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American Idol 12: Top 8 Elimination

In: Donovan, TV Shows

I really hope America gets it right this week. None of the girls should be going before the boys. Absolutely NONE of them. Jimmy Iovine also agrees with me. In his recap, he believes the bottom three should be all the guys. Fingers crossed that’s true. I would hate to lose Amber this soon. Side note: Kree got a shout out from Aretha Franklin praising her performance. That’s pretty dope.

Tonight’s show was all about filler (even more so than other weeks). There was this random segment where the Idols went to some school to teach them Phillip Phillips’ “Home” ?!?!?! Performances by Colton Dixon, Keith Urban and OneRepublic featuring Katharine McPhee were on deck. Speaking of the latter, why Seacrest introduced her as “recording artist Katharine McPhee” instead of Idol alum or Smash star was kinda odd. Don’t you think? After 45 minutes, we finally get to the eliminations.

find out who was eliminated after the jump

American Idol Season 11 Alums Test Out New Material

In: Donovan, Music

While Phillip Phillips scored out of the gate with his debut single, “Home“, thanks to great songwriting and exposure during the London 2012 Olympics, Jessica Sanchez wasn’t so lucky with her first track. The American Idol Season 11 runner-up didn’t exactly burn up the charts with “Change Nothing“. To be fair, it’s not her fault she was saddled with a far inferior track. Sabotage much? With Sanchez scoring a deal with Interscope Records, a guest spot on Glee and a boyfriend (she’s dating DeAndre Brackensick from Season 11), all that she’s missing is a hit song. Hopefully, she’ll have a happily-ever-after ending with her new track, “Fairytale” which she debuted this week.

During an iHeartRadio American Idol concert in New York City this week, the 17-year-old diva-in-training performed a track from her upcoming album. Whether “Fairytale” becomes the official lead single from her debut effort remains to be seen. I guess it all depends on public reaction. It’s a far better track than “Change Nothing”, but more “poppy” than I had expected. Jessica expressed wanting to do “more of the urban, Rihanna kind of feel and the R&B kind of stuff,” in a previous interview. Perhaps, the final produced version of “Fairytale” will sound differently than her live performance.

Also performing at the iHeartRadio concert were Colton Dixon, Joshua Ledet and Phillip Phillips. Dixon performed his original song, “Never Gone”, which he’s been playing during the Season 11 Idol summer tour. Third-place finisher Ledet, like Sanchez, unveiled a brand new track. “Broken Man” is everything you would expect from him. It’s got that retro rhythm and blues vibe. If you’re a Joshua fan, you’ll love the track. Check out “Broken Man“, “Fairytale” and “Never Gone” below.

listen to all three tracks after the jump

Last night combined old with new and bad with good: mainly the stars of the show shone while the remaining disconnects continued to prove that we haven’t quite got rid of all the lesser singers. Each contestant got to try at the stage twice last night singing songs from before and after the year 2000 and I had a lot more love overall for the more contemporary attempts. While there’s nothing wrong with older songs redone for today’s crowd: remaking classics is just that much harder to do and often doesn’t get the kids to their feet and phones as fast. All in all, it was a pretty good night of songs.

This elimination round, we’re without the save- having been used on Jessica Sanchez the week previous- and anyone can go. While I don’t anywhere close to fully believe that Jess legitimately received the least amount of votes (it was discussed in last week’s comments that Idol can discount votes at their whim if they think they’re not on the up-and-up: ie. “we do whatever the hell we want”), I do think that extra Sanchez fans will be there to support her tonight. Further, Phil Phils will likely soar through on smile alone and Skylar Laineseems untouchable thus far. I’ve gotten bored with Joshua Ledet’s heartstring-pulling performances and have declared it his turn to adios though Hollie Cavanagh and her awkwardness just might be the one to lose it this evening. We’ve got performances by Season 8 winner Kris Allen and LMFAO doin’ their thing, but let’s get to some RESULTS!

Click through to see my review of the night and see who gets sent home!

First off, I do apologize that the posts this week on my Idol recap are up later than my usual East Coast promptness but a new work sched is slightly throwing me off kilter so instead I’ll try to make up for it with a WHOLE lot more bitchiness. I’m kidding, don’t worry- how could I possibly be a bigger dick to this show’s producers?

Last week we got current music for once and I truly believed it offered the most interesting overall performances that we’ve seen this season. Thankfully, the good idiots at Idol have decided to both hurt and help themselves by combining new and old tonight by having the kids sings two songs each: one hit from post 2000 and one song pre. At this point, we have to take what we can get and have faith the remaining (actually talented) singers will pick from the myriad of classic decade older songs and turn them into something relevant and downloadable. As you likely know, we’re re-visiting the “Top 7” as last week the front-runner, Jessica Sanchez, was bottomed out by the votes only to be saved without second thought by the judges. This week there WILL be someone sent packing and it’s all based on tonight’s performances (well, it’s based on what the producers decide, but it’s fun to pretend that votes matter)- so let’s get to it!

Click through to see the performances and read my review of the night!

Elimination Day!! It’s down to the Top 7 and I’m more than thrilled to say there’s no chaff left in this group: we are full of wheat and talent at this point. The past few weeks have seen the demise of some how-are-they-still-there singers and we’re down to wire where any mistake can send a kid home and there’s no more resting on laurels. Everything counts and tonight’s results could very well prove that, as dark horse Elise Testone might survive (god I hope so!) due to a great performance last night and we might see a frequent judge favourite take a bow. I’ve called this a year for the boys thinking that it will be the “two cute ones” (Colton Dixon and Phil Phils) making it to the final stage as their twitter followers are out of control and likely so is the voting for them. That said, we’ve seen week after week of brilliance from Jessica Sanchez who I say will take the show. BUT, nothing’s for sure so let’s get to tonight!

