Actually, I think that when the judges call someone a "true artist" it's code for "you really can't sing very well, but since we say this is a singing competition, we have to give people a reason why you're still around and might win the whole damn thing."
My personal taste is for singers who don't necessarily have the best techical voices but who can really communicate the meaning of a song. Often these singers develop an original, personal style that makes up for their vocal limitations. But in PP I see someone with very limited singing ability AND no personal style at all.
Copying an established singer is not a style. Neither is making faces while you sing. (Some of PP's faces are beginning to edge into Joe Cocker territory. But Joe Cocker was a a distinctive vocal stylist.)
Casey Abrams used to get "your're an artist" but I think there was some legitimacy to that, because like him or not, he did creative reinterpretations of songs from a wide variety of genres.
PP is just straight rock karaoke.
Speaking of rock, I'm not an Elise fan, but I love Hendrix, and it was great to hear someone tackling one of his many unique songs that are not heard anymore, even on "classic rock" stations.
Queen is not my cup of lukewarm British tea, but I would imagine Nigel and his Brit cohorts are huge fans, hence we get a Queen tribute night. It seems to me that are better choices if you want to devote a whole night to a band. (Paul Simon anyone?)
I really miss the classic American songs night, because it forced these kids to get out of their narrow boxes, and gave them the challenge of singing the more intricate songs of a Gershwin or Cole Porter. Sadly, now that in the post-Scotty McCreery era it's okay to sing one style the entire season, I don't think those kinds of theme nights will ever return.
Edited by Northwester, Apr 26, 2012 @ 5:17 PM.