'American Idol' Recap: Joshua Blows Them Away On Birth Year Songs Night
Erika Van Pelt sang “Heaven” by Bryan Adams
Steven Said: I think you were too busy all over it.
J-Lo Said: The arrangement left us wanting more.
Randy Said: I kinda liked it. A nice 8/10.
I really loved Erika’s voice on the opening of this song, but her phrasing left me a bit befuddled. She stopped in the middle of bars it seemed with no real purpose. I’m not sure what was going on there, but it really confused the melody of the song and was distracting at times.
Then when she got to the bridge, the wheels totally fell off. She was completely off the rhythm to the point that it seemed like she forgot her words and at one point she let out a noise that is normally only heard in a bathroom stall at 2AM on St. Patrick’s Day.
What a turnaround (in the bad direction) from last week.
Prediction: Mixed reviews (how rare!) and a performance that seemed kind of forgettable to me. I think she’s in trouble.
Skylar Laine sang “Love Sneakin’ Up on You” by Bonnie Raitt
Steven Said: I just love the way you sing.
J-Lo Said: You really killed that.
Randy Said: You did it well. You came out and rocked it.
Admission: I was screaming at Jimmy and Will.I.Am to not change this song. I thought it was perfect for Skylar and I have no idea why they’d want to change it.
Well, maybe they were a little bit right. Skylar just didn’t seem into it at any point. She sounded more like somebody just singing along to the song on the jukebox at a bar than she did somebody actually performing it. She never got on top of it, and just seemed to be along for the ride. Also, I have no idea why she felt a need to run around to the other weirdos onstage with her.
Still. Perfect song choice.
Prediction: Country girl gets high marks. She’s super safe.
Joshua Ledet sang “When a Man Loves a Woman” by Michael Bolton
Steven Said: You had me standing half-way through it. You gave it up so big you had God coming through your eyes. (The second part really sounded all sortsa wrong)
J-Lo Said: The best thing I’ve ever seen on ‘American Idol’.
Randy Said: Joshua Ledet, that was phenomenal, incredible on every level.
You really need to bring it if you’re going to wear a white jacket like that, and Joshua’s performance was certainly worthy of his wardrobe.
This was the Josh that had me freaking out the first time he performed on the live show. Just a masterful vocal where he dug into the full depth of his voice and left everything out on the stage. He’s just got every tool in his box. He can go big, make the soft parts compelling, and inject raw soul into everything he does.
This was a sermon and a sex show all in one. And once he took the jacket off, I just had to give him an…
Prediction: Yeah, so he’s safe.
Hollie Cavanagh sang “The Power of Love” by Celine Dion
Steven Said: Your voice comes from Heaven above.
J-Lo Said: One or two tiny little things, but to criticize them would be silly.
Randy Said: This song…You blew it out the box.
My friend and I were discussing this weekend (yes, two grown men discussing ‘Idol’) that we didn’t understand why everyone made such a fuss about Jessica Sanchez when we both thought Hollie was clearly the superior singer.
Well, our barroom conversation certainly seemed spot on after tonight. Hollie showed that she may have the body of a sprite, but she’s got the voice and presence of an absolute diva. She just owns the stage when she’s on it and she does through a voice that seems capable of doing anything with these big pop ballads. Big, full, rich, and so well-controlled. She didn’t hit a sour note or misstep on the melody once. Just a master class.
Prediction: She’s as safe this week as Jessica was last week.
What a strange night. Not for anything that happened on the show, but for my column. Until the last two (only because they were undeniable), I don’t think I’ve ever been in more staunch disagreement with the judges. I thought this was a row of D’s except for a couple contestants while the judges seemed to only hate those I liked. I should note that I always write my critique before the judges give theirs, so I’m never swayed, but tonight made me wonder if I had cotton in my ears.
Despite that fear, I’m going to go ahead and make my predictions anyway. Let’s choose a bottom three, shall we?
I have to go more with the judges’ than my own opinion and that makes DeAndre a clear candidate to go home. He’s been voted out once before and now he’s been lambasted by the judges. I don’t like his chances.
I think he’s joined by two of the ladies. Erika was so forgettable and awkward with her performance of ‘Heaven’ that I don’t see her earning too many votes. I think she’s the least compelling contestant on the show, so I like her in the bottom three.
The other? Jessica seems like a decent candidate since she did so poorly up front, but after last week she probably has enough residual love to carry her through. So I’m going to go with last week’s bottom girl, Elise. She got good reviews but she went pretty early and I didn’t think she was great. So I think she’s down there.
Ultimately, though, I think DeAndre is going home this week. And I refuse to put Heejun in the bottom three.
What did everybody else think of last night’s show?
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