Idology: Is Phillip's Win Inevitable, or Is There a Secret Plot to Launch [Spoiler] to Victory?

With three weeks to go in American Idol‘s 11th season, plenty of fans and pundits have already conceded the race to guitar-slingin’ Georgia peach Phillip Phillips. But let’s not forget: It’s not over till Ryan Seacrest has turned a 5-second announcement into two hours of agony, Kieran’s dimmed the lights, and a lifetime’s supply of glittering confetti is choking out some talented vocalist trying to work his (or her) way through another sappy Idol victory anthem.

On this week’s Idology, Season 6 standout Melinda Doolittle and I try to make sense of Phillip’s success after a subpar Top 5 week, discuss Jessica Sanchez’s “DressGate,” and debate whether or not late-surging Hollie Cavanagh could be a worthy winner. Plus, one of us dons a Skylar Laine-themed t-shirt (spoiler alert: it’s me!), one of us offers practical advice on the dangers of performing in death-courting heels (spoiler alert: it’s Melinda!), and I offer up my latest conspiracy theory involving Nigel Lythgoe, The X Factor, and Lauren Alaina.

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So press play below for all that Idol-y goodness, and then hit the comments with your thoughts. And for all my Idol news, interviews, and recaps, follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV!

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575 Comments
  1. justafan says:

    first?

    • justafan says:

      oh my.. i’ve never had a first before…. hollie and joshua for the final two… since the two best entertainers have been let go by america the last 2 weeks

      • Joseph says:

        Given how the judges have been pimping Joshua it is clear that he now has the lock on final two , they dont really care who else makes it which is why Joshua gets the pimp spot in every show now and get the only standing ovation.
        ++
        I have a feeling that we could be looking at a Joshua , Jessica final two which will result me and millions and others to blow off the final 2 shows.

        • Lunakit says:

          I reeeaallllyy hope your prophesy comes true!
          I would LOVE a well deserved Josh and Jess finale. (Sorry that you’ll miss it!)

        • JC says:

          I want a Jessica and Hollie final two girl power should prevail. I would also love Beyonce to perform with Jessica since she is Jessica’s idol and Hollie with Kelly Clarkson cause she likes Kelly :)

          • scrutinizer says:

            yes, me too. btw…my “ditto” reply earlier was in respnse to lunakit’s comment. these message boards sometimes don’t reflect that in the order replies are listed :(

        • Ann says:

          When Phillip goes out, there will be millions that blow off the final two shows.

          • Phil Fan says:

            Agreed. And the continual hate for Phillip only incites his fan base even more. We appreciate that, thanks!

          • NedPepper says:

            I think you’re wrong. I was talking my family this weekend. Like, my whole family. Big reunion type deal. What I found to be interesting is that every one of them (all the females and me…the men were talking about golf) had a different favorite. One aunt was mad that Colton was gone but was still watching Not rooting anyone, but still watching. My sister and her daughter were horrified that Skylar was gone and my sister is buying tickets for the first time ever for the Idol tour so my niece can see Skylar in person. My other aunt liked Phillip. A cousin liked Hollie. I I told them I was an Elise fan, and, to my surpise, they all nodded and said she was their second favorite. Everyone had a different person they were pulling for. I don’t remember an Idol season where my family all had different front runners and favorites. Usually everyone has a feeling who that final 2 will be by now and are riding that bandwagon. People seem split this year and it’s made for interesting TV.

            (But P2 is still going to win and that sucks.)

          • Templar says:

            If it comes down to P2 and Jessica, I won’t bother to watch. Either Hollie or Joshua in the finale and I’m there.

          • Tarc says:

            Hmmm. In the absence of Colton, Elise, and Skylar, a Phillip elimination would end my viewing. I was really hoping for some combination of those four for the Top 3. I doubt Phillip will go home this week, however.

          • NR says:

            @Ann why do we need to have Phillip in the finale we could just rewatch the past 4 finales where Phillip won its the same. I doubt that there are millions that will blow the finale off because of Phillip his elimination may do more good than harm to idol’s ratings

          • MusicGrrrl says:

            @NR, if you can’t tell the differences among David Cook, Kris Allen, Lee DeWyze and Scotty McCreary, you really do need to get your ears checked. Not only do they have very different sounding voices, they don’t even do music in the same genre. Quit your racist white-guy hating, already! It’s sick and no better than skinheads who say all black people are the same.

          • JC says:

            I am definitely not a racist Phillip is just unfortunate that he is being compared to the past four winners and that is a given. I am getting frustrated with him surviving the bottom 2 even if he gives terrible performances

          • Sheena says:

            @Jc me too I’m not a racist but I don’t like Phillips performances lately something is lacking from him IDK what it is he is not the same as when he first auditioned

          • darcy's evil twin says:

            So now we’re racist if we like WGWGs? That’s what I grew up with – plus Hendrix.
            The best contestant should win, period, and since Elise’s elimination I’m not sure which one is the best. I had Colton picked to win this whole thing so I should probably stop guessing.

        • Sophia says:

          A Joshua & Jessica FINAL will result me and MILLIONS MORE than your millions to WATCH the final 2 shows! BEST FINAL EVER! #Deal

        • Cip says:

          The only way I wouldn’t “blow off” the finals is if Joshua doesn’t make it. He is so deserving. And BTW, I believe he’s only had the “pimp spot” one time-last week.

        • Karrie says:

          I quit watching after Elise got the the boot but I did DVR last weeks show but never watched it since I read beforehand that Skylar was the one who was eliminated. I can’t stand anymore of the screeching Joshua and one note PP (both of whom I loved at first). Holliepop & Jessica are both good but I would not listen to their type of music!

        • Elen says:

          a jessica and joshua finale will be fantastic for me…the best two in singing this year…anyway, i think jessica with anybody else in the finals will be fine…pp seems an okay guy with his own particular niche in music, but not for the finale, although of course his fans wont agree…

        • samantha g says:

          ” result me and millions of others”….?

    • We Built The Pyramids says:

      Yeah, first. First Bonehead who wasted that coveted space just to announce such inanity.

      • justafan says:

        and yet i went ahead and posted right after that with something that was actually idol related…but thanks for playing !

    • the real wendy says:

      WHERE is Elise?! Idology video please. 30 minutes.

      • Elise Love says:

        I know right?? I keep checking every day for her interview and it’s still not up! This better be a long one of epic. proportions!

        • noa says:

          i’m afraid something happened to it like it did to the Casey interview last year.

          • MA says:

            But Slezak tweeted that he’d done the interview with Elise. And Jason loves her! What would happen to it??

          • Marsaili says:

            Honestly, I think Jason is just taking the time to edit it perfectly. I could be totally wrong but I think he’s somewhere in a little editing room (maybe his bedroom at his computer) putting the best clips and soundbytes that he can find in the interview for his favorite rock chick! And I am totally psyched to see what he makes of it! ;-)

  2. gailer says:

    No, PP will go out like Jason Castro did in 4th place. Look for JLo to judge him on songs he never sang and Randy to get tough on him. Steven too.

    • IMHO says:

      ha! I think he will make it to 3rd. But I love him!!

    • Annie says:

      I think PP will get Castro-ed too.

    • bamabunny says:

      Except there was another, more conventional WGWG (David Cook) ahead of Jason, while P2 is the last WGWG standing.

    • noa says:

      there’s a problem with the Danny Gokey and Castro theories is that in their seasons there were other people who had never been in the B3 besides them. at this point P2 looks like the favorite if we’re comparing to other seasons.

      • darcy the slutty twin says:

        In Castro’s season, Chikezie, Ramiele Malubay, Michael Johns and David Archuleta were never in the bottom before being eliminated. David Cook was never in the bottom three. Castro was bottom three at some point prior to his elimination, if I recall.

      • darcy the slutty twin says:

        Please, please let it be Joshua who goes home this week!

    • Karenb says:

      Haha! This is funny! First of all, I love me some Jason Castro. Second of all, as a major Phil fan, I think a 4th place finish would be perfect for him. Daughtry, Castro, Durbin–he would be in good company.

      There’s too much pressure witha 1st and 2nd place finish. And besides Haley, I can’t think of one other 3rd place finisher.

      Go, Phil. Your fans with stick with you where ever you finish. And the hate on this board will not change that.

      • phillyidolfan says:

        Umm, Melinda Doolittle, anyone?

        • noa says:

          yeah, Melinda… and Elliot. some of my favorites ever.

          • idolmama says:

            Yeah to Casey James. Have you heard his new album. I really like it better than some of the first place finishers’ first albums. Listen to “Drive”. I don’t usually like rock country sound but this song is so enjoyable to listen to. So third and fourth place finishers can do really well. Have to say I also have enjoyed Jason Castro’s album and Brooke White.

          • Marsaili says:

            I’ve seen Casey James and Bucky Covington live and they are both really, really good—although I’d probably be more inclined to buy Casey’s album than Bucky’s—only because I really, really like his guitar playing! I saw Kellie Pickler years ago when she was an opening act for Brad Paisley—I really like her—yeah, she acted like a dolt on Idol (or that was real???) but she can sing and she’s got personality and it shines on stage. I’m actually surprised I haven’t bought her albums yet because I’ve really liked everything I’ve heard. I’m a huge country music fan AND I love guys with guitars no matter what color, as long as they are rocking and rocking hard! :-) I just recently bought Brooke’s Black and White album—wow, she is SO much better than she was on Idol, and I loved her on Idol! I’d like to check out Jason Castro’s album—he was also one of my favorites that season. I’m already planning to get Haley and Casey’s albums when they come out. Of course, I’ll be ready and waiting for Elise, Phillip and Joshua’s albums from this year—maybe even Hollie! I’ll have to get Colton’s too—my teens will want to have that. I don’t mind Colton, I pretty much liked everything he did on Idol–he just doesn’t speak to me like some of the others.

          • darcy's evil twin says:

            Casey James’ new CD is fantastic.

        • ..and Danny Gokey who has done pretty well. lol Elliott Yamin. Two other 3rd placers. :)

        • scrutinizer says:

          thank you:):)…melinda and allison are my all time favorite idol contestants!
          both are so underrated by the general public that it actually makes me mad.
          and thank you michael for always keeping their flame lit ;)

        • Veyna Moran says:

          yes, absolutely!!! melinda doolittle rocks! jessica seems to be following in melinda’s fooststeps with those performance-of-the-week numbers. i hope jessica makes it to the finale. yes! go, jessica!!!

      • gailer says:

        Syesha went home 3rd during Jason Castro’s season. And some of us still don’t know how. ;)

      • deedee says:

        *sigh*, why does it have to be described as “hate”? I don’t like Phil’s performances at all, and have no problem expressing that. But, jeez, I don’t HATE the guy. I dunno – calling people with a different opinion “haters” is just a huge pet peeve of mine. [/end rant]

        • Tarc says:

          Deedee – Because there are some people that frequent this blog that will write dozens (if not more) posts of little by irrationally knocking (or worse) Phillip – often very nastily. Just so you know where that’s coming from.

          • My Alter Ego says:

            Tarc, perhaps. But, of late, the common response to anyone whose opinion differs from anyone else’s opinion is to label that individual as a “hater.” Which, frankly, only displays an asinine/completely childish aspect of the one using such an immature term.

