The night began with a medley of Queen tunes, and it was very cool. This is the kind of thing that I love to see - what a payoff for the top 6 to be able to play with a couple of rock legends.
Jessica: "Bohemian Rhapsody" - So much for finding songs that fit more her age. The triple face background vocal thing was odd and unnecessary. I always hate shortened versions of this song, so in general I didn't like this. I don't think it showed off her voice or what she's really good at. She should have sang "your my best friend" to fit with her age.
Skylar: "The Show Must Go On" - One of my favorite Queen tunes, used so well in the Moulin Rouge film. This is working for me in the same way that "The Thunder Rolls" works for Garth Brooks. Great idea to country-fy this, and she sounds fantastic. I'm telling' you, she could take it all.
Joshua: "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" - He has to figure out how to own uptempo songs the same way that he owns gospel tinged songs. It is good, capable, but not interesting - doesn't have the same kind of levels and storytelling that he brings to the gospel songs. Or at least, the only time I've seen him do it really well was the Bruno Mars song.
Elise: "I Want It All" - This is in her sweet spot, so good for her to find a great song to rock out to that takes advantage of her natural strengths. Like Stevie Nicks on steroids, but in a good way.
Phillip: "Fat Bottomed Girls" - I thought this was great - my only wish was that he had not always come in under the pitch during the verse. But that's a tiny criticism for a fantastic performance.
Hollie: "Save Me" - A great pick for her, but not my favorite Queen song. That one bum note is going to tank it for her.
So round one is over, and out goes the Queen Theme. Now they pick whatever they want apparently. So I'm going back to my "three words or less" reviews of the performances.
Jessica: "Dance with my father" - Over this song.
Skylar: "Tattoos on the Town" - She's Opry bound.
Joshua: "Ready For Love" - Nice Off-Speed Pitch.
Elise: "Bold As Love" - Better At End.
Phillip: "The Stone" - Dave Matthews Catnip.
Hollie: "The Climb" - The right song.
Hope you enjoyed the feedback, we'll see who's left standing tonight!