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'American Idol' Recap: Hollie Cavanagh Struggles Most With 'From This Decade' Week

Wed, April 11, 2012 10:03pm EDT by Russ Weakland 37 Comments
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The Top 7 finally had the chance to do songs from the last three years, which you would think would give zero excuse for the Idol hopefuls to actually pick a good song! Unfortunately, it looks like some of them didn’t get the memo… especially Hollie Cavanagh!

The American Idol hopefuls had this entire decade to pick some awesome and epic songs, but out of so many monster hits like Lady Gaga‘s “You And I” how were Kellie Pickler‘s “You Don’t Know How Much I Loved You” and Jazmine Sullivan‘s “Stuttering” some of the options? Regardless, some of the bad song choices led to good performances!

Skylar Laine: Skylar performed “You Don’t Know How Much I Loved You” by Kellie Pickler. While she made waves last week, she was given the dreaded opening spot of the show — which is never a good sign. But for a song that not even Kellie Pickler knows, she did it justice. That said, it was easily Skylar’s best performance of the entire season. The judges agreed and it looks like we have a serious threat on the American Idol stage that may have the potential to be one of the final two. Even with all of that, I think she’ll be in the bottom three — but if she continues to stay in the zone, she’ll be safe for a few more weeks!

Colton Dixon: Colton performed, “Love The Way You Lie” by Skylar Grey. The one to beat is Colton Dixon and tonight he did pretty damn good job. People remember this song with what Eminem and Rihanna did with it. Colton made it his own (he still should have picked a better song), but he is miles away from going home. He should be in the final two for sure. No questions asked!

Jessica Sanchez: Jessica performed, “Stuttering” by Jazmine Sullivan. You’re telling me out of the last few years this is the only song she could have picked? Seriously? I know I have gotten some heat from Jessica’s fans — but try to explain to me this song choice!  It was just an awful song selection. She’s 16, why not do a song people have heard of and Jessica can have fun with? First three songs of the night have been terrible picks and performed drastically different. Her voice stuck out and was very good, but the song is boring and by the end of the performance, I was waiting for it to end. The judges loved it and said it was probably one of her better performances to date. I agree with Jennifer Lopez that she should mix it up and give us something different. If not she’ll end up the next Pia Toscano, voted off and forgotten forever.

Joshua Ledet: Joshua performed “Runaway Baby” by Bruno Mars. This wasn’t one of Bruno’s biggest hits, but a decent song, nonetheless. This didn’t show off Joshua’s voice, but it was nice to see something different from him. I think that he’ll be safe, but will find himself in the bottom three. The judges loved it and love Joshua. However, the real question might be what’s the deal with his relationship with his Dad? That was a very awkward moment toward the end of his performance. He should be commended for trying something different. Not the best and not the worst.

Hollie Cavanagh: Hollie performed “Perfect” by P!nk. Well, we found the person who will be in the bottom three and probably will go home. She never told the story that the song actually is meant to deliver. She just sang the song and didn’t tell the story. And then when the judges told her she was beautiful, you just knew it was over. If Hollie survives this week, it will be a miracle. It just wasn’t Idol material.

Phillip Phillips: Phillip performed “Give A Little More” by Maroon 5 and did the same thing he does every single week. It continues to work for him and he is in no way in trouble. He performed way better than last week, but here we go again with a song that nobody really knows at all. And then — in the biggest surprise of the night, that the judges were not wowed at all. I can’t believe it; the judges who don’t judge actually judged something correctly and possibly made Phillip do something completely different next week. Even the front runners need a reality check. And Phillip may have finally gotten his wake-up call.

Elise Testone: Elise performed “You And I” by Lady Gaga. Elise is obviously a favorite with the show’s producers and judges, who are basically having to do anything to keep her on the show. Her performance wasn’t bad but should have never seen the last spot of the night. It just wasn’t strong enough. It wasn’t a highlight of the night at all. She should be thankful that Hollie was so bad. However, if anything happens, it’s obvious the judges will save her — even if America votes her out.

So Hollywoodlifers, who will be in the bottom three and will this be the week that the judges use their save? Sound off below!

Russ Weakland