American Idol: Top 5 Results

4 05 2012

Results shows are tough at this stage in the American Idol Season.

BUT…

Even though Randy said this was the best Top 5 ever… I considered 2 or 3 of them mediocre and in danger after wednesday night’s performances. Philip didnt knock it out of the park as he ususally does, Holly was, as always, forgettable at best, Skylar was pitchy in that last song – and they know it now that they’ve watched it back, Jessica has been coasting a bit… the only one that had a stand out night was Joshua, which we have come to expect.

So now people are voting for who they want to win this thing…right? It’s not really about the individual performances of any given night, it’s about their whole body of work to this point, and who people think should be the next ‘Idol’.

We can talk more about this…after we get to the results from last night.

Joshua. Safe

Holly and Philip. Holly in the bottom, Philip safe.

Jessica and Skylar. Jessica safe, Skylar in the bottom.

Bottom two: Skylar and Holly

Holly has had an express ticket to the bottom since the Top 10. Could it finally be her time? Skylar was highly praised last night, but sitting where I was sitting, she was screechy and pitchy in that last ballad.

The person eliminated… Skylar.

Holly slays another dragon.

So, who will the mass voting audience decide is their American Idol? The decision is made NOW.

Is it the raw acoustic Philip Phillips? Not everyone ‘gets’ his Dave Matthews vibe.

Is it the 16 year old phenom with the Whitney voice, Jessica? A few years ago, I wouldve said she was the shoo-win, the perfect picture of what the Simon Cowell regime crowned a commercial goldmine.

Is it Joshua, with ‘the voice’ ‘the gift’… he is literally the male version of Fantasia, and as highly praised as Fantasia was in her Idol stint, she was not THAT successful at finding a broad market later on.

Or… is it the blonde ballad singer Holly. She brings nothing creative or new to the table, except a good voice. Maybe, that’s what America values over everything else.

Thoughts?

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American Idol: Top 7 Results

20 04 2012

This is when it starts getting hard to watch the American Idol results shows.

No, not because they insist on making the contestants sing in Mickey Mouse Club group performances, or the agonizing Ford commercials, or plugging the new record of the demi-celebs in the audience.

Because now is the time in the competition when you look very critically at who remains, and start to make some tough decisions about who really is the Best of the Best.  Did anyone think that Holly would make it past Colton? Or that Jessica would need the judges save last week? Last weel’s bottom three was a complete mystery…

The bottom 3 this week wasnt particularly jaw dropping based on the performances on Wednesday night.

Colton, Holly and Elise.

Colton didnt get rave reviews from the judges, and I wonder if that swayed voters? Holly was stronger than she’s been, but still completely unmemorable (how many Liverpuddlians are voting for her?!) and Elise was highly criticized for her final performance, virtually sealing her fate in the bottom 3 again.

There’s a case for all, I wouldnt have been surprised by any of them leaving. But I didnt WANT Colton to leave, and he did.

If we start voting out the unique artists, we are left with a Jordin Sparks or Dianna DiGarmo situation in the finals. It will be Phillip and Holly in the final 2, and the mass audience will vote for Holly as the safe alternative to the ‘artist’. That’s my nightmare.

So it’s now a Top 6 that has weak links… and we ahve to sit through yet another week of Holly struggling to find the pitch in  a power ballad and the judges telling her how ‘pretty’ she looks tonight.

Thoughts?





American Idol Top 9: Results

30 03 2012

After a night of unmatchable Top 9 performances, I was seriously dreading the American Idol Results Show last night.

Eliminating one of these singers seems unjust after such a stand out week of performances. It seems impossible pick the best or the worst of such a strong group. I guess this is where personal preference comes into play.

Did America dig Colton the way I digged Colton?
How many country fans are out there voting for Skylar?
Is Joshua starting to bore people with his abilities?
What is Deandres ‘target market’?
Is Heejun just a joker and playing us all?
Should Philip try to mix it up?
Has Elise finally found a fan-base?
Can Jessica ever really TOP her Whitney song?
Will criticism from the judges affect Hollie’s votes?

America voted, to my absolute pleasant surprise, the same way I wouldve voted last night.

Bottom 3: Skylar, Hollie and Heejun

the final result? Heejun was eliminated and sent home – after arguably his best week.

 





American Idol Top 11 Results

16 03 2012

This was a big week for the contestants on American Idol.

Making it through THIS round, gave them  a spot in the Top 10, and perhaps even more important, a spot on the American Idol Tour bus. It means, you wont be forgotten AS soon as the people who DIDNT make the TOp 10. It means you’ve got a shot at a recording contract from this gig. It means that EVEN if you DONT win the whole shebang, you’ll oficially have a JOB after this is over.

