly prefer Jessica as Hollie hasn’t shown me she can sing as well in non-belter mode, like Jessica has with the Prayer and You Are So Beautiful.

      • see says:

        Look at that Michael….turns out Melinda and others were correct about Skylar. Goodbye so long.

        • Tusk says:

          So right

          • I am sad , I think Skylar could have brought a lot that would have been interesting as a final 2, what bothers me is not Philip, but rather Joshua who is being pushed down the throat of the audience.

          • darcy's evil twin says:

            I disagree. Were you around last season? No one was ever “pushed down the throats of the audience” more than Lauren Alaina from start to finish. I’m thankful that hasn’t happened this year. Besides, Joshua has crazy talent!

          • AI11 says:

            I agree Joseph Angelo, Best singer the judges have heard in 50 years? What about all the grammy winners?

        • Templar says:

          Pure speculation; I think Phil was bottom two. They never really release vote counts and just stick someone on a stool next to the actual loser. Phil wants to go home. The producers want to let him go home and rest up before the tour. But their hands are tied. If they’d put Phil on one of the stools it would have rallied his fans next week. He phoned in his wed. performances. And he probably will again next week. This reminds me of when Jason Castro mouthed the words “Don’t vote” when he wanted to leave Idol.

          • A.W. Baimun says:

            I know I said it last year when Haley was getting lambasted by the judges and then was outlasted by two inferior talents, but I really think I’m done with this show. Between the heavily biased judges, producers, and editors swaying the voting public, to the ridiculous voting structure that allows teen aged girls to erase the votes of all the other demographics… the show doesn’t care about right, fair, or actual artistry. It has all come down to demographics wiping out anyone who’s unique or outside of a the eventual producer’s blank slate winner. Hoping that Haley gets close to the same exposure and acceptance by the public as Daughtry has. Unique individuals like Elise, Colton, and Skylar will continue to lose to Diva-Ballad singers (male and female) and White Guys With Guitars ™.

          • Tom22 says:

            I forgot the “don’t vote” part but I think I do remember him horsing around like that.

            I liked his line dissing his own performances and telling Ryan live that it was a strain learning the 3 songs a week (2 plus the only 1 group number.. now they do a duet two and have been doing that many songs for more weeks these kids are Troopers!)

            the line I remember “I shot the tamborine man” (two songs were the bob marely and bob dylan songs)

      • NJloonie says:

        PhiPhi is not a lock to win – he may make it to the finale, but all the fans of the other contestants will vote heavily against him.

        • Mary B says:

          I think it would be better for Phillip Phillips if he doesn’t win.

          • Tarc says:

            I think you are right (and I doubt that Phil thinks he’ll win either). Winning has a LOT of strings I’m not sure that he’d want. But I’m considering voting more than my measly current max just because the haters are ridiculous. ;)

          • SoSad2SeeSkylarGone says:

            I was truly crestfallen when Skylar left. :(

            She was my favorite and even though I have voted for a couple of the WGWG, I am not voting for this one this year, sorry, but I want a girl to win. I was hoping for Skylar, but there is Hollie, and Jessica.

          • gazebo says:

            Totally agree. He will definetly chafe under the Idol collar. I think the best thing he could do is to drop out now for medical reasons and take care of his medical issue right now so he is recovered enough when rehearsals start in June for the tour. If he cannot do the Ford ads now because of illness or whatever, he’d never make it on the tour in this condition. The tour is HUGE to all of them for the exposure and experience.

          • Njloonie says:

            I agree It would be wise of PhiPhi to drop out due to medical reasons. It would give him a great excuse to leave (and not be embarrassed by getting voted off) and if he asked that Skylar be brought back, it would make him a hero.

          • Templar says:

            The thing is that if he leaves, he breaks contract and can’t do the tour. I don’t remember how much they get for the tour, I think it depends on where they finish in the top 10. That’s a lot to give up. His only hope is to be voted off.

          • shelbybb says:

            So why is NOBODY talking about Joshua’s almost crippling anxiety. He is so awkward on stage it’s sometimes hard to watch. Why should P2 go home for an illness that he is being successfully treated for? Get off his case people, it’s a flippin tv show!

        • Leila says:

          That’s right, he’s too hated by the non-fans to win the majority…

          • Jeremy Gable says:

            If Lee DeWyze can beat Crystal Bowersox… a girl is never winning this show again. Period.

          • Njloonie says:

            Lee Dewyze beat Crystal because many in America have a bias against a dreadlocked, tattooed single mom, even if she had a far superior voice and talent (which she clearly did!)

        • adamfan says:

          If he makes it to the finale, it will be great to hear him struggle to sing in that huge theater. He has the talent for a small coffee shop. Yes, he is original but has no voice to back it up. I think that even Philip himself is shocked at being in the top 4.

          • LLou2 says:

            I think Philip is not just shocked but UNHAPPY that he is still around. Like Jimmy insinuated, he’s wanted to be gone for weeks now.

          • deedee says:

            Well, then, if he’s THAT unhappy, he should pull a Jacob Hoggard (canadian idol), and tell his fans to quit voting for him. Or he should simply withdraw. Why gum up a competition by delivering sub-par performances and eating up the votes of contestants who actually want to be there. Ugh.

          • My Alter Ego says:

            @deedee: You present an excellent point. Yes, Phil, be a man! If you don’t like the situation, get yourself out of it.

      • jay cross says:

        Haha,, i slept last night hoping that skylar would go home not because i hate her (i sorta like her) but i was hoping to see the EPIC EPIC would-be reaction of Michael Slezak, cant wait for IDOLOGY.. who would you root for now Slezak?? i hope you’re not jumping on the Melinda-jumping-off-the-couch-for-Joshua train… i wonder if you would root for PP..?? :X

      • COMMENT says:

        I am feeling the ‘underdog’ treatment to Jessica, since the pimping almost lead her to a shocking cut which is great since her emotional delivery in her performances are getting more believable week after week.

        • darcy's evil twin says:

          Uh…I do not think the “pimping” is what almost got Jessica sent home.

          • COMMENT says:

            Oh yes it was, pimping resulted whether complacency from the fans or annoyance from the others.

      • Tusk says:

        James from last season was so much better than anyone from this season, he was such an accomplished musician and vocalist, it was a travesty to watch miss I’m free Haley reinhart beat him. He will have the last laugh though as he cleans up in album and concert sales

        • Amy says:

          My daughter is still disgusted from that travesty and has refused to watch Idol this season because of James’ ouster.

        • Davey says:

          I thought James gave some horrible vocals and deserved to leave when he did.

          • RodMod says:

            Couldn’t agree more.

            And I still get livid whenever I think of his farewell speech and the glimpses of grandiosity.

          • Jason says:

            Are you kidding he was an awful poser who should have left weeks earlier. Metalers thought he was a poser. I should know!!!

          • TiaGata says:

            Actually, he should have left long before he did, he was just DREADFUL!!!

        • FreeHaley says:

          James was lucky to hit two notes on pitch on many of his last few performances. And speaking of bad attitude didn’t he get all pissy and say something about how Haley stole top three from him just because she complained and then got sympathy votes (I could be wrong about this, so don’t take it as gospel). So many of his fans posted to the boards that they were forming coalitions to vote for anyone but Haley to get back at her for personally cheating and stealing it from him. She stole it? She is a contestant and has no votes!! And I didn’t see any other fanbase for any other contestant talk about voting for anyone but the contestant who finished one spot better than their favorite in the week they got eliminated.

          • Mary B says:

            You are right. I remember that. He was so indignant.

          • traj says:

            One thing to remember about James when looking at his reaction is that he does have Aspberger’s. I work with a couple of Aspberger’s guys and it’s quite common for them to react to things in a way that seems inappropriate to those around them – it’s not that they’re trying to be jerks or anything. They just don’t really have the “shut off switch” that most of us have. If you think for one minute that every contestant who gets eliminated doesn’t at least THINK similar things to what he may have said you’re fooling yourself. Personally, I enjoyed (most of) James’ performances and I have to say that his debut album, “Memories Of A Beautiful Disaster” is really quite good. If you haven’t listened to it, give it a shot. If you have, give it a second listen – there’s actually some really good stuff on there. As far as Jason’s comment about “metalers” opinions of James, did you know that Mick Mars said “James Durbin kicks ass; he’s the real deal” about him? So obviously not all rockers share in Jason’s opinion. No knock on you Jason – we’re all entitled to our own opinion and that’s why and how so many different acts are able to make it in music. Just wanted to point out that not everyone thought he was a “poser”. And it has to be said that James actually stayed true to who he presented himself to be on the show with HIS album. Something that could NOT be said for the previous “rocker” on Idol (at least as far as his own music goes, not the Queen stuff – SO happy about the Queen stuff!).

          • Marsaili says:

            I agree, I was disappointed when Adam went the glam/dance route. I’m not going to say it isn’t good—what I’ve heard has been good–but I wanted to see more of the rocker, not the clubber. I didn’t buy anything from him, even though I had said I would during Idol. He totally went in a different direction and club/dance/rave music isn’t my thing. James, on the other hand, stayed totally true to himself and I love what I’ve heard from him. I wasn’t planning on buying his album but I am going to now—he plays the type of music that is prevalent in my house (having 3 teen boys and me being a rocker chick mom) We are all eagerly awaiting Haley’s album as well. And Elise’s! And Phillip’s. And Joshua’s! We are an eclectic bunch here ;-)

          • Tom22 says:

            As for attitude It really pisses me off that people are expected to CRY when another is voted off and to look sad.

            Yes .. some tears in their eyes are ok but they should be trying their hardest to smile and cheer their former mate on for their goodbye song.

            … it should be more like the tears in the eyes at a graduation not some funeral.. the kids going on tour with them as a professional musician.. they’ll be together.. they’ll likely have doors open for them.. its not like they’re getting shipped off to some place of broken dreams getting eliminated in the top 10

        • allie08 says:

          James was terrible. He was horrible last year and equally bad when he sang on the show this year. You have noticed that he hasn’t done anything since Idol, haven’t you?

          • CAM says:

            Hey, he got a recording contract – that’s more than a lot of people get.

          • Marsaili says:

            Hasn’t done anything since Idol?

            Durbin is being managed by 19 Entertainment, alongside fellow contestants Pia Toscano and Haley Reinhart.[18] It was announced that he was signed to the independent music label Wind-up Records on September 5, 2011.[19]

            Durbin, along with fellow contestants Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina, and Haley Reinhart, released a Walmart Exclusive EP with his highlights from season 10 on American Idol. The tracks feature some of his popular performances such as “Will you still Love me Tomorrow” and “Uprising” as well as a previously unreleased recording of “Good Riddance (Time of your life)”

            Durbin started working on his debut album after appearing on American Idol, and wrote with a number of people, such as James Michael and Marti Frederiksen,[20] as well as his favorite band Hardcore Superstar.[21] The album was produced by Howard Benson.[22] He recorded a track entitled “Stand Up” for the album Official Gameday Music of the NFL, Volume 2 which was released for sale on September 27, 2011.[23] The song was also included in his album.

            On November 21, 2011, Durbin released the album, titled Memories of a Beautiful Disaster. The album debuted at number 36 on the Billboard 200, at number eight on the Billboard Rock Chart, number 25 on the Digital Album Chart,[24] and sold 28,000 the first week.[25] Two singles were released to radio at the same time – “Love Me Bad” was released to Top 40 radio stations, while “Stand Up” was released to rock radio.[26]

            He’s currently touring with Buckcherry—a huge rock band. So, how is that NOT doing anything since Idol????

            Hey people, before you go saying former Idols aren’t doing anything since Idol—try doing a Google search on them, first!

          • Tom22 says:

            thats a dumb comment.

            I wasn’t a huge James fan musically although I saw his talent and his dedication.

            I like types of hard rock but his wasn’t nearly bluesy enough for me even though I could hear none the less that he did understand the blues just opted for a lesser dishing of it.

            But he has a major release album out and if his music has a fan base he’s being given the opportunity and promotion to reach itl From what I saw his albums are selling pretty darn well for a new artist.. most flop entirely and his looked like they were tolerable and hadn’t reached their peak yet.

        • l says:

          James who? I must be watching a different show.

        • Tansy says:

          Uh, James’ album is tanking.

        • Calli says:

          ROFL! You’re funny! Thanks. :-)

    • You’re not wrong. I don’t understand the fascination of the White Guy With a Guitar? Why would the teens and tweens want this? Why not have something different? Jessica and Joshua are crazy good, Phillip has been getting worse every week. As Jimmy Iovine said, Phillip has been coasting. 2 weeks in a row of mediocre performances. Enough is enough. I wonder if there was a Bottom 3 if he would have been in it?

      • Jeremy Gable says:

        It’s not the tweens that are voting for Phillip (or any WGWG for that matter). Look on any Idol fan site, it’s primarily middle aged women that fawn over these dudes.

        • Terri says:

          I weep for my demo.

          • MA says:

            Hahaha…me too!

          • Sandi says:

            LOL. Ditto.

          • Tarc says:

            Aw, I just weep for some people in that demo.

          • Leila says:

            I’m in that demo and I’d never fawn over a guy who is young enough to be my son (if I had been a teenage mother).

          • Tarc says:

            I’m just glad my mother explained how tacky it is to make sexual aspersions at total strangers.

          • darcy's evil twin says:

            :-) I guess I’m in that demo because I’m a middle-aged woman and YES I AM going to live to be 114 or so, thankyouverymuch! I think I’m the only middle-aged woman I know that even remotely likes Phillip. Everyone I know in my “demo” is voting for Jessica because they’re all fans of that Whitney/Celine/Mariah stuff. In fact, they were all betting on P2 getting sent home. It’s a shame our bets are only verbal and don’t involve money because I’d be collecting some serious cash right now.

        • Jules says:

          Phillip overcame the (continual) lack of the pimp spot, being stuffed in the middle of the performances so that voters would “forget” to vote for him, that ridiculous pairing with Joshua and even prevailed when Nigel and Co tried to derail him with the show of the girlfriend. Admit it people, he deserves some credit.

