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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.

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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