So that happened. 3 singers duked it out for the right to be in the final with Phillip, because at this point in the competition it doesn't matter what anyone does, it's about fan bases and I think his is strong enough to carry him into the final. But here's tonight's thoughts anyway, in order of my preference (least enjoyed to most):
4) Jessica - She is very talented. As Laurie4H says, a technically great singer. But there's no Jessica in there; she just mimics other performers, and when there's no one she knows how to mimic - like tonight's lousy Bangles performance - she struggles. So Steal Away was a good Etta James impersonation, with 100% less soul and life experience, and And I'm Telling You? Well as someone called it yesterday, that's a non-song. It's like a monologue set to music and it really only works in the context of Dreamgirls unless Jennifer Holliday is singing it.
3) Joshua - He also has a great voice, but he overdoes everything. It's A Man's, Man's, Man's World suffered less from that excess because it suited the song better than usual, but I enjoyed his performance less than I might've if I hadn't heard Juliet Simms do it better last week on the Voice. And that Josh Groban song makes me want to vomit whenever I'm forced to listen to it, so I really can't judge Joshua's performance because I had to turn the sound off. Points deducted for making such a sucky song choice.
2) Hollie - I actually think she has a better voice than Jessica, and I feel like there's a little more to her, personality-wise, so I put her higher on my list, but this wasn't her best night. She did better with Faithfully than I would have expected, but I Can't Make You Love Me was the wrong song for her. She was good in the Bangles duet, though, and I wish she had sung that one by herself.
1) Phillip - I liked his vocals on Have You Ever Seen The Rain, but the arrangement was weird, too jazzy and happy or something. But I absolutely loved his second song. I had never heard Volcano before, but now I really need to own it so that I can listen to it again (and again and again . . .) And this week's duet suited his voice better than it did Joshua's; I'd rather he had sung it alone, although Joshua was good on it too.
And there then was that trainwreck of a Foreigner song. If Lou Graham was dead, he'd have been spinning in his grave. As it is, he was just off somewhere being violently ill at the catastrophically awful performance. Only Hollie sounded even marginally good. What were the producers thinking????
Edited by proserpina65, May 9, 2012 @ 9:33 PM.