‘American Idol’ Season 11 Review: Top 4 Results Were Slightly Unexpected

by Melody Simpson on May 4, 2012 · 34 comments

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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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{ 34 comments }

Richard May 4, 2012 at 9:54 pm

Jessica vs. Joshua or Jessica vs. Phillip in the end.  I think Jessica should win this not only because she has the best voice in the competition but also because she has the “Total Package” of unbelievable raw talent, looks, style, versatility, stage presence, marketability and good wholesome personality.  It is also time for a girl to win this Season 11 and break the WGWG syndrome.  America…pls. vote, vote, vote for Jessica.

Memphis May 4, 2012 at 10:34 pm

I picked Hollie from day one, but it has been a scary ride.  P2 can’t even sing.  Joshua and Jessica have wonderful voices, especially Joshua, but they don’t connect with me.  This non-connection is especially true with Jessica, as she bores me; I don’t believe her, or empathize with her.  Joshua is a wonderful entertainer, and if his personal demons don’t destroy him, he is bound for success.
Hollie will find the most success following the competition, not just because she is vulnerable, passionate, beautiful, and talented, but because she is liked (her fans care about her deeply).  Hollie will get Skylar’s voters now, and with luck P2 goes home next week.  

Aaskjdh May 4, 2012 at 10:42 pm

I definitely agree. Hollie seems to be the most like-able. She was my favorite after she sang in the top 25. I was upset when she started struggling but she has been doing a lot better. It’s unfortunate because some of her shakier performances are discrediting her stellar performances now. Hopefully Skylar’s fan base will move over to Hollie. I think it should, I was a fun of both.

Aaskjdh May 4, 2012 at 10:37 pm

Although I do love Skylar, your article is very biased. It was clear that Hollie had some of the better performances on Wednesday. She did not even deserve to be in the bottom two. Phil should have gone home with Skylar/Jess in the bottom.

Con May 5, 2012 at 3:01 am

I will continue to vote for Hollie!! She and Jessica are by far the most talented. The judges have already made their decision – Josh! Seriously, he does a lot of screaming!!!! I am not quite sure why Phil is still there. Half the time I can’t understand the melody or the words being sung.

Con May 5, 2012 at 3:01 am

I will continue to vote for Hollie!! She and Jessica are by far the most talented. The judges have already made their decision – Josh! Seriously, he does a lot of screaming!!!! I am not quite sure why Phil is still there. Half the time I can’t understand the melody or the words being sung.

Lyn May 5, 2012 at 3:08 am

Philip Philips PLEASE AND PLEASE DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT FOR NEXT WEEK!! 

Tab May 5, 2012 at 3:49 am

Sorry, but that jibberish that P2 calls singing is terrible!  He should have been gone long ago! I get tired of the judges telling everyone who to vote for!  Jess, Josh and even Skylar scream so much that I would never buy they’re albums.  Maybe if the judges would have given Hollie a little credit earlier she would have built up her confidence sooner!  She’s doing a great job now and the voters have been trying to prove that to the judges!!  

Guest May 5, 2012 at 4:40 am

I agree the Phillips can’t actually sing.  He clearly has no ear since his intonation is poor at best.  From Wednesday night, we could also see that he has no range whatsoever.  So, Phillips has no ear and no range…..that’s like a runner with no speed and no endurance.  In other words, he sucks.  Sure he looks good, but you don’t buy a song off of iTunes because of looks.

Joshua is very good, but he appeals to a smaller group of music lovers.  He will most likely win this contest because he is very talented AND he listens to the coaches (hear that Jessica?)

Hollie is very good, and should do rather well in the future (she is also very young at only 18) But, she is not as “hip” has Jessica so I not exactly sure who would buy her songs.

Jessica, on the other hand, already has millions of fans in Asia.  I have been to China many times and Filippinas are extremely popular there (same with Japan and of course, the Philippines)  Sanchez is a common name in the Philippines due to their Spanish influence.

From the top 4, there is no way that anyone will have the success that Jessica will have.  She kicks butt on the studio recordings and can easily look like a star. 

Guest May 5, 2012 at 4:40 am

I agree the Phillips can’t actually sing.  He clearly has no ear since his intonation is poor at best.  From Wednesday night, we could also see that he has no range whatsoever.  So, Phillips has no ear and no range…..that’s like a runner with no speed and no endurance.  In other words, he sucks.  Sure he looks good, but you don’t buy a song off of iTunes because of looks.

Joshua is very good, but he appeals to a smaller group of music lovers.  He will most likely win this contest because he is very talented AND he listens to the coaches (hear that Jessica?)

