April 25, 2012 07:08 PM by Candace Young
Last week it was another shocking result on American Idol as seemingly popular Colton Dixon was ousted based on America’s votes, and judges, who had used their save on Jessica Sanchez the previous week were unable to throw him a lifeline. Tonight, the remaining six contestants will perform one song choice of their own, as well as a song by the band Queen. Roger Taylor and Brian May are guesting…
There were rumors right up until show time that Ryan Seacrest was too sick to host tonight, but alas, wonder boy makes it on stage live sporting a Bruno Mars hairdo and seeming just a tad congested. American Idol kicks off with Roger Taylor and Brian May performing a Queen mash-up with the Top 6. It’s enough to make you wish for an Adam Lambert appearance. No, really.
Round One – Queen Songs
Jessica Sanchez tackles Bohemian Rhapsody. She gives it the power ballad treatment, which isn’t very appealing, but her vocals are beautiful of course. The judges point out that rock is not her forte. Randy Jackson still thought it was great.
Skylar Laine sings The Show Must Go On for her Queen tune. In the beginning, the country twang is worrisome, but she quickly finds more intensity and it ends up being quite powerful. Jennifer Lopez got those infamous ‘goosies’, and Steven and Randy think it was fabulous!
Joshua Ledet performs This Thing Called Love. I was so hoping Phil Phillips would do this one. Joshua totally does his thing with it, though, and the crowd goes wild. The judges give it rave reviews.
Elise Testone sings I Want It All. She’s utterly in her comfort zone – raunchy rock – love it! Steven Tyler says she found her stride. JLO says she was in her element, and Randy concurs – it was brilliant.
Phillip Phillips performs Fat Bottomed Girls. He, too, is right at home singing with that ‘bad boy’ groove and his sidelong looks. It’s not over-the-top incredible, but it’s exactly what you want to hear from Phil. Steven and JLo love it, but Randy holds back a little.
Hollie Cavanaugh does Queen’s Save Me. She looks fabulous in a red satin suit, and though it’s not perfect, it’s a very enjoyable performance on the whole. The judges coach her on ‘letting go’ and are basically are still waiting for her to have a ‘moment’.
Round Two – Contestant’s Choice
Jessica Sanchez is dedicating her song to her dad. It’s Dance With My Father Again by Luther Vandross. It’s the usual ballad we’ve come to expect from Jessica, but what’s different this time is that she’s able to connect with the lyrics, so we feel the emotion. Much better! Jennifer notes the emotion, Steven doesn’t think she could sing anything badly, and Randy thinks she’s more amazing now that the feeling’s in there.
Skylar Laine has chosen, not surprisingly, a country tune, Tattoos On This Town. Her performance is spot on – this girl is radio-ready, concert-ready – good to go! The judges marvel at another great performance and how comfortable she is on stage.
Josh Ledet shows his soft side with Ready For Love. His performance is short but intense, with impressive runs! The judges stand up for him, and gush over his talent.
Elise Testone selects Bold As Love by Jimi Hendrix as her song. It’s moody and makes the most of her voice. Steven warns she should have sung a familiar song, but Jennifer says she slayed it so hard that it doesn’t matter! Randy thought she was boxing with the song, but Jennifer vocally disagrees with him! Fight!
Phil Phillips puts a smile on my face from the first note of The Stone. He’s accompanied by a fiddle-player which gives an interesting flavor to his usual bluesy growl. Steven marvels that it was off the wall. Jennifer thought the tune was a little obscure and artsy. Randy disagrees, saying Phil showed his true colors once again – he loved it! On another note, Ryan Seacrest’s girlfriend, Julianne Hough, is backstage sighing and blushing over Phillip – hilarious!
Hollie Cavanaugh sings The Climb by Miley Cyrus to finish the show. She belts it right out, with just a couple wobblies, and the crowd roars its approval! The judge think she stepped it up and it was a perfect song choice for her.
Overall, not the best night for this group of contestants – they’re getting a little predictable maybe? Who do you think should go home this week?
Katy Perry, Stefano Langone, and The Queen Extravaganza perform on tomorrow night’s results show.
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