Now and Then. 14 performances in one night. No more saves. Critiques in 140 characters or less. #BuckleUp
Hollie Cavanaugh – “Rolling in the Deep” – Adele
With an a cappella opener, Hollie certainly laid her “stuff” bare, bringing emotional depth we haven’t seen before. #ButIsItEnough?
Colton Dixon – “Bad Romance” – Lady Gaga
“When you look at the camera, they vote,” says Jimmy. True, but when Colton did tonight, looked like a dying fish. #SmartSongWrongVisuals
Elise Testone – “No One” – Alicia Keys
A breezy & warm wind machine-fueled performance. The producers are fighting to keep her in w/ the dying dog card. #KeepSmilingElise
Phillip Phillips – “U Got it Bad” – Usher
Yes, it was ultra-smooth, but this three-note Usher cover did not deserve a standing ovation. #AnotherGrayFUToHilfiger
Jessica Sanzchez – “Fallin'” – Alicia Keys
Jessica brings her controlled firepower. Randy says she “blew the box out of the song” (???) #GoodLookingOut
Skylar Laine – “Born This Way” – Lady Gaga
I’d like to think that pyro confetti shower is an omen. Can every night be Sklyar/fiddler guy duet night? #RockOutLittleMonster
Joshua Ledet – “I Believe” – Fantasia
A raw, soaring, emotional triumph. #IBelieve
Hollie Cavanaugh – “Son of a Preacher Man” – Dusty Springfield
A sanitary performance, but Hollie’s confidence has grown by leaps and bounds. #ButIsItEnough?
Colton Dixon – “September” – Earth, Wind, and Fire
Um. I know I’m in the majority, but I sorta really enjoyed this emo-Coldplay arrangement. #SuckerForFallingLeaves
Elise Testone – “Let’s Get It On” – Marvin Gaye
The soul theme was a chance for Elise to KILL. Instead, she barely made a dent with her sultry song choice. #WavingTheWhiteFlag
Phillip Phillips – “In the Midnight Hour” – Wilson Pickett
Bluesy self-conscious swag. Hate to admit that I find that look of his, that he knows something you don’t, endearing. #IdolConfession
Jessica Sanchez – “Try A Little Tenderness” – Otis Redding
A disconcerting attempt at soul with some forced growling thrown in for good measure. #AndWhatsWithThatFringe?
Skylar Laine – “I Heard it Through the Grapevine” – Marvin Gaye
The fiddler is back and so is Skylar’s sass. A little overblown, but that’s to be expected. #SklarLaineRockandRollCountryParty
Joshua Ledet – “A Change is Gonna Come” – Sam Cooke
The perfect song choice, but the looseness left me a tad underwhelmed. #IStillBelieve
I expect Hollie, the weakest of the bunch, to escape elimination, thanks to her two markedly improved performances. Elise only survives based on the strength of her performances alone week-to-week. Tonight, she sang her two songs solidly, but I’m afraid she didn’t do enough to differentiate herself from the competition. Plus, she talked back to the judges: an Idol no-no. Farewell, Elise.