            I’d like to offer another term — that of “detractor — but, I’m sure that in no time, that term would also be “dumbed down” and relegated to the unfortunate negativity that seems to exist here.

          • Marsaili says:

            No, the “hater” moniker is usually only being used on people who are either being rude and insulting to other people for liking Phil, or being rude and insulting to the contestants themselves. There are people here just making crap up about Phil, nasty stuff–THAT’S who the haters are—not the people who are just saying—I don’t like him, I don’t like his music, his music hurts my ears—etc. etc.

          • Tarc says:

            Exactly – you’ve missed the people that come on and literally post dozens of posts with no content but ‘Phil sucks’. They are the haters.

          • darcy's evil twin says:

            Hey, let’s face it – you’re either a “hater” or a racist on this board, LOL. I really do try to criticize the performance, not the performer, but I”m sure I’ve posted something I shouldn’t have once or twice (like writing that P2 looks like a homeless guy, when in fact he dresses like my husband, which is probably what I find annoying, LOL. That’s how straight men dress – they aren’t all Liberace).

            I’ve said all along I don’t care for Jessica’s vocal style but darn, that girl can sing! But I can go the rest of my life without hearing Jimmy Iovine say one of the 16 year old contestants looks like a hooker. You would think he just landed from Mars and had never seen this program.

          • Marsaili says:

            I’ll even bet there are some hater racists on this board, too!

          • darcy's evil twin says:

            Marsaili – you get a Made Me Laugh! :-)
            I was stunned when HeeJun was on the program (I was stunned he ever made the Top 42 or whatever, let alone went beyond that) because anyone that criticized his singing was “racist”.

        • Marianne says:

          This. No hater – just don’t care for his “singing”.

          • Tarc says:

            Phillip sings just fine, you just don’t care for it. That’s fine, but it’s silly (and kinda snotty) to say that you don’t like his “singing”.

          • deedee says:

            Seriously, Tarc, are you going to go after every single poster who doesn’t like Phil… or who says something snarky about him? If I had to do that every time somebody says that Joshua “screeches”, I’d have no time for anything else in life. Chill, dude. What do you care if people think Philip sucks? I’m pretty sure even Philip doesn’t give a sh*t.

        • TC says:

          agree. I thnk Phil is a nice enough guy (from what I can see watching the show). I just don’t think he’s top 4 worthy

        • Elen says:

          let me start this comment by saying that each of the top 4 have their own particular good and bad points…since this is primarily about singing within a “total package” then let’s conclude they all have that since they got this far…no room for hate, yes…just made me cringe when pp couldn’t reach the not-even-so-high notes last time…i think that really showed his limitations…a singer can learn restraint (as in joshua’s case) and learn to feel more emotions (as in hollie’s and jessica’s) but pp’s weak spot then can’t be learned, he just has to know how to hide it, which limits his capacity as a singer.

          • deedee says:

            That’s true, but P2 isn’t really a singer per se. Like so many artists, he has a marginal voice, and it’s adequate for the type of music he likes to sing. I, personally, don’t like his style and find it uncomfortable to watch when he strains so hard, but if lots of people like it, then that’s all he needs.

      • Vetle says:

        AHEM, Allison Iraheta!

        • Tia says:

          Um, Allison Iraheta came in 4th…

        • justafan says:

          another travestay of epic proportions…to have gokey finish ahead of the rocker chick was just sad

          • JC says:

            Allison was so robbed that performance of Dream on by Danny Gokey was just one of the worst ever and he survived that week :(

          • deedee says:

            Can you imagine if Steven Tyler were a judge in Gokey’s season? Hahaha, that would have been an interesting feedback moment.

      • Marsaili says:

        I agree, I think this would be a perfect week for him to go home–a lot of top 4 people are doing very well. Plus, it will give him time to heal up before the tour. I hope he’s there for the tour, this is the first year I’m actually going to buy tickets and travel almost 200 miles to see the Idols (since they don’t come to Cleveland anymore) ;-/

      • Brigette says:

        I think winning Idol would be the WORST thing that could happen to P2. He needs a 4th or 3rd slot so he can have enough space from the title to work on the kind of music he wants. P2 literally cannot do generic, main stream radio pop. What would Interscope even do with him?

        • darcy's evil twin says:

          Turn him into another Lee Dewyze.

          • Tarc says:

            Lee DeWyze was pretty amazing *before* Idol. 19 convincing him that he was a pop star was the problem. I think that’s been resolved.

          • darcy's evil twin says:

            Tarc – that was exactly my point. It was indeed you that pointed out on these boards Idol tried to push Lee into a box where he didn’t belong – they tried to turn him into a pop singer. If P2 does win I hope Idol doesn’t make the same mistake with him that they did with Lee.

        • idolmama says:

          I liked Philip in the early weeks but have not cared for his performances lately. I think the problem is that he had to try to fit into the Interscope Pop Music mold and that just isn’t his style. Really so many good singers have done better when then didn’t finish first and had to fit into INterscope’s predetermined debut album

          • Marsaili says:

            that’s the thing–so many singer/songwriters try out for this show—many don’t make it even though they deserve to, probably more than the 16 year olds with big ballad voices. These people are honed, they’ve been doing what they do for years and have their act down and are excellent musicians and songwriters in addition to singers. Then they try out for Idol—who wouldn’t? The exposure you get, even if you make it to the top 24! if they are lucky enough to get into the top 10, then they are expected to play the game, which means compromising themselves at times to play it. Some are better than it than others (David Cook) and some struggle with singing pop songs that are not meant for their style or voice (Phillip, Casey Abrahms, Elise (sometimes), Erika van Pelt, Shiobhan, even Scotty and many more that I can’t think of right now!) The hope is that they have played it well enough to get good exposure so that people will be clamoring for their album once they are done with Idol. I don’t think that Interscope would sign someone that they didn’t feel was worth it—the problem is when they try to make them into an artist that they aren’t (Lee DeWyze) and that’s where it falls apart for them, and for the singer. I think even Taylor Hicks can fall into that category because like him or not—he IS really good.

    • deedee says:

      No way. There is no stopping the Phil Phil Express. If he didn’t get Castro’d last week for his awful performances, he’s never gonna BE Castro’d. I have resigned myself to a P2 win, so – like Slezak – I’m just going to enjoy Joshua and the girls for as long as possible.

    • MusicGrrrl says:

      I love Phillip. He and Hollie have been my favorites all season, but I think I would like for him to go home this week. For one thing, it’s cooler for serious singer songwriter types not to be Idol winners. Second, I’ve enjoyed so many of his very cool performances this year and don’t want the memories of those to be sullied by more atrocities like Time of the Season. I know his in ear monitors stopped working, but I also think the pain may be getting to him. At this point I would rather see a Hollie, Jessica finale. Oh, and that brings up a third reason for Phillip to go this week: They might make him do a diva finale song like they did poor Blake Lewis. They wouldn’t let Blake change the song at all because they reallly didn’t want him to win (which I still don’t understand), and they might do that to Phillip.

    • Jessica says:

      I agree

    • Marsaili says:

      But to be totally honest–Jason really sucked bad that day—and I love his singing!! I just watched top 4 day of season 7 again, and Jason sang I Shot the Sheriff and Mr. Tambourine man—I Shot the Sheriff was terrible and he forgot a whole line (in the jingle, jangle morning I’ll come following you) when he sang Mr. Tambourine man (though he got it the next time he came back to the chorus) My son and I were trying to find where he told the voters not to vote—didn’t find it at all but I do think he was completely overwhelmed with having to learn 2 songs, the group number and the Ford Video and he was perfectly happy with going home when he did. Did he sabotage himself purposely??? I can’t say for sure—but it sure looked like it.

  3. abinco says:

    Ok, I haven’t watched it yet, but please don’t let Phillip Phillips be the winner. Which pundits are calling it that way??!!?

    • Marko says:

      Vote For The Worst.

      • noa says:

        i think he’s probably the first contestant to get the popular vote, the cute guy vote AND the VFTW vote. i’m afraid this makes him unstoppable. oh well. i’ll just pretend everything he did after top 8 never happened to calm myself.

        • Marko says:

          Great idea, thank you.

        • deedee says:

          Funny thing to me is – I honestly can’t tell the difference between his pre-Top 8 and post-Top 8 performances, and have no clue what people are talking about when they say he has “slipped” in recent weeks. He always exactly the same! If you asked me what he sang all season, I’d draw a blank. To me it’s all 1 song over and over again.

          • Tarc says:

            And that’s how Jessica sounds to me. I can name most of Phillip’s songs off hand, but none of the versions Jessica did would replace any of the originals in rotation.

          • Marianne says:

            Exactly!! I absolutely agree with you. What was the difference pre-top 8 and recently?? He has ALWAYS performed and sounded EXACTLY the same. Yawn. (No hater)

          • Marianne says:

            Tarc ~ at least Jessica sings melody and has vocal range. We know, absolutely, after last Wednesday that P2 does not. (I knew it long before). You can’t remember any of Jessica’s songs? Go check out her youtube view numbers.

          • Tarc says:

            Pfft. Phillip sings the melody all the time – there are several songs where he was dead on – no tricks, no variations – throughout. He’s got plenty of ‘vocal range’ for anything he needs to do- Britney’s got three notes and she makes millions. Phil’s got an ocatave and a half and a OK falsetto, which is middle of the pack for pros. A huge range is fine for certain kinds of music, but it has nothing to do with success (plus, it can be broadened by training). And frankly, it’s nice to hear male singers that don’t think weakly warbling in a soprano range in their falsetto is appealing. I have no interest in listening to Jessica on youtube because she doesn’t interest me on Idol (or anywhere else).

          • JC says:

            Phillip has and will always be mediocre at best he is just getting by because he is gorgeous. Take that away from him and I don’t think he would make it this far :)

          • Tarc says:

            Ah, JC, you think Phil is gorgeous? At least you *totally* don’t hate the guy.

          • JC says:

            @Tarc hate is a strong word I dislike the way that he avoids the bottom 2 even if he wasn’t that good last week he deserved a bottom 2 visit at the very least :)

          • Snsetblaze says:

            And that’s how Jessica, Joshua and Hollie’s songs sound to me (although I do note that some are fast and some are slow songs).

          • Tarc says:

            JC -I’m not sure that I don’t agree with you on the bottom 2 bit. P2 had one great song and one bum song – like all the others except Hollie. I’m mentioned before that I thought P2’s bad song was the worst of the night. BUt I also thought his good song was one of best (if not the best). what does that mean? People vote for the people they like – and the people obviously really like Phillip. I’m surprised because he’s a bluesy guy, but I’m happy about it.

          • My Alter Ego says:

            @Tarc: “JC -I’m not sure that I don’t agree with you on the bottom 2 bit. P2 had one great song and one bum song – like all the others except Hollie. I’m mentioned before that I thought P2′s bad song was the worst of the night. BUt I also thought his good song was one of best (if not the best). what does that mean? People vote for the people they like – and the people obviously really like Phillip. I’m surprised because he’s a bluesy guy, but I’m happy about it.”

