Practically all media critics – and the American Idol judges – got slapped today. Whatever angst and inchoate urges fuel the votes in this popular but increasingly inconsequential show, Filipino-Mexican singer Jessica Sanchez took the hits.
The youngest of the remaining seven Idol contestants barely escaped elimination. Angry Idol judges stormed the stage mid-way through her please-save-me song and lectured the show’s viewers “to vote for the best”.
Most reviews had placed Sanchez among the top three contestants in this last round, a night bereft of brilliance and excitement – ironic for a theme that actually serves up the songs of the Idol generation.
African-American Joshua Ledet got the standing ovation (again) with a cabaret take on Bruno Mars’ “Runaway Baby.” Elise Testone, who’s had her ups and downs, sang Lady Gaga’s “You and I” and got a “welcome back” cheer from Randy Jackson. The bespectacled judge gave Sanchez high praise for her rendition of the relatively obscure “Stuttering” by Jazmine Sullivan. He said Sanchez “slayed the biggest fish of the night,” a reference to the song’s degree of difficulty.
All three landed in the bottom three. Voters sent to safety twangy country gal Skylar Laine, emo-rocker Colton Dixon, the gritty, stubborn Phillip Phillips and Hollie Cavanagh, Tinkerbell’s robotic twin.
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