Adam: Last week, I heard the birds singing as if for the first time. Sunshine seemed purer. Truth became palpable. Love went from being an emotion to an action to a state of being. Last Thursday? Colton went home. I’m sure everyone celebrated in their own ways (J Lo commemorated the moment by dressing like the lovechild of MC Hammer and an Oscar), but mostly I’ve just been smiling ever since. Are you ready for the top 6 in this shiny, happy, Colton-free new world, Beth?
When I first saw J-Lo, I thought C-3PO but I am definitely getting the Oscar vibe, good call. I am totally ready for this new world. I’m excited about it, I’m not going to lie, I was shocked. But it’s about time. I’m also excited that tonight we are celebrating Queen, I love Queen. Brian and I went through a phase where Queen was all we listened to. It was awesome.
Adam: Okay, there are two different worlds going on here. Idol is going completely over the top with the stage production, and Jessica somehow managed to start off in black and white. Then there were three floating Jessica heads in the background. And then she pretty much rocked Bohemian Rhapsody. I agreed with Randy, she sounded really great. I didn’t once try to pull my ears off.
Um, I liked it but most definitely didn’t love it. I thought she did much better once she “rocked out” but yeah. MEH. The black and white screen really annoyed me.
Adam, before we go any further, I need to point out that Ryan’s hair is really tall today. That’s all.
Skylar is up and OHMYGOD THE STAGE IS ON FIRE!! Call 911! Save the violins! Oh, wait. Nope, whew. That was close. Back to Skylar, I liked the performance a lot, I thought the very last note was a scream and off key. But the rest of it was really enjoyable. Well, except for the stage fire, that was just scary.
Adam: The fire was too much. So was Skylar, but in a good way. She’s really growing on me (despite the parting screech . . . totally agree that was off).
Adam: Joshua’s stage had no fire, just a crazy little thing called lasers. Joshua is really good. Really. Good. He sounded great. He looked great. He carried himself like a pro. But . . . I haven’t the slightest desire to listen to that song again. Can’t put my finger on what’s missing. But it’s definitely missing.
I loved that this was entirely different from his usual performances. I love that he sang into a CB (a special shout-out to his truck driver friends, I’m assuming), I thought the band was really good, I just loved seeing this side of him. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Elise Testone sang “I Want It All.” Gosh, Adam. I don’t know, she sounded great, even flawless, but I just can’t figure out where she fits with music today. Does that make sense? Like, are we looking for a female Def Leppard in 2012? I don’t think so but I’m an old lady, what do I know? Anyway, she did really well, I enjoyed the performance.
Adam: I liked Elise so much, but I think the best way to find out where an artist fits into today’s music scene is to see how she answers the question, “Should I sing with a tambourine in my hand?” Elise’s answer tells me her niche will be elusive.
Adam: Phillip Phillips sang Fat-Bottomed Girls. I didn’t see this coming, I really didn’t, but somehow this song fit Phillip perfectly. I can’t explain it, it’s just like the universe brought Phillip and this song together for this moment, and it was oddly beautiful. My favorite PPP (Phillip Phillips Performance) to date.
Okay, in the beginning, he looked like he was in the crowd and someone suddenly pulled him up on stage and said “hey kid, start singing.” He was awkward? And the entire performance was flat and boring. Interesting that it was your favorite PPP.
And you know what? Every time I hear Steven Tyler speak, I think, you know, I don’t think he smokes enough.
Hollie is singing Save Me and once again, she shows up on stage and turns 65. Who is her stylist, Kathie Lee Gifford? Seriously, rewind, squint your eyes and it’s crazy Kathie singing up on stage. Anyway, this is such a good song and when I picture Freddie Mercury singing this and putting his heart and soul into this song, gah, it gives me chills but when Hollie sings it, it just feels so … sterile. I just think she’s missing soul. Boring.
Adam: Totally disagree. Hollie seemed no younger than 90.
Adam: Jessica is singing Dance with my Father, in honor of her father, who is soon to be deployed in Singapore after tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. So I really, really wanted to love the performance. But it’s the type of song that doesn’t need a lot of runs. And Jessica sang 1200 of them.
I actually enjoyed it. I loved her dress. (love yellow) The performance was sweet and she seemed to really feel it. Which is unlike every other performance of hers that I’ve seen.
Skylar is back up with the country and the guitar and the boots and the tuuuhhhwang. I think she’s a great performer and I think she’ll do great in country music.
Adam: I’ve already forgotten what song she sang. Hmm . . . you know who I miss? Casey James. He was so dreamy.
Adam: Hold up. Joshua is singing with a calm, reserved, controlled passion. What’s this? Gasp! That’s what was missing. This song. I’m Ready for Love? Yeah, that. That was what I’ve been waiting to hear from him.
I. LOVE. JOSHUA. TONIGHT. I do. It’s like he grabbed my shoulders and said listen to me sing without doing that. GAH. Yes, Joshua, you are on it.
Elise is back on stage and this time I am just confused. Was this a poetry reading? The blues? Hard rock? Smooth jazz? A scarf twirling concert? I … did not like it, at all.
Adam: I think Randy was right: Elise was trying to outsing the guitar in a guitar song.
Adam: I’m just going to say this about Points of Phillipsis: he needs to let his voice be bright sometimes. Not every note can be dark, not even when he’s singing a Dave Matthews song. Resolve that melody, dude. If you’re gonna pick your nose through the entire song, you gotta pull out a booger at some point.
Okay, Adam, that was really gross. But, yeah, Phillip, I’m not really sure what to think. It was definitely different, the dancing people next to him? I am just confused. Plain and simple. But mostly I’m glad there were no boogers.
Hollie Cavanaugh is wrapping up the night (thank goodness) with a good ol’ Miley Cyrus song. So, Hollie went from Kathie Lee Gifford to a waitress at a strip club. (I know what you’re thinking: Beth, you wear a cardigan every day, STOP WITH THE FASHION TALK.) A standing ovation? Really? That’s it. I want Simon back. This show is seriously lacking in meanness and I miss it, dammit. Oh and the song? MEH.
Adam: True story: as Hollie sang, I was thinking about what to say and . . . I fell asleep. I woke up and the judges were standing. I’m so confused.
Who’s going home?
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