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American Idol Recap – Top 7 (Take Two)

We are treated to a (justifiably) emotional recap of last week’s stunning turn of events, which is deemed “a new beginning for all.”  Well, hopefully not for Hollie, who needs to go no matter how good she may be this week.  Ryan then does a short tribute to Dick Clark, which felt inevitable given that he has been touted for the last ten years to be the new Dick Clark, and he has done a good job already of taking over.  RIP, Dick Clark.

Tonight’s themes are one song from today and one song from “back in the day” from Soul Train.

Hollie – “Rolling In The Deep” by Adele
OK.  I vote her out simply for choosing an Adele song.  She clearly learns nothing week-to-week.  That being said, it was her best performance in ages.  She didn’t look terrified, likely because she wasn’t in the bottom three last week.  I fear that in the new world order, she may last a lot longer than anyone thought she would.

Colton – “Bad Romance” by Lady Gaga
Bad song choice, Colton.  It doesn’t work to go down an octave in all those parts.  Blech. The judges again like him more than I do.  I promise that Tommy Hilfiger did not outfit him tonight.

Elise – “No One” by Alicia Keys
Great choice of song.  She looks beautiful tonight and is treated to a wind machine to enhance the aura around her.  I thought she was great.  America isn’t likely to.  I agree with Jennifer that when she smiles it really opens her up.

Phillip – “You’ve Got It Bad” by Usher
Phillip is BACK.  As Jennifer said “That was so sexy.”  Randy says that this year there is a true artist on the stage.  He has not one thing whatsoever to worry about.

Jessica – “Fallin'” by Alicia Keys
RIDICULOUSLY GOOD.  Ridiculous.  How could the judges have not given her a standing-o after they just gave Phillip one?

Skylar – “Born This Way” by Lady Gaga”
Cool version of the song.  And I love Skylar.  But not my favorite of her performances.

Joshua – “I Believe” by Fantasia
Mantasia does Fantasia!!!!  Hard for me to listen to anyone else sing this song, since I (embarrassingly) know every nuance of Fantasia’s version.  I mean, he did a great job.  And he got a standing-o from the judges.  I love you Joshua.  But it’s ‘Tasia’s version that will always make me cry.

Hollie – “Son Of A Preacher Man” by Dusty Springfield
A very strongly sung, largely soul-free version of Son of A Preacher Man.

Colton – “September” by Earth, Wind, & Fire
A very, very cool arrangement of September.  Basically a completely different song – in a good way.  Pretty shocked by the judges’ very tepid reaction.  I thought it was one of his most creative and well-done performances to date.

Elise – “Let’s Get It On” by Marvin Gaye
Come on, you idiot judges.  Stand up for the woman.  That was great.  They basically skewered her, and I think sealed her fate.

Phillip – “In The Midnight Hour” by Wilson Pickett
Magnetic, fun, sexy Phillip is back.  I’m buying tickets to his concert.


Jessica – “Try A Little Tenderness” by Otis Redding
Just stop the competition right now.  This woman can sing ANYTHING.  Come on.  How ridiculous that she won’t wear the crown.

Skylar – “Heard It Through The Grapevine” by Marvin Gaye
Again, good Skylar performance.  Not my favorite.

Joshua – “A Change Is Gonna Come” by Sam Cooke
Way more transformational for me than his version of “I Believe”.  The judges gave him a standing-o, but I suspect that it was driven in part by the need to school America into saving him this week.

My Ranking of Tonight’s Performances:

  1. Jessica – “Fallin'”
  2. Joshua – “A Change Is Gonna Come”
  3. Jessica – “Try A Little Tenderness”
  4. Phillip – “In The Midnight Hour”
  5. Joshua – “I Believe”
  6. Phillip – “You’ve Got It Bad”
  7. Elise – “Let’s Get It On”
  8. Colton – “September”
  9. Elise – “No One”
  10. Skylar – “Heard It Through The Grapevine”
  11. Hollie – “Rolling In The Deep”
  12. Hollie – “Son Of A Preacher Man”
  13. Skylar – “Born This Way”
  14. Colton – “Bad Romance”

My Results Predictions:

Well, all bets are pretty much off after last week.  That being said…

  • Colton and Phillip are SAFE SAFE SAFE.
  • Elise will most DEFINITELY and undeservedly be in the bottom three once more.
  • Based on last week’s shocker, Hollie will not be going home
  • While she may not escape the bottom three this week, Jessica most likely will not go home because her supporters will vote like mad.

Other than that, tough to say anything that would be reliable.  Bottom three should be Hollie, Skylar, and Colton, but Elise will take one of their places, and Jessica or Joshua are just as likely to fall back in as well.

My prediction to go home tomorrow night is Elise.  Boy, is Hollie lucky Elise doesn’t connect with America.

Wertheim out.

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