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American Idol (Top 6) - 04/25/2012

Discussion in 'TV Show Talk' started by Alan Gordon, Apr 25, 2012.

Who were YOUR favorites tonight?!

  1. Elise Testone

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  2. Hollie Cavanagh

    36.8%
  3. Jessica Sanchez

    68.4%
  4. Joshua Ledet

    52.6%
  5. Phillip Phillips, Jr.

    47.4%
  6. Skylar Laine

    26.3%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Doug Brott

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    Once I heard Phillip was sick, I was more willing to give him a pass. Explains (to me) a lot of what I was feeling when listening to him sing.
     
  2. Alan Gordon

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    I like Hollie a lot, but she struggles on stage. While I (at this moment) expect her to go next, I'd like to see her have another great night and slide by Skylar.

    I've always said that when a person is singing an emotional song, I want them to show it in their face. I like to see the pain there.... look like they're having a bowel movement.

    Phillip takes it a little too far... LOL!!! :D

    ~Alan
     
  3. Henry

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    ... now you see, that's your opinion, now ain't it?

    In my personal opinion, if he gets ousted ahead of Hollie, Skylar or Elise, that constitutes a "Pia Moment".
     
  4. Alan Gordon

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    I was nervous about him last night due to his performances, but the bottom three came out pretty much like I expected it to.

    As for the Ford commercial... I thought that was odd too. However, I also thought it was odd that he was only partly in the Ford Music Video last week. You probably didn't notice, but while he was in the section of the video where the contestants were stargazing, he did not play one of the stars.

    I thought they were joking around with him... not a surprise given that I know he hates photo shoots and that kind of thing... but apparently, they were only partially joking...

    I used to enjoy the music in the Ford videos... but now it's so generic and bland I don't. I do enjoy seeing the ideas for the videos though. I thought the frog Elise had last night was cute.

    WFXL FOX 31 (or as Phillip calls it... FOX thirty onnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnne) held a viewing party at Lee County High School last night, and they interviewed Phillip's sister LaDonna Urick right before Phillip and Skylar stood for the moment of truth, but she didn't mention anything about his health problems... then again, that was before Jimmy's comments, so I guess she didn't think about it. It would have been nice to know if it was more kidney stones, or if it was his intestines again.

    A couple of other notes related to my statement above:

    His other sister is in a band with his brother-in-law Ben. The video sounded horrible, so I couldn't tell anything.

    A couple of his other relatives were on last night, and the one who said he's coming to Hollywood next week... well, let's just say Country is coming to town! :D

    Though the first song was right in his wheelhouse, I don't believe it was the right choice. Bucky Covington did a fair job of it back in Season Five, and Mark Sailing's performance on "Glee" last year is probably still fresh in people's mind. It was just alright...

    Then you have the second song... I could barely understand what he was saying. I stated I didn't know the song, and I realized later I did. If you're going to do only an "alright" song your first time around, you need to kill it on the second, and he didn't... at least not in the positive sense.

    Plus, when Tony Lucca from "The Voice" had some fun with the criticisms he'd been getting (pretty much all from Christina), he managed to turn it into a "WIN." Phillip didn't do that.... hopefully he will be step it up next week!

    ~Alan
     
  5. Alan Gordon

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    It's my opinion.

    If you're referring to the fact that he's never been in the Bottom Three and is a front runner, I see your point.

    However, Jessica is probably the only "Pia Moment" worthy person in my mind. Joshua hasn't been consistent enough onstage, or else I'd include him.

    ~Alan
     
  6. Henry

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    :eek2: :eek2: :eek2:
     
  7. Alan Gordon

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    Sorry... he's one of my favorites, but it's true!

    Plus, regardless of my thoughts about him, for every person I know who likes him, there's an equal amount who can't stand him. I'm afraid that might hurt him.

    Randy predicted the Top Three to be Jessica, Phillip, Skylar, and Joshua possibly knocking out Skylar for the Top Three. Skylar's been in the Bottom Three twice, whereas Joshua has only been once, but I think it's a possibility. I'd like to see him in the Top Three, but I just don't know how possible that would be.

    ~Alan
     
  8. Henry

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    Actually, it's not true, but we can dispense with the back 'n forth.

    I have three favorites ... Joshua, Jessica and Phillip.

    I don't really care which one of them wins. Simply stated, anyone else taking the crown means that the best did not triumph ... the mediocre did, as they have seven out of eleven seasons.
     
  9. Alan Gordon

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    Okay.... it's true to me and many people I know. We'll split the difference. ;)

    Vocally, I like Hollie better than Phillip, but she shows too many weaknesses on stage. Years from now, I think she has the potential to be AMAZING, but at this point, I put Phillip ahead of her, so my Top Three is yours as well.

    However, as much as I'm rooting for Phillip, Joshua is a natural compared to him, so even though I have problems with Joshua's consistency, he probably deserves to beat PP for the Top 2. That being said, I would be fine with it either way. I do feel that Jessica should win it though... I don't feel it would be fair otherwise.

    ~Alan
     
  10. Henry

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  11. MrDad0330

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    I love Hollie but I agree with you, she is weak with her stage presence but that will change. She will be going on tour and that should help her alot. Personally, with strength of voice, she is up there with Jessica but without being a natural on stage like Jessica, she lacks the "Wow" effect. Id like to see her stick around another week or so. I give her a lot of credit for her courage in standing up to some not so nice judge reviews. I know at 18 years of age, i would have run off the stage..LOL
     
  12. Henry

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    I agree with your take on Hollie. She'll be alright in short order, but unfortunately, all of the things that are in store for her come after the competition ends. I really wish her well. She's been beaten by the judges to the point that I have to wonder if Hollie hasn't contemplated calling it a day and walking off the set. She won't do it of course, but the thought might have crossed her mind. I heard her use her Brittish accent the other night (during a weak moment, no doubt). I really like it.