          • Jeremy Gable says:

            Credit for what? Not mentioning a girlfriend?

          • JC says:

            Yeah he doesn’t deserve any credit he is robbing other deserving contestants like Elise & Skylar he needs to go home next week before he robs Jessica & Hollie the chance of becoming the first female winner in 5 years :)

          • jaxguy says:

            I agree with JC. But a girl should win because in my opinion a girl, Jessica, is THE best singer and Hollie, Skylar and Elise are close behind. Only Josh or Colton should have made the finals, although I would give the edge to Josh who is really good. My 2 cents.

        • Regardless of who it is, they need to take the gun out of EVERYONE’S hands: Reform the voting NOW!

        • allie08 says:

          I’m a 43 year old white woman so I guess I count as middle aged. I voted for Joshua last night – first time all season. Not sure who I will vote for in the finale but it won’t be anyone who performs as badly as P2 did last night. Didn’t vote at all last season b/c they just weren’t my style. In the past I have voted for Adam, Bo, Kellie, Fantasia, Daughtry and Carrie. Please feel free to continue with your “middle aged white woman voting block” theory but leave me out of it.

        • wgwgftw says:

          All I know is, I’m thrilled that Dial Idol site was 100% wrong! They had Phillip dead last. I fretted all day about it. I was pleasantly surprised when he was send to safety.

          • Not only that, but they predicted Skylar 100% safety. I guess with the Twitter and Facebook votes now the Dialidol prediction really doesn’t mean anything anymore.

          • FreeHaley says:

            I think part of it is also that the voting may be incredibly close this year.

          • D says:

            I got so wrapped up in a text argument of P2 vs. Jessica with a friend of mine, I nearly ran out of time to vote! I figured, after all was said and done and I got in 15 minutes of calls and internet voting, that was his plan all along – to distract me from voting! :-)

          • Mary B says:

            Me too! I was resigned to the fact he was going home. I was pleasantly surprised when he was safe.

          • gailer says:

            I looked at Dial Idol too. Wow, were they off. Guess most people are texting and FB voting these days.

        • Marsaili says:

          This middle-aged woman isn’t “fawning” over any of these dudes. I am a child of the 60’s. I grew up on rock music, WGWG is in my blood, it is the MUSIC I prefer and I don’t give a crap what they look like. Stop with your stereotyping because most of the people I know that like Phillip are GUYS.

          • NedPepper says:

            I can tell you as a guy….most GUY guys don’t watch American Idol and if they do, they do not vote. I feel pretty comfortable in this assessment. I vote (a few times) and I watch…but I can safely say I’m not a typical guy’s guy. They may like Phillip and his jam band crap…but are they power voting? Anyone’s husband or boyfriend POWER VOTING for Phillip Phillips? I seriously doubt it. (Then another big block of voters would be gay men, but I think they vote all over the place. Or voted for Colton. How do I know this? I know quite a few. And they love them some Idol. They also really love Kelly Clarkson) That leaves….women. Both young and old. Who think P2 is cute. That’s really all the qualifications needed. “He’s so white and dreamy and plays a guitar. And he’s so eccentric and unique. Like a young Dave Matthews.” It’s like cats in heat. And, even if YOU don’t fall into that generalization, you are the minority. I think looking back on the last five years, I feel pretty damn certain in my generalization. And it’s ruining this show.

          • FreeHaley says:

            I watched most of the seasons, but yeah I never voted a single time, ever, until last season when I just had to stand up for Haley after she shockingly ended up at the bottom the first couple of weeks (and pretty much every week afterwards too hah) and I eventually ended up doing the crazy call non-stop for two hours by the end. This season I voted like mad for Elise the last three weeks. Those are the only times I’ve ever voted. One of my guy friend’s last year thought Haley was amazing and that the way the show treated her was a joke, but he just couldn’t bring himself to ever cast even a single vote.

          • Tarc says:

            Dontcha think it’s a wee bit sexist to so easily dismiss a woman’s taste in music as being totally based on sex appeal? Just sayin’ you might want to rethink that argument.

          • Tarc says:

            Oh, that was directed to Ned, BTW.

          • darcy's evil twin says:

            My husband was with some friends last night and they all watched Idol. They all like P2 but hubby said P2’s “Time of the Season” was “a disaster of Chernobyl proportions” (his words) and he said they were wondering if the judges heard the same performance they heard.
            Hubby really likes Hollie.

          • Tarc says:

            @DET – I wondered that too. First, he popped his ear piece almost immediately, then the judges said nothing about the pitchiness. The high notes were painful – on TV. Maybe they sounded fine there?

          • darcy's evil twin says:

            I wish I had $10 for every Idol performance where the judges fawned and said “that was beautiful”, “we’re so proud of you”, “You’re an amazing performer”, blah…blah..blah…and I’m sitting there thinking, “Holy cow, WHAT is in those Coke glasses, and I’ll have some of whatever the judges are having”. “Time of the Season” was one of those performances. For whatever reason the judges didn’t want to tell P2 how bad the performance sounded. If Elise had given that performance they would STILL be telling her how much she s****d!

          • FreeHaley says:

            Voting trends may be not quite entirely what we think they are though, witness Juliet easily taking down Jamar.

          • NedPepper says:

            No, I don’t think it’s . I think it’s true. I’m not saying all women vote this way. I’m saying, based on evidence from the last few years, the FEMALE IDOL WATCHERS AND VOTERS vote on the criteria I mentioned above. If you want to call me sexist, fine. I think of it as being a realist.

          • Tarc says:

            I’m not calling you anything, Ned, but I’d never say such a thing in the presence of a woman, even if thought it (which I don’t). That’s Kobayashi Maru territory.

          • Sheri says:

            Hey Free Haley–Juliet deserved to win over Jamar. The popular vote, was so in her favor, that CeeLo going 60/40 didn’t matter.
            Voting on Idol will never produce a female winner. Men don’t vote on Idol and not limiting the number of votes will eventually prove that to even the dumbest of viewers. I have a 51 year old male friend who is probably heartbroken about Skyler. Bur he is too lazy, ignorant, etc. to vote.
            Men griping about any of this is the biggest joke of all.

          • FreeHaley says:

            Yeah Juliet did deserve to win over Jamar.

          • Marsaili says:

            Well, I watch with my husband and my 3 teen sons—my husband prefers Phillip and Elise—I’m trying to get him on the Joshua bandwagon but he just does not like that type of singing. My boys wanted Colton to win—when Colton got voted off, they wanted Elise to win. When Elise got voted off they now want Joshua to win—but they really like Phillip as well. Of course, my 14 year old wanted Hee Jun to win—so I’m not sure his taste in music is refined enough, yet…..Neither of my sons care for Jessica at all, they are ok with Hollie but find her boring and they thought Skylar was great but they didn’t want to see her win over Joshua. I am the only person in the house that actually votes–and I don’t vote all that much—-I vote through Facebook and I might give 20 votes at the very most. I give half to the person who I feel won the night, 1/4 to the runner up(to me) and the rest to the rest—so I end up voting for everyone in the long run—but my fav of the night gets most of my votes. Talking to friends on Facebook—any of the guys I know who have seen the show want Phillip to win—but they don’t vote. Most of the women (my age–middle aged) want Jessica to win but most of them don’t vote, either. My mother (66 yo) watches and she wants Joshua to win.

          • crayzforIdol says:

            NP – This “middle aged woman” is in the minority, I guess. I love rock/blues/r&b/jazz, so Elise and Phillip were/are my favorites. Last year I was rooting for Haley, the year before that Crystal, and David Cook is my favorite Idol winner. I liked all of these people for the music they sing and their performances, not because of how they look! Glad you’re so certain of yourself, though!

            That said, I think Joshua ( or either of the girls, for that matter) are more deserving of the win than Phillip. While I enjoy Phillip’s taste in music, and I enjoy the way he plays guitar and “gets into” his performances (most of the time-not this week, so much), I don’t think he has shown much range, and it’s probably time for him to go. I also think that all of the remaining contestants , as well as Elise, Colton and Skylar, will end up with recording contracts.

          • NedPepper says:

            I never used the word “middle aged women.” I used the words females watch and vote on Idol vote for cute boys. Young and old. And I’m not alone on this. Half of the females contestants the past few years think the same thing. So, get angry at me all you want. It doesn’t change the truth. Whether it’s good or bad. It is what it is.

        • lesliemr says:

          Are you kidding?? When did middle-aged women become such a big voting bloc? Speaking as a MAW, I was for Crystal Bowersox; Haley Reinhart; Elise, and now any of the other non-P2 performers! He was interesting early on, then turned boring.

          • My Alter Ego says:

            And @lesliemr, good for you!! However (as you’ve probably noticed), your good taste is to of no avail — unfortunately.

        • idolmama says:

          Wait as a middle aged woman I take issue with your comment. I am not fauwning over P2. I didn’t even realize he was cut or good looking until Iovine started talking about how good looking he was. Even then I had to do a double take because I just don’t see it.

        • Yo' says:

          I suspect it is also the males who vote that are attracted. He is very much “counter-Idol”. There are vast numbers of middle-aged females who don’t vote much or vote once or twice, including me. Many people who work, go to school, or have any life do not attach themselves to a phone for two hours voting on a reality show. There is probably a subset of women who do this, but I am very happy I do not know them. And when I was a tween, I had heroines, not heroes.

        • SRB says:

          The 2010 US census showed 54 Million people aged 5-17. There are 234 Million people 18 and over. It’s not the tweens and teens, it mathematically can’t be. And even if it is, anyone over 18 has no room to complain, as if they were voting as well, the tween vote could be nullified.

      • Tarc says:

        Because trends are trends, and I’d disagree that Phil’s been coasting. I really don’t think he ever expected to make it this far; he’s been really clear that he doesn’t feel that he’s the best singer by any margin. I think his honesty, his lack of interest in losing himself in this process, and the fact he’s still ripping song out dispite his medical challenges is pretty admirable. I’d agree that Phil should have been in that imaginary bottom three, but as I mentioned yesterday, he was never going home.

        • SallyinChicago says:

          And he’s made it clear he doesn’t want to take direction from Jimmy or anybody else. I don’t think he realizes how close he is to getting a record contract, or if he cares. And Jimmy will know that.

          • Tarc says:

            I’ve not seen him not take direction from Jimmy at all. I doubt that would happen since Jimmy has already made it clear that he wants to get him onboard at Interscope.

          • Marsaili says:

            When did he make that clear? Any interview I’ve heard, he clearly states that he needs to take direction to grow as a musician. Jimmy DOES know what Phil is all about—better than anyone here—he hasn’t said he’s not signing Phillip—and he’s defended his performances by relaying over and over again how sick Phillip has been and how he admires his strength. Just more Phillip BS—I wish that people would at least have footnotes or sources when they make grand sweeping statements or accusations about these contestants—I haven’t heard a Phil hater or an Elise hater or even a Skylar hater say a true fact about any of them!

      • jaxguy says:

        In my opinion P2 is the least talented and appealing of the WGWG’s. His performances Wednesday were terrible. I’m tired of the sick excuse. Fans would NEVER let the other contestants get away with it. I don’t dislike him, but if America loves him (or middle aged women) let them prove it by buying is record when he gets a contract, but stop subjecting the rest of us with his mediocre performances.

        • MamaLis says:

          I have to agree with you in that NO WAY would anyone else get away with the ‘being sick’ thing or mediocrity. Can you imagine if Elise said she didn’t feel good? They’d nail her for whining or pouting and oh! how quickly she’s be shown the door. That said, prior to Wednesday Phil has turned in some good performances and he’s definitely got the ‘je ne sai quoi thing going for him. He’s got some kind of appeal that extends beyond the music, otherwise he wouldn’t still be there.

          • Tom22 says:

            I’m pretty sure he’s really been in the hospital from what Iovine has been saying confirming what news is floating around.

            Iovine seems like quite a task master. As a head of a studio he probably has worked 70 or 80 hour weeks all his life (going to events or on his cell phone when not at an office) and expects others to work their ass off too. I don’t think he’d give a free pass and has probably seen real pain and talked to doctors first hand.

            Do they need to show a picture of him doubling over in pain while in session or something to convice people ?

    • JessicaFan says:

      Juliet Simms, who is far better than Skylar or Hollie could ever dream to be, might win The Voice this season.

      • Mary says:

        Your opinion but I don’t agree with you regarding one of them.

      • MA says:

        You think?? I hope, but I fear Jermaine is going to beat her.

        • Tarc says:

          Now, Jermaine is a guy that I have no idea why he’s even there. He’s the most horrible finalist vocalist I’ve ever seen. I’ve been raised on Motwon and R&B (in Motown, in fact), and he’s a terrible singer. I literally turn him off when he performs.

          • allie08 says:

            me too! He is not hard on the eyes but his singing is soooooo bad. I’m not worried about him beating Juliet though. Tony, on the other hand, seems to have some rabid Mouseketeer fans. I suspect it will come down to the two of them.

          • MamaLis says:

            TOTALLY agree. My son watches that show and what I’ve seen of him. Ugh! And the arrogance makes it worse! (to me)

        • Name That Tune says:

          Nope. The Voice is headed down the same road. Tony Lucca the WGWG or Chris Man the WGWSO. Better hope Duets avoids that trend.

          • Tarc says:

            I think the chatter about WGWG is nonsense, but it is true that young white guy fronted bands are very popular right now (and boy bands are back). I think that with the decline of R&B, we’re seeing more jazz and blues guys emerge, and it’s fantastic.

          • FreeHaley says:

            I dont know. TOny actually lost, by a tiny margin, the popular vote to Katrina, who honestly isn’t all that great so I don’t see him taking it. I hope Juliet takes it, she should and could. Chris should not but if it is all moms voting then who knows, he did so-so on iTunes but somehow rules the total vote anyway, maybe that won’t be quite enough for the finale though?? Jermaine won the popular vote by a large margin, so who knows. Maybe the guys will split some votes and let Juliet win?

