Dear Phillip Phillips, why react in this way to criticism? Is it because you’ve had everyone fawn all over you throughout the competition, and you genuinely believe wearing gray and giving the same sort of performance every week is going to put you into the “American Idol” finale? As much as Phillip didn’t want to hear it, he got a serious dose of humility on Thursday night following what was quite possibly his worst performance in the competition. (However, he was still safe.)
Since we’re a bit later than usual in looking at these results, we’re going to focus instead solely on the bottom three, including the person sent home.
Third-fewest votes – Hollie Cavanagh. Being in the bottom two last week likely inspired her fans to vote for her more so than a performance that only we seemed to enjoy.
Second-fewest votes – Elise Testone. We’re sad about Elise being in the bottom two, but we understand it. For a performer that has a harder time than most picking up fans, she has to be pretty on top of her game every week. “I Want To Know What Love Is” was mediocre by her standards, and considering that she went fairly early she’s really lucky to even be around still.
Going home – DeAndre Brackensick. We do feel pretty bad for DeAndre, mostly because there were moments in the competition where he actually showed more promise than many other members of the top 8. As a matter of fact, “Master Blaster” may be a top five performance from this season, and he did some great work during Hollywood Week.
Unfortunately, this is a competition about consistency, and DeAndre just doesn’t have it. He may have really still been a few years too young, and by the time he hits his mid-twenties and figures out how to use his voice, he could be as beastly as his mane of hair.
As for the performances, Kellie Pickler did a solid job on the stage … and we’re still wondering why The Wanted had so many dancers on stage (even if we admit “Glad You Came” is ridiculous catchy).
What did you think was worse Thursday night — Phillip’s attitude, or DeAndre going home?