American Idol – Top 7

It’s Wednesday night, and around here, that means…

THIS! Is American Idol!

Tonight, the contestants will perform songs released between 2010 and today. Seeing as how I typically listen to K-Love, or Adele, there’s a pretty good chance I won’t know many of them.

Skylar Laine – Didn’t You Know How Much I Loved You (Kellie Pickler) – I’m with Jimmy Iovine on this one, I don’t know this song. Still, I think Skylar was right on the money with the genre, the pitch, the performance and the style. Very nice. I love it that Skylar took a break from the stomping and the screeching.

Have I mentioned that I love Steven Tyler? I mean he can be goofy at times, and Lord knows I have trouble deciphering what he says at times, but when he says something like, “That just goes to show you that crows may crow, but its the hen that delivers the goods,” I am reminded that he is crazy cool. Truer words have never been spoken, Mr. Tyler.

Colton Dixon – Love The Way You Lie (Skylar Grey) – I’ve never heard this song either, but Colton is giving a stirring performance and singing from his heart. And I love that he has an orchestra accompanying him on the piano. Nice job, Colton.

Elise and Phillip Duet (Somebody That I Used To Know) – This song sounds like it belongs at a carnival. Never heard it, but they sounded good together. I think Elise tipped the scales in her favor, but I also think Phillip is a talented performer, too.

Jessica Sanchez – Stuttering (Jazmine Sullivan) – I’ve said it before. Jessica Sanchez will be standing on that stage on finale night. Period.

Joshua Ledet – Runaway Baby (Bruno Mars) – This is quite different from anything we’ve seen Joshua sing so far and I LOVE IT. He is owning the stage and HE IS PERFORMIN’. He danced. He worked it. He entertained. Did I mention that I loved it?

Colton and Skylar – These two sound good together. I think the performance is okay, but it’s obvious that Skylar tipped the scales in her favor because this is a country song and that’s her thang. Next week, I’d like to see her sing a Third Day or Casting Crowns duet with Colton.

Hollie Cavanagh – Perfect (Pink) – Guess what? Hollie showed up tonight. And she showed up in a BIG way. Best performance we’ve seen from her, and I loved it. The judges, however, did not.

Phillip Phillips – Give A Little More (Maroon 5) – I love Phillip’s musicality, and I love that he just gets up there on stage and sings. No gimmicks, no jumpin’ around. Just him, his voice and his guitar. He is unique and he is one of my favorites this season.

Joshua Ledet, Hollie Cavanagh and Jessica Sanchez – Lots of opinions about this performance. First, the beginning bars seemed too low for both Jessica and Hollie. Second, the feather earrings (are they earrings?) look goofy. And lastly, those pink pants! Tommy, where the heck are you? I suspect Hollie will regret that fashion choice in ten years.

Elise Testone – You and I (Lady Gaga) – Is she wearing feathers, too? Geez! Hey, I know this one! I’m not a fan of Lady GagGag, but I have this song on my iPod. I think this is a great song for her voice, and I think this is a memorable performance. This song fits her voice like a glove.

Best Performance of the night: Joshua and Phillip

Worst Performance of the night: Hollie Cavanagh (though it was much better than last week)

Going Home: Hollie

What say you?

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