            Well your “But I also thought his good song was one of best (if not the best)” is your subjective, and, perhaps, not so humble opinion. In truth, I kind of enjoyed the “funkified” arrangement that he gave of “The Letter.” (And, generally, renditions by P squared make my stomach react in truly unpleasant ways!!) However, just like Steven Tyler, “I (truly) missed the melody.” It’s not rocket science; if you’re going to completely re-invent a melody, it’s just good sense to let your audience know what that melody is to begin with.

            I realize the P squared is lacking in some of those “social etiquette” forms regarding music, but that’s part of what he should be learning as an Idol contestant, and, he seems to be “blissfully” able to ignore many aspects that might help him later. That’s not wise.

          • Tarc says:

            @My Alter ego. Check out the studio version, where he both shows the melody off, then deviates from it. Even so, it’s might be a good rule to win a singing contest, but it’s far from a hard and fast rule, either there or in real life. In fact, if you don’t make the songs you own, then you’ll eventually get criticized for it.

          • Layla says:

            Funny how Tarc says, “Phillip sings just fine, you just don’t care for it. That’s fine, but it’s silly (and kinda snotty) to say that you don’t like his “singing”. Then several posts down singles out Jessica and is all snotty about not “remembering” any of her songs. :)

          • Marsaili says:

            Layla, that was in response to Deedee saying that she couldn’t remember what Phil has sung all season—and honestly—and I’m not saying this to be a hater or to be mean—there aren’t too many songs of Jessica’s that I remember, either–but that isn’t because I think she sucks, it’s because she doesn’t do anything for me when she sings—well, she did twice, but over all I just really haven’t been overwhelmed by her like many people are—but I do know that she is a marvelous singer and will be great someday! When Phillip or Elise or Joshua or even Hollie are singing, I’m glued to the set. Jessica has done that for me twice—and those songs will stay in my mind as terrific.

        • MIchael says:

          VFTW has little sway at this point in the competition. The 50 losers who have nothing better to do than vote for hours in attempt to ruin a show they don’t even like don’t have the manpower anymore to affect who stays and who goes. Just a bunch of schmucks who will claim to have power should Phillip win.

      • Sunshine says:

        Puleese. VFW does not influence the outcome of Idol at all. The five people who visit that site couldn’t make a difference-even if, in fact, they were actually voting.

  4. I hate the super subtle way that J.Lo doesn’t say she doesn’t like Phillip’s performance. She can’t ever just flat out say parts weren’t good or he wasn’t good, she says things like “I didn’t know that version”, “it was different” blah blah blah. Why would the judges want to keep Phillip around when he doesn’t desrve it? Why are they protecting him? Do they really want another WGWG? Isn’t 4 years in a row plenty? I thought J.Lo said she wanted a Woman to win early on? And didn’t Randy say it might be the year a lady wins again? They said all that in the beginning of the Live rounds but that has just vanished. I’m not even saying them giving him negative (and quite accurate) critiques would even hurt the guy in votes, but at least be honest and tell the truth. They have no trouble telling Hollie and Jessica the truth. It’s incredibly frustrating to watch. If he really was the best that’s one thing, but he’s not Jessica and Joshua are the standouts and that Phillip hasn’t even smelled Bottom 3 let alone Bottom 2 is just a pure indication of who’s voting and why they are voting.

    • afghan says:

      America loves an underdog. The guy is receiving plenty of votes so saying he is bad will just fired up his fanbase. So staying subtle is the best way to play it at this point.

      • Sunshine says:

        Agreed. Phillip is definitely the underdog, between his health issues and the continuing hate on this board.

        The guy is talented-how many times has it been said that this season is the one with the most talent?! Am I supposed to think that Phillip isn’t included in that statement??

        • Mary B says:

          jimmy Iovine over and over again has talked about how talented Phillip is. Guest mentors have also made claim to Phillip’s talent. He may not be everyone’s cup of tea but that does not mean he is not worthy of being where he is. There are plenty of people who appreciate his style of music or he would have not made it this far. I know he will be the only one’s music I will buy. Not that the others are not good but to me they are nothing unique and I already have a ton of music that sounds just like them.

          • Marianne says:

            Is it the type of music we will hear on the radio? I say – no.

          • Tarc says:

            LOL! I think were were about a hundred posts on the popularity of WGWG. I’d refer to the iTunes Top 200 for the popularity of emo white guys that write their own music.

          • Snsetblaze says:

            Is it the music we hear on the radio? Maybe, maybe not. It depends on where you are. I can get NJ, PA and NYC and some NY state stations where I am. I would not hear Philip on NY stations because they play all top 40 crap (repeatedly) or adult contemporary — unless he had a top 40 hit — but I’d hear him on some of the NJ and PA stations if he made a record. I’d hear him on college stations. Also, nowadays who actually needs just the regular radio? There’s Itunes, Pandora, You-tube, music stations on the tv (not MTV but those stations that just play music), satellite radio, many other internet sites, etc.

          • Marsaili says:

            Here in the Akron/Cleveland area I could think of at least 4 stations what would play Phillip’s music. As well as 4 stations that would play Skylar’s, 4 that would play Hollie and Jessica and at least 3 that would play Joshua. Of course, I live by Cleveland—music kinda has a big history here so ALL types are listened to and played.

        • Rollin'Stoned says:

          No, sunshine, they don’t diss his performances in fear that he will BECOME the underdog, not that he IS the underdog. He is certainly the least talented vocally.

        • NedPepper says:

          No. You need to look up the definition of “underdog”. The underdog is Hollie. Period. That is the end of your English lesson.

          • deedee says:

            Absolutely. To call Phil the underdog – when he’s been practically crowned the winner since the first live performance – is to misunderstand the meaning of the word. He’s been coddled and indulged all season long. How does this make him an “underdog”?

          • Brigette says:

            THANK YOU. Someone who has never been in the bottom two is NOT an underdog. Don’t even try to make that argument. He was a lock for the win since “Thriller.”

        • MIchael says:

          An underdog isn’t overly praised for crap performances nor does he escape the bottom 3 week after week. Phillip is the odds-on favorite to win. Hollie is an underdog.

      • JC says:

        If Phillip is an underdog then the new definition for underdogs should be people who can’t hold a note and sing in pitch. Stop defending him and accept the fact that he was horrible last week he looked like an amateur :)

        • Tarc says:

          Ah, there’s the abject we’ve been expecting. Do we have to call nonsense on somthing so obviously goofy?

          • Tarc says:

            That was supposed to read ‘abject hate’.

          • JC says:

            What was obviously goofy in my statement please explain your point further. I was just stating the truth which is that Phillip is universally panned and ridiculed :)

          • Tarc says:

            LOL! Precisely why he’s never been in the bottom, will have a contract offer, and was gushed over by all the pro mentors on the show?

          • My Alter Ego says:

            Tarc, you need to stop operating under the deluded assumption that just because Jimmy Iovine proclaimed at Top 13 week (or, perhaps, before) that he would immediately sign Phil Phillips, means that Phil Phillips is actually good. No, Jimmy Iovine understands what will sell.

            I think you know that.

            But just because Jimmy Iovine has decided the P squared will sell, does not make him good. (To use your own analogy, revisit Brittany Spears.)

          • Tarc says:

            Baby, I don’t need anybody to tell me what’s good, and Phillip Phillip’s singing is on that list. It just adds to the evidence that pretty much every pro that’s been on the show agrees. Like it or not, it doesn’t change reality.

          • Layla says:

            Tarc you use the pro mentors liking Phillip as a qualifer, but then dismiss Jessica who has gotten MORE praise from music industry pros and former idols. If you use that qualifier it should apply to all. I think Phillip will have a career and am certainly not a hater but I’ve read your posts about Jessica for weeks now using all sorts of variables to invalidate her and it’s quite obviuos you have a double standard when it comes to her.

          • deedee says:

            Tarc, you blame others for stating their opinion as fact, and yet you continually do the same. You state that Philip is “good” as though it is a verifiable mathematical theorem. Everybody here is stating opinion, Tarc … you, me, Slezak, and even Jimmy Iovine. If enough people hold the opinion that Phil is good, then they’ll buy his albums and he’ll be a rousing success! But no matter how many billions of albums he sells, I will never think he’s good. That’s how it works, Tarc.

        • Marsaili says:

          JC, you are so full of it! Universally panned and ridiculed? Yeah, by people who are going to be mean no matter what—so their opinions mean nothing to the people that actually see and appreciate his talent. When every mentor and Jimmy has stated that his talent is off the charts—and then you go and say something like that—it just shows how out of the park you are and at this point you are just being mean for the sake of being mean.

        • JC says:

          Well Phillip is the kind of artist that sounds good on the radio but he’s not as good live :)

        • Brigette says:

          You forgot to add, “especially next to Joshua during that duet” to the end of your sentence. ;)

      • takakupo says:

        There must be something the Philip Fan’s kool-aid cause you guys are totally skating the meaning of Underdog and trying to “Flip” it like your friend there. Problem is the same for both of you though. His flipped songs don’t work and neither do your flipped definitions.

        • Tarc says:

          I don’t think Phillip’s the underdog at all. At the moment, the guys are the front runners. Though, I’d hardly call your comments lacking in the ‘flipping’ department, takakupo. That’s a pot/kettle comment.

        • Marsaili says:

          I don’t think Phil is the underdog—but if people keep saying crap like he’s got no talent and he doesn’t deserve to be there—that will have an underdog effect on the voting—it WILL rile up his fanbase. The haters are just encouraging by being so hateful—they keep it up and their biggest fear will come true—I can see it happening. I love Phillip—I will buy his album, but to me Joshua is the one who deserves to win so that’s where my votes will go IF he is deserving of them. Personally, though, I will vote for who I felt had the best performance. Last week it was Joshua and Hollie.

      • Stella says:

        He’s hardly an underdog. He has always been the frontrunner.

        • Elen says:

          phil was never the underdog…most of the negative reactions, imo, come from the observation that he is the favorite despite his limitations as a singer…favorite of the judges since he never gets serious critiques from them…and favored by so many voters..

      • Name That Tune says:

        Well, the problem with that thinking is believing that P2 is, or ever was, the underdog. From the very first audition, it was clear he was gonna be the WGWG this season. It got a little bit interesting when Colton was still in play, but now, he’s it. I’ve had him pegged for the finale since Top 24. So he’s never been an underdog. He’s always been The Top Dog.
        The underdog always has been Joshua. He’s as loved and praised by the judges as Melinda Doolittle in Season 6. She bowed out at Top 3. If he can survive the next 2 weeks, we are looking at a P2-Joshua finale. And that’s said because both those girls have awesome voices.

    • Peyton says:

      I’ve always wondered why they’re so reluctant to criticize Phillip as well, given that they keep saying they want a girl to win! It’s not that I hate Phillip by any means – at this point, he’s the only one left I’d buy music from – but I think it’s kind of objectively clear that at least in the past two weeks he’s been out performed. I like him and I don’t MIND him sticking around, but I don’t think he should win. But I just don’t understand. If the judges and producers and everyone are constantly up in arms about how they need a girl to win (I realllllly thought that would be Skylar) and how they’re tired of WGWGs winning then….why do they keep giving Phillip a free pass? Or for that matter, why do they even put someone like him through to the Top 24? Like they somehow didn’t know America would vote for him like crazy? If they’re that concerned, just cut him in Hollywood, don’t show footage and call it a day.

