Welcome back Friends.. Yet another week of performing and eliminations for the AI hopefuls. This week, 5 became 4.
The theme this week was 1960s and British Invasion which, in my mind, is also 1960s but I guess it could be Any song, in AI’s catalog, from the UK. I’m not going to recap the songs everyone did or really even who did what with respect the remaining 5. Mainly because I don’t remember most of them and the performance show already got bounced from the DVR. I remember hearing all of them though so I’ll try and wing something. Kind of short and sweet, here it is.
My favorite of the night, Hands down, was Hollie. I can’t even tell you for certain what songs she sang but I thought she knocked both of them out of the park. I’ve always thought she was good but, she can never seem to catch a break from the judges. Except, Wednesday night. They finally gave her the props she deserves, for the most part. The Worse of the night, for me, was Phillip Phillips. A lot of people like this guy but number one, he doesn’t have the singing voice to pull off some of the songs he tries to sing and number two, I’ve never particularly cared for the way he changes up the songs. To me, he’s more of a bar band type than an AI type performer. I don’t mean that as a dig against the guy, it’s just where I think he fits in in the world of music performing artists. I know I’m probably in the minority with that, it’s just a matter of taste. Whatever his second song was, he completely butchered it. Tried to hit notes that he has no business trying to hit. To be fair, Phillip would probably tell us that much of what he does on the show isn’t his type of music to perform. Then we have dear sweet Jessica Sanchez. She did Proud Mary. Bless her heart. Just like her performance of the Queen song last week, this girl should not be doing songs like Proud Mary. Not Tina Turner style anyway. I doubt she could pull off the CCR version either. It just isn’t her genre. Whatever her second song was, again, vocal-wise, she proved why she was there. So she’s a 50/50 with me in recent weeks. Actually she always has been but not really because of the voice. Joshua Ladet did his thing with his songs but even he, left me a little flat. Last but not least, Skylar Laine. Truthfully, I don’t even remember hearing her. I’m sure she was good and whatever she did but I can’t remember what it was.
So, based on performances alone, I thought the bottom two should be Phillip and Jessica with, Phillip going home. I think many others thought that as well. Is that what happened? Let’s see.
No, That isn’t what happened. Hollie and Skylar were bottom two and it is Skylar that went home. Now, Skylar isn’t a perfect vocalist, Hollie is Much better than she is in that respect, In My Opinion. She however has a fantastic explosive stage presence. Again, In my opinion. Yet again, I don’t believe either of them belonged in the bottom two. I guess hearing Skylar’s songs was just as forgettable to everyone else as it was to me. In that case, I guess it would have been better for her to have been mediocre or just plain sucked. At least it would have been memorable. Witness, the bottom two and the absence of Phillip from that pair.
It happens every week, Someone goes home and at this point, it’s going to be somebody who deserves to be there and could very well win. I get that. Many have lost this competition and went on to bigger and better things, far overshadowing whoever it is they lost To. Clay Aiken. I don’t like the guy but what has Reuben done? Jennifer Hudson, 7th place finish. A Grammy for best R&B album And an Academy Award for best supporting actress. Chris Daughtry. 4 American Music awards and 6 Billboard awards. Who beat Adam Lambert? You get the point. I don’t have any doubt that any of the remaining contestants from 6th or so to the finish can do Something with a singing career. Just that the first place doesn’t have to work as hard to get started. They already have the recording contract (is what I mean they don’t have to work as hard).
Vote count- Ryan said last night, 60,000,000 votes cast (nearly). Am I the only one that finds it strange that, the fewer contestants there are, the more votes are cast? I get that there are some late comers who wait to see how everything shakes out before beginning to vote. Each year though it seems the same. A 2mil increase as each week passes and there is one less contestant to vote for. MANY, will stop voting when their favorite contestant is eliminated so in my mind, that negates the possibility of an actual increase in the numbers. At least an increase that large or as AI would have us believe. Larger since throughout the season, many Stop voting. I call bullshit on these vote counts. I’ve said from the start that I don’t believe for one second that the execs at AI and the record label are going to leave that decision solely in the hands of a group of people who have the attention span of a gnat. The American Tweenie (primarily). A recording contract with all the promotion and bells and whistles that goes with it is a Huge investment. Especially in this day and age where, here today, gone tomorrow is very much at play when it comes to public adoration of these ‘artists’.
Anyway, I’ll miss Skylar on the show. She was the only remaining contestant I would actually pay money to See in concert. Just like Elise last week, one of the few, for me, with any real stage presence capable of opening my wallet and extracting cash.
See you next week kids. Til then, Peace.