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American Idol (Top 8) - 04/04/2012

Discussion in 'TV Show Talk' started by Alan Gordon, Apr 4, 2012.

Who were YOUR favorites tonight?!

  1. Colton Dixon

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  2. DeAndre Brackensick

    40.9%
  3. Elise Testone

    9.1%
  4. Hollie Cavanagh

    22.7%
  5. Jessica Sanchez

    36.4%
  6. Joshua Ledet

    54.5%
  7. Phillip Phillips, Jr.

    40.9%
  8. Skylar Laine

    45.5%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Apr 4, 2012 #1 of 48
    Alan Gordon

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    Who were YOUR favorites tonight?


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  2. Apr 4, 2012 #2 of 48
    Steve

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    Everyone except DeAndre, Elise and Holly.

    My favorite performance tonite was by Joshua.
     
  3. Apr 4, 2012 #3 of 48
    Alan Gordon

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    It was a weird night... MY THOUGHTS:

    DEANDRE: He did pretty well for DeAndre...

    ELISE: Elise has become one of my favorites in this competition, but she did NOT do well tonight. I'm very disappointed... :(

    COLTON & SKYLER: I like Colton's voice better than Skyler, but I thought she outshone him on this... and that's not saying a lot.

    PHILLIP: There were a few off-moments in this for me, but overall, I thought he did well.

    JOSHUA: I was disappointed. He was good, but he was too close to screaming for me... :(

    DEANDRE & HOLLIE: I actually LOVED this... :D

    JESSICA: Vocally, it was great... but I don't think she FELT the song, so while it was good, it was still kind of a let-down for me. :(

    HOLLIE: There were parts I liked... parts I didn't. She was sooo close, but... :(

    ELISE & PHILLIP: OH SNAP!! I REALLY LOVED this... :D I'd buy this... :)

    COLTON: It wasn't the slam dunk I was expecting, as he sounded like he had a cold ("meh", "tam after tam"), but overall, I enjoyed it.

    JESSICA & JOSHUA: OH DOUBLE SNAP!! I REALLY LOVED this TOO... :D I'd buy this... :)

    SKYLER: It starts off too nasally... I hate it, and then BAM.... WOW!! Beautiful... :eek2:


    It was a weird night... I preferred the duets over the solos, and I didn't really have favorites tonight. I think DeAndre should be the next to go home, but I'm scared it's going to be Elise or Hollie. :(

    ~Alan
     
  4. Apr 4, 2012 #4 of 48
    Drew2k

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    Joshua definitely gave tonight's top performance, with Jessica the second best of the night.

    I think Elise was better in her duet than solo performance - I just did not care for that solo at all, and it bummed me out, because I don't think she has the fan base to let her ride out a rough night.

    Phillip .... I love the guy, but I'm not sure smiling through "That's All" was the right way to perform it. It was disconcerting.

    Finally, I'm not a DeAndre fan, but he did really step it up tonight. The judges were right: breaking out his "natural" voice and resting the falsetto was the way to go...
     
  5. Apr 5, 2012 #5 of 48
    Doug Brott

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    I guess my Holly pick for the Finale (not the winner) was a dud. I still like her, but clearly everyone else doesn't (meaning no votes :(). Poor Elise, she had such a great week last week and what does she do? She murders a song I really love. :nono: OK, murders is probably too strong. Too bad she didn't stick with what worked and perhaps do something from Pat Benatar.

    Phillip Phillips .. I thought he was going to nail this song to the wall, but I've heard the Phil Collins (Genesis) version so many times that when Phil hit the middle of the song he just didn't get the right musical phrasing for me to say it worked. I liked the beginning and the end of his version, but the middle just need to be a little more true to the original because what he did didn't work in my mind.

    For me, Colton again was the best performance of the week. I think Joshua has gone full tilt into Gospel mode and that will be his downfall on this show. Another final four that I'm pretty sure I've gotten wrong at this point. Jessica gets his spot (I hedged that one anyway ;) :p).

    My worry is that DeAndre is starting to get a following .. Sigh! I kinda liked his performance this week .. well, as long as he stayed out of the falsetto. Every time he went there I thought his voice sounded a thousand times worse than his natural voice .. again, sigh!

    I guess Skylar saved herself :) I'm still not a fan, but she did this week what Elise did last week .. differentiated herself from the other girls.