      • Marsaili says:

        But how exactly is he giving a free pass? I don’t think his performances were as bad as people say they were—but that’s my opinion. Maybe the judges truly liked his performances last week? I know that the sound there is different that what we hear at home—or so I’ve heard—so maybe he sounded better live? Other than the judges giving their opinion, there is no “free pass”, it’s the voters that are keeping him there, you know? I think people are voting for him based on what is KNOWN that he can do, rather than what he is actually doing—which isn’t fair, but people vote for their favorite, that’s obvious. Unless he does something ultra-fantastic this week, he should probably go home Thursday night–but if the people that don’t like him keep hating on him so strongly, that is just going to energize his fan base and he won’t be going anywhere.

        • Peyton says:

          I pretty much agree with all you said – I personally like Phillip, I think the hate is kind of over the top, but at the same time I think he’s been out performed the past few weeks. But my overall point was, given how much manipulation clearly goes on on this show, it just seems like if they wanted a girl winner THAT badly, they could make it happen. It would be easy enough to stack the deck in their favor.

  5. jiji33 says:

    michael, totally with u on the heels, it’s been bothering me for years (physical therapist and past actress here). not only are they bad for the calves and lower back but consequently they also put a strain on the diaphragm therefore making it more difficult to sing (not only difficult to dance). just look at images of the body– high heels- shorter back, strain on the diaphragm. i want to kill these stylists.

    • Yikes says:

      Yes, all that, plus, it’s just creepy for a little girl to run around like that.

    • deedee says:

      Heels put a strain on the diaphragm? Well, that explains why Hollie sang so beautifully sitting on the piano, and Jessica killed it sitting on the floor, huh?

      • Marsaili says:

        Heck, it’s hard to sing sitting down, though—too—because you can’t stretch your diaphragm out as much as you can standing up. I give them credit–the fact that Jessica was able to move at all during Proud Mary was impressive—I would have been flat on my face or butt!

        • jiji33 says:

          true, sitting is also challenging but in a different way (it does not cause permanent damage to your back, for example). they should wear flats or sth, but they def refrain from walking on these eiffel towers. it’s not even aesthetic. problem is all the girls in this competition are so tiny they prob want to look taller.

  6. jiji33 says:

    btw, i dont know how beyonce does it but they should be illegal as far as i am concerned…

  7. julesmn says:

    Did I miss Elise’s interview?

  8. alyssa peretti says:

    Slezak I love your shirt!

  9. liz says:

    Everyone’s gotta remember Hollie’s Flashdance Gotta Feeling.

    • kcostell says:

      I’d prefer not to…

    • takakupo says:

      I almost gave up on her after Jesus take the Wheel and Flashdance but she’s redeemed herself and has shown that she deserves to be there.

      • Marsaili says:

        See, now I don’t understand the Jesus Take the Wheel dislike—I loved it and the studio version is even better! Flashdance—I don’t know if anyone could have done that song—it just sucks in general, I mean the original was alright for the time it came out, but it doesn’t really go well with this time period.

        • takakupo says:

          It’s a Carrie song, plain and simple. I’m no Carrie fan myself but I don’t think anyone’s ever done it justice on the idol stage and I don’t think anyone ever will (unless you’re a fan of the song to begin with). It’s one of those Simon things where he used to say, “Don’t pick a song you love. Pick a song you’re good at.” and I don’t think that Hollie met expectations with it. She should have picked “There’s a Place For Us”.

          • Marsaili says:

            Well, I’ll agree that no one can do it like Carrie can–but even she tweeted that she really liked Hollies version—I mean, if the original likes it—how can it be wrong? Ya know?

          • takakupo says:

            I get what you’re saying :]

  10. noa says:

    look, i like Skylar. one of the best 18 year olds ever on the show. but i’m kind of upset that she got a better goodbye than Elise. BTW- am i going to find out how Casey Abrams fans felt last year? where is that interview?? I’m hoping that Jason is planning something special. anything but a fake confetti shower is unacceptable at this point.

    • MamaLis says:

      Why do you say she got a better goodbye? Did you see JLo after the show? She literally gave her about three words and walked on. At least Randy stood by her for awhile and urged her on. JLo.. boom. Walked right by. They seemed kinder to Elise.

      • FreeHaley says:

        He meant on Ideology. It’s criminal she less of a cry off (also Jason helped even it up).

        • noa says:

          (FreeHaley- not he, i’m a “she”).

          yes, i meant from Idology. and mostly Michael and Melinda (cause Jason can do no wrong).

  11. Until a non-White Guy With A Guitar wins this show I’ll never believe that someone other than that will win the show.

    • Joan says:

      I wouldn’t really count Scotty as a WGWG because he is country and didn’t use his guitar to “flip” the songs.

    • Elen says:

      talking about the show…another wgwg win will spell doom for the show…but if pp wins then that’s how it is…

  12. Beck says:

    GOOOOOOO PHILLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!! I can’t wait until he wins and pisses off all the HATERS! he has style. That’s more than you can say for Hollie & Jessica, copycat divas. And Joshua, who’s striving to shatter mirrors all over America. Not everything has to be so over the top to be good you know.

    • Flippy from Happy Tree Friends says:

      You do know that “style” is completely useless when you give such piss-poor performances, right?

      • Beck says:

        Piss poor is your opinion. Although, I’ll concede that Time of the Season was laughable. But everyone gets one off-song. When Phil is in his element he does well. Melodies are overrated.

        • noa says:

          i’ll start by saying that when i liked Phillip, i really liked him. and he definitely deserved 7th place in this fantastic season. HOWEVER- he had more than one “off-song”. he’s had plenty. and what bugs me even more is that his off-songs are way off, whereas Elise’s or Skylar’s or even Hollie’s off songs were still better than some of Phillip’s mediocre performances (The Stone, Give a Little More). i couldn’t listen to Time Of The Season. it was so bad… and not one word about being out of tune from the judges. and people say that Elise shouldn’t have said they were harder on her. please.

        • Flippy from Happy Tree Friends says:

          One off-song? That’s pretty much ignoring his performances from Top 8 onward. Except for his Usher take but let’s face it: he’s been sucking sweat off a dead dog’s balls since then. And being with him in a duet is like having dead weight attached to you while swimming upward.

          And don’t you think one of the basics of being a good singer is to, you know, sing the melody?

          • Tarc says:

            Yeah – One off song. That’s what plenty of use heard. And Phil’s duets with Elise were great (the Nicks cover was the best cover Idol’s ever done on any season). Not every combination of voices work – and frankly, American singers typically have very little experience doing duets – as we see over and over on all the American shows. if you watch the European or Aussie versions, they kill the duets and groups because they are more social and have vastly more experience singing in multiples.

          • Flippy from Happy Tree Friends says:

            In those duets, Elise was the one carrying him all the way. With Joshua, he had to go to his level, which ain’t the worst thing in the world, but that doesn’t erase the fact that that duet was a waste of time.

          • Tarc says:

            And that’s absurd.

        • Lauren says:

          “Melodies are overrated” … Hello this is a singing competition! It is NOT asking too much for someone who is in the top 4 on American Idol to be able to sing a melody. That is pretty basic stuff.

        • Didi says:

          Beck, he is never in HIS element. He doesn’t have an own element.
          He is imitating Dave Matthews, but without the musicality that the original brings to the table.

        • YouMakeNoSense says:

          You must not be a diverse music fan. Melody is extremely important and outright wrong when you strip it from a song that was written for the melody.

        • JC says:

          He is just horrible but at the same time unstoppable. Its sad it really is, Idol is not what it used to be I blame the Davids I’m sorry they are talented but they started the trend of boys being in the final 2 and winning :(

        • Tarc says:

          Ah, there’s the Phil hate we’ve come to expect. I’ll just point out the voting results for the last eight weeks, the pros comments, and the next prediction that Phillip’s going nowhere this week (again).

          • Marsaili says:

            I don’t think I’ve ever seen such outright hatred for an Idol contestant—it’s a bit scary how mean and unreasonable people can be. Wow!

          • Tarc says:

            Oh, people are mean, particularly with the anonymity of the Internet. I’m sure others have seen worse, but I’m not thrilled about how nasty some people are here.

          • PhillipRocks says:

            Tarc+Marsailie=The Only Voices of Reason

          • Marsaili says:

            No, I am losing all my reason reading all these hateful comments!!! UGH, the mom in me wants to send so many of these people to time out for their naughty words!

          • PhillipRocks says:

            Agreed! And wash their mouths out with soap, too. :)

          • darcy's evil twin says:

            I don’t get why people get so nasty. Honestly, music is a matter of taste.

          • Tarc says:

            Yeah, det, someone named Joe (down the page somehwere) implied that i mistreat one of my animals because they don’t appreciate that I buy Phil’s music. That’s *insane*. And cruel.

          • darcy's evil twin says:

            you know, when I was younger I never could stand the group America but clearly I was in the minority – they sold millions of albums. Music is absolutely about personal taste. My husband has every one of those awful albums. I intensely dislike ridiculous lyrics (“alligator lizards in the air”, “Muskrat Susie and muskrat Sam do the jitterbug down in muskrat land”…Yikes). Years later I was totally vindicated when humorist Dave Barry did a poll among his readers and wrote a book about the worst songs of all time. “Horse With No Name” came in at the number two spot (I looked at my husband and said “Told you so”, LOL). The song that got the most votes for the worst song ever was Richard Harris’ “MacArthur Park”.
            My husband also loved Jimmy freakin’ Spheeris – can’t believe we’re still married. ;-)

          • FreeHaley says:

            Hah, wow, just looked it up on youtube, never heard of “America” before.

          • Marsaili says:

            I don’t like America, either–too dopey. Same with Emerson, Lake, and Palmer. They were more fusion but even then—ick.

      • Tarc says:

        Yup – only in your opinion.

    • dee123 says:

      Keep drinking the kool aid sweetie. Face facts, he’s there because he’s pretty & the hicks love him end of story.

    • PhillipRocks says:

      Could not AGREE with you more, Beck!!! Phil FTW.

    • Mike says:

      Snort! “shatters mirrors.” LOL

    • I never liked Josh, even when didn’t try so hard. I’m still not convinced that Phil is a lock for the finale. I have a very good feeling that they want it to be a Jessica/Josh finale. I wouldn’t be surprised if it ended up that way. They have been pimping Josh and Jessica to the max to the point where it’s sickening. And with Josh getting a standing O every single week, come on it’s kind of made quite obvious who their clear favorites are.

    • muzakality says:

      I like Phillip and would go see him sing and perform in a small club. That said, this is a singing competition and he has what, maybe an octave range? He’s not really a singer, hes a performer. So while his music is the one that I’d most likely listen to post-idol, I do not think he should win, not at all.

      • Tarc says:

        While it’s absolutely true that everyone has their own tatses, Phillip’s the only one of the remaining contestants that I’d purchase music from after the show. I like all of them, and thnk they are very talented, but I have serious doubts that I’d ever buy anything from the ladies, and even less likely from Joshua.

