Published on May 4th, 2012 | by Melody Simpson34
‘American Idol’ Season 11 Review: Top 4 Results Were Slightly Unexpected
The final five took on the sixties this week and the contestant who it may have favored the most this week was sent packing. What an unfortunate elimination this was, as this young vocalist may have been seen as a front runner next to Sanchez. Though with so much country dominating the winners’ pool on this show, this year the viewers decided to make a change. Was it the right one? At this point, if Jessica Sanchez does not win… this answer could definitely be up for debate.
Before the results took place, viewers were treated to a wildly fun fairy tale themed Ford commercial which may have been my favorite commercial of the season. Throughout the hour long broadcast, there were a few special guests performances as well. Carrie Underwood performed “Blown Away” from her new album of the same title. While this is a great song, having listened the new album plenty of times now, I was expecting something more upbeat and exciting as her choice song to showcase on Idol. Was anyone else excepting the same? It was so good to see her back on the Idol stage again! Coldplay also performed two numbers, including their latest hit, “Paradise” and were wonderful. Without a doubt, this was one of the best night for special guest performances all season long. What a night. Huge stars were brought out leading into the final three and the big finale week, just as it should be. This is what we’ve really been waiting for. Both artists should come back for the finale, no?
As for the results… Joshua Ledet and Skylar Laine were the standouts in round one on Wednesday night but Ledet went on a scream fest in round two, giving round two to Skylar and Sanchez. The judges praised Ledet to no end and while a bit over-exaggerated, it was well deserved. So it came as no surprise to see Ledet safe this week. But there was quite a shock to find Skylar Laine in the bottom two. She definitely did not deserve to be in the bottom two. This week, Laine was fabulous and as a whole, she is one of very few contestants who has had a majority of outstanding performances. Every time that Laine is in the bottom three, America may have thought she was safe and not voted. That is really the only way to explain why she is ever there. But to be in the bottom two… this was so disappointing. It is down to the wire, people know that they have to vote. Voting less for Laine and more for Hollie Cavanagh who is not a very seasoned performer, it’s head scratching. Phil Phillips was mediocre Wednesday night. Iovine even pointed out that Phillips did very bland songs and should be in the bottom two. But with Phillips safe, Laine joined Cavanagh who did struggle with both of her songs this week. It should have been Phillips and Cavanagh in the bottom two with either of the two going home, moreseo Cavanagh. She just needs some al around work on stage presence, performing, etc… before being worthy of taking the Idol title.
Skylar Laine sang her little heart out and gave us a fabulous show Wednesday night while Cavanagh was bland, fighting with her songs while not exactly fighting to be the brightest light of the night. She brought a light but it was awfully dim. So it was quite a shock to learn that Laine found her end of the Idol journey this week. Between the two, it definitely should have been Cavanagh to get the boot. Really, seeing Cavanagh and Ledet still in this competition while others have gone, it is disheartening. But working with what we’ve got, the final three should include any variation of the remaining contestants outside of Cavanagh and then from there, Sanchez and Ledet will most likely face off. This might be a more exciting outcome but I’d very much rather see Sanchez go head to head with Phillips since the special guests performing with Phillips might be worth my time. Who do you want to see in the final three and the final two? Were you satisfied with Laine’s elimination this week?
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