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American Idol Top 7 Recap (Take Two)

The 2010-today theme was pretty interesting considering it allowed for a lot of newer songs since up until then, most of the song options where from several years gone by. While I don’t think all the contestants took full advantage of this opportunity, I do believe this may have just been the most competitive week so far.

HERE’S HOW I RATE THE FIRST PERFORMANCES:

1. Hollie  

2. Jessica

3. Colton 

4. Phillip 

5. Joshua 

6. Elise 

7.  Skylar 

HERE’S HOW I RATE THE SECOND PERFORMANCES:

1. Hollie 

2. Phillip  

3. Jessica 

4. Joshua 

5. Skylar

6. Elise 

7.  Colton

OVERALL: 

1. Hollie – Her vocals where strong and she really started to look comfortable and confident. She showed that she deserves to be back in the race.

2. Phillip - Great song choice in round two, risky in round one. The smooth, catchy performance may have just paid off.

3. Jessica - A bit over the top in parts but she came out with fighting with so much power and vocal beauty.

4. Colton - Unique approach but not his best work. Still pretty solid nonetheless.

5. Joshua - Went a bit crazy reverting back to excessive screamy vocals and vibrator. All in all he was just OK.

6. Skylar - Fun and entertaining with some interesting song choices. Not bad but not great.

7. Elise – She had great tone and was quite sexy in the second song but just didn’t seem to have the same impact as the others.

The Bottom 3 “should” be Elise, Skylar and Joshua with Elise going home. But, after the shocking situation last week, it seems like anything goes.

Side Notes:

Last week was amazingly competitive and this week even took that to the next level. The voting will likely be extremely close and we could be in for a bit of a surprise. Literally everyone is vulnerable at this point. I would guess that Jessica’s fans will spring into action after last week’s ridiculous scare.

American Idol Top 7 Recap

The 2010-today theme was pretty interesting considering it allowed for a lot of newer songs since up until then, most of the song options where from several years gone by. While I don’t think all the contestants took full advantage of this opportunity, I do believe this may have just been the most competitive week so far.

Here’s how I rate the solo performances:

1. Elise – Perfect song choice. So cool and dead on.

2. Colton – Good song selection. His performance was intense and heartfelt. Very nice.

3. Joshua – I’m not a big fan but he impressed me this week. His best showing to date.

4. Jessica – Odd choice of song. Good vocals but not nearly her best.

5. Hollie – Interesting song. She put a cool spin on it nailing the last high note. Good job all in all.

6. Phillip – Unusual song. Slow start but got a little better as it went on. Just OK though.

7.  Skylar – Subtle yet powerful. Well done.

Here’s how I rate the duets:

1. Jessica, Hollie and Joshua – Good song match for their voices. Fun, energetic and pretty nice.

2. Skylar and Colton – The harmonized much better than last week but it was still lacking.

3. Elise and Phillip – Not bad. Good in the chours but off in other parts.

The Bottom 3 “should” be Skylar, Phillips and Hollie with Syklar going home. The voters made the right call last week but can be quite unpredictable so who knows what might happen.

Side Notes:

Elise seems to have been lacking support but based on her showing this week she should be just fine. Hollie, although probably the best pure vocalist of all the remaining contestants, has been in the same boat and it very much in danger again tonight. Joshua moved up a bit among the others, at least for this week. Personally, I think it’s a fluke. Colton continues to remain the most versatile of all the contestants. Even with a slip this week, Jessica likely remains the front-runner.

 

American Idol Top 8 Recap

I was really looking forward to 80’s night. Having been a child of that decade,   I have always loved the music. That being said, some of the song choices where a bit odd and could have been better. But all in all, the contestants did pretty well.

Here’s how I rate the solo performances:

1. Jessica – Her performance was both fun and skillful. She is just so confident on stage and is the one to beat.

2. Colton – Very cool rock take on a classic track. He is by far the most versatile performer in the competition.

3. Hollie – So nice to see another side of her. Probably the best pure vocalist of all. Fantastic job.

4. Phillip – The most unique of all the contestants. So cool and so fun.

5. Skylar – Far better than previous weeks. Nice chance of pace from country songs. Good job.

6. Elise – Excellent song choice. OK at the start, awesome in the chorus, not bad overall.

7.  Joshua – Very nice start. It was good until the got into his habit of overdoing the vibrato and butchered the rest of the song.