        • Amy says:

          The only music I’ve purchased so far this season on itunes have been Phillip’s songs. And I don’t see that changing.

          • Mary B says:

            I received an itunes gift certificate for my birthday so I bought studio’s of all of them and it is Phillip’s music I am really loving. Jessica and Hollie, I like but as I said I have music that sounds just like them, lots of it. Josh, I really want to like him because of all the hype he is getting and he really seems to be a nice kid but his music does not suit me at all. His voice is beautiful but as he gets into the song and lets loose I literally can’t stand it. He is screaming and it is for a long time. I have to lower my stereo it is that unpleasing to my ears. If someone would just teach him to rein it in a bit he would be fantastic but if his music continues on this line I will not be buying any of it after idol. The only one I am positive I will purchase music from is Phillip. the girls are possible especially Hollie but they don’t excite me in the same way. I am looking forward to hearing Phillips own music. Anyway when you play all the music back to back you really get a feel for what you like and am able to compare it, before this I was not sure who my favorite was, I kept changing my mind. The other person I had a hard time listening to was Skylar, not all but some of the songs was also too much yelling. She wants to do pure country, she said it on an interview. She does not want to do pop country. She said she does not care if her music is only played on country stations. I am not a big country fan. I really did not like the two real country songs she did but that is just me. I believe out of all the contestants she will have the most success.

          • Tarc says:

            I’ve done the exact same thing, and couldn’t agree more.

  13. jen says:

    For cripes sakes Michael, Skylar is NOT the talent you seem to want to think her to be. She had NO CLUE what she was singing half the time. Stomping your feet and flipping your hair ain’t enough. Sorry.

    • MariaPompeo says:

      I agree with you Jen

      • Donny says:

        So agree with both of you.

        • FreeHaley says:

          Me too. She’s not bad (and maybe better if you like that style), but she’s not amazing like many of the others and he goes on about her as if she was Clarkson crossed with Haley crossed with Melinda crossed with Adele, Houston and Jackson or something hah. Plus she is just the sort Idol PTB love and it was almost like he was becoming a second Nigel hah.

    • Robin says:

      Sklar was my 4th favorite for this season. I loved her energy she brought to the stage! When I buy a song from the contestants it’s based on whether they did as good a job as the original and it’s not already in my Itunes library. So for me there would have only been a couple to buy-Stay with me, the Pickler song and Dusty Sprinfield song. By no means was Tatoos on this town better than Jason Aldeans…no way! I love Miranda Lambert so Skylar’s version was good…but not better. I really thought she would have outlasted the guys. I could so see the editing from Jason with all the Powerpuff girls clips…I kinda miss them from last season!

    • But she didn’t just stomp her feet and slip her hair. She will make it big, especially in the country world. She definitely has the voice.. She proved that on The Show Must Go On and Wind Beneath My Wings.

      • *flip, not slip her hair. haha

      • jen says:

        Oh good grief, The Show Must Go On is a song about a man dying of aids but putting on a brave face and continuing to perform for the world. Skylar was flipping SMILING through part of her performance. She didn’t take one second to think about the words she was singing. The only thing she proved during that travesty is that she is a lazy singer.

        • Marsaili says:

          She was not smiling through her performance and the song is about a man dying of aids when HE sings it, it is up to interpretation when anyone else sings it! She isn’t even CLOSE to a lazy singer, I think that statement is just so wrong!

    • Ann says:

      Don’t forget to mention the screaming, jen.

    • Marsaili says:

      I don’t agree with you at all and Nashville is already supporting her—Kelly Pickler is also a big fan. I think she probably had a better clue of what she was singing that the other girls most of the time (especially Jessica). I think Michael is exactly right.

      • jen says:

        In other words, you think singers who don’t give a flying fig what they are singing about is perfectly fine. That makes you pretty sad. As for Kelly Pickler – LMAO!!

        • Marsaili says:

          Wow, Jen, can you read? Or are your interpretive abilities lacking—cause I didn’t say anything of the sort! You are just another person resorting to insults when someone doesn’t agree with them—I said nothing mean to you—all I said was that i disagree. Skylar
          DID properly interpret songs and LMAO at Kelly Pickler all you want—she’s a HUGE country star!

        • darcy's evil twin says:

          The people that make fun of Kellie Pickler haven’t followed her post-Idol career. They can laugh all they want, but she has a solid career and a huge fan base.

  14. Lo says:

    Awesome episode as always! Michael I am with you about Skylar, she was my favorite and I was really sad to see her leave. I think she was a victim of song choice that made her fan base not want to vote (like Colton and “Bad Romance”). Can’t wait to see your interview with her!

  15. Gah, I hate your conspiracy theories, Michael, now the “unavoidable Phillip/Jessica finale” scenario planned by Nigel all season long will be stuck in my head for two weeks. :D

    Joshua and Jessica for the finale, Joshua FTW! :D

  16. AnaleighFan says:

    OMG. Is that Analeigh Tipton? :o

  17. dj says:

    I’m ok with any one of them winning at this point. I think they’re all good. But, please, judges, tell it like it is so I don’t inadvertently throw something heavy through my television screen, mmkay? I know there are only a few weeks left, but I can’t take the level of BS being spewed by particularly Randy and J-Lo this year. It’s like they’re trying to one-up each other in how much doo-doo they can pile up.

  18. Carla says:

    You imitating P2 singing Happy Birthday made me lose it hahahaha

  19. ashley says:

    Michael. Love your shirt. does Skylar know how much you love her? (asked to the tune of “didn’t you know how much i loved you,” obviously.) also love that i kind of just watched “Community” again.
    and as for last week – i am sad that skylar is gone. i must say that i had emotionally prepared myself for a PP departure (as sad as i would be), and i really am shocked that he wasn’t bottom 2. TOTS was… bad. but i still think he’s fantastic and would love a victory for him.
    also… “To Love Somebody”… omg. as i’ve said, PP/josh finale would be my favorite. they’re so different! it’d be so fun!

  20. MariaPompeo says:

    Idology should change its name to WE HATE PHILLIP PHILLIPS cos that is all I hear in their videos.

    • ashley says:

      word.

    • Flippy from Happy Tree Friends says:

      Considering his past few weeks, it’s merited. And I’m amazed Jason Avrett even fell off his train, seems like. Baby steps.

      • noa says:

        when was he on it?

        • TC says:

          He was on it a few weeks back, indicating he wanted an “artist” top 3 consisting of Elise, Colton and P2.

          • Tarc says:

            As I did.

          • noa says:

            no, he wanted Phillip and Colton to be there just to cancel each other out so that Elise could win. i don’t think he was ever that into Phillip.

          • FreeHaley says:

            That wouldn’t have been bad to start, although P2 has slipped too much lately IMO and any of Jessica, Joshua, even Hollie now the way she has zoomed up the last week should probably should round out the top three now instead of him.

            He was (AND REMAINS) right that Elise was (IS STILL) the queen to rule them all.

            Elise, Joshua, Jessica, Hollie, Colton top five. It might not be P2’s fault he has fallen, but he has gone a bit weak the other week and then even weaker still this week. Still a bit much hate on Idelogy on him though, although in the context of why do they praise that like made and be meh about Elise is does get your goat a bit (although they forget to leave out the Elise connection this week! BAD Idelogy. BAD!)

          • FreeHaley says:

            And actually yeah he basically said Elise was #1 and then there were the rest so may as well just pick to cancel out muhahahaha and let Elise get her win. Yeah so you can’t really read too much into those two names at all. Although Colton did have some nice performances and Philip was good earlier.

          • Static says:

            I was hoping for this after I saw their Fleetwood Mac medley. Imo, it’s been nothing but a downwards spiral for Phillip since then, though (with the sole exception of the Usher cover, although it was nowhere near the quality of his Green Mile song and Movin’ Out). Right now I’m hoping for a Jess/Josh finale. Of course, that’s going to be impossible; Phillip’s a mortal lock for the top 2, if not for the crown and sash altogether. Then again, Colton went out in seventh place, so a guy can dream, right?

      • Marsaili says:

        nothing merits hating him.

    • Robin says:

      I know…like seriously?!… Kinda like Season 9 with Casey James. So sad… Not everyone likes the same kind of music…thank goodness.

    • NedPepper says:

      The truth stings. That’s what makes Idolatry great. Slezak is not going to beat the drums for Nigel’s favorites, like the three overpaid primadonna “judges” do.

      • NedPepper says:

        Or Idology, even. Went old school EW there for a minute. Michael and Kristen….good times.

        • noa says:

          i miss Kristen!!! and Kristen with glasses!

          • deedee says:

            OMG, Kristen with Glasses, hahaha! She couldn’t stand Danny Gokey almost as much as me!

          • Where's Kristen?! says:

            OMG, good times!!

          • noa says:

            Idology is a much “nicer” shoe than idolatry ever was. think how upset Melinda gets when she has to say something remotely critical. and how truly vicious Kristen was towards, well, everyone. i love Melinda and she brings a lot to the table, but i really miss Kristen’s sense of humor and how she did not care AT ALL. it just made everything better. she is a (evil) genius.

          • NedPepper says:

            Put the GO in Gokey. Kristen with Glasses. Slezak dying his hair red. That was a great season…of AI and Idolatry.

      • FreeHaley says:

        But TPTB love the Skylar types! And they kept calling her best of the night even when Elise owned it (and some others also clearly had a better song). It’s EXACTLY like has been beating a drum for a Nigel favorite.

    • Tarc says:

      Slezak’s clearly gone around the bend this year. I’d be hilarious if Phil blew him off for the interview; it’d be a deserved snub.

      • Flippy from Happy Tree Friends says:

        Credit where it’s due: at least he’s not one to drink the Kool-Aid TPTB serves to the public. Like a considerable amount of pundits of the show.

      • Sha says:

        jeez, why is everyone making Phillip out to be a victim. He’ll win this thing anyway… :S Contestants get criticized every season , it’s the nature of being on reality TV. Even professional artists get criticized and yes, hated on for certain attributes all the time. Nobody bats an eyelash when Jessica is hated on but when it’s Phillip, it’s “mean-spirited” and “hateful”

        • Marsaili says:

          I have never seen Jessica hated on here. I’ve seen people say they don’t like her music or they think she is boring—but no one has called her names, made up lies about her, dismissed her talent or just basically said anything mean like they do about Phillip. I’m pretty confident that everyone who posts here at least recognizes Jessica’s talent, Phillip doesn’t get that same respect.

          • Layla says:

            Disagree, there was a point early on when haters tried to say Jessica was a “robot”, had a “toddlers and Tiaras” relationship, “mumbler” implied all sorts of things. Only after each point was taken on and we saw more of Jessica on screen did it slow up. Wondering how bad it could have gotten if a few of her fans did not step up to defend her. You still get weird posts about her dress. Just above someone said it was “creepy” she had heels on.

          • Marsaili says:

            None of the things you said are hateful—Phillip is decimated continually on these boards for things that don’t even exist. People are complaining about Jessica’s dress and shoes—but no one is blaming her, the stylists have been blamed for that and the show. Calling someone boring or saying that they mumbled their words is not hateful. Telling people that they are crazy for liking Phillip’s singing or calling phillip all sorts of names and saying he is not talented at all–THAT is hateful—Jessica doesn’t and hasn’t gotten any of that, ever. Sorry, the difference between the way people verbalize that they don’t like Jessica and the way they verbalize they don’t like Phillip are VASTLY different.

