A Final Four by any other name
The proverbial Final Four of the American Idol Season 11 is upon us. I know it’s a college basketball metaphor but it applies here. This is an exciting time for the contestants and the fans and although I believe Phillip Phillips is the guy to beat this season I find myself unsure of that outcome at this late stage. The voting fans are not easily to read this year, combine that with how the judges have been conducting themselves and you have a formula for unexpected results.
The themes for tonight, California Dreamin’ and songs that you wish you’d written.
Phillip Phillips sings CCR’s Have You Ever Seen The Rain. Phillip has a quirky style without his guitar and I think it suits him to go ‘commando’ from time to time. I think his vocals struggled a bit. I enjoyed this because of his own way of doing things. Steven called him an original, Jennifer was impress and Randy pointed out that his vocals were pitchie in the beginning but at the first chorus he hit his groove.
Holly Cavanagh sang a song by Journey, Faithfully. I think she struggled in the beginning, must be something in the air. This was not a great choice for Hollie since most of the song was in her lower vocal range where she doesn’t have much power.
I think this performance alone puts her in the bottom two.
Randy thought she is peaking at the right time. He liked it. Jennifer said she always believed in Hollie. Hollie nearly made it to Season 10 and the judges told her to come back for Season 11. Steven gave her high praise but didn’t actually critique the performance. I’m always suspect when a judge avoids that part. Needless to say, I couldn’t disagree more with the judges on her singing Faithfully, it wasn’t good. (more…)