I had mixed feelings about the prospect of this week’s American Idol, where the Top 7 could only choose songs from 2010-2012. Would it lead to a narrow song choice, or prove to us which contestants were able to be current and stand up to the modern recording industry? Oh the latter. Definitely the latter. Perhaps we also got a nice insight into which artists the American Idol contestants rock out to in their cars (even if they aren’t old enough to drive) and sing along to in the showers.
Skylar Laine got the party started with Kellie Pickler’s “Didn’t Know How Much I Loved You.” She seemed really confident, singing a song she obviously loves. Her pitch was spot on and the judges said this was the perfect way to start the show. I would have been happier if the show ended with her, though.
Is Jimmy Iovine right to say that the real competition, the one for the young female voters, is between Phillip Phillips and Colton Dixon?
Colton Dixon was good last night on for “Love the Way You Lie” by Skylar Grey. He took to the piano and slowed things right down. Nice!
Phillip Phillips and Elise Testone performed a duet of ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ next. I love that Elise wanted this song so bad she threw something at Phillip when he tried to get out of singing it. Only Randy suggested that Phillip should choose the song next time. Did he not like it? All the other judges did.
Then it was time for Joshua Ledet to give his usual standout performance on “Runaway Baby” by Bruno Mars.
Jessica Sanchez is going to be a legend one day, predicted celebrity coach Akon. Her performance of Stuttering pretty much showed us why. Randy called it superb, sayin she set the bar really high. Jennifer thought it was really beautiful but still she wants more: something Jessica has never shown them. She doesn’t ask for much, does she! Steven said Jessica slays him every time she performs and it is really difficult to believe just how young she is after performances like this, which she keeps giving us.
Joshua Ledet got a surprise video birthday message from Fantasia “From Fantasia to Mantasia!” But even that didn’t put him off his stride as he made a change from his usual ballad to give another standout performance, this time of Bruno Mars’ ‘Runaway Baby!’ He got a standing O from the judges, although some judges seemed a little more reluctant than others to get to their feet. Randy called it another unbelievable performance – he was really in the zone!
Colton Dixon and Skylar Laine team then performed a duet on Don’t You Want To Stay by Kelly Clarkson. The harmonies were great, I thought but the judges were a little muted in their reception of it. Steven gushed that it was gorgeous but aside from the harmonies Jennifer just said they did a nice job. Randy loves them both, but just thought it was okay… pitchy.
Hollie Cavanaugh sang ‘Perfect’ by Pink to an acoustic guitarist. I liked the slowed down version and Jennifer said she sang beautifully but it seemed too laid back for Steven. Randy’s best compliment seemed to be that it was a lot better than last time and she should be proud of that!
Phillip Phillips sang ‘Give A Little More’ by Maroon 5; at least, I think that’s what he said. But this was way more funny and slower than the original. The change didn’t go down well with Jennifer compared to how she usually loves him and Randy sort of said the same. But Steven loved the way he has evolved to sing more melody.
Next was a trio performance of ‘Stronger’ from Hollie, Joshua, and Jessica. Joshua outsang the girls, as Randy pointed out, calling it “dope.” Steven said it was great and everyone forgave the somewhat shaky start.
Elise Testone got a video message from Jason Segal before performing Lady Gaga’s ‘You And I.’ I love how she raunched it up and got her rasp out. Elise is back, according to Randy. Jennifer loved how she managed to “let go but kept control” and for Steven it was genius!
I enjoyed this final performance but I couldn’t help a feeling of impending Heejun Han doom of Elise’s best performance perhaps being her last performance. I could be wrong, but she seems to stand out as older now, and not in a good way.
Tune in to tonight’s American Idol Top 7 results show to find out who is eliminated. Who do you think will be in trouble tonight? Will the judges use their save.