      • NedPepper says:

        Um….do you remember how he and Kristen treated Gokey? It was deserved, mind you. And Kara. Oh, man, was Slezak mean to her. He’s always been this way. It’s why we watch. You just don’t like the fact that he doesn’t like P2. Oh, well. Everyone has their own tastes, dude.

    • Veyna Moran says:

      who doesn’t??? after last week’s performance, p2 has just about used up all the goodwill he can possibly enjoy. i won’t be surprised of he goes home ahead of hollie. and hollie, sweet girl, if she’s lucky she might just end up in the finale with jessica. all that obvious bias and super exaggerated promotion of joshua by the judges would work against him, i’m positive about that!!!

      • Marsaili says:

        No, Joshua deserves to win out of the 4 that are left. It doesn’t matter what the judges do—only people who can’t think for themselves bother to go with or against the judges, anyway. I’d like to think that Joshua’s fans aren’t such sheeple.

  21. noa says:

    is it just me or was Arrested Development the missing piece in the Idology puzzle? and Dot. gotta love Dot.

  22. Ken says:

    I think Phillip has a lock on the finale and I’ve before stated that he has a lock on winning the competition, but what I’ve realized can really block him is going to the finale with a girl and being forced to sing an official Idol Victory Song tailor-made for his competitor. I’m talking Clarkson’s Moment Like This or Sparks’s This is My Now, stuff Guarini and Lewis couldn’t hold a candle to. GET ON IT, IDOL MACHINE!

  23. Danny says:

    I at least feel this season isn’t rigged. I think any of the top 7 could have won it. I had Colton #1 when he got sent home, & Skylar #1 at the time of her exit. It’s a close call as to who’s the best. It seems to be more of what style do ya like.

    I think the judges learned from last year to not be to obvious in pimping or hating on a contestant. Jennifer Lopez might be conniving, fake, rude, boring, too stuck on herself, lacking talent, and unable to sing, but she’s actually not stupid. So she won’t be repeating the pathetic hatchet job she did on Haley last year.

    I still think that if there was this country vote that they told us there was last year, then Skylar should have breezed through this year. She’s in the same league talent wise as the top 7 was this year. Last year Scott & Lauren were average, yet they beat 2 far better talents. I can see a case for any of the top 7 staying or going. It makes me think last year was rigged though.

    • Belle says:

      Are you kidding? The judges aren’t obviously pimping or hating on a contestant? How about the standing O’s for Joshua EVERY.SINGLE.TIME he sings? That’s not obvious pimping? Best singer in 50 years? Top 2 idols of all time? And how about praising Phillip no matter how he does & never pointing out any flaws?

      As for hating on a contestant, how about the faint praise for any girl (other than Jessica) even when she’s fantastic & hammering her when she doesn’t do as well?

  24. Dean Serra says:

    If Phil makes it to the finale ( very likely ) they can just play a tape of any song he sings.They all sound the same.He looks the same.

  25. abfidy says:

    Love Jason’s pro-Hollie input. I’ve always loved seals. Honestly, of the group that’s left: Hollie and Joshua all the way. Phillip should have gone four weeks ago, and Jessica has remained static all season.

  26. Last year Scott & Lauren were average, yet they beat 2 far better talents. I can see a case for any of the top 7 staying or going. It makes me think last year was rigged though.

    • Tara says:

      That’s quite a statement. In YOUR opinion Scotty was average. Haley and James were and are over rated. James’ album is tanking. Haley’s will have a dismal showing and don’t even get me started on Casey and Pia. Scotty went platinum, won best new artist award and had two singles on BB top 40. Very “Average” for an 18 year old? Didn’t think so.

      • Tarc says:

        There isn’t a reality in the multiverse where Haley Reinhart isn’t underrated. She’s spectacular.

      • Marsaili says:

        Now, I agree with you about Scotty and Lauren but not at the expense of YOUR opinions of Haley and James! Haley should have won last year—hands down. That girl has more talent in her little finger than any of the others in the top 4. James is on a major tour right now with Buckcherry—I wouldn’t call that doing poorly and he is extremely talented. Scotty and Lauren are also hugely talented and I am very happy for their current success.

        • traj says:

          Not to mention that Jame’s album sales have jumped quite a bit lately. I think he’s got quite a good future ahead of him. As I’ve pointed out before, even Mick Mars from Motley Crue says he’s very good – say what you want about Motley Crue, but those guys obviously know what it takes to make it in Rock music so I’d say he’s a far better judge than any of us commenting on this board. While I personally didn’t care for Haley’s song earlier this season and was truthfully never really a huge fan of hers (she is VERY talented, just not the sort of music I prefer), to say that she is over rated makes me wonder if it was during her songs that you chose to take your “restroom or snack breaks” last year. :) Like I said, not a huge fan but, much like with Jessica this year I can recognize and acknowledge talent when I see it even if it isn’t to my personal musical tastes and that girl is crazy talented. To think about what she and James both overcame last year to get where they did – James with his issues and Haley with the judges obvious issues with her speaks volumes as to how talented they both are. Honestly, in MY OPINION (cause really, that’s all we’re expressing here) they should have been the top two last year. I know, I know, Scotty has sold a bajillion albums and Lauren has done far better than I’d have expected as well but, while I don’t dislike country per se, I honestly just didn’t enjoy either of them nearly as much as James and Haley. Again, just my opinion.

          • FreeHaley says:

            Yeah James instead of Scotty would’ve made sense for sure. Although Haley shoulda won it all.

      • darcy's evil twin says:

        Sorry, but Haley was nothing short of amazing. I didn’t start out as a fan of hers but she sure made me a fan. Her “What is and What Should Never Be” was one of the very best things I’ve ever seen on Idol. Why the judges were sandbagging her most of the time is a mystery, although Steven finally appeared to get tired of the charade and stood up for her. I can only guess the judges had been told that Lauren was “the one”, and I still believe she might have won over Scotty had she not lost her voice. Thank goodness the judges don’t seem to be pushing any one contestant this year.

  27. Sue says:

    As for who votes for Phillip Phillips, they are the same group that bought records recorded by Elvis and The Beatles. They vote and they buy and it makes people famous. And, guess what, haters hated Elvis and The Beatles too. Go Phillip….can’t wait for you to do original music, something the other three don’t have a clue about….so sick of covering other people’s songs in some strange genre so that the artist can be pimped on AI.

    • noa says:

      did you just compare Phillip Phillips to The Beatles?! REALLY? suddenly Joshua’s standing Os seem understated and reasonable.

      • gailer says:

        I remember when the Jonas Bros were compared to the Beatles lol

      • Templar says:

        Perhaps she meant beetles, and Elvis Costello? No, that even insults those creatures. To call Phil an anomaly would be a masterpiece of understatement. Emperor’s clothes indeed.

      • muzakality says:

        Maybe she meant the same people are voting for him, that means, women over 50 who bought Beatles and Elvis records, they think Phillip is cute? Haha.

      • Marsaili says:

        Um, did you READ what she said??? She did NOT compare Phillip to the Beatles, she was talking about the people who would buy his albums!

    • Didi says:

      Sue, please don’t confuse “he is so cuuuuute” with “he is a great musician”.
      He is a copycat and not even really good at it.

    • Paul says:

      Thank you, Sue.

    • deedee says:

      There’s the dumb “hater” word again. It’s called “opinion”, and the fact that it doesn’t match your opinion doesn’t make it “hate”.

      • Marsaili says:

        An OPINION is when someone says—I don’t care for so and so because=blah blah blah. It is NOT he IS the worst singer ever and anyone to likes him is stupid or crazy—that is a statement of judgment, NOT an opinion. Stating it like it is fact is NOT an opinion. Calling someone names is hateful. Assuming someone likes Phillip because he is cute is not only hateful, it is dismissive and rude.

        • deedee says:

          Obviously, if someone says “so & so is the worst singer ever, blah blah” they are stating an opinion, not fact. There are no facts here – that’s a given. Does everybody have to constantly say “imo” for everything, or shall we all just assume people are providing their opinion — sometimes in a forceful way.

          Calling someone names is stupid and childish, I’ll agree, but so is turning around and calling people “haters”. To me, that’s equally stupid and childish. Meh, whatever. I guess I’ll just have to suck it up, and roll my eyes, and scroll on.

          • Tarc says:

            Nonsense. The language is plain. If you don’t qualify things as your opinion, you imply that they are fact. This is common convention. If someone says something verifiably and provably ridiculous like “Philip Phillips can’t sing.” then they aren’t expression an opinion but trying to push an contrived ‘fact’. That pretty much also makes then a ‘hater’. Personally, I’ll happily use that term when warrented whenever I feel it’s warranted, and not have the vaguest qualm about it.

    • Marianne says:

      Omg – you are really comparing P2 (Dave Matthews DaveMatthews) to Elvis and the Beatles??! ArghHhghHhhh (strangle sound-effects)

    • Tarc says:

      LOL! I think everyone famous has their haters. I’m all for the Phillip Phillips success story, though.

  28. joseph says:

    Personally i really don’t like P2’s music.. he sounded like he’s constipated all the time but I’m not saying that he does not deserve to win because they all do… i like JESSICA SANCHEZ though, I’m voting for her all the way to the finale..

    • Jules says:

      You and the constipation, Joe. Repeat. Repeat. Ugh.

    • Marsaili says:

      I love Phillip and I agree, sometimes he does look constipated, LOL! BUT, I LOVE it–he is so into his music and his element—that is passion, not poop! ;-)

  29. Zach says:

    Awwwww! I love how your editor is rooting for Hollie. Me too :D GO HOLLIE!!!! SHOWEMALL!

  30. ohhai says:

    I love Jessica’s dress! :P

  31. googlecat says:

    Is it just me, or was anyone else wondering who was the 3rd idol in the bottom 3 since they only gave us the bottom 2? I was actually looking forward to finding out who are the 2 front runners. Makes me think that they’re preparing the audience for some drama when the person who goes home next week is Joshua/Jessica/Phillip. Hollie may be a consistent bottom dweller but looks like her fans have the numbers to yank her out of the teeth of elimination every week.

    • Tara says:

      I don’t believe they even told us the bottom 2. Obviously Skylar was the bottom one, but they just send someone to the other stool. More of Nigel’s manipulation. If they want to boost someone’s votes the following week, they stick them on a stool. I believe P2 was in the bottom 2, but as Jimmy I. stated he wants to go home and sending him to the stools would trigger a voting surge for him. So, they didn’t send him to the bottom 2.

      • Mary B says:

        When did Jimmy Iovine say Phillip wants to ho home? I’ve never heard that statement in any of the interviews. He said anyone else would have gone home if they went through what Phillip is dealing with but it just goes to show you how strong he is. Jimmy was admiring Phillip’s strength not saying he wants to go home.

        • Tansy says:

          Jimmy said “he’s wanted to go home for weeks” on the results show.