          • Tarc says:

            Are you sure, freehaley? I thought that in both cases where the judge didn’t go 50/50 it was immaterial because of the public vote.

          • FreeHaley says:

            I’m sure. Katrina actually beat Tony in the popular vote, if not by much. I forget, but it might have been 52:48.

          • Tyler says:

            Katrina won the popular vote over Tony Lucca. 52-48 in terms of percentages.

          • Tarc says:

            Katrina won my popular vote of one, also. :P But then again, Lindsay was my absolute favorite, but I’ll be happy if Juliette wins.

          • FreeHaley says:

            Juliet is my clear favorite and pretty much has been from the start. I guess I liked Lindsey second best. Can’t believe Chris got it over her. She did have a bad week the other week, but she has an interesting voice and style and Chris is pretty much weird and out of his element every week and when he finally sang opera, it merely meh compared to someone who would be good enough to say sing at the Met or something. Jamar was pretty good, arguably second best, although I didn’t like him quite so much the last couple weeks and never liked him as much as Juliet. I was upset that Jordis got booted the other week.

          • Marsaili says:

            People need to get over this WGWG hate. The FACT is that rock music is and will always be popular—moreso than R&B, moreso than ballady Celine/Whitney/Beyonce music, more popular than country even (although they can certainly meld) WGWG’s win because people prefer that type of music and those types of artists. Are you gonna put down Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Eddie Van Halen, Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix, etc.? All WGWG’s, all enormously popular, and still very popular musically. So, when guy comes onto Idol, who’s great on the guitar and has a rock vibe, he’s going to do well (if he does well in the contests) It’s not their fault that rock/blues is a preferrable type of music to the majority of people. I’ll buy an album from a Phillip, Casey Abrahms, Casey James, Lee Dewyze, Kris Allen, even Colton—before I’d buy an album of Celine and Whitney covers/types of songs. It has NOTHING to do what they look like! If they happen to be easy on the eyes, good for them—I’m about the music.

          • NedPepper says:

            Chris Mann is already telling people who know him that he has been “picked” to win. If that’s true, forget The Voice. I have no respect for that show anymore.

          • FreeHaley says:

            @Ned – Chris is crazy then (or an honest whistle blower). He is either full of himself to a literally insane degree or crazy for admitting that they actually picked him, if they did then they will have to quickly un-pick him lest a scandal. Or perhaps just being honest and spilling the beans about how fake ‘reality’ tv is.

          • Tarc says:

            I can’t imagine that Chris Mann will win. Then again, I can’t imagine why anyone would listen to more than six seconds of Jermaine before running screaming from the room.

          • darcy's evil twin says:

            I haven’t been following “The Voice” closely but I think Chris Mann is from my area. Please don’t hold it against me.
            @Marsaili – ALL of the top male country acts are WGWGs, LOL. And never underestimate the appeal of country. Right now the only acts that are filling stadum concerts are country acts.

          • Jason says:

            Hey Marsali

            Are you blind, according to the color on my TV Jimi Hendrix is most definitely not WGWG? LOL

          • NedPepper says:

            I got this information from someone who knows him (Mann). He told her that they decided that he would win and give Christina the winner this year. He’s already claiming the title. The person who told me this has never lied to me, BUT she may have bad information. I dunno. But IF he wins….I’ll know why.

          • Lili says:

            LOL if Jimi Hendrix is WHITE I must be blind!

          • Sheri says:

            Unless one of the coaches enlists the help of Twitter, Juliet will win. Even Blake said she was the front runner on his Wednesday appearance on Leno.

          • Chrissie Kirk says:

            Why am I reading about The Voice when I clicked on Michael’s AMERICAN IDOL article? I don’t watch the voice, I don’t care about the voice….stop it people.

          • Marsaili says:

            LOL, No, I’m no color blind, I didn’t realize I put Jimi Hendrix in with the WGWG group—he just goes in with the group of GUYS with guitars that I like! although, now that I am thinking of it, there are quite a few black guys with guitars I’d love to add to the list, too! But they aren’t the ones winning Idol ;-(

          • Marsaili says:

            Darcy, I agree with you on the country WGWG’s (and throw Darius Rucker in there for the GWG group ;-) I LOVE country music, I love country guitar sometimes even more than rock guitar!

          • Angela says:

            @Marsaili: Are you gonna put down Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Eddie Van Halen, Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix, etc.? All WGWG’s, all enormously popular, and still very popular musically.

            Erm…Jimi Hendrix is black, actually.

          • Marsaili says:

            Yes, I know he’s black—I added him by accident to the WGWG list but to me they are all just GWG, not white, not black, not any color. period.

          • Angela says:

            @Marsaili: Okay, cool, apologies, then :). I agree with you about the “guy with guitar” thing, by the way.

      • Tarc says:

        I hope so. She’s head and shoulders better than anyone left.

      • darcy's evil twin says:

        Is Juliet Simms the hippie chick?

      • D says:

        Let’s hope!

      • CAM says:

        I haven’t seen her perform, so I can’t give an opinion on who is the “far better” singer, but it is an advantage for her to be 9 years older than Jessica and 7 years older than Hollie. Life experience and performance experience can certainly help when you work on connecting to songs and the audience.

    • Tarc says:

      Whtie guy fronted bands, white men and women who sing country, and black guys that rap (or kinda sing & rap) are what is popular right now. Maybe it will be J-pop one day, or female baladders might come back. But that’s not current. On the plus side, jazz and blues are rising to fill in for the tired R&B segment.

      • Miscellaneopolan says:

        That was just an example, right? You didn’t just imply that Jessica is J-pop?

        • Tarc says:

          Oh, absolutely not! I was just throwing up an example of a trend that many people predict will eventually become popular in the US.

          • FreeHaley says:

            I actually don’t think it will. Maybe among some of the anime obsessed set, but I really don’t think it will. I guess we will see.

        • darcy's evil twin says:

          I am going to violate my “Never ask a question unless you already know the answer” rule, because something tells me I should be scared of the answer, but WTH is “J-pop”?

          • J. May says:

            Japanese pop…I think.

          • Tarc says:

            Yeah, DET. It’s rather hideous bubble-gum, Hello Kitty, heinously awful stuff (IMHO). I’m sure you can see some on youtube… just brace yourself.

          • darcy's evil twin says:

            Oh, Sweet Baby Jesus, I knew I did NOT want to know.

          • Tarc says:

            LOL! It… becomes like clowns evetually, the stuff of horror-filled dreams (like being trapped in the Tokyo indoor Hello Kitty amusement park while they play J-pop loud and incessantly and you cannot find the door out!).

          • darcy's evil twin says:

            Wow – that sounds like more fun that a sharp stick in the eye. On second thought, someone hand me a sharp pencil – please.

        • Marsaili says:

          My eldest daughter and son have been listening to J-Pop for the last 10 years and praying for the day when it becomes popular and mainstream here in America.

          • Tarc says:

            It’s trending, but I’m praying for the nu!80’s movement in the UK to be next. So much good music – of all types.

          • FreeHaley says:

            +1000 to the nu80s movement
            -10000 to the J-pop movement

            Not that I ever heard of either until just now hah.
            Well I mean I’ve seen J-pop, but I didn’t know it was called J-pop or that it is a movement.

          • Tarc says:

            @Freehaley – if you can, check out the hairstyles of the host of The Voice UK and AUS. Totally 80’s. If you can sample the current UK charts, there are several very 80’s sounding new groups. I’mm having a brainshort, or I’d name a few bands. Light Asylum is one, but that’s pretty obscure. They use those very, very early tinny synthesizers, back like Thomas Dolby.

          • FreeHaley says:

            Thanks. I’ll give it a look.

          • NedPepper says:

            @Tarc. Gotye is another example of nu80s. It’s like Peter Gabriel and Sting had a baby. I’m not complaining. I dig his voice and style.

          • Tarc says:

            Oh, thanks Ned. Goyte is one of the ones I was trying to think of.

          • darcy's evil twin says:

            Gotye is awful, IMO. Gosh how I pray for the return of the melody and the electric guitar. Even AC/DC songs had a melody.

          • Marsaili says:

            Someone needs to do another Led Zeppelin II or III, or a Clapton, Wonderful Tonight or Tears in Heaven (without the tragedy to inspire :-(!! ) Or anything U2 did or the Eagles or the Who—we need a return to real rock and roll. All this electronica is killing music, REAL music. That’s why I was SO disappointed in Adam when he left Idol and did a electronic/club album. UGH. I don’t know anything about Gotye other than the one song that seems to be on in every store I go into these days—but I do have to say, he’s not as annoying as J-Pop!

    • NJloonie says:

      Jimmy should make Phil squared lose the guitar next week, and see what happens!

      • Sunshine says:

        I agree! Although I don’t think you will get the outcome that you’re hoping for. I think a nice, intimate ballad would put him over the top…something like Kris Allen’s “Falling Slowly” would be perfect. I say work the hotness Phil Phil.

    • Fan of Haley Rhinehart says:

      Little girls like the white guy with a guitar or the pageant queen…as long as they are the prominant voting base..you’ve got wgwg wearing the crown. The Elise’s of the world or even spunky Skylar who is not exactly pageant like does not have a chance

    • Fan of Haley Rhinehart says:

      Little girls like white guy with guitar and they like pageant queens.
      With little girls as the strongest voting base, the Elise’s of the world and even the Skylars who is not very pageant like will never when

      Allison Iriaheta was the best singer ever on Idol … yay Allison

      • JC says:

        Allison was so robbed in her season she should have been with Adam in the finale!!! I wish Allison all the best I still follow her on twitter I hope she gets another record deal her first album was amazing :D

      • Suggestor says:

        Haley and Allison have both publicly favored Jessica for the win.

        • Marsaili says:

          And Pia and Casey were all for Phillip on Twitter Wednesday night! Of course, Pia is rooting for everyone, I think, and I am right there with her!

        • JC says:

          Colbie Caillat also said she wants Jessica to win on twitter the blujay celebrity supporters are growing :)

    • SallyinChicago says:

      And where is that XF female now? But you are right. If PP wins it’s the end of AI. It’s toast. It’s lost all credibility.

      • Static says:

        In a recording studio, with a $5 million record deal under her belt. She hasn’t even released her debut single, so let’s not judge her success just yet. Her “Respect” dance cover did very well on the Billboard club/dance chart early May, says Wikipedia.

    • Amy says:

      I haven’t been deluding myself at all. I guessed pretty much since, well, Hollywood Week that Phillip Phillips would wind up in the finale and unless there’s some miracle (maybe some backlash after this week?), he seems pretty much guaranteed to win. I wasn’t the biggest fan of Skylar – I appreciated her and I understood why other people liked her, but I personally wasn’t blown away – but she seemed like the only person that could possibly beat Phillip. If it was up to me, it would be a Jessica/Joshua top 2, but at this point, I barely even care anymore. As much as I like some of the people left, the show has been pretty boring without Elise and especially Colton.

      • Andy J says:

        I want Holllie in the finale. If she was to win that would be beyond awesome.

        • My Alter Ego says:

          While Hollie is not my preferred choice, of those remaining, I suspect Hollie is the one who most needs the win to go forward. Jimmie announced early that he’d sign Phil Phillips and now that he’s recognized the same about Joshua (my preferred winner of this final four), that leaves Jessica, who seems poised to be signed as well. I think that she still needs a couple more years of experience, but her voice is definitely not one to be messed with!

          • Tansy says:

            IMO While she has a fine voice, there is nothing marketable about Jessica. She’s a boring performer to watch. She’s not pretty [Rhianna/Taylor], doesn’t have a great shape [Rhianna/Beyonce/JLo], can’t do up-tempo and doesn’t connect to the lyrics on anything but ballads.

          • Tom22 says:

            I agree with your saying that Hollie needs the win most to have a career in music.

            I disagree with the other reply. Jessica is quite beautiful but she’s still at the blossoming stage. Do you remember your 10th year high school reunion. ? I was really surprised how much more attractive everyone was at 27 than 17… maybe that is more true in Calfiornia big cities where people don’t put on much weight by then, but still.. kids faces are still usually in that adolecent stage where noses and cheeks etc haven’t reached their final shape.

            Also, while music is entirely taste and I can’t argue with anyone about what they personally like, opportunity has to do with the opinion more of the industry insiders. They can hear and see what they think has the potential to record songs that will be hits and they seem to have had really big praise for Jessica…. whether they’re right or wrong will depend on whether people like what is eventually put out.. but I have no doubt Jessica will have opportunities to have major releases.

            If nothing else, Jessica is guaranteed a healthly number of years as a star in the Phillipines which will make her good money if a fall back is needed… I’m not sure Hollie has nearly the fall back.

            As a winner though, hollie will really profit from that promotion in ways that are probably far less deternmining for the others… maybe Joshua is in that boat too.

          • Suzie says:

            Jessica had a record deal before. It went nowhere.

      • Static says:

        Agreed 100%. I haven’t really dug Phillip since Billy Joel night (where he was outclassed by Elise, Colton and Jessica imo. I dunno, it was a really great night). I kind of liked Time of the Season, I thought his not-entirely-perfect falsetto notes were livable with. However, I thought he sounded typical P2 on The Letter. My thing with Phillip is that he does completely different, diverse songs and then condenses them into, in Michael’s words, “three notes”. These performances, to me, were more boring than watching a caterpillar metamorphosis at quarter speed.

      • Name That Tune says:

        Yea, I thought the same thing, too. The only competition he had was Colton.

    • Just sayin' says:

      And what exactly has Ms. Amaro been up to since that dreadful Pepsi commercial? Haven’t seen or heard from her since.

    • Tusk says:

      James from last season was so much better than any of these contestants, even better than p2

    • sfbsailor says:

      Hope you’re wrong, but i don’t much care and it probably doesn’t really matter who wins in the long run since most of the top 10 get record deals anyway. It’s just a question of whose post-Idol career will be the strongest and most long lasting. Each of these top 5 will have record deals. Surely Elise will as well. Not sure of the others. People/fans will purchase what they like.

