Thursday, May 17, 2012

One Of These Things . . .

One of these things is not like the others.
One of these things just doesn't belong.
Can you tell which thing is not like the others?
Just have them sing you a song!*
Thank you, Sesame Street, for supplying the theme song for American Idol's Final 3.  Here are my scores for last night's performances:

1.  Joshua - 15 out of 15
2.  Jessica - 13 out of 15
3.  Phillip - 6 out of 15

Steven Tyler hand-picked a song for Phillip and begged him to sing the melody, but no go.  Even the eternally perky JLo dinged him a little for messing with the melody in defiance. It's been a season-long battle between judge/mentor advice and his stubborn desire to "be himself" - right down to re-wearing a gray shirt Tommy Hilfiger advised against weeks ago. The reason was painfully obvious (even more so than usual) when Phillip sang Bob Seger's We've Got Tonight - chosen by mentor Jimmy Iovine.  I think Phillip tried to sing it straight, with a minimum of screwed-up facial expressions, backbeats and adjustments to the melody.  Bizarrely, it was his best performance of the night, in my book, but (hopefully) it reminded everyone that this is a singing contest and he just doesn't have the voice.  Compared to Jessica and Joshua, he's a chihuahua among the pitbulls. When the fight starts, no amount of swagger is going to make him as good as the big dogs.

*For those of you unfamiliar with the Sesame Street song quoted above, here's the original:


  1. We definitely like Phillip a lot more than you do, but he definitely doesn't have the voice that the other two have. Those home visits made me dislike Miss Sanchez even more, although we really liked her take on The Jackson Five for the very reason Randy bashed her - because she didn't over do for a change!

  2. We saw on the news that the odd makers were saying Phillips was going to win the whole thing. Interesting. I have to laugh about your other commenters comment about Jessica's home visit making her dislike Jessica more. Maybe because they were featuring my town, I cried through the whole thing; I thought it was touching.

    I really think Jessica is going home tonight. of course you probably know already.....


  3. Now I'll have a Sesame Street earworm. I guess that's not all bad...