          • Mary B says:

            That is totally untrue. Here is Jimmy Iovine’s exact words about Phillip Phillips concerning his top 5 performances on the results show:

            Phillip Phillips (SAFE)

            Jimmy Iovine: “First, Phillip should be commended. The way he’s feeling right now, most people would have quit. He’s just that strong a personality and that strong a character. This week, I think he did two very bland songs. In life, you have to be willing to fail in order to really win. I think Phillip’s been close to it. He’s going to have to do something right now to change that. He should be in the bottom two… In my opinion, with performances alone (Jimmy motions to cuts his throat).”

          • Verna says:

            Rewatch the results show. He absolutely said Phil has wanted to go home for weeks.

          • Marsaili says:

            No, he never said that—someone has the exact quote of what he DID say on the board here, which was that most people would have gone home already, but Phillip is strong and is working through it (HUGELY paraphrasing here)

          • Mary B says:

            Also you can bring up everything Jimmy said on YouTube. Phillip wanting to go home was never said. If those words were ever said the news would have ran away with it. No where is there a story claiming that on the internet. plenty on he should go home but not any saying he’s been wanting to go home for weeks.

    • YouMakeNoSense says:

      It’s the format they use when they get to 5. I think Joshua would have been the top of the bottom if they’d done three.

    • deedee says:

      When there’s only 5 people left, there is no bottom 3. The person who is 3rd is both bottom 3 and top 3.

  32. Idol watcher says:

    I can handle anyone winning except for Phillip. All 3 of my favorites (Colton, Elise, and skylar) are gone so I just want anyone but Phillip.

    It’s not that I don’t think he’s good. He is. But his idol run is SO not deserving of a title- it’d be a mockery. Am I the only one who thinks he’s done everything possible (short of majorly screwing up a song- forgetting lyrics etc) to sabotage himself and yet he still has never been in the bottom? He refuses all advice, sings the same songs every week, goes on interviews and says he isnt the best singer… I mean it seems like the guy wanted to leave yet can’t!!

    In my opinion, him winning would be just as bad as Lauren and Scotty beating Haley for the finale last year.

    • takakupo says:

      The bar has been set so low by Lee Dewyze and Scotty McCreery. Their fans always want to rail against the more talented singers and use the ballads are boring defense or call them anything in the book but I guess nothing can beat mediocrity. Philip does not deserve to win. We are 11 seasons in and it turns out that you don’t even need an idol moment to win anymore. Such a disgrace and so deserving of losing all their viewers season after season.

      • Tarc says:

        In your opinion, which very obviously most don’t share.

        • takakupo says:

          Lol, no. A lot of people share it. Just take a look around at all the criticism. The ratings have plummeted since the last two seasons.

          • Tarc says:

            And again, making things up isn’t very useful. We know the voting results, so therefore you’re point is false. As far as overall Idol ratings, you (and they) really have zero idea what viewership is. Neilsen is completely fubared by all the modern changes in TV viewing. Personally, nothing I view is ever counted by anyone because I eschew old-fashioned viewing: I watching almost nothing live, never participate in Neilsen, decline to provide data to the cable company, and use my own (computerized) recording devices. Add in online viewing, services like Hulu, and other alternative DVR-type recorders, and you can see why they have no real idea what total viewership is, let alone what ratings for shows are. Idol might be declining slighty or could be up in total viewship.

          • takakupo says:

            DVR is accountable as well as all online viewing programs. American Idol does not present its shows online however. Idol is most definitely declining and has been over the the course of 5 years. I think you’re just being dramatic and fanatical.

          • Tarc says:

            Actually, no. *Some* DVR programming is counted – if your DVR is from the cable company and you allow it. This represents a bare majority of DVR users. It doesn’t include downloaders, online viewers, Hulu, the rest of the DVR folks, etc. Also, DVR views are counted in different ways depending on how log it takes for people to view a show. This is all evry basic, common sense information freely avalibale all over. You might want to read before you blather.

          • FreeHaley says:

            @Tarc – here is the thing, do you think viewing habits massively changed between last season’s top 3 and top 2, in ONE week?? If you look at the amount top 2 usually bumps up in audience and then compare what happened you see the ratings tanked right then and have remain tanked. Maybe you can claim this year it’s more DVR or whatnot, but I know, well everyone I know, even myself for much of season, just didn’t want to bother with it anymore.

          • Tarc says:

            I quit watching myself because I don’t care for country, so it was immaterial to me who won. I was referring to takakupo’s comment on overall ratings and their reliability to track actual ratings, especially from year to year over the last five in particular, since the way people watch TV has chnaged. If you are referring to the same measure from top 3 to top 2, I’d agree that the drop wasn’t *accurate* but proportional to the real loss. That’s a separate issue to what I was referring to.

        • FreeHaley says:

          Plenty do. The ratings tanked for last season’s finale and have never recovered. Idol is down 30%.

    • MIchael says:

      Actually, I think that sticking to his guns has been a genious move on his part, whether or not it was intentional. The other contestants often took criticism and suggestions like mindless sponges. Phil blew it off without coming across as a dick. I’m not a fan of his singing but I like him.

      • Idol watcher says:

        Phillip CANNOT win this show for the sake of the show’s integrity. It was obvious Haley deserved to beat out Scotty and Lauren, but Scotty was so radio-ready it made sense for him to win, and well, Lauren was the most pimped, least deserving of the finale in idol history, though I do like her. So it was explainable why those two made it.

        But Phillip? Boring, lukewarm performances, nothing even remotely close to an idol moment, a good voice that will probably not be commercially friendly. At least Scotty was radio ready, Phillip will be a disgrace if crowned the winner.
        He doesn’t want it even, I can see he just wants a record deal where he can do his thing. Why are you people forcing him to win when he doesn’t deserve and doesnt want to win?

        • Templar says:

          ITA. P2 has the tour $ to look forward to and I doubt 19E would be a good fit for him. It was not the best fit for Lee DeWyze either.

          • Tarc says:

            I agree with you on this. They led DeWyze down the wrong path. They should have recut the best 2-3 songs from Slumberland and added some new songs that were like what he was doing. He could have had a couple crossover hits – pop and country.

  33. Lunakit says:

    Michael: “I don’t want to turn this episode into the Phillip Phillips Bashing Hour.”
    Me: “ACK! Is it possible that Michael *actually* thinks that Idology lasts for an HOUR?” ;-)

    Perhaps no one has the heart to tell him…. poor guy.

    Forgive me, but it’s the only way I can explain why Michael has not had the decency to let us know why Idology is submitted to a 10 minute hatchet job each week…. pssst! He thinks it is still an hour!)

    • noa says:

      :) i don’t get it. it looks like he reads the comments. and yet this issue is brought up in EVERY post many times, and he hasn’t addressed it yet. come on Slezak, please give us an explanation. we deserve it, no? and while you’re at it, please tell us when to expect the Elise interview to be posted. i need it to closure. put this season behind me (it is over, right? been over for a week as far as i’m concerned).

      • NedPepper says:

        I think it has something to do with ENTV who posts it on Youtube. I’m guessing he has a time limit now. I don’t think this is Slezak’s decision. He was even talking really fast to try and get all his thoughts in this week.

    • GeorgeR says:

      heehee

  34. Diana says:

    Send P2 home.

  35. Claudia Costa Chaves says:

    Mr. Slezak, could you please let Miss Doolittle speak? You’re a motormouth, sir.

  36. Tansy says:

    There has to be a way to get them to change the voting policy.

  37. angelstorm says:

    Seriously though – Phillip this week was so bad I had to fast forward ! Literally some of the worst performances I’ve ever seen on idol. It’s unfathomable to me that people are voting to listen to more of that ! And I mean – he seems like a nice guy and everything don’t get me wrong – but please – just stop with the “singing”!

    YES !! I was thinking exactly what Michael said right at the end there about Jessica – she’s now the one going under the radar – Phillip is just Phillip, Joshua is Standing-O man, Hollie is the comeback kid and I don’t know but I’m sensing a change is gon’ come for Jessica ! A surge where all of a sudden it’ll be like – whoa wait a minute . . .lets not forget about Jessica!

  38. michael m. says:

    skylar is just a typical country singer. nothing extraordinary about her. there’s so many singers out there like her.

  39. marygrace says:

    “RECOUNT FOR ELISE”

  40. Applesdefinitely says:

    omg just give Hollie a gold star and be done with it! She DID progress last couple weeks, but are we gonna compare her to the rest or to her previous not-that-good perfs? jfc.

    Because Jessica, Josh, Skylar, Elise were consistently great all this time. How the fact that after 3/4 of the competition Hollie managed to kinda reach close to their level makes her the Star? She didn’t become better, she just – sorta – caught up, okay?

  41. Chris says:

    There is no formula to win American Idol but surely Jessica if you read through any of this… If someone said, “Jessica did you know you could command the stage better in say 2 inch heels”?, you’d actually listen? I hope so because Proud Mary would have been so much better had you not had to think about every move you were making for the fear of falling over flat. No center of balance when moving equals ridiculous when you are performing on a stage in a competition. Save the 4 inch heels for the press tent (same to you Hol’s).

    I think Jessica and Phillip are leading this race… time will tell. Skylar was the only country artist this season and I’d bet money that she has a deal waiting in the wings.

    Looking forward to the song choices this week – hoping they are a heck of a lot better than last week.

  42. Sasha says:

    I think it will be a Joshua, Philip, Hollie final 3.

    That isn’t to say I want Jessica voted off, I dont.

    I would prefer a Joshua, Jessica, Hollie final 3.

    To be honest I can’t remember a Philip performance, the only thing i remember about him is “Does you daddy let you date?” which i think is adorable and funny…maybe thats one of the reasons people are voting for him?

  43. takakupo says:

    I am sick of Philip’s “illness” being used as a reason for his poor performances and lack of quality vocals when it is just an excuse. Every contestant from Kelly Clarkson to Lauren Alaina and Paul McDonald has had to perform whilst being ill and it didn’t stop them. It is ridiculous to expect less of Phil and overpraise him when he comes up short and just goes to show how naive and ill-advised any critic or fan has been of the frontrunners since Simon lost his spark years ago.

    • Just sayin' says:

      I don’t really think a cold/little throat soreness compares to kidney issues.

      • NedPepper says:

        It still doesn’t excuse giving him a pass to win because of sympathy votes. Not once did anyone mention Crystal Bowersox’s diabetes as an excuse for a poor performance. Because despite her health issues…SHE SANG WELL. Every week.

        • noa says:

          yeah! Bowersox! i heard the we will rock you clapping in the background while reading your comment.

        • Sandi says:

          You are absolutely right. In fact, even when Bowersox almost had to miss a show she didn’t mention the nature of the illness on the air. And if we’re going to talk sympathy, how about when David Cook’s brother was dying of brain cancer and he performed under the stress of that and yet never elected to discuss it on the show – even when Ryan tried to get it out of him.

          I do feel bad for anyone who has to perform while ill but there are no merit points in show biz. No one’s going to go out and buy subpar music from an artist because of sympathy. It’s not going to happen.

