It was only fitting that on the day of Dick Clarke’s passing, the incarnation of American Bandstand and his sucessor would take the stage and the living rooms of millions across the world.
Dick Clarke paved the way for this KIND of entertainment. Music fused with dance, personalities, celebrity, and must-see TV. He will be missed, but his legacy will remain in Hollywood for the ages.
The Top 6 performed twice last night: a Current song, and a Soul song. There’s probably only ONE person that was thrilled about the second song theme…
Let’s start with Holly.
1. Rolling in the Deep – I knew it was just a matter of time before someone decided to take on this classic Adele tune. And yes, it is classic. I’m putting in that category of songs you shouldnt touch for about 10 years, because no on can sing it like she does. Holly is a Brit, so no DOUBT she’s been wanting to sing this song since performing it infront of her mirror (like the rest of us). She did a good job, her voice is strong and she can sure belt it out when the song calls for it. She lacked sass, which is what this song really needs to be successful.
2. Son of a Preacher – everyone struggled with Soul, but Holly did better than most. Her voice is powerful and smooth so she can easily sing… anything. It was nice to see her confidently strut through a song instead of nervously taking the stage.
1. Bad Romance – really?! That was my initial thought. Then again, it’s Colton… you knew he would change it up to fit his style. He changed it up just enough to make it different fromt he original, yet it stayed true tot he melody. Colton is picking better songs to ‘play’ with now. Bad Romance is a bit of an anthem… and he nailed it.
2. September – Earth Wind and Fire, virtually unrecognizable after he ‘Colton-ized’ it. But in my opinion, it sounded like a brand new song that could be a hit record today. The judges didnt LOVE it… I kinda did.
1. No one – Interesting choice. Elise has ‘mad skills’, her runs are insane, her inflections are totally unique to her, but I wish she’s stick to the rock/blues style she’s been KILLING lately. WOuldnt it have been cool to see her come out and do The White Stripes, RadioHead or King of Leon? I SO wish she had done that instead…
2. Lets Get it On – If I had a list (and I do) of my LEAST favourite songs (dont judge), THIS song would be on it and very clsoe to the top (cue the hate mail). So I may not be the best judge of how well or how poor Elise sang it. The song can’t be saved… in my opinion. So whether Elise was disconnected for bang on, I couldnt tell you. However, I CAN tell you that the judges spent more time trying to explain why they didnt like it than any other contestant. I think Elise is in trouble…again.
1. You Got it Bad – how does this kid, the guitar wielding son of a Pawn Shop owner in the deep south, even KNOW this Usher song? Well, it int Usher’s song anymore… it’s a Phillip Phillips song now! He threw down an unbelievable acoustic version of the song that would make Dave Matthews proud.
2. In the Midnight Hour – guitar-less Phillip has to rely on his dancing to keep his body from running off the stage. His guitar is his anchor. That’s not to say it isnt nice to see him go Joe Cocker on stage to a classic Soul song. He can do anything…
Next to the stage, Jessica Sanchez
1.Falling – Remember when EVERYONE sang this song, in any and every singing competition? Well, it has been a few years since this song was played 1 out of every 3 songs on every radio station… which is why I didnt hate it. Also, it was Jessica SAnchez singing it. This girl attacks vocal runs like none other. She absolutely came out strong from her near elimination last week and proved her talent cannot be matched.
2. Try a Little Tenderness – I thought this song was a little bit forced vocally. She shouldve tried a little tenderness! She belted or growled every note to perfection… it just wasnt my taste.
Next up, Skylar
1. Born this Way – the Country version. I have both on my iPod and the country version actually has more plays. Skylar keeps finding ‘country versions’ of songs, the reson they are so successful is because Americans EAT UP country versions of hit songs. And she is definitely finding her way in this competition… I like HER version of country better than any other version of country on TV (I’m talking to you Raelynn on The Voice).
2. Heard it Through the Grapevine – didnt have a country version… until last night. Yep, Skylar countrified Gladys Knight and the Pips, and it was… really cool. Skylar had a good night and didnt seem to have any trouble with the Soul theme.
End with, Joshua (the Closer)
1. I believe – I hated this choice. He picked the insipid Fantasia song she was FORCED to make her first single. I has moments, and he loves the ‘moments’, I jsut thought it was a bit cheeseball and …. not current enough. It lacked cool factor, but that’s his only downfall.
2. A Change is Gonna Come – Even I was standing at the end of this song. What a PERFECT song choice, and a PERFECT rendition of an old soul classic. Joshua knows his style, knows his voice, knows his gift and consistently delievers memorable performances.