American Idol’s 400th Episode – A Night to Remember

If you were glued to the TV last night like we were, you got to see the best performance of the Season!  There is definitely one person who has no fears of being voted off the show, Jessica Sanchez.  This young girl put on a flawless performance with Whitney Houston’s song “I Will Always Love You“, a song that is truly a hard song to do for most, but Jessica made it look easy, like a walk in the park.  As Jennifer Lopez always says, “you gave me goosies” and with her performance last night, she did just that.  They said that she just made 40 million people cry, and I bet she did without a doubt, but in a good way. 

Other performers to watch are Joshua Ledet as he is truly in this to win it!  Every time we see Joshua sing, he just gets better and better and he did a fantastic job on Stevie Wonder’s song “I Wish“.  Another flawless performance – look out guys, Joshua wants this really bad! 

Elise Testone has been one of our favorites from the beginning, but we don’t think she pulled out all the stops with her rendetition of Whitney Houston’s song “I’m Your Baby Tonight” and it appears that she cannot adapt that well to different song types that are out of her comfort zone. 

Jermaine Jones who was brought back by the judges because of his unique singing voice, needs to work on connecting with the audience and feeling the song that he is singing. 

Erika Van Pelt (EVP) has been one of our favorites from the beginning and she sang Whitney Houston’s song “I Believe In You And Me” and she definitely hit all the right notes.  It was just strange to see our DJ rocker girl in an evening gown.

Colton Dixon was challenged this week and took on Stevie Wonder’s song “Lately” which was a huge difference from last weeks performance where he was dancing on top of the piano, but that is the way things go in Idol – you get an assignment, and you have to go with it.  He is one of our favorites this year, because he reminds us a lot of James Durbin from last season.

Shannon Magrane is someone we feel sorry for because she bombed last night with her rendetion of Whitney Houston’s song “I Have Nothing“, to which this is exactly what she ended up with…nothing.  The judges did not spare any bad remarks for Shannon either – if you stunk, then you stunk, plain & simple.  Sorry, truth hurts.  Shannon just tried to rush through the song and then tried to catch up to where she was supposed to be, and all it was in the end was crash & burn.  We feel that she’ll get the lowest votes by America, but we’ll see what happens tonight.

Deandre Brackensick is someone that is not on our favorite list, but he did give the best performance that we have seen by him in this season as he took on Stevie Wonder’s song “Master Blaster“.  At least he pulled his hair back into a ponytail so we did not have to watch another episode of his hair-flipping that is very annoying.

Skylar Laine is one of our favorites even though we are not huge country fans, but she took on Whitney Houston’s song “Where Do Broken Hearts Go” and was able to pull it off quite well, which was not an easy task for a country singer to do.  This just proves to us that she is versatile and can sing just about anything. 

Heejun Han is one entertaining comic who sings, we just love him to pieces and love the fact that you can’t judge a book by its cover, because when you look at him you would not believe that this boy can really sing.  Heejun just needs to work on his performances and interact with the audience, improve his eye contact, and “feel” the songs that he is singing, just like a lot of the other performers.  He took on Stevie Wonder’s song “All Is Fair In Love” and although he pulled it off, he needs to step it up to stay in this competition.

Hollie Cavanagh is another girl to watch, as this young girl has a set of lungs on her as she took on Whitney Houston’s song “You’re All The Man That I Need” – all we can say is WOW, this girl can sing! 

Jeremy Rosado took on Stevie Wonder’s song “Ribbon In The Sky” and we still don’t know what the judges see in him.  Sure, he’s a nice boy and all, very polite, but that won’t win this competition.  He might be on the cutting block tonight, but we will have to see how America voted. 

Jessica Sanchez has no fear of being cut tonight as she had the best performance of the night as she took on Whitney Houston’s song “I Will Always Love You” to which is not an easy task to do, but this young girl did it effortlessly and locking in her top spot on Idol.  Way to go Jessica!  She is definitely the one to watch out for as she is in this to win it.  “Goosies

And last but not least, Phillip Phillips took on Stevie Wonder’s song “Superstition“.  We kept saying all night that we hope that someone does this song, and Phillip took charge of it and made it his own.  That proves that he is someone that is versatile and that he wants to win this! 

Our predictions are that Shannon & Jeremy will both have the lowest votes, but it will be the judges decision to keep one.  Who do you think they will keep?  Since Jennifer Lopez has already fought to keep Jeremy, then Shannon will probably be the one sent home.  It will prove interesting tonight – stay tuned!

Leave us your comments on who you want to win this Season! 

Nikita Out!

10 More +1 Make it to The Top 24 on American Idol

Last night on American Idol started with 90 seconds of the cliffhanger ending from Wednesday night, deciding the fate of Adam Brock.  After the sobbing 90 seconds tear-fest, Adam Brock made it onto the Top 24 List, but it was not a unanimous vote by the judges.  (I wonder who did not want Adam to move through?)  We love Adam a lot and love his voice, but he has to snap out of it and get a reality check that he cannot move forward in this competition with all this crying.  As the music coach said to one contestant “There’s no crying in Music“.   It is wonderful and endearing that he misses his little daughter & wife so much, but how can he move forward in this competition if all of America who will be now voting on him from now on, is seeing him sobbing about wanting to be home.  He needs a reality check… Adam if you are listening, suck it up and sing your heart out & win this thing!

Moving on to more of last night’s drama, one by one the contestants walked the Green Mile to receive their fate, to continue their journey & join the rest of the group who made it through, or find out if it was the end of the line for them.  You could hear a pin drop on how quiet it was in amongst the sobbing from the Idol Hopefuls, one by one, then at the end, they were brought out in small groups to face the judges.  We were surprised when the judges sent David Leathers Jr. home and moved Eben Franckewitz forward.  We love Eben and feel that he has a great deal of potential, but we thought that the past performances by David Leathers were far better in comparison. 

After the final Top 24 List was complete, as 6 guys & 4 girls were added to the list, the judges announced that they are going to add one “Bonus Guy” (to make it 13 guys, not 12) from the following choices:  John Keyser, David Leathers, Jermaine Jones, and no way in the world do we want this guy back – Richie Law.  We think that they added Richie Law’s name to this list to get America chatting and to start the buzz and rumors around the water cooler, because everyone that I have asked does not like Richie and was glad to see him voted off.  If Richie is in fact the 13th chosen one, America will for sure vote this obnoxious cowboy off.  For some reason, we think that the judges will bring back Jermaine Jones since he has a different style of voice, but who knows as it could be Jennifer’s favorite, John Keyser. 

Here are the contestants who made it through to the TOP 24 25 List last night:

– Adam Brock
– Eben Franckewitz
– Jeremy Rosado
– Chase Liekens
– Aaron Marcellus
– Deandre Brackensick

– Shannon Magrane
– Skylar Laine
– Hallie Day
– Holly Cavanagh

Next Tuesday, the “baker’s dozen” of guys will compete live for the first time, followed by the girls on Wednesday, and Thursday we will find out who will make it to the Top 12 List as I am sure that will be a nail-biter on the edge of your seat night for all of us.  We hope that YOUR favorite(s) make it through!

Until next week’s drama – Nikita Out!

P.S. – By the way, what’s up with Steven Tyler stripping on stage then jumping into the water?  Is American Idol hurting for ratings?