'American Idol' Recap: 80s Night Is All About Song Choice
Hollie Cavanagh sang “Flashdance (What a Feeling)” by Irene Cara
Steven Said: Your pitch was all over the place.
J-Lo Said: You have to let it go.
Randy Said: Your voice is amazing. If you stop thinking the bad things won’t happen to you.
I’m really starting to veer into the camp of Hollie’s being a technical marvel more than she is an actual singer. Here that’s very apparent. Yes, her voice sounds great. Yes, she grabs all the notes. There’s nothing wrong with her performance, and that’ really where the problem is.
She just doesn’t seem to be able to lose herself in a song. You can see and hear her thinking her way through the performance. Like she’s looking at the sheet music and trying to hit it perfect rather than just connecting with the song and rocking it out.
Again, her voice is great. There’s nothing wrong here. It just felt a bit distant and forced.
Prediction: Bottom three last week. I think she’s there again this week.
Jessica and Joshua sang “I Knew You Were Waiting For Me” by George Michael and Aretha Franklin
How good is Joshua? He just absolutely blew Jessica off the stage here without even trying.
Colton Dixon sang “Time After Time” by Cyndi Lauper
Steven Said: You could do a record right now.
J-Lo Said: I felt so many different things as I was watching that. It was amazing.
Randy Said: You’re so current. I love watching you to see what you’re gonna do.
I love the arrangement. Totally dig the arrangement. Taking a great song and making it your own is tough, but Colton definitely does that here when he turns this into an Emo Anthem that could have been originated by Panic! At the Disco and nobody would think anything of it. That’s an accomplishment.
Still tough to get over the fact, though, that Colton really can’t sing that well. He’s a poor man’s Jared Leto when it comes to the vocals and has a stage presence similar to his character in ‘Panic Room’.
I like what he does with the music here. I just don’t know about him.
UH-OH. CAVEAT: He admits to stealing the arrangement. I would have given him a “B”, but down goes a letter grade. Well, part of one.
Prediction: He’ll be around awhile.
Skylar Laine sang “Wind Beneath My Wings” by Bette Midler
Steven Said: That’s the best song you coulda picked for your voice and the end of the night.
J-Lo Said: You said to America: “Do not count me out.”
Randy Said: Wow. Wow. Be all you can be.
Holy wow! I Here I thought Skylar was just a one-type-of-performance wonder. That we already saw all she had. It was going to be honky tonk bar girl every night and nothing more.
Tonight she showed that isn’t true. She takes a pop ballad, country fries it, and makes it work. Even more, she showed a side of herself that was completely unlike anything we’ve seen before. I didn’t know she had this type of performance in her. But she did. Almost.
Yes, it wasn’t perfect. She’s no Carrie Underwood for sure. Some pitch issues. Some inability to really let her voice soar, but for the most part she acquitted herself very well here.
Prediction: Super super safe.
So who picked the right song? Actually, a lot of them. Surprising after a slow start to the song selection to see a lot of interesting and correct choices come down the line. That made for a pretty solid night overall. Not the best night ever, but certainly one to remember.
Also one very easy to predict. It’s either going to be Hollie or Elise. I’m going to go with Hollie because she bottom-threed last week and got eviscerated in a memorable fashion, which may be enough to make her get a few fewer votes than the non-memorable Elise.
The third member? Doesn’t really matter, but I’ll go with the leadoff man: DeAndre. He’s safe though.
What did everybody else think of last night’s show?
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