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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

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    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. Henry

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    My comments in bold:

     
  2. Henry

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    JLo's easily impressed. That's the third elimination she's tried to "save".
     
  3. Holydoc

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    Completely agree with this statement and completely agree with Jimmy. I do not understand why the judges cannot just be honest like Jimmy.

    I also agreed with the decision of who to send home. I was worried that Elise was going (I actually like Elise a lot but she has no fan base and thus it is just a matter of time). Though I agreed with the decision, I actually thought that Holly was the one that was going to go.
     
  4. Doug Brott

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    DeAndre has (in my mind) his best week this week. I still didn't like one single bit of the falsetto, but the fact that over 80% of his performance was in his normal voice, it was, by default, much better.

    Honestly, I think he has a great voice now that I've really heard it, but he over used it in the same way that Jacob last year over used his runs. Jacob just turned on his fans and, well, they turned on him and he was gone. As Alan noted, Joshua had more restraint than Jacob in the performance this week, but based on what I saw, I see it as a dam about to burst. I'm worried that he's gonna open up and go crazy thus falling into the same boat as Jacob. If he corrects that problem, he will go a long way. But that is my view.

    I do think Hollie got way over-criticized, but I've heard some similar comments to what the Judges said from other people. The notable comment was "stiff." So, perhaps the operative word is that Hollie needs to learn to "perform." If she goes to that place, then the song, etc. probably won't matter as much. Until then I think everyone will continue to be hard on her.

    All I know is that I don't know so much this year. :lol:
     
  5. Alan Gordon

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    At this stage of the game, I expect Phillip to make the top 3.

    I could be completely wrong but I'm expecting Colton, Jessica, and Phillip in the Top 3. I'd LOVE to see Joshua knock Colton out of the contest, but I don't expect that to happen. :(

    I don't always agree with Jimmy 100%, but he's always interesting to hear... :)

    I've been disappointed with him for several weeks, and he's a favorite, so I want to see that change.

    On an off-topic note, he looked terrible last night. To make matters worse, two of his best friends were in the bottom three...

    I try to keep out of Facebook discussions... LOL!! :D

    Yeah, I liked DeAndre alright myself, but he was the weakest link, so it was time for him to go...

    I also think Colton and Phillip are getting most of the teeny-bopper vote, so that didn't help him.

    ~Alan
     
  6. Alan Gordon

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    In all fairness, there are occasions where the the fact that he doesn't appear to be there on Wednesday night might have an error of margin. I have read many times from people in the studio that a performance can sometimes come off far superior in person than it does on TV.

    Other times, I think they're just deaf... :p

    I called the Bottom 3 way in advance.

    Elise and Hollie both had off-weeks, and DeAndre had one of his better weeks. Add in the fact that he's a young guy, and I was VERY worried for Hollie and Elise (as were they).

    Next week will most likely be uncomfortable. :(

    I like his falsetto myself, but to each their own...

    One I'm afraid I share... :(

    I think this week was the first week I saw her actually look like she was having fun on stage. I really didn't hear any issues with her singing on her solo, but I don't think she was putting the same emotion in the song that Irene did... a side-effect of her age perhaps. I had a similar complaint regarding Jessica's solo performance this week. I had no such complaints during the duets for either.

    Don't be so hard on yourself. Sadly, I think you are probably correct regarding the winner. :(

    ~Alan
     
  7. Henry

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    My comments in bold:

    Edited to add: video
     
  8. Alan Gordon

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    A second look (or listen) to things can also help. I didn't care for Hollie last week, but a second listen revealed that it was better than I thought.

    BALDERDASH!! My Uncle guessed the same bottom three as well...

    DeAndre was saved partly by his performance last week and MOSTLY by Jennifer's rallying of his fan base. He didn't really have that this week.

    Skyler was in the bottom three last week, but her performance Wednesday would keep her out of it.

    Hollie was in it last week, and she got even MORE criticism this week.

    Elise has spent more weeks in the bottom three than she has out of it, so with her performance Wednesday, she was a no-brainer. :(

    I don't dislike ANY contestant left. Sure, Colton and Skyler aren't my favorites, but I suspect Colton will at least out survive many of my favorites. :(

    I'm hoping not, but I'm no longer thinking not... :(

    ~Alan
     
  9. Henry

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    BALDERDASH??? :lol:
     
  10. Alan Gordon

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    Then again... after the Jimmy Iovine controversy, I'm starting to rethink this PP prediction. :( I'm not convinced things have changed, but doubt is now sinking into my mind. :(

    Sorry.... I apologize for the crude language. I was just quite adamant in the fact that my prediction was more than just a lucky guess. :)

    ~Alan
     
  11. Alan Gordon

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    Apparently the theme this week will be songs from this decade (2010, 2011, 2012).