          • MA says:

            Phillip hasn’t mentioned it at all either. The show has and his parents did once, but he’s never said a thing about it and isn’t using anything as an excuse. It’s the same with Elise and the dog. The show brought that up too. These contestants all strike me as normal people who aren’t into pity parties, and they’re a lot more dedicated and hardworking than most of us are. I don’t blame Phillip at all for his illness or for our knowing about it. I wouldn’t even notice he wasn’t in those Ford commercials if Internet posters didn’t bring it up.

          • noa says:

            MA- we’re all continuing the discussion that Michael started- and that was directed to the producers. they’re the ones (through Jimmy) who are trying to make excuses for him. i think the whole thing should be put aside and not be part of the show, especially since at this point Phillip will be getting a lot from the show anyway, so people should vote on how the contestant performs, and not on why he didn’t perform well.

          • MA says:

            Actually the first poster said that he was sick of Phillip’s illness being used as an excuse. That’s mostly what I was responding to. I think it’s more an issue of compassion, though. We should empathize with the fact that Phillip is sick, not bash him for it. This idea that Phillip’s illness is being used as an excuse is the same as what people were saying about Elise’s dog. An excuse for what? People are voting for Phillip because they like him and think he’s the best one, not because they pity him because he’s sick. If he has off weeks because he feels crappy, they forgive it because they want him there. I voted for Elise after that ridiculous “Let’s Get It On” because I thought she was the best one and was having an off week and I wanted her there. I don’t think it’s some great conspiracy. The producers want a good show. Dying dogs, sick contestants, crying…that’s drama so they milk it. As for Phillip himself, people just like him. I like him, and I’d say he’s probably the most musician-minded person left. Lots of people prefer that to just singers. That’s one big reason I liked Elise and Skylar. They write their own stuff; they play instruments. In my opinion, it takes a lot more study and skill and musical know-how to do that than just being born with a big voice. Others prefer the big voice. That’s okay too, but it’s not like Phillip is doing something awful to Joshua, Jessica, or Hollie (or Elise, Skylar, Erika, etc.) by being there and sometimes being off because he’s sick. Of course he’s winning because he’s cute. All of these people are good looking. They don’t pick ugly people for American Idol, whether they can sing or not. This is a TV show, and the producers are directing it to be appealing, dramatic, and exciting. That’s not new information, really.

          • noa says:

            i totally agree with you, and i really like Phillip. he seems like a great guy and i never thought he’s “doing something” to the other contestants. and even though i get why Ryan or Jimmy bring up his health issues, i think it can’t come at the expense of real critic. if Randy had said something like “this wasn’t your best. we’ve seen better from you before. you were out of tune throughout the high parts. but i still like you and to be performing at that level while going through all these health problems is quite admirable.” i wouldn’t mind it AT ALL. the judges need to be kind, fair and truthful.

            as for Elise- they used it AGAINST her. not FOR her. which is so much worse. and if i were in the US i would have voted for her that week because No One was the best performance of the night. even if Let’s Get It On wasn’t good. (and even that was still better than some of Phillip’s performances.) it was like revenge- “oh, you didn’t cry when we wanted you to? so now we’re going to bash you”. they totally should have called her on the fact that it wasn’t good. but say WHY it wasn’t good in regards to her SINGING. not if she cried or not. say that she made weird vocal choices. say that she didn’t pull off the sexiness of the song. but don’t make stuff up.

            no one is doing that to Phillip, and rightly so, but no one is mentioning the fact that other people have been out singing him for a while now either. and that’s what should be said, no matter what else is going on.

        • Tarc says:

          Actually, they did. I’m sure it’s on youtube – there was a week they featured video of her heading off to the hospital. Ryan discussed it at length. And, Phil sings well every week – he gets plenty of votes.

          • NedPepper says:

            Dear God, man, I hope you’re being paid to pimp him this much after every single post that questions whether or not he deserves to win. You keep saying he has numbers…on this board, a NUMBER of people think he’s overrated. And there’s nothing wrong with that.

    • Tarc says:

      Considering that Phillip’s never used that as an excuse, you’re just making things up now. Wow, the haters hate.

      • Sandi says:

        He never used it as an excuse but Idol keeps putting it out there as an excuse. It’s not about hate. It’s about what is and isn’t relevant.

        I most certainly do not hate Phillip. But, at this point, I think he’s the least deserving to win of those that are left.

        • Tarc says:

          The operative phrase being “Idol keeps putting it out there”. That’s not Phillip’s doing. And again, ‘least deserving’ is a matter of opinion. If we went by that, I’d say Phillip is most deserving because he’s the only one I’d buy music from. But YMMV on that – people like different things. I almost hope he doesn’t win, because I don’t think 19 is the place for him.

      • takakupo says:

        I don’t know why you keep trying to spin this as “Hate”. It’s a legitimate criticism and if you can’t take that then you really have to reassess the scales that you’re using to measure up your artist. I notice that you never really refute anything either. You just use bland generalities and one liners to get your point across. Maybe you should actually try to make an argument somewhere?

        • Tarc says:

          Seeing as you make post after post of nothing but falsehoods and how much you have a contestant, I think it’s obvious. My evaluation scales are great, thanks – and vastly superior to lying. :)

        • Flippy from Happy Tree Friends says:

          Yo, takakupo! Don’t mind that prick Tarc. Obviously to him, P2’s got the Midas Touch. Heck, even I could recognize when my own favorite isn’t up to par.

          • Tarc says:

            I always find it intersting when people make things up when the actual evidence to the contrary is still accessible on the same website. Isn’t that ‘pricky’? I usually go with disingenuous.

    • Marsaili says:

      Um, I hardly think a sore throat or the flu compares to kidney disease and severe, chronic pain. Wow, some of you are really cold fish, aren’t you Have you ever HAD a kidney stone–I have, it’s HORRIFIC pain. Well, guess what—Phillip has MULTIPLE stones and when they get rid of the, MORE come back—constantly. I can understand not liking his performances, but to belittle the severity of his illness is disgusting and LOW. All you who stoop that low really ought to be ashamed.

      • Mary B says:

        I agree wholeheartedly. People who have had kidney stones that I know have compared it to the pain of giving birth. It is suppose to be horrific and not only that he has a stunt put in and needs surgery and will not have it till after the show is finished. Jimmy does not seem like someone that is going to pull any punches and for him to stress how much Phillip is going through, it has to be bad. Yes, he needs to step up his game and do the best he can but don’t belittle what he is going through. I give him a lot of credit for sticking it out, it must mean alot to him. That’s why I get upset when people stretch the truth and say he wants to go home. He never once said that and either did Jimmy imply it. It would have been all over the internet it that was true and it is not. Its just a way of guilting his fans to not vote for him.

        • Snsetblaze says:

          And if he wanted to go home, there’s really no reason he could have outright just quit for health reasons. Still probably would get a deal.

          • MA says:

            I say the same thing about this that I did about Elise and the dog: If I were Phillip’s mom, I’d probably want him to quit and come home. If I were Phillip, I’d have to be hauled off in a stretcher before I’d pull out of the show. No one would leave at this point. Is that the best thing for his health? Probably not. Does Phillip care right now? Probably not. He’s three people away from winning American Idol. The kid is going to do whatever he can to stay.

      • MA says:

        Amen to this, Marsaili!

  44. NR says:

    Jessica & Hollie all the way. They are the true underdogs Jessica was voted off and was saved while Hollie has been marginalized for too long by the judges. Either girl winning will be a blessing in this drought caused by guys winning for 4 straight years

    • Templar says:

      ITA. But the voting policy won’t change and neither will Nigel’s manipulations.

    • Marsaili says:

      Yeah, cause a black soul singer has won so many times, haven’t they? Joshua deserves to win over Jessica and Hollie—although I wouldn’t be disappointed with Hollie winning, either. Oh, heck, I’ll be happy for any of them, but I will be elated if Joshua wins!

      • NR says:

        It is not about race or gender well a bit about gender. I think 4 years is enough and a girl winning would help in easing the pain of Crystal Bowersox, Siobhan Magnus, Allison Iraheta, Haley Reinhart losing the idol crown

        • Marsaili says:

          But it clearly is about race, people aren’t posting about Guys With Guitars, they are complaining about WHITE guys with guitars and how a woman hasn’t won in 5 years. A black male hasn’t won since season 2, I think we are WAY overdue for an awesome black male singer.

          • Layla says:

            We are way overdue for a Latina Asian Female singer who still has to take classes whie competing. ;)

  45. aw says:

    i dont know whether you saw my message under your recap but THANK YOU for not making this phillipbash-ology! really enjoyed it…we all might have different tastes and thanks for reeling it back to unbias, music based judgements!! i think they are all really talented up there, all had there bad and good weeks, and i wish they all do well, because from this point (skylar included!) they really can with the right songs – i never thought id love carrie more than bo during idol but with the right production and songs, they all can be amazing!! after loyally watching AI for years its great to see a top 5 with such talent and potential!!!

  46. Hollie has showed how much she wants this by getting better in the fast couple of weeks. Hopefully she has been gaining fans and can win this think. She has proved it too me! I went in this season not really being a fan of hers, but I totally am now. The thing with Melanie Amaro from XFactor is she was actually voted off. Simon just didn’t choose her that time. The voting public hadn’t had the opportunity to vote her out.

    Jessica (most likely) did get eliminated, so either people assumed she was safe, or not many people like her as they had thought… there is a difference there.

    Both girls are the underdog. Maybe that’s why they both are in. I’m hoping one of them win.

  47. jiji33 says:

    also props to meghan joy. as far as i remember she was th eonly one who had a great style all her own and wore FLATS!

    • deedee says:

      Or how about when Katherine McPhee went barefoot?

    • Snsetblaze says:

      Lilly Scott wore them too at least some of the time. And Skylar wore flat boots. But I agree, the girls should start wearing flatter, more confortable shoes. Even character shoes (which only have an at most 2 inch heel would be fine – dancers/actresses wear them in plays).

    • CAM says:

      And Brooke White would wear flats or take off her shoes…

  48. NedPepper says:

    Okay, I just want to say that the Ripley-Newt scenes for Hollie are figgiin brilliant! I got me some laughs. Great episode of Idolatry. Newt and Joshua in the finals! It will “pearfict”.

  49. Erin says:

    I have not understood the voting success Philip has had on this show. IMO he performs the same sound in a narrow range every time, changes melodies to ???, oh and plays guitar. No I am not a “HATER” and yes I am what some refer to as “Cougar” age…he is a cute kid, not worthy of voting for and certainly not the best “singer”, nor the winner. That really would be a disservice to frankly the other 7 contestants who were there also this year. Can’t imaging what type of album Hollie/Jessica would make and it is a ballady type or today’s pop music style – count me out. Joshua is the only singer besides Elise and frankly Skylar (I am NOT a country music fan) who moved me when they sing because they connect to the song emotionally. Hollie has improved in lots of ways but still not at the same level with the emotional song connection all the time. Jessica has a perfect pitch and nuance voice but really seems not to connect at all. Close your eyes when she sings and you do not feel her – same as was with Carrie U- never moved me ever….. I wish the show would up the age to at least 18 and please oh please fix the voting! BTW I have not voted since Chris Daughtry was voted off….

  50. ClickMe says:

    I want Michael to be in True Blood Season 5..

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