      [Shocked that Slezak doesn't care for Leona Lewis. IMO she has one of the best and most dynamic voices in the music world today, and none of the Idol winners with the exception of Kelly Clarkson and Fantasia even come close to her vocal ability.]

    • Yo' says:

      I am a little flummoxed about PP’s voting demographic: I suspect he has rallied many males who casually watch and vote, because he really isn’t the generic wgwg. I liked him originally, but, although I might like the album he puts out, he really shouldn’t win this contest on ability. Let’s face it, a win by Phillip is not good for either him or the show: he won’t get to put out what he (and his fans) want and the myth of wgwg is perpetuated. Hollie and Skylar needed the show and the win; the others not so much. If history is a precedent, the albums of every Idol save possibly Josh or P2 will be something I can’t buy: Idol albums are notoriously lousy; for some singers the Idol music is the best they will ever sing. This contest is a fun way to pass time, but for the most part it does not spit out a new generation of great recordings and I strongly suspect what Skylar, Hollie and Jessica will put out will be pap. For the entertainment seeking public, the winners of this contest often turn out not to be relevant; sometimes it is best they leave early after some exposure.

    • Eva Lettieri says:

      I am sick to death of this term WGWG…It is a racist term and you should be ashamed. If you don’t like the way the voting is going, Get a bunch of folks together and vote for whom you want…Quit whining about who “America” is voting for…After all it is an individual choice and I don’t thing anyone should vote for a person because of race or sex…People vote for what appeals to them…What I think is an awesome song may not appeal to you and visa-versa.

    • Victoria says:

      I agree. I don’t get it. Does the audience consist of only teenage girls? I liked his raspiness originally because it reminded me of Casey (who BTW is a “serious” musician), but hey it’s been all “Johnny One Note” since then. Can a real singer win please?

      • My Alter Ego says:

        @Victoria: “it’s been all “Johnny One Note” – or rather “Phillip Three Note.” ;-)

    • paul says:

      They should have a side catagory for the WGWG contestant that works like a passing lane, except that it never merges with the other contestants You could divide his votes and give them to the real contestants. He could perform on each show and be dubbed the winner alongside the real winner. Either that or do away with AT&T’s monopoly on unlimited text voting.

    • COMMENT says:

      The ‘Top 4′ was actually the first four that was announced to be part of ‘Top 13′ before what a coincidence.

    • Miss Otis Regrets... says:

      Let’s make this all about race and sex!

      sigh

  2. lostiegirl78 says:

    Yes, I think the right person went home. Hollie did better than Skylar.

    • Sunny Mc says:

      Skylar was miles ahead of P2. Everyone was miles ahead of P2, that’s what make’s it so hard to accept.!

      • PhillipRocks says:

        That’s your opinion. Apparently many other people felt differently.

        • Tarc says:

          Apparently, LOTS of people. :D

          • takakupo says:

            I doubt it. anyone can vote as many times as they want. Lust seems to get the votes going these days.

          • Tarc says:

            Yeah, *that* makes so much sense. *rolls eyes* No one that disagrees with you could possibly be correct. Maybe it’s their hormones getting in the way of their reason and common sense. Right?

          • takakupo says:

            Look, the general consensus is in and Philip is not as talented as the rest of the field. In fact, the consensus has been in for a while now. If you don’t like the data, that’s on you but there is data out there that is compiled in an educated way for your and my consumption. To make matters even more complicated for the argument that the masses are voting for him like the 99% are donating to Obama, Philip is well liked as a person throughout the idolsphere, so his ratings aren’t based on his personality, more rather one can deduce that the criticisms lobbed at him are in a majority sense based on his actual performances. So, yes. I can assume in an educated way that he is being voted for based on his status as this years straight guy/WGWG/Cougar Bait.

          • Tarc says:

            @takakupo – Was that a scientific survey that I missed? I’m certianly not in agreement that there is consensus that any of th remaining contestant is to any of the others by any credible measure. If I had to extrapolate from your words, even if people arent perfectly thrilled donators (and voters) are going with what is clearly the best option.

          • takakupo says:

            It’s as scientific as it gets sir. Philip has talent somewhere but it definitely is not on the stage. If you’ve ever been one to criticize an artist for lipsyncing or not singing as well live as they do on their studio tracks than you’re a hypocrite cause Phil has had some very out of tune performances. Too much in fact to warrant a spot in the top 4.

            I’ve already pointed you to “Whatnottosing.com” but you won’t relent. It seems that you are just an ardent fanboy with blinders.

          • Tarc says:

            LOL! There is a reason that 94% of Americans are considered scientifcially illiterate – and no, there’s nothing scientific about what you’ve said. And why on Earth would I go to some random site – it’s as unlikley to mean anything real as a random book from the fiction section at Barnes & Noble. If you want to provide a citation, try a peer-reviewed journal, an opinion piece from an actual expert, or a national level poll from a ranked polling agency (like Gallup). You’re just spouting opinion (fairly uninformed opinion, and that’s fine), but don’t mistake it’s any more than that. This is all just chit-chat.

          • takakupo says:

            You’re brainwashed. You really are. Anyone who disagrees with you is dismissed with some silly sidestepping argument. Whatnottosing has been around since season 4 is a very reputable website. It’s editorials are engaging and rely on genuine data from the show, the audience and reviews online. You keep saying that it’s some random website but you refuse to visit and look around. That’s very narrowminded, especially from someone who wants to condescend others who don’t agree with you. You version of discourse is nothing but patronizing blather.

    • jen says:

      Should have been Philip. Sadly the 12 year olds aren’t going to let that happen. Skylar was the next most deserving of the elimination. Hollie did a far far FAR better job than Skylar last night. Jessice or Joshua leaving would have been criminal.

      At least we won’t have to witness another performance of Skylar having zero clue what she is singing. For that alone, thank you America.

      • Ray says:

        Do you read minds? How can you assume that Skylar had zero clue what she was singing. Ridiculous comment.

        • Tansy says:

          Listen to or read the lyrics to the song and ask yourself if they should be accompanied by a rompin’, stompin’, high five attitude.

      • Marsaili says:

        I sincerely doubt 12 year olds are voting for Phillip—12 year olds like Beiber and Selena Gomez—they do not like the kind of music that Phillip plays. They would be more likely to vote for Jessica and Hollie and Skylar over Phillip.

    • Josie says:

      unfortuanately the bottom 2 was my want for finale. P2 HAS 2 GO!!!!! AND HOLLIE HAS TO STAY!!! teenage girls (even though i am one but not for p2)… he has a girlfriend and if you want to just have him on screen to look at, then look him on the internet instead of messing with other people’s lives and careers!

      • Marsaili says:

        OMG, stop with the kiddies voting for the cute guy crap. That is so wrong—kids wouldn’t vote for Phillip—they would not get his music. If he were singing songs like the ones that Justin Beiber sings, then maybe–but he is so much more advanced and mature than that and teeny bopper girls don’t go for that. Phillip’s core voting comes from ADULTS not kids.

    • Ray says:

      But Skylar no doubt was better than Philip, so she should not have gone home.

  3. Skylar didn’t deserve to go home this week. She didn’t. Not sure where her fans went, but she was great and she’ll have a great career ahead of her. Also Hollie Cavanagh keeps hanging on. That’s at least 4 Bottom 2 finishes and at least another couple Bottom 3’s. Crazy. She had a great night and still is Bottom 2, not sure what she can do to get out of this position.In the past 5 weeks she’s Bottom 2 four times and Bottom 3 once.

    • JC says:

      …and three bottom 2 finishes in a row. Really, I don’t understand; she has next to zero fanbase among voters (all the aforementioned bottom 3/2 finishes), yet she keeps outlasting other contestants (whose fans apparently decide to take the week off)!?

      Whatever. I think I’ll skip the next 2 weeks. If America won’t even make PhilPhil sweat a little after phoning it in lately, there’s not much point.

      • Hollie has likely taken a better proportion of fans of the eliminated contestants than her competition since Deandre got the boot. I expect that will continue this week, as she should pick up more of Skylar’s fans than Jessica or Joshua.

        • Ray says:

          No so fast to assume that. I was devastated when Elise was eliminated last week. And now Skylar. I will be voting for Joshua. I wanted a female to win, but I am not a fan of Jessica. And Elise was eliminated last week because Hollie suddenly gained confidence on the stage.

          • NedPepper says:

            My Elise votes have been split between Hollie and Joshua. Although, I’m not voting with the same…rigor I guess you could say. They got ten each.

        • Snsetblaze says:

          More than likely, a lot of us just stop voting when our favorites are cut.

  4. ashley says:

    i’m a little sad for Skylar, but really sad for you :(

  5. claire says:

    PHILLIP SHOULDVE GONE HOME

    • Gorm says:

      But, but, but, dont you want to see him sing “Crocadile Rock” next week? He can go on to win it all and perform a quintet with the homologous biological mass of Chris Lee McCook, while he ascends to his place within the bio-vat that will incorporate his genes into the shared WGWG conscious blob of teeny texty hawt-throb lub.

      #FIXTHEVOTINGSYSTEMSHEEPLE

  6. Pam says:

    Don’t want to watch anymore. Colton, Elise, and now Skylar….really?!

    • Sandi says:

      It sucks. I hope they all have legit careers after this. At least I have Jessica to vote for. Poor Jessica who basically gets called a hootch for wearing what the stylists put her in.

      • Marsaili says:

        Sandi, that is SO wrong–no one has dissed JESSICA at ALL for the costumes, the blame has been squarely on the Idol stylists. I have not seen one person call Jessica out for her costumes.

    • Tarc says:

      If the eliminate Phil next week, they’ll have removed any chance of the winner selling records.

      • TMC says:

        As usual Tarc-you are delusional. Your love for P2, cleary the least talented of all the top 5 contestants, is quite strange indeed. Radio already has a Dave Matthews

        • Tarc says:

          Yes, a delusion that’s mysteriiously kept the guy out of the bottom set for the entire show…

          • TMC says:

            I didn’t say American teens have taste Tarc. Clearly if Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift sell millions of albums, they don’t

          • Tarc says:

            Well, I’m certainly not going to argue taste: Everybody has it, and everybody thinks everyone elses stinks. Since my musical taste is very broad, eclectic, and includes a lot of genres that most people have zero clue about, I’ll just say that I have an appreciation for those I see as artists. None of the people you mention feature in my collection – obviously. Ugh.

      • Amy says:

        I think Jessica has a good chance of selling albums/records. Her style – Beyonce-like pop diva – is extremely popular nowadays, even though for some reason, people seem to think that it’s old-fashioned. Actually, I think that Jessica is maybe the most commercially viable of all of this season’s contestants.

        • fiona says:

          And to be honest she’ll have an amazing international career too. Especially in Asia. Singers like Jasmine Trias (Season 3), Ramiele Malubay (Season 7) and Mikey Bustos (Canadian Idol) are all very popular across the pacific. To be honest Filipinos are crazy for anyone with “Filipino DNA” and make them stars and are a pretty big voting block for many of these contestants.

          Jessica Sanchez of course is amazing in her own right and I defs want her to win. But even if she doesn’t win post idol she’ll have a good career (whether or not she breaks it onto the American music scene)

          And side note Jimmy thought her clothing was “too sexy” was kind of outrageous. I’ve seen girls wear slutty and Jessica wore a pretty awesome dress that defs wasn’t too slutty but maybe not the right outfit to try and dance in

          • Layla says:

            That’s just part of the world, Jessica’s also Latina and that’s s HUGE demographic. Interscope will want her around. She’d be the easiest to market worldwide and she has the potential to make some exceptional music with great musicians, songwriters and producers behind her.She’ll also keep getting better. Hollie will sell records too but she hasn’t shown she can reach the heights and control of notes that have the industry pros rooting for Jessica. Colbie Caillat just tweeted that “Jessica has to win American Idol !!!!!”

          • fiona says:

            Yeah that’s why I said she will have an amazing international career. I was only going by what I do know (being asian myself) as an example of how she will succeed post idol but one things for sure, she will defs have a career post idol

          • angelstorm says:

            Colbie Caillat just tweeted that “Jessica has to win American Idol !!!!!” . . . also Colbie Caillat is down as a musician from California . . . hint to next week’s theme ?

        • Davey says:

          I think in about two years Jessica is going to be amazing if she’s still singing with the power she has now.

          • My Alter Ego says:

            Davey, in two years Jessica will probably be singing with MORE power. (Remember, she’s only 16 now.)

      • Scott says:

        I dunno. I think PP has the biggest chance of having a Post-Idol career that can only be described as Taylorhicksian. I would not be surprised at all (IF PP wins) that he is eclipsed by any of the remaining singers (except Hollie) or Skylar.

        • Tarc says:

          Of course, we’ve seen the pros and voters that disagree. To be honest, there is so much luck involved no one can really say much to whether anyone will succeed.

    • Angela says:

      I’m already far enough into this season, and I still like both Joshua and Jessica, but these past three weeks of eliminations have been dreadful. Colton not even making the top 5 is still shocking, Elise had arguably the most interesting, awesome voice in the competition and Skylar, while not my personal favorite, had a lot of spunk and was very good at what she does.

      Hollie has been getting better lately, but I have to admit that it still bothers me she didn’t get out back when Colton got out instead. And Phillip Phillips…I’m sure he’s a great guy, but I’ve never, ever seen his appeal. Frankly, I find it surprising it took this long for people to point out the fact that he almost never has any melody when he sings.

    • CAM says:

      Agreed – I’d have liked the 3 of them to be the top 3!

  7. Christina says:

    So Phillip can lay an egg two weeks in a row and not even land in the bottom 2. I guess I’ve resigned to the fact that only a white guy with a guitar can win this show anymore.

    • Kate says:

      I think that if Phillip does manage to lay an egg on stage next week, I would actually want to vote for him.

      • Tarc says:

        He had one so-so song this week (the bad one being the worst, but still), and one great song. Skylar grinned though an anti-war song, and Joshua screamed the last 30 seconds of his last song (after killing the first 2/3rds). Jessica’s last song was a snnozefest. Only Hollie killed it last night. Four were fair game.

