American Idol Season 11 Top 4 Results Live

One mind blowing performance last night, a few very good ones and some disappointments.  Go to our American Idol Season 11 top 4 performances report to share our live reactions.  I went back and watched the show last night and my opinions did not really change very much.  That does not mean the rest of the experts agree with me.  Some thought both Joshua Ledet and Jessica Sanchez were amazing.  Some thought just Jessica and not Joshua, some thought Joshua and not Jessica set a new standard.  Pretty much everyone agreed that Phil Phillips was okay and that Hollie Cavanagh made some bad song choices but was treated unfairly by the judges.

If you have read any of our articles you know that we are thrilled by the soul sensibilities of Joshua Ledet.  I also know that not many people like or even appreciate the great soul music that erupted out of Memphis, Nashville and Muscle Shoals in the 60′s. However, last night Joshua Ledet summed up all that is great about traditional soul music.  The dynamics of his performance, the pace changes, the repressed roars and the not so repressed roars all combined to pay homage to Otis Redding, Al Green, Sam Cooke, Wilson Pickett, James Brown and all those greats from the sweaty R&B clubs.  I have not seen anyone in the music scene over the past 25 years that captures that energy and can deliver it with such unbridled talent.  Joshua Ledet is at the bottom of some of the voting prediction sites.  If he goes home tonight we will have lost the only original artist left on American Idol Season 11.

Now it is time to find out who gets a home town parade and who will quietly go home to start their music career for real.

David Cook will perform live and we will get a taped performance from Jennifer Lopez, but we really only care about the results.

Looks like Phil Phillips couldn’t make it to the Ford video shoot.  It is amazing how he has fought through illness all season to stay on American Idol Season 11.

First results already.  First up Phil Phillips. The screaming girls love them some Phil Phillips. Jimmy Iovine thinks Phil Phillips found his true voice last night. Phil Phillips’ fate has been kept secret by Ryan Seacrest.

Now we will not find out what happens to Hollie Cavanagh. Jimmy says Hollie crashed and burned last night, but we still don’t know what the 70 millions voters had to say.

David Cook’s new song “The Last Song I’ll Write For You” is pretty good. That could be a hit.

Now time to hear what Jimmy has to say about Joshua Ledet. Jimmy hated his version of “You Raise Me Up”, but Jimmy agrees that Joshua created the type of magic rarely seen on American Idol, with “It’s A Man’s World.”

Jessica Sanchez gets to take the trip across the stage to Ryan. Jimmy thought she was just putting on a show with “Steal Away”, but he loved the Dreamgirls song. Jimmy called it “shock and awe”.

Okay 12 minutes until the end of the show.  How is Ryan going to reveal the American Idol Season 11 top 3?

Who is safe?  Jessica Sanchez and Joshua Ledet are having a parade. At least we know that the two best singers of American Idol Season 11 made it to the top3.  The final American Idol Season 11 parade will be for Phil PhillipsHollie Cavangh just could not put enough great performances together to make it all the way to the end, but it was a tremendous run.

Join us next week as we drive to the final of American Idol Season 11.

 

So JAmerican Idol Season 11 Top 4 Live Performances

Game is on.  American Idol Season 11 is down to its final four.  Will the hard charging Hollie Cavanagh overtake season long favorite Jessica Sanchez?  Will Joshua Ledet’s incredible run of performances be enough to get a full throated gospel/soul singer to the finale?  Can the rapidly fading Phil Phillips ride his tremendous popularity to the title?  Many believe that the finale and the winner are pretty much decided.  I think all of this will be decided by the performances over the next two weeks.

Tonight the American Idol Season 11 Top 4 will sing two songs.  They will sing songs that “they wish they had written”.  That could be anything.  The other song selections should be of the “California Sound”. Don’t know what that means. I hope everyone is amazing and we get each performers best shot tonight.  Join me now as I live blog the American Idol Season 11 top 4 performance show.

The first theme is California Dreamin.

Phil Phillips is up first with “Have You Ever Seen The Rain”.  This is one of the first rock songs of my youth.  Phil performs without his trusty guitar and interprets this as a light hearted summer song.  I doubt Phil knows this is a war lament song, like many of CCR’s songs.  He sang it pretty well, but I did not not like his cheery, light hearted interpretation. J-Lo says his vocal quality was perfectly chosen.  Randy thinks he started off pitch but quickly recovered.  The judges seemed to like that much more than me.

Hollie Cavanagh goes big ballad again with Journey’s “Faithfully”  I am not sure this is going to help Hollie’s quest to make it into the American Idol Season 11 top 3.  Watching her strut across the stage, there is just a new cockiness in Hollie’s entire demeanor.  I am not sure this was the best song to show off her big voice.  She fought through most of the song in her lower register.  She hit some big notes at the end but we needed more of that than we got.  Randy loved what she did with his band’s song.  J-Lo hits it with her comment about how laid back Hollie has become.  Stephen loved her choice of song and her performance.  Maybe I am just in a bad mood tonight but the judges are loving these performances much more than me.

I am just not understanding these song choices.  On a night when Joshua Ledet needs to show his modern relevance as a pop artist, he chooses Josh Grobin’s “You Lift Me Up”.  Okay, Joshua Ledet is dedicating this song to his father. Didn’t know that was a gospel song. That was another vocal tour de force by Joshua. I loved those breaks in the middle of the song.  That was a great interpretation of a song I did not think could be interpreted.  All of the judges are in awe of Joshua Ledet and his future.

Jessica Sanchez makes the most interesting song choice of the night with Etta James’ “Steal Away”. Jessica picked a song that allowed her to let loose with her big vocals and she did just that.  Fantastic performance.  She romped and stomped all over that song.  J-Lo says she is one of the best female singers on the scene today.  Randy loved how she tapped into the blues.  That was my favorite performance of the night so far.