8. DeAndre – Odd song choice. Kind of boring and cheesy and of course too much falsetto.

Here’s how I rate the duets:

1. Jessica and Joshua – Joshua didn’t do bad but Jessica carried the performance. The song choice worked out well and although not great by any means, it was the best duet of the night.

2. Hollie and DeAndre – Very interesting pairing.  Hollie shocked me, in a good way, nailing her part. DeAndre did OK as well.

3. Elise and Phillip – Good song but the performance was surprisingly not as goo as I had hoped.

4. Skylar and Colton – Not the best song option for these two. They struggled somewhat but worked their way through it.

The Bottom 3 “should” be DeAndre, Joshua and Elise with DeAndre going home. The voters finally got something relatively right last week and hopefully they will do the same this time around.

The male and female front runners have emerged as Jessica (overall front runner) and Colton.

American Idol Top 9 Show Recap

After two weeks of voting surprises, with a really big one in Erika last week, perhaps we’ll see a correction in the voting this week if you will.

I originally missed Colton’s performance this week but went back and checked it out later. All in all, the contestants all did pretty well. But as usual, a few front runners continue to emerge while the rest of the pack if fading behind.

Here’s how I rate the performances:

 1. Jessica – Interesting twist on the original song. Slow start but well done. Her vocals where truly haunting.

2. Colton – Such a heartfelt performance. Once again he showed that he is a force to be reckoned with.

3. Phillip – Awesome song selection. So cool and catchy. Great job.

4. Elise – Great song choice. She’s one awesome rock chick. Very cool.

5. Hollie – She crushes the high notes every time. Very good as usual.

6. Heejun – Very deep for him. Great start but good overall.

7. Skylar - Fun and energetic, decent but not great by any means.

8. Joshua – Kind of plain. OK at first but once he hit the middle through the end it really fell apart.

9.  DeAndre – Way too much falsetto. His vocals where just all over the place.

Based on this week alone, the Bottom 3 “should” be Skylar, Joshua and DeAndre with DeAndre going home. But we have two consider two things. 1. The voters have been highly unpredictable so far. 2. At some point, votes should start to be based on a singer’s entire body of work rather than just a single show. If that happens the Bottom 3 should be the same as above with the exception of Heenjun replacing Skylar.

American Idol – 14 of the top 24 determined

More than half of the Top 24 of this year’s American Idol finalists have been selected with just 10 more to be determined tomorrow night.

Those in so far include:

  1. Jen Hirsh
  2. Creighton Fraker
  3. Joshua Ledet
  4. Haley Johnsen
  5. Elise Testone
  6. Reed Grimm
  7. Erika Van Pelt
  8. Baylie Brown
  9. Chelsea Sorrell
  10. Heejun Han
  11. Jessica Sanchez
  12. Phil Phillips
  13. Colton Dixon
  14. Brielle Von Hugel

Just 5 girls and 5 guys left to go.

I was pretty certain the field would include Baylie Brown and Phil Phillips from this group. Conversely, I see Creighton Fraker, Brielle Von Hugel and Heejun Han as slight surprises. As far as tomorrow goes, I expect to see Hallie Day among the final 10 to get in on this Thursday.

Synopsis of the American Idol Premiere

The 2012 edition of American Idol got off to a start today with the first broadcast of the new season.

The audtions featured took place in Savannah, Georgia. And while all in all, there where some pretty good singers chosen to go on to the Hollywood round, I’m not all that sure any of them have the potential to come out on top.

With all that being said, here’s how I rank the 12 confirmed candidates who earned a golden ticket.

1. Gabi Carrubba

2. Amy Brumfield

3. Phillips Phillips

4. Brittany Kerr

5. Lauren Mink

6. Shannon Magrane

7. Colton Dixon

8. Stephanie Renae

9. David Leathers Jr.

10. Schyler Dixon

11. Ashlee Altise

12. W.T. Thompson

Can’t wait to see what the next show brings.

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