Hollie is very good, and should do rather well in the future (she is also very young at only 18) But, she is not as “hip” has Jessica so I not exactly sure who would buy her songs.

Jessica, on the other hand, already has millions of fans in Asia.  I have been to China many times and Filippinas are extremely popular there (same with Japan and of course, the Philippines)  Sanchez is a common name in the Philippines due to their Spanish influence.

From the top 4, there is no way that anyone will have the success that Jessica will have.  She kicks butt on the studio recordings and can easily look like a star. 

WTF May 5, 2012 at 8:53 am

WTF?! Hollie didn’t struggle with her songs, you dweeb. P2 was horrible and should’ve gone home after he butchered Genesis!…Are you effing serious?! I’m not going to read anymore of you shit.

Joannesmith May 5, 2012 at 9:23 am

yes, there all AMAZING but in my opinion jessica is by far the best. she should win. but philip is sexy….

Marianne Myers May 5, 2012 at 11:24 am

Lots of us supporting Phillip aren’t young girls moonstruck by his cuteness factor. Neither are we doting ole grannies who think he looks like a fine respectable young man who should date our granddaughters. His fans cross lines of generation, sex, …and even that good old Mason-Dixon to boot. We are over 40, educated, and yes we know what we like. We like his sound, his arrangements and approach to performing.  He’s there because of votes. He is a singer-musician-songwriter and I am one who can’t wait to hear him sing his tunes and not be limited to covers.  Go Phillip!!!

dod May 5, 2012 at 1:20 pm

Jessica, Holley and Josh can all sing well, but as mean as this might sound, it’s mostly Karaoke.

  I believe that Jessica can repackage a whitney song or two and sell it to Asia or America and that is great.  But that is mostly a result of her fame. Im sure Josh can do something similar, and I agree he has some soul, but his sound is not tremendously unique – Ruben Studder was also a great vocalist 10 years ago, but now where is he?  Holley has done very well the past few weeks but I don’ think anyone can picture her as an artist without AM Idol.

Phillip is the only true artist.  I agree he may not be the purest of singers, he uses a technique where his voice rises to the note, that may not rub everyone the right way but it also brings a lot of emotion. He is not always on, but there is no denying that when he is on, he isn’t just ON, he is Beyond. 

If 11 seasons of american idol, plus the voice, plus the x factor plus many other shows have not yet taught us, what is clear is that there are many good singers out there. Singing alone does not make a great artist. And if this show isn’t about discovering an artist, then it’s not worth watching. 

dod May 5, 2012 at 1:20 pm

Jessica, Holley and Josh can all sing well, but as mean as this might sound, it’s mostly Karaoke.

  I believe that Jessica can repackage a whitney song or two and sell it to Asia or America and that is great.  But that is mostly a result of her fame. Im sure Josh can do something similar, and I agree he has some soul, but his sound is not tremendously unique – Ruben Studder was also a great vocalist 10 years ago, but now where is he?  Holley has done very well the past few weeks but I don’ think anyone can picture her as an artist without AM Idol.

Phillip is the only true artist.  I agree he may not be the purest of singers, he uses a technique where his voice rises to the note, that may not rub everyone the right way but it also brings a lot of emotion. He is not always on, but there is no denying that when he is on, he isn’t just ON, he is Beyond. 

If 11 seasons of american idol, plus the voice, plus the x factor plus many other shows have not yet taught us, what is clear is that there are many good singers out there. Singing alone does not make a great artist. And if this show isn’t about discovering an artist, then it’s not worth watching. 

Davey May 5, 2012 at 5:26 pm

Phillips is the #1 choice at the VoteForTheWorst website.  Enough said…..

Caterkids May 5, 2012 at 7:13 pm

 Yes, Phil has a nice voice but he’s a Dave Mathews copycat and totally unoriginal.

Davey May 5, 2012 at 5:26 pm

Phillips is the #1 choice at the VoteForTheWorst website.  Enough said…..

Jalockton May 5, 2012 at 5:48 pm

Let’s face it, Phil is a Dave Mathews copycat and it’s irritating.  Watch one Dave Mathews video and you’ll see that Phil copies every single facial expression, quirky body movement, and inflection in his tone.  It’s as if he studied every single Dave Mathews video.  Sad thing is that the teeny boppers or folks that really don’t know Dave Mathews, are enthralled because they haven’t really watched Dave’s performances and think Phil thought up this style all on his own.  Phil is completely unoriginal and would be fine if he started his own Dave Mathews cover band.  I’d love to see Josh, Skyler and Colton in concert.    On the other hand, I would buy Jessica’s music to enjoy while driving in the car. 

