Wednesday, May 9, 2012

American Idol Season 11: The Top 4 Are California Dreamin' and Inspiring Us

Round 1, We all did some California Dreamin'. I think Joshua and Jessica beat Hollie and Phillip by a shade in round 1. Although, I will fully admit that Miss Hollie is peaking at the right time, her performance of Faithfully by Journey sounded good in all the right places. She hit the big notes right on without hesitation.

Phillip Phillips started off the show with Have You Ever Seen the Rain by Creedence Clearwater Revival-- Jen enjoyed the vocal quality of the song. Randy felt it was rough at first, but when he hit the chorus it was good.
Score: 4.5

Hollie Cavanagh sang Faithfully by Journey-- Randy thinks Hollie is peaking at the right time, I completely agree. Jen loved seeing her growth and journey. Steven praised the song choice.
Score: 4.75

Joshua Ledet sang You Raise Me Up by Josh Groban-- Jen said another great performance, really great, keep it consistent til the end. Steven said I love the way you sing, courage is fear. Randy said I can never wait to see what you do. You're an amazing artist with a ginormous career ahead of you. I love how Josh made this into a gospel version of the song, it was a great move for him.
Score: 5

Jessica Sanchez sang Steal Away by Etta James-- Jen said, compared to your would be female contemporaries, you're one of the best, and your vocal quality is amazing. Steven told her she nailed it and Randy said it was amazing again. The soul in this performance was undeniable for me.
Score: 5

Unexpected surprise of the night: Joshua and Phillip singing This Love by Maroon 5

Weird performance of the night: Hollie and Jessica singing Eternal Flame by The Bangles (what were those swings that they were on?)

The Top 4 sang I've Been Waiting For a Girl Like You by Foreigner

Round 2, Songs You Wish You'd Written

I think this was a three way tie between Phillip, Joshua, and Jessica. However, I do want to mention that Jennifer Hudson sang that song on American Idol and she sang it better than Jessica Sanchez.

Phillip Phillips sang Volcano by Damien Rice-- Steven said it was really beautiful and that he has never heard Phillip sing like that before. Jen said very few people could pull that off and it's a testament to who you are as an artist. Randy said it was one of his best performances of the season.
Score: 5

Hollie Cavanagh sang I Can't Make You Love Me by Bonnie Raitt-- Steven thought it fell a bit short. Jen felt her vocal was off and Randy did not think that was the right song for her to sing right now. This was a letdown because Hollie's first performance was so good.
Score: 4

Joshua Ledet sang This Is a Man's Man's Man's World by James Brown-- Steven said I've never heard anything like that in my life. Jen said it had passion and heart. Randy said it was one of the best performances on any singing show ever. You took us to church. Like the judges, I don't know what to say anymore, Joshua just evokes so much emotion when he sings, I feel every note.
Score: nothing but a 5

Jessica Sanchez sang And I Am Telling You by Jennifer Holliday-- Steven said it was another winning performance. Jen predicted that this competition will be a race to the finish with everyone performing at such a high level. Randy said Phillip, Joshua, and Jessica are in it to win it. He called Jessica's performance another phenomenal vocal. As I said, I liked Jessica's performance here, but it was not as good as Jennifer Hudson's performance of this song.
Score: 4.9

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