Hey everybody and welcome to the third edition of Travis and Lzzy Watch American Idol where we give our thoughts on this week's edition of American Idol.
Let's get it started:
Top 11 (Songs From The Year You Were Born)
1. Phillip Phillips-Hard to Handle
Travis: Even if he hadn't had surgery less than a week ago, his performance of one of my all time favorite songs still would have been just as amazing. Granted he didn't change a whole lot from the original track, but it showed me and hopefully all of America that Phillip knows what kind of music suits him and he will do his damnedest to make sure you like it.
Lzzy: Good performance, if not slightly unoriginal. Kudos for going out on stage so soon after surgery and for not screaming as much as he usually does. Enjoyable overall.
2. Jessica Sanchez-Turn the Beat Around
Travis: I wasn't really a fan of this performance but I do feel the judges were being slightly harsher than they needed to be. It was slightly pitchy and lacked that umph that she had last week but it wasn't terrible by any means.
Lzzy: This song was just too fast for her. Once she lost her rhythm, she could never really gain it back. Her vocals were solid though. Everyone has an off day.
3. Heejun Han-Right Here Waiting
Travis: Dude...seriously. STOP SINGING SLOW BALLADS. It's getting annoying now. I actually drifted to sleep listening to this and not in the comical way I did with Jermaine the past two weeks. Honest to God started to fall asleep. Please do something different. PLEASE!
Lzzy: He wasn't terrible but this WAS probably his weakest performance to date. He was really breathy (mic to close maybe?), pitchy and lacked any energy. I'm worried that he may go sooner rather than later.
4. Elise Testone-Let's Stay Together
Travis: Now this is the Elise that I love. Bluesy, soulful and beautiful. I loved every second of this and I bought the studio version as quickly as possible. If Elise can keep this up I'll be a very happy guy.
Lzzy: Beautiful job by Elise. Didn't really like the forced smile at the end (almost as if Jimmy was telling the mic in her ear to smile or she's off the show), but otherwise I have no complaints.
5. Deandre Brackensick-Endless Love
Travis: I think Deandre needs to learn that mid to uptempo songs suit his voice a lot better than ballads do. It wasn't terrible but he needs to do more Master Blaster-esque songs. (Note: I read on his Twitter that he in fact DOES know that ballads aren't his thing and he plans on sticking to uptempo...good for him)
Lzzy: Deandre's performance was terrible per se, it just lacked the energy and power that is necessary for this song. Listen to the original and then Deandre's and you'll know what I mean.
6. Shannon Magrane-One Sweet Day
Travis: I'll admit she did better than last week. That said she needs to go home. Not because she was the worst, but because she is too plain and vanilla to stick around and if she makes it to the tour she'll stick out like a sore thumb.
Lzzy: Shannon did a pretty good job. It seemed slightly forced at times but she did the best she could and that's all we can expect.
7. Colton Dixon-Broken Heart
Travis: I'll give Colton credit for doing a song that nobody except for myself and him have heard (I mean really am I the only one who remembers this band?) but this was a slightly weaker performance compared to last week. He's better when he's taking it slow and not trying to be a crazy rocker.
Lzzy: Jo-Bro number 4 did really well tonight and I don't agree with Steven at all (something I thought I'd never say). I love this side of Colton and hope we see more.
8. Erika Van Pelt-Heaven
Travis: This was middle of the road for me. It wasn't terrible by any means but it felt kinda wonky and slightly karaoke to me. This song has been done better and she could have done it better. I still have high hopes for her though.
Lzzy: What was up with that drummer? They spend two minutes talking about the song and the break during the last chorus in yet the drummer keeps going anyway during the live performance? Weird. It was okay though. Not her best.
9. Skylar Laine-Love Sneakin' Up On You
Travis: Never heard this song before (apparently my Mom had though), but she did a good job. Not her best, especially after two STELLAR weeks, but still a good country tune for her. She's consistent, I'll give her that and I'm glad she's sticking to her guns.
Lzzy: That damn face of hers really does bug me. Otherwise a solid performance. I'm happy she's staying country and not trying to be something she's not though.
10. Joshua Ledet-When a Man Loves a Woman
Travis: Brother took me to CHURCH! Best rendition of that song I have heard in years! Careful Phillip, we may have a new male frontrunner. One thing is for certain though: Joshua and Phillip may well very be the final two guys in the competition (not overall just the final two men). I wanted to find a jacket and take that off I was so excited after this performance.
Lzzy: Jessica last week, Joshua this week. Amazing. A cover that needs to be heard by everyone.
11. Hollie Cavanagh-The Power of Love
Travis: Simply breathtaking. Cool, confident and brilliant. I can throw compliments at her all day but either way you cut it, she's my favorite female vocalist.
Lzzy: Besides botching the last note, this was yet another amazing performance from Holly. I'm starting to worry if she's only going to do ballads, but if she does them as well as she does now, I'm not too concerned. Great job.
And if you were wondering what happened to Jermaine, turns out he had four outstanding warrants for his arrest and failed to tell the American Idol crew about his criminal past, both past and present and therefore was disqualified from the competition. Whoops.
Eliminated This Week:
-Jermaine Jones (DQ'd)
Well that will do it for this weeks edition of Travis and Lzzy Watch American Idol. What were your favorites/least favorites of the night? Did you think the right person went home? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think.