Oh, “American Idol.” How you continue to play games with us. After a night where a good many of the men were over-praised, we had a pretty serious fear that the trend of eliminating female contestants was going to continue.
Did it? Read on below, and be warned that there are going to be some pretty massive spoilers.
Nicki Minaj – On a show about singing, Nicki gave a rendition of her hit “Starships” that was really just her getting drowned out in her own backing vocals while rapping some of the verses. We’ve never been completely impressed by Nicki’s live performances, mostly because she’s much better while performing with someone else.
Scotty McCreery – Scotty sang about football, trucks, and everything else you would see in a stereotypical country song … and we liked it! Scotty has grown into a pretty fantastic performer, and we have to admit that “Water Tower Town” is the best single from “Clear As Day” yet. Can anyone say country hit?
The safe acts
Elise Testone – She finished the show with a rocking performance of Led Zeppelin, and she is really starting to find herself as a serious frontrunner in this competition. (Now, she just needs to get some voters on her side.)
Joshua Ledet – Surprised? You shouldn’t be. After being in the bottom three guys during top 13 week, he has escaped trouble pretty much every step of the way.
Phillip Phillips – As much as we admit that we don’t love his style as much as some other people, he’s great at what he does and Stevie Nicks certainly seems to believe in him.
Colton Dixon – Despite Jimmy Iovine calling him out for crying onstage (something he did to Joshua, as well), America still love the guy enough to keep around for another week.
Jessica Sanchez – She doesn’t look like she is going to be in danger anytime soon. Thank goodness!
DeAndre Brackensick – This really ended up being the biggest surprise of the entire night for us.
The bottom three
Hollie Cavanagh – We had a feeling that Hollie would be in trouble this week. As fantastic a singer as she is, she’s not exciting — and her choice of constant ballads puts her into Pia Toscano territory.
Heejun Han – At this point, Heejun knows that his days are numbered on the show. The guy is really trying, and we actually did really love what he did on the show Wednesday night. Unfortunately, he has more vocal flaws than anyone else in the competition.
Skylar Laine – Wait … what?! How DeAndre Brackensick avoided being here this week surprises us (and we blame the judges for the undeserved standing ovation), especially since we were thoroughly entertained by what Skylar did.
Skylar ended up deservedly being declared safe, and then the final result came in — Heejun Han was the singer in jeopardy, and America actually sent a man home. We all knew that he was not going to get the judges’ save, but at least he went out with a pretty strong performance and with a smile on his face.
What did you think about these results, and did America ultimately make the right decision? Feel free to share below!