We wrap up our American Idol 2012 recap of the Top 8 performances from Wednesday night with the Top 8 duets. While all of the guy/girl combos had decent performances, one couple definately stood out on 80′s night above the rest of the other contestants.

For American Idol recaps of the individual performances from the Top 8, just click on the contestant’s names.

DeAndre Brackensick and Hollie Cavanagh – “I’m So Excited” by the Pointer Sisters

I found it a bit ironic that Hollie Cavanagh and DeAndre Brackensick ended up singing together. I personally think these two are the bottom two singers and one of them will be going home this week. The two actually ended up sounding rather decent on the Pointer Sisters’ “I’m So Excited,” but putting Hollie right up against DeAndre on an upbeat tempo song just made her look weaker by comparison — even though I think she is actually the stronger singer.

Hollie Cavanagh did somewhat better in her duet with DeAndre Brackensick than on her solo performance, but I don’t think it was nearly enough to save her from ending up in the bottom three… and very possibly going home this week. All in all, I have to say I thought this duet was the weakest of the night and not all very successful.

Elise Testone and Phillip Phillips – “Stop Dragging My Heart Around” by Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty

Although his solo performance fell a bit flat this week, Phillip Phillips was back to his old self in his duet with Elise Testone on “Stop Dragging My Heart Around” by Tom Petty and Stevie Nicks. Not only did Phillips sound fabulous on the song, he also helped Elise to shine after she had a rather dismal solo performance. I hope this will ensure she manages to make it through for at least another week.

If Elise is really lucky, everyone will forget about her solo performance and just judge her based on her duet of the evening with Phillip Phillips. Their performance of “Stop Dragging My Heart Around” by Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty was right on the money.

Jessica Sanchez and Joshua Ledet – “I Knew You Were Waiting For Me” by Aretha Franklin and George Michael

Sanchez was killer last night on America Idol in her solo and in her duet with Joshua Ledet on Aretha Franklin and George Michael‘s “I Knew You Were Waiting For Me.” I think the solo was just a tad better than the duet performance, but Randy Jackson called it “one of the greatest performances I’ve ever seen on the show.” So who am I to argue with that?

Not only was Joshua Ledet’s solo performance on American Idol 2012 last night also stellar, he sounded fantastic in his duet with Jessica Sanchez on “I Knew You Were Waiting for Me” by Aretha Franklin and George Michael. I have to give my vote to the two of them for the best Top 8 duet of the night.

Colton Dixon and Skylar Laine - “Islands in the Stream” by Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers

Colton Dixon pulled a lovely performance in his duet with Skylar Laine on the Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton song “Islands in the Stream.” While I don’t really like the song that much, and I would have preferred to see Dixon do something either more emotive or more rocker, it was still a rather good performance and garnered a lot of praise from the judges.

Happily, Skylar Laine also sounded very lovely on her duet with Colton Dixon of “Islands in the Stream” by Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers. Although somewhat the odd duet couple, the two blended beautifully and had a great performance.

>> American Idol 2012 Top 8 Recap – Part One and Part Two


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