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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

British Tunes Don’t Help Country Starlet Skylar Laine

It was British Night on the Idol stage with five remaining contestants left in the 11th season. I must say I was waiting the entire time for a Beatles or a Bowie song but I was satisfied with the CCR covers, so all is forgiven Idol wanabees. Here we are down to five contestants-two phenoms, two dark horses, and one disaster.

First up was a young Brit herself, Hollie Cavanagh. Most people don’t know that but Hollie was born in Liverpool but raised here in the US. Hmmm…I wonder if she will be our first British Born American Idol? Young Hollie took the stage with the River Deep Mountain High by the legendary Ike and Tina Turner and nailed it with a flawless delivery. Her second song of the evening was by Grammy Award Winner Leona Lewis. Cavanagh took on Lewis’ famous and more recent song Bleeding Love and even though Steven Tyler didn’t know the song, all of the judges sang her praises.

Phillip Phillips, yes he is still in the competition, he and all of his grey t-shirts. Phillip and Joshua sang The Righteous Brothers You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling and when Phillip opened up and sang that first note I thought he was a goner, especially singing that song with Joshua who sounded 100% better than Phillip. But America must have loved his covers of The Letter by Box Tops and Time of The Season by The Zombies because he was safe and is moving on as one of the final four contestants. He has to have a overwhelming fan base out there especially after so many detrimental performances throughout the season.

Holy Dress Jessica Sanchez! Her dress received more buzz than her amazing rendition of Proud Mary and Joe Cocker’s You Are So Beautiful. Twitter was buzzing about how the dress she wore was too mature for her, I thought she looked amazing in the dress and her performance was just as unforgettable. J LO of course defended the dress where as Lovine said it may have made some people uncomfortable. I have to disagree because America voted to keep Jessica another week. I am sure we are all wondering what she will sing and wear for tonight’s performance.

Front runner and R&B sensation Joshua Ledet delivered another memorable performance of Aint Too Proud to Beg by The Temptations and To Love Somebody by The Bee Gees. J LO has said that Joshua Ledet is one of the best singers in the last 50 years and Lovine was quoted “he deserves greatness” Joshua has the judges and coaches hooked, but he needs to keep America believing. As the competition comes to a close he will have to keep delivering ten times more than he already has to really shock viewers.

America’s country starlet, peppy, bubbly, and humble, Skylar rushed the stage with all that she had belting out CCR’s Fortunate Son. Unfortunately though it wasn’t enough for Ms. Laine as she was voted off the competition on Thursday’s elimination round. It’s hard to lose anybody,” said Judge Jennifer Lopez. “Losing anybody is really tough right now.” And Randy Jackson sat there in awe shaking his head. Many of us saw Skylar as a front runner, especially since she was a strong country act, I think this definitely threw everyone when it was Skylar going home over Holly. Tears were shed, but there is no doubt that Skylar’s phone was ringing off the hook with potential record deals. This is not the end of Skylar Laine, I can tell you that.

American Idol is on tonight on Fox at 8/7c when the final four contestants take on songs from The Golden State. Jennifer Lopez and Season 7 Winner David Cook perform.

Written by Danielle Desmond and Heather Brown

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