Another Idol hopeful goes home tonight, leaving a lucky three.
The show opens with the song that doubtlessly inspired the poorly executed theme last night, "California Dreaming," by the Mamas and Papas. Joshua stood out the most, in a good way. Phillip, in a bad way, but that's very much because his iron-grating-lined voice is difficult to mesh into group performances.
The Ford music video this week was meta analytical, showing a filming of the shoot itself, which is really annoying, as there are far better documentaries and books out there if one wants to learn about the process of film-making, most of which don't have teenage girls being obnoxious by breathing into the camera to fog it up.
This week is the worst song yet, as the Idol kids cover a Jennifer Lopez song, who will shortly be hogging the spotlight herself with an onstage performance. It was blessedly short.
The plan, apparently, is to pull up every singer individually in order to recap, without revealing results. Phillip Phillips' recap showcases the strength of his performance yesterday. Hollie's paled in comparison. Jimmy echoed my opinion that Joshua's second performance obliterated his paltry first. Jessica's recap was similarly glowing. Hollie is the sole performer whose review was less-than-stellar.
David Cook, one of the more palatable winners of this show, performs a song onstage. It's light rock radio-ready material, which is perfect for the American Idol stage, but I wish he had performed something that was a little more Alice in Chains and a lot less Lifehouse.
His was one of the better performances of the "special guests" for this season.
He was definitely much better than the idiotic over-display that Jennifer Lopez dumped on us like zoo refuse. Flashing lights, pyrotechnics, half-naked dancers and over-digitized vocals, all to hide the fact that she has nothing substantial to offer. It's all flashy, over-produced style over substance. I think there may be a mathematical formula. Like each additional shirtless man a diva needs on stage denotes that much more lack of talent that needs to be covered.
It showcases her mediocrity to have an act like that follow the more musically-talented Cook's.
Jessica is the first singer to discover she's safe, followed shortly by Joshua.
It comes down to Phillip and Hollie.
After a good performance with a CCR song and an outstanding performance of a Damien Rice song, coupled with the fact that he is hugely popular with the key 16-year-old screaming girl demographic, it would be surprising if it were Phillip that goes home.
Whereas with Holly, neither of her performances touched the solidity of Phillip's. It would be equally surprising if it wasn't her.
And sure enough, the person who takes the last spot in the top three is Phillip Phillips.
Hollie Cavanagh missed out on a hometown visit by that much, but she will still get to go home to a wave of support, so really, even she will be getting that visit. America got it right again, as she is the weakest of the remaining contestants. From here on out, it really will be anyone's guess whose next.
With that said, I'll miss that odd-inflection, cute little mogwai.
But that sentiment evaporated instantly as soon as she started her swan song, Miley "I'm Even Less Talented Than My Daddy" Cyrus' "The Climb."
Joshua is losing his besty. That may be the saddest factor of the night.