        • Mary says:

          he has had several so so performances. he changed up a song and made it unrecognizable.
          PP sounds the same every freaking week at least the contestants try to vary it. After last night
          You have to be tone deaf if you thought any of his performances were good. lee will appreciate it if he win, won’t be the lowest selling idol.

          • Tarc says:

            Perhaps to you, not in the slightest bit to me. Every song has been perfectly recognzable – but adapted to his own style. Obviously, tons of people manage to follow along, since he’s never been in the bottom. his performance are excellent, and with the exception of ‘Season’ this week, nearly always on pitch. And Lee’s making a living in the biz, so he’s doing quite well. I think you’re confused.

        • ladyhelix says:

          I was VERY surprised that Holly was in the bottom 2.

          • Tarc says:

            Me, too. Hollie was, by miles, the best last night.

          • Andy J says:

            My heart sank when Ryan announced Hollie was in the bottom two. I was really hoping for a fakeout. Unfortunately, PP survived on the basis of tween girls and lonely middle-aged frustrated women. Skylar should not have gone home tonight, but on the basis of last nights shows between her and Hollie I reluctantly have to say that while its sad that Skylar went home it would have been criminal and a travesty to send Hollie home. It should have been PP to go home-by a country mile. And when he found out he was safe he should have quit the show then and there and ceded it to the other four far more talented and deserving finalists.

          • Tarc says:

            Phil survivied on the basis that lots of people voted for their favorite – like every week. They’re all very talented – now it’s down to preferences and fan bases. I’ll happily vote for Phil every week as he’s the only one of the remaining singers that I’m likely to buy music from in the future.

        • MamaLis says:

          Lookie who’s back ;\

          • Tarc says:

            Was that to me? I never went anywhere. I just didn’t see Idol until late this afternoon, so obviously I couldn’t comment.

  8. Annie says:

    I kind of feel like at this point Phillip should do the right thing and just drop out. I know that’s not right, and that if his fans vote for him then he needs to stay, but after last night, his continued existence on the show is just depressing. Never has anyone with his vocal issues made the top four.

    • dj says:

      People used to say that about Sanjaya, that he should just drop out. But can they drop out? I never remember it happening in any season. They probably have to sign some kind of contract that they will stay in until they are voted off.

      • Andy J says:

        I’m sure with his health issues Phillip could easily drop out-thats what they did in the Soviet Union and East Germany-all the leaders thrown out suddenly resigned “for health reasons”.

    • Ben says:

      Lee Dewyze?

      • Tarc says:

        I’m a Lee DeWyze fan. But I don’t expect that many Americans have the ear for blues, jazz, or bluegrass… you know, actual American artforms.

        • Ben says:

          Believe it or not, your genre does not determine whether or not you have vocal issues.

        • Miscellaneopolan says:

          Yeah. No one here enjoyed Haley or Elise.

          • Tarc says:

            I certainly do (Haley being my favorite Idol ever), but that doesn’t diminish my point.

          • Miscellaneopolan says:

            I’m not sure about that. If Americans have no ear for blues, jazz, or bluegrass, how do you explain Dewyze’s win? Or Phillips’ continued untouchability in the face of performances that have been… questionable.

          • Tarc says:

            I’m certainly not going to even pretend to understand how Lee beat Crystal (because that decision was but insane and perplexing). It was obviously complicated, perhaps even involving the producers. Lee certainly wasn’t singing jazz, blues, or bluegrass (or even anything flavored with that) for the show – it seemed that he was doing his best to be something that he wasn’t (a pop star). Unlike Phil, he didn’t resist getting twisted around by the Idol machine.

        • J. May says:

          You’re saying Lee has an ear for those things? Maybe I misunderstood you. Lee and Phillip could practically be brothers as far as singing ability goes.

          • Tarc says:

            I’m saying that it is difficult to fairly judge singing when you don’t understand the genres the voices some from. If you’ve never heard Zydeco, you can’t judge what is good or bad, merely if you like it based on your previous experiences with music. Lee put out two albums, one of the incredible, before he set foot on Idol, and they are a sort of rock-pop-country-bluegrass fusion. If you are unfamiliar with bluegrass, you’re probably not going to appreciate Lee’s vocal style. It’s unfair and inaccurate to criticize someone when you haven’t acquired an appropriate ear for the appropriate styles. Rendering an uninformed opinion is just that: an uninfomred opinion. More informed opinions should be considered with more weight – just like in science or law. I love blues, and I’m working on developing my ear for modern pop-bluegrass like The Duhks – mostly because I think Americans should know American musical styles, and I think of DeWyze in that circle. Phillip? He’s sort of Southern rock-blues. Dave Matthews? Pop heavy blues with a heavy injection of zydeco and some South African R&B/soul. Very different to me.

          • Ben says:

            It is not difficult for a musician to judge whether someone is in or out of tune, regardless of their style. I’m a musician. I’m a big fan of blues, jazz and bluegrass. I also liked Lee, I probably would have had him in the finale that year, or at least third. So I’m not a hater. But he struggled with pitch. It’s an objective fact. If you are not trying to say he didn’t, then I’m not sure of your point.

          • Tarc says:

            I’m not saying that DeWyze didn’t occasionally have trouble with pitch (far more than Phillip) – particularly in pop songs with a strong melody. What I am saying is that Lee’s vocal style has some bluegrass and maybe even a bit of Celtic influence, which can slide a bit often sounds ‘squeaky’ or lilty. It’s acceptable in those styles, but far less (or not at all) in pop music. Some people can’t stand Sarah McLachlan or Sinead O’Connor for the same reason.

    • gustyj says:

      Sorry, even Phillip isn’t as bad as I was.

    • Will says:

      Lee DeWyze had a larger range but typically sounded much much worse – songs riddled with pitch problems and generally sounding like a watered down Chad Kroeger will do that – and he still won with far more vocal issues, but during the worst season of the show thus far. Phil though, is actually going to win over all of these awesome vocalists even though this is arguably the best season of the show thus far (“arguably” meaning “in contention with Season 7 and maaaaybe Season 5″). That is making it sting more and more.

    • Tarc says:

      I’m thrilled Phillip’s still in. I couldn’t vote last night, so I was bummed, but I still doubted that he’d go home.

      • karenb says:

        Me, too, Tarc. And don’t worry, I got in enough votes to cover ya.

        • Mary says:

          So you two are the ones power voting for guy who cannot sing. Must be nice to not have a
          Life and spend all night pushing redial. hopefully you will purchase several copies of his cd.

          • Rick says:

            I think the process is something like, make a contact list with 10 copies of his phone number then send out mass texts to the whole list :S

          • karenb says:

            Mar-no, if you read the posts correctly, you would have realized that Tarc did not vote. FYI, I’ve got a life. And I don’t hit “redial.” I mean, who does that in modern times?! And, sure, I’ll buy several copies of his CD’s, if you must know.

            Say what you (and all of the haters) want, but Phillip, at the very least, is not a ROBOT. He’s the only original artist/musician left in this competition.

          • Robot or not, I like it when singers, you know, give a good performance.

          • Tarc says:

            Heh, I didn’t even vote yesterday – didn’t see the show until this afternoon – and I never vote more than 10 times for any one contestant. I’m not sure why the haters are just inventing things… but hey, delusion isn’t that arae, I guess. Phillip’s obviously got a diverse voting base.

          • Tarc says:

            @Mary – I dunno, my best friend, who has a graduate degree in vocal music disagrees with you. But hey, it’s not like common sense matters… the guy’s never been in the bottom three with five people left and you think he can’t sing. LOL!

          • Mary says:

            @Tarc I have a friend and brother with music degrees and quote PP is the weakest singer left.
            So I guess we agree to disagree. If he is your taste fine, but last night IMO he was a train wreck.

          • Tarc says:

            @Mary – Well, we agree that Phillip’s second song wasn’t good at least.

          • Marsaili says:

            Wow, Mary—what is so wrong in your life that you have to be mean to people expressing their opinions? Seriously?

        • NedPepper says:

          No matter how many times you vote for him, he will never sleep with you.

          • Marsaili says:

            Ewww, the kid is the same age as my oldest son. Yuck—I can’t believe you even said that! I like his music, I don’t want to sleep with him—I know you find it hard to believe that people can actually just appreciate someone’s musicality without inserting sexual urges in there—but GROSS!

          • NedPepper says:

            Why are YOU taking it personally? Did I mention your name? I’ve posted that like five times on this board. It’s a joke. I’m generalizing. I freely admit it. And if you pay attention, some of the posts on here from females toatally reveal the whole “OMG he’s so cute and talented.” Not YOU. It’s okay. Take a breath. It’s all in good fun. I liked Elise. Trust me, I don’t want to sleep with her, Or Haley last year for that matter. All I want are for people to vote based on talent. Not on “Does your Daddy let you date?” You and Tarc are not those people. I get that. You like his talent. You’re a fan. That’s completely fine.

          • Marsaili says:

            Wow! I was trying to be funny with that response, damn!

      • GeorgeR says:

        I liked Skyler as well as Phillip with Hollie now being my third. I was resigned to the fact that Phillip was going home based on Dial Idol and some Idol Meter. Thrilled that he survived and hoping next week he comes back better than last night.
        Im a 50 year old guy when I look at Jessica I feel like Im watching Toddlers in Tiarras, when I look away I do hear her incredible voice but its that I know her age and she looks younger I feel like I am watching a child .
        Idol to me is the whole package I think Skyler would have been great but she is gone if Phillip would just put on a red shirt and break out of his mule ass stuborness and do something different I think you will all see what his we see.
        .Also I live in NYC and the other types of music are fairly common here there are a lot of great singers. Phillip is just different.for me and I never listened to Dave Mathews until recently and it wasnt for me but I do see the influence.
        Im sure there are plenty of rock clubs here (actually I know there are Im going to a friends KIDS gig at Webster Hall tomorrow I will be the fat guy with the bands parents lol “Love Assasin” check them out) but I think the kids would think Im an old cop or some girls dad lol wheras I fit in at the more caberet type places that all feature the Elises Jesicas Joshuas Coltons and even Hollies of the world So Phillip and Skyler were far more unique to me. Also they have the charisma to be the Idol IMO. okay Im done

    • Jennifer says:

      Vocal issues? I don’t think vocal issues has been the problem with Phillip. I think during the past two weeks health problems have lead to a lack of energy and continual mid tempo songs have made it worse. Also, I think its a bit silly to say that him being on the show is depressing considering he’s never been in the bottom three, obviously people are really digging him.

    • Sandi says:

      Not true at all. You obviously haven’t been watching that long. Nikki M., Jasmine T….? Phil Phil has a ton of talent but it hasn’t been showing up lately and really needs to not win.

  9. Sonic Wave says:

    Is it possible for P2 to sink like a stone despite never having a Bottom 3 appearance? I’m hoping for a Danny Gokey type trajectory.

    • Lo says:

      YES!! I was just thinking about this. When Slezak used to do Idolatry with Kristen Baldwin, she said that when Gokey’s fans saw he was safe even after the “Scream On” debacle, they got complacent and didn’t vote as hard during Top 3. I REALLY hope Phillips’ fans think the same thing (if Phil can survive that “Time of the Season” massacre he can survive anything), don’t vote next week, and he goes home.

      • shelbybb says:

        The more you guys hate on P2, the more his fans just laugh. It doesn’t matter a bit what order he comes in – we’re just waiting for his own concert. Hate on!

        • Lo says:

          I don’t hate Phil at all – I actually really liked a lot of his earlier performances. But even if you are a fan, you have to admit that he has been coasting these past few weeks, and this week in particular was a disaster. It’s discouraging to see that he doesn’t even land in the bottom 2 during his worst week, and makes you wonder if the voting system is fair. At this point, viewers want the contestants to be stepping up their game, and Phillip hasn’t.

          • Tarc says:

            I wouldn’t agree that he’s ‘coasting’. The Letter rocked – I bought it the minute it was out. He sounded pitchy on ‘Seasons’ for sure (and yeah, the worst song of the night because of it). Last week, both songs were great – an on melody, one octave higher, totally non-DMB song, and a pitch perfect DMB clone. I laughed my tail off at him was tweaking his haters. In fact, I’ve bought most of his songs this year. I’m not sure that Jessica and Hollie taking all season to figure out that looking at the camera, having appropriate facial expressions, picking age appropriate songs and wearing age appropriate clothing is ‘stepping it up’. Phillip and Elise *started there*. I am glad that Joshua is discovering that screeching his way through songs is not popular with everyone though. Honestly, they’re all pretty even in different genres.

          • takakupo says:

            I’m not exactly sure why the girls have to step out of the comfort zones or be the most connected to their material when they sing yet Philip and contestants like him just need to strum a guitar and sing well in order to get similar or amazing praise. It’s quite lopsided.

          • Tarc says:

            The girls needed to catch up in the basics – things that Phllip, Colton, and Elise already had in spades.

        • CIP says:

          Shelby-You don’t need to wait for one of Phil’s concerts. DMB is on tour again this summer. Just go to one of those shows. I’m sure they’ll be in a town near you

          • PhillipRocks says:

            Not getting the DM comparison. Phillip’s voice is totally different and his style is more rock than pop, like DM’s.

          • Tarc says:

            Yup, Phillip’s nothing like DMB, whom I also really like. i’d be far more interested in seeing Haley or Casey Abrams, but hey.

          • shelbybb says:

            Sorry CIP but I’m a fan of Phillip Phillips not Dave Matthews. So I’ll just wait til next spring and see P2 in his own concert. But thanks for thinking of me!

        • Sonic Wave says:

          I actually quite enjoy P2’s voice on the iTunes releases. I just feel like the level of his performance in the live setting is very lacking. He suffers from pitch problems and his physicality during his songs is awkward and unpleasant to watch. I might buy a Phillips album based on his voice, but I don’t think he warrants to be Idol with his Idol performance. I feel similar to Danny Gokey– his live performances were hammy and sometimes quite vocally unpleasant, but I think his voice on records is something I’d listen to.

