American Idol takes on Queen: Will Hollie Cavanagh go home next? (+video)
American Idol featured the songs of Queen Wednesday. Hollie Cavanagh struggled, but rebounded with her second song. Will American Idol voters send her home?
This week, the American Idol judges wouldn’t help out the American voting public.Skip to next paragraph
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“You guys can all do well and be big stars,” judge Randy Jackson told the six remaining American Idol contestants Wednesday night. Each performed a Queen cover and a song of their choosing, and with the exception of the first song by Hollie Cavanagh, all were almost uniformly praised by the judges.
Songs by the British rock band were the theme for the first part of the show, so two original band members – guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor – met with the contestants and performed with them when the group did a medley of songs that included “Bohemian Rhapsody”and “Another One Bites the Dust.” Everybody got a little out of tune on “Bohemian Rhapsody,” but with that song more than probably any other, the tendency is probably to belt as loud as you can because it’s so dramatic, which increases the chance you’d get off pitch.
But judge Jennifer Lopez, dressed in a gold sparkly shirt and pants, and judge Steven Tyler, who appeared to be dressed entirely in glitter as he stared coyly at the camera, managed to distract TV viewers a little bit as the show got off to a wobbly start.
Jimmy Iovine's mentoring sessions were a notable absence this week. Instead, the American Idol audience was given candid – and sometimes harsh – pretaped video interviews from the contestants about each other. Host Ryan Seacrest introduced this by saying that the six were “dishing out all the true 411,” which is a weird way of using an expression that sort of dates him.
Jessica Sanchez started the Queen solos by taking on “Bohemian Rhapsody” again, a version which included the hard-rocking middle section that starts with “So you think you can stone me and spit in my eye?” Her vocals were good, but the judges accurately said she didn’t get into the song enough. Jessica's forte seems to be ballads, which show off her voice, but she could have been more animated on this one. “When it went into the more rock part of it… it needed to have a little bit more of that rock performance,” Jennifer told her. Exactly.