It was safe to say following Wednesday night’s episode of “American Idol” that Hollie Cavanagh ended up coming into her own, but there was still a pressing question — was it enough? Hollie’s safety was a question earlier in the episode, but by the end we did have an answer. (Unfortunately, we are still rather sad about it.)
Before we have an answer to that, though, we have plenty of other content to get through — and a debate concerning what Jessica Sanchez wore during her performance of “Proud Mary.”
Coldplay – We love the band, and we can attest to the fact that they are absolutely stellar live. However, Chris Martin’s voice sounded like constant rehearsals and a touring schedule were really starting to take their toll on him. Granted, maybe we were just upset that they didn’t perform “Every Teardrop is a Waterfall.”
Of course, we found out later in the show that Coldplay was coming back, and they performed the song that we so wanted to hear. It was beautifully-crafted, excited, and Martin’s voice also felt a little bit stronger. Our favorite live performance of the show by a guest, and it’s not even close.
Carrie Underwood, “Blown Away” – We were surprised that Carrie went with her somber title track from her new album than lead single “Good Girl.” With this being said, we love this new musical direction for Carrie. The only thing that we wish she did different was wear a dress that suited the song a little bit more than her toga / red-carpet gown that she was donning for the performance.
The safe singers
Joshua Ledet – Joshua completely deserved this. We can’t think of anyone since Crystal Bowersox who has really been this consistent on the show week in and week out — unfortunately, we still don’t know if it is going to be enough to get him to the finale considering the next name we’re about to read…
Phillip Phillips – At this point, we’re pretty sure that Phillip could come out on stage, pass gas to the tune of the “Chicken Dance,” and still be declared safe. We do think that he is a talented artist, but the judges are overpraising him week in and week out. Also, him winning is not going to help the show trying to have someone who can sell records on the market.
Jessica Sanchez – Jimmy Iovine really allowed his feelings to pour out of his like sweat off of Chris Martin’s body during his critique, saying that the 16-year old was dressed too risque for the performance — and also tried to hard to make herself appear older than she really is.
While Jimmy may have been harsh, America clearly did not agree.
The bottom two
Hollie Cavanagh – This really just seems rather cruel. One day after Hollie tears the roof off of the place, she gets placed in danger regardless. Do we blame her history?
Skylar Laine – We’ve also grown to really like Skylar over the course of the season, mostly because she does more than just sing — she’s also a storyteller and a natural performer. Since we feel that Phillip deserved to go home over anyone else, either one of the these girls going home is sad.
At the end of the day, America made a completely befuddling decision and sent someone home who we thought was really as good as either Scotty McCreery or Lauren Alaina from last year — and we hope that Skylar has a career of the same sort of trajectory moving forward.
What do you think about America keeping Hollie around, eliminating Skylar, and of Jimmy’s comments towards Jessica?