This week on the American Idol 2012 top 6 performance show, each of the remaining contestants performed a song tribute to the legendary rock band Queen as well as a second song of their choice. Late, great Queen frontman Freddie Mercury is a notoriously hard act to follow and we couldn’t wait to see how the contestants approached their song tributes to the band on Wednesday night’s show.
The past few weeks on American Idol 2012, the voters have been wildly unpredictable and none of the remaining top 6 contestants were probably feeling very safe going into the performance show on Wednesday night.
WARNING: AMERICAN IDOL 2012 SPOILERS AHEAD!
Please be aware, this post contains American Idol spoilers for the top 6 performance night show on Wednesday. Please stop here if you do not want to know more about the episode!
Last week on the American Idol 2012 elimination results show, the voters unexpectedly sent home former favorite Colton Dixon, leaving him, the judges and his fans in shock. The week before that, virtually no one predicted Jessica Sanchez or Joshua Ledet would end up in the bottom two, and it was a total shock when heavy favorite for the finals Jessica Sanchez had to be saved from being eliminated by the judges.
Meanwhile, singers who have been predicted to be voted off American Idol 2012 repeatedly, including Elise Testone, Hollie Cavanagh and Skylar Laine continue to truck along with the support of their fan bases. So, pretty much, no one seems to be safe at this point on American Idol season 11. Everyone absolutely had to bring their A game this week to the American Idol 2012 stage. So who rocked the judges and the viewers on Queen night and who failed to stand out from the pack? Read on for our American Idol 2012 recap of the top 6 performances show to find out!
First on tap for the night is a video montage paying tribute to late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury. Original Queen band members Roger Taylor and Brian May hook up with the American Idol 2012 top 6 to give them advice and help with their songs chosen for the evening.
The remaining American Idol 2012 top 6 contestants take the stage with Roger Taylor and Brian May to perform a medley of Queen rock anthems, including “Another One Bites The Dust,” “We Will Rock You” and “We Are The Champions.”
Now it’s time to move on to the first set of performances by the contestants, the Queen songs.
American Idol 2012 Top 6 performances – Song One
Jessica Sanchez – “Bohemian Rhapsody”
Judges: Steven Tyler says Freddie Mercury would be proud of the performance although rock is not Jessica’s forte. Jennifer Lopez says Jessica sounded beautiful in the more singing parts of the song, but she needed more of an edge in the rocker parts. Randy Jackson says he loves it and Jessica is unbelievably talented.
Skylar Laine – “The Show Must Go On”
Judges: The judges think she killed it! Randy Jackson thinks it is one of Skylar’s best performances of the whole season. Jennifer Lopez says she has ‘goosies’ and Skylar articulated every part of the story; it was powerful and great. Steven Tyler says the performance was totally over the top, fabulous and shined.
Joshua Ledet – “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”
Judges: Once again it is a standing ovation from the judges for Joshua Ledet. Randy Jackson says it was an unbelieveable performance in vocals, character and charisma and Joshua is like a young Wilson Picket. Steven Tyler says Joshua has classic style, sounds like nobody else and Freddie Mercury would have loved it. Jennifer Lopez says she loves everyone on Idol but Joshua is her favorite part of the show.
Elise Testone – “I Want It All”
Judges: The judges are totally in love! Randy Jackson says it has been a totally wow night so far and this was one of Elise’s best performances to date. Jennifer Lopez says the whole performance was in Elise’s element and she killed it. Steven Tyler says Elise sang the hell out of it with classic style.
Phillip Phillips – “Fat Bottomed Girls”
Judges: The judges are not giving Phillip’s twist on the song an overwhelmingly great response. Randy Jackson says he liked it but he didn’t really love it, it was just good for him. Jennifer Lopez says she loves Phillip’s flavor and he is a great singer and does not remind her of Dave Matthews. Steven Tyler says he loved watching Phillip sing and he is beautiful, great character and great song choice.
Hollie Cavanagh – “Save Me”
Judges: Steven Tyler says he thinks Hollie did a good job with the song and, well, that’s about it. Jennifer Lopez says she felt Hollie get more emotional in the middle of the song, but she was off pitch again a bit. She thinks Hollie is thinking too much and should try to have a good time. Randy Jackson says it was a good performance but she needed to have a moment and this wasn’t it.
American Idol 2012 Top 6 performances – Song Two
Jessica Sanchez “Dance With My Father” by Luther Vandross
Judges: Steven Tyler says he doesn’t think that Jessica can sing a song badly; she touches on Whitney Houston but she has her own thing going on. Jennifer Lopez says it was the best way she had ever heard that song and it was beautiful. Randy Jackson says he is just amazed with all the talent this year and Jessica is amazing because she is such a natural.
Skylar Laine – “Tattoos On This Town” by Jason Aldean
Judges: Randy Jackson says he is a huge fan and Skylar was effortless; another great performance and a wow on the big note at the end. Steven Tyler says Skylar didn’t take the song where she usually does and this one didn’t have as much flair, but it was good. Jennifer Lopez says Skylar looked comfortable and she killed it.
Joshua Ledet – “Ready for Love” by India.Arie
Judges: Steven Tyler says that when Joshua sings, he goes off into another place. He hopes the labels will get him some good songs. Jennifer Lopez says she doesn’t even know what to say, Joshua is transcendent and everyone is right with him when he sings. Randy Jackson also doesn’t know what to say, he’s speechless and Joshua is beyond his age; has so much talent.
Elise Testone – “Bold as Love” by Jimmi Hendrix
Judges: Steven Tyler says Elise touched his heart with the song but the song wasn’t well known enough even though he loved it. Jennifer Lopez says she knows what Steven is saying but she thinks Elise killed the song. Randy Jackson says he did not love it and it wasn’t the right song for this stage of the competittion; it was like she was boxing with the song.
Phillip Phillips – “The Stone” by The Dave Matthews Band
Judges: Steven Tyler says it was very entertaining and off the wall. He didn’t like the melody so much, but he did like the fiddle. Jennifer Lopez says it was a pretty song but thought it was too artsy and not the right choice for this stage of the competition. Randy Jackson says that he was worried but Phillip showed he is a true artist and he appreciates that sink or swim, Phillip will stay true to himself.
Hollie Cavanagh – “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus
Judges: Hollie does well this time. Steven Tyler says Hollie sang the song beautifully and good for her. Jennifer Lopez says Hollie was perfect on the song, the emotion, the notes, the whole thing. Randy says this is the Hollie that everyone loves, this is the one and she is back.
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