Yet another night of performance as the Top 3 sing their heart out in two themes dubbed ‘California Dreaming’ and ‘Songs we wish we had written’. It was nice to see Joshua has come back to life in the group performance of the non themed California Dreaming. The drill came in when choosing a song they wish they had written and, on personal opinion, some went well while others not so well. We can recap the whole night by taking a genesis on the whole night of performance with the four contestants fighting for the top 3 spot. For Phillip Phillips, or Double P, perhaps being named twice was an allusion to double luck this time. His ‘Have you ever seen the rain?’ rendition sounded way better than what this budding country boy gave us last week. And needless to say, Phillips has an amazing voice and a unique style; perhaps that would get him one of the top 3 spots so to speak.
Hollie Cavanagh, the young girl who cried her face out in season 10 when someone decided ‘You are not what we are looking for’. So Hollie comes back in season 11 fully charged and determined to prove the point she didn’t get a chance on. Hollie was a blast in the group performance of ‘Faithfully’ but the Pandora’s Box became open when she chose ‘I can’t make you love me’ by Bonnie Rait. Well she now has the judges and America to choose whether her two contrasting song choices will take her through or have her eliminated.
Sweet 16 Jessica Sanchez seems to be the youngest of them all, but her voice gives a command like she is in her 20’s. Jessica awes the audience with ‘Steal Away’ though her performance sounds more of a mimic than a rendition. Lesson learnt, never try a persona that doesn’t belong to you; or better put, one man’s meat…. Like Hollie Jessica also has her fingers crossed for the judges and America to decide her fate. But the judges were pretty warmed up to her performance..so maybe the 5 year old girl who dreamt of American Idols will live her glory. We can only wait.
Lastly we have Joshua, another American Idol comeback; but this one is from last season so his jitters are still fresh. If looks won the Idol title, then Joshua has a swing, however it’s his voice that made him shine tonight. Nice choice of songs so to speak; his ‘You raise me up’ rendition oozed of emotion and touched the souls of the many fans who cheered him; and perhaps a handful of sobs from the ladies. In the second round, Joshua again marvels the crowd with ‘It’s a man’s man’s man’s world’. And he killed it, perhaps not to all fans, but if J-LO exclaims ‘it took her to church’ then things are looking pretty well for young Joshua.
As usual the final episodes are marked with tension, crossing of fingers and wishing your favorite doesn’t get eliminated. But it all depends on the judges’ and fan’s voting verdict.
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