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‘American Idol’ 2012 Elimination Recap: Who Are the Remaining Top 4?

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This week was Brit Pop week on ‘American Idol.’ I can’t believe my luck that it is widely being reported as the best show of this season yet I had to miss it for a TV appearance of my own! It was worth it, though…even though I had the not so great news that a piece of jewelry I thought was valuable really isn’t. Still, everyone was very nice about it and I will be on TV in the autumn.Enough of that! I had to catch up with two ‘American Idol’ shows in one day to discover who made it into this year’s Top 4, after 60 million votes were cast.There was no place in the American Idol Top 4 for Skylar Laine, sadly, as serial bottom 3 contestant Hollie Cavanagh narrowly managed to poll more votes.I loved Skylar’s spirit and personality she brought to her performances. This week she sang one of my favorite songs of all time:  Dusty Springfield’s “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me.”

The judges liked it too. Typically, Jimmy Iovine was less impressed, but that’s nothing new.

But he did have some praise for Skylar:

“She suits up and shows up every night,” he said.

However, he thought she missed out on conveying the depth of emotion needed to do justice to John Fogerty’s “Fortunate Son.” A damning condemnation of the Vietnam War.

Ironically, also in the Bottom Two with Skylar for Brit Pop week was Brit Hollie Cavanagh. I suppose it would have been too humiliating if she had been eliminated last night, but I couldn’t help thinking she’s struggling to deserve her place now.

What may have saved Cavanagh was her upbeat pop take on Tina Turner’s “River Deep, Mountain High.” She didn’t repeat Pia Toscano’s mistake and produce a karaoke Tina Turner impression; instead she paid homage to the star in her version. I liked that.

I was somewhat surprised Phillip Phillips escaped a Bottom Two spot last night. Don’t get me wrong; I like him. I just thought that last night he was blander than white paint. But yeah, he looks good.

Joshua Ledet apparently has nothing to worry about. Jimmy Iovine pretty much came right out and said he would be signed to Interscope. He said Ledet’s version of  The Bee Gees’ ‘To Love Somebody’ was “the best performance on ‘American Idol’,” saying, ‘This kid deserves greatness.’

Jimmy also had high praise for Jessica Sanchez, saying she took us on a journey and ‘it was magnificent,’ although Joe Cocker’s “You Are So Beautiful,” but criticized stylists for dressing her too old. Again.

But at the end of the day (night?) we had to say goodbye to Skylar Laine. Eventually…finally…the judges gave her a standing O.

“The Top 5 has never been better than this,” Steven Tyler said. Do you agree? What about the Top 4?

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