American Idol: Final Four
Now that country girl Skylar is out of the running, I find myself feeling rather neutral about the final four American Idol hopefuls. My mood changes song to song and last night Joshua took the night by far with his version of James Brown’s “It’s A Man’s, Man’s, Man’s World.” As Randy likes to say he slayed it, and even made The Voice runner-up Juliette Simms’ excellent cover of the song seem inferior in comparison. I was annoyed by the automatic standing O’s given Joshua throughout the competition but last night he deserved the on-your-feet acclaim. His first song, Josh Groban’s “You Raise Me Up,” was a little safe for my taste, but when he channeled James Brown, all was forgiven.
I’ve always been neutral about Jessica Sanchez but last night she surprised and delighted me by choosing an Etta James song, “Steal Away.” Jessica doing the blues showed another side of her, an emotional side that didn’t seemed forced to earn votes. Jessica’s cover of “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” from Dreamgirls/Jennifer Hudson showed off her strong voice but she was over-singing to the point of distraction.
All right, so maybe I am not as neutral when it comes to Phil Phillips. His melody-less growl has worn away my last nerve end. Therefore it was typical Phil Squared last night with his song choices, “CCR’s “Have You Ever Seen the Rain,” and Damien Rice’s “Volcano,” both forgettable.
Hollie Cavanagh is going home tonight. Just to make sure, the judges trashed (rightfully I’m afraid) her take on the Bonnie Raitt classic “I Can’t Make You Love Me.” Hollie fell back into her technical-no emotion mode on a song begging for some soul, which she failed to provide. Her other song, “Faithfully,” was good but not outstanding.
My top four: