American Idol 2012: Did Jessica Sanchez Do Justice to Whitney Houston? (VIDEO)

Wednesday night was all about the 80’s on American Idol 2012 and we couldn’t have an 80’s show without a Whitney Houston tribute, could we? For her American Idol performance this week, petite powerhouse Jessica Sanchez decided she was going to try to compare herself in the minds of the judges and viewing audience with the late superstar. So how did the girl already favored to wind up in the top three compare to the legendary Whitney Houston?


Jessica Sanchez may be only 16-years-old, but night after night on American Idol 2012, this teenager has shown she has the chops to be a serious competitor for the crown this year. This week, Sanchez decided she was going to really pull out all the stops for 80’s night and put herself up against the superstar vocals of Whitney Houston at the height of her career.

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American Idol 2012: Did Joshua Ledet Pick the Right Song? (VIDEO)

This season on American Idol 2012, Joshua Ledet has sometimes soared and sometimes fallen a bit flat, and a lot of it has to do with his song choices. Tonight on American Idol, Joshua Ledet had to choose from songs written in the 80’s for his performance. Did he pick the right song for his voice this week?


Every week, I am a bit torn about American Idol 2012 contestant Joshua Ledet. Sometimes I absolutely adore him, sometimes I can take him or leave him. Every now and then, I’m totally bored by him and wish he would go home.

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American Idol 2012: Is Phillip Phillips Still a Front Runner? (VIDEO)

On American Idol 2012, handsome, quirky Phillip Phillips is definitely a fan favorite and odds are high he will make it to the top three. If everything works out in his favor, he could every well end up as the American Idol season 11 winner. That is, of course, if he can keep giving out great performances every week to keep his voters happy. So did he manage to deliver up another great performance this week?


So how did the tongue-twister named Phillip Phillips do on the American Idol 80’s night this week? Did he once again manage to impress the judges, the audience and the millions watching with their fingers perched to vote?

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American Idol Last Night: The Final Performances

American Idol this season has often been lackluster, boring and sometimes downright painful to watch. Hands down, we think it is one of the worst seasons ever. Fully half of the contestants probably should have never stepped on the Idol stage. Too many of them lingered far too long after proving they had no business singing outside of a karaoke bar. We aren’t even going to talk about how lousy the ‘theme’ selections were from the producers this year.

Crystal Bowersox on 'American Idol' (FOX)
Crystal Bowersox on 'American Idol' (FOX)

In the end, however, we did at least manage to keep the best of the bunch for the American Idol finale. Oh, and Lee DeWyze wasn’t that bad either. While frankly we never felt DeWyze could measure up against Crystal Bowersox‘s powerhouse voice, he at least gave it everything he had last night. Head to head against Mama Sox, however, DeWyze just couldn’t compete.

For the first song, Lee DeWyze pulled out Simon & Garfunkel‘s “The Boxer”. While it wasn’t a terrible song choice, it lacked the power and passion that propelled him to possible winner status in his recent “Hallelujah” performance.

Crystal Bowersox wisely bowed to Janis Joplin for her first song choice, reprising one of her best performances of the season with “Me and Bobby McGee”. Personally, we felt this performance was even better than the first time around. It may have been a bit less ‘wow’ to listen to, but it was pure Bowersox – simple, genuine and packing a serious punch.

We don’t know what American Idol producer Simon Fuller was thinking when he picked R.E.M.‘s “Everybody Hurts” for DeWyze’s second song. He struggled for the notes and clearly lacked the vocal prowess to make the song anything but a sad shadow of the original. Then again, we firmly believe that no one but Michael Stipe should ever sing that song.

While we wouldn’t have chosen Alannah Myles‘ “Black Velvet” for Crystal Bowersox’s second performance either, we still loved it – despite a few shaky moments. Mostly we think those slightly sketchy notes were due more to the heels and tight dress Bowersox was tottering around in than any inherent flaw in her vocals.

If anyone had any doubts about who should take home the American Idol winner title this season, it should have been put to rest with the last two performances of the night. Lee DeWyze unfortunately took on Bono’s “Beautiful Day” – a song that he should probably never even sing in the shower. You never want to cringe during a performance on the American Idol finale and we did during this song, several times.

For Crystal Bowersox, however, the final song was that cathartic moment of awe we were waiting for all night long. Bowersox sang Patty Griffin‘s “Up to the Mountain” and we wanted nothing more than to climb up there to that mountain with her every step of the way. When a song literally brings a hint of tears to your eyes in the final notes, you know you’ve just been witness to greatness.

Tonight the final two will take to the American Idol stage to face the voters. Will it be Adam Lambert falling to Kris Allen all over again? Or will America choose the right American Idol winner this time?

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Who Will Win American Idol 2010? Our Pick

On American Idol last night, Crystal Bowersox and Lee DeWyze took to the stage one last time to battle for America’s votes. Who will win American Idol 2010? Well, after last night’s performances, it seems obvious to us who should win, but we still aren’t quite sure if America will agree with us.

Lee DeWyze, Ryan Seacrest and Crystal Bowersox on 'American Idol' (FOX)
Lee DeWyze, Ryan Seacrest and Crystal Bowersox on 'American Idol' (FOX)

Let’s just face it; Crystal Bowersox blew it out last night on American Idol. Lee DeWyze obviously put his heart into a valiant try, but in a head-to-head comparison, he just couldn’t touch Mama Sox. While Lee DeWyze was painfully struggling to keep on pitch, Crystal Bowersox was bringing the house down around his ears with some of her best songs of the season.

Both Randy Jackson and Simon Cowell have publicly predicted a win for Lee DeWyze. We never believe them when they predict a winner though. Sometimes it seems genuine and sometimes it feels like game play to get people to vote for the person they didn’t pick out of spite for the judges.

Throughout the season and last night especially, Crystal Bowersox proved herself to be more than just another American Idol contestant. We would have bought her albums just after hearing her audition. Based on last night’s performances alone, we are now rabid lifelong fans. We will even partake of the American Idol Live Tour – just for Mama Sox. We can’t even imagine how Bowersox could lose.

Then again, we were completely shocked when voters handed the American Idol winner title to that other guy last season. You know, the one that wasn’t Adam Lambert. We’d like to solidly predict Crystal Bowersox as the American Idol winner for 2010, she certainly deserves it. But in a Miley Cyrus and Justin Timberlake world, you just never know what kind of craziness the voters will unleash.

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