    Akon will be the guest mentor... which kind of sucks in my mind. I like and own some of Akon's stuff, but I just don't see him being a good mentor. Hopefully, I'll be surprised...

    ~Alan
     
  12. Henry

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    It's not really a crude word - just not used that often.

    You can be as adamant as you want. In my mind it's just a guess.

    Shall we leave it at that before we get scolded for off topic stuff?
     
  13. Holydoc

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    Controversy? So far I have agreed with Jimmy completely.

    ~ the non-controversal Holydoc ~
     
  14. Alan Gordon

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    I guess I should have put a ;) smiley by my statement to get the point across that I was making a joke. I am aware that "Balderdash" is not a crude word... well, actually, not knowing what the word actually means, I don't, but I am aware that it's pretty safe to use! :)

    Think what you want... :)

    However, as adamant as I was as to WHOM the bottom three would be last week, I'm doubtful I will be feeling as confident in any predictions this coming Thursday.

    ~Alan
     
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    I can see where Phillip Phillips was a bit cocky and spoke without thinking. I think Jimmy is absolutely right that Phillip needs some criticism so that he will improve his performances rather than go stagnant. Do not get me wrong. I like Phillip. But I was not pleased with his last Phil Collins performance of "That's All" where he is smiling throughout the whole song. I just could not relate.

    Sooooo... Phillip heed Jimmy's advice and start feeling the songs you are singing. Let's go from good to exceptional!
     
  17. Henry

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    No issues. :D
     
  18. Alan Gordon

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    I don't disagree with Jimmy at all. He was right on... I thought "That's All" would be a slam dunk for him, and it wasn't. He needed the criticism.

    HOWEVER, from everything I'm told, Phillip is a VERY shy person. A personality trait I share, so maybe I related. One of the side effects of being shy is being very susceptible to personal criticism. If someone were to be critical of me on TV, I think I'd leave my body and wouldn't return until shocked back to reality, so I think he truly got confused as to what Jimmy was saying. That doesn't change the fact that he needed to hear it... but rather an explanation for his reaction.

    Personally, I felt that only Jermaine, Heejun, and Colton have shown some cockiness on the show, but that's just my opinion. I think Jermaine seemed to truly be showing a cocky side, Heejun showing a similar reaction to Phillip, and Colton... well, I'm not sure how I feel about his moments yet, so I'm going to give him the benefit of the doubt, and assume he simply misspoke.

    ~Alan
     
  19. Henry

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    FWIW, Phillip just doesn't look like he needs or wants the criticism. Maybe we are misunderstanding his confidence as arrogance.

    He looks very comfortable wearing his gray clothes, belting out gravelly-voiced toothy songs while sporting the guitar like a soldier would an Army guidon.

    Maybe he auditioned on a dare, and when he was selected, figured he'd stick around to see what happens. At best, he'd get a contract. At worst he'd get his name out there and land a contract on his own. Plus he's got a spot in the Top Ten concerts this summer.

    I'm not quite sure Phillip cares what we or the judges or Jimmy think about him. He's on a ride ... and a fun one at that.
     
  20. Alan Gordon

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    One of the things I hear about PP locally is that people like the fact that he is who he is, and is not putting on "airs."

    I REALLY wish I had seen the Tommy Hilfiger interview on my local FOX affiliate. They asked him questions about PP's style.

    Thinking back to all the concerts I've seen in my life, pretty much every person was wearing very simple clothing. No dressing up involved... which quite frankly wasn't needed.

    Suffice it to say, I've never been to a Lady GaGa concert... ;) :D

    Jimmy has stated that he'd sign Phillip and Jessica today, so I figure both will end up with a contract regardless of what happens.

    I think he's serious.... I just think he lets his music speak for itself. I don't think he's the best on AI... whether it's vocally or consistency, but I respect his stance in that regard.

    I liked parts of it, but I was not gung-ho on his performance on Wednesday. I personally feel that his and Elise' duet on Wednesday was FANTASTIC... and would be a song I'd actually go out and buy had AI seen fit to actually SELL the duets the week of the Top 8. They both needed some redemption that night (particularly Elise), and I think they got it with the duet.

    I hope that both will do better this week...

    ~Alan
     

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