If there's one thing we can all agree on, it's that Phillip Phillips SHOULD go home tonight on American Idol
. Even if you're a die-hard P2 fan, you have to acknowledge he wasn't in the same league as everyone else this week.
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The judges praised Hollie Cavanagh for getting hot at the right time. Jennifer Lopez said Skylar Laine is obviously in it to win it. Jessica Sanchez was dubbed one of the best Idol singers ever, while Joshua Ledet was named one of the greatest singers of the past 50 years.
Then there was poor Phillip who was modestly commended for doing his thing on "The Letter" by removing the melody then attempting to sing melody and falsetto with "Time of the Season."
And who knows, he might actually go home. He performed second (which I've firmly established as the death spot this season). Ryan Seacrest revealed that P2 has a girlfriend (which conspiracy theorists will say costs him a ton of female votes who are now angry that he's not available). And, historically, 70 percent of singers eliminated in fifth place are male.
But then again, 75 percent of the final 2 singers over the past four seasons have been white males, and Phillip is the only one left. So let's see who else might go home.
Hollie: Steven Tyler may not know what "Bleeding Love" is, but I thought it was the best performance of the night. But is it too late? Hollie has been in the bottom four of the past five weeks and it just feels like it's her time. No matter how good she was, she'll probably be in the bottom and she'll probably be going home.
Skylar: Sadly she's been in the bottom twice now. I love her, but I think it's problematic that Hollie and Jessica keep doing similar things, stealing some of Skylar's thunder. Just look at this week. All three girls sang an up-temp, high-energy CCR/Tina Turner song in round 1 and then slowed it down with an emotional moment in round 2.
Jessica: She's already been eliminated once before when the judges praised her, so it could always happen again. Despite her vocal prowess, I still feel like she doesn't connect to the songs or the audience.
Joshua: I know he's really good, but the judges were pimping him in a major way this week. I don't like the judges and I think a lot of people might agree with me. I feel like they were SO vocal about how amazing he is that it might turn some people off, or make his fans think he's definitely safe, lulling them into a false sense of security. It's unlikely, but it's possible.BOTTOM 3
At the end of the day, I side with my colleague Carla Patton who, despite being on vacation, e-mailed me to let me know she thinks Phillip, Hollie and Skylar will be in the bottom.WHO'S GOING HOME?
I also agree with Carla that Hollie will probably be going home. I've spent most of the past five weeks hating on Hollie and wishing she would go home, so the irony isn't lost on me that, now that I actually want her to stay, she'll probably go.(Image courtesy of FOX)