          What I was really getting on with my post is that most people immediately assume because he’s a WGWG with no bottom 3 appearances that he’s immediately a frontrunner. In the last few weeks of Season 8, I thought we would for sure have a Lambert and Gokey finale, and then all of a sudden, Kris Allen, who had a B3 appearance, prevailed. Past behavior dictates future behavior certainly, but there’s a lot of factors going on with this show that I don’t think we can count out.

  10. Tom says:

    Pretty much done with Phillip. He should have went home this week after flopping like a dying fish on Tuesday. I’d much prefer a Joshua/Jessica/Hollie final three right now.

    All I know is that Skylar shouldn’t have went home. Not by a longshot. This was Phil’s time to leave. Ugh.

  11. The Webguy says:

    Phillip will win. He will be a Taylor Hicks kind of winner. Limited.

  12. Tiff says:

    I give up, America. P2 was by far the worst of the night, and it doesn’t even matter. Well, that settles it. He’s going to win the whole thing. WGWG#5.

    My only consolation is that it’s VERY clear that Joshua will be getting signed the moment he’s off the show. Can’t wait for his hollerating album.

  13. I’m so proud of Hollie. She deserved to stay. But so did Skylar. Phillip should have gone tonight, no if’s and’s or but’s.

  14. Boss says:

    Skylar will make a mint…and whoever wins, will be as popular as …..Lee Dewyizzeeeze (sp)

    • Holly says:

      Absolutely right! Skylar was the best of the bunch as far as future potential. She will be a big star. No, I won’t buy her album because I’m really not a country music fan, but the truth is county is the best market for a musician to be in right now. And Slezak is right – she is the most charismatic contestant this year, by far. Looks like P2 will win, and unless the voting system on Idol is changed I will no longer be a viewer, after 10 seasons.

    • Sha says:

      Wasn’t it ironic that Carrie Underwood was performing tonight? You know, it would be awesome if Carrie and Skylar met tonight and Carrie offered her a chance to open on for her on her upcoming tour or something.
      Skylar will be successful regardless.

      • GMom says:

        Speaking of Carrie – is it just me or did she bust a vocal chord tonight?? It sure did sound/look like it!! I did NOT like that song! She cracked on that last note and you could tell by her expression she knew it.

        I’m ready for the shrieking Joshua to go!!!

        • C says:

          I have to agree that her voice seemed quite thin. Slezak mentioned the same thing. I definitely expected more power from her and was disappointed in her singing, although the song was really good, the “wind” effects were cool, and she looked like a goddess.

        • MamaLis says:

          I don’t know. I was so mesmerized by her legs I barely heard her. What I would give….

          • Marsaili says:

            Watch the video for her duet with Brad Paisley for “Remind Me” Legs galore!! Oh, and Brad Paisley ;-)

  15. dj says:

    Of course Skylar didn’t deserve the boot. Time of the Season was a mess. Painful to listen to. I hope you’re right about the final 3, but I rarely get what I want on Idol, so we’ll see.

    • Lala says:

      Both of Skylar’s were painful to listen to as well. Just listening to the brief recaps of her performances tonight made me cringe.

      • Michi says:

        Same here @Lala! I thought I was the only one. Just hearing her voice pisses the hell out of my eardrums. Don’t understand all this praise for her to be honest. Rooting for Jessica to win!

        • Jen says:

          Are you serious? Skylar was amazing! Hollie does not deserve to be here. I admit she is getting better, but Skylar was sooo much better. You can’t even compare the two.

          • Tanya says:

            Nothing against Sklylar but she doesn’t have 1/2 the vocals that Hollie has… wow get a grip

  16. TV fan says:

    Skylar was never my favorite but she is better then Phillip. Wrong person went home!! She will have a great career in country music.

    • ejones says:

      Skylar’s obviously better than P2 but not better than the other 3. No diction in her first song and the fact she ran out of breath was because of voice production issues. No way was her second song in Dusty’s ball park, it sounded like someone singing in a strip club.

      • Tarc says:

        I don’t think it’s obvious at all (neither does the voting public), but rather, I think they are all close. ‘Preacher Man’ was a bad choice because it highlighed all the nasal and harsh tones of Skylar’s voice (and contrasted it with one of the more glorious, round, smooth, full voices ever). Skylar is a shoe-in for success.

  17. Ry says:

    pleased as punch she’s gone! She wasn’t as great as you make her out to be.

  18. J says:

    Skylar took the elimination in stride. I love that little firecracker.

    Man, I really thought Phillip was gone this week. He was horrendous last night. A real shame. The dude has been off for weeks. Elise and now Skylar is gone. UGH. I am just sad.

    • Sue says:

      Of course she took it in stride. All of them constants who have been voted off have taken it in stride. . It’s more than obvious that the contestants are given the news before the broadcast. Not one of them have been surprised when the cameras are rolling. The contestants have all day to flip out, cry, be comforted by their loved one and prepare themselves for the camera.

      • MamaLis says:

        I don’t think so…. For one, to make it this far in the competition you have to be an exceptional, strong person. I mean – Jessica, Skylar – not your average kid that can’t count the change at Burger King. Secondly, for the first time all season Skylar looked stone-cold nervous when she was standing there waiting for the news. You can’t fake that look in her eyes… and it was a look of, “Oh crap. It’s gonna be me.”

    • sandra says:

      My feelings EXACTLY! Skylar won me over. I am not a big county fan but I will go to a Skylar concert. I can’t believe Phillip is still on
      .

  19. Debbie M. says:

    You can bet this won’t be the last we hear of Skylar. You can guarantee I’ll be buying her album before I’d buy one from Phillip Phillips.

    • J says:

      Hear, hear!

    • Tarc says:

      And I’ll be doing the opposite, though I like Skylar, I’m not a country fan. She’ll be signed in a heartbeat, have a great out this summer, and be quite successful. She’s a winner here.

    • Marsaili says:

      I’ll be buy her album AND Phillips. Why do you have to put down one person to elevate the other?

  20. k. says:

    Seriously. Why Phillip? It almost makes me wish that David Cook or Kris Allen were in this season. They were WGWGs who could sing the basics…like melodies…

    That said I believe in Hollie, Joshua, and Jessica. And I can just hope that they will be an awesome top 3.

    • Tarc says:

      Phil can sing melodies, whch he’s done several weeks running. The answer is that he’s great -and it’s too bad if you can’t hear it.

      • Joe says:

        Shut up Tarc. Let people make a comment about him and let it breathe. You won. The worst singer and the Dave Matthews imitator is going to win. Why don’t you show some class and stop fighting every darn poster on here who disagrees with you? You won. Mediocrity won. A cute smile won. Talent has lost week after week on this show because of people like you who get hot flashes every time Phillip is shown on camera. And I know you’re a dude. But I still think you get hot flashes. A lot.

        • Ben says:

          This comment is everywhere, but it kinda irks me. There are 4 people left. Can we hold off on the coronation please?

          • Tarc says:

            Agreed. It’s silly to award the show to anyone, especially based on some silly WGWG mythology. I doubt Phillip will even win – but I’d love to see him in the final now that Colton, Elise, and Skylar are out.

          • Tarc says:

            So says the guy that posted over 200 times bashing Phillip and vaunting Jessica on several blogs previously. You might just be a touch hypocritical. LOL!

        • Tarc says:

          LOL! No. And it’s not a game… I’m not winning anything, and I doubt Phil will win. I generally post when people say something really ludicrous. Again, you miss the fact that Phillip’s pretty inarguably terrific and you post often and loudly about your gap – hence the posting. But, hey, be comforted: it will stop in a few short weeks (or sooner).

          • Will says:

            See, the statement “Phillip’s pretty inarguably terrific” is just a false claim. Mainly because ANYONE can argue against him being terrific. He isn’t. His voice has a very, very, very limited range that he can not operate outside of, his tone makes almost of his songs sound the same, he pulls ridiculous facial expressions consistently, refuses to take any potential advice to improve himself or his appearance because of an untrue, inane idea that if he dresses better once in awhile, he won’t be able to create music true to himself, and the three people that left before him are without a doubt, inarguably, better singers than him. The people who vote for him are entitled to do so, but the simple fact is that the only reasonable claim one can make for voting for Phillip is that his type of music appeals to them more than the others, and that because of that, they will vote for him regardless of how much better the singers around him are, and no matter how poorly he does. But that’s all, and it is making those of us who actually care about the vocal ability of contestants angrier as the weeks go on. And Phil’s looks definitely have to do with it – saying otherwise is to be ignorant. You go search the american idol tag on tumblr, and you will find no shortage of posts on how hot Phillip is or how much he had made a large number of women’s “ovaries explode”.just with no mention of anything involving his vocal ability but just that he’s a cute guy with a growl singing. I care too much about legitimately good vocalists to enjoy Phillip in the context of this competition.

          • Tarc says:

            LOL! Yes, ‘inarguably terrific’ was exaggeration – it was a tongue-in-cheek response to a lot of the haters around here who moan endless like a bum song is the latest crucifiction. Let’s say that I think I could make a difficult case to argue with in that direction if I was so interested. After tonight I’m not terribly inclined, because we’ll see how things shake out shortly. Seeing as I was correct for weeks now, I’m guessing I’ve got another week or two of being correct. And I’ll still say that Phillip’s range is fine, if not good for the type of music that he’ll perform (about two octaves – which is about four times Britney Spears, and she sells millions). Views on ‘mugging’ and ‘better singers’ are pretty subjective, so it’s pointless to discuss personal taste. Saying that the other singers are ‘inarguably’ better singers is a load, no less that calling me on my (facetious) hyperbole. I’ll double down on Phil and raise you another week of great music. Phil’s music is what I’d buy 9and already have bought nearly all of) from the current contestants. And Will, the show is a popularity contest with performance, not a singing competition, and saying anything else is just plain not true. Also, if you are straight, I’d never ever say that last bit in front of your lady. Kobayashi Maru, dude.

          • C says:

            Will, you are absolutely 1000% correct. I couldn’t have written it better myself.

        • Lunakit says:

          tee hee!

        • Leila says:

          You’re right, Joe. But I guess the P2 fans are on the defensive because every non-P2 fan thinks he’s undeserving of the top 4, as opposed to the other amazing singers left (Joshua, Jessica and Hollie) and even other contestants that were voted off in previous weeks.

          • Tarc says:

            LOL! Leila, you crack me up! I’ll make the same prediction I made for the last three weeks: P2 will not go home next week. Let’s see if you are wrong about P2 for the ninth week.

          • Joe says:

            Leila – They know he can’t sing his way out of a paper bag. They don’t care. He gives them the vapors and that’s all that matters to sad people like them who decide these things. The sad part is once they get their new heartthrob next season Phillip will be a “oh I remember him, he sounded like Dave Matthews” to all of the people voting for him. The show is broken. In the end it doesn’t reward musical talent or ability and any of us hoping that it will again someday are in serious denial.

          • Tarc says:

            *snickers* Really?

          • Marsaili says:

            You all are ridiculous. You P2 haters are just that—haters. You come on these boards and try and slay anyone who likes Phil—instead of accepting the fact that different people like different things and to many people Phillip deserves to be where he is and the judges and Jimmy agree. There has been so much hate and nastiness this year directed at Phillip—he’s just a 21 year old kid who is talented and appeals to many people—just because he doesn’t appeal to YOU doesn’t mean he’s the horrific singer YOU think he is. There are tons of people here giving their OPINION and OPINIONS are like assholes—-blah blah blah. Apparently, some people BECOME assholes when trying to force their opinions on others as if it’s the TRUTH. All of these contestants are living, breathing people with dreams and with feelings—how do you think they would feel if they came here and read these boards and all the terrible things that are said about them? You all need to take a class in niceness 101 because if you are even half the person you pretend to be on these boards—well, that’s a scary thought.

  21. I was thrilled when Ryan announced that Joshua was safe first, but then all my enthusiasm and happiness DIED after P2 was declared safe.
    I have no words. After this, it’s kinda obvious that dude is going to win the show. If this were season 10 or season 9, I’d be fine with it. But there are six or seven other people from this season who are, honestly, more deserving to win the title.
    HOWEVER, I still believe that someway, somehow, Joshua can pull this off. I mean, Kris Allen beat out Danny frickin’ look-my-wife-is-dead Gokey and then went on to the finale to beat Adam Lambert. Fingers crossed.

  22. Tiff says:

    Oh, and Jimmy DEFINITELY reads Slezak’s column.

    Slezak, I expect you’ll be giving us a nice Idoloonies 4-part interview with Skylar, and I can’t wait to watch it. Please don’t bother with one for P2, though – no one cares, even if he wins. Thanks.

    • TheBeach says:

      Well, Jimmy, if you are indeed reading Slezak and us posters, please know that I think your assessment of Holly’s “Bleeding Love” performance being “neutral” or not that great was just idiotic. So stuff that under your baseball cap!

      • darcy's evil twin says:

        I agree – I’m not sure what he was hearing. That and his ridiculous discussion of Jessica’s outfit. I thought it looked perfectly fine here in “Middle America”.

      • J says:

        Jimmy was so full of it with that statement. That was an amazing version of “Bleeding Love.” Better than the original, as Michael Sleazak remarked!

        • MamaLis says:

          Ya.. I loved Bleeding Love, too. But finally watching the show this morning, I continue to be pleasantly surprised at Jimmy this season. Amid all the goofiness, he really has provided clear – and for the most part – smart feedback!! Also, looking at the side-by-side of Jessica and Hollie, I think he made a good point. Hollie is looking more age appropriate or.. pristinely pretty. When they put Jessica in a slinky white mini-dress with sliver bangles and high heels… I’m sorry but it’s too much. Like Hello-Kitty karaoke. (don’t beat me up, I like Jessica!)

    • Marsaili says:

      Tiff, speak for yourself, please. Geez.

