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Thoughts On American Idol: Top 11 Super-Truncated Results

March 16, 2012

Image from Mike Licht, Notionscapital.com via Flickr, used under Creative Commons

On Wednesday night we had contestants singing songs from the years they were born and really singing songs from the 60s and 70s. I wasn’t happy with a lot of the performances

Bottom 3
1. Elise Testone: Fair-to-Boo! Once again Elise ends up in the bottom 3 with a performance that was really quite middle of the road. She was at least as good as she was last week, but some her competition got comparatively better, at least on a technical level (see Phillip and Hollie.) Accordingly, I’ll concede how easy it became for the audience to forget about her.
2. Erika Van Pelt: Boo! I’m still rooting for Erika and her pipes of near-perfection. She is just so damn competent in her singing! Her risk is turning into a technician. She can execute like whoa, but she’s wanting a little in the emotional department. Also, she really needs to do something uptempo. I’m not saying she needs to be a full-on singing DJ like Colette, but if she wants to be rocker she should do a song that should make me want to throw up the rock horns.
3. Shannon Magrane: Yay! I’ve been down on Shannon for her one percent background and religious vibes these past few weeks, but when it comes down to it she just hasn’t been very good at singing. Week to week she has demonstrated consistently off-key flubbing. At her best she’s as talented as your garden variety show choir/glee club also-ran, which means thousands of kids probably could have had her run and done just as well. Shannon is one reminder of why the seeming meritocracy that is The Voice got popular.

The Loser
OK, did everyone see that bottom three is made up of all women? Especially after Heejun crashed and burned and DeAndre put the audience to sleep? I’m starting to worry that we’ll start to see the disparate impact voting that tarnished last season. The judges’ save is gone and it looks like the audience votes will determine who gets kicked off. This time, Shannon gets the boot and it’s about damn time! If she was allowed to keep going despite her mediocre singing and poor taste in music, I might have had to give up on the show. She can go back to school.

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