Finally, Phil Phillips gets to sing a duet in his wheelhouse. He and Joshua Ledet do a good job with Maroon 5′s “This Time”.

American Idol is wasting a lot of time tonight with duets, group numbers and videos.  Let’s get on with it.

Phil Phillips wishes he had written “Volcano” which was written by Damien Rice. Back with his guitar Phil Phillip is accompanied by a cello. This was brilliant choice by Phil Phillips.  The song is contemporary but not well known and it is a perfect song for his voice.  This dark, simple, haunting performance marks the re-emergence of Phil Phillips. Stephen says he has never heard Phillip sing like that.  J-Lo says very few people could have pulled that off.  She called it one of the most beautiful, most poignant moments in the history of American Idol.  Randy says it was one of his best performances of Season 11.  We loved that performance.

Hollie Cavanagh wants to write “I Can’t Make You Love Me”. Let’s see if she can. Beautiful singing with a beautiful voice but I think the production was a little over the top.  Hollie just got caught up in the production.  Stephen thought the song came up a little short.  J-Lo just does not think she connected with the emotion.  Randy did not think the song fit her talent.  He said the song had nowhere for her to go with the song. Unfortunately, this was not the night of great performances that Hollie Cavanagh needed.

So Joshua Ledet is doing James Brown, “It’s A Man’s, Man’s, Man’s World”.  He is singing it to honor his mother’s role as the backbone of their family. This kid is the real deal.  Soul just oozes from this performance.  What a showcase.  The growls, the grunts, the screams. OH MY GOODNESS. Joshua Ledet just set American Idol on fire.  Anyone not amazed at this moment does not understand soul music.  Stephen says no one has ever sang that good on this show, ever.  Stephen says he has never seen anything like that at.  J-Lo had to turn to spanish to express herself. Randy says it is one of the greatest performances of any singing show ever. With that atomic performance, Joshua Ledet just said to America, “any questions”?

Now time to finish the American Idol Top 4 with Jessica Sanchez singing “And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going” from Dreamgirls. This is Jessica’s response to the judge’s save.  This is the perfect song for a singer like Jessica Sanchez. That was some crazy good singing, but I think it was too much too soon.  She went big and crazy right from the beginning and she sort of lost me.  The rest of the performance was sort of muddled for me.  I would have liked a little more emotional development and dynamics in the song.  The judges do not agree and give her a standing ovation. The judges said it all with their standing O.

Joshua Ledet had the best performance of the night. Phil Phillip defined his identity as an artist.  Jessica Sanchez showed off her voice.  I am afraid the Hollie Cavanagh did not raise her game enough to hang with these other three performers.  Joins us tomorrow night as we find out how our American Idol Season 11 top 3.

 

 

American Idol Season 11 Top 5 Results Live Blog

Last night was a fulcrum for American Idol Season 11.  Most of my colleagues at online publications agree that tonight’s results will tell us a lot about the American Idol Season 11 finale.  The consensus online is two fold.  First of all, Hollie Cavanagh was amazing last night and could be on one of those big American Idol turnarounds that we seem to see every season.  Secondly, Phil Phillips was pretty bad.  Most of us agree that his “Time of The Season” was one of the worst performances on American Idol this year.

What does all of this mean?  First, if Hollie Cavanagh can avoid the bottom two tonight, we must consider her a threat for the American Idol Season 11 finale.  I never thought I would say that.  Then, if Phil Phillips survives tonight we should consider him a likely candidate for the finale.  If Phil Phillips is not in the bottom two tonight I think Phil Phillips is the favorite to win American Idol Season 11.

All of that just distracts from the amazing show Christian musician Joshua Ledet put on last night with “To Love Somebody”.  His dynamic, gut wrenching interpretation of that Bee Gee’s song blew Little Steven away, left Jimmy Iovine speechless, and slayed the judges.  Each week we worry if Joshua Ledet has peaked too soon, if he can match the wonder of his previous performances and each week he raises the bar higher.  As good as the American Idol Season 11 group has been, Joshua Ledet has no peer.

Christian musician Skylar Laine did not soar as high as Joshua Ledet but she did amaze us all with her versatility and singing prowess.  Jessica Sanchez once again delivered amazing vocals into flat performances.

We expect to see Jessica Sanchez and Phil Phillips in the bottom two tonight, but the time for speculation has ended and it is time to find out who goes home on American Idol Season 11.

Coldplay and Carrie Underwood are in the American Idol house tonight.

We jump right into the results with Joshua Ledet. Five minutes in, that must be a record. Wow, JimmyIovine called “To Love Somebody” the best performance on American Idol Season 11. Joshua Ledet wants to make records that speak to people.  Joshua Ledet is safe. It is amazing that Joshua Ledet remains so humble and soft spoken in the wake of this overwhelming adulation.

More results now with Hollie Cavanagh and Phil Phillips.  We will learn a lot right now. Who’s it gonna be? Jimmy Iovine says Phil Phillips has been coasting. I agree. Hollie Cavanagh is in the bottom two and Phillip is safe.  Guess what that says.  Phil Phillips is an American Idol juggernaut.

Who’s it gonna be? Jessica Sanchez or Skylar Laine? Jimmy says Jessica Sanchez‘s “You Are So Beautiful” was spectacular. Jessica Sanchez is safe and Skylar Laine is in the bottom two again.  I am not happy about this.

Both of these girls look mortified. Tonight we lose Skylar Laine.  That is a travesty. We have lost the two best stage performers too early.  Both Skylar Laine and Colton Dixon deserved to go deeper into American Idol Season 11.

Join us this weekend when publish our American Idol Season 11 top 4 power rankings.