  23. AS says:

    I think the wrong person went home. Jessica had my vote and apparently I’m not the only one put off by the risque nightclub ensembles and unbelievable High School Musical routines. She needs a chance to grow up….she should have been shooting for the Disney Channel audience.
    Phillip’s i-tunes are quite nice…was a surprise after the live show.

    • Davey says:

      Obviously those who listen to Jessica’s singing couldn’t care less about what she was wearing. If people were voting on fashion on this show, P2 would be long gone.

      • Terri says:

        :D :D :D True!

      • Layla says:

        GET SOME!!! :D

      • Marsaili says:

        That’s not true at all–being the Idol is about being the whole package and if they continue to dress Jessica too sexy and too old for her age, that is going to put people off. She’s a young girl, she should be dressed like a young girl. P2 is just dressing like a guy—not old, not young, not inappropriate—so to compare the two is ridiculous.

  24. Emily says:

    I couldn’t agree more! Skylar is definetly the most marketable contestant on there, Hollie won’t make it to the final 2, Joshua is a Jacob Lusk remake, Jessica has to be the most boring contestant on american idol ever, such a waste of a save and Phillip well I like him but I’m sure they’ll fix it so he doesn’t win either as long as their precious Jessica makes it to the final two I’m sure they’ll be happy. Jessica should of gone home, there’s something about a 16 year old that grunts “get some” after finishing a song that just makes me cringe. Skylar was competition for Jessica so they had to get rid of her now and I’m sure another part of it is that they don’t want another country winner. Well it will be there loss since their country winners are the only successful ones!

    • deedee says:

      AAAARRRGH, if I hear or read, “Joshua is a Jacob Lusk remake” one more time …

      Please, somebody, anybody who understands music, please explain why this statement is absurd. I.. just …can’t … anymore …

      • Terri says:

        I had to remind myself who Jacob Lusk is, and then I realized they are the same, except for the Joshua being miles better part.

      • Mary says:

        It is not worth trying to explain, some have no taste. I think Joshua is one of the best AI has had in a couple of years.

      • Ben says:

        Because Joshua is a true musician, who understands how to use texture, dynamics, subtlety, enunciation, and embellishment in a way that truly tells and sells the music – whereas Jacob just pulled out every trick he could on every occasion. For the non-musical, it’s kinda like saying that Mad Men is just the same as Bold and the Beautiful.

        • deedee says:

          Thanks. Yes, Joshua understands music. He is totally in control when he lets loose, whereas Jacob was just an emotional, hysterical mess. Joshua’s musical choices and instincts blow me away. In fact, I started out this season not liking him because I thought we had another Lusk on our hands. He pretty much won me over from the first live performance, and has been amazing me ever since.

          • FreeHaley says:

            I still think he can get a bit screamy and over the top at times, but he is no Jacob Lusk, who just got more and more out of control (and ever more out of tune) week by week. Joshua has proven to be far better.

        • MamaLis says:

          Nice!

        • My Alter Ego says:

          Yes, Ben, thank you for presenting the explanation that I’ve been struggling to articulate for awhile! Yes, “Joshua is a true musician, who understands how to use texture, dynamics, subtlety, enunciation, and embellishment in a way that truly tells and sells the music” and the Jacob Lusk comparison shouldn’t exist.

      • JoJo says:

        Thank you. It just baffles that this comparison can even be imagined. Oh. Wait. They are both…wait a minute…black. Sorry. But this, and the fact that they are both men, are where the similarities end. I agree with @Ben – Joshua’s understanding of so many nuanced elements of interpretation and delivery come together in a way that makes each performance something that is hard to sum up in words. I don’t enjoy his tone on every song, but what he does with the material, each time, touches me deeply.

        • deedee says:

          Yes Yes! Something about the way he interprets the songs touches me deeply as well! It’s unbelievable how he can infuse each song with genuine emotion that comes from … I don’t know where. I also love how restrained he is when he receives praise from the judges after a performance. He’s just a focused, serious, true artist, and I hope that Jimmy means what he says about signing him. I also hope he doesn’t get lost in the post-show glut of Idol albums that saturate the market. That’s always a worry.

        • TheBeach says:

          Could another difference be that one sings on pitch and the other didn’t?

        • Marsaili says:

          The simplest way I can put it is that Joshua moves me with his interpretations every week—many times to tears. Jacob just grated on my nerves–there are a few songs of his that I liked but overall, I felt he was trying to interpret something he had NO IDEA what it was about, and then he would try to pull out the vocal acrobatics and it just didn’t work. He clearly has talent, my ears just didn’t like to listen to it. Joshua, I could listen to all the time!

    • Veyna Moran says:

      oh, please!!! i’ll take jessica’s quiet, soulful tunes anytime over skylar’s hee-haw shouting gigs.skylar marketable??? more than p2 and jessica? what a laugh. i suggest you have your ears and eyes checked. there’s something about a nasal voiced girl with fat legs wearing short dresses while screaming country ditties that somehow make me think that the record producers or ad agencies are not paying attention. not at all!!!

      • Deidre says:

        Yes, because the foot-wide space between Jessica’s thighs is so much more attractive than Skylar’s normal legs. It’s scary how anorexia is now considered the norm, and any girl a size 2 or above is “fat.” It never ceases to amaze me how the general public has no clue about what they themselves would look like on TV. All these girls are *tiny*. Just because Jessica weighs 75 lbs, doesn’t mean that anyone who is 110 is “fat.”

        • Veyna Moran says:

          touchy are we huh, honey? sure, the camera does make one bigger than how one really looks in person. but the point is, marketability is a tricky thing. i’d like to believe real talent counts and counts for a lot. which is why i think jessica is marketable. phillip has the looks, that’s a given tho probably short on skills. sad but that makes him marketable, too. i’m afraid skylar does not register high on talent or looks. good enough or tolerable but not really exceptional.

      • Marsaili says:

        Wow, another person being rude and jerky. Can’t you just say—Jessica appeals to me, Skylar didn’t and leave it at that instead of having to be rude and insulting? What is the matter with people these days? WOW! Hey Veyna, no one needs to have their ears checked—your OPINION isn’t everyone else’s reality!

    • Layla says:

      Who is this “They?’ The judges were giving Skylar props. And if you think Jessica is not more marketable than Skylar you’re really going to hate the future. Jessica will not be sixteen forever you know. By this time next year she’ll be past seventeen and be eighteen that summer. She’ll only get better. Also, the only thing “cringey” about a 16 year old saying, “Get Some!” is anyone older than 16.

      • AI11 says:

        Although I guess you may be right in saying Jessica’s marketable, sex sells.

      • Jay says:

        If your going to pull that card then one could say the same for Skylar as she is only two years older than Jessica. Being on America’s Got Talent didn’t do anything for her she had to go onto another reality competition- that show’s how marketable she is. Also, your saying that it’s not acceptable for anyone other than a sixteen year old to make sexual mannerisms? Your sick.

  25. R-Dub says:

    Well of the bottom two I was glad it wasn’t Hollie. She has come into her own. Phillip Phillips has been stinking up the stage for the last 6 weeks but he is apparently a shoe-in for the finale after that turd of a performance does not even land him in the bottom 2.

  26. Gorm says:

    American females need to stop voting with the wrong hole. Use your earholes to guide your decisions ladies not your… eyeholes.

  27. J says:

    I am power voting for Hollie and Joshua. I want these two to be in the finale. Skylar’s besties belong there. My votes that would’ve gone to Skylar will be used for doubling my votes for Hollie and Joshua.

    • Patti says:

      But, yet, no one has accused you of being a teen or an old lonely housewife for power voting. I guess only the WGWG fans get that accusation.

    • TheBeach says:

      I may not be the most tech-savvy person in the world but I do own a smart phone (hey, that means I’m smart, right?) but I have no clue how one “power votes”…not that I ever would (I have a limited number of texts per month). So someone clue me in. How is this done?

  28. Tracy says:

    I’m still in denial the the results show happened, but I love that you link to a We Are the Fallen song :)

  29. bj says:

    THANK YOU JESUS !!!!! FOR JESSICA BEING SAVE !!! SHE IS THE BEST !!!

    • Sandi says:

      Hey, if Jesus votes, than why did Colton leave? :(

      • Ben says:

        Hey, even Jesus has taste. (Its just a joke, Colton fans… really!)

        • Amy says:

          It better be. *shakes fist threateningly*

          Seriously, though, I was a Colton fan since last year, when he somehow didn’t make it into the top 24, but I didn’t even realize how exciting he was to watch as a contestant until he got eliminated. Even though I like a few of the people left (I used to love Elise, but she got voted off, so now, I’m rooting for Joshua and, to a slightly lesser extent, Jessica), frankly, these past couple of weeks have been kind of dull, and when I hear what the theme is going to be, I can’t help but wonder what Colton would have done. He was one of the only contestants that consistently took risks and had a variety of song choices. Contestants shouldn’t be rewarded for basically doing the same thing every single week.

          Anyway, I should probably have gotten over it by now, but Idol has been really frustrating this year.

          • Mel says:

            Me too, Amy! I have been a Colton fan since last season, when I was bewildered when the judges cut him before the top 24. And this season he was so refreshingly able to surprise and delight. It’s a mystery to me why more viewers and critics this year didn’t seem to notice or care about this. I miss him terribly, I’m not over it either, and I can’t even watch anymore because of it. I do read Slezak to stay informed (and to be entertained!), and I can appreciate that the other contestants are, in fact, talented, but they just don’t make me pick up the phone and vote.

          • Sandi says:

            I’m with ya Amy and Mel. But I’m looking at all the Phil Phil hate and thinking that maybe it’s actually better for Colton that he went when he did. I’d hate to think there’d be a backlash against him the way there is against Phil.

  30. ashley says:

    Even I, probably PP’s hugest fan of all time, know he deserved bottom 2 tonight. Hollie was good last night but… I don’t know, I just feel like she does mediocre covers. And after the save, which I think shouldn’t exist, I feel like if Sanchez wins, she didn’t really win. She should have gone then, or at least tonight, goshh

  31. Pat says:

    Phillip should’ve gone but I’M SO HAPPY ANYWAYS! COUTNRY’S GONE!!!!!!!!!

  32. JJ says:

    Phillip being safe tonight made me happy. Skylar going home wasn’t right. Should have been Jessica instead in my opinion.

  33. Christine says:

    I was so sad tonight with the bottom two – Hollie and Skylar have been my top two since day one! If Hollie can perform like she did last night and Phillip the way he did and she can’t even make it to the top group then I think her only shot is to hopefully gain some of Skylar’s votes! It was so sad to watch these two BFF’s, knowing one of them was going home. The hug Hollie gave her at the end was so heartfelt and you could tell it was hard for her to know she was still in and Skylar was out. I will miss her spunk and grit, I hope she gets a recording contract when this is all over – I would go see her in concert in a heartbeat!

  34. c freddy says:

    She deserved to go after her mockery of Fortunate Son

  35. kcostell says:

    I’m hoping if Phil doesn’t shape up by next week he’ll get Jason Castro’ed: Give an “I don’t care” performance in the top 5, somehow not even make the bottom 2 the next day, give a “No, really, I don’t care! Get me out of here!” performance top 4, then finally get eliminated.

    • Sha says:

      interesting that Phillip seems to have permanently given up on the Ford videos too. Not that I think those are important or anything but I can’t remember the last week he participated… He’s clearly over some elements of the show

      • deedee says:

        Aren’t they required under contract to appear in the Ford videos? Why does he get special treatment?

        • Davey says:

          P2 gets special treatment because he’s sick. They remind of this every week, whenever there’s a free moment.

          • deedee says:

            Oh, ok, thanks I haven’t been paying close attention to anything besides the songs. I knew about some kidney issues, but didn’t realize they were interfering so much.

        • Annie says:

          Because he has serious kidney problems and needs to rest, so the producers let him have this time off.

      • Lunakit says:

        Hey, was there even a Ford video the week?!? Maybe I just missed it? (or didn’t miss it as the case may be…)

        • Sha says:

          yes, there was. I believe they played it after the first commercial break instead of at the beginning like usual.

    • gailer says:

      I compared PP to Jason Castro elsewhere too!

      • Davey says:

        Except Jason Castro performed with a lot more energy and conviction.

        • gailer says:

          I was a big Jason fan and when I think how Randy would rip on him and gives PP praise, cracks me up. I think the judges are soft now due to the sinking ratings. If they rip on contestants, they fear America will think why should I watch?

          • Templar says:

            Remember Jason Castro mouthed the words “Don’t vote” when Ryan read his numbers.

    • Joe says:

      I dunno…I thought Phillip looked happy this week. It seems like he’s finally into the competition. I expect he will do very well next week. I think he will come out stronger than ever.

  36. Kate says:

    Poor Michael.If there is a tiny bit of light to hold onto…just think about the home visit package in Swampytown, Georgia – complete with Pawn Shop visitations. It. Will. Be. Entertaining.

    • shelbybb says:

      What a rude comment towards the beautiful state of Georgia and his lovely south Georgia hometown in particular. Your having a hard time trying to think of something good to say. I’ll help you. Isn’t it nice to have a tv show as good as American Idol that comes on twice a week for us to talk about? Big Fun! Good Luck to all remaining contestants!

      • NedPepper says:

        I’m from Georgia. It will be hilarious. Trust me.

      • Kate says:

        Um..you are watching a very different show from the rest of us if you think the Idol producers will not turn a hometown visit to a small town in Georgia for a contestant whose family owns a pawn shop into a hugely amusing, cliche driven interlude of absurdity. To be extremely clear – there was no rudeness intended, merely a reference to something M. Slezak said early on in the audition process about PP sounding swampy. And to be really clear once again – that is a good thing. PP’s most compelling asset as a performer is not “good looks”, but an authentic southern patina that permeates his vocals the same way an unmissable southern heritage elevated the inherent vocal abilities of the late great Levon Helm, or even Otis Redding.

