The moment we all were waiting for; the judges decided, America voted and Ryan got the privilege to announce the first contestant to go home. It’s a moment of gasping, heart beats increasing (and perhaps some drum rolls if they suffice) as everyone waits. But we are kept in suspense, dang! We have to sit through a plastic of California Dreaming with all four contestants from the previous episode. Well you can understand the cold performance; they didn’t sing from their heart but from fear. Fear of being eliminated. And now for the results? Shoot! We still have to sit through a David Cook’s song (will the agony ever stop). No one really paid attention to the songs except for the ogling eyes that lingered around the J-LO’s sequined, figure hugging leotard with a lioness them hairstyle to match; a relief from the eyesore stage performance. How does a lady in her forties look that good? Well, I guess money buys happiness; sort of.
Now for the grand climax; the elimination. Four contestants come to stage namely Joshua, Phillip Phillips, Jessica Sanchez and Hollie. Theirs has been a journey through many obstacles and harrowing training and perfections to stand where they stand today. But still one of them has to go.
Phillip Phillips emerged from a pawn shop to prove to America that his voice can be on the next record track. Well he hasn’t been a disappointment in the whole journey; of course considering the hiccups many singers suffer on their journey to fame.
Jessica Sanchez remains the darling sweet 16 with a mellow voice that moves crowds but her knack of mimicking Showbiz artistes’ persona might land her in trouble (given how much originality is a big fuss in the show). But one thing is clear for a girl her age, such a voice is a gift to American Idol.
Then there is Joshua, if you remember his Josh Groban rendition of ‘You raise me up’ then you can say he has a spot in the top 3. His James Brown rendition also got Jimmy Lovine requesting a call from him; to which he hysterically replied ‘I ain’t got your phone number’. If there is someone who is going to be eliminated tonight, the lot isn’t about to be cast on Josh.
And now dear Hollie, and her dedicated string of Hollipops. Does she still have the x-factor to keep her competing for the top spot? We all know she never nailed it with ‘I can’t make you love me’ and the competition against the others is so stiff so to speak. Nevertheless, Hollie has come a long way in fighting odds to be where she is. And she is never quitting spirit still has some hope of making it big as a recording artiste.
So the lot was cast and Ryan was graced with the gruesome burden to announce the eliminated contestant. And after a few heartbeats and finger crossing the lot fell on………..Hollie! If asked this doesn’t come as a surprise, America wasn’t in favor given the few votes she received. It all ended with a teary farewell for Hollie as she hugged the remaining three.
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