Even with the departure of the delinquent Jermaine Jones, a contestant woudl be eliminated this week… because FOX has pre-paid for this time slot and Idol has to deliver what they promised. ALthough I wouldnt have minded seeing an entire hour of the Law & Order: AI starring Nigel Lithgow and another British producer, interrogating the unwitting Jermaine Jones in an LA hotel room. That was classic.

So after a fairly low key, mediocre night of competition… it wasnt hard to choose a bottom 3. Not that it was necessarily the ‘right’ 3, but there were definitely more than 3 pretty lacklustre performances last night.

It was an all-girl bottom 3.

Elise, Shannon and Erika.

I’m with the judges, I think Elise shouldve been rewarded for one of the best performances of the night. Unfortunately, thats not how it works. Very rarely do you ‘pick up’ new fans on this show. You need to solidify your fanbase very early on, then it doesnt matter how good or bad your night is… you fans will still vote for you.

But she didnt get eliminated, so with another great song next week… she could work her way back into a contender.

It was between  tall, blonde Shannon and Erika Van Pelt.

Shannon eliminated and sent home.





American Idol: 14 of Top 24 Revealed

23 02 2012

Last night, the first 14 of the Top 24 were revealed.

I don’t know what to title this post. Is it still Vegas Week? Is it the Top 24, or is it “part one” of the Top 24 selection? It’s confusing, they are drawing this process out FARRRR too long for my liking (and you know me, any extra Idol on TV makes me happy).

It’s seriously over dramatic – the contestants walk down a smokey aisle to a stage surrounded by water and Vegas set pieces ominously looming overhead. We then ‘look back’ at their journey – from audition to their final solo. It helps us remember certain people, but it’s still a bit much. These are now mini soap operas we are forced to follow from day 1. It never used to be that way – they’d remind you by showing one clip of them either auditioning, or singing in group week. Now we get to relive every performance, and recall every sentimental backstory.

At this rate, Idol is going to be crowning a winner… in 2013. (AFTER 2 seasons have aired of The Bachelor)

I kid, I kid. We love this stuff…right?

Last night, half of the Top 24 was announced.

Here’s the List:

Baylie Brown
Colton Dixon
Creighton Fraker
Reed Grimm
Heejun Han
Jen Hirsh
Haley Johnsen
Joshua Ledet
Phillip Phillips
Jessica Sanchez
Chelsea Sorrell
Elise Testone
Erika Van Pelt
Brielle Von Hugel

 Some obvious frontrunners (many for which the build up was unneccessary) like Hejun, Colton, Philip, Jen, Reed, Haley etc. Producers gave us one more reason to hate the process by leaving us hanging with the emotional new dad Adam Brock. (I dont think this is as much a cliffhanger as they would like us to think… are you really going to let one of the best singers to ever grace an Idol stage go?)

Thoughts?





American Idol Top 2: May 19

20 05 2011

Did you need the full hour on AMerican Idol last night, to figure out the Final 2?

I didn’t.

By now you know, it is Scotty and Lauren in the Final 2. But by about halfway through the show… it was an easy prediction to make.

As soon as I saw the Hometown receptions… I knew the outcome.

Geography has as much to do with the outcome as anything… Both Scotty and LAuren come from tight knit (southern) communities that have completely embrassed and worshipped their every move on this show.

So as much as I thought the ‘Country Vote’ might be split, giving Haley a chance at the finals… it’s not about style of music, it’s about fanbase.

Well,  Thoughts?

It’s not a super strong final 2 … it’s going to be like watching the CMA’s next week at the finale. I like country music, but I feel like it’s just going to be a ho-down instead of a showdown.





American Idol Elimination: May 12

13 05 2011

I was not ready for the American Idol shocker elimination last night.

I mean, I knew there was a 1 in 4 chance someone I loved would go home… I just didnt think it would happen.

Last night, we had to sit through a Steven Tyler self promotion, another inane Ford commercial, a new album from an old Idol, a taped Lady Gaga song, and the return of Enrique. Just to get to the results…

It started off bad for me, sending Lauren to the safe chairs. This left my Top 3 in danger. Next, Haley was sent to the safe chair, which left MY favourite and a fan-favourite in jeopardy.

Now there was a 1 in 2 chance that I would be disappointed… and the worst possible outcome was announced.

James Durbin, eliminated from the American Idol competition.

I don’t know what your reaction was, but my  jaw could not have been closer to the floor.. and the scream I emitted was not a pretty sound.

So your Top 3 is: Scotty, Lauren and Haley.

The competition is wide open… seriously. It will come down to who perfomrs the best on the final night.

Thoughts?

What was your reaction to the results?








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