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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