American Idol 4/4-4/5 Top 8

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by shan, Apr 5, 2012.

  1. Rob

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    My faves were Jess, Josh, Jess/Josh and Elise/phillip.
  2. taf2002

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    Her middle name is Haley. :)

    I didn't hear one performance that I thought was good. Phil is one of my favs but he sucked tonight. He was off-key the whole song. Everyone either picked boring songs or sang badly or both. Skylar may have sung well, I don't know because I couldn't take that song & FF'd thru most of her performance.

    My bottom 3:
    Deandre - have you noticed: when he goes into his falsetto he rolls his eyes back into his head which makes him look deranged
    Joshua - his vocal gymnastics are ridiculous
    Phillip - flat or off-key throughout

    I didn't think any of the girls were as bad as those 3. But I'm sure one will go home anyway.
  3. Allskate

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    I know that the 80s were not the best decade for music, but there are much better songs than the ones we heard tonight. I’m guessing that Idol didn’t clear them.

    On the whole, I thought the duets were better than the solos. I didn’t like Phillip’s or Elise’s solos, but I liked their duet more than anything else tonight. I don’t know why Gwen thought that was a good song for Elise’s solo. I also didn’t think Phillip chose a good song for his solo. He didn’t look comfortable.

    DeAndre – DeAndre is not my cup of tea, but I do think this was one of his best performances.

    I want to like Josh, but I just don’t. Stop the screaming.

    Jessica’s style is not my thing and I generally don’t like teenyboppers on the show, but I can’t deny that she’s mega-talented.

    For Colton, I didn’t like that arrangement of the song, whoever is responsible for it, and really didn’t like the lighting and staging. I prefer that song as a much more sincere and tender song. I loved it when Cyndi Lauper did it with Allison Iraheta.

    Skylar’s nasally voice does nothing for me, and I so didn’t get the standing ovation. They must have been upset that she was in the bottom three last week and wanted to make sure that Hollie is the one to go this week. Bummer for Hollie.
  4. Meredith

    Meredith what a glorious day!

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    My favorite performances are those where the singers choose/sing lyrics they know and can relate to - like last week's. This week the only performances I enjoyed at all were the duets, and I liked them all.
  5. flyingsit

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    This is my thought exactly. I'm sure they have focus groups, etc. who are telling them this and they're running with it, because they want Jessica in the top two no matter what it takes.

    Personally I just don't get the Jessica love at all. I thought that in her solo tonight she was sharp a lot of the time, and Gwen Stefani was totally right, her performance style screams CHEESY. When the lyric said "phone" she put her hand to her ear? Puh-leeze.
  6. Aceon6

    Aceon6 Get off my lawn

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    Weird night, my least faves did very well and two that I expected to knock it out of the park didn't. I see Elise, Hollie and Phil/Joshua in the B3, the guy first save, and Hollie going with no save.
  7. cruisin

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    I like the duets. And I think it shows their flexibility and ability to harmonize.

    I loved Steam Heat. I remember being in college, when that song was popular. My roommate and I would dance around the room singing it at the top of our lungs :lol:. We were soooooo awful!

    I don't get the DeAndre love. He's cute and has a nice voice, but no where near what the judges want us to think.

    I thought Jessica did a really good job with I Want to Know. I also over the duet with Joshua.

    I wish Joshua would reign in the vocal acrobatics. He has a great voice, but he ruins it when he goes over the top.

    Skylar - I thought this was her best. But, I was :eek: when they showed the clip where she said she misses her gun. Why would they put that in? that could alienate a lot of people.

    Philip was blech last night. I fear he is a one trick pony.

    Elise blew it. I think she sounded even more off because she was so amazing last week.

    I thought Holly was much better than the judges treated her. I didn't think she was so pitchy.

    I loved Colton's Time After Time. When I heard he was singing a Cindi Lauper song I was :confused:. But, he nailed it.
  8. cruisin

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    She can be a bit cheesy, but we have to remember she's 16. 16 with a voice that is amazing. The performance style will evolve. She is not my taste in music. But, she (as another poster said) is mega-talented. I think she has enormous potential and is young enough to be molded into a star.
  9. Aceon6

    Aceon6 Get off my lawn

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    This. Who's going to make more money for Jimmy? Jessica is a multicultural triple threat.
  10. nypanda

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    This. She's a hell of a lot more comfortable on stage than Carrie Underwood ever was on AI....and look what happened to her!

    Sorry -- I'm on board with the judges on being underwhemed with Holly. When she sings, I can see her stepping outside of her body to listen and and watch and comment (to herself). That will ruin her. She's too careful to move herself -- much less the listener. Sure she sounds okay...but so what? The advice J Lo gave her last night shocked me in its profundity -- but perhaps that is because, as an artist, I share most of Holly's issues.

    That said -- I will freely admit that I said a lot of the same things about AI Carrie Underwood...and look what happened to her....
  11. skatesindreams

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    The tour, perhaps?
  12. taf2002

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    Age IMO has not a lot to do with it. You're either a pageanty queen or you're not.

    That's exacty why these kids need REAL MENTORS. My ears like Hollie's voice more than they like Jessica's but both of them need coaching. I think Hollie has already started to improve...she was completely relaxed & not in her head for her duet. I don't think there is more reason to critique her than Jessica but of course they made their pick & Hollie threatens her.