The Top 7 performed: “Song From This Decade” yesterday and finally gave us what we’ve been demanding and offered up current hits and recent classics for the kids to attempt. It was a damn good night with little for me to gripe on for once and led to some pretty heated discussions in the comments section afterwards- always a good sign! I questioned the “amazingness” of Joshua Ledet’s over-the-top and less recognizable performance of Bruno Mars in spite of the judges overwhelming accolades and predictable Standing O, and cast some doubt on the fate of Hollie Cavanagh as she continues to not connect with her youthfulness and the audience. Still, I’m no music expert and I can only call it how I see it having watched how Idol works for years and I think no matter what, me might finally see the use of the “Save” this week as I truly believe that none of the contestants left are bad and one mistake is all it takes. Let’s see what happens!!

Click through to see my review of the night and see who gets sent home

WE DID IT FOLKS! Clearly, the good/awful people at American Idol listened to our barking and decided to opt out of “Songs of the 20s” and leave “Rock Around the Clock” at home and this week gives us: “Songs From This Decade“. As much as I don’t believe my articles per se had anything to do with this choice, I definitely believe that the unified bitching of online fans everywhere actually got to the gold-stuffed ears of the Idol producers and they decided to listen to us little people. With such an odd sounding theme (seriously, “Songs From This Decade”, we’re TWO years in people), it sounds like they threw together the name of the week as quickly as they did change their mind to try out actually offering recent songs.

BUT, we got what we wanted, so no complaining about the fact that they couldn’t think of a better title, instead let’s just appreciate the gift and not stare the horse in its mouth. Bringing in Akon to mentor and “guide” the contestants I have to wonder if that was really the best choice given this man’s sketchy past having faux sex with 15-year olds on stage as well as more than a few different known baby mommas… maybe his time is better spent with HIS plethora of kids and not these ones? Hell, at least we’re getting a contemporary artist… just keep an eye on him around the younger ones is all I ask. Like last week, we’re gonna be getting the main song by the performers and then a duet that doesn’t technically count though the viewers are always there to judge it all and dial in accordingly. Let’s pray the singers show us they can be relevant and that it’s been the show holding them back with hackneyed themes and songbooks until this point!

Click through to see the performances and read my review of the night!

Well, last night we got to listen to the songs of the 80s and the whole thing was about as exciting as reading this sentence is… I know I’ve been called a catty bitch more than a couple times and told to shut up if I have nothing good to say but screw it, I’m still here ha. Point is, I’m staying around with the hopes that SOMEthing good gets proposed by the aging and out-of-touch producers at “American Idol” as they continue to attempt theme nights of aged singer song books and decades of limited relevance and then within those awful limitations choosing a litany of songs we’ve never heard of. This show has had such amazing moments over the last decade and I know it’s capable of great things so I’ll stay, keeping them honest and calling them on their laziness! Last night’s ridiculousness included crap by DeBarge (who?), lesser pics of Simply Red and 80s disco (seriously?) from Irene Cara… slow clap for those choices Idol. And as much as you have us watching the contestants “choose” their own songs, we just know that if they’re opting for bull like this that the list to go off of must be even more obscure. Okay, rant done, let’s get to what we’re here for!

Tonight is some personal pimping (yet again… wasn’t it about her TV show just a couple weeks ago and then her marriage the year before… Hey J Lo: how did those turn out?), by Ms. Lopez herself as she premieres “Dance Again” tonight. She looks great, but I’m wary to believe this one’s gonna be the one that puts her back on top, but we’ll see! On top of that we get previous Idol “failure” Kellie Pickler who proved you don’t need Idol’s number one slot to make it in the music world once the show ends and The Wanted performing tonight. Some decent bands tonight and a nice combo of pop, country and let’s go alt pop rock to make the evening appeal to a variety of peeps. But who cares about all that when there’s the elimination on the line! I’m hoping with all my might that it’s finally DeAndre Brackensick’s turn to step off though I’m worried for Hollie Cavanagh and as always Elise Testone. I think Hollie might earn the second chance from the judges if it gets that far but I doubt the other two would even be seriously considered for it. Let’s see what’s happened!

Click through to see my review of the night and see who gets sent home

So, Idol, where did we last leave things? Well, Heejun-the-”Hilarious” was finally sent home- only 5 or weeks so late, but hey it’s done now. This week we get buried in another Idol theme week of blah as we recite the songs of the 80s. Arguably there’s plenty of gems from that decade but we all know that Nigel Lythgoe and the rest of the producer ghouls will be finding the cheapest and most random they can to bore us for a good 90% of what we’ll watch tonight, and taking a peak at a leaked song list it seems like my pessimistic prediction is dead on. The songs you’ll see are known but truly nothing relevant in today’s world of “One Direction Bieber Lovato” madness so I struggle to understand how this show attempts to stay relevant with songs that less than half the audience likes let alone recognizes. Oh well, let’s play the hand we’re dealt and see what we’ve got tonight.

As we move from last week’s Stevie Nicks to today’s Gwen Stefani as contestant mentor I appreciate the attempt to at least bring in truly successful performers who have been through the stages of early stardom and come out the other end as famed successes so at least they’re hitting that on the head. We’re going to be getting our usual round of solos tonight but with the add of some duets to- let’s be honest- drag out what could be a half hour show into its full 2-hour commercial bonanza. I’ve got my fingers crossed Phil Phil’s shirt busts open tonight, that DeAndre Brackensick forgets the words and yet still gets voted to stay in perfect mockery of what this show has become and that Jessica Sanchez continues to slay the competition along side my dark horse fave Elise Testone. So, without further adieu…

Click through to see the performances and read my review of the night!

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