We are approaching the end of American Idol Season 11 and so I thought I would take a moment to share with you our favorite performances of the season. Season 11 has been one of the best in American Idol history. The top 12 was solid and the top 10 has no weaknesses. If you have read our coverage of American Idol Season 11 you know it will be heavy with some Joshua Ledet. Here are the One21music top 1o performances of American Idol Season 11.
1) “Everything” by Colton Dixon
This performance started off the night when the American Idol top 9 were allowed to select their favorite song. Christian musician Colton Dixon set the entire show on its ear that night in one of the most emotional American Idol shows I have ever seen. Here is Colton Dixon singing the definition of his Christian faith.
2)”To Love Somebody” by Joshua Ledet
Everyone already knew Christian musician Joshua Ledet was unique singer, but when he took this song he had never heard and did this with it, all of the professionals associated with American Idol knew they were in the presence of a special talent. Here is Joshua Ledet stealing the show on American Idol Season 11 top 5.
3)”Without You” by Joshua Ledet
This was when it dawned on me what kind of voice Joshua Ledet possesses. This song is virtually impossible to sing and Joshua performed it effortlessly. Every other perfromance I have ever heard of this song you got the feeling the singer was fighting to control “Without You”. Joshua Ledet just mauled this song on the American Idol Season 11 top 9.
4)”Whole Lotta Love” by Elise Testone
The highlight of Elise Testone‘s run on American Idol Season11 came when she closed the top 9 show with this Led Zeppelin classic. This showed Elise at her most joyful, confident, rocking self. That was something we did not see enough of from her.
5)”Still Raining” by Phil Phillips
The American Idol Season 11 top 9 show was something special. Four of my top 5 songs come from that night. With “Still Raining” we see Phil Phillips in his full glory. He growls and scats and stomps his way through this Johnny Lang song and takes us to the future with his own mini Phil Phillips concert. This is what got Phil into the top4.
6)”The Show Must Go On” by Skylar Laine
This is just a singing clinic put on by Skylar Laine. She delivers a perfect vocal performance and a riveting visual performance of this lesser known Queen song. This is one of the numbers that showed America that country girl Skylar Laine is also big time singer Skylar Laine.
7)”Stuttering” by Jessica Sanchez
This is Jessica Sanchez‘s most complete, mature performance of the entire season. This song is big enough for her voice and has plenty of room for all of the runs she loves to do. Rather than just sing the song she embraces and engulfs the song and delivers a stellar moment for her and for us. Watch Jessica Sanchez perform “Stuttering” on American Idol Season 11 top 7 show.
8)”River Deep Mountain High” by Hollie Cavanagh
Hollie Cavanagh had been hinting at this for several weeks. She flipped the switch a few weeks ago and finally, in the American Idol Season 11 top 5 show, she embraces her artistry and delivers a great performance of one of pop music’s best songs ever. Watch how she holds her head so defiantly. Watch how she effortlessly moves around the stage. See Hollie Cavanagh as the star in front of this big band.
9)”When A Man Loves A Woman” by Joshua Ledet
Sometimes you just gotta SING a soul song. On the American Idol Season 11 top 11 show we did not know that Joshua Ledet would become the king of standing ovations. But by the time he had finished wringing every ounce of soul out of this iconic soul song we knew Joshua Ledet was something special. The judges leapt to their feet halfway through the song and were jumping up and down and cheering through the entire second half of Joshua’s performance. This was the first of many command performances on American Idol Season 11 by Joshua Ledet.
10)”September” by Colton Dixon
I know that many people did not like Colton Dixon’s interpretation of “September”. I loved it and I thought it was overlooked. Look for this on Colton Dixon’s first album.
And I could just keep going until this article never loads on anyone’s computer. American Idol Season 11 has been my favorite so far. The performers are fantastic, Jimmy Iovine has found his rhythm as a mentor and there have been so many great performances. Here are few that fell outside my top 10:
“Bleeding Love” by Hollie Cavanagh
“Supersition” by Phil Phillips
“You Are So Beautiful” by Jessica Sanchez
“Let’s Stay Together” by Elise Testone
“Ready for Love” by Joshua Ledet
“Heard It Through The Grapevine” by Skylar Laine
“A Song For You” by Heejun Han
“All The Man I Need” by Hollie Cavanagh
“Sometimes I Cry” by DeAndre Brakensick
“A Change Is Gonna Come” by Joshua Ledet
“Son of A Preacher Man” by Hollie Cavanagh
“U Got It Bad” by Phil Phillips
“I Will Always Love You” by Jessica Sanchez
“Don’t You Know How Much I Love You” by Skylar Laine
Three more weeks to the finale. If the final four can keep up this pace, American Idol Season 11 will go down as maybe the best ever. Join us next week for our top 4 power rankings and our live blogs of the performances and the results.