  37. catie says:

    honestly i’m wondering now if i even want to watch american idol anymore :(. first colton, elise, and now skylar, i feel all of the interesting fun people are gone. i didn’t always love colton but i was curious to see what he sang and always entertained. i’ll admit elise’s “attitude” and inconsistency did not make me her biggest fan, but her performances almost always intrigued me. but the rest of this top 4…
    .i really have no interest in tuning in to hear jesssica. don’t get me wrong i think she is an incredible singer and i would be perfectly fine if she won, but to me she’s just a little too robotic, for some reason i don’t connect with her and can’t get invested.
    joshua is same story as jessica be perfectly fine if he won, but just doesn’t connect with me.
    P2 don’t even get me started i can’t believe he is still here and skylar is gone :(. i don’t know why people compare him to lee dewyze, lee dewyze was better! i feel like i felt when allison iraheta went home in season 8 and danny gokey stayed.
    honestly the only person i even feel sort of interested in is watching is hollie. not because she’s creative like colton, or blusey like elise, or so daggone entertaining like skylar, but i’m interested to see if she can break up the judges coveted little top 3 and she is getting better and i love her personality.
    and finally i am so mad about skylar. seriosuly what the heck america? she was by far the most interesting person on the show ugh!!!!!!!

  38. marie says:

    At this point (actually starting two weeks ago), all eliminations are hard to take (no, I don’t dislike Philip as many others here do. I rather like him, limited voice and all.) My own least favorite is Jessica but she will continue to be safe, despite technically having been voted off. But she’s not going anywhere for a while. I really like Skylar, but I have to admit, I’m glad Hollie is staying – she earned that this week. Hey, the better the performance shows – and we’ve had some great ones lately – the harder the results shows are to take. Bravo to a stellar Idol season and the best group of contestants overall I can remember.

  39. wickerpark says:

    I can’t believe P2 wasn’t even at the bottom 2. I guess his smile was too powerful for the tweens to care if he carried a tune at all. Doesn’t matter if he has another disastrous performance, his deaf tone fan base will up and save him til he gets the crown. Long live the WGWG!

  40. Gayla says:

    Was soooo ready for Jessica to go, and sooooo disappointed that it was Skylar and Hollie in the bottom two.

  41. Heather says:

    This is exactly why I’ve boycotted for 7 years. America doesn’t know talent if it hit them in the face. Skylar is a true performer. She is consistent week after week and I voted over 60 times. I think it’s rigged. Hollie has been so inconsistent. I agree everyone did a great job, but Skylar knows how to perform and have fun. So ready for her to be on country radio. America got it wrong!!

  42. K says:

    I was pulling for Skylar to win it all. She really is the most entertaining to watch perform. Jessica can sing but is boring to watch. Philip was my favorite until the others started out performing him regularly. I never thought Hollie would get this far, but she has really been great these past few weeks. I also have thought that Joshua could win it all at times. He is now my favorite to win it.

  43. justin says:

    i wish we could vote against phillip.

  44. Jenn says:

    LOOLL for a second there Michael, I thought you said “Pizza is dead.”

  45. nikkiqm says:

    Phil needs to go home. It amazes me that Jimmy refused to say he sounded awful last night and didn’t hit any of his notes on his second performance. He had to throw in the Phil is sick crap, if he is that sick and unable to perform to the best of his abilities take him off the show. And his criticizing Jessica’s song choice which he had a hand in choosing and bashing her clothes (like she styles herself) was ridiculous. Her vocal was on point which he NEVER mentioned. Ugghh.

    • Phillip probably has more votes than all the others combined. No way can Jimmy dump on the inevitable winner when he’s going to try to be making money off him! The judges no doubt have their marching orders – cheer the others if you like but don’t dare dump on who will clearly be the winner.

      • Katie says:

        Either that or they didn’t want to activate his fanbase.

        • Libby says:

          That’s what I thought, too. The judges didn’t criticize Phillip, they just poured all the praise on the other contestants big time. It was their way of criticizing Phillip, without criticizing Phillip.

    • Tarc says:

      That might be because his first song sounded great. Yeah, the second song was moderately pitchy in the falsetto. The second song wasn’t even the worst – after Joshua screeched the end of his second song enough I had to mute it. That might be why… or the fact that Jimmy wants to sign him.

      • CC says:

        Tarc-let’s be real. BOTH of P2’s songs last night were horrid. You are in such denial. Say what you want about Josh’s “screeching” he sings circles around your man crush Philip.

        • Tarc says:

          LOL! His first song was great – I’ve played it a dozen times today. I suppose it’s denial to miss the voting… Phillip was so ‘awful’ that he wasn’t in the bottom two despite a bum song. And it’s goofy as heck to say childish things like that… liking and understanding someone’s talent is hardly a crush. In fact, Phillip’s young enough to be my son… and that’s just gross talk – and an inappropriate thing to say to a stranger.

          • TopCat says:

            It’s your incessant posting about P2 that leads people to say such things Tarc. And if brag about listening to his song 12x today, there is a little something “off”. BTW, “man crush” terminology really isn’t all that offensive. Lighten up

          • Tarc says:

            *sighs* Do you seriously expect an adult stranger to appreciate romantic aspersions on someone the age of your child? It’s inappropriate. Further, and as you should expect, telling someone to ‘lighten up’ about the subject is a little ‘off’.

        • nikkiqm says:

          I so agree. I’m over Tarc and his blind adoration for Phil. He has been awful the last few weeks. It might be bc he is sick but if dl he needs to leave the show. The bias is becoming unfair. You are ridiculous I have seen you criticize near perfect performances from Josh and Jessica but can never call out Phil when he clearly sounded terrible. Stop blaming his ear piece falling out and of course all the studio versions sound good, there edited and carefully crafted in a studio. I wouldn’t pay to see Phil live I can hear someone like him at an average coffee shop. Ugggh.

          • Tarc says:

            Actually, that’s a lie, nikki. Phil has been great for the last few weeks, but as I’ve posted earlier in the season, and definitely regarding his second song this week, I’ve been clear when he’s not done well. Seasons was defiinitely pitchy. Joshua has issues with being screechy, but I’ve also complimented him regularly. Jessica also has issues, but I’m always fair. I cmopliment and criticise all of them. (Huge kudos to Hollie for being fasr and away the best this week were written earlier, for example.) OTOH, your pointless Phillip bashing is pretty clear for week now. You don’t have a good ear, and you have bad taste: I get it. Too bad you’re missing out. The voters disagree with you – a lot of them. Apparently, the universally positive comments of every single pro guest and a flat out comment that Jimmy was going to hire him if he didn’t make the Top 13 seems to get past you. You’d think you might realize that you are missing something, but… well, that’s part of why it’s immaterial that you are ‘over’ me. LOL! It kinda pleases me, actually.

          • Tarc, STFU, ok? That is all.

            And to dismiss people as having bad taste when they don’t like what P2’s producing is classless asinine. I like a singer-songwriter as much as the next guy, but this ain’t one I like. And we’re not “missing out.”

            And from the looks of it, looks like Iovine is just losing patience with him, just like a good deal of folks.

          • Tarc says:

            I’m great with what I’ve said Joe. Keep on hating… I’ll be here. :D

          • nikkiqm says:

            Tarc you’re so sad. I Have no taste? When you mindlessly root for a mediocre singer. Just say you like his type of music or thinks he’s cute, but anyone with ears no he can’t sing. And please don’t retort by mentioning your imaginary music degree friends loving his voice bc that’s BS. Also you know nothing about my musical taste, I listen to blues and soul and rock and pop and r&b, I love all kinds of music. I don’t think Phil’s a bad guy he just CANT sing. He is only still on the show bc of his looks and personality.

          • Marsaili says:

            Opinion isn’t about right or wrong—and NO ONE has a right to dismiss someone’s opinion. I don’t tell people they are crazy for worshiping a 16 year old who needs to grow yet—I don’t get why people need to INSULT AND PUT DOWN people who like Phillip or Hollie Or Skylar. People are calling Slezak names for his adoration of Skylar, or attacking each other on the boards because some people find Phillip to be extremely talented. I don’t give a crap what anyone else thinks—I like Phillip, I like Joshua, I hope the top two are Joshua and Hollie. I don’t believe that Phillip is a mediocre singer and just because someone says he is doesn’t make it fact—the fact that he still in the running shows that people like his music (no, I don’t believe that the majority of voters are voting for him because he’s “cute”, that’s just another slam the people who don’t like him throw out there) I’ve seen more hate and meanness on this message board this year than I’ve ever seen in previous years (including the previous years at EW.com) and it’s disgusting. I’ve been attacked over and over again because I like Phillip and I know people don’t like him—I’m fine with that but I do respond to people who just pull crap out of their butts and make sweeping statements that are just lies—about ANY of the contestants, but mostly about Phillip because that is where the hate is directed this year. Those of you who so obviously get-off on tearing these contestants to shreds ought to be ashamed of yourselves. Like them or not, they are fellow human beings and no one deserves to be talked about like some of you talk about them.

          • Tarc says:

            @nikki – LOL! Why would I say something thats’s obviously not true? Phillip’s been deemed terrific by pretty much every pro that’s been on the show (and the voters week after week). I’m curious if you just make things up elsewhere, too. I’ve always said that 7 of 10 people aren’t worth the time of day. Welcome to the majority.

          • NikkiQM says:

            I love how Tarc and Marsaili are calling me out for being mean and all this nonsense when all I say is that Philip cant sing, he has a very limited range, it is very obvious even Slezak who I respect recognizes he should have gone home first. Ive never made fun of Phil for his looks or his clothes or his being ill its always been about his lackluster vocals and thats fair game to criticize in a singing competition.Tarc you have bombarded people on this message board who say that they dont like Phil and have said quite a few mean things to me and others. So PLEASE give me a break. And if Im not mistaken Marsaili you talk about letting people have their opinion, mine is that Phil cant sing which has also been confirmed by many people just to let you know Tarc. Everyone has their favorite but to say Phil is a good singer is just plain false. You might like the way he rearranges songs or his style or genre of music but he does not have the best voice.
            You both attack anyone who doesnt think Phil is great, I have a right to say Phil doesnt have a great voice. Its an opinion forum, get over it. And dont say Im being cruel or nasty when I have not been cruel or disrespectful to anyone on here the way you have been when you respond to me. This is the last time I post here, no one is allowed to disagree with anyone else on this forum without being harassed. Sad.

          • Marsaili says:

            Nikki, I have never said anything about anyone having an opinion—I only say anything if someone is being rude, lying or being mean to other posters because they don’t agree (calling them crazy, telling them they need their ears checked, telling them they have no taste—stuff like that) I understand that people don’t agree on everything–that’s cool, that’s what makes the world go ’round. But when people resort to name calling, rudeness and idiocy—then I’m gonna say something. If you haven’t done any of those things-then I wasn’t talking about you—I’m not sure what post you are referring to and I won’t know until I hit post comment because I’m replying to an email.

          • Marsaili says:

            Ok, now that I see what I was responding to—you were obviously being rude and nasty to Tarc because he likes Phillip—lets see here—-“you are ridiculous I have seen you criticize near perfect performances from Josh and Jessica but can never call out Phil when he clearly sounded terrible” Um, the opinion of a “near perfect performance” is a subjective thing—one person’s perfect could be another persons sucks—calling someone ridiculous is not right either way. Now, I think every performance of Joshua’s is perfect—others thing he is screaming all the time—I disagree but I’m not going to call them names. I’m also not going to put someone down (Phillip only sounds good because they edited him in the studio???? I don’t believe that) You wouldn’t pay to see Phil when you can hear someone like him in a coffee shop??? LOTS of people start out in coffee shops—you’ve just insulted a ton of starving artists. My point is—there is no need to insult people–state your opinion—it was good to you, it wasn’t good to you and stay away from insults. That should be expected from adults—no?

          • nikkiqm says:

            Ok but do you not notice on the same thread Tarc was being rude and condescending to me. He has insulted my intelligence before on other threads and said I don’t know good blues music and other genres of music. EVERYTIME someone post an opinion saying they think Phil isn’t a good singer Tarc responds defensively. If I had the time and energy I’d pull through the multitude of eamples. And Marsaili on one thread responded that it is fair to criticize Jessicas clothing bc she’s a 16 year old girl but no Phils bc he’s a young man. If were criticizing appearance and clothing than everyone is fair game. If you accuse Jessica of dressing inappropriately than someone else has a right to say Phil dresses poorly as well. It’s a double standard.
            Ps Tarc I’m rude? Review the thread you said I have no ear and bad taste for not liking Phils singing. If I’m going to be called out why shouldn’t you. You’ve been a lot more aggressive and condescending.

          • Marsaili says:

            Actually, Nikki, I have NEVER criticized JESSICA for dressing inappropriately–I have ALWAYS blamed the STYLISTS. Jessica is basically doing what they tell her—she’s a kid, she doesn’t know better. I have criticized, or at least questioned why the hell her mother doesn’t step in—for the dress and the songs. Phillip—what is wrong with the way he dresses? He wears pants and shirts, normal guy clothes. To compare his way of dress with Jessica doesn’t even make sense because you can’t. Now, if he were wearing a jumpsuit a la Borat—then THAT would be inappropriate! ;-)

          • Tarc says:

            @Marsaili – When people just start making things up wholesale, or simply post to be negative to others (contestants or posters) I really have no use for them. I know you agree. There’s really no point in replying to that kind of person – they can be free to wallow in their negativity.

  46. jan says:

    Skylar is spunky but not a good singer. Too much twang. I thought Hollie did a better job. Joshua should win. Very talented. Brings it every week. Humble kid.

    • gailer says:

      That’s how I see it too. I hope Joshua wins now. I wonder if the Philip fans feel like I did in Season 7 being a Jason Castro fan. I predict PP will go home next week as #4 like Jason did.

  47. Bobbie says:

    Sorry your favorite got voted off but in my opinion Skylar was clearly one of the weakest last night. I thought she butchered both of her songs to be honest. However, so did Phillip. It was a toss up for me. I thought Jessica’s “Proud Mary” was abysmal, but her second song partially redeemed her.

  48. Johanna says:

    My heart broke the minute Philip was declared safe.

  49. gailer says:

    I was very happy Hollie didn’t go home!

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