    I hope the ousted player tonight is either Joshua or DeAndre, but who knows ... :shrug:
     
  6. Apr 5, 2012 #6 of 48
    Henry

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    (+1 Drew2k.)

    I liked last night's show. Joshua, to my delight, took the prize. If he's in Gospel mode, well, I guess I love Gospel.

    Jessica was a semi-hit. She appeared to be a bit disconnected. I have to agree with Alan on this one (and the "double snap", too).

    DeAndre should use his natural voice more often. Relying on his falseto is going to be his undoing ... unless of course, his intentions are to go home.

    Hollie came under criticism last night. I don't think she deserves it. I'm wondering if the Judges are forming their agenda like they did last year.

    Colton was on his game last night, but I didn't care for his treatment of the word "Time". I don't think he had touble with the word. He used it consistently enough to convince me that he was using it to make the song his. Not a bad performance though.

    I think that because the Judges haven't used the "Save", this season's Pia-Moment hasn't happened. IMHO it remains locked and loaded.

    The rest of the gang was ... ah ... un-inspiring?

    p.s. Did anyone hear Hollie's British accent? I didn't.
     
  7. Apr 5, 2012 #7 of 48
    Alan Gordon

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    Occasionally, something happens that we don't expect, and takes us by surprise. That has happened twice this week; once when on the way to work I passed a man dressed as Jesus carrying a cross, and the other when I kind of agreed with Doug's post about "American Idol" above! ;) :D Thankfully, I disagreed enough to not send my whole reality askew...

    I was disappointed by Colton's performance... it was WAY too nasally at times last night. If not for that, I think it would have been awesome. The same thing kept Skyler from her performance being my favorite as well... it sounded great once she got going, but that first part was horrible in my ears...

    My disappointment in Joshua lately aside, he deserves to go further.

    My concern is that either Elise or Hollie will go home tonight. The judges might use their save on Elise, but I doubt Hollie would get it.

    ~Alan
     
  8. Apr 5, 2012 #8 of 48
    Steve

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  9. Apr 5, 2012 #9 of 48
    Alan Gordon

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    I like SOME Gospel music... I just don't like overblown Gospel music.

    Earlier this season, I compared Joshua to Jacob, except for the fact that Joshua is actually good, whereas Jacob was content to get up and squeal.

    I don't really know any Joshua fans aside from my Mom. She and I are the only two people I know who really like him, and we were both disappointed with his performance last night. :(

    I forgot he was only 19 though... WOW!! :eek2:

    At 16, you might blame her disconnect on her life experience (the same for Hollie last night even with her age being a little older), but Jessica NAILED "I Will Always Love You", so how she managed to be disconnected with "How Will I Know", I simply don't know...

    I think they were a little harsh on her. She had problems... this is true, but she managed to get out there and show a little more youth and energy on stage. It's a shame she couldn't manage to put the same amount of quality in her solo performance that she did in her duet in which she was great, IMO!

    I'm sorry, but if it was intentional, he's a moron! I don't want to hear "Tam After Tam" being sung, or hear him refer to himself as "meh."

    The studio recording shows a slight improvement on some of the "me/meh" sounds, but a definite (though not 100%) improvement on "time/tam" sounds.

    Really?! I thought that aside from the duets, the whole night was uninspired... seriously, I'd buy the duets between Jessica & Joshua and Elise and Phillip last night, and consider buying DeAndre and Hollie's. The people at American Idol made a mistake by not selling iTunes versions of those songs, IMO!

    Speaking of duets, I'd believe something was happening between Elise and Phillip before I'd believe Skyler and Colton... :rolleyes:

    Though far from perfect, Skyler at least managed to surprise me. I felt whoever sang that song would be DOA going into tonight, but I now expect her to be safe.

    It was a far cry from last week's fantastic night... :(

    Not when she's singing... :)

    ~Alan
     
  10. Richard

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    I seriously don't understand how Joshua even made it to Hollywood. His preachy, screaming is unbearable. Should not still be in it. Unfortunately, I can see the judges saving him. Bottom 3 tonight should be Joshua, Deandre and Hollie. Wouldn't miss any of them.
     
  11. Alan Gordon

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    Different strokes for different folks... :grin:

    I've been disappointed in him these past couple of weeks (aside from last night's duet), but he's been a favorite of mine, and my Mom likes him even more than I do.

