Colton Dixon – Love the Way You Lie
Jessica Sanchez – Stuttering
Jessica wins the award for riskiest song choice. On a night where everyone is singing songs that everyone knows, Jessica chose a song that nobody has ever heard, by an artist that’s also a bit more obscure. Usually, that would doom a contestant, but this is Jessica we’re talking about. I’ve said before that she has room to take risks, so I was pleased to see her take on a song like this. Stuttering, it turns out, is a solid RnB ballad that really allowed her to show off the full ranger of her voice. Jessica can belt out high notes, growl through low notes, and do all kinds of vocal gymnastics, but what this performance really demonstrated was soul. Either you have it or you don’t, and for being only 17, Jessica just oozes soul.
Joshua Ledet – Runnaway Baby
Can I just say how freakin’ excited I was to hear Joshua’s song choice? This was just perfect for him! It allowed him to keep his signature throwback sound, while at the same time, sounding completely contemporary! This performance was fun, energetic, funky, and simply flawless. It was great to see him let loose and work the stage. Plus, I feel like Joshua has been gaining the most from the fashion consulting. He looked like a contemporary singer this week, and it was really nice to see the transformation!
Hollie Cavanaugh – Perfect
Hollie has been circling the drain for the past few weeks, but this was a valiant effort at fighting her downward spiral. This song didn’t fit her voice, so she played with the arrangement and made it fit her and who she is. As such, she turned it into yet another boring pageant ballad. Luckily, she was able to connect with the lyrics for the first time since the semi-finals, and the acoustic arrangement was a great fit for her. Vocally, it was her best in awhile, and she totally didn’t deserve to be thrown under the bus by the judges. Hollie turned in a solid performance, and she deserves credit for it.
Phillip Phillips – Give a Little More
Am I the only one who sees the irony of the song title? Phil has been coasting through this competition without really trying at all. I think that’s part of the benefit of being a humbly attractive white guy who can play a guitar. This performance started out well, with just Phil growling away with his guitar. However, once the band kicked in, it became the exact same performance that we’ve seen for five weeks now. Also, I don’t get Phil fascination with the saxophone. Was it a bad performance? No, of course not. It just wasn’t particularly memorable either.
Elise Testone – You and I
I had my reservations about Elise choosing this song. You and I seems to be a song that only Gaga understands well enough to sing properly. However, Elise made a solid effort, and while she didn’t quite get there, she came damn close. Her voice fit the song like a velvet glove. Her rasp and grit really shined, but at the same time, there were some off moments here and there. What I can say is that Elise knows who she is as an artist, and I think this was the perfect song for her to show off what type of record she should make. While it wasn’t her best, it was still a great rebound after last week’s performance.
7. Phillip Phillips
6. Elise Testone
5. Hollie Cavanaugh
4. Jessica Sanchez
3. Colton Dixon
2. Skylar Laine
1. Joshua Ledet
Although I would love to see Phillip take a trip to the bottom three, we all know that just wont happen.
Its going to be a battle between Hollie and Elise for the save tomorrow night. Hopefully the judges keep Elise around.