Has every episode ofÂ American IdolÂ started off showing the contestants weeping over the latest to leave or is this a new thing? â€˜Cause itâ€™s pretty sillyâ€”especially having them cry overÂ Deandre Brackensickâ€”there definitely were no tears in this office when the hair tossing, falsetto boy was voted off last Thursday.
Despite this, Tommy Hilfiger returns with fashion advice, continuing Americaâ€™s disbelief that he is actually straight and married; while Akon joins Jimmy Iovine to critique the contestantsâ€™ rehearsals. The theme is â€œMusic from 2010 to Todayâ€â€”couldnâ€™t they just say â€œcontemporary?â€ Rather than breaking out the hits, however, contestants tried to show how indie they are and sang mostly unknown songs.
Skylar Laine; â€œDidnâ€™t You Know How Much I Love Youâ€ by Kellie Pickler
Sure no one knew this song, but it didnâ€™t matter, â€˜cause it was an awesome performance. Props to Skylar. It was also nice to see her holding a guitar and strumming it, giving her a little edge over those who just sing.
Judges Say: Jennifer and Randy thought she had â€œperfect pitchâ€ and Randy even told her she could make a hit record with that song.
We Say: Could the first performance really be the best of the night?
Watch Skylarâ€™s performance below:
Colten Dixon; â€œLove the Way You Lieâ€ by Skylar GreyÂ (sung by Rihanna in Eminemâ€™s song)
This made us discover the emo kid in all of us. While Colten is sometimes annoying with his whiny tone and I-know-girls-love-me smirk, his voice and infliction worked well for this disheartening song. He was back at his original seat on the piano, slowing down the melody and even holding back on what-could-have-been way too over-the-top notes.
Judges Say: Jennifer said, “You sing all these different types of artists but itâ€™s always Colten.â€ Although, she did wish he did â€œmore with the song.â€
We Say: Good job.
Elise and PhillipÂ interject the show with another duet, this time ofÂ Goyte and Kimbraâ€™s â€œSomebody That I Used to Know.â€Â Elise has pitch problems and Phillip is twitching hardcore without an instrument in his hands. They should have realized after Lindsey Pavaoâ€™sÂ abomination of the songÂ onÂ The VoiceÂ that no one can cover it likeÂ Walk Off the Earth.
Jessica Sanchez; â€œStutteringâ€ by Jazmine Sullivan
What song? Who sang it? No one knows except for Jessica. She sings it well. Apparently, she can scat now, too.
Judges Say: Looking bored after the performance, they claimed they loved it and sheâ€™s amazing as usual. Though Jennifer may have hinted and what weâ€™ve said all along, â€œdig a little deeper,â€ meaning â€œyouâ€™re a little boring.â€
We Say: Good but still not understanding all the hype.
Joshua Ledet; â€œRunaway Babyâ€ by Bruno Mars
Fantasia,Â American IdolÂ Season 3 winner, sent him a birthday wish and labels him â€œMantasiaâ€ to which he appears flabbergasted and happy about it. Good for him. Maybe this gave him an energy boost â€˜cause the performance was fun to watch (complete with horns and a go go dancer).
Judges Say: Only standing ovation of the nightâ€”â€œYou can sell a song like a work of art,â€ Steven commented.
We Say: Too bad youâ€™re not a heartthrob like Phillip and Colten. Awesome voice, though!
Colten and SkylarÂ are up for their duet withÂ â€œDonâ€™t You Want to Stayâ€ by Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson. Again, the producers have coerced Skylar and Colten to deny rumors of dating but guess what? No one thinks they are! Maybe because Skylar is a gun-shooting tomboy and Colten is this emo, girly-man who loves Jesus and it comes off like neither is sure what role to play. (Thatâ€™s what everyone is really thinking.) At least, we got to hear Skylar sing â€œmake loveâ€ again, accentuating â€œloveâ€ with some country grit.
Hollie Cavanagh; â€œPerfectâ€ by Pink
Oh Holly, you try so hard. Now itâ€™s just sad, especially to watch you sing â€œPerfectâ€ while trying so hard to be just that. And that accentâ€”when you say â€œpear-fectâ€ we cringe. As for the performance, it was a little off but better than she has done in a while. Unfortunately, her voice does not compare well with the dirt in Pinkâ€™s.
Judges Say: â€œYou look beautifulâ€â€”the kiss of death. They dance around what no one wants to outright say, what may just be the cruelest criticism of all: â€œYouâ€™re boring.â€
We Say (unabashedly): Youâ€™re boring, you have no personality, and when you sing it comes off with as much emotion as a pencil. Yes, you are a nice person and can belt, but get off stage.
Phillip Phillips; “Give a Little More” by Maroon 5
Phillipâ€™s home video reminds us all he is kind of a hick. Despite this, he was extra sexy tonight. Maybe it was the red flashing lights in the background, maybe it was his shifty eyes, or it could have been him growling â€œgive a little more to meâ€ but yes, he definitely exuded sex. He even started grooving with his legs and hips, reminding us with a guitar he is not twitchy at all, but a smooth sex machine.
Judges Say: By end Randy looked like he was in love but then after Jennifer voiced her disapproval, saying he â€œalways sounds the sameâ€ Randy seemed to go in that direction. Steven liked it.
We Say: Question of the day, do you think Phillip Phillips is a stoner or a hick?
Watch Phillipâ€™s performance below:
For some more time filler,Â Joshua, Hollie, and JessicaÂ singÂ Kelly Clarksonâ€™s â€œStronger.â€Eh.
Elise Testone; â€œYou and Iâ€ by Lady Gaga
Why oh why did she want to play the drums? Thankfully, Jimmy and Anok convinced her out of that one during rehearsals. She still ends up behind a piano though. She slows the song down, attempts to reincarnate Janis Joplin, and bores us.
Judges Say: Randy declares, â€œElise is back!â€ All agree she is a â€œcloserâ€ and was great.
We Say: Did we watch a different performance? Her pitch was totally off at pointsâ€”not pleasing to hear.
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