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?
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In her second song – her choice – Jessica nailed it with “Dance With My Father” by Luther Vandross. She dedicated it to her father, whom Jessica said has been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan before and will soon be deployed to Singapore. Her voice sounded gorgeous – sitting on the stairs in a pretty yellow dress was a good choice for the low-key vibe of the song -- and the judges didn’t have any criticism for her. “That may be the best I’ve ever heard that song sang,” Jennifer, who said she was a huge Vandross fan, told her.Skip to next paragraph
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“Every time you get up and sing, you know what’s wrong with it? Absolutely nothing,” Randy said.
Skylar Laine seemed a little stiff in her interview with Ryan before her Queen cover, but she went on to delivered a great cover of “The Show Must Go On,” which apparently required every violin player in Hollywood. Skylar seemed comfortable on the quieter moments of the song and stayed mostly steady through the belting portions as well. There was some classic incomprehensible criticism from Tyler that included the phrase “out of the box, out of the car,” but Jennifer said that Skylar “articulated every part of the story.”
Skylar continued with a sizzling performance of Jason Aldean’s song “Tattoos On This Town,” which she dedicated to her friends in Mississippi. The judges had barely any criticism for this song, either. “You can do no wrong,” Steven told her. “I’m one of your biggest fans.”
Joshua Ledet covered Queen's “Crazy Little Thing Called Love.” He tried to make the song his own, which is always a good strategy, but in comparison to Freddie Mercury’s initial smooth vocals on the song, Ledet just sounded like he was shouting.
But the judges loved it. Randy, apparently working off a new undisclosed system of four checks, said that Joshua had earned full marks. “Vocals: four checks,” he said. “Performance: four checks… charisma, four checks. You are so ready.”
Jennifer was giggly when her turn to comment arrived. “I always know I’m going to get an inspired vocal, but also an amazing performance,” she said of Ledet.
For his choice of cover, Joshua took on “Ready for Love” by India.Arie. It was a little hard to understand the lyrics at some points, but the vocals were definitely powerful. The judges ate it up, as usual. “That was transcendent,” Jennifer said. “I smell the finish line,” Steven told him.
Elise Testone – American Idol's own Janis Joplin-voiced songstress – chose “I Want It All” for her Queen song, which she sang while accompanying herself with the tambourine. Jennifer was visibly bouncing in her seat, and Elise seemed to have strong command vocally throughout the song.
Jennifer said that when she told Elise last week to choose the right song, this was what she’d meant. “That was you in your element,” she said.