    Jessica, OTOH, is already an accomplished singer and actress (I guess it's what "stage presence" is called). If we don't have another Pia Moment this season, she's going to give Joshua a run for his money. Her slow vibrato is a gift I could listen to forever.
     
  13. MrDad0330

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    Henry, I totally agree. Ive always loved Hollie, maybe I am jus a sucker for a cute lil blonde..but she is a sweetheart and I admire her courage to face adversity. Jessica, OTOH has the "it" factor. The ONLY thing I felt would hold her back was her age. I dont think anyone as young has won AI but if she doesn't, it would only be that the young girls voting may favor a guy...but, she is one of those "youngins" and may get their vote. She is the most accomplished singer/performer this year...
     
  14. Alan Gordon

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    Uhhh.... Hollie has an American accent?! I've never heard it! The combination of her British/Texas accent makes her sound Australian (LOVED when Elise agreed with me the other night... LOL!!), but NEVER like an American.

    Everybody left has a weakness in my mind. Hollie's is that while singing comes so natural to Jessica, Hollie is constantly thinking about it. With more experience, she could be a force to be reckoned with...

    Joshua has overdone it multiple times this year. He needs to know when hold 'em, know when to fold 'em, know when to walk away, and know when to run.

    He was born to sing, but he needs to keep in mind that sometimes, a little goes a long way!

    ~Alan
     
  15. Alan Gordon

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    The Top 5 theme will be "British Week"!

    ~Alan
     
  16. djrobx

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    My favorites of the season are Elise, Holly, and Colton. I don't/didn't think any would/will win, but they're the ones I'd be most interested in listening to after the show is over. I liked Philip and Jessica early on, but neither have impressed me much in several shows.

    With Philip I feel like I'm seeing the same schtick over and over. At first I enjoyed seeing the happy guy up there singing away fully engaged in the music. After enough weeks of it, it seems almost Adam Sandlerish to me at times. I think he desperately needs to be singing his own music for it to work.

    I don't feel any emotion from Jessica's performances. I used to love them. I honestly don't know what happened.

    Joshua is a great singer, no doubt, but he's just not my cup of tea.

    Skylar has a great future. When she sings in a soft key it's beautiful, but it falls apart a bit when she tries to belt it out loud - try as she might, she can't go where Kelly Clarkson can, her voice just doesn't allow it. Surprisingly this did not happen when she was singing the Queen song - I thought for sure the rock genre would translate to a shout-fest but she did great.

    I think Hollie has the most potential. At times, she's doing Celine Dion quality vocals. Once the songs are over and she's just being Hollie, she's just ... such a teenager! Can't knock her for being her age, but that voice of hers will be something amazing once she matures into an adult. Going on tour will be excellent experience for her. The Climb was perfect - it's a young girl's anthem, but still allowed her voice to shine through. Way, way better than the original.

    I like Elise because she has so much flavor and character in her voice. When that's paired up with the right song, it's a real treat. Consistency's definitely been a problem. I don't think she speaks much to the younger crowd.
     
  17. Henry

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  18. Henry

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    Hollie's going to do just fine, Dad. Too bad she hasn't a chance to win this season. She's a brave girl and a good singer. Once things fall into place for her, she'll be a GREAT singer. (That makes it two suckers for the little British blond.:))

    Jessica will need a competent Producer to help her select songs that broaden her appeal, win or lose AI. She was somewhat put down by one of the judges who said that her song selections were too old for a 16-year-old. I say "somewhat" because I'm sure that the judge liked what she was doing and just wanted to help her get those teenybopper votes. I love her vibrato to the point of distraction. I will be buying her and Joshua's CDs.
     
  19. Henry

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    Yeah, I like Phillip but don't know if I'll be buying any of his releases. He's one of those that you only really enjoy when you can see him. I know some people liken him to DM, but truth be told, he reminds me of Satchmo. You can't help but like those clenched teeth. Yes he has a schtick like any other performer - I like it much more than Colton's Anthony Newley tongue thing.

    I liked Elise, but never had any use for Colton. Skylar was one of my favorites during the first few weeks, but then ... well, I don't know what she did to lose it for me. I just couldn't get the "AllCountryWomenHaveThinLips" picture out of my mind. It's untrue of course.

    I too see great potential in Hollie ... it's just a matter of time.

    Joshua and Jessica reign supreme in our household. They can sing anything. They have unique styles and sounds. If AI had room for two champions, they would make excellent candidates.
     
  20. Alan Gordon

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    The Set List revealed:


    '60s:
    "Ain't Too Proud to Beg," The Temptations
    "The Letter," The Box Tops
    "Proud Mary," Tina Turner
    "Fortunate Son," Credence Clearwater Revival
    "River Deep, Mountain High," Ike and Tina Turner

    British Pop:
    "To Love Somebody," The Bee Gees
    "Time of the Season," The Zombies
    "Bleeding Love," Leona Lewis
    "You Are So Beautiful," Joe Cocker
    "You Don't Have to Love Me," Dusty Springfield

    Duet/Trio:
    "Higher and Higher," Jackie Wilson
    "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling," The Righteous Brothers

    ~Alan
     

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