Skylar: "Didn't You Know How Much I Loved You" - Love this girl - I don't think that the guitar held her voice back, but it didn't exactly help her, especially since the mix pulled a Linda McCartney on her playing. Jimmy is right - she is ridiculously believable. Akon is right too, but I won't repeat what I'm guessing he said. Great number.
Colton: "Love The Way You Lie" - And to think that they pretended that he didn't even want to audition at first! I like this arrangement a lot. He did well - My wife was wise to note that he's never met a final consonant that he's not pronounced. Still, he continues to impress. If Phil Phillips is the street cred version of Taylor Hicks, then Colton is the street cred version of David Cook. Yeah I said it.
Elise & Phillip: "Somebody that I Used To Know" - Shoutout to Jeremiah Higgins who thought he'd heard all the covers of this song ever. Nope! Here's one more. The Escher background was the most interesting thing about this. AI needs to remember that Glee currently owns the patent in this decade for contemporary music covers. But that being said, I love these two.
Jessica: ""Stuttering" - So if you have a stutter, does this song's chorus offend you or do you own it like a badge of courage? She's telling much more of a complete story with her choices on this one. Particularly with her facial expressions. But her off hand needs to stop stuttering. And I loved loved loved when she thought she lost her placement sitting back down on the piano and still kept singing. It was a fantastic number. This one should sell iTunes singles.
Joshua: "Runaway Baby" - I love this song, and Okay what's with the dancer? What is this, the X Factor? That carrot line is nasty. I love Joshua, I think he's fantastic, but compare his facial expressions to Jessica right before him, and what he's lacking is telling a story. This song should have much more fun visible in his face - but instead it looks like he's grunting it out. It doesn't sound like that however. It sounds incredible. If he can deliver the facial expressions, he could beat Jessica.
Colton and Skylar: "Don't You Wanna Stay" - I would like this more if the song itself wasn't so milquetoast. Yeah I said it again. At least at the beginning. It picks up steam eventually. This is the kind of country song that makes me not like country as much as I wouldn't admit to like it anyway - cause this is a pop song with a country overcoat, not actually country. I want to hear them do this song and then incorporate a mashup of "I Ran" by Flock of Seagulls as a tribute to Colton's hair. Are they dating?
Hollie: "Perfect" - I love her beginning of this song. Something is different - it actually seems like she's thrown out all the advice and is just being. The only thing I'm dreading is when the judges are going to say that "she's back!" Ugh. The sentiment of this song matches her ability to draw from her experience to be credible and believable, which is turn makes her notes all the more fantastic. When she picks songs, she needs to pick songs that are as age appropriate as this one was.
Phillip: "Give a Little More" - There's that secret again, and it's going to make me want to buy his Albums. That saxophonist looked as fake and forced as the go go dancer. I really don't have any affection for that actual song as originally recorded, and the fact that I loved that performance really speaks to how fantastic he is.
Joshua, Hollie, Jessie: "Stronger" - Yeah, cause this song needs more propping up - I don't think everyone in the universe has heard it yet. I think my life would have been just fine without any of the duets or this pseudo-trio. This actually hurts Jessica and Joshua and nearly puts the nails in the Hollie Coffin. But this song won't kill me, it will only make me… oh nev-nev-nev-never mind.
Elise: "You and I" - She's selling this pretty well - I don't think the pick is strong enough to be a show closer and because of that I think she's gonna pay for that. I am also annoyed by how plastic the BGV sounds singing their "A's"… She did well. She'll be in the bottom three, but she won't go home.
Is there anything more fake than these Tommy Hilfiger costume parties?
When they say "______ is back," it's like the death knell for these contestants. They couldn't stop saying that Heejun was "back" on the week he was eliminated.
Steven Tyler: "The crows may crow, but the hens deliver the goods."
I think Steven Tyler started speaking in tongues when critiquing Colton. Seems appropriate.
Joshua gets a Happy Birthday greeting from Fantasia: "From Fantasia to Mantasia?" They really call him that? You mean calling him Flip Wilson never took off? Sexual Chocolate? Come on!
Steven Tyler: "Get the Number!" - he's so cute. He thinks people call people in 2012.
How great is it to hear a Texan with a British Accent?
JLo: "Steve McQueen and Johnny Cash had a baby" - what?
So - who's it gonna be? Is it too obvious that it's Hollie or will we have a Daughtry Surprise? Last week I thought that the judges might want to save Hollie, but after their reaction to her performance tonight, if she goes home, she goes back to Texas or England. I think the bottom three are three girls: Skylar, Elise, and Hollie.
What do you think?