|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!*
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: