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'American Idol' Recap: Elise Testone Argues With J. Lo

Wed, April 18, 2012 10:59pm EDT by Russ Weakland 82 Comments
Elise Testone

The Top 7 took on the songs of “Now & Then” —  and Elise Testone may have dug her grave, after arguing with one of the judges! Yikes!

The American Idol hopefuls are in the home stretch and have no chance to be saved, which means they should really be at their best — or it’s the end of the road. Like usual, some chose good and some bad. Unfortunately, nobody was really spectacular!

1st Round: Songs Of Now

Hollie Cavanagh: She started the night with “Rolling In The Deep” by Adele. Can we please stop having Adele being a selection for any singing show? It is so overdone and it’s often done terribly…which leads us to Hollie’s performance, which was horrible. She will 100% be voted off the show this week, unless she performs some sort of miracle with her next song. And, of course, the judges who don’t actually judge loved it. I really wonder sometimes what show the judges are watching.

Colton Dixon: Colton risked trying “Bad Romance” by Lady Gaga, which I thought was going to be awful. I honestly don’t think he should have chose this song and this performance might drop him down a few pegs. It wasn’t terrible — it just didn’t work. I’m a fan of Colton and what he has done on the show up until this point. This was his weakest performance of the season. However, the judges loved it. Honestly, the judges are completely pointless this season. They don’t know how to judge good and bad performances. It’s ridiculous!

Elise Testone: The bottom three favorite is back again and sang “No One” by Alicia Keys. She was working the Mariah Carey look tonight…but without Mariah’s voice. However, the song seemed to be a good pick for Elise (even if it was a little bit safe). She didn’t lose any votes on this performance, but she didn’t blow the roof off the place. She should be all right unless her second performance stumbles. I also didn’t like that she kind of used her future dead dog as a emotional voting point. Just leave it to the music.

Phillip Phillips: The choice of “U Got It Bad” by Usher was a great selection and I wanted Phillip to break out from his normal performances. It still had the Phillip stamp on it, but a little different to be a really fun performance. It wasn’t his best performance, but it was a great performance by the band — which made the whole performance really top notch. He should be more than safe. The judges gushed about him as well, so he will be in no danger whatsoever. He doesn’t even need to sing his next song.

Jessica Sanchez: Since Jessica is the producers’ favorite, the judges’ favorite and has tons of fans, I am really interested to see what Jessica will do with her two performances. Her first choice was “Fallin” by Alicia Keys (which is like singing Adele — everyone sings it). It sounded like she was screaming the big notes rather than singing them on this performance. But surprise, surprise the judges loved it…what else is new? (Random question: Will the open umbrellas on stage pose more bad luck for her this week?)

Skylar Laine: Skylar countrified “Born This Way” by Lady Gaga. Skylar did what Colton did not do and that was make a Lady Gaga song her own. I am not much of a country fan, but this was currently the best performance of the night. If Skylar continues on the path she has been on, she will easily be in the final three of the show. She will not win American Idol but she will get very far. The judges agreed…but they don’t judge, so do their opinions even count? I’m eager to see what Jimmy Iovine has to say about the performances tomorrow. I think he’ll really like Skylar and she should avoid the bottom three, unless her second song is atrocious.

Joshua Ledet: Joshua chose “I Believe” by Fantasia. He chose a song in his wheelhouse and whatever you think about Fantasia, this is her best and most catchy song she has ever recorded. The judges gave him a standing ovation but it wasn’t his defining moment. It was a good performance and should allow him to get some votes to get him out of the bottom three. He chose wisely to go safe, because others (like Elise and Hollie) are most likely going to stumble in round two. We shall see, but Joshua should be in good shape after this performance.

2nd Round: Songs Of Then

Hollie Cavanagh: Her second song was “Son Of A Preacher Man” by Dusty Springfield, which was a million times better than what she started out with — but it just might not be enough. She went back to thinking on stage and not just rocking out.  Stephen Tyler agreed and wants her to be more than just the voice. She didn’t embarrass herself in any way, but she might not have any more chances, as she may have not done enough. At least she has the tour to anticipate this summer.

Colton Dixon: Yet another big risk by Colton as he tried “September” by Earth, Wind & Fire. Talk about a serious test. However, Colton likes to play by his own rules, which makes him a favorite. He changed the song to be a little slower, but I thought it should have been slower and more haunting. The judges actually hated it, but I think his fan base will save him. Colton really tried some things this week and it was 50/50 at best. Honestly, I think he will learn from this and completely rock it out next week.

Elise Testone: She did her usual Elise thing to the classic “Let’s Get It On” by Marvin Gaye, but she provided no emotion to her performance — just the voice. This song is about making love and not making us think we are in a karaoke bar. Jennifer Lopez actually agreed with me; Elise lacked the connection. Elise then challenged Jennifer, which sealed her fate. Mark my words: she will for sure be going home tomorrow. She then decided to keep talking and talking. Elise is going home swinging.

Phillip Phillips: He went back to what he does best, and that is being Phillip. He chose “In The Midnight Hour” by Wilson Pickett, which seemed a little hokey at first, but it turned into a good performance toward the end. It felt a little Las Vegas lounge singer, but let’s be honest — he will be OK tomorrow and will not be going home at all. He has the girls on his side, something that really helped him even more was going after a weak performance by Elise. See you next week, Phillip.

Jessica Sanchez: Talk about over singing a classic song. Jessica sang “Try A Little Tenderness” by Otis Redding and it was completely AWFUL! I defy you not to listen to the original song and hear how it should have been done. However, nobody cares how bad she does as I think this competition is rigged in her favor. If the voting was legit last week, she should be in the bottom three yet again. But I doubt that will happen. I’m sure the commenters are going to hate on me for this review, but Jessica was not good in this performance.

Skylar Laine: Another song by a legendary singer that was not really done well. Skylar chose “Heard It Through The Grapevine” by Marvin Gaye. Her first performance was leaps and bounds better and this was a major misstep. Others did worse and her first performance will help keep her another week for sure. In the end, it was a 50/50 night for Skylar, which could have been at one point a spectacular night. Oh well!

Joshua Ledet: To end the night, Joshua chose “A Change Is Gonna Come” by Sam Cooke. We already saw Fantasia win American Idol, we don’t need her to win again. Say no to Man-tasia! This song ended the night on a blah note.

So HollywoodLifers, Who do you think is in the bottom three and who will be going home tomorrow? Sound off below!

Russ Weakland