    I think they are being short-sighted. Hollie is so marketable....she's young, she's pretty, she's got great hair & a cute figure, & a really good voice. I don't understand why the judges pick these kids & then try to sway voters to vote for one over the other. If they based it on talent that would be different, while still unfair, but they base it on the producer's whim. That's why I FF anytime the judges or Ryan is talking. They all make me sick.
  13. cruisin

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    I think age has everything to do with it. 16 year old girls grow up. I don't see her as pageanty, I see her as trying to emulate older divas. It comes across awkward. But, she, with guidance, will work it out.

    Hollie does have a great voice, but she lacks the control that Jessica has. Hollie is, sometimes all over the place with pitch. Jessica seems to be able to stay on pitch better. She is pretty and sweet. But, she is stiff and seems uncomfortable on stage. She can be worked with, as well. But I think Jessica is more comfortable performing. Even though she is a little schticky right now.
  14. snoopysnake

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    After Gunpowder and Lead (not only glorifying guns, but cigarettes :mad:) last week, and the vid with her and her pet gun (WTF does she shoot? :scream:) I looked at her face in the closeups during Wind Beneath My Wings and saw Tonya Harding with her hair dyed dark. Scary!
  15. my little pony

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    considering how the voting seems to go season after season, i wouldnt be surprised if her dirty harriet clip makes her more popular with some voters
  16. cruisin

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    :lol:

    :scream:
  17. Rob

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    I hear pitch issues in Hollie's transitions - she gets the big note though and I liked her vocal better than her physical performance - she looked nervous she was going to trip or something.

    I made it back to the parts I missed and I liked all the duets and Jess and Josh the best. Colton was a little dull, weak performance for Phillip, let down after last week for Elise, Deandre better than usual, Skylar better than usual, but I heard some pitchy stuff there too.
  18. PrincessLeppard

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    I wonder if Hollie was nervous she was going to trip. They make the girls wear those really high heels, and if you aren't used to them, they can be intimidating.

    Carly Smithson was on one of Michael Slezak's shows and her advice to the girls was to wear shoes you felt comfortable in.
  19. nypanda

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    PL -- I thought the same thing -- Holly looked terrified of her (fierce) shoes. To me.

    I disagree with a previous poster that she looked more relaxed during the duet. To my eyes, she barely acknowledged the other singer on the stage - much less worked with him. She sang her part just as she planned, then furrowed brow and zoned out until her next change to sing. Perhaps she was trying to remember the words? The blocking? Still -- girlfriend's got no poker face.

    They're all on level ground as far as access to "real mentors". I think they're getting equally good/bad advice; what they do with it is up to them....
  20. shan

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    I like Hollie much better when she's not singing big ballads. I thought she sounded so much better on the trio last week (wasn't it?) and duet this week.

    Jessica is so talented, but she just doesn't hold my attention.

    I have no preference between the two of them.

    I did like Elise/Phillip duet much more than either of their solos.

    I've never heard Wind Beneath My Wings with a twang. It was okay (a bit pageanty) and it was nice to see Skylar not stomping all over the stage.

    I think my particular issue with Skylar and Jessica is that they seem to emulate their idols each week. I think this is the first week I haven't been reminded of Miranda Lambert when Skylar sings and Jessica sounds a lot like Beyonce.
  21. cruisin

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    I thought she looked nervous, as well. She does this thing that skaters and dancers sometimes do, when they are nervous. Her shoulders go up and forward. that probably effects her singing as well. If she relaxed her shoulders, she would probably improve, all around.
  22. my little pony

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    it never stops making me lol that they show all of j lo's videos during a "singing" competition
  23. kylet3

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    *Phew!* Hollie is safe, Elise hopefully will be safe, I want DeAndre gone.
  24. my little pony

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    please dont save him

    on the bright side, it looks like he could be j lo's next boyfriend, she's quite attached to him
  25. kylet3

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    No way in hell that should be saved.
  26. Christina

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    What/Who are The Wanted? They could have pretended to sing a little bit more.

    I was hoping for Warrant or Poison last night. There is nothing like 80's hair metal, and most of it is difficult to sing.
  27. kylet3

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    I knew Jennifer would vote to save him :rolleyes: she's so useless. Thank goodness this is one of the few times the judges have had sense this season. Glad he's gone.
  28. birdgal

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    Deandre?
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    Indeed. The falsetto and his performances have driven me nuts. Although Elise and her attitude strike me as holier than thou and doesn't admit fault.
  30. birdgal

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    The falsetto also drove me nuts.
  31. cruisin

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    Interesting that you said that. I am glad we won't be subjected to DeAndre's shrieking falsetto anymore. But, there has been something about Elise, that has irked me from day 1. As much as I thought she was fantastic last week, I couldn't feel excited for her. I think you hit it, it's her attitude, like she's above everyone else.
  32. nypanda

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    *shrug* she's an artist in a show about becoming a package. Her choice...but I get her.
  33. Rob

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    Who is strangling the cat? Pickler? Awful :scream:

    I have heard that The Wanted song before, but I didn't know who did it. And I didn't know the girls scream over them like they are the Beatles. Are the girls in the front paid to do this?

    Result is fine with me.
  34. Aceon6

    Aceon6 Get off my lawn

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    Wow. Thought for sure that the tweens would save DeAndre. Guess they've moved on to Christian bad boy Coltin.

    As for Elise, she must know that she's not the best singer left. For gawd's sake, her roommate Erica sang rings around her and Phil works the rasp with much more passion and musicality. She's interesting, yes, but there's no way she should be thinking that she's the be all and end all.
  35. flyingsit

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    I think 2012 is (unfortunately) the year of the boy-band revival. Between this one and something called One Direction.