The American Idol Season 11 dip into the Billy Joel songbook went about as I expected for the Top 10. Billy Joel writes wonderful pop songs but his songs just do not have the dynamics to create those American Idol moments. Elise Testone and Christian musician Colton Dixon were the only ones who really turned their Billy Joel covers into something special. The judges gushed over Jessica Sanchez but I thought she was way too busy with runs and vocal histrionics for me to connect with her version of “Everybody Has A Dream.” As I predicted, the big singers, Hollie Cavanaugh and Joshua Ledet, struggled with these songs, but I think they will live to make their marks for a few more weeks.
Tonight, it looks like DeAndre Brakensick and Erika Van Pelt will be in the bottom three and I think they will joined by Heejun Hahn. I don’t think Heejun’s sarcastic romp through the preparation week served him well.
So join me for the next hour as we watch Ryan Seacrest reveal America’s reaction to the American Idol Season 11 Top 10 performances. I am looking forward to hearing what Hayle Reinhart is up to.
After the big group number and the Ford music video we finally start the results. The first three on the hot seat are Hollie Cavanaugh, Skylar Laine and Elise Testone? Given their performances over the entire season, none of these girls deserve to go home tonight. Hollie Cavanaugh is safe, as is Skylar Laine. Wow, Elise Testone is safe also. There is justice on American Idol Season 11!
Two more commercial breaks, a birthday celebration for Stephen Tyler (with Joe Perry as his present) and a Lana Del Rey performance before we get to building the bottom three. The next round of candidates includes DeAndre Brakensick, Joshua Ledet and Jessica Sanchez. Looks like DeAndre is in trouble tonight. Jessica Sanchez is safe with an endorsement from Billy Joel himself. Despite a rough night Joshua Ledet is safe as well. DeAndre Brakensick is in the bottom three.
Time to fill out the bottom three. The last four, Colton Dixon, Erika Van Pelt, Heejun Hahn and Phil Phillips. Is there any doubt? Sorry, Erika and Heejun. Boy, Jimmy Iovine really ripped Heejun Hahn. Did Heejun really say that he was man after God’s own heart? Colton Dixon is safe but Erika Van Pelt is in the bottom three. Phil Phillips is safe and Heejun Hahn is in the bottom three.
It looks like Heejun Hahn is another Christian musician on American Idol Season 11.
Now down to the final decision for the American Idol Season 11 Top 10. DeAndre Brakensick is sent to safety. Erika Van Pelt is voted off. Will the judges save her? They have already overridden the American Idol voters once. But they won’t save her again. Erika Van Pelt was a really good singer who never seemed to connect with the American Idol public.
Join us this weekend as we reveal our American Idol Season 11 Top 9 power rankings.