Thirdy May 6, 2012 at 12:34 am

to see jess and P2 in the final…is interesting….i think jess will win…i had so much of josh singing style….its more of irrititating than amusing…he should control his voice so much for lots of shouting….

Rodney Franklin May 6, 2012 at 3:45 pm

Melody Wilson what show were you watching Wednesday night?  Hollie won the night hands down.  Every week she chooses the biggest songs and and she can hit the biggest notes with the best of them. She at least sings … not sure what the rest of them of doing (screaming and mumbling maybe)

As for P2 (Mr. Dave Matthews wanna be) hit the road.  You are boring and unoriginal.   

Sam May 6, 2012 at 8:27 pm

Um, are you kidding me? Hollie was one of the strongest performers of the night, hands down. The judges even said so. Yes, she had 2 or 3 rough performances a few weeks ago, but the past 3 weeks she has been amazing! Hollie deserves to be in the top 4. Her voice is beautiful and crystal clear, unlike Joshua’s shouting. This is seriously the most biased American Idol review I’ve ever seen. 

Mackie Hechanova May 7, 2012 at 12:53 am

My take about American Idol this year is completely plotted from the start. . . I think AI producer will push for two girls on the finale. . . but also there is a possiblity of 1 guy and 1 female will be on teh finale to covered up their conspiracy :) Hollie – isnt a good singer at this time. She always has off tune when singing her songs.Phillip Phillips – His performance is now getting weak. Common and nothing to expect about his performance #sadtruthJoshua – a really good artist but sometime his performance is bit theatrical and over sung his songs.
Jessica – a good artist but doesnt know how to connect to audience and only singing for herself. She doesnt know how to make connections.

At the end, I think Joshua Ledet will be eliminated this week,. Final 3 are Hollie, Phillip and Jessica.

Expect that Philip will not make it on final two if his performance is the same every week.

Maybe Hollie and Jessica will be on the finale as Jessica Sanches as the runner up and hollie Cavanagh, dark horse will be the winner.

I do not like Hollie at this time but as I observe the show, she most likely to win it.

blink boi2806 May 9, 2012 at 4:40 am

hahahaha…. If Hollie will win in this competition the 3rd world war will begun. It means not all about the talent anymore…….

Mackie Hechanova May 7, 2012 at 12:53 am

My take about American Idol this year is completely plotted from the start. . . I think AI producer will push for two girls on the finale. . . but also there is a possiblity of 1 guy and 1 female will be on teh finale to covered up their conspiracy :) Hollie – isnt a good singer at this time. She always has off tune when singing her songs.Phillip Phillips – His performance is now getting weak. Common and nothing to expect about his performance #sadtruthJoshua – a really good artist but sometime his performance is bit theatrical and over sung his songs.
Jessica – a good artist but doesnt know how to connect to audience and only singing for herself. She doesnt know how to make connections.

At the end, I think Joshua Ledet will be eliminated this week,. Final 3 are Hollie, Phillip and Jessica.

Expect that Philip will not make it on final two if his performance is the same every week.

Maybe Hollie and Jessica will be on the finale as Jessica Sanches as the runner up and hollie Cavanagh, dark horse will be the winner.

I do not like Hollie at this time but as I observe the show, she most likely to win it.

Piggypig13 May 7, 2012 at 2:38 am

Joshua is easily the best technical and emotional singer this season, and maybe even on the show’s history. Hollie is not strong at all, and also doesn’t connect with viewers one bit. Not to mention her annoying mix accent. Phillip is slowing down at the wring time. Jessica is just not as stand out anymore compared to Joshua who makes the dining look effortless, unlike Hollie. Who ever is saying that Hollie is going to win is Tone Deaf. I mean really, Joshua Ledet might scream, but he does it in perfect key! That takes amazing control and natural talent. Plus people are whining about how he is theatrical, thats just wrong. When you watch the show do you want to see people singing with no dynamics, standing still? No.

Gr689 May 7, 2012 at 4:55 pm

 I was just commenting how Hollie herself is tone deaf. I mean seriously her accent makes her sound like she is tone deaf; plus her singing is just so plain and very star search quality.

Piggypig13 May 8, 2012 at 12:57 am

Thank you!

Vienny May 7, 2012 at 1:18 pm

jessica ’till the end
ASIA and EUROPE supports her

blink boi2806 May 9, 2012 at 4:47 am

The rest who’s voted off are all great voice than Hollie, honestly her voice is good but not quality. 

Somedude May 10, 2012 at 8:54 pm

you suck

crdl May 9, 2012 at 10:50 am

.. american idol is not just about the voice as simon cowell said before because even if u have the voice and u don’t have the charisma and x- factor u can’t win the audience or viewers attention. .  ur just a boring class to watch and hear..

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