Friday, 18 May 2012

The Top 3 Perform

To all intents and purposes, this is the Finale and this is American Idol! Yes, there'll be a final next week between two of these three to choose the name that appears in the list of Series winners but any of Joshua Ledet, Jessica Sanchez and Phillip Phillips could be that name.

Photo: americanidol.com


Tonight, they perform three tracks: the first chosen by the judges, then their own choice and, lastly, one chosen for them by Jimmy Iovine. All nine performances can be seen here. Joshua, to my mind, destroys I'd Rather Go Blind and had me rushing to dig out a copy of Christine McVie's version which captures the emotions that Joshua's gnarled vowels simply didn't. He is excellent with the other choices, though, but his last track may not be one that is familiar to many. He is one very talented guy and could well be the one who should win but doesn't. I just don't think America's voters will go for so much of that drama and wish he had stayed cool as he is really very good and will definitely be around and selling albums very soon.

Jessica attempts the Mariah Carey track and almost stretches her amazing talents too far, missing some key notes and even, perhaps, displaying some nerves in her first song. After that, though, it seems as if she has realised that she's going to win, or, at very least, become really famous at 16 whatever happens and for the Aerosmith number and the sheer inspired choice by Jimmy to finish with she manages to hit not only all the right notes but also looks wonderful and the camera absolutely adores her. On its own, I think I'll Be There, could win her this thing. A stroke of genius, not only to bring back the fond memory of Michael Jackson but she has his voice and his range and even wore black and exactly the right shade of red. This was Jessica as the artist I can imagine loads of teenagers buying and following and releasing tracks that will sell and take over the charts, possibly even crossing the pond to UK too as we have no-one quite like her at this time whilst we do have quite a few Joshuas.

She is the star, whatever happens.

Phillip's success each week has always been a surprise to me. I don't think he has ever featured in the lower regions of the voting stats. Yes, he's a nice guy, very liekable and delightfully original and unaffected by all the razzamatazz but I don't know where he fits in to this type of show. I'm glad he's done well and cannot think of anyone who deserves the third place he ought to have (but I suspect won't) any more as all those who have gone before have lacked something too. What he doesn't lack is appeal to all the girls out there who must account for such consistent high figures throughout the live shows. That, indeed, could propel him to take the title but, to my mind, third place is where he belongs. His interpretation of Beggin' was excellent. He then goes pretty wild for his own choice which struck me as neither here nor there. He ends really well, though, (again, thanks to the remarkable Jimmy Iovine,) with We've Got Tonight which his fans will have adored and will have had them reaching for their phones almost before he finished. I couldn't help but notice, as you will now, his left hand movements throughout but someone does finally seem to have given him some strong words about the ridiculous and quite off-putting facial expressions.

So, in summary, watch the performances - they're all damn good in their way - and, however the votes go, we'll be watching even more by two of them in the Final. I think Joshua will go although it should be Phillip. Jessica is by a long, long way the stand-out star. She is the idol. She looks and sounds and now even seems to behave the part and she will be there in the Final. Phillip will be there with her in quite an odd assortment of music when, if he repeats the bonfire of the stylishly weird and plays the commercial cards, he may well get his name on the Series Winners roll. If Jessica develops further those camera talents and appealing looks and gets such inspired tracks as Jimmy produced this time - or repeats I Will Always Love You then it is hers for the taking.

You just have to feel a bit sorry for Joshua. It really should be him in the Final.

Joshua
I'd Rather Go Blind



Jessica
My All



Phillip
Beggin'



Joshua
Imagine




Jessica
I Don't Want To Miss A Thing




Phillip
Disease




Joshua
No More Drama



Jessica
I'll Be There




Phillip
We've Got Tonight