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  12. Steve

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    I like Joshua, but I think he's best when he resists the urge to channel Patti LaBelle, like he did at the end of last night's song. I think the judges are more responsible for that than anyone, because they fawn over him every time he does it. Maybe Jimmy can get him to keep it in check.

    That said, I enjoyed that arrangement last night, especially the choir opening.
     
  13. Henry

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    WOW! :sure:
     
  14. Henry

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    I don't really care who he channels ... I'm only interested in the performance.

    But I agree with your comment regarding fawning over Joshua. To me, it's the Judges' attempt at influencing the vote ... happens every year and sometimes it's not fawning (Hicks) but criticism (McFee).

    IMHO, Jimmy likes Joshua too much to try to change him. Personally, I like his singing just the way it is.
     
  15. Alan Gordon

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    We KNOW Joshua can do some crazy runs and go all out... but sometimes, restraint can be a GOOD THING!! Jacob Lusk didn't understand that last year... and while Joshua is infinitely more talented than Jacob, I'm afraid that Joshua is starting to pick up some of his bad habits. :(

    Phillip has a tendency to not show enough restraint with his growl as much as I'd like either... but I think he's at least getting better about it.



    P.S. Speaking of Jacob Lusk.... Pia Toscano tweeted a couple of pictures of her, Naima, and Jacob around the pool earlier today. Upon seeing the pictures of Pia, my face looked akin to a character out of a Tex Avery cartoon. :eek: WOW... that's all I can say... :D


    ~Alan
     
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    Hurray - Jimmy finally told thing like it is...as opposed the judges.

    DeAndre is getting worse each week, but JLo seems infatuated by him for some unknown reason. Finally he dropped into the bottom 3.

    About time.

    Holly earned her way into the bottom 3 too this week.
     
  17. Henry

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    The person sent home was the right one although my wife would have been equally happy had Skylar gone home. :hurah:

    I fear for Hollie, Elise and Phillip next week. The good news is that IMHO the "Pia Moment" has been held at bay until the judges use the Save.

    For Alan:

    In his critique, Randy told Joshua that his performance was well received partly because he showed restraint at the beginning of the song.

    Hollie got criticized by the judges and the minions blindly voted her into to the B3 - how predictable. :nono:
     
  18. Alan Gordon

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    I want to make it clear... I think the right person went home. I would have been happy had he left before several of the other people went home.

    However, I'm still rather surprised that you truly believe his last two performances were worse than his performances prior to them. I thought he was improving... not enough for me to want him to go farther over other contestants, but at least better than he was.


    I was concerned for Phillip last night... but I don't truly believe it's time for him to go home... I'm glad too... I'd really like for him to do one of the "homecoming" concerts they have on "American Idol." There's not much to do around here, and even less that interests me, but THAT is something I'd have to attend. :D

    Skyler is my next weakest link... but I feel it's VERY probable that she will last longer than Hollie and Elise. I used to think that Elise might get the save with the strong performances she has been putting in, but I think the judges comments last night has now convinced me she won't get it unless it's the very last week. I don't think Hollie will get it either unless it's the same situation.

    Jimmy's comments were interesting last night. I thought he was too harsh on Hollie (and even DeAndre), but I respected his comments on Colton (YAY) and Phillip, and found his comments on Elise to be VERY interesting.

    I don't however feel that Joshua was at his best Wednesday. To quote my Mom, "he was BORN to sing." However, I don't like screaming messes and that's what part of that performance turned into for me. His duet was masterclass in my eyes though! :)


    P.S.: A friend posted on Facebook last night that DeAndre should not have gone home last night as he wasn't the worst... he felt that honor went to Hollie and Joshua. While I don't think DeAndre was the worst last night, I think it was past his turn...

    ~Alan
     
  19. Steve

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    I'm very happy DeAndre is gone. I was a little worried for Elise last night, because I agree with Alan, Andre's last two performances (this week's solo and last week's duet) were definitely better than his last two solos, but he was still the weakest contestant, IMO.

    I'm also relieved JLo was outvoted, because that would have been a totally wasted save. I'm not sure what she was thinking voting that way, except perhaps to zing Jimmy after his comments about her and Andre last night? :scratchin
     
  20. Alan Gordon

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    Can you believe the girls outnumber the boys?! :eek2:

    She tried to save Heejun last week...

    The save is for a Daughtry or Pia situation.... not a Heejun, DeAndre, or Casey (Abrams) situation... kudos to Steven for figuring